Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis recorded his first clay-court win of the season Tuesday, but not without a scare. The fifth seed recovered from a set down and also trailed by a break in the final set of his 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk at the BMW Open by FWU RETAKAFUL, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Munich.
World No. 31 Baghdatis, who came into Munich on the back of successive first-round exits in Monte-Carlo (l. to Montanes) and Rome (l. to Gulbis), needed one hour and 39 minutes to dispatch his No. 384-ranked opponent, who was making his ATP World Tour main draw debut.
The 24-year-old Baghdatis, who won his fourth ATP World Tour title in Sydney (d. Gasquet) in January, is playing in Munich for the first time since posting a semi-final effort on his debut in 2007 (l. to Kohlschreiber). The Limassol next will face Swiss Marco Chiudinelli, who accounted for a second qualifier as he beat Thierry Ascione of France 6-0, 6-4 in just 52 minutes.
I have no motivation to go out and practice today....its 10 degrees... drizzling all day ... pffff 19 hours ago
Marcos this time of year is cold in Munich. he should have known better than trying to shrug off his duties. in any case, since he’s so ultra-sensitive to bad weather he should have chosen Belgrade over Munich. according to tennis fans’ reports, the sun was burning in Belgrade’s sky yesterday. felt like it was 35c.
well, i guess that court workers dry the courts right now. organisers decided to spread out the matches, leaving Kohli's match on centre court, while moving Marcos' match to court 4. matches are to start simultaneously, weather permitting.