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Gulbis sets up Federer clash

sports Updated: Apr 26, 2010 23:39 IST

Latvia's Ernests Gulbis took little more than an hour to dispose of Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-2 at the Foro Italico on Monday to set up a second round clash with world number one Roger Federer.

The Swiss master had a first round bye and the big serving Gulbis took only one hour nine minutes to reveal to Federer against whom he will begin his campaign.

Reigning champion and world number three Rafael Nadal also found out his second round opponent as German Philipp Kohlschreiber edged Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in a tight three-setter 6-7 (1/7), 6-1, 6-4.

The French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero, who dealt Nadal his only ever defeat here two years ago, showed just how far his star has dipped as he was humiliated by Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo 6-0, 6-3 in under an hour.