Odesnik and Gulbis win openers at Legg Mason Tennis Classic

August 2, 2009 09:06 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ernests Gulbis beat Kevin Kim 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Sunday.

Wayne Odesnik defeated Paul Capdeville 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the opening match of the main draw.

Andy Roddick is the top-seeded player in the tournament. Roddick, a three-time winner of this event, has been out of action with a right hip injury since his runner-up finish at Wimbledon. Juan Martin del Potro is the defending champion and No. 2 seed.

Gulbis broke Kim's serve three times in the final set and will next face eighth-seeded Tomas Berdych.

Playing in one of only two main draw matches on the day, Odesnik won the final four games of the second set and had the only break in the third.

"I kind of relaxed and started playing my game a little bit and won the second set pretty easily", said Odesnik, who will next take on No. 13 Igor Andreev. "In the third set, I was moving him quite a lot, which was my game plan, and I felt he got a little tired."