Cyprus Mail

Baghdatis beaten by Wawrinka in Malaysia

By Nemanja Bjedov
MARCOS Baghdatis was beaten by second-seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 7-5 in the second round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday afternoon.
Wawrinka broke Baghdatis’ serve twice to claim the first set in just 22 minutes. However, the Cypriot improved in the second set and there were no break point opportunities until the ninth service game when the Swiss had a chance to take a 5-4 lead, but 28-year-old Baghdatis managed to hold serve after winning three straight points after some quality serving.
Unfortunately for the Cypriot, he dropped his serve two games later to allow Wawrinka to go 6-5 up, and the world number 10 made no mistake as he served out the match in just over an hour.
Wawrinka, who also beat Baghdatis in the third round of the US Open at the beginning of the month, will now take on the winner of the match between Russian Dmitry Tursunov and Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, while Baghdatis travels to Tokyo where he will participate at the Japan Open Tennis Championships.
This will be the fourth participation in Tokyo for the World No.48 Cypriot who reached the semi-finals of the event last season where he lost to local favorite Kei Nishikori.

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