Lopez and Baghdatis reach second round at Stockholm Open

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Seeded players Feliciano Lopez and Marcos Baghdatis advanced into the second round of Stockholm Open 2012, so did Ricardas Berankis.

Fiftth-seeded Spaniard Lopez had a long day at the office meeting Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in first round. The first set serving was close to perfect from both sides and nothing could separate the players before the breaker. The Frenchman acquired a mini-break advantage early on, but experienced Lopez was quick to react and reached the finish line first. The second set serving left a lot to be desired with many break balls to defend, not always successfully. Each of the counterparts dropped two serves by 5-5, yet the most nerve-shredding moments were still to follow. One moment Mathieu missed an opportunity to clinch the third break, and the next moment he was facing a triple match ball by his rival. However, this set was destined to go to the tie-break as well with World No. 100 Frenchman attaining a double mini-break by 4-0 and converting his set ball number one. In the decider Lopez shifted into a higher gear, broke Mathieu twice and served the match out after 2 hours and 43 minutes. He won with a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2 final score and will be matched up against Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round of Stockholm.

Stakhovsky eliminated Yannick Mertens: 6-3, 6-4.

Seventh seed Cypriot Baghdatis was playing in a decent form recently, reaching semis in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. 45th-ranked Belgian David Goffin started the clash brightly with an immediate break, but Baghdatis pegged back at 3-3 and broke the Belgian once more to obtain the opener. The second chapter of the match was rather one-sided with the Cypriot consolidating his service games after a shaky entrance into the set – he saved two break points in the opening game. He was unstoppable from then on and finished off Goffin with a second break of the closing set. The result: 6-4, 6-2 in favor of Baghdatis who is meeting Colombian Falla next.

Falla overcame Czech Hajek in three sets, defending three match points in the process. 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7)

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Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis eliminated Albert Ramos of Spain with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 finals result and is playing fourth seed Florian Mayer in the round two.

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