Re: Robby: Hard head on the hard courts for the US Open series
Robby wins by replay!
Tuesday, defending champion Robby Ginepri rallied to beat Alejandro Falla 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, with an instant replay challenge overturning a key point.
The event is the first U.S. Open Series tournament to allow players to challenge calls and get them reviewed using instant replay. Ginepri and Falla were tied at 5 in the second set when chair umpire Zsolt Beda of Hungary ruled a shot by Ginepri was out, giving Falla a 6-5 lead. But Ginepri challenged the ruling and the video showed his shot was actually in, giving him the lead. He went on to capture the second set.
"I'm glad they started it here," Ginepri said. "I needed to come up with the challenge, and it worked in my favor."
Each player gets two challenges per set to review line calls. A player loses a challenge only if the call stands. Players will receive an additional challenge during a tiebreaker but can't carry over challenges from one set to another.
Ginepri, seeded fourth, had lost his opening-round matches in 10 previous tournaments while struggling to a 6-16 record.
"The best part of this match was I didn't play nearly my best tennis, and I still found a way to win," he said. "That's much bigger than winning a 6-0, 6-1 match."
Anyone who says any player has no chance against Dolgopolov is clearly trolling.
That's the gospel.