Fifth seed Viktor Troicki tops Marcos Baghdatis in the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open first round on Tuesday.

Serbian seeking first title of season

Fifth seed Viktor Troicki won nearly half of his return points to beat Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open. Troicki is looking to capture his first title since winning the Apia International Sydney crown last year.

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The Serbian will next face #NextGenATP player Karen Khachanov, who converted six of his 17 break points against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili to advance 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-1 in two hours.

Troicki’s countryman Dusan Lajovic had to battle for two hours and 41 minutes to beat seventh seed and #NextGenATP player Borna Coric of Croatia 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-5. The 26-year-old Lajovic faces Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the second round. Bosnian Damir Dzumhur set-up a second-round clash against No. 2 seed Marin Cilic with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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