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Andy Murray rallies to defeat Marcos Baghdatis in Japan Open

Andy Murray came from a break down in the deciding set to beat Marcos Baghdatis in the opening round of the Japan Open.

imageThe Scot, who landed the Thailand Open title on Sunday, looked like making an early exit in Tokyo when Baghdatis came from a set behind to move into a strong position.

At 3-1 ahead in the third set, Cypriot player Baghdatis looked like taking the scalp of the world number four and tournament second seed.

However Murray found a way back into the contest to finish a 7-6 (7/4) 2-6 6-4 winner.

Murray is on an impressive run of form, with a record which shows he has won 17 or his last 18 matches, the lone defeat in that run coming at the hands of Rafael Nadal in the US Open semi-finals.

He scraped through a first set against Baghdatis in which each player claimed a break of serve, but was then second best as his opponent, a former Australian Open finalist, levelled the match.

Baghdatis had entered the match with a winning career record against Murray, having beaten the British number one in three of their four past meetings, including a Wimbledon clash five years ago and a match in Rotterdam in February of this year.

A fourth win was in his sights when he claimed the early break in the third set, but Murray did not fold and came through several tight games to book a second-round clash with American Alex Bogomolov Jr.

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