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Georgia's Robby Ginepri Wins First ATP Title

July 14, 2003 05:57 PM

Fourth-seeded Robby Ginepri beat eighth-seeded Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Sunday to win his first ATP title. The Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is played in Newport, RI, home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Robby Ginepri holds the Jimmy Van Alan Cup after winning the Hall of Fame Championships Sunday.

``It's an amazing feeling to win today,'' the 20-year-old Ginepri said. ``Fortunately it went my way.''

After dropping his first set of the week in the tiebreaker, Ginepri took charge in the final set with breaks in the fourth and sixth games.

Ginepri went up 40-love in the final game. He lost one point and then wrapped it up when Melzer hit a backhand volley wide.

``Being up 5-1, I didn't think I was going to lose the match,'' Ginepri said. ``The first title, trying to serve it out, there's not a lot of guys that wouldn't be nervous.''

Ginepri, from Marrietta, GA, turned pro in 2001. He is currently ranked No. 37 on the ATP's Champions Race. Ginepri's previous best tournament finish was as a quarterfinalist at the Tennis Master's Series events in Indian Wells and Miami.




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