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Former Champion Baghdatis Beats Kamke; Youzhny, Dodig Advance

Zagreb, Croatia

Youzhny© PBZ Zagreb IndoorsDefending champion Mikhail Youzhny opened his campaign with a straight-sets win.

Sixth seed Marcos Baghdatis, the 2007 champion, improved to 9-1 lifetime at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors Wednesday after he beat Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-4 in just over two hours.

“Basically, I was a bit surprised the way Tobias played today,” said Baghdatis. “He was really aggressive and he was taking the ball very early. I had some problems dictating the points. Whenever I was serving, I was dictating the game very well. I served pretty well. His first serve is tricky. He hits the ball very flat and in these conditions, indoors, it’s tough to take him out of position.”

Defending champion Mikhail Youzhny opened his campaign after a first-round bye with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Igor Sijsling. The third-seeded Russian, who defeated Lukas Lacko in the 2012 final, needed 68 minutes to advance as he broke serve three times from 11 opportunities.

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Croatia’s Ivan Dodig converted two of his nine break points as he defeated Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6(3) in 82 minutes. The 28-year-old Dodig won his hometown tournament in 2011, defeating Michael Berrer in the final and has a 10-3 event record.

Robin Haase struck 15 aces past local wild card Antonio Veic for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory. The Dutchman partnered Sijsling to the Australian Open doubles final (l. to Bryans).

Earlier in the day, eighth seed Lacko retired due to a lower back injury after the end of the second game against Italian Flavio Cipolla.

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