Marcos Baghdatis enjoyed a comfortable straight sets victory over Japanese qualifier Go Soeda in his first round US Open match yesterday.
The Cypriot’s superior serving proved the difference on Court 11 which sets up a second round tie with the winner of the match between Germany’s Daniel Brands and 17th seeded South African Kevin Anderson.
After an evenly contested first set, where both players held serve for nine games, Baghdatis made the beak through in game 10 to take the first set.
Unforced errors began to creep into Soeda’s game in the second set as Baghdatis opened up his game and went for more winners breaking his opponent again while maintaining his serve to win the second set 6-3.
The qualifiers’ resistance was shattered early in the third where he suffered successive breaks on his serve leaving Baghdatis only needing to hold serve to win the match, going on to close out the thirds set 6-1.