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David Nalbandian © Tennistalk.com
Stockholm
1st round
10/18/11 1 2 3 Tot
ar  David Nalbandian 4 7 7 2
be  Xavier Malisse 6 6 6 1
Xavier Malisse © Tennistalk.com
Marcos Baghdatis © Tennistalk.com
Stockholm
1st round
10/18/11 1 2 3 Tot
cy  Marcos Baghdatis 6 7 4 1
ca  Milos Raonic 7 6 6 2
Milos Raonic © Tennistalk.com
  • Raonic holds off Baghdatis, Nalbandian overcomes Malisse

    10/19/11 1:00 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Milos Raonic and David Nalbandian win thrillers in Stockholm on Tuesday night. They score respective victories over Marcos Baghdatis and Xavier Malisse.

    (6) Milos Raonic d. Marcos Baghdatis 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4

    The nightcap on Day 2 at the If Stockholm Open did not disappoint, with Raonic getting past Baghdatis in a high-quality battle. Raonic struck 22 aces and served at 73 percent, while Baghdatis won 52 of 58 first-serve points. Not too surprisingly, only one break of serve took place in the entire match--none in the first two sets. Both men fought off one break point in the opening frame of play then Baghdatis saved two in the second to stay within striking distance.

    One crucial blemish that came back to haunt Baghdatis was a double-fault on set point at 5-6 in the initial 'breaker. The 47th-ranked Cypriot, though, erased a mini-break deficit in the second 'breaker and managed to force a decisive set. The lone break of the day went to Raonic at 2-2 and he had no trouble serving it out the rest of the way. Stockholm's No. 6 seed will face Philipp Petzschner for a spot in the quarterfinals.

    David Nalbandian d. Xavier Malisse 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(3)

    A wild, back-and-forth affair saw Nalbandian save two match points in the second set before outlasting Malisse in two hours and 41 minutes on Tuesday night in Stockholm. Nalbandian did not serve well the entire match, and the result was two breaks to Malisse in the first set. After giving a break back in the second, the Argentine found himself down match point twice in the ensuing tiebreaker. He saved both (including one on his opponent's serve) and eventually took it 8-6 to force a third set.

    Having thrown away a golden opportunity, Malisse looked out of it to begin the decider. The 31-year-old Belgian dropped serve immediately and did not come close to getting the break back en route to a 5-4 Nalbandian lead. Suddenly, though, Malisse struck to stay alive for 5-5 and forced another 'breaker. The two competitors were on serve at 3-2 in Malisse's favor, but Nalbandian promptly won the final four points to clinch victory. Next up for the world No. 58 is seventh-seeded Ivan Dodig.

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