• Cipolla boots Baghdatis out of Serbia Open

    5/6/09 4:05 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Cipolla boots Baghdatis out of Serbia Open Flavio Cipolla defeats Marcos Baghdatis in three sets in a rain-delayed match on Wednesday afternoon in Serbia. Next up for Cipolla is No. 7 seed Arnaud Clement.

    Marcos Baghdatis was no match for Flavio Cipolla in the continuation of a postponed match on Wednesday at the Serbia Open. Cipolla leveled that match at one set apiece before darkness halted play on Tuesday night, and he emphatically sustained the momentum one day later. The Italian finished off Baghdatis 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 after a total of two hours and five minutes to reach the Belgrade second round.

    Cipolla was completely outclassed by Baghdatis in the first set on Tuesday and appeared to be on his way out of the tournament well before darkness fell. Baghdatis won more than half of his return points even when Cipolla made his first serve and the Cypriot's third break of set one finished it off in style.

    Things were never the same after that. Baghdatis' completely lost his way in the second set, failing to take advantage of listless Cipolla serves (content to merely spin in every delivery, Cipolla served at 87 percent in set two). The world No. 87 missed all five of his break chances throughout the second frame of play and dropped serve twice. After Cipolla's second break of the night evened the proceedings at one set apiece, the match was called.

    Baghdatis was not competitive in any way shape or form in the final set on Wednesday. Cipolla put in 18 of 20 first serves, kept the ball in play, and watched his opponent self-destruct. The 5'8'' qualifier, ranked 122nd in the world, won all three of Baghdatis' service games. Cipolla gave only one back, and a routine service hold at 5-1 closed out the first-round clash.

    Cipolla will meet seventh-seeded Arnaud Clement for a spot in the quarterfinals. They have never squared off at the ATP level, but Cipolla beat the Frenchman 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 last spring in Monte-Carlo qualifying.

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