Henman, Philippoussis out at Legg Mason; Roddick cruises

August 3, 2005 01:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Third-seeded Tim Henman and two-time Grand Slam finalist Mark Philippoussis were upset in their opening matches Tuesday night at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, a tuneup for the U.S. Open.

Henman, who got a first-round bye at the hard-court tournament he won in 2003, lost 7-6 (4), 7-5 to Wesley Moodie. Philippoussis was beaten 7-5, 6-4 by Luis Horna in a first-round match.

Top-seeded Andy Roddick, the 2001 champion, moved into the third round by defeating Giovanni Lapentti 6-3, 6-4.

Henman, who reached the U.S. Open semifinals last year, looked flat from the start of the match, his first since losing to Dmitry Tursunov in the second round at Wimbledon.

Henman double-faulted five times against Moodie and wasted a 4-2 edge in the second set.

``I was hitting the ball pretty well today,'' Henman said. ``It just didn't happen for me tonight or this week. But I'm a big believer that if you put in hard work, it will pay off.''

Moodie advanced to face the winner of Wednesday's second-round match between Paul Goldstein and 13th-seeded Paradom Srichaphan.

``To beat a world-class player like Tim, it gives me a lot of confidence,'' Moodie said. ``I know that I am able to win these types of matches.''

Philippoussis, a wild card entry who was runner-up at the 1998 U.S. Open and at Wimbledon in 2003, also lost in the second round at the All England Club this year. He lost in qualifying at Los Angeles last week.

Roddick won his first match since losing to Robby Ginepri in the quarterfinals at Indianapolis two weeks ago; he sat out the Los Angeles event, citing a bad knee.

Hitting eight aces and reaching 149 mph on his serves, Roddick advanced to face the winner of Wednesday's match between unseeded Brian Baker and No. 14 Juan Ignacio Chela.

It was Roddick's first time facing Lapentti, and the 2003 U.S. Open champ said his opponent's power took him by surprise.

``I wasn't expecting him to serve that big. He was up in the upper 130s and served a very high percentage,'' Roddick said. ``There was definitely a feeling-out process in the beginning of the match.''

Lapentti's fastest serve actually topped 140 mph, and he had a 74 percent first-serve percentage. He finished with four aces, and did not double-fault.

Since losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer, ``I have only played four matches,'' Roddick said, ``and only in three of them did I feel like I was prepared. But I feel like the momentum is swinging in the right direction.''

In other second-round matches Tuesday night, 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic defeated Max Mirnyi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Jan Hernych beat Sebastien De Chaunac 7-6 (7), 6-1.

In first-round play, Ginepri beat training partner Kevin Kim 6-2, 6-3.

Ginepri, who will face 12th-seeded Karol Beck in the second round, entered the hard-court tournament as the leader of the US Open Series. In addition to knocking off Roddick at Indianapolis, Ginepri reached the quarterfinals at Los Angeles last week.

The former U.S. Davis Cup player wants to continue that momentum in Washington with an eye toward a breakthrough showing at the year's last major, which starts Aug. 29.

``I hope that I can do something at the U.S. Open,'' Ginepri said. ``That's what I'm preparing myself for with this summer sequence. And I've had a good run so far. I'm confident, I just need to keep the ball rolling from here.''

In other first-round play, Arnaud Clement defeated Nicholas Lapentti 6-1, 3-6, 6-3; Bobby Reynolds beat Alex Clayton 7-5, 6-4; Nathan Healey swept past Gregory Carraz 6-2, 6-1; Baker beat Ivo Heuberger 6-2, 6-4; and Gilles Muller defeated Davide Sanguinetti 6-3, 6-4.

Ginepri swept past Kim as their coach, Francisco Montana, sat quietly in the stands.

"I didn't even know where he was sitting during the match,'' Ginepri said. ``He just warmed us up, said, 'Good luck' to both of us, and said, 'I'll see you after the match."

"It's tough playing one of your friends. But you've got to concentrate out there a little harder and get the job done.''

 

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