Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis won his first match at Roland Garros since 2007 with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over American qualifier Jesse Witten. The No. 25 seed, who suffered first-round exits on his previous two appearances, committed only 13 unforced errors and capitalised on six of the nine break point chances he created to prevail in one hour and 46 minutes.
The Sydney champion next will face Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who advanced when France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu retired with digestive problems when trailing 3-6, 6-3, 3-0.
i have a bad feeling about today's match. hope Marcos proves me wrong and avoids the trap of underestimating his opponent.
Have to say I am inclined to agree with you - especially as today's weather is much cooler than it has been lately in Paris, which means slower, heavier courts that will suit Granollers. Have to admit Marcos played quite well on Monday, though Witten did not present him with much of an opponent. He is quite slow and heavy-footed on the clay and seemed to lose heart after 2nd set, which is hardly surprisiong considering the intense heat out on Court 7. Must admit I couldn't wait for the match to end because I was desparate for shade and ice-cream, and because I was sitting almost next to Marcos' Mother it was a little embarrassing to desert him before the end of the match