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Lee upsets Ginepri

Hyung-Taik Lee upset second-seeded Robby Ginepri 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the second round on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 11:52 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

South Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee upset second-seeded American Robby Ginepri 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 here on Tuesday to reach the second round of this $380,000ATP hardcourt tournament.

The defeat dropped Ginepri to 1-3 in 2006, a disappointing start to a season in which he had hoped to build on his run to the semi-finals of the US Open in September.

Ginepri looked to be in control after taking the first set, but Lee rallied to win the second set 6-2, and broke the American in the seventh game of the third set and held serve to win.

"It's pretty devastating," said Ginepri, who was ousted in the second round of the Australian Open this month. "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. He was solid and he won the big points."

There were victories for third-seeded Belgian Xavier Malisse and No. 4 Tommy Haas of Germany.

Malisse routed Armenian wild card Sargis Sargsian 6-2, 6-2 to advance to a meeting with US veteran Justin Gimelstob.

Haas, who arrived in Florida off a fourth-round showing at the Australian Open— where he pushed eventual champion Roger Federer to five sets— beat Russian Igor Kunitsyn 7-6 (7/4), 6-2.

Haas next faces Romanian Andrei Pavel, a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) winner over France's Olivier Patience.

Luxembourg's Gilles Muller was the only other seed in action, downing Swedish qualifier Bjorn Rehnquist 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.

Paraguay's Ramon Delgado defeated American Bobby Reynolds 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to book a second-round clash with tournament top seed Andre Agassi.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 11:52 IST