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  • Baghdatis outlasts Raonic in three tiebreakers

    10/10/12 3:37 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Baghdatis outlasts Raonic in three tiebreakers Marcos Baghdatis takes out Milos Raonic in three tiebreak sets on Wednesday in Shanghai. Baghdatis is joined in the third round by Sam Querrey, who overcame Kei Nishikori in three sets.

    Marcos Baghdatis d. (12) Milos Raonic 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 7-6(3)

    Baghdatis survived a back-and-forth thriller with Raonic on Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. It lasted two hours and 40 minutes and was the second match of the tournament to feature three tiebreak sets. John Isner and Kevin Anderson did the same on Tuesday, but it this one there were actually breaks of serve.

    Raonic gave back a break midway through the second set but recovered to save a match point at 4-5 and eventually force a decider. In the third it was the 12th-seeded Canadian's turn to forge a comeback. Only six return points were won in the first 10 games, but Baghdatis broke out of nowhere for 6-5 then tightened up and did not come close to holding with the match on his racket. The 46th-ranked Cypriot seized a mini-break for 3-2 and then cruised through the 'breaker to set up a showdown with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    Sam Querrey d. (14) Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

    Nishikori's hot streak finally came to a halt as he went down to Querrey after one hour and 40 minutes on Wednesday in Shanghai. Nishikori, who captured the biggest title of his career last Sunday in Tokyo but went into this week with a minor left-knee injury, started off well enough. The world No. 15 won the first four games of the match and saved the only break point he faced in set one to make his two breaks stand up.

    Querrey recovered to dominate the second, winning all 16 of his service points. That set up a momentum-shifting third, in which Nishikori broke in the fourth game en route to a 4-1 advantage. Nonetheless, the Japanese sensation was never 100 percent physically and Querrey stormed back. The 6'6'' American broke for 3-4 and 5-4 then served out the proceedings with little trouble. Next up for Querrey is Tomas Berdych, who dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-3.

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