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Safin, Isner advance in L.A. Open

Updated: July 29, 2009, 1:45 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Eighth-seeded Marat Safin beat Robby Ginepri, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the L.A. Tennis Open at UCLA Tuesday night.

The win was Safin's first in three meetings with Ginepri, who won the tournament at Indianapolis last week, but the two had not played in four years. Safin won just one point in the final three games of the opening set. He took control of the second set by winning the first three games and repeated that in the third set while breaking Ginepri's serve ...

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