LONDON -- American Robby Ginepri defeated British wild card
Richard Bloomfield 6-4, 6-2 Monday in the first round of the
Queen's Club grass-court championships.
Ginepri gained an early advantage at the Wimbledon warm-up
tournament, breaking with a backhand winner to lead 2-1 before
extending it to 4-1. Bloomfield earned his only break of the match
in the next game.
Attacking the net and serving well, Ginepri broke to take a 3-2
lead in the second. He closed out the match by winning 12 of the
final 14 points.
"I've been preparing pretty well for this event," Ginepri
said. "Andy [Roddick] and I have been practicing together, and I
was feeling extremely confident coming in today."
American Justin Gimelstob lost to 11th-seeded Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Three seeded players lost -- 10th-seeded Julien Benneteau of
France, 13th-seeded Lee Hyung-taik Lee of South Korea and No. 16
Fernando Verdasco of Spain.
Max Mirnyi of Belarus defeated Verdasco 6-3, 6-3, while Alex
Bogdanovic of Britain beat Lee 6-4, 6-4 and Alejandro Falla of
Colombia upset Benneteau 7-5, 6-3.
Paul-Henri Mathieu of France defeated Feliciano Lopez of Spain
6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3; Arnaud Clement of France beat Ivan Navarro
Pastor of Spain 7-6 (2), 6-4; and Radek Stepanek of the Czech
Republic advanced after Davide Sanguinetti of Italy retired while
trailing 6-2, 2-0.
French Open champion Rafael Nadal, defending Queen's champion
Lleyton Hewitt, Novak Djokovic, Fernando Gonzalez and Roddick are
entered in the event. The top eight seeded players have byes into
the second round.
Nadal, who beat Roger Federer in four sets to win the French
Open on Sunday, is using the tournament as a tuneup for Wimbledon,
which starts June 25.