Steve Johnson

At the Western and Southern Open, the “mixed zone” is an area to the left of the entrance to the players’ lounge. The windows are similar to the backdrop in the main interview room, so that the logos of the tours and the sponsors appear in the photos and broadcasts of interviews conducted there. This doesn’t always go accordingly to plan, however — such as, for instance, when Benoit Paire plays what I’m told was a stinker of a match and just wants to go home. He had been scheduled for a “win or lose” interview in the mixed zone, however, so the French journalist I had been waiting with followed Paire to the parking lot and asked his questions while Paire changed his shirt:

Benoit Paire

Steve Johnson, the winner of the match, arrived in the mixed zone a few minutes later. He discussed baseball with an ATP staff member while waiting for the session to begin. Nick McCarvel then conducted a “Tennis Moments” interview, and there was time for me to add questions about conditions (like others, Steve said the ball was “light” and “flying” out there, and that the “pretty fast” surface suited him well) and the recent change in D-1 college tennis scoring (he’d heard about it from his coach only two hours earlier, and thinks it will be interesting — it will create excitement, and it will be good to see guys learning how to play pressure points).

Steve Johnson

Like Johnson, Safarova had not appeared on the preliminary interview schedule, but I’m guessing some requests had been filed by the time she and Venus began the decider:

Lucie Safarova

I’d peeked in on the end of Julien Benneteau‘s match on Court 9, and I barely beat him to the mixed zone.

Julien Benneteau

His interview was entirely in French. Wawrinka‘s was mostly in French:

Stan Wawrinka

Vasek Pospisil drew a half-dozen of us, and we were instructed to limit ourselves to one or two questions each.

Vasek Pospisil

There were often cries for autographs from nearby fans after the interviews. Some players ignored the clamoring and head straight inside, and others answered the pleas:

Lucie Safarova

More reports from Cincinnati:
On the way to the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open main draw party
Friday evening at Lindner Family Tennis Center
Seeking relief from the heat
Proximity
Interviews and Press Conferences

Roger Federer

Check out the first part here with pictures of Berdych, Nadal, Ferrer, Wawrinka, Wozniacki and more!

Francesca Schiavone:

Francesca Schiavone

Jump!

Francesca Schiavone 
Francesca Schiavone

Kristina Mladenovic:

Kristina Mladenovic

Sara Errani:

Sara Errani

Sara Errani

Federer first round match vs Lukas Lacko:

Roger Federer

Lukas Lacko

Mirka with twins 1 and 2:

Mirka Federer and twins

Serena first round match vs Alizé Lim:

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Alizé Lim

Serena Williams and Alizé Lim

Gilles Simon:

Gilles Simon

Lucie Safarova:

Lucie Safarova

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova:

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Tommy Haas:

Tommy Haas

Tommy Haas

Yanina Wickmayer:

Yanina Wickmayer

Martina Hingis, who’ll play the Legends tournament and who “coaches” Sabine Lisicki:

David Ferrer second practice session of the day, this time with Pico Monaco:

David Ferrer

Juan Monaco

Garbine Muguruza vs Grace Min:

Garbine Muguruza

Grace Min

Enjoy some great pictures from the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, where Andrea Petkovic captured her third career title:

Lucie Safarova

The Czech beat Johanna Larsson, Virginie Razzano and Sam Stosur, but lost to future champion Andrea Petkovic in quarterfinals.

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

Photo credit: mrenzaero

With her 6-3 6-3 win over Daniela Hantuchova, Serena Williams set up an an all-time Australian Open record with her 61st singles victory at Melbourne Park. She’ll play Ana Ivanovic who defeated Sam Stosur 6-7 6-4 6-2.

Li Na saved one match point to defeat Lucie Safarova 1-6 7-6 6-3. She’ll face Elena Makarova in the next round. Other players qualified: Angelique Kerber, Flavia Pennetta, Casey Dellacqua and Eugenie Bouchard.

Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych blast their way to last 16. Joining them in the fourth round are Fabio Fognini, Kevin Anderson and Florian Mayer.

Seeds upsets:

Florian Mayer def Jerzy Janowicz (20), Tommy Robredo (17) def Richard Gasquet (9)

Video highlights:

Quote of the day: Casey Dellacqua

With her win over Jie Zheng, Aussie Casey Dellacqua qualified for the fourth round for the second time of her career, having also reached the fourth round in 2008. And she sure enjoyed the heat:

But, yeah, the heat was great. I love it. It makes my body feel good, too, the heat, the warm. Yeah, I really enjoyed it out there. Yeah, it would be nice if it would be a bit hotter for the next week. I’m sure everyone else will be over it.

Pic of the day: Daniela Hantuchova

Daniela Hantuchova

Video of the day: Australian Open Heat


Matches to follow on Day 6:

Agnieszka Radwanska (5) – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (29)
Rafael Nadal (1) – Gael Monfils (25)
Andy Murray (4) – Feliciano Lopez (26)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) – Gilles Simon (18)
Milos Raonic (11) – Grigor Dimitrov (22)