Match report

Marcos Baghdatis ©
1st round
5/7/12 1 2 3 Tot
cy  Marcos Baghdatis 4 6 4 1
es  Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6 3 6 2
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ©
  • Garcia-Lopez gets past Baghdatis in Madrid

    5/8/12 3:25 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez outlasts Marcos Baghdatis in three sets on Monday in Madrid. Garcia-Lopez awaits either Gilles Simon or Fabio Fognini.

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez treated the Spanish crowd to a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Monday evening. Garcia-Lopez struck six aces and double-faulted only once to advance after two hours and 23 minutes.

    The eventual winner dictated from the baseline the entire way, and--combined with strong serving--resulted in service dominance in the first set. Garcia-Lopez dropped a mere three points on serve in the opener, so one break was easily enough.

    He seemed to take complete control with a break to begin the second, but that's when Baghdatis fought back. In fact, the Cypriot broke twice in succession before ultimately deadlocking the proceedings at a set apiece.

    The decider progressed on serve en route to a 4-3 Garcia-Lopez lead. With the pressure on, Baghdatis attempted a few careless drop-shots and dropped serve in routine fashion. Garcia-Lopez wasted no time in serving out the match at 5-3 with the loss of just a single point.

    Next up for Garcia-Lopez is either Bucharest champ Gilles Simon or Bucharest runner-up Fabio Fognini.

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