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Baghdatis Wins Opener; Anderson Dashes Austrian's Hopes

Vienna, Austria

Baghdatis© e|motion/zolles.comMarcos Baghdatis improved to 3-0 lifetime against Ryan Sweeting.

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis got off to a fine start at the Erste Bank Open on Monday when he beat American Ryan Sweeting 6-4, 6-2 in 72 minutes for a place in the second round.

"It felt great. I’m really happy the way I fought today," he said. "Ryan was playing pretty good and I fought good and found a way to win, which is the most important thing, and I’m very happy about that."

It was Baghdatis' 26th match win of the season, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011 (l. to Tipsarevic) three weeks ago. He hit 10 aces and won 67 per cent of his service points.

"What I have to do is just go out there and continue the way I’m playing," said Baghdatis, looking ahead to his next match against No. 6 seed Kevin Anderson. "Continue pushing, fighting and being aggressive."

Anderson advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer, saving all five break points faced on serve and breaking his opponent once in each set.

Haider-Maurer had enjoyed his best week on the ATP World Tour last year at his home country tournament, reaching the final as a qualifier before falling to compatriot Jurgen Melzer.

Earlier in the day, Tommy Haas, the 2001 titlist, joined Steve Darcis, Daniel Brands and Aljaz Bedene in the main draw after coming through the final round of qualifying.

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