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Baghdatis Notches 200th Match Win

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cypriot wild card Marcos Baghdatis claimed his 200th match win Monday at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011, by  defeating sixth-seeded American Alex Bogomolov Jr. 7-6(3), 6-4 in one hour and 46 minutes.

“You don’t think about it (getting the 200th win),” admitted Baghdatis. “It is the first round so you just go in and try your best. Alex played well tonight so I had to up my game a little. It was very even, but I managed to get that little bit of an edge over him.”

Baghdatis converted one of his three break opportunities and won 72 per cent of his service points with six aces. It was his 22nd match win of the year. Baghdatis lost to Mikhail Youzhny in the quarter-finals last year.

Seventh seed Dmitry Tursunov improved to 4-0 lifetime against Paul Capdeville of Chile with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win in two hours and 15 minutes, during the evening session. Tursunov converted four of 14 break point opportunities.

The Russian will next face 20-year-old Belgian David Goffin, who edged past fellow wild card Matthew Ebden 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 36 minutes.

“He was aggressive from the start of the second set and I wasn’t feeling very good in my stomach, so I am very happy to come back into the match at 5-3 and I served really well in the tie-break,” said the 276th-ranked Goffin. “This tournament is a bonus for me as I got a wild card entry, so it is great to be in the second round. I have nothing to lose so I will play my best.”

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