Ginepri Secures American Exit Record at French Open

Posted on May 31, 2007

Robby Ginepri secured an American record Wednesday at the French Open -- as the last U.S. player to exit, Ginepri marked the first time in Open Era history that ever American man lost in the first round.

Ginepri's rain-delayed loss to Diego Hartfield in five sets followed losses by Andy Roddick, James Blake and eight other U.S. entries a day earlier.

"It's no secret we haven't done that great on clay this year," Blake said following his loss. "Andy got a terrible draw. Andreev is probably the toughest non-seed here. I got a tough draw on Karlovic."

Seeds progressing Wednesday were (1) Roger Federer (d. Ascione), (4) Nikolay Davydenko (d. Eschauer), (6) Novak Djokovic (d. Giraldo), (9) Tommy Robredo (d. Economidis), (12) David Ferrer (d. Bracciali), (13) Mikhail Youzhny (d. N.Lapentti), (15) David Nalbandian (d. Navarro Pastor), (17) Juan Carlos Ferrero (d. Koubek), (19) Guillermo Canas (d. Bolelli), (23) Carlos Moya (d. Seppi 6-0 in the fifth), and (29) Filippo Volandri (d. Vassallo Arguello).

Upsets on the day were orchestrated by Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia-Lopez (d. (10) Berdych), Kristof Vliegen (d. (11) Gasquet), Gael "Force" Monfils (d. (18) Chela in four), Janko Tipsarevic (d. (22) Safin), Juan Monaco (d. (27) Melzer), and Michael Llodra (d. (32) Almagro in five).

No. 7 seed Ivan Ljubicic's match with Stanislas Wawrinka was postponed.

Unseeded winners Wednesday were Potito Starace (d. Berlocq), Edouard Roger-Vasselin (d. Stepanek in five), Oscar Hernandez (d. Guzman), and Flavio Cipolla (d. Gabashvili who retired with injury).

Highlights of Thursday play include (14) Lleyton Hewitt vs. former French champ Gaston Gaudio, Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Gilles Simon in an all-French, (2) Rafael Nadal vs. Flavio Cipolla, and (21) Dmitry Tursunov vs. Fernando Verdasco (upset alert).