Ginepri is last U.S. man alive

May 30, 2010

Robby Ginepri upset 2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday to give the United States one man in the fourth round of the French Open. Ginepri, who has beaten two seeded players, is ranked 98th and hadn't won a main-draw match on clay this year before arriving in Paris.

"I'm quite surprised that (Ferrero) lost," said Spanish countryman Rafael Nadal, who beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Also advancing were third-seeded Novak Djokovic — Ginepri's next opponent — No. 7 Fernando Verdasco and No. 11 Mikhail Youzhny.

No. 6 Andy Roddick, though, lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to 114th-ranked qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia and acknowledged: "I got outplayed from the first ball."

The Maria Sharapova-Justine Henin match was suspended because of darkness tied at a set apiece. There were no significant surprises in the completed women's matches, with top-seeded Serena Williams, No. 4 Jelena Jankovic and No. 7 Sam Stosur reaching the fourth round.

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