Nightly Wrap: 20,000 Wait for Two Blowouts

Thanks to two unexpectedly long matches that resulted in two upsets, the schedule at Arthur Ashe got all crazy yesterday! And as a result, James Blake wasn’t finished defeating Oliver Rochus until well after 8 p.m., which meant that the night-match ticket holders had to wait nearly two hours to get into Ashe. (To the right is a shot of several thousand fans waiting to get in.)

The night matches turned out to be less eventful than the crowd issues. Maria Sharapova’s shoulder looked just fine as she easily did away with Christina McHale (of New Jersey!), 6-2, 6-1. And Andy Roddick followed up with a rather sleepy victory over Marc Gicquel, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.