Indianapolis Tennis Championships (4)
Coverage from the ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, July 19-26, 2009.
Robby Ginepri raised a finger to challenge the call on his baseline, but then realized the call had gone his way. His racket fell to the court and Ginepri dropped to one knee and raised his arms in a sort of lightning bolt formation.
In just an hour and three minutes, he had beaten Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4 for his first title since 2005, which also came in Indianapolis. As a two-time Indy champ, Ginepri joins a club that includes only Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, and Andy Roddick. “This one is more special because I didn’t expect it,” Ginepri said after the match. “It’s funny how things work out. Sometimes you work so hard and the results don’t come. I hadn’t won back-to-back matches all year. After my second match here, I got that monkey off my back.”
Fit and at home on Stadium Court, Ginepri served well, returned a lot of balls, and played a variety of shots, from driving down-the-line backhands to softly angled forehands. Playing Isner in the semi helped him acclimate to big serves, and Ginepri needed these little advantages: Right now, he is playing without a coach. “I like someone in my corner, pushing me at all times,” he said.
If history had repeated itself today at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Frank Dancevic would have made another improbable run to the final after driving himself to the tournament from Canada and scoring the last direct entry into the main draw, as he had in 2007, while Sam Querrey would have bowed out of the tournament in the semifinals for the third year in a row. Instead, Querrey advanced to his first final here and his second ATP World Tour championship match in three weeks, and Dancevic is filling up the gas tank for the trip home.
Meeting in the first semifinal, the two stayed close, with Querrey winning all but a few points on his first serve. Dancevic fell into a love-40 hole while serving at 4-5 in the first set, but dug out of it with a couple of good serves. Finally, though, the 21-year-old Californian got the break for the set and followed up with an early break in the second. Then he dropped serve at 5-3 from the sunny side of the court. But he didn’t panic. “I knew when we switched sides, he would have trouble with the sun,” Querrey said after the match.
Revenge is a Dish Better Served to the Forehand SideServing at 5-6 in the first set against Sam Querrey, Rajeev Ram lunged for a wide forehand and felt a sharp pain in his left calf.[/dropcap]He knew this feeling: it had also occurred during his match against Querrey 11 days ago in the final of the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Championships in Newport. Ram lost the first set, and with limited movement to his right and forward, allowed Querrey to run ahead to 3-0 in the second set. Rain delayed the match for about an hour and a half, but it didn’t matter. Ram held serve three times but lost the match 5-7, 3-6. “I wish I could have been playing this match healthy,” he said afterward. “At the end of the first set, I think I looked at the scoreboard and saw that we each had won 33 points.” Ram quickly gave all credit to Sam, however. “I don’t want to make too much of the injury. Sam showed up, and he deserved it.” Ram played doubles later but bowed out of that draw, too. Next up: addressing this recurring injury, which has also popped up in his other leg.
Yes, some fans are a little upset about Roddick’s withdrawal due to injury and have expressed it by scratching out his face on their ticket.
A Samurai’s Revenge?
But Andy’s absence just means more love for Rajeev Ram, a 25-year-old Indy resident who entered this week on the hottest streak of his career.