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Baghdatis thrashed by Del Potro in Basel

By Nemanja Bjedov
MARCOS Baghdatis was thrashed by top seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-1, 6-2 in the second round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Thursday evening, as his poor season continued.
The Argentine, who had already beaten Baghdatis twice this year in Dubai and Tokyo, broke the Cypriot’s serve two consecutive times in the first set to race into a 5-0 lead after only half an hour of play.
Baghdatis managed to to save five set points while on serve in the sixth game, before Del Potro put him out of his misery.
The 28-year-old Baghdatis, who is currently ranked 97th, managed to hold serve to start the second set, but there was no let up from his big-hitting opponent who broke the Cypriot twice again en route to an easy win.
World No.5 Del Potro will now take on the winner of the all-French duel between Paul-Henri Mathieu and Michael Llodra in the quarter-finals, while Baghdatis has probably played his last tournament of the season unless he tries to enter the main draw at the Paris Masters through the qualifiers.



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