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Baghdatis cruises into second round at Wimbledon

Marcos Baghdatis got his campaign underway in style

Cyprus star Marcos Baghdatis is through to the second round of Wimbledon after beating Britain’s James Ward 6-4 6-4 6-3.

Ward matched Baghdatis for much of the encounter, but he lost all of the key moments and then struggled with his match fitness.

He was broken at 3-3 in the first set and was unable to make the most of being 30-0 up on Baghdatis immediately after and the Cypriot served it out.

There was another Baghdatis break at a crucial moment in the second set at 4-4 and when Ward lost his serve again early in the third there was no way back.

Baghdatis, who sealed victory after one hour and 40 minutes of action on Court 18, will on Thursday face Grigor Dimitrov, after the Bulgarian 13th seed beat Diego Schwartzman in straight sets in his opening match.

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