Baghdatis comes out of layoff and falls flat at Chennai
Nadal regretted Baghdatis' early exit.
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"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 the second set that he clinched after Baghdatis saved five match points.
"Things simply didn't go well for me," said Baghdatis, who dropped serve in the second game of the opening set and the first game of the second set. "Things are never easy when you haven't played a match for two months, and suddenly you are required to hit winners."
Baghdatis also went out in the first round of the Chennai Open in his only previous appearance three years ago.
Haase served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but deuce was called 10 times before Baghdatis sent a forehand crosscourt into the net.
"I was lucky that Marcos was not in his best form at the start of the season," Haase said.
Third-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain advanced by outplaying Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-4, 6-1, and seventh-seeded Werner Eschauer of Austria defeated Bartolome Salva-Vidal of Spain 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-4.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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