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Goldstein advances at Tennis Channel Open


LAS VEGAS - Unseeded Paul Goldstein defeated fourth-seeded Robby Ginepri at the Tennis Channel Open on Tuesday night. The match was tied at one set apiece Monday when it was halted because of rain. Goldstein took the third set Tuesday to win 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-1. "I've never beaten Number 16 in the world before," Goldstein, who is ranked 73rd, said of Ginepri, who is actually ranked No. 19. "I had confidence in how the points were going to get constructed and confidence that I could win points playing the style I am comfortable playing." Second-seeded Nicolas Kiefer and two "lucky losers" were among the first-round winners earlier Tuesday. Kiefer, from Germany, defeated Sargis Sargsian of Armenia 6-3, 6-2. Brian Vahaly defeated Sam Querrey 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3, and Peter Luczak of Australia beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 7-6 (7). Vahaly and Luczak were qualifying round finalists who lost on Monday but replaced injured players via a random draw. Seeded players who advanced to the second round were Kiefer, No. 3 Tommy Robredo of Spain and No. 5 James Blake. They join No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, who was victorious on Monday, as the remaining seeded players after one round. Robredo defeated Andy Murray of Great Britain 6-2, 6-2 and Blake beat Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 7-6 (3), 6-0. In other first-round matches, Julien Benneteau of France beat Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-4, 7-6 (0); Vincent Spadea defeated Paul Capdeville of Chile 6-3, 6-2; Ivo Karlovic of Croatia topped Davide Sanguinetti of Italy 6-2, 6-4; Mardy Fish defeated Prakash Amritraj of India 6-4, 7-6 (4); and Jan Hernych of Czechoslovakia bat Kristian Pless of Denmark 6-3, 6-3.-AP

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