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Baghdatis blown away by Isner

Baghdatis won just 44% of his first serve points

Marcos Baghdatis has been knocked out of Wimbledon in the opening round, beaten 7-6 7-6 6-3 by American 18th seed John Isner.

The Cypriot star came into the tournament in good shape after reaching the quarter-finals of both the Gerry Weber Open in Halle and the Aegon Open in Nottingham respectively.

Initially scheduled to get underway on Tuesday, rain meant that the pair finally started on Wednesday afternoon, but the match lasted for only two games as rain fell again.

After a delay of several hours, it was Isner who looked the most focused of the two, despite a neck-and-neck battle. What has become somewhat of a tradition for the 31-year-old Cypriot in recent times, he vented his fury at a lost point by breaking his racket before complaining to the umpire about the wetness of the court.

The first set went to a tie-break, which the American won convincingly with some trademark strong serving, 7-2.

Baghdatis, ranked 40 in the world, came out more purposefully in the second, breaking Isner early on to take a 3-1 lead, before rain stopped play once again.

Thursday morning saw the match resume, but the complexion of the encounter changed. Isner clawed his way back into the set, which would be decided by another tie-break and, despite Baghdatis leading momentarily, his decision to go for a dropshot while defending a set point proved fatal.

The frustration of losing the second set, and the manner in which he did so, seemed to carry through to the third for Baghdatis as Isner cruised to victory.

Isner’s win hands him a second round meeting with Australia’s Matthew Barton, currently ranked 248th in the world.

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