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Ginepri grabs rare victory

Former world number 15 Robby Ginepri claimed his first ATP Tour win in over a year to advance into the second round of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

Ginepri, a semi-finallist at the 2005 US Open, has tumbled to 281 in the men's singles standings but claimed his first victory of 2014 by edging past Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (7/3) 3-6 6-0.

It marked the 31-year-old American's first triumph since he reached the quarter-finals of the US Clay Court Championship in April 2013 and his reward has earned him a clash with top seed John Isner in the second round.

Seeded pair Denis Istomin and Marinko Matosevic made light work of their opponents on Tuesday.

Sixth seed Istomin sauntered past American lucky loser Rajeev Ram 6-1 6-4, while Matosevic, seeded eighth, crushed Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 6-0 6-2 in just 43 minutes.

Tim Smyczek thumped his fellow American Ryan Harrison by the same scoreline and Jack Sock gave the home fans more reason for cheer by breezing past Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2 6-4.

Dutch lucky loser Thiemo de Bakker cruised to a 6-1 6-2 triumph over Canadian qualifier Steven Diez and Germany's Benjamin Becker was a 6-4 6-2 winner over Matthew Ebden, whose Australian compatriot John-Patrick Smith also exited at the first round stage after a 6-4 6-4 defeat to Ukrainian Illya Marchenko.

In the final match of the night, Slovakian Lukas Lacho was a 6-2, 7-5 winner over American Nathan Pasha.