Thursday, January 9, 2003
Gonzalez, Gambill eliminated in Auckland
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Top-seeded Jiri Novak of the Czech
Republic beat American qualifier Robby Ginepri 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3 on
Thursday in the second round of the rain-plagued Heineken Open.
Third-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Spain and sixth-seeded
Jan-Michael Gambill of the United States were eliminated.
Spain's David Ferrer beat Gonzalez 6-4, 6-3, and Slovakia's
Dominik Hrbaty edged Gambill 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4).
Seventh-seeded Guillermo Coria of Argentina advanced, beating
Spain's Fernando Vincente 6-2, 6-2.
Fourth-seeded Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil led American qualifier
Michael Russell 30-0 in the first game of the third set when rain
forced the suspension of play. Russell took the first set 6-4, and
Kuerten took the second by the same score.