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Becker, Ginepri sent packing in Indianapolis

July 24, 2007 12:04 IST
Robby Ginepri and Benjamin Becker, the seventh and eighth seeds, were bundled out of the Indianapolis Championships at the first hurdle on Monday.

American Ginepri, who won the Indianapolis title in 2005 and reached the semi-finals last year, was upset by 83rd-ranked Michael Berrer of Germany 3-6 6-2 6-1.

Berrer, 27, who reached the quarterfinals at Hertogenbosch on grass last month, lost to countryman Nicolas Kiefer in the quarter-finals at Los Angeles last week.

"I'm full of confidence," Berrer told reporters. "For the moment I'm in good shape. I want to win a lot.

"Maybe today I wanted it a little bit more than he did."

Ginepri won the first set after breaking Berrer's serve in the eighth game but Berrer raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set after breaking serve in the second game, and then broke serve again in the eighth.

The German then took a 3-1 lead in the final set when Ginepri double-faulted twice in a row to go to 0-40 and netted a volley to lose serve in the fourth game.


Eighth-seeded Becker of Germany, the only other seed in action on Monday, was also a casualty as he fell to Frank Dancevic of Canada 6-4 6-3.

The 109th-ranked Dancevic broke Becker's serve three times in the match -

in the third game of the first set and the third and ninth games of the second set.

Sam Querrey, the world number 90, ended a six-match losing streak which dated back to May with a 7-6 6-1 first-round win over Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

The 19-year-old, who blasted 19 aces, lost only four points on first serve in the match and reversed a run of form that has seen him win just once in nine matches.

"This was my first win in like seven weeks," Querrey said. "This was a very important win. Every time you win, it builds on your confidence.

"This was a big boost."

Russian teenager Evgeny Korolev made good on nine of 12 break points to beat American veteran Justin Gimelstob 6-2 6-4 and book a place in the second round against top seed Andy Roddick.

Sandra Harwitt
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