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Baghdatis comes out of layoff and falls flat at Chennai

Updated: January 1, 2008, 1:18 PM ET
Associated Press

CHENNAI, India -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat Mathieu Montcourt 6-2, 6-4 Tuesday in the first round of the Chennai Open, and second-seeded Marcos Baghdatis lost to Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal regretted Baghdatis' early exit.

"His defeat takes something out of the tournament," the Spaniard said.

Baghdatis, ranked 16th, made several unforced errors against his 114th-ranked Dutch opponent and dropped service early in both sets. Haase was tested only in the 10th game of ...

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