After a couple of weeks of intensive training, Marcos is back in action next week at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010. The draw for the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard court tournament was made on Saturday and Marcos has been seeded sixth.
In the first round Marcos will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori, with Michal Przysiezny or Santiago Giraldo potential second-round opponents. Marcos is seeded to meet fourth seed and US Open semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny in the quarter-finals.
google translate doesn't make much sense, so i asked a Japanese friend of mine for help to solve this drama:
so yesterday, Kei told his fans that he practised twice on Suturday (in the morning and then again in the afternoon). the rubberised court surface is rather slow and he got a cushioned feel. he has to practice as much as possible so that his body and mind get used to it. he expects a very tough match against Baghdatis...
Kei has a real arsenal of weapons such as great flair, natural feel, court sense and coverage, exceptional speed and... maddening soft drop shots just over the net. Marcos needs to play his best, don't expect it's gonna be easy one win for him.
Sixth-seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis make light work of Japan's Kei Nishikori with a 6-1, 6-1 victory in just 54 minutes on Tuesday at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010.
Baghdatis, who has reached eight ATP World Tour quarter-finals (or better) this year, hit eight aces and converted five of six break point opportunities for his 38th win. The World No. 18 lifted his fourth title at the Medibank International Sydney (d. Gasquet) in January. Nishikori has won three ATP Challenger Tour titles this season.
“It was a great match,” said Baghdatis. “I played really good tennis. I’m happy with the way I played and I’m happy I won. Nishikori is a very talented player; he had a good run at the US Open, he’s beaten some good players this year. But I played really well and didn’t give him any chances and I’m very happy about that.”