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Oliver Rochus defeats a rusty Del Potro in Bangkok.

Juan Martin del Potro’s eagerly anticipated comeback to the ATP World Tour ended in disappointment Tuesday evening in Bangkok as Belgian Olivier Rochus defeated the fifth-seeded Argentine 7-6(7), 6-4 in the first round of the PTT Thailand Open.

The 22-year-old del Potro was playing his first match since a fourth-round exit (l. to Cilic) at the Australian Open in January, having since been sidelined for eight months with a right wrist injury. He underwent surgery on 4 May in Rochester, Minnesota and was forced to withdraw from last month’s US Open, where he was the defending champion.

The diminutive Rochus, a foot shorter than the 6’6 del Potro, withstood 16 aces as edged a close first set and fended off a short-lived comeback from the Argentine in the second set, recovering from 0-2 down to seal victory in one hour and 44 minutes. World No. 78 Rochus recorded his 16th tour-level win of the season, highlighted by a run to his eighth ATP World Tour final in Newport (l. to Fish).

Rochus next will face Kazakhstani Mikhail Kukushkin, who recorded his 10th tour-level win of the season after he beat American qualifier Ryler Deheart 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4 in two hours and eight minutes.


Soderling poses no threat this year at Roland Garros.

Belgium’s Olivier Rochus knocked out the top seed Robin Soderling in the second round of the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur on Tuesday.

Swede Soderling was a losing finalist at last year’s French Open but the world number seven’s preparation for Roland Garros this time has been unimpressive.

The 2-6 6-4 6-4 defeat to Rochus represented a third successive loss, following setbacks to Stanislas Wawrinka in Rome and Nicolas Almagro in Madrid.

Next opponent Richard Gasquet is likely to prove more of an awkward obstacle for Rochus. The French player has beaten Rochus three times on clay in the past six weeks, dropping a mere six games in the process.

Today Gasquet beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-0 2-6 6-3 to set up the quarter-final with Rochus.

Second-seeded Spanish player Fernando Verdasco outclassed Frenchman Florent Serra 6-2 6-2, and will play Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky next.

Cypriot player Marcos Baghdatis, seeded fifth, beat Germany’s Simon Greul 6-3 6-2, and might have expected that to set up a quarter-final clash with fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci, however the Brazilian was crushed 6-4 6-1 by Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer.


Listless Djokovic loses his opener. Blake and Querrey also lose.

Former champion Novak Djokovic has been beaten in his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open.

The No. 2-ranked Djokovic lost to Olivier Rochus 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4 Friday.

Djokovic double-faulted 10 times and lost 30 of 44 second-serve points, including 13 of 17 in the final set. He committed 62 unforced errors and converted only three of 13 break-point chances. He has repeated this similar pettern of play in his last 5 matches, but has been able to pull off miraculous comebacks to win. His luck ran out at Indian Wells against Ljubicic, and again today.

Djokovic won the tournament in 2007 and arrived at Key Biscayne with a 15-3 record this year. But he looked listless at times against Rochus, and by the third set fans were groaning as his errors mounted.

The Serb drew scattered jeers when he left the court, and he responded with a thumbs-up signal.

Americans James Blake and Sam Querrey lost to Thomas Bellucci and Jeremy Chardy respectively.


Let’s hope Baggy is back to stay!

bag Marcos Baghdatis lifted his first ATP World Tour title since February 2007, after defeating Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-1, 7-5 at the If Stockholm Open on Sunday. Baghdatis became the 10th unseeded winner of the ATP World Tour this year.

World No. 66 Baghdatis earned €93,000 in prize money and won 250 South African Airways 2009 ATP Ranking points, while Rochus pocketed €49,000 and 150 points.

Baghdatis, who won his third ATP Challenger Tour title last week at Tashkent (d. Istomin), made a confident start in his seventh ATP World Tour final.

The 24 year old converted his third break point opportunity in the fourth game and his decisively broke in the sixth game. He won 66 per cent of service points and hit eight aces in the 40-minute first set.

The pair exchanged service breaks at the start of the second set and again in the sixth and seventh games. Baghdatis, who beat Rochus 7-5, 6-4 at the 2006 Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, broke serve for the fifth time in the 11th game and went on to wrap up victory in one hour and 39 minutes.

The talented Baghdatis, who has not quite lived up to his promise after reaching the Australian Open final in 2006, sunk to his knees and celebrated.

Clearly moved, he kissed the floor of the Royal Tennis Hall.

“It’s a great feeling and I’m so happy,” Baghdatis said in an on-court interview. “It’s been a long while since I’ve won a tournament, especially an ATP tournament.”

Baghdatis’s two previous wins came in Beijing in 2006 and in Zagreb in 2007.

“Last year was really hard for me, so it’s great to have this win today. I don’t really know what to say right now, I’m just happy. I wish it continues.”

“First set, I was a bit lucky and broke him twice. Then in the second set Olivier started playing, he began returning me and reading my game.”

Asked about his future, Baghdatis, 24, said: “I don’t want any limits, and I don’t want to set any goals. I just want to be more consistent than ever.”

Baghdatis won 62 per cent of service points, hit 15 aces and saved four of six break points. It was his third ATP World Tour trophy (3-4 lifetime) and first since 4 February 2007 at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors.

The former World No. 8 (21 August 2006) improved to a 23-16 match record on the year. Rochus, 28, dropped to 3-4 in ATP World Tour finals and to 13-7 this year. It was his first final appearance since 30 September 2007 at Mumbai (l. to Gasquet).


Baghdatis v. Rochus in the final as Soderling retires hurt.


Top-seeded Robin Soderling withdrew from the Stockholm Open semifinals Saturday because of an elbow injury, allowing Marcos Baghdatis to advance to the final against Olivier Rochus.

Rochus outlasted Tomaz Bellucci of Brazil 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 to reach Sunday’s final at Royal Tennis Hall.

Soderling has been bothered by a sore right elbow since July, when he withdrew from the quarterfinals in Washington. He said he’s felt pain in the last few weeks.

“I had an MRI Tuesday and they told me that I have to rest two, three weeks to get well,” he said.

Soderling is vying for one of the two remaining spots for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. He hasn’t decided if he’ll play upcoming tournaments in Valencia and Paris.

“I haven’t withdrawn from any tournaments so far,” Soderling said. “I’ll just wait and see and have more medical examinations.”

The 10th-ranked Swede, a surprising finalist in the French Open this year, was the only seeded player left in the tournament.

“I’m sorry for Robin first of all,” Baghdatis said. “It’s not easy to retire, especially when you’re playing at home. But obviously I’m happy to get through to the final.”

Baghdatis has not lost a set in his three matches. Ranked 66th, Baghdatis has won two career titles. He’s looking forward to playing his practice partner on Sunday.

“Rochus is playing great,” Baghdatis said. “He’s a good friend of mine and we’ve warmed up together every day this week. It’s nice to play a friend in the final.”

Rochus, ranked 87th, also has two career titles. He broke Bellucci’s serve twice in the decisive set to lead 4-0. Bellucci broke back twice, cutting the score to 5-3. But Rochus held his serve to close out the match, winning on his third match point.

“I played a good match,” he said. “I stayed positive and didn’t give up.”

Rochus has had a tough year following shoulder surgery.

“My ranking was down at 120,” he recalled. “To finish near the top 50 is incredible for me.”

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