Cyprus Mail

Baghdatis sent crashing

By Nemanja Bjedov

MARCOS Baghdatis’ disappointing form continued on Wednesday as he suffered a first round exit at Roland Garros at the hands of Benoit Paire of France, the Cypriot well beaten 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

It is his fourth first round exit at the tournament in nine attempts.

The match between the world number 39 Cypriot and rising star Paire, seeded 24, was suspended due to rain and bad light at 9.18pm on Tuesday night with the duo locked together at one set all with Paire up 4-3 with a break in the third set.

Upon the resumption of the match on the Suzanne Lenglen show court yesterday afternoon, Paire duly served out the third set to take a two sets to one lead.

The 27-year-old Baghdatis failed to find the answer to Paire’s clutch play on break points and it is obvious that it will take longer than expected for the recent change of coaches to have any significant effect on the Cypriot’s form.

Paire saved 14 of the 16 break points he faced, including eight in a marathon sixth game of the third set featuring ten deuces.

The Frenchman broke Baghdatis again early in the fourth set on his way to serving out the match as the Limassol native failed to put up a fight in another disappointing performance.

Baghdatis did not win a singles match on clay this season after first round defeats in Munich, Madrid, Rome and now Paris.

He will now make a welcome transition to grass courts and play his first tournament of the four-week season at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, which begins on Monday, June 10.

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