Me and Dan roll into the BJK National Tennis Center at about 12 noon. Parked out bikes and saw some players practicing like Alexa Glatch and others who were unfamiliar. We met this really nice friendly girl from Turkey - ranked around 212 - but I can't even begin to try to spell her name, it's one of the craziest tennis names you will see, beyond Sesil Karantcheva or Noppawan Leerchwakarn. She plays tomorrow.The first players we saw were Verdasco playing Seppi on grandstand but it was kind of lowkey in there. Both players seemed kind of flat and they were not interacting with each other on changeovers. On grandstand was Gilles Simon with a Frenchman who sort of looked like Jeremy Chardy but it wasn't. Court 17 has a new level added on. Christian Harrison was taken out by Greg Zemlja in two sets. Harrison looked okay, a good defensive player but he needs to get stronger to progress up the ranks. Mary Joe Fernandez walked by us, she was in tunnel vision mode.Peter Bodo was eating a cheeseburger in the food court and he was just finishing it as we sat down to take care of business with the chicken and spinach crepes, which are very good. Jessica Pegula, a young American, won her match in two. She is a good athlete and has a nice fire about her. She is coached for the last two or three years by Michael Joyce, who gladly accepted a copy of my Rios book. Talking with Michael Joyce was one of the highlights of the entire process, his memories and anecdotes of Rios were hilarious, entertaining and sometimes just plain stunning. Thomas Tung, one of our ace commenters and friends, was sitting on the same bleacher as we checked out Vasek Pospisil vs. Rhyne Williams. Williams, out of Bradenton FL and Univ of Tennessee, looked very very impressive today in beating Pospisil, the touted Canadian in two sets. Williams reminded me of Ginepri because of his steady smooth consistent topspin game and also a bit of Hewitt because of his confident strut and swagger around the court. Watch out for this kid Rhyne Williams, who did a Biofile right after the match with me. Thomas Tung made an interesting point that none of the young players he has seen lately have impressed him to the point where you just know they are a can't miss future star, the last time he had that sense at US Open qualies was when he saw a young Robin Soderling. I have to agree, the last time I saw a can't miss was Andy Roddick at age 18 or 17. Roddick was so intense and had such an energy about him, such a hard working mindset that he stood out from all the rest. He was a young frisky colt that you just knew would one day grow into a stud racehorse. The younger players today just don't stand out like that, though Williams is one I will keep an eye on.Dan was impressed by the unpredictable game of Tatjana Malek who chipped returns, and really mixed up her tactics. She also was not afraid to attack the net and made some nice volleys. Met a couple of Tennis-prose readers brothers Aaron and Neil Freilich who I met last year. Aaron just wrote a story for Long Island Tennis about his first time experience of attending Roland Garros in the current issue and I can't wait to read that feature. Neil was hyping Noah Rubins, a top American teenager who at 16 is the star student at the John McEnroe Academy.Also met a tennis instructor from NJ named Tim Keller who heard an old Rios story. Rios was told by his coach to practice serves but Marcelo didn't want to do it. Instead Marcelo said he would set up three cans and hit them with serves, if he did it, he would not have to practice serves. Of course, Rios hit all three cans and was freed from having to practice his serve that day. Last match we saw before heading home on our bikes all the way back, for me to NJ from Queens (125th street in Harlem for Dan) was Bobby Reynolds dismantling Marchenko from Ukraine. Oh, by the way, we got so caught up in qualies and being on the scene, the plan for Dan to do his Federer is the greatest on all fours was completely forgotten. We even talked about it on the walk in but the idea was totally forgotten after that. Fortunately for Dan, we were unable to connect with Michael. Perhaps on Friday. Oh, by the way, the Turkish girl, mentioned earlier, her name is Cagla Buyukakcay. Don't ask me how to pronounce it please. Oh, and one more thing. We saw two legends - Jan Siemerink, the former top 30 player from the Netherlands was checking out the scene as a fan wearing a knapsack. And also in the house was John James, a teaching pro up in Westchester, who once won a match vs. Bjorn Borg in Sydney, in his days as an ATP pro. James said it was so long ago he doesn't remember anything about the match. After about 45 miles of biking and watching tennis all day, that's all he wrote for today. Stay tuned for much more US Open qualies coverage...