Lawn Tennis
Chris Guccione Powers Into Memphis Round Two
By Anton Lagani, Lawn Tennis Senior Correspondent, Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:06am CST USA
Chris Guccione Powers Into Memphis Round Two, Robert Kendrick
Chris Guccione of Australia
MEMPHIS--( Monday in Memphis at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Australian Chris Guccione pounded an army of aces in the first round to defeat American Robert Kendrick 7-6(8-6), 7-6(7-5). For Kendrick it was also a continuation of a losing streak for this year in which he has lost in all of his four tournaments in round one.

Memphis 2008, Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Cellular South Cup Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup
February 25-March 2, 2008
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Guccione used his height and left-handed serve to his advantage early in set one to race ahead 6-5, before Kendrick fought back to reach the tiebreaker with outstanding passing shots and ground stroke winners.

The 6 feet 7 inches tall Guccione slammed several overhead and volley winners to reach 5-4 early in the tiebreaker. Two overpowering serves out wide from Kendrick saw him reach set point at 6-5.

However Kendrick was unable to control one of many Guccione down the tee serves as he netted a forehand return to lose set point. After 51 minutes of play, Guccione took set one 7-6(8-6) with a backhand drop volley winner crosscourt.

In set two Kendrick reached leads of 5-4 and 6-5 by moving further behind the baseline to return the Guccione serve, but was unable still to get enough in play as Guccione's serve reached speads of 135 miles per hour.

In the second set tiebreaker, Kendrick sent a forehand down the line wide to end the match.

Last week in San Jose, the hard hitting Guccione took top seeded American Andy Roddick to 3-6, 7-6(7-3), 6-7(5-7) before losing in the first round.

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