BMW OPEN 2012
Baghdatis, Youzhny Make Winning Starts
by ATP Staff|
Eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis notched his first clay-court win of the season on Tuesday in Munich as he defeated Germany’s Tobias Kamke 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the BMW Open. The Cypriot broke serve four times and saved six of the eight break points he faced to clinch victory in one hour and 56 minutes in his first meeting with Kamke.
The 26-year-old Baghdatis improved to an 8-3 record at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, where he has twice before reached the semi-finals, in 2007 (l. to Kohlschreiber) and 2010 (l. to Cilic). The right-hander has a 16-9 match record in 2012, highlighted by semi-final efforts in Sydney (l. to Benneteau) and Zagreb (l. to Lacko).
Former World No. 2 Tommy Haas cruised into the second round with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over fellow German Michael Berrer. The 34-year-old Haas dropped just three points on serve in the 51-minute match and broke serve five times.
"I haven’t played a match here in five years, so playing in front of my family and German fans is always something special," said Haas. "I don’t even know how many more times that’s going to happen for me really, so I really put a lot of pressure on myself to try to play well and enjoy it. I’m really happy with my performance. Michael probably wasn’t on his ‘A’ game, but I didn’t really give him a chance to really play his game either."
He reached the final in Munich in 2000 (l. to Squillari) and goes onto face top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. "I look forward to that," he said. "It’s obviously a very good test to see yourself against a Top 10 player."
Sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny opened his campaign with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-5 victory over Philipp Petzschner. The Russian, who has a 20-7 record at the event after winning the title in 2010 (d. Cilic), converted five of his six break points to prevail in one hour and 45 minutes.
"I like to be here and I have some friends here," said Youzhny. "It’s a nice atmosphere in the tournament. It’s nice weather today, it’s a holiday, it was a full stadium. It looked like we played a final, there were almost no seats."
Sergiy Stakhovsky upset home hope Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 7-6(3), 6-3, to earn a second-round clash with second seed Feliciano Lopez. Meanwhile, Ernests Gulbis will challenge fourth-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round after beating Xavier Malisse 6-4, 6-2.
Germany’s Matthias Bachinger maintained his strong form, dismissing Alejandro Falla 7-6(3), 6-2 in 83 minutes. Bachinger, who last week reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final in Bucharest (l. to Simon), goes onto face third seed Marin Cilic.