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Alex Bogomolov Jr. © Tennistalk.com
Kuala Lumpur
1st round
9/26/11 1 2 Tot
us  Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6 4 0
cy  Marcos Baghdatis 7 6 2
Marcos Baghdatis © Tennistalk.com
David Goffin © Tennistalk.com
Kuala Lumpur
1st round
9/26/11 1 2 Tot
be  David Goffin 6 7 2
au  Matthew Ebden 4 6 0
Matthew Ebden © Tennistalk.com
  • Baghdatis gets past Bogomolov in Kuala Lumpur first round

    9/26/11 4:24 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Marcos Baghdatis takes out Alex Bogomolov in straight sets on Monday in Kuala Lumpur. Baghdatis is joined in the second round by fellow wild card David Goffin, who dismissed another wild card in Matthew Ebden.

    (WC) Marcos Baghdatis d. (6) Alex Bogomolov, 7-6(3), 6-4

    A move away from American hard courts and a tough draw proved to be enough to slow down Bogomolov's hot streak. Baghdatis ousted Bogomolov in the Malaysian Open first round on Monday night after one hour and 45 minutes of play. This one was tense from start to finish, with neither player facing a single break point in the opening set. Baghdatis took the ensuing tiebreaker seven points to three for an early advantage.

    A tight second frame of play saw both players save the first two break points they faced. The first--and only--break of the entire match came when it mattered most with Bogomolov serving to stay in the tournament at 5-4. Baghdatis, who had fought off a break chance at 4-4, seized the break and booked a spot in round two. The 60th-ranked Cypriot awaits either Somdev Devvarman or Mikhail Ledovskikh.

    (WC) David Goffin d. (WC) Matthew Ebden 6-4, 7-6(4)

    Goffin picked up his second ATP match victory of 2011 and the second of his entire career by dismissing Ebden in one hour and 35 minutes on Monday in Kuala Lumpur. The 20-year-old Belgian came out firing and dropped only seven service points in the first set mainly due to superior baseline play. A single break allowed Goffin to serve it out at 5-4.

    Ebden fought back in the second and seemed to be on his way to a decisive third. The 135th-ranked Australian, though, failed to finish off the set on serve at 5-3 and he was soon extended to a tiebreaker. Goffin, despite struggling physically, delivered a perfect passing shot for a 4-2 advantage and went on to clinch it seven points to four. Next up for the world No. 276 is either Dmitry Tursunov or Paul Capdeville.

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