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Lawn Tennis: On-song Ginepri can keep up run; MADRID MASTERS Sky Sports Xtra, 10am.

Byline: By Dylan Hill

ROBBY GINEPRI'S backers may feel they have missed the boat after the American qualifier beat the world No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko, but he has still been put in at 13-10 by Boyles to add the scalp of Gilles Simon today and that looks worth taking.

Simon has climbed into the top 20 and produced another good win when he battled to a three-set victory over James Blake in the second round.

But Ginepri's compatriot has a shocking record in Madrid so the victory doesn't mean the Frenchman is necessarily firing on all cylinders as he had lost early to Nicolas Mahut and Eduardo Schwank in recent weeks.

And there is a strong case for jumping on the Ginepri bandwagon now that he is at last stringing some form together again. His high-risk style of play and refusal to play the percentages can be infuriating at times, but there is no doubt that he is a highly talented performer at his best - he made the semi-finals of the US Open in 2005.

Having qualified for this event and now won two matches in the main draw, he should be full of confidence once more and that makes him a dangerous proposition for any opponent.

Rafael Nadal struggled to see off Ernests Gulbis yesterday and, while there was little shame in that given the Latvian's potential, it adds to the feeling that the Spaniard may be feeling the effects of a long year. Today he faces another tough opponent in Richard Gasquet, who is worth a token interest at the prices as well.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 16, 2008
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