Baghdatis comes out of layoff and falls flat at Chennai

CHENNAI, India -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat Mathieu
Montcourt 6-2, 6-4 Tuesday in the first round of the Chennai Open,
and second-seeded Marcos Baghdatis lost to Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal regretted Baghdatis' early exit.

"His defeat takes something out of the tournament," the
Spaniard said.

Baghdatis, ranked 16th, made several unforced errors against his
114th-ranked Dutch opponent and dropped service early in both sets.
Haase was tested only in the 10th game of the second set that he
clinched after Baghdatis saved five match points.

"Things simply didn't go well for me," said Baghdatis, who
dropped serve in the second game of the opening set and the first
game of the second set. "Things are never easy when you haven't
played a match for two months, and suddenly you are required to hit

Baghdatis also went out in the first round of the Chennai Open
in his only previous appearance three years ago.

Haase served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but deuce
was called 10 times before Baghdatis sent a forehand crosscourt
into the net.

"I was lucky that Marcos was not in his best form at the start
of the season," Haase said.

Eighth-seeded Marc Gicquel of France also lost, falling to
Belgium's Kristof Vliegen 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Third-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain advanced by outplaying
Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-4, 6-1, and seventh-seeded Werner
Eschauer of Austria defeated Bartolome Salva-Vidal of Spain 7-6
(3), 5-7, 6-4.

American Rajeev Ram beat Yuri Schukin of Russia 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2)
and Lovro Zovko of Croatia knocked out Thierry Ascione of France
6-4, 6-0.