ATP Stuttgart 2015: Baghdatis will rival Rafael Nadal in the second round
Former top ten Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis defeated Czech Lukas Rosol Monday at the Mercedes Cup and thus became the first rival of Rafa Nadal in the first version of this tournament on grass.
Others who qualified for the second round are the German and Micha Alexander Zverev besides Matthias Bachinger and former world number two Tommy Haas and Australian Bernard Tomic (5) and Sam Groth, Italian Andreas Seppi, Serbia’s Viktor Troicki and Polish Jerzy Janowicz.
Baghdatis in 2006 reached the final of the Open of Australia won 6-3 6-4 in an irregular Rosol party since it hit 10 aces but committed 11 double faults and broke once per set serve. Only when he brought the first service was in control of the game. Two ‘breaks’ for which desnivelarían Baghdatis be in their favor. As a reward he will face Rafa Nadal will reappear after the fall in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros.
In the same sector the young Bernard Tomic who alighted 6-3 7-6 (5) to the local Jan-Lennard Struff and measure forces with Tommy Haas who played his first game of the year beating Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin. Also Jerzy Janowicz eliminated in three sets to German Dustin Brown 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-3 Austrian Andreas Haider Maurer German Julia Marterer 7-6 (5) 6-3.
One of the juveniles projection is more Alexander Zverev. The German defeated Croatian Mate Pavic 3-6 6-2 6-3 and will play against Viktor Troicki who eliminated another upward, Croatian Borna Coric by a convincing 6-2 6-0. In turn Sam Groth took advantage of the withdrawal of the Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 4-6 7-5 when they went 5-3. The Australian will be the rival of Toledo Feliciano Lopez (3).
Following the bottom of the box, Mischa Zverev surprised the talented Austrian Dominik Thiem 7-6 (4) 6-2. He will play against Italian Andreas Seppi who swept Benjamin Becker 6-1 6-2. Eventually local dueling Matthias Bachinger beat Peter Gojowczyk 7-5, going 7-5 against the second-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic.