I am sitting here watching Andy Roddick play for the first time this year. He has lost the first set 6 to 4 after losing his serve for the first time since before the Dubai tournament. It seems like Andy's temper is his worst enemy. Haas is no easy first round draw. He holds a 6 to 3 lifetime edge on Andy which means he is definitely not intimidated. Andy is only getting 50% of his first serves in which doesn't look good for him. Haas is getting 70% of his first serves in. Not difficult to predict this one.
I missed the second set but it looks like Andy did too. The announcer mentioned that Andy focused at Dubai and didn't pay attention to the crowd. He plays to American audiences and that doesn't help him. A note on this one is that Haas coach used to be Andy's coach. He had a definite game plan which was to hit wide to Andy's forehand then put it away to the weaker backhand. In spite of Andy's showing in Dubai it seems clear he needs a coach for matches like these. Andy has the power but needs help to get past the guys that have his number. (like RF)
I watched the MonoMan play for a while and he does exude greatness. Garcia-Lopez played some excellent tennis. He had nothing to really lose and pulled out all the hesitation and hit some great shots. It was 2-2 in the second going with serve. Garcia-Lopez was serving and Roger had the advantage. The point was extremely well played on both sides. It underscored that Roger is number one because he can win points when they are critical to the match. He won that one.