By Nemanja Bjedov
MARCOS Baghdatis recorded his first singles win on the ATP Tour for five months when he beat Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-4 in the second round of the Citi Open in Washington D.C.
The struggling Cypriot’s last win had come in Rotterdam in February.
Having lost to Lacko in their first two meetings, at Wimbledon in 2010 and last year in Zagreb, the 16th seeded Baghdatis this time came out on top, and he will now take on the winner of the match between second-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan and American hope Jack Sock.
The Limassol native hit nine aces and crucially saved five of the six break points he faced to beat Lacko in just over two hours.
While waiting for his next opponent, 28-year-old Baghdatis committed to the Malaysian Open, which will take place between September 21-28 at the Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
“Kuala Lumpur has been a special event for me. When I was in the final they really gave me so much support, which I remember well, so I am really looking forward to the event,” said Baghdatis, the World No 44, who will make his fourth Kuala Lumpur appearance with his best performance coming in 2011 when he reached the final.