Juan Monaco fought for a tough win over Mardy Fish 7-6(4) 7-5 after a rough clay season for the Argentine. Good to see him get a win here. Fish was a fish out of water, as was John Isner. Juan Ignacio Chela took out John Isner 6-1 7-6(1) to seal the win for the Argentines.
Elsewhere, the Kazaks and Swedes were playing for pride. Mikhail Kukushkin destroyed the young Christian Lindell 6-0 6-1 in a routine win. Lindell will have his time in the next few years. Robin Soderling meanwhile, had himself a rough battle with Andrey Golubev, eventually prevailing 6-7(4) 7-6(7) 6-3.
Soderling 2 years ago got himself in form in Dusseldorf before beating Nadal and making the final at Roland Garros. Will history repeat itself?