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Baghdatis beaten by Robredo in St. Petesburg

The Cypriot tamely surrendered to Spain's Tommy Robredo after losing a tight opening set

By Andreas Vou

Marcos Baghdatis was knocked out in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open on Thursday in convincing fashion at the hands of Tommy Robredo, 7-6, 6-1.
The Limassol native came into the match on the back of Tuesday’s first round win against Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis.

Baghdatis hit seven aces and took advantage of four of 15 break opportunities en route to a two hour and nine minute victory in what was his first outing since the US Open.

Baghdatis started his second match brightly, breaking the Spaniard in the opening exchanges and looked to be headed towards a one-set lead.
However, the Cypriot lost his concentration at the worst possible moment, being broken as he was serving for the set, which he eventually lost on the tie-break.

Following the disappointment of the first set, Baghdatis capitulated in the second, as he offered little resistance to bring an end to the match.
In doubles action on Wednesday, Baghdatis paired up with Greek-Australian teen star Thanasi Kokkinakis but lost 1-6, 7-5, 10-4 to Teymuraz Gabashvili and Ricardas Berankis.

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