Sunday, March 10, 2013

Evgeny Donskoy Flirted With The Upset

I thought we were going to see an upset in the second match of the day on Court 1 when 22-year-old Evgeny Donskoy came out hot against fourth-ranked Andy Murray.  The young Russian won over the crowd after taking the first set, but Murray proved to be too much for Donskoy in the second and third sets, which he won 6-2, 6-2.

Had Donskoy pulled off the upset, he would've reached Ivo Karlovic levels of admiration from us here on The Outer Courts.  Matt and I were behind him throughout the entire match as we cheered from the media seating -- I don't care if that's frowned upon -- and played "Guess The MPH" before each of his serves.  (That's a fun game, by the way.)

Donskoy still gets a tip of the cap from The Outer Courts and we won't forget the day he wowed us with his surprising dominance of Murray early in the second round matchup.  

He may be 1-12 in his career and behind 81 other players in the ATP rankings, but he earned the coveted "Hey, I think we like that guy" award from us.