Baghdatis, Muller win in Metz

2011-09-19 20:30

Metz - Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg claimed straight-sets victories over German opponents on Monday to move into the second round of the Moselle Open.

Baghdatis won seven straight games on his way to a 7-5, 6-2 win over Matthias Bachinger while Muller edged Philipp Petzschner 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).

Baghdat-s, the Australian Open runner-up in 2006, won the last three games of the first set and jumped into a 4-0 lead in the second set before wrapping up the win, earning him a second round match against third-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.

Baghdatis converted three of seven break points while Bachinger failed to convert his only break chance.

Muller had a much tougher time, saving five break points in the first set to force a tie-breaker. The left-hander took a 5-0 lead before sending down an ace to clinch the set.

Petzschner broke for a 4-2 lead in the second set but failed to serve it out at 5-3.

Muller will next face either Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan or Benoit Paire of France.