SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jan-Michael Gambill outlasted eighth-seeded Wayne Ferreira 6-7 (14-12), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 Monday in the first round of the Siebel Open.
Ferreira had a match point in the 10th game of the second set but he hit a backhand that tipped off the top of the net and bounced back.
“The thing I did really well that I haven’t been doing is just having a better mind-set out there,” said Gambill, ranked 65th in the world. “I was taking the match one point at a time. There were times I didn’t even know the score out there.”
Gambill, a semifinalist in San Jose in 2002, overpowered Ferreira, 47th ranked, in the third set and won when Ferreira hit into the net.
It was Gambill’s first win over Ferreira in four matches.
“It’s good to get one on the guy,” Gambill said. “He’s been tough for a long time.”
The match lasted 2 hours, 11 minutes, though Gambill needed only 22 minutes to finish off Ferreira in the third set.
Fourth-seeded Taylor Dent beat fellow American Paul Goldstein 6-4, 6-4 in his first match since losing to Andy Roddick in the third round of the Australian Open.
“I was coming off the most embarrassing day in my tennis life and I didn’t know how I was going to rebound,” Dent said. “It was more nerve-racking than it probably looked. I came out and played a solid match — a nice comfort zone for me.”
South Africa’s Wesley Moodie also advanced to the second round, beating Todd Martin 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).
Moodie, a former Boise State player, put 75 percent of his first serves in play against Martin.
“For me, he was impossible to read,” Martin said. “He hits every spot on the court and he’s consistent. It wasn’t much fun for me.”
In other first-round matches, K.J. Hippensteel beat Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, and Robert Kendrick defeated Germany’s Lars Burgsmuller 6-4, 6-2. Hippensteel, who played at Stanford, made his ATP Tour debut.
Brad Gilbert, who is Andy Roddick’s coach, beat recently retired Michael Chang in an exhibition set, 6-4.
Rafa Nadal made short work of his great rival Roger Federer to win the Italian Open, while Serena Williams took down Victoria Azarenka in the women's final.
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