Showing posts with label Robby Ginepri. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robby Ginepri. Show all posts

Monday, June 7, 2010

Gasquet and Ginepri winners on Day 1 at AEGON Championships

Gasquet and Ginepri winners on Day 1 at AEGON Championships

Richard Gasquet reached the second round of the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3.

Gasquet and Nishikori were playing on grass for the first time since Wimbledon in 2008.

The French match was able to save 5 break points in the second set to advance in straight sets.

“It was a good match. I have great sensation and great feelings on the grass court even if I didn’t play here last year,” said Gasquet. “He's a great opponent, so I'm happy because I won and I'm sure I can go far in this tournament."

In the second round, Richard Gasquet next will play against Rajeev Ram, who defeated Karol Beck 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Robby Ginepri made it past James Ward 6-3, 7-5 to set up a clash with Sam Querrey.

Ginepri broke in the opening set for a 2-0 lead but then fought back from 0-40 to hold for 4-1. To seal the set the American saved another break point and held serve.

Ward broke to lead 4-2 in the second but Ginepri broke back and then broke again for 6-5 when Ward made another forehand error.

“It was a difficult match,” Ginepri said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect. He started out a little nervous, I think. He had a break point at 5-3 in the first but I played a good point.

“I just fought hard and hung in there all match. I didn’t feel I was hitting the ball particularly well the last three or four days coming into the match, but I live to see another day.”

Denis Istomin beat Jamie Baker 6-1, 6-4 win in 69 minutes.
“It's tough kind of stepping up to the level of the player that I was playing today from the usual matches,” admitted Baker. “Unfortunately for me it wasn't really a fair reflection of how I have been playing.”

Igor Kunitsyn won a clash with Andy Roddick in the second round after he defeated Illya Marchenko 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Ivan Navarro will meet Andy Murray, after he beat Daniel Koellerer 6-3, 6-4.

Source Reuters/ATP/AP

Monday, May 31, 2010

Video: Robby Ginepri French Open Tonight Interview

Video: Robby Ginepri French Open Tonight Interview

The last American male standing - Robby Ginepri sits down with Bill Macatee on the set of French Open Tonight....

This interview was made before losing today against Novak Djokovic...

Photos: Novak Djokovic vs Robby Ginepri at Roland Garros

Photos: Novak Djokovic vs Robby Ginepri at Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic continued his serene progress through the men’s draw with an ultimately comfortable 6-4 2-6 6-1 6-2 victory over American Robby Ginepri to book his place in the French Open quarter-finals ...

Here we have some tennis pictures from their match in Paris for you to enjoy....

Photos from Getty Images

Novak Djokovic beats Ginepri at French Open

Novak Djokovic beats Ginepri at French Open

Novak Djokovic defeated Robby Ginepri 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the 4th round of the 2010 French Open.

Djokovic will next play against Jurgen Melzer, who beat Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Ginepri played Djokovic on even terms for more than an hour. He held serve easily until the final game of the first set, when he was broken, and Djokovic took the lead.

Djokovic blew an easy forehand putaway to lose his serve for the first time, and Ginepri broke again while dominating the second set.

The American was not able to mantein the momentum and faded fast. His groundstrokes became more erratic. While serving at love-1 in the third set he went down face-first chasing a shot. He lost the next two points to lose serve and Djokovic won five consecutive games and 10 of 11 to take control.

The Serb volleyed well, found the range with his serve and used his drop shot to keep Ginepri off balance.

“I played really good in the third and fourth sets,” Djokovic said. “I had some really good matches on clay recently. Now I’m in the quarterfinals and I need to keep playing aggressively.”

“Once again I came out on top,” Djokovic added. “I’m in great shape for the second week of the tournament.”

Robby Ginepri French Open Tennis Interview May 31st

Robby Ginepri French Open Tennis Interview May 31st

Q. Bad luck, Robby. You seemed to have things under control at the end of the second set. What switched it around?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Little unlucky not to win the first set. I thought I outplayed him. Just didn't capitalize on breakpoints. Obviously the second set turned it around a little bit. I think he started missing a little bit more and I was finding my rhythm.
Then I guess beginning of the third set I was up 30 Love in that first service game, and I slipped on the overhead at 15 30, and, you know, did a few pushups; never doing those again on court. I think that kind of changed the momentum a little bit.
I don't know. It was just a tough way to go out in the third. And the fourth set, was little unhappy with how it ended.

Q. You're the last of the Mohicans for the Americans. Did you picture anything like that when you started the tournament?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Not really. You don't go into a tournament hoping you're the last American. If it works out that way, fine. If not, you know, you just try to worry about yourself.
There are so many tough matches you have to get through in a Grand Slam. Three out of five, anything is possible. Just worked out that I was the last American again.

Q. What was the lowest you were ever on the computer?
ROBBY GINEPRI: When I first started I didn't even have a ranking.

Q. Oh, yeah. What was your...
ROBBY GINEPRI: Um, I probably dropped to maybe 170, 180, maybe.

Q. When was that?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I think 2007, beginning of 2007.

Q. Why?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Good question.

Q. Looking at your record in these Majors, you either seem to have a long run or lose right away. Is there some sort of momentum? Are you a momentum player? I just thought that was a strange...
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, usually the first match I kind of get some rhythm going, get some confidence, get a little bit more belief in myself.
You know, it's tough to say. Maybe I'm a little bit slow starter if I don't win that first round match in tournaments. After I do win a match I usually go pretty deep.
Just cross my fingers I can get those first round matches under my belt, and good things usually happen.

Q. You managed to level at one set apiece. How did you feel? Were you optimistic? Did you feel you had a real chance to beat him?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, I was feeling good. Even though I lost the first set, I was still pretty happy with the way I was playing. I thought I was dictating a lot of the rallies.
In the third set after I got broke, I kind of let my foot off the gas a little bit. He started controlling more of the rallies. Any short balls I was hitting, he would just exploit them. You know, he would attack.
I thought he stepped his game up a lot more. He started playing a little bit bigger, hitting the balls deeper. Anything that he tried, it seemed like it worked. If I would step in to hit a second serve return, you know, he'd serve a big one to my forehand and my body.
Hats off to him. He played well, I thought, in the third and fourth set.

Q. You spoke about sort of a hot or cold situation in these tournaments. But also in your career as a whole, has there sort of been some streaks? You know, good junior career and then some troubles, then the '04/'05 period darn good, et cetera, et cetera.
ROBBY GINEPRI: Juniors I was pretty solid always. I had a pretty tough career. I was pretty tough to beat in the juniors.
But into the pros, a couple years it took to kind of get to the top. 2003, had a great year reaching I think I won my first tournament the. Then '04 I got to fourth round of the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
So I've had good results, but it's always been a roller coaster ride. Hopefully I can manage that a now little bit better. Off to Queen's next, and hopefully can take some positives out of this week and go into that tournament and play well.

Q. The neck aside, when you say roller coaster ride, I'm assuming you mean it's more of a question of mental and how you're approaching the game and whether you're engaged or not. Obviously you've gone through a lot; a little bit older. What has this run done for your sort of mental engagement with the game? Are you feeling sort revived by it? What does it do for you?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, I'm very ecstatic when what's been going on this week, coming into this tournament having one victory the whole year. It's a pretty terrible stat.
But to be able to play here and win some matches and beat Juan Carlos in five, definitely was thrilled about that victory. Then to have Novak one set apiece and having some chances to do something else.
But I'll take some positives away from this. I'll learn from it again, which I always do with every loss. I'm good.

Q. Can you talk about your immediate plans? You mentioned going to Queen's. Are you going to take a couple days before you get back on the court? How are you going to switch to grass? Can you talk about the preparation, please.
ROBBY GINEPRI: I'll take a few days off, reflect on some things here, and get my mindset ready to compete as well as I can in Queen's. I always look forward to that event. It's very fun playing on the grass. I enjoy it. Won my first tour event there, so I know I can play well.
You know, hopefully I can go pretty deep in the grass court season, and off to the hardcourts, which I feel very comfortable on.

Q. Fourth game of the final set, you had some words with the chair ump, and then there was that crazy mishit.
ROBBY GINEPRI: I felt like that he played that ball and then he stopped because it didn't go in and then checked the mark. But it's not up to me. It's up to the umpire.
Just a little disappointing, because there were a few calls that seemed to, you know, always go his way. I mean, if it was out, then it's out; but, you know, I thought he played it.
No biggie, it's not like it turned the match or anything. It wasn't a big point. You know, he played well. He's not No. 3 in the world for nothing. He's one of the best out there, and he beat me today.

Q. Was your issue more with Novak or with the chair umpire?
ROBBY GINEPRI: No, just with the chair ump. I think he should have gotten out of the chair immediately. He kind of stayed up there a little bit longer. Just kind of agreed with Novak and really didn't listen to anything I said.
He was gonna, you know, stay with that call regardless.

Q. I'm just wondering if it carried over to the next point where you sort of shot the ball up. Or no?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Not really. Left it at that.

Q. How is it to play against Novak? It looks like he's tired, that he can't breathe, and then on the next point he runs.
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, no, I know Novak is extremely fit. He goes deep in a lot of Slams and plays some long matches. I think he's just trying to get as much air into his lungs by taking deep breaths.
With that being said, it doesn't really affect me at all.

Q. I think Patrick McEnroe was in the stands. How is the coaching situation? Has he been helping you for this tournament?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I just saw him briefly yesterday for the first time. You know, he was just up there supporting me in my match.

Q. You said something a little while ago about hopefully you can manage the success better from here. How do you do that? Also, do you have any theories on what has gone wrong, you know, in the past when your ranking has gone down?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I think in the past it's been a little bit of motivation from a day in, day out perspective. One day I'd be really happy on the court and want to play, and the next just not want to hit. You can't do that as a professional.
You've got to go to work each day, no matter what kind of day it is. If you're feeling down, you have to find some positives and take some momentum into the practices and do your very best.
That's what I'm going to try to work on from here on out. I'm 27 now. You know, my career is kind of midway through, and I feel like I can still do a lot of damage out there.

Q. You're not exactly known for your flashy showmanship through your career. But you called on your inner Jack Palance with the pushups. What happened? Talk about that.
ROBBY GINEPRI: I felt a little stupid slipping and falling on my face, so tried to get the crowd back to my side. You know, maybe that took a little bit of my focus away doing that.
Like I said, I'll probably never do pushups again on court.

Q. Do you think it actually changed...
ROBBY GINEPRI: A little bit. It's hard to say. You never know. It's one of those things that might work for you, but today it didn't.
If I, you know, win the next point and hold that game, then it looks great. But I think I won three games after that, so it's a no no.

Q. So we won't see any more pushups from you on court?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Not on court. If you come to the gym, I'll do some there for you.

Q. You've never done that before?

Q. You've played Davis Cup for a while. Do you consider yourself a candidate now that the lineup seems to be changing?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I know Patrick always likes to take the younger guys, and obviously with Querrey and Isner they've been having a phenomenal year. It's going to be hard to shy away from those guys now.
Obviously the Bryan brothers are pretty much a lock every time they play. I think that's the team for now.

Q. What would you be doing if you weren't playing tennis? Were you going to go to college or...
ROBBY GINEPRI: I probably would have gone to college. But, you know, I had to make the decision. I was young. I played Roddick in the finals of the junior US Open, and he was probably around 150 at the time doing pretty well.
Pretty much raised my levels with him throughout the juniors. I had a tough match with him, and felt like it was a good decision to go pro. It's been working. I've been happy with that.

Q. There was a rumor that said you'd be pumping gas if you weren't playing tennis.
ROBBY GINEPRI: Where at? Chevron or Shell?

Q. You've had a good run at the French Open, but the downside is that you've played a lot of games and sets. Today at one point did you feel a bit tired? Did you feel like your legs were not reacting as quickly as you wanted?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I felt pretty fit the whole match. I was a little disappointed, like I said, with how the last two sets went. I thought I had a lot more in the tank to give, but I just didn't get a good opportunity.
Novak was playing too well, was hitting some of the best shots I've seen, and made some unbelievable drop volleys when I would get the ball down low to him. Just felt like he had an answer for everything that I was doing to him.
He played better than I did today.

Q. Have you ever played on a worse day than when you beat Juan Carlos, the conditions?
ROBBY GINEPRI: It's tough to say. I think that was probably one of the toughest conditions I've had to play in. It wasn't fun that when every other point there was clay getting in your eyes.
It was very heavy conditions out there, but I took pride in that match. I knew he was going through the same things. It was whoever was going to stay mentally stronger was going to succeed in that match.

Q. Do you think that Novak can win the French Open?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Anything is possible in sports. You know, there's always an opportunity for anyone that day. The good thing about tennis, you know, it's one on one combat, so if someone's not feeling up to it that day, the other person is usually going to win.
He's extremely talented. He plays really fast off the ground. He's very quick, very flexible. I was surprised on how well he would slide into a lot of the shots when I'd get him off court.
I've seen his flexibility in the locker room, so he can go deep. I don't know his draw. Obviously Nadal and Federer are the two contenders here, but he's beaten both of them before. I know he believes that he can do it. We'll see how he does.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Robby Ginepri French Open Tennis Interview May 29th

Robby Ginepri French Open Tennis Interview May 29th

Q. About three weeks ago I think you played in Bordeaux and lost in the first round to a British player. What's the transformation? What's happened in the intervening few days?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I didn't get food poisoning a couple days before the match, so obviously with that being said, I couldn't show a good effort in the match.

Q. So what's the story here? I mean, that was a tremendous performance again today. What's behind it?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, it was a lot of fun out there. It wasn't the best conditions. A lot of clay getting in both of our eyes, and pretty heavy conditions out there throughout the whole match, and spitting every other set it felt like.
But, yeah, I just fought hard throughout the whole match, and ended up getting the victory in the end.

Q. You've worked with one of the greatest coaches probably of our generation: José Higueras. I know you're kind of flying solo now, but is there a good hangover from having worked with him when you've come back here?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, definitely. I spoke with him a few days ago about my first match with Sam, and he gave me a lot of good insight obviously on that match, and also throughout the time that we spent together in Palm Springs and working together.
Then he recommended another great coach, Diego Moyano, who is a very hard worker from Argentina, and is also very brilliant on the clay, as well. Working with both of them, they've given me great insight on how to apply my tools to the clay, and it's showing this week so far.

Q. With the van ride and everything else and the food poisoning, this all seems very strange to us. I mean, have you ever had sort of a run up to a Slam quite this weird?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Not that way.

Q. Yeah.
ROBBY GINEPRI: It's not usually the way you want to come into a Grand Slam. The trip couldn't have started worse, so there's only an upside to it. I guess this is it.

Q. What was your thought going against a former champion? And, you know, are you stunned by this result to a certain extent? Or really, no? You were ready for it?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, I really wasn't sure what to expect going into this match. I don't do well with game plans, so I just kind of went out there and tried to apply my game, kind of feel the match as it went on.
But it was a tough fight. You know, he's such a great competitor out there. I knew he wasn't going to give up after I was up two sets to love. You can never count someone out like that.
But, you know, I hung in there and wasn't too nervous when I served the game out at 5 3. Made a couple unforced errors and didn't really play long points, and then fought hard to get the break and go on to the fourth round.

Q. Was there a moment in the fifth set that you felt it turn? What did you do to make it happen?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, there's a couple games that turned the match. I mean, he got up a break early in the fifth set, and I ended up breaking him at love the next game. So it was a big turnaround for me.
Like I said, I just competed well throughout the whole match. I never got down on myself, and always gave myself another opportunity to see another point.

Q. Is it a stretch to say you feel at home?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Well, the initials of the tournament are RG, so it's kind of right there. You could say it's a coincidence, but see if I can get through.

Q. It doesn't get easier in the next round, obviously. Your thoughts on that?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I don't know who I play, so someone can tell me. I never look at the draw.

Q. Djokovic.
ROBBY GINEPRI: Okay. We'll assess some things tomorrow. We played twice. played him in the Olympics; two sets for him. But, you know, he's one of the best players in the world. It's gonna be another fight out there.
And, you know, I'll lace my shoes up and see what happens.

Q. In the second two sets when he came back and he was up, did you still feel like you were in control of the match? Seemed like you still weren't going for too much and kept the ball playing as you had in the first two sets and it worked out for you.
ROBBY GINEPRI: His game raised. After he lost, I knew he was going to try to make a charge. I went down a notch in my level. But, you know, hat's off to him; he competed well.
When it got into the fifth, it's anybody's match. We've been out there for a few hours, and we're both feeling pretty confident. Just, you know, hung in there.

Q. What about the atmosphere of the crowd out there? I think at one point you were about to serve and they were still doing the wave and you decide today go for it.
ROBBY GINEPRI: It's great to see it. I played Florent Serra a few years ago on the same court, and they were all cheering for him. I don't mind it. I like hostile crowds. It's always fun playing on Grand Slams. The atmosphere is always a little bit different than other events.

Q. Is your neck bothering you in any way, shape, or form? Do you feel anything at all when you're playing?
ROBBY GINEPRI: When I wake up there's a little bit of soreness, but never like I had before. I just get a little bit of treatment and stay on it. It's been holding up fine. That's really what I'm more pleased about than actually being in the fourth round, that I'm feeling healthy again.

Q. What was your range of motion prior to the procedure, and what is it now?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I mean, if it flares up, you know, there's not too much range of motion going on. I can't really turn my head to the south. When I raise back to try to serve, you know, it's just very painful.
But after the procedure, I'm pretty much back to 100%.

Q. You are suddenly, you know, the last American man. The Bryans went down, and obviously Andy went down. Here you are carrying the flag again.
ROBBY GINEPRI: I'll do what I can to represent the U.S. as well as I can. You know, you don't really think about that. Obviously you want as many Americans in the tournament as you can. But if I'm the last man standing, you know, so be it.

Q. You had that run at the Open a few years back. As you get deeper into a Grand Slam like this, do you draw on that experience you had in New York, or is that just kind of part of your history and not really relevant this week?
ROBBY GINEPRI: No, it always comes into play a little bit, you know. Having the experience of being there definitely pays off. I've played a lot of five set matches there, and knew I could grind through a lot of five set wins.
It definitely takes some confidence going into five set matches. Here I am fourth round again at the French Open. Hopefully I can push on.

Q. Does anything like that in those five setters cross your mind when you're sitting there today going into a fifth set?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Not really. Every match is a new match. You know, look across the net and it's a different opponent day by day. You know, like I said, just really happy I'm in the fourth round again.

Q. Talk about the neck procedure and if you can imagine when that was getting done that a number of months later you'd be in fourth round and carrying the flag.
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, just very happy again that my neck's feeling close to 100% again. It's tough when you wake up and you're not sure if you're going to be able to practice or if it's going to go out midway through practice or even in the match.
It's a constant worry, and definitely takes a lot of energy out of you when you have to waste your time worrying about something like that.

Q. What exactly was it? Pinched nerve?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I don't exactly know the name of it. The procedure is kind of they go in and burn the nerves, so, you know, the brain can't feel any pain. There's no downside to it, which is good. The surgeon was very, very good in Atlanta. Just went with it, and it's working.

Q. Finally, Agassi used to say he took real pride in taking the legs out of his opponents. J.C. talked about how he was really fried late in the match. Do you take pride in doing that? Did you feel that?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, I took a page out of Andre's book. I enjoyed speaking with him and playing with him over the years. But I know that's what he really fought hard to do, especially early stages of the match.
I felt extremely fit out there all day long. We're having 20 , 30 point rallies. Definitely takes its toll on both players. Tried to endure as much pain as I needed to to win the match.

Q. You called for the trainer, I think it was the fourth set, and they came out and treated your foot. Can you tell us maybe a little bit more about what that was and if it's going to affect you in the next round?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I had a blister that built up in the previous two matches, and they just came out and put a new bandage on. Should be okay.

Q. Where the nerves were burned, is that spot permanently numb now?
ROBBY GINEPRI: No. The nerves will come back within 16 months to two years. You know, if it flares up again, just have the procedure done again.

Q. It was two years you had neck trouble, you said?
ROBBY GINEPRI: About that, yeah.

Q. What was the worst moment of that? Where did it really seize up on you, or was it just a low level pain that stopped or didn't even get extreme, I guess is my question?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, when it was on the court, I felt something. Just kind of yanked up on a forehand and immediately felt it. It was down in Australia when it happened, and didn't think anything of it at the time. But it gradually got worse. I had to shut it down for a few weeks.
And then last year at Queen's I was on the practice court, and just kind of went out on me and just had to kind of lay on the couch for two, three days and couldn't move. Got it okay to play, and five days before Wimbledon kind of same thing, so...
And then earlier this year in Australia I couldn't serve five days before the tournament. So it's tough when such a big aspect when you're serving, it's such a big part of the men's game today. But, you know, we're through it now and pretty happy.

Q. Unless I'm mistaken, I think you have Novak next.

Q. Two things: Could you first of all talk about him; pretty tough matchup. Secondly, are you going to take some of the dough you're gonna win here the notes say you don't have a coach and are you going to go out and get a high powered coach to tell you what to do?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I'm playing pretty well now. Had someone, coach and trainer, for pretty much the majority of my career. It's nice being out on the court and on the practice court just being able to listen to my own thoughts and not have someone always telling you what they think you should do or not.
But when the time is right, I'll probably figure out if I need a coach and get that done.
Then obviously with Novak, it's gonna be a tough match. He's been playing well. And like I said, just be ready for another fight.

Q. Along those lines, couple years ago you had a team around you with Diego and Jamie. Now you are going solo, qualifying, playing challengers. Is there is some pride here in digging deep kind of coming back and storming back into everything?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, I enjoy it. You know, playing the challenger Tallahassee was definitely a wakeup call. I haven't really won any matches going into it except one. So to get to the finals there and actually I had to retire but to actually get some wins definitely took some confidence again.

Q. I'm not sure if you said this before, but are you going to call José or speak to him before playing Novak? Was there anything that he told you that you can tell us about getting ready for this surface and working here? Was there something that kicked in for you?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I mean, I didn't even speak to him after the match with Querrey.

Q. So that was before?

Q. Did you have a long drive here? I didn't quite grasp that.
ROBBY GINEPRI: We were all in Düsseldorf for the World Team Cup, and rode with Querrey and Isner and Mark Kovacs, the USTA trainer. Four and a half hours with the boys, pretty easy. Some good laughs. We're here.

Q. I think I talked to you after the US Open in a little room. Had you ever considered retiring, or have you ever gotten anywhere near that point?
ROBBY GINEPRI: No, never. It's never crossed my mind.

Q. The Open run was really your big splash in your career. In terms of the big picture, reaching the fourth at Roland Garros, is there a little bit of redemption there, a little bit of joy big picture wise? I know you just got off the court and had a tough match, but if you could address that.
ROBBY GINEPRI: Obviously what I did at the US Open was a huge achievement for me. If I can, you know, even make the quarters of a Grand Slam again, that would be phenomenal. Reaching the semis again would just be another tip to the head.
But I don't know. Like I said, I'm just really happy that I'm playing well again and that I'm healthy and moving well, feeling well. See what happens.

Q. Just briefly on Novak, he moves so well on the baseline. How do you bring him down? How do you attack him?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I can't share that with you guys.

Q. Just curious, when you're in a van with Isner and Querrey, is there a lot of leg stretching going on? Do you have to get out and stop? Do you sit like that the whole time?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Their legs are about as long as me.

Q. Must be an uncomfortable journey. Were they in the passenger seat or back?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Two sitting here and two sitting here. We're all facing each other. So we kind of rotate every 30 minutes or so. I think John had to go to the bathroom with about 45 minutes left. I was a little bit upset. Could have got there 30 minutes sooner.

Q. Who drove?
ROBBY GINEPRI: We hired a driver.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Robby Ginepri French Open 2010 Interview May 28th

Robby Ginepri French Open 2010 Interview May 28th

Q. You doubled your win count this year. What's your explanation? Obviously you've had some good results here before, but I'm sure your expectations weren't sky high coming in here.
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, I mean, maybe that's why I'm doing well. Didn't really have too many expectations like you said coming into this event.
Usually that's when good things happen, when you least expect it.

Q. How do you feel like you were playing today? Are striking the ball any differently from the other day?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Played okay. The conditions were a little bit different. The two days off kind of threw me off a little bit. Didn't feel like my rhythm was as sharp as it was when I played Sam on Tuesday.
Um, but just fought pretty hard throughout the whole match and won the points when I needed to. Had some chances in the first, but he played some tough points.
Like I said, I'm fortunate to get through and see another day here.

Q. Who's here with you?

Q. In the past you haven't had necessarily success on clay. Can you explain what you think is the reason for your success?
ROBBY GINEPRI: I always enjoyed playing on the clay. It's never been that issue. Couple great clay court coaches, Jose Higueras and Diego Moyano. Worked with a lot great players in the past, and learned a lot from them in the last few years. I've used my, you know, talent on the clay with their advice, and it's all coming together now.
I think playing a lot of matches in the last couple weeks has also given me a lot of confidence and realize what I need to do on the clay and be a little bit more patient than normal.
Just pretty much taking a hardcourt game onto a clay court. I can hit the big shots through the court when I need to, and grind if I have to.

Q. That was your success in 2005. You really could grind and hit through the ball when you needed to. Is that something you're starting to feel again? How is your body holding up after couple best of five set matches?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, I feel strong. Two days off. You know, I was ready to go yesterday, but I was fortunate that I didn't have to go on and off, on and off. That's the toughest part about the rain delays.
Just coming back here again today and staying solid. Felt okay today. Didn't play particularly well, but like I said, I fought hard and won the points I needed to.

Q. So Ferrero maybe in the next round. Not sure, but...
ROBBY GINEPRI: I think he won.

Q. Did he?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah. It'll be a pretty good test for me. Obviously winning here in the past he knows how to play on this stuff. It's gonna be a dogfight out there. I'm gonna be ready for some long points, and try to apply my power to his game and see what happens.
Try to get a good scouting report on him and get some rest and see how it goes tomorrow.

Q. Gonna take some more risks against him?
ROBBY GINEPRI: You know, I'm gonna have to think about how I'm gonna play him. I played him once but it was Wimbledon on the grass, so a little bit different conditions.
He's extremely solid on both sides and moves very, very well. Gonna have to play patient. Obviously when I have my opportunities, I'm gonna have to take 'em.

Q. Mardy was 5 5 in the fifth. I don't know if you saw that.

Q. You two coming in here would be two of the guys of the main Americans least expected to be in the third round. Talk about that for a second.
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, anybody can play at any given time if their mind is into it. Obviously mine is right now. Mardy has been hurt in the past. I think he's pretty eager and fired up to play some tennis again.
You know, I was watching some of it. It was 5 All, like you said. Hopefully he pulls it out. I don't know if he's gotten past the second round here or not, but it would be a great win for him.
Be happy for him if he gets through it. Just another American through.

Q. With whom do you practice usually here at Roland Garros? How many hours do you train?
ROBBY GINEPRI: To be honest, I didn't practice too much here. I was in Düsseldorf and didn't arrive until Sunday, so I didn't get too much time on the courts.
Just been pretty much warming up and playing my matches the last few days the way the rain and the schedule has been.
I hit with Andy Roddick on the day off after my first win for 30 minutes. Not too hard, so...

Q. And besides the matches, off the court you hang out with the other players who have survived the first two rounds?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Yeah, I've been...

Q. Is there a bond between you?
ROBBY GINEPRI: Been hanging out with Travis Rettenmaier. He's playing in the doubles. He's undefeated here at the French, 1 0, so pretty happy for him. He won his first tournament a few weeks ago in Serbia, so he's starting to play well.
But, you know, the guys schedules are so difficult to go out to eat. And, you know, where they're staying, it's tough. So we're staying at the same hotel, so it's good.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Chennai Open: Robin Soderling upset by Robby Ginepri

Chennai Open: Robin Soderling upset by Robby Ginepri
Chennai Open: Robin Soderling upset by Robby Ginepri

Robin Soderling was upset by Robby Ginepri 6-4 7-5 in the first round of the Chennai Open.

Soderling lost the opening set after he was broken in the seventh game following a spate of unforced errors.

“Everything went wrong. I tried my best but nothing went my way. I haven’t felt like that in a very long time,” Soderling said.

“It’s not the ideal preparation for Australian Open. But hopefully I will feel better as I play more matches. I am next playing Kooyong exhibition tournament in Melbourne.”

The Swede blew a 4-1 lead in the second set after he allowed Ginepri to save three break points and claw his way back.

Ginepri broke Soderling again in the seventh game as the Swede missed three overhead shots to hand his opponent the advantage.

“I had a little problem seeing the ball when I was moving back. Missed three overhead shots in one game,” said Soderling.

Ginepri said he was moving better and that had helped.

“I felt good today, I moved well. It’s always tough to play well in your first match of the season,” He said.

“I have had more time to prepare. I was here on Thursday so had better understanding of the conditions. He (Soderling) came only two days back, so probably didn’t have enough time.”

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Marat Safin beats Robby Ginepri at Los Angeles Open

Marat Safin beats Robby Ginepri at Los Angeles Open
Marat Safin beats Robby Ginepri at Los Angeles Open

Marat Safin defeatedr Robby Ginepri 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Russian was able to come from behind win to reach the second round of the Los Angeles Open.

Safin lifted his own spirits as he made a respectable showing in what is meant to be his final season in the game at age 29.

Safin was fresh from an exhibition win 24 hours earlier against Pete Sampras.

"If you beat Pete Sampras you know you have a good chance of beating Robby Ginepri," he joked.

"Robby is playing really well, coming from a title last week. He's a tough player. The match was well-played from both of us. I got up a break in the beginning of the second set and that helped me to turn the match around."

Marat Safin notched eight aces and broke Ginepri five times while losing his own serve on four occasions.

Marcos Baghdatis claimed his first ATP victory in a month with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 first-round win over Frank Dancevic.

Baghdatis came good after going out in the first round last week in Indianapolis as he began his summer hardcourt season. He will next face John Isner, who upset Benjamin Becker 7-6 7-6.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Robby Ginepri defeats Querrey to win Indianapolis title

Robby Ginepri defeats Querrey to win Indianapolis title
Robby Ginepri defeats Querrey to win Indianapolis title

Robby Ginepri beat Sam Querrey 6-2 6-4 to win his second Indianapolis Championships title.

“This tournament is very special for me,” Ginepri said. “Having won twice here is an amazing feeling.

“This one has to be more special as I really never expected it,” he added, who missed playing on the tour from mid February to mid May after being hospitalised for nine days in March with appendicitis.

Ginepri broke the third-seeded Querrey twice in the opening set and in the ninth game of the second, sealing victory in the next game when Querrey’s overhead return was long.

“Sam has a big serve, but I got onto it early in the match,” Ginepri said. “If I hadn’t run him around court he would have taken control.

Querrey said he was not at his best.

“I didn’t have rhythm on serve today, it was not there,” Querrey said.

“He’s such a good returner - he puts a lot of pressure on you. He played well and had very few unforced errors.”

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