Ginepri Misery Continues at ATP Delray Beach

Posted on February 1, 2006

2006 has thus far not been kind to Robby Ginepri.

Last year the American came off a high by ending his season with semifinals at the US Open and Master Series-Madrid. This year Ginepri's highlights have consisted of a first-round loss in Auckland, a second-round loss at the Australian Open, coming home to learn he was passed over for the No. 2 singles spot on the U.S. Davis cup team, and on Tuesday at the ATP stop in Delray Beach blowing a set lead in a first-round loss to Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee.

"It's pretty devastating," said Ginepri who appeared near tears in his post-match conference. "Nothing felt right tonight. It was a bad way to go out in Australia and it's pretty tough to go out like this tonight. (Lee) was solid and he won the big points."

Lee said he saw something he perceived as an opening for a win.

"I had a preconceived notion that he wasn't happy about Davis Cup," Lee said. "I felt on the other side that he wasn't confident...I tried to be aggressive on his second serve and put pressure on Robby."

Avoiding the fate of the No. 2-seeded Ginepri Tuesday were seeds (3) Xavier Malisse (d. (WC) Sargsian), (4) Tommy Haas (d. Kunitsyn), and (7) Gilles Muller (d. (Q) Rehnquist).

"It is always tough to play someone you haven't played before," said Haas after eking through the first set in a tiebreak against his Russian opponent. "Tonight was quite cool and the balls were quite heavy and it didn't seem like they were going anywhere. He let go in the second and I put it up a notch."

Two American qualifiers led the march of the unseeded into the second round in Jeff Salzenstein (d. Sabau) and Robert Kendrick (d. countryman K.Kim), with additional winners Ramon Delgado (d. Reynolds from a set down) of Paraguay and Romania's Andrei Pavel (d. Patience).

Lining up for Wednesday play are Marach vs. (6) Mayer, (3) Xavier "X-Man" Malisse vs. Gimelstob, (1) Agassi vs. Delgado, and Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia-Lopez vs. (Q) Widom.