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Johansson knocks out last year’s champion
It didn’t look like Johansson would have that chance after the first set.
“I thought it couldn’t get any worse than that,” Johansson said. “It can only get better. That’s what you have to tell yourself all the time.”
Goldstein bows out
Paul Goldstein didn’t let his loss dampen his mood. There are only so many times he’s able to play in front of his family, and the Rockville native seemed to take defeat well after Radek Stepanek beat him 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round.
Goldstein’s family normally watches his matches on the Internet. But yesterday they saw in person how he struggled with Stepanek’s serve, which Goldstein thought was hard to read. Stepanek won 78 percent of the first-service points.
Goldstein had talked with James Blake, who lost to Stepanek in the final of the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles two weeks ago. But knowing his opponent’s strengths did not help.
So now Goldstein’s family will have to follow his next match on the Internet again.
“To me, that sounds brutal to have to do that,” Goldstein said. “To see me in person is a lot more fun for them. It’s disappointing not giving them another chance to see me play.”
Isner moves on
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