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Ricardas Berankis © Tennistalk.com
Atlanta
1st round
7/20/11 1 2 Tot
lt  Ricardas Berankis 6 2 0
fr  Nicolas Mahut 7 6 2
Nicolas Mahut © Tennistalk.com
Tommy Haas © Tennistalk.com
Atlanta
1st round
7/20/11 1 2 Tot
de  Tommy Haas 4 5 0
us  Robby Ginepri 6 7 2
Robby Ginepri © Tennistalk.com
  • Ginepri gets first 2011 victory in Atlanta

    7/20/11 6:15 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Atlanta's own Robby Ginepri is on the scoreboard in 2011 after taking out Tommy Haas in straight sets on Tuesday. Ginepri is joined in the second round by Nicolas Mahut, who ousted Richard Berankis.

    (WC) Robby Ginepri d. (WC) Tommy Haas 6-4, 7-5

    Ginepri recorded his first ATP win of the season by overcoming Haas after one hour and 44 minutes in the opening round of the Atlanta Tennis Championships on Tuesday night. The hometown hope struggled early, surrendering serve at 1-2 in the first, but it was almost all Ginepri the rest of the way. After Haas held for a 4-1 advantage, Ginepri reeled off five consecutive games to take the set in stunning fashion.

    The veteran American missed six break-point chances early in the second and even squandered a 0-40 edge at 2-2, but he seemed to take complete control with a perfect backhand return on break point at 3-3. Haas, however, broke right back to stay within striking distance.

    Nonetheless, the 33-year-old German again ran into trouble on serve at 5-5. He thwarted one break point with an ace out wide, but an errant forehand gave his opponent another break. This time with the lead in hand, Ginepri made no mistake in closing out the match. The wild card entrant struck nine aces and served at 70 percent en route to a meeting with Gilles Muller.

    Nicolas Mahut d. Richard Berankis 7-6(5), 6-2

    Mahut set up a second-round clash against No. 1 seed Mardy Fish after dismissing Berankis in one hour and 33 minutes on Tuesday evening in Atlanta. The 29-year-old Frenchman got off to a relatively slow start, but he twice battled back from a break down in the first set. Although Mahut led from start to finish in the tiebreaker, Berankis made it interesting by saving two set points on his own serve. At 6-5, however, Mahut came up with a clutch second serve to take the set.

    From there it was all over for Berankis, who donated serve twice more in the second. The 115th-ranked Lithuanian did not come close to getting back on even terms, as he earned no break points in set two. Mahut's fourth break of the day came at 4-2 and he finished off the proceedings in style with a routine hold. The world No. 97 wrapped up his effort with six aces, but he double-faulted five times and served at a mere 41 percent.

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