British number 1 Andy Murray survived a scare to beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the first round of the Japan Open, winning 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4. Murray came back from a break down in the third set and has now won 17 of his last 18 matches. He was last defeated by the Spaniard Nadal in the semifinals of the US Open.
The Cypriot, with a current ranking of 54, had won three of the last four meetings against the world no.4 Murray, the last one in Rotterdam in February this year.
Murray will now face American Alex Bogomolov Jr. in the second round.
In other matches, number four seed Mardy Fish eliminated Ernest Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 6-4 and the Malaysian Open winner of last week Janko Tipsarevic surprisingly went out to Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 7-5.