Uzbeki Denis Istomin (above).

Denis Istomin, world # 39, fresh off a runner-up’s finish to polished one handed Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky (who eliminated 18 year-old American Ryan Harrison in 5 sets today) at Pilot Pen in New Haven last week, is taking on world # 1, Rafael Nadal, live right now on ESPN2.

Looks like an interesting matchup, especially since Nadal needed 4 hours to polish off Istomin at Queen’s Club in their one previous matchup in June.

Istomin leads 2-1, 1st set, on serve, as we speak, and Serena Williams is in the booth with John and Patrick McEnroe.

–Crack (,