|Davydenko looked good coming in.|
Another huge disappointment at this year's open was the always laid-back America, Sam Querrey. Querrey has been criticized for being too lackadaisical in the past, and this time was no different. The 18th-ranked player in the world hadn't been posting great results coming into the tournament and has been in something of a slump. Nevertheless, it's still upsetting to see him lose first round to Lukasz Kubot of Poland, who should have been a relatively easy match-up for the big-serving American.
|Roddick sliced his way to the round of 16.|
Ernests Gulbis, the young Latvian who was throttling towards the cusp of the top ten as he reached the semifinals in Rome, has witnessed his career merge into one big choke. He gives away matches, can't control his emotions, and possesses a completely unruly game. Sadly, he has seemed to become a free round for people in Grand Slams. This Australian Open fortnight, he was taken out in straight sets by Benjamin Becker, the big-serving but straightforward German. This adds to Ernests' dubious distinction of having lost in the first round of the last five majors in straight sets. It's very sad to see talent such as his go to waste. Hopefully he'll be able to pull himself out of the hole he's in now. We hope he makes some key changes to his game so that he lives up to his magnificent potential.