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  • Querrey advances in Indianapolis, Baghdatis falls

    7/21/09 5:16 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Querrey advances in Indianapolis, Baghdatis falls Sam Querrey defeats Arnaud Clement in his Indianapolis opener on Monday evening. Querrey is joined in the second round by fellow American Wayne Odesnik, a three-set winner over Marcos Baghdatis.

    (3) Sam Querrey d. Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-4

    Querrey blasted 11 aces on the way to straight-set win over Clement on Monday night, booking his place in the second round of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships after one hour and 13 minutes. One break of serve was easily enough for Querrey to take the first set because he was absolutely dominant in his own service games. The 6'6'' American held his first four games all at love before finally losing two points while closing it out at 5-3. Querrey almost finished it off with a break at 5-3, but Clement survived a marathon game and forced his opponent to finish it on serve.

    Clement was slightly more competitive in the second set, but Querrey still only lost seven points in his last five service games. The No. 3 seed never faced a break point, so a single break of serve at 1-1 was once again enough for him to ease through the second frame of play. Querrey won 31 of 37 (84 percent) first-serve points and took advantage of second-serve return points, winning 14 of 26 (54 percent) at the expense of the veteran Frenchman. Next up for the world No. 37 is a rematch of the Newport final against Rajeev Ram, a wild card entry into Indianapolis. Ram upset Querrey in three sets to capture the Newport title two weeks ago.

    Wayne Odesnik d. Marcos Baghdatis 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-4

    Odesnik defeated Baghdatis in a topsy-turvy thriller on Monday night in Indianapolis, advancing to round two after two hours and 15 minutes of spirited tennis. It was back-and-forth right from the start, with Odesnik coming back from an early break in the first set before winning it in a tiebreaker. The 100th-ranked American went up 6-3 in the tiebreaker and finished it off on serve for 7-5 after Baghdatis saved two set points on his own serve. Odesnik's momentum, however, was short-lived as he dropped a marathon service game at 1-2 in the second. Baghdatis sprinted through set two thereafter, breaking again at 4-1 and serving it out with no trouble one game later.

    Then it was Odesnik's turn to once again reverse the course of the match. He broke immediately for a 2-0 lead in the third and consolidated the advantage all the way until 5-3. Odesnik promptly got broken while serving for the match, but returned the favor immediately with Baghdatis serving to stay in the tournament. A strictly baseline affair saw Baghdatis win only 39 percent of his second-serve points, while Odesnik won just 40 percent of the points in which he had to toss in a second offering. Odesnik will take on either Brian Dabul or No. 4 seed Igor Kunitsyn for a spot in the quarterfinals.



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