Second-seeded Spadea drops Gimelstob in Hall of Fame opener

Updated: July 9, 2007, 9:23 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWPORT, R. I. -- Second-seeded Vincent Spadea beat Justin Gimelstob 6-4, 6-3 Monday in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

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Spadea, a 2005 Newport finalist, broke Gimelstob's serve in the final game of the first set. It's his sixth career appearance on the Hall of Fame's grass courts.

"I made a final here. I was up a break in the third set," he recalled of his loss to 2005 champion Greg Rusedski. "I feel like I'm owed something so I keep coming back."

In other opening-round play: Roko Karanusic ousted sixth-seeded Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-3; No. 8 seed Michael Berrer beat Chris Guccione 6-4, 7-6 (5); Wesley Moodie edged Thiago Alves 6-3, 6-4; and Frank Dancevic cruised past Kevin Kim, 6-3, 6-3.

The Hall of Fame Championships are played in conjunction with the induction ceremonies each year. The 2007 class of Pete Sampras, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Sven Davidson and Russ Adam will be enshrined on Saturday.

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