Dimitrov beats Baghdatis in Rome, Youzhny ousts Haas

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Mikhail Youzhny threw out Tommy Haas at Rome Masters 2013, Grigor Dimitrov and Richard Gasquet also through to second round.

Seed number thirteen Haas, who conquered Munich a couple of weeks ago, fell short against Russian Youzhny in the first round of Internazionali BNL d’Italia today. Youzhny lost his serve in the second game of the clash, but he replied with two consecutive breaks to move 4-2 up – he held on to his advantage to ultimately serve out the set. A 2002 Rome finalist Haas was unable to fight his way back into the match and was broken two times in the second set as well before the Russian completed his convincing 6-4, 6-2 victory, thus taking a 4-3 head-to-head lead.

Similarly, Bolgarian prospect Dimitrov overcame Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets after breaking him one time in each of the sets. He secured his second round spot with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph after slightly more than one hour of tennis. In the next round he will meet ninth-seeded Gasquet who got the better of US player Sam Querrey. He grabbed the first set after pulling off a four straight games run and wrapped up the match by winning the second set tie-break. End score: 6-2, 7-6 (8).

A Pole prospect Jerzy Janowicz also needed two sets to eliminate another unseeded player Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. A late break in the first set was enough for the Pole to move one nil up, while he acquired a two break cushion in the second set before serving out the match and advancing with 7-5, 6-2. He is to play Jo-Wilfired Tsonga in the second round.

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