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  • Ginepri joins Roddick in French Open third round

    5/28/10 4:08 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Ginepri joins Roddick in French Open third round Robby Ginepri beats Potito Starace on Friday at Roland Garros to make it three Americans in the third round. Andy Roddick fought off Blaz Kavicic before rain and darkness hit on Thursday.

    In 2007, American men went a combined 0-9 at the French Open. That's right; nine players participated in the main draw of the tournament and not one made it out of the first round.

    Three years later, at least three Americans will be on the third-round schedule.

    Robby Ginepri beat Potito Starace 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 on Friday afternoon, joining Andy Roddick and John Isner in round three after two hours and 33 minutes. Like he did in his opener against countryman Sam Querrey, Ginepri fought back from a first-set loss to take control.

    After Starace allowed his opponent to even the match at a set apiece, the Italian clay-court specialist could not recover. He surrendered serve twice in the third frame of play, including at 3-5. Ginepri added another break early in the fourth and he consolidated it the rest of the way, surviving a tough service game at 5-3 to advance.

    Roddick finished his work on a rain-soaked Wednesday, getting past Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Amidst heavy, slow conditions as a flurry of rain delays interrupted the match, a total of 17 service breaks were exchanged before Roddick won in two hours and 57 minutes.

    The eighth-ranked American surrendered serve an unheard of seven times, but his return game allowed him to overcome it. He converted 10 of 19 break-point opportunities and really took control of the proceedings after Kavicic evened the match in set two. Despite his service struggles, Roddick finished with 13 aces and three double-faults.

    Isner is part of the third-round action as well, as he faces Tomas Berdych in the other half of the draw on Friday. Mardy Fish, battling Ivan Ljubicic in a delayed second-round affair, is also still alive.

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