Johnson's win over Ivo (3rd set TB) sets up an interesting contrast in styles and stories with him and Smee.
Johnson has the serve/FH combo associated with the "tall American" syndrome. He honed the skills in NCAA competition.
Smyczek took the opposite route, going straight from junior tennis onto the Futures and Challenger circuits. Quick and dogged would be a couple of adjectives to describe his game.
They played in Maui last month...Smee took it 3 and 3.
This one should be closer...I like the indoor setting to give Johnson a slight edge.
"I am also like Federer, but with a better backhand."...sureshs
Federer: "I am like sureshs, but my San Diego 4.0 NTRP backhand is weaker"???