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Baghdatis survives second tough test

BEIJING (Reuters) – Third seed Marcos Baghdatis survived a second tough test in less than 24 hours yesterday to progress to the quarterfinals of the China Open with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Taiwan’s Wang Yeu-Tzuoo. The Cypriot needed a third-set tie break to overcome German Denis Gremelmayr late on Tuesday and was equally tested by Wang, who was cheered on by a crowd delighted to see a Chinese man take on one of the world’s top players. Wang never gave an inch without a fight and exploited the world No. 9’s lapses of concentration to force a tiebreak in the first set and break early in the second. «It was a great match, Jimmy Wang played very well,» said 21-year-old Baghdatis, who admitted he had been feeling the effects of the late night on Tuesday. «I was pretty tired but I served well and played smart to conserve energy. That was my goal for today and I went through.»