• Veterans Ginepri, Haas clash in Atlanta first round

    7/19/11 3:51 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Veterans Ginepri, Haas clash in Atlanta first round Robby Ginepri and Tommy Haas will be featured during Tuesday's night session in Atlanta. Nicolas Mahut and Richard Berankis are also looking for spots in the second round.

    (WC) Tommy Haas vs. (WC) Robby Ginepri

    Haas and Ginepri will be squaring off for the sixth time in their careers and first time since 2006 when the two veterans do battle in the opening round of the Atlanta Tennis Championships on Tuesday night. The head-to-head series is 4-1 in Haas' favor, but they split their two most recent meetings--both of which were memorable U.S. Open encounters. Ginepri prevailed 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the 2005 third round before Haas got revenge at the same stage in 2006 with a 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6(1) victory.

    Five years later, both men have endured physical problems and seem to be nearing the end of their careers. Ginepri has not played an ATP match this entire season due to a broken arm stemming from a bike incident that involved him trying to swerve by a squirrel. Haas has battled various injuries and will be playing his sixth ATP match of the year. The 33-year-old German looked decent against Gilles Muller at Wimbledon and he advanced one round two weeks ago in Newport. This will probably come down to which player is feeling the best, but Haas in three sets is the pick.

    Richard Berankis vs. Nicolas Mahut

    Berankis and Mahut were supposed to go head-to-head in doubles on Monday, but rain postponed that match so now they will be meeting each other for the first time in singles action on Tuesday evening. At 29 years old, Mahut has done well to overcome injuries and register inside the Top 100 at No. 97 in the world. The Frenchman, 5-7 at the ATP level this season, recently progressed one round on the grass courts of Newport before falling to eventual runner-up Olivier Rochus in two tight sets.

    At the other end of his career path is Berankis, who is starting to come into his own at 21 years old. The Lithuanian has also dealt with some physical problems, so he is currently struggling at No. 115 in the world. Still, Berankis owns eight of his 18 career ATP match victories in 2011--but he has not taken the court since Miami. Due to Berankis' time off, look for Mahut to score a three-set win.

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