Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis got off to a fine start at the Erste Bank Open on Monday when he beat American Ryan Sweeting 6-4, 6-2 in 72 minutes for a place in the second round.
"It felt great. I’m really happy the way I fought today," he said. "Ryan was playing pretty good and I fought good and found a way to win, which is the most important thing, and I’m very happy about that."
It was Baghdatis' 26th match win of the season, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011 (l. to Tipsarevic) three weeks ago. He hit 10 aces and won 67 per cent of his service points.
"What I have to do is just go out there and continue the way I’m playing," said Baghdatis, looking ahead to his next match against No. 6 seed Kevin Anderson. "Continue pushing, fighting and being aggressive."
Anderson advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer, saving all five break points faced on serve and breaking his opponent once in each set. Haider-Maurer had enjoyed his best week on the ATP World Tour last year at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament, reaching the final as a qualifier before falling to countryman Jurgen Melzer.
Marcos is through to the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna after cruising past American Ryan Sweeting 6-4, 6-2 on Monday.
Breaks were exchanged in the first set before Marcos broke decisively in the 10th game to clinch the opener. He then raced away with the second set, winning 80 per cent of points behind his first serve and converting both his break point chances to wrap up victory in 71 minutes.
“I am very happy I found the way to win today,” said Marcos. “It’s very positive that I am very consistent the last month or two. I am going to keep pushing this way and I am sure I will win more and more matches.”
Victory takes Marcos back to winning ways on the singles court after successive first-round losses in Shanghai (against Andy Murray) and Stockholm (against Milos Raonic). Before that he had reached the final of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, finishing runner-up to Janko Tipsarevic.
He is playing in Vienna for the fourth time, with his best showing a quarter-final effort last year, and goes on to face sixth seed Kevin Anderson, who defeated 2010 runner-up Andreas Haider-Maurer in straight sets.
Marcos to ATP "What I have to do is just go out there and continue the way I’m playing," said Baghdatis, looking ahead to his next match against No. 6 seed Kevin Anderson. "Continue pushing, fighting and being aggressive."
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Marcos on his official site “I am very happy I found the way to win today,” said Marcos. “It’s very positive that I am very consistent the last month or two. I am going to keep pushing this way and I am sure I will win more and more matches.”
Marcos was beaten in the second round of the Erste Bank Open on Wednesday in Vienna, falling to sixth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson 6-2, 7-6(5).
Marcos lost serve three times as he surrendered the opening set to the No. 32-ranked Anderson, who is enjoying the best season of his career, highlighted by winning his first ATP World Tour title in Johannesburg.
In a tight second set, two service breaks were exchanged before the 6’8’’ Anderson prevailed in a tie-break after one hour and 31 minutes.
“Kevin played really good in the first set; everything he did was working,” said Marcos. “I tried to fight and had my chances but didn't take them. I could have served a bit better in the end of the second set to finish it off.”
Next up for Marcos is the Swiss Indoors Basel, which begins on Monday. Marcos reached the final at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor hard-court tennis tournament in 2005, finishing runner-up to Fernando Gonzalez, and is joined in the strong field next week by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.