The 33-year-old Cypriot tennis player continued his winning streak, taking his 3rd consecutive win (previous 2 in the qualifiers), against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans with 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of Open Sud De France.
Baghdatis, as he has shown in the qualifiers, is in an excellent condition, and won Bemelmans, who is only 4 spots behind him in the world rankings (No. 132) relatively easy.
Next opponent for Baghdatis is last year’s winner and No. 17 in the world, Lucas Pouille. Of course, the favorite is the French, who will also have the support of his compatriots, but nobody can underestimate Baghdatis, who has the experience to respond to such a demanding game. In the last match between them, in last year’s US Open, Pouille needed 4 sets to defeat Baghdatis’ resistance, as the Cypriot tennis player had taken the first set.
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