Zagreb, Croatia - Sixth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus rallied to defeat Germany's Tobias Kamke in the opening round of Zagreb Indoors on Wednesday 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-4.
Kamke converted his second set point in the tie-breaker to take the lead, but could not keep up the pressure. Baghdatis won all 29 points on his first serve in the second and third sets.
"I did not expect him to play so good, I was a bit surprised," said Baghdatis, who was the 2007 champion here. "He was very aggressive ... I needed time to adjust."
Robin Haase of the Netherlands also came back from one set down to defeat Croatian wildcard Antonio Veic 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Flavio Cipolla made it to the second round after Lukas Lacko of Slovakia - who reached the final in Zagreb last year - retired at 1-1 in the first set because of a back injury.
Results from the third day of the ATP Zagreb Indoors Open on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):First round
Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Benjamin Becker (GER) 6-2, 7-6 (7/3)
Flavio Cipolla (ITA) bt Lukas Lacko (SVK x8) 1-1 retired
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP x6) bt Tobias Kamke (GER) 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 6-4
Robin Haase (NED) bt Antonio Veic (CRO) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x3) bt Igor Sijsling (NED) 6-3, 6-2