• Los Angeles - wildcards advance, Kendrick double-bagels Spadea

    7/28/09 3:00 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Los Angeles - wildcards advance, Kendrick double-bagels Spadea Robert Kendrick joins wildcards Chris Guccione and Jesse Levine in the second round of the LA Tennis Open. The 29-year-old American crushed compatriot Vincent Spadea 6-0, 6-0 in 36 minutes Monday afternoon.

    (WC) Chris Guccione def. Kevin Kim 6-1, 6-4

    Wildcard Chris Guccione made a strong start to his bid in Los Angeles, defeating Kevin Kim in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. The Australian old struck 11 aces in the opening-round match, knocking out the American in just 50 minutes of play. Guccione won an impressive 91% of his first-service points and 68% of the second. The 23-year-old World No. 112, who secured two breaks of the American’s serve on the afternoon, saved three of 3 break points.

    Guccione moves through to face second-seeded American Mardy Fish in the second round.

    (WC) Jesse Levine def. Bobby Reynolds 6-2, 6-3

    Wildcard Jesse Levine posted a solid first-round victory over countryman Bobby Reynolds Monday afternoon. The 21-year-old American, passing through the match unbroken, converted four of 6 break point opportunities to dismiss his 27-year-old compatriot in one hour, 6-2, 6-3. Levine extends his main draw level record to 6-5 on the season, having snagged at least one victory in four consecutive events.

    The American will meet No. 1 seed and two-time former title-winner Tommy Haas in round two.

    Robert Kendrick def. Vincent Spadea 6-0, 6-0

    Robert Kendrick dealt a comprehensive defeat to fellow American Vincent Spadea late Monday afternoon, crushing the 35-year-old veteran 6-0, 6-0. Kendrick broke the Spadea serve six times, cruising to an opening-round victory in just 36 minutes. Two-time quarterfinalist Spadea, competing in his 12th LA Tennis Open since his debut in 1995, won a mere 17 points during the match.

    Kendrick advances to take on fourth seed Dudi Sela in the next round.

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Oh my goodness... was Spadea just playing poorly or was Kendrick that good?? I mean, he impressed me in his Wimby match against Murray... is he improving?


Arvis , 7/28/09 5:50 PM

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