Marc Goellner's key hits were 12 aces against Richard Fromberg in the first round of the Volvo International.
Other memorable hits Monday at the Connecticut Tennis Center's stadium court included a popular tune by Phil Collins and a classic by the Doors.Before Goellner's match, he was introduced to the crowd to the tune of `In the Air Tonight' by Collins. Fromberg chose `L.A. Woman' by the Doors for his entrance.
More tunes were played during changeovers, and winners on stadium court were required to field questions from fans. The musical introductions and other innovations were being premiered by the ATP Tour as part of its ongoing effort to pump more excitement into the sport and get the fans more involved in the action.
"You have to get used to it," Goellner said. "The person who can concentrate the best will win."
Goellner, of Germany, relied on his serve to upset the 14th-seeded Fromberg, of Australia, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
In other matches involving seeded players, No. 13 Andrei Chesnokov of Russia defeated Byron Black of Zimbabwe 6-4, 6-0; No. 16 Stefano Pescosolido of Italy beat Tim Henman, 6-3, 6-2; and 11th-seeded Malivai Washington beat Shuzo Matsuoka 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
Goellner, who blew a match point against Fromberg in one of their other two meetings, was down by a one-game margin for nearly the entire first set before turning things around during the tiebreaker.
Two of Goellner's aces came during the tiebreaker, the first one clocked at 122 mph. He won the set on his second one, fooling Fromberg with a much slower serve of about 90 mph.
"He was serving really big and I really didn't know where they were going," Fromberg said.
Fromberg never seemed to recover after losing the tiebreaker. He lost his service twice in the last five games of the match, the last time when he double-faulted on match point.
Washington, the runner-up at Volvo in 1992, needed three sets to beat Matsuoka, of Japan, who he had lost to twice previously.
Washington looked like he was on his way to winning in two sets before Matsuoka broke him in the last game of the second set.
"You have to put it behind you as best you can," Washington said. "I hadn't had my service broken all game. He didn't break me. It was more me breaking myself."
Earlier, Chesnokov beat Black on his first match on hard court since playing at the Lipton Championships in March.
Chesnokov started off a bit slow on the DecoTurf II surface at stadium court before winning the last seven games over Black, a semifinalist at last year's Volvo.