Are we really surprised? The Russian’s just been continuing with his playing pattern as of late: fall early in smaller tournaments and shine during the big ones (e.g., semis at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open this year). Unfortunately, he might have a more difficult time getting deep into 2008 tournaments, since he’ll likely lose his No. 4 ranking if he doesn’t defend his Paris title in November (which he won’t). Plus, he won five titles last year and none so far this year. Ugh.
But let’s talk about this new Airness kit for a sec. I love the white/blue colorway. If he wore one size smaller, it would look sooo much better. Also, he needs to stop buttoning his shirt all the way, but hey that’s his style.
Kolya wore the same polo in a black/red colorway in his first round win over American Zack Fleishman (6-3, 6-3).
(photos via Getty Images, sina.com)