Well obviously I’m disappointed with the result of my first round match against Hewitt. However, I am proud of the way that I competed and felt that my level was pretty solid for the most part (especially for being my third tournament back after over 6 months off). I think my biggest issue was that I haven’t been able to train quite as hard as I’ve wanted to, and that forced me to play too aggressive in the final set. My legs just weren’t quite there and didn’t feel like I could extend a ton of the rallies. Another huge factor was that I didn’t serve well. I probably broke him enough to win two matches, but just never got a good rhythm on my serve. He obviously returns well, but I should never lose my serve that many times.
Brian Baker at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum
On the bright side, I’m still alive in the doubles with my good friend Rajeev Ram. We won our first match against the youngsters who won Kalamazoo earlier this month (Ronnie Schneider and Paul Oosterbaan). It was definitely an interesting match because Ronnie and Rajeev are good friends from Indianapolis and share the same coach, Bryan Smith. It was all business during the match, but I’m sure it was tough on Rajeev to play his good friend in his first US Open experience.
Today we play the 7 seeds, Benneteau and Zimonjic. They are a great team who has been in good form lately (won DC). However, Rajeev an I are a confident team and truly believe we can beat anyone out here if we play well. If we take care if our service games, we should be in good shape.
Time to go get on the bike and see my trainer before our 10:45 warmup. We play 2nd after women’s doubles, so we will probably go on around 12:30.
My day started pretty early this morning. I woke up at 7:15 and caught my tournament car at 8am. I don’t play until the third match on after 11, but I had a warm up on Louis Armstrong at 10 (I wanted to hit on my match court and that was the time I had to do it). I made it to the site around 8:45 and saw my trainer from 9-9:30 (basically just getting stretched and some light soft tissue work). From 9:30-9:45, I got on the bike and did some dynamic stretching. Then it was time to walk a few hundred yards to Louis Armstrong from Ashe.
I had a great warmup from Ronnie Schneider, a freshman at UNC who I actually playdoubles against in the 1st round here this week. I typically go really light for pre-match warmups, but since I was hitting several hours before my match, I went for a full half hour. I probably have not sweat that much in a warmup in a long time!
After the warmup, I got a quick stretch in from my trainer, showered, and went to the dining room to grab some food. For a 3-5 set match I try to eat quite a bit, so I grabbed a plate and a half of pasta (with a small amount of sauce), some pretzels, and a few cliff bars (for the match). While I was relaxing after lunch, rain suspended all the matches. I’m currently just sitting in the player’s lounge just trying to relax and stay comfortable. I still have one more match to wait out before going on once play resumes.
Well the time has come for all eyes in the tennis world to gravitate towards NYC. The first day of the 2013 US Open is here! I cannot tell you how excited I am to be back up playing in the main draw of both singles and doubles. For an American, it doesn’t get much better than playing here because the atmosphere is electric. The crowds are loud, the spotlight is always on, and opportunities are there to make dreams come true. I’m especially pumped because I’ve been watching tennis from the couch for most of the year due to the right knee injury I sustained during the Australian Open. This is my third tournament back and I’m ready to get after it. It’s also the 20 year anniversary of the 1st time time I visited Flushing Meadows. I definitely was a wide-eyed 8 year old whose dream was to one day to play in the US Open.