So there is more than just money in tennis. There is revenge.
Last week, in Memphis, Bob Lutz defeated Eddie Dibbs 6-4. Last night, Dibbs, seeded third in the $125,000 Volvo Classic, returned the favor, and by the same score.
Two weeks ago in Denver, Stan Smith beat Brian Teacher in the first round. Teacher is now in the quarterfinals, having beaten Smith on Wednesday, and Ray Moore yesterday.
Dibbs will play John Sadri and Teacher will play Eliot Teltscher in quarterfinal matches today.
The match between Lutz and Dibbs was a match between two good friends, Dibbs said, and featured two contrasting styles. Lutz came in behind virtually every serve while Dibbs stayed at the baseline.
"He played me the same last week," said Dibbs, currently ranked 10th in the world. "But he had to serve very well to play against me. I return serve very well.
"He is having a tough time holding serve. I was making him work hard. He might have gotten tired."
In the first set, with Dibbs serving at 1-1, Lutz became disgruntled when the back line judge called a ball out. He lost some of his composure and the game, and finally the set.
In the second set, Lutz served at 2-2 and was up 40-15 before he doublefaulted. Dibbs won the next two points.
On the next point, advantage Dibbs, the line umpire belatedly called Lutz for a footfault. He hit a loose backhand over the baseline to lose the point and the game.
Dibbs held to go up, 4-2. On his serve, Lutz double-faulted twice and went down two breaks, 5-2.
Dibbs served for the match, but did not have it. "I played a really bad game," he said. "I hit four bad shots in a row. He got back in and it's tough to let a guy back in, only one break away. I didn't concentrate too well at 5-2."
Lutz held serve, and Dibbs served for the match again at 5-4. This time he held on, as Lutz hit a weak backhand into the net.
Both players scuffed their feet at the aptly named "Supreme Court" surface, which has seen better days (it was used for the Colgate Grand Prix tournament here last year and has a large blank spot where the old logo used to be). "It (the carpet) has bubbled all over it," Dibbs said.
"Do you aim for them?" he was asked.
"Why bother? They're everywhere," he said.
Bubbles or not, the surface is more conductive to serve-and-volley players. Asked what he thought his chances were on it, Dibbs said, "I'll let you know tomorrow."
John Sadri has a Big Serve.
In the first set of the Teaches-Moore match later in the day, both players had trouble with their serves. But Moore had more. Teacher broke Moore's serve in the first and third games to go up 4-0.
Moore held his next serve and it was time for things to go awry for Teacher said. "Then I lost my concentration and lost my serve. I thought I played okay but I played a little better yesterday (Wednesday)."
He also played better in the second set. Serving at 2-2, Teacher, dug himself a hole at 0-40, but climbed out of it with two aces, winning the game and, ultimately, the set 6-2.
Teacher, 25, broke his right ankle last August 28 (for the second time) playing Nick Saviano at the U.S. Open, and he seemed to show a hint of a limp as he meandered along the baseline.
But his wife, tennis player Kathy May, said, "No that's just the way he walks."
Teacher said a track coach at UCLA had told him he was limping but "it wasn't apparent to me.
"I don't really worry about it. But I tape it pretty good. I can't afford to do it again. I did it four years ago in college.
Teacher's foot was in a cast for six weeks, and he did not play in a tournament until Jan. 17. "My doctor told me that when your foot is in a cast for that long, you lose the nerve endings. You lose the feeling of the position the foot's in. Sometimes you'll be in an awkward position, but you're not sure what position you're in. So he told me to take it slowly."
The tournament suffered a setback when its biggest name, top-seeded Roscoe Tanner, received a bye into the quarterfinals (his scheduled opponent, Rod Frawley, got sick with the flu).
One of the 3,700 spectators who showed up last night, seeing Tanner in street clothes, said, "Hey, did you win already?"
"It was a real tough match," Tanner said, grinning. "I got a default."
Tanner will face Ivan Lendl today in the quarterfinals. Lendl defeated Geoff masters, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 yesterday.