Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly
Ginepri Returns To Winner's Circle In Indianapolis
by ATP Staff|
Robby Ginepri returned to the winner’s circle at the site of his last ATP World Tour triumph, defeating No. 3 seed Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4 in an all-American final Sunday at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly to capture his third title.
Ginepri collected $80,000 and 250 South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings points with the victory at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament. He also assumed the lead in the Olympus US Open Series Bonus Challenge standings following the first week of the North American summer hard-court circuit.
"This tournament is very special for me. Having won twice here is an amazing feeling," said Ginepri. "When I won here in 2005 I was about in the same position, around No. 100. This one has to be more special as I really never expected it."
Ginepri broke the big-serving Querrey twice in the opening set, and was given a chance to serve out the match when Querrey double-faulted on break point in the ninth game of the second set. Ginepri delivered on triple match point when Querrey’s overhead return sailed long.
"Sam has a big serve, but I got onto it early in the match," said Ginepri. "If I hadn't run him around court he would have taken control. I had to step up with my shots today and try to dictate. When I serve well, I play better."
Querrey said: "I didn't have rhythm on serve today, it was not there. He's such a good returner – he puts a lot of pressure on you. He played well and had very few unforced errors. It was not my best day, but I still made him play a lot of balls. I've practiced 100 times with him but a match is different. Still, I knew what to expect from his game. He got better as the week went on."
The 26-year-old Ginepri was making his first appearance in a tour-level final since winning the Indianapolis title in 2005 (d. Dent), while Querrey was making his second successive final appearance after finishing runner-up to countryman Rajeev Ram in Newport two weeks ago.
Coupled with the Newport final – the first all-American championship since New Haven in August 2007 – it marked the first time since 2003 on the ATP World Tour that there had been all-American finals in consecutive U.S. tournaments.
Ginepri is now 3-0 in ATP World Tour finals, also winning the grass-court title in 2003 at Newport (d. Melzer). The former World No. 15 had entered the week at No. 95 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings, but is expected to rise nearly 40 spots with his title effort.
The Georgia resident had been slowed early in the year by a nine-day hospital stay due to appendix surgery, returning to action 30 pounds lighter in May, and had only won four of 17 matches coming into Indianapolis. He improved to a 9-13 season mark, and an 18-7 event record in Indianapolis – placing him fifth on the all-time match wins list at the hard-court tournament.
"I've only played 10-11 matches this season but I got the job done," said Ginepri. "I really had no expectations but I had no pressure either. It's funny how things work out."
In addition to Newport and Indianapolis, Querrey was a finalist earlier this year in Auckland (l. to del Potro). He won his lone ATP World Tour title last season in Las Vegas (d. Anderson).
The 21-year-old California native, who has a 28-17 season record, will move up to a career-high ranking of around No. 31-32 when the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings are released Monday.