Gimelstob Survives Second Round Test; Chang
Scheduled to Play at 4 p.m. Thursday
By Fred Sidhu
Calabasas, Ca. – It took unseeded Justin Gimelstob
two-hours and twenty-minutes to advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA
Challenger of Calabasas as he defeated Italy’s Cristiano Caratti, 6-7
(10), 6-3, 6-3 at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.
Gimelstob served for the first set at 5-4, but
Caratti broke serve to stay in the set. In the tiebreak, which lasted 22
points, Gimelstob lost three set points as Caratti won the set in
one-hour and 15 minutes.
In the second set, Gimelstob stormed back to tie the
match as he hit three aces past Caratti while serving for the set at
Gimelstob capitalized on service breaks in the third
and ninth game of the third set to win the match.
When asked what was the key to his victory, Gimelstob
responded, “Just hanging in there, not getting too frustrated after
the first set loss. That was pretty frustrating.”
He added, “I was proud of the way I hung in there
and kept playing each point. I think I wore him down a bit.”
Gimelstob will face third-seeded Noam Okun of Israel
in Friday’s quarterfinals. Okun eliminated Switzerland’s George
Bastl 6-4, 6-4.
In other second round action, fifth-seeded Cecil
Mamiit defeated fellow American, Jack Brasington, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2.
Top-seeded Michael Chang will play his second round
match at 4 p.m. Thursday against Alex Waske of Germany.
Admission is free through Thursday’s day session.
Tickets for Thursday night’s Pro/Celebrity Exhibition are $12. Tickets
Friday through Sunday are $8 - $12. Children under 18 will be admitted
for $5 Friday through Sunday. For ticket information, call (818)
All tournament sessions through Friday begin at 11
a.m. Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s final, begin at noon.
The USTA Challenger of Calabasas is a $50,000
Challenger event. The tournament is part of the United States Tennis
Association Professional Circuit.