Querrey halts skid at Indianapolis

July 24, 2007 09:37 AM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Michael Berrer rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over seventh-seeded Robby Ginepri on Monday night in the first round of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships.

Ginepri, who won the tournament in 2005 and was a semifinalist in the tournament last year, lost for the 11th time in his last 13 matches. He had won nine of his last 10 matches at the Indianapolis Tennis Center.

"I think he had a tough situation here, coming off a tough clay-court season,'' the unseeded Berrer said. "With all the crowd here, he could maybe feel the pressure. If you don't have confidence, it's tough. But I'm full of confidence. Maybe today, I wanted it a little bit more.''

In the other matches on Monday, Frank Dancevic of Canada defeated eighth-seeded Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 6-3; Sam Querrey of the United States defeated Julien Benneteau of France 7-6 (6), 6-1; Russian Evgeny Korolev stopped American Justin Gimelstob 6-2, 6-4; and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina beat Amer Delic of the United States 7-5, 7-6 (5).

Querrey, who hadn't won an ATP tour match in seven weeks, believed he was in trouble again as he battled Benneteau in a first-set tiebreaker. When Benneteau won a key point, the 19-year-old Querrey thought the set was lost, and headed toward the net.

"We had a long point when I thought it was 5-all,'' the American said. "When I lost the next point, I thought I lost 7-5, but the umpire said it was 6-4.''

Given a fresh outlook, Querrey won the next four points and the tiebreaker. He controlled Benneteau in the second set.

"Winning this was very important,'' Querrey said. "Every time you lose, it hurts your confidence. "Winning gets you more matches. The more matches you play consistently, the better you get.''

Querrey was consistent with his serve, winning 35-of-39 first-serve points. He put Benneteau away in the second set by winning three of five break points. He said the losing skid came largely after his latest climb in the ATP rankings.

"Going from No. 500 to 65 went quickly,'' he said. "Going from 65 to 50 is a big step. Now, I'm finding how hard I have to work.''

Korolev relied on his strong service to control the 30-year-old Gimelstob from the outset.

"Maybe I served a little better than him,'' the 19-year-old Korolev said. "Normally, his serving is much better. I guess that's why I won.''

Andy Roddick, the 2003 and 2004 winner and the 2006 runner-up, teamed with Mardy Fish to win Monday night's doubles opener, 6-7, 7-2, 10-8 over the seeds, Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Paul Hanley of Australia.

"It's nice to get out in a competitive atmosphere. You cant simulate that in practice,'' Roddick said.

Roddick, the top seed in the singles draw, was scheduled to open against fellow American Alex Kuznetsov on Tuesday.