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Ginepri Advances at Thailand Open

September 27, 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ U.S. Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri regrouped after an unsteady first set Tuesday and beat Thailand’s Danai Udomchoke 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the second round of the Thailand Open.

The third-seeded American rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second set against Danai, who was weakened by stomach problems.

``I never played him before and mentally I wasn’t into the match in the first set,″ said Ginepri, who will next play France’s Nicolas Thomann. ``I was thinking a lot. Things happened. But I stayed focused and hoped for good things.″

Danai said his stomach pain began toward the end of the second set.

``I couldn’t move the way I would want to,″ he said.

Sixth-seeded Jarrko Nieminen of Finland also reached the second round when Karol Kucera quit because of shoulder and neck injuries. Nieminen was leading 6-1, 3-1.

Seventh-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand, Asia’s top player, beat qualifier Chen Ti of Taiwan 6-3, 6-4 and will play Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain on Thursday.

``I just had some weird service games in which I felt tight without any reason,″ Paradorn said. ``Maybe it’s because the first match at home is always difficult for me.″

Also, Britain’s Andrew Murray beat Switzerland’s George Bastl 6-2, 6-4.

Top-seeded Roger Federer, the defending champion, and second-seeded Lleyton Hewitt begin play Wednesday.

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