LONDON -- James Blake defeated Justin Gimelstob 7-5, 6-1 in an all-American, second-round match at Queen's Club on Tuesday.
Blake, ranked No. 7 in the world, missed a his first set point
while leading 5-4. But he closed it out on his third opportunity
after a lob hit the baseline that Gimelstob couldn't return.
Blake broke to lead 3-1 in the second set and he lost only one
more point in the match.
Fellow American Mardy Fish crushed British wild card Jamie Baker
6-1, 6-3 to set up a second-round match against top-seeded Rafael
British hope Andy Murray was poised to level his match
against unheralded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic at one set all when
persistent showers brought a premature end to the day's play. Tipsarevic leads 7-6 (3), 2-5.
Murray is aiming to join compatriot Tim Henman in the second
round after the remaining four Britons in the draw all failed to
survive their first-round tests.
Defending champion Andy Roddick did not even get out of the
locker room. He will have to wait another 24 hours to begin his quest for an unprecedented fourth successive Queen's
crown against Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic.
In another all-American matchup, Robby Ginepri rallied to defeat
Paul Goldstein 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Also, Nicolas Mahut of France defeated countryman Julien
Benneteau 6-4, 6-1; Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand beat Dick
Norman of Belgium 6-4, 7-6 (5); and Dmitry Tursunov of Russia
topped British wild card Alex Bogdanovic 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.