Top two seeds Baghdatis, Gaudio upset at Lyon
LYON, France -- Top-seeded Marcos Baghdatis and second-seeded Gaston Gaudio lost in the first round of the Lyon Grand Prix on Tuesday, a defeat that could damage Baghdatis' bid to qualify for next month's Masters Cup.
Arnaud Clement of France defeated Baghdatis 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, and Simon Greul of Germany routed Gaudio of Argentina 6-0, 6-2.
Baghdatis is ranked No. 10, and only the top eight ATP Tour players qualify for the Masters Cup in Shanghai, China. This was his third straight defeat in four matches since he won in Beijing last month. His last chance to qualify will be at the Paris Masters next week.
"It's very frustrating," Baghdatis said. "Since recovering from a shoulder injury I'm finding it hard to recapture my best tennis. It looks like my dream of making the Masters Cup will not materialize. Maybe it's my destiny not to go there."
The losses by Baghdatis and No. 8 Tommy Robredo in St. Petersburg, Russia, allowed Ivan Ljubicic and Andy Roddick to make the Masters Cup. Four berths remain open.
Greul, ranked No. 79, won only his 11th match on the ATP tour. He reached the fourth round at this year's Miami Masters.
Fourth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France beat Marat Safin of Russia for the first time in four meetings, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Gasquet was making his first appearance in Lyon in four years, since his debut at 16.
Gasquet won the second set tiebreak 7-5 with a controversial service winner on match point.
"That service winner on match point was clearly out," said Safin. "I know we're in France but still."
Third-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia topped Florent Serra of France 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, and seventh-seeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium defeated Vince Spadea of the United States 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Julien Benneteau won 7-5, 6-4 against fellow Frenchman Julien Mathieu, who was making his ATP debut. Other first-round winners were Dirk Norman of Belgium and Cyril Saulnier and Marc Gicquel, both of France.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.