Aggressive Mirnyi Upsets Baghdatis
Max Mirnyi effected the first major upset of Masters Series Monte-Carlo Monday when he defeated 14th seed and former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis.
Taking advantage of relatively fast conditions for clay, Mirnyi served and volleyed his way to a 7-5, 6-4 victory. The Belarusian attacked the net at every opportunity, winning an impressive 82 percent of points on his first serve and saving seven of eight break points faced. Mirnyi volleyed with authority and Baghdatis was unable to come up with enough clean passes to force his opponent to retreat to the baseline.
Playing his first clay court tournament of the year, Mirnyi claimed just his second career win in seven appearances in Monte-Carlo. He also snapped a five-match losing streak dating back to his second-round loss to Dmitry Tursunov at the Australian Open. Mirnyi is also playing doubles in Monte-Carlo. He is seeded No. 2 with regular partner Jonas Bjorkman.
Baghdatis, who was making his Monte-Carlo main draw debut, has suffered first-round losses in his past four tournaments since reaching back-to-back finals in Zagreb (d. Ljubicic) and Marseille (l. Simon).