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Ginepri To Face Berdych In Washington

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American Robby Ginepri will face top seed Tomas Berdych in the second round of the Citi Open, the second stop of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, after making a winning return to Washington D.C. on Monday.

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Ginepri and Berdych will be squaring off for the first time since the 2009 Australian Open, a match the Czech won in straight sets to improve to 3-0 in their FedEx Head2Head series. Both players reached the semi-finals on their Washington debuts: Ginepri in 2004 (l. to Hewitt) and Berdych in 2005 (l. to Blake).

In his first visit since 2009, Ginepri dismissed Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-2 in 71 minutes. The 31-year-old qualifier saved all four break points faced and converted three of his eight opportunities.

The former World No. 15 recorded his first tour-level win in more than a year last week in Atlanta, and held two match points against top seed and eventual champion John Isner in the second round.

In all-American first-round matches, Tim Smyczek dismissed qualifier Alex Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-0 in 56 minutes, while Rajeev Ram rallied past fellow qualifier Jared Donaldson 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and six minutes. The 17-year-old Donaldson was making his ATP World Tour debut.

Maryland native Francis Tiafoe, 16, also fell in his first tour-level match, dropping serve three times in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Evgeny Donskoy.

Donald Young joined his three countrymen in the second round as he closed out a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita in just over two hours. 

Australian Bernard Tomic, who won the hard-court title in Bogota two weeks ago (d. Karlovic), extended his winning streak to six matches as he beat Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2.

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“I managed to pick up a lot of confidence in Bogota, winning my second title, and I couldn’t be even happier,” said Tomic. “Leading on here, I felt pretty confident, pretty happy the way I played my first round and hopefully I’ll play better in the second.”

Marinko Matosevic also advanced, setting an Australian showdown with 2004 winner Lleyton Hewitt after defeating qualifier Illya Marchenko 6-4, 7-5.

Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri earned a second-round date with another former champion, No. 11 seed Radek Stepanek, by ousting Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6(2), 6-4. Meanwhile, Frenchman Benoit Paire cruised past Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-4, 6-0 and next meets No. 9 seed Ivo Karlovic

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