Random observations... Finally got to see Noah Newman play. Incredible hands on that guy. He takes the ball insanely early, hits very flat, and despite hitting flat manages to create some amazing angles especially off the backhand side. There were a few points where he just kept taking the ball earlier and earlier, hitting corner to corner -- it was beautiful to see. He played Mousheg H, a kid who a few months ago reached the semis of Kalamazoo in singles and doubles. Mousheg was given a 3 game penalty for showing up late. I think it really bothered him and he seemed on the verge of mental collapse almost from the get go. Plus, not sure if Newman is the guy you want to play stone cold straight from a 90 minute drive. Newman plays a very simple but brutally efficient game. He takes everything early, hitting some returns 5 or 6 feet inside the baseline, and hits flat into a corner. Over and over and over. He doesn't have a lot of power, for this level, but he's very consistent and makes every shot count. Also, he isn't a great athlete but he covers the court very well, cuts off angles, and has great hands, he can pull off some amazing shots on the defensive especially when he has a target in the form of a guy at the net. With him, there is no mystery how he's going to play that day. He seems like a guy a better player can lose to if somebody pees in their cereal that morning. Somebody can lose to him 3 and 3, then beat him 3 and 3 the very next day. Very impressive player. And almost robotically stoic on the court. And off. Biggest forehand and serve belonged to Kaes Van't Hof. But his game comes and goes. If you can return a couple of his heaters, he's almost bound to miss the 4th or 5th shot. Still, a lot of fun to watch. Forehand is very similar to Nadal and Verdasco's, looks like a shot developed on clay and not on the hard courts of California. Open stance, wristy, left handed, incredible action. Brian Battistone of the jumping volley ball serve and three handled racket was there with the second biggest serve but most difficult to return serve. He routined Robert Yim. He just wasn't giving him any rhythm at all, serve and volleying, hitting incredible drop shots, and playing great defense when necessary, hitting left AND right handed forehands, some slice, that would land delicately on the baseline. And in doubles, he was just ridiculous in the first set against two very good Asian players. He missed maybe 1 return the whole set, and it seemed like everything he touched was either a winner or drew an error. He could rip returns down the line or crosscourt, alternating between left handed and right handed forehands, or two hands off either side, or sometimes using the third handle on the neck of the racket to rip a flat shot. And he could hit serves and overheads with both hands, impossible to lob. And on on. More later. Maybe.