Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 10/18/14

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 4: Robby Ginepri returns a shot to Benjamin Becker of Germany during Day 2 of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center August 4, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
At the SAP Open yesterday evening, two talented American players in very different stages of their careers met in the headline match. Ryan Harrison, the up-and-coming 19-year old, was coming off of his career best season last year, but had failed to get much momentum during the tour’s swing in Australia. He met Robby Ginepri, ten years older, who was trying to get back to the top level of the men’s game after breaking his arm in bicycling accident in October of 2010. The pair put on a high-quality tennis match, but in the end, youth was served when Harrison came away with the win, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(0). Harrison in his post-match press conference As the match progressed, it became very difficult to ignore the resonance of the fact that these two players were poised at the opposite points in their career arcs. Ginepri is a three-time ATP titlist, former world number 15, and made it to the U.S. Open semifinals in 2005, losing to Andre Agassi. Ginepri was one of the American players comin...
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