The rain finally subsided and play began in Winston-Salem, mid afternoon on Monday. The courts were littered with young Americans and it was the good, the bad and the ugly when it came to their play.
Sock squared off against David Goffin of Belgium. Goffin made a nice little run in last years Winston-Salem Open. Sock came out with all guns blazing, he really only knows one speed and that is pedal to the medal. Whipping his forehand around the court and firing big serves, Sock took the first set 6-4. But in the second set it was a "clout or an out" for the youngster, who sprayed balls out of play and the scrappy Goffin worked himself back into the match taking the second set 6-3. Sock struggled with his serve late in the second and between sets, the tour trainer was spotted working on his leg. He was able to come out and play one game in the third before retiring due to injury. Goffin moves on to face Dmitry Tursunov in the round of 16.
Smyczek faced fellow American Michael Russell on Monday evening. The match turned out to be one of the more entertaining of the day going the distance. Smyczek finally won 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. He came into the tournament ranked 109 in the world, while Russell is ranked 93 and is one of the elder Americans at 35 years of age. Neither player served particularly well, but Russell only placed 50 percent of his first serves in and found himself facing 15 break points in the match. Smyczek broke him 5 times and that was the difference in the match.
Johnson was paired against another American, as well. He played Bobby Reynolds and won easily, 6-1, 6-2. Johnson was never broken in the match and the 23 year old cruised into the next round where he will meet Andres Seppi, the 2nd seed. Johnson is currently 121 in the world.