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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Baghdatis, Melzer© Kamarul Akhir/Malaysian OpenMarcos Baghdatis and Jurgen Melzer visit the Batu Caves on Sunday.

No. 4 seed Jurgen Melzer and 2011 Malaysian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis took time out on Sunday morning to visit the Batu Caves, a limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, north of Kuala Lumpur. 

The Batu River flows past the hill and the cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. It is also the focal point of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.

Baghdatis is making his fourth appearance in Kuala Lumpur, while Melzer will play the event for the third time. Baghdatis opens his campaign against Argentine Carlos Berlocq, while Melzer will face a qualifier or Horacio Zeballos after a first-round bye.

"It was great experience visiting something new,” said Baghdatis. “It is great to have Tourism Malaysia as a sponsor enabling us to visit the temple today. I am looking forward to the tournament here for sure."

Melzer added, "It looks amazing! It is very traditional with so many people here. It is a very nice venue and initiative to go here."

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