Baghdatis bounced from Australian Open

Jan. 17, 2007 at 10:16 AM

MELBOURNE, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- No. 11-seeded Marcos Baghdatis, the runner-up in the 2006 Australian Open, was upset in second-round play at tennis's first Grand Slam event of the year.

Baghdatis had a dream Australian Open last year -- even winning a set against Roger Federer in the finals -- but was dropped Wednesday by Gael Monfils 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

Federer, again the tournament's top seed, was a straight-set winner over Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in his second-round match. He next faces Mikhail Youzhny, who beat Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, sixth-seeded Andy Roddick defeated Marc Gicquel 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. Roddick earned a third-round match with Marat Safin, who was forced to five sets for the second time in the tournament before stopping Dudi Sela 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.

Seventh-seeded Tommy Robredo whipped past Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 6-3, 6-3; ninth-seeded Mario Ancic eliminated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2; No. 14 Novak Djokovic beat Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-5, 6-1; No. 16 David Ferrer topped Thomas Johansson 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-2; No. 18 Richard Gasquet won over Amer Delic 6-1, 6-2, 6-4; and No. 20 Radek Stepanek was a 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 winner over Lukas Dlouhy.

Other winners Wednesday were Danai Udomchoke, Dominik Hrbaty, Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish.

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