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Djokovic awaits Baghdatis at Miami Masters
MARCOS Baghdatis’ quest at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami will begin against Argentine Leonardo Mayer, with world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia waiting in the second round.
Mayer, ranked 77 in the world, leads the overall head-to-head series against the Limassol native 2-0. He beat Baghdatis in the second round of last year’s French Open, while in 2010 he topped the Cypriot in the quarter-finals of the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur.
After reaching the third round in Indian Wells last week, Baghdatis improved his ranking by five places to 42nd.
The Cypriot has been in relatively good form this season having won 14 matches and losing seven, compared to Mayer who holds a 4-6 record.
Last season, Baghdatis lost in the second round in Miami to Belgian Olivier Rochus in three sets, which means that should he progress to the second round and then lose to Djokovic, he would not drop any ranking points.
In other news the Cyprus national team is expected to play without Baghdatis in the second round of the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II against Ukraine in three weeks time.
The Cypriot number one will skip the Dnipropetrovs’k clash due to his obligations on the ATP Tour and his participation for Cyprus at this summer’s Olympic Games in London.