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Fifth seed Viktor Troicki tops Marcos Baghdatis in the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open first round on Tuesday.

Troicki To Meet #NextGenATP Khachanov In Istanbul

Serbian seeking first title of season

Fifth seed Viktor Troicki won nearly half of his return points to beat Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open. Troicki is looking to capture his first title since winning the Apia International Sydney crown last year.

The Serbian will next face #NextGenATP player Karen Khachanov, who converted six of his 17 break points against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili to advance 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-1 in two hours.

Troicki's countryman Dusan Lajovic had to battle for two hours and 41 minutes to beat seventh seed and #NextGenATP player Borna Coric of Croatia 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-5. The 26-year-old Lajovic faces Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the second round. Bosnian Damir Dzumhur set-up a second-round clash against No. 2 seed Marin Cilic with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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