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Baghdatis Wins Opener; Anderson Dashes Austrian's Hopes
by ATP Staff|
"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.