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Marcos Baghdatis advances in Marseille February 14, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Tennis Squash.
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Marcos Baghdatis served 10 aces en route to a straight sets victory over the Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the Open 13 tournament on Tuesday evening in Marseille.

The sixth seeded Cypriot broke the serve of the 2006 winner in each set to claim a well deserved victory in one hour and 19 minutes. Baghdatis will now face the winner of the match between the Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the second round which is scheduled for this afternoon.

Baghdatis never played against Karlovic at an ATP or Grand Slam main draw event, while he beat Feliciano Lopez in their sole meeting in the second round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2006 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

On the same day (Tuesday), the popular Cypriot was handed the third and final wildcard for next week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Baghdatis was one of the players who made a late withdrawal from last year’s edition, which was plagued by pullouts, so this decision could prove controversial.

“I felt uncomfortable about not being able to play last year, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to participate,” read a statement form Baghdatis.

However, the tournament director, Richard Krajicek, said that he took the decision after discussions with Baghdatis’ management.

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