Marcos Baghdatis faces a tough first round clash against Thomaz Bellucci today at the 2012 Winston-Salem Open
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We’re in for what promises to be an evenly-matched first round clash today at the Winston-Salem Open, as world No. 39 Marcos Baghdatis will take on world No. 40 Thomaz Bellucci. This contest will get proceedings underway on Centre Court, and should get the crowds nicely pumped up for the rest of the action to follow.
Baghatis is enjoying another good season this year. The Cypriot hasn’t managed to win any events but has put together a very respectable 26-19 match record for 2012. He hasn’t been at able to achieve many wins during the US Open hardcourt series, but this is due to tough draws rather than poor performances.
Bellucci can also take pride in his achievements this year. He won his first ever ATP title in Gstaad last month, and will now be focused on closing in on the top twenty again.
Baghdatis holds a 2-0 head to head record against Bellucci, though both of the matches between the pairing have gone the full distance. It could be Bellucci’s time to shine today, but it’s hard to tell. Either way, today’s opening clash has the makings of a thriller.