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Ginepri Reaches French Open's Second Week, Falls to Djokovic

May 26, 2010 09:26 AM

Many analysts have wondered why Robby Ginepri hasn't done better on clay. This year he proved he can be a contender on the slow stuff with a run to the second week of the 2010 French Open.

Still, the resident of Kennesaw, Ga. couldn't get past one of the best players in the world. Ginepri fell to No. 3 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round.

In the girls' draw, Grace Min, of Lawrenceville, Ga., lost to the top seed, Monica Puig 6-2, 6-3. Knoxville, Tenn.'s Caitlyn Williams also lost in the first round to Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-1, 6-3.

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In his first few months of 2010, Robby Ginepri had to deal with injuries and illness. Now, the Kennesaw, Ga. resident proved he's back with another notable upset at the French Open.

Ginepri defeated 2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4 to move into the fourth round at Roland Garros. The match against the Spaniard lasted more than three hours.

In the second round, Ginepri defeated Italian Potito Starace 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

In his biggest victory since last summer, Robby Ginepri won an all-American matchup at the 2010 French Open, coming from behind to beat No. 18 Sam Querrey 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2. Ginepri will face Italian Potito Starace in the second round.

Former Georgia Bulldog John Isner easily defeated Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Isner is No. 19 in the world and will face Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland in the second round.

Both Ginepri and Isner are committed to play the USTA Southern's Atlanta Tennis Championships July 19-25.

Marietta, Ga.'s Melanie Oudin fell in the first round to Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-5, 6-2. But she and partner Edina Gallovits advanced to the second round of women's doubles, elininating Anastasia Rodionova  and Arina Rodionova 6-3, 6-2.




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