By Nemanja Bjedov
Marcos Baghdatis received a bye into the second round of the ATP World Tour 500 Citi Open in Washington, DC, and will face either Lukas Lacko of Slovakia or Colombian Alejandro Falla in his opening match.
The 16th-seeded Cypriot is in the bottom half of the draw and could face second-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori in the third round, including also eight-seeded American John Isner, Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine and Frenchman Gael Monfils, who reached the semifinal of the Croatia Open in Umag over the weekend.
This will be the third appearance in the Citi Open for Baghdatis where, after reaching the final during his 2010 debut – eventually losing to Argentinean David Nalbandian – he also reached the quarterfinal in 2011.
The 28-year old Cypriot, currently ranked 44th in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will be looking to get back to winning ways on the tour after recording nine consecutive first round exits, ever since reaching the quarterfinals in Rotterdam in February.
He also lost in the Challenger of Dallas first round in early March, while playing for Cyprus he recorded a Davis Cup victory over Benin’s Theophile Segodo in April.
More recently he featured in two rounds of the German elite club competition and recorded two singles victories and one in the doubles.