Marseille: Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus remained on course for a second straight title after beating Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the Open 13 final. The seventh-seeded Baghdatis, who won the Zagreb Open on February 4, faces Gilles Simon of France in Sunday's final. Simon beat Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-2, 7-6 (2). Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open runner-up, said he was relaxed ahead of the final. ÃÂ "There are things more serious than losing a tennis match. I'm a cool guy and I'm happy in life. If I don't win, it won't be a drama, I will keep smiling," Baghdatis said. After taking the opening set in 35 minutes, Nieminen looked in control until Baghdatis began to upset his rhythm with a series of drop shots. "At the end of the first set, I felt better, that I was getting my legs back. The super work I did with my physio was very beneficial," Baghdatis said. Baghdatis broke Nieminen in the fourth game of the second set. The Finn was unhappy with the line call that came at the end of a long rally and gave Baghdatis a break point. Nieminen broke back in the seventh game when Baghdatis was wide with a forehand, but lost serve again with an unforced error into the net. Baghdatis won the set with a backhand drop shot, which Nieminen could only watch.
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