Ljubicic Wins, Ferrero Upset, Baghdatis Pulls at Bangkok
Posted on September 27, 2006
Top seed Ivan Ljubicic toughed out three sets in defeating Spanish journeyman Fernando Vicente 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to advance to the second round Tuesday at the Thailand Open in Bangkok.
The third-ranked Ljubicic hit 19 aces but converted just two of 10 break point opportunities for a first career victory over Vicente, who had beaten the Croat in both prior meetings.
Ljubicic now faces Benjamin Becker, who took care of Marcos Daniel of Brazil 6-3, 6-2 in 50 minutes.
Sixth-seeded and former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero pulled the stunner of the day, falling to 19-year-old German qualifier Mischa Zverev 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Zverev is playing his second career ATP event, having reached the 's-Hertogenbosch second round in June.
American No. 7 seed Robby Ginepri also advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kenneth Carlsen. Brit Alex Bogdanovic earned a 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Yeu-Tzuoo Wang. Bogdanovic will next play either fourth-seeded Andy Murray or Tim Henman, who contest their fourth career meeting on Wednesday.
Russian Mikhail Ledovskikh hammered 18 aces and survived four of four break point opportunities in defeating Swede Michael Ryderstedt 6-1, 7-6(7) to earn his first career tour match win.
Australian Open finalist and No. 2 seed Marcos Baghdatis withdrew from the event citing a right shoulder sprain.
"It's a big disappointment as I like to play in Asia and always do well here," said Baghdatis who just won his first career ATP title Sunday in Beijing. "But unfortunately I cannot serve at all. My shoulder has been getting better with daily treatment but I cannot play in a match."
Baghdatis is scheduled to compete next week in Tokyo.