Marcos Baghdatis earned a 7-6, 7-6 win over Tomáš Berdych at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Tuesday to book his place in the second round of the German-based tournament.
The pair met in the final of the 2007 contest when the Czech defeated Baghdatis on his 22nd birthday, and so there was an added incentive of exacting revenge for the Cypriot.
Baghdatis went into the match on the back of a first round elimination in the Mercedes Cup at the hands of Jan-Lennard Struff, just a week after he was knocked out of the French Open in the second round by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an enthralling five-set encounter.
As so often happens with the Cypriot of late, the first set went to a tie-break in which he showed composure to come away with the first set 7-3.
The Czech raced to a 4-2 lead in the second, but Baghdatis bounced back to once again take the set to a tie break. And just like the first, the Cypriot rose to the challenge and took it down 7-4 to seal a spot in the second round.