Marcos Baghdatis has been knocked out of the Miami Open 6-2 6-1 by Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the second round.
The Cypriot entered the clash on the back of a strong display in the tournament opener against Benjamin Becker. Baghdatis defeated the German 6-3 6-4 with a series of powerful forehand winners and broke his opponent’s serve three times.
The victory set up a first career encounter with Kyrgios, but the Cypriot was unable to produce the form he has shown up until now in 2016 against the talented 20-year-old.
Kyrgios made light work of Baghdatis, taking less than an hour to defeat the Limassol native in straight sets as the Aussie fired down 14 aces in a hugely one-sided victory.
The Cypriot has been going through somewhat of a revival in recent months, with a wonderful start to the new year.
Baghdatis pulled off two big surprises last month to reach the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final, beating Spanish duo Roberto Bautista Agut and Feliciano Lopez before losing out to world No.4 Stan Wawrinka.
Soon after, Baghdatis helped the Cyprus Davis Cup team earn promotion to Europe Zone Group II in a week of consecutive wins against Iceland, Andorra, Montenegro and Ireland.
In doing so, Baghdatis managed to break the record of 33 consecutive Davis Cup victories set by Bjorn Borg and extending it to 36 during the week.
His performances have also seen him re-enter the ATP World Ranking Top 40 for the first time in three years