Soderling dumped out
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:58
Soderling, 25, who began the year with a first victory over Roger Federer in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi last week, was knocked out in an hour and 31 minutes.
The Swede began solidly but his game crumbled and he produced far too many errors.
Ginepri, pounding away from the baseline, broke in the seventh game and sealed the first set with an ace.
The American lined up three break points in the first game of the second set but Soderling levelled at deuce and came up with two aces to hold serve.
The Swede then broke Ginepri but it was all downhill from there and the American broke back in the eighth and again in the 11th, before serving out for the match.
Last year’s finalist, India Davis Cup player Somdev Devvarman, stunned veteran Rainer Schuettler 7-5 6-2.
Devvarman had trailed 3-5 in the first set but won six games in a row to gain the edge. He then went 2-0 up in the second and eventually sealed the tie.
In other first-round matches, third seed Stanislas Wawrinka strolled through with a 6-1 6-4 win over India’s Rohan Bopanna, Michael Russel defeated home qualifier Prakash Amritraj 6-3 6-1, Slovenia’s Lukas Lacko beat Taipei’s Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4 6-3 and Holland’s Robin Haase beat Yang Tsung-Hua 6-4 6-3.
There were also wins for Germany’s Michael Berrer, Israel’s Dudi Sela and Kevin Kim of the US.