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Clement takes down Baghdatis in five sets
By Erin Gell
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Veteran Arnaud Clement came back to defeat No. 16 seed Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the scorching 93-degree heat of Louis Armstrong Stadium on Tuesday.
Baghdatis, who missed the 2008 and 2009 tournaments due to injuries and low rankings, seemed poised for his best chance at US Open glory following laudable performances at US Open series events in Washington and Cincinnati. However, the ponytailed Cypriot couldn't match Clement's confidence early, conceding the first set 3-6. Baghdatis soon found his stride, dominating the second set with eight aces, before hammering out a quick 6-1 third.
Clement, however, armed with his signature sunglasses and bandana (a different color for each set, of course), rallied back, capitalizing on a service break in the fourth set before pressing to a 6-5 lead in the fifth. A double match point chance was thwarted, but Clement was finally able to convert on his third opportunity and book his place in the second round.
The 32-year-old, who failed to qualify for last year's Open, now holds an 11-16 career five-set record. He will face the winner of today's contest between Robbie Ginepri vs. Eduardo Schwank, both of whom are unseeded.
- Clement and Baghdatis have now played each other six times, with the Cypriot owning a 4-2 edge.
- Baghdatis has yet to make it past the second round at any US Open.
- Clement, at age 32, is playing in his 12th US Open.
- In total Baghdatis served up 22 aces to Clement’s six.