(1) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) vs Bye Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) vs Qualifier Nicolas Mahut (France) vs Diego Junqueira (Argentine) Arnaud Clément (France) vs (5) Mickaël Llodra (France)
(3) Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) vs bye Matthias Bachinger (Allemagne) vs Marcos Baghdatis (Chypre) Igor Kunitsyn (Russie) vs Kenny De Schepper (France) Michael Berrer (Allemagne) vs (6) Xavier Malisse (Belgique)
(7) Philipp Kohlschreiber (Allemagne) vs Qualifier Qualifier vs Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgarie) Tobias Kamke (Allemagne) vs Qualifier Bye vs (4) Ivan Ljubicic (Croatie)
(8) Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) vs Philipp Petzschner (Allemagne) Benoît Paire (France) vs Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) Olivier Rocshus (Belgique) vs Stéphane Robert (France) Bye vs (2) Richard Gasquet (France)
Marcos made a strong start at the Moselle Open on Monday evening, defeating Germany’s Matthias Bachinger 7-5, 6-2 to secure his place in the second round of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard court tournament in Metz.
Marcos broke through at the fifth opportunity to claim a tight opening set, before hitting his stride with two breaks of serve in the second set to clinch victory in one hour and 17 minutes. Marcos was particularly impressive on serve in the second set, dropping just two points.
Next up for Marcos is third-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who received a bye through the first round. It will be the third meeting between the pair, with Marcos having won their most recent encounter in straight sets in the 2010 Moscow quarter-finals.
"I played very good today, a very solid game," assessed Marcos. "I did everything very well and I am very happy with that. Against Dolgopolov I am going to do the same thing, stay very aggressive."
This season has been a breakout year for Dolgopolov, with the 22 year old taking out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Robin Soderling to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals, and capturing his maiden title in Umag. He is coming off a fourth-round showing at the US Open, where he lost out to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
Marcos Baghdatis inched closer to a career milestone Monday when he defeated Matthias Bachinger in the first round of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. Baghdatis dropped just four points on his first serve and saved the lone break point he faced in a 7-5. 6-2 win over the German, who was looking for his first tour-level win since Gstaad in late July.
“It was a very tight first set that could have gone both ways; not because I was playing bad but because he was playing good and serving extremely well," Baghdatis said. "I stayed positive and was able to manage the situation well today and I am very happy about that.”
Baghdatis, who improved to 21-21 on a mixed year, is now just one victory away from his 200th career win. In the next round the Cypriot faces third-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. “My next match will be a very difficult one," the 2006 Australian Open finalist assessed. "He is a great player... we know we need to be ready to play big matches at early stages of tournaments. I will prepare this match with my coach and hopefully it will go well for me.”
Marcos showed signs of brilliance but failed to hold the mental side of his game together for long enough. he lost his composure in the twelfth game of the second set and was broken... and so that was it.
Marcos bowed out at the second-round stage in Metz on Wednesday as he fell to third seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3.
Breaks were exchanged in the first set before Marcos rallied from a 3-5 deficit in the subsequent tie-break to clinch the opener after 56 minutes. The second set was another closely fought contest, with Marcos denied on three break point chances before surrendering his serve in the 12th game as Dolgopolov forced a decider. One break of serve sufficed in the third set for Dolgopolov as he clinched victory in two hours and 20 minutes.
“I played good today and I am happy with my game,” reflected Marcos. “I had my chances in the second set, but did not take them and that cost me the match. I am going to hang in there and the results will come...”
Marcos had been bidding to record his 200th tour-level victory, and will now have to wait until next week when he competes at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011.