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Baghdatis Closes On Milestone

Metz, France

Muller© Moselle OpenLuxembourg's Gilles Muller is ranked a career-high No. 49.

Marcos Baghdatis inched closer to a career milestone Monday when he defeated Matthias Bachinger in the first round of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. Baghdatis dropped just four points on his first serve and saved the lone break point he faced in a 7-5. 6-2 win over the German, who was looking for his first tour-level win since Gstaad in late July.

“It was a very tight first set that could have gone both ways; not because I was playing bad but because he was playing good and serving extremely well," Baghdatis said. "I stayed positive and was able to manage the situation well today and I am very happy about that.”

Baghdatis, who improved to 21-21 on a mixed year, is now just one victory away from his 200th career win. In the next round the Cypriot faces third-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. “My next match will be a very difficult one," the 2006 Australian Open finalist assessed. "He is a great player... we know we need to be ready to play big matches at early stages of tournaments. I will prepare this match with my coach and hopefully it will go well for me.”

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Brimming with confidence following his run to the US Open fourth round - and his first appearance in the Top 50 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings, Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller held firm on serve to defeat German Philipp Petzschner 7-6(2), 7-6(5). Muller staved off all five break points he faced in the first set, and after trading breaks with Petzschner in the second set, won his second tie-break of the match to clinch victory. Muller won 85 percent of first-serve points while Petzschner faced just one break point in the match.

Muller, who is a career-high No. 49, is seeded to meet second seed Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals.

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