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Re: Australian Open 2009

doesnt love that much the outfit choosen. instead i prefer the one he used before in kooyong classic, but still love see him playing

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He leads Benneteau 63 76(5)

Pame Marcos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Australian Open 2009

So far so good!

Pame!



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Re: Australian Open 2009

*5:2 Finish it!!!



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Re: Australian Open 2009

6:3 7:6 6:2

Great start Marcos!



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Re: Australian Open 2009

Marcos
I watched it. He's super fit and it got close in the 2nd set and he got a little tired, but overall a great performance from him.

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Söderling next, pame Marcos
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Monday 19 January 2009

Marcos's transcribed interview after his match against Julien Benneteau


Q. What are your thoughts on the match?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Tough conditions. Didn't play my best tennis, but I'm happy I went through. That's a nice first round to have in those tough conditions, 2 hours 40 under the sun.

It's a good way to start the tournament.

Q. You've played here a little bit. Is that some of the toughest you've experienced here?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yes, one of the maybe third toughest, yeah.

Q. Anything in particular that you found hard or different?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: The sun was very hard. You're talking about Benneteau or the conditions?

Q. The conditions.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Because I played Benneteau three times.

So, no, the conditions, the sun, the sun, it's just very strong. Just even being out there, you cannot breathe. I just want to, you know, puke. But I'm happy I went through, so...

Q. You escaped a pretty tight one, then?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Exactly.

Q. How was your serving today?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Not so good, but I don't really care. I'm happy I went through. I have one day to work on it tomorrow. I'll try to work on it and get better.

I cannot be perfect every day. I think I need some matches. I'm confident. I think I'll take day by day and work hard. I think my serve will come one day.

Q. You say this is the third toughest conditions you've played in. What was the first toughest?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Stepanek 2006.

Q. You always have the crowd, the loyal supporters. How much do they bring to it?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: A lot. I mean, they help you get through tough moments. One more time that's what they did today. They were there. They helped me get through this tough moment.
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Re: Australian Open 2009

Match report from the Australian Open official site:

Former finalist Baghdatis advances

Monday 19 January 2009
By Katy Ghassemi


Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis began his Australian Open 2009 campaign on a positive note on Monday, ousting Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-3 7-6(5) 6-2 in two hours and 42 minutes.

Benneteau, at 27 and playing in his seventh Australian Open, did well to match it with the former top-10 player, keeping the first set close at 3-3 before an unforced error allowed Baghdatis to take the lead.

After holding his own serve, Baghdatis then had three break points against the Frenchman on his next service game, converting one to take a one-set lead.

The second set was a tighter battle, going down to a tie-breaker which Baghdatis won 7-5 with a resounding ace.

Baghdatis’s band of cheering supporters helped the Cypriot gain a 5-2 lead in the third set. Playing a deft drop shot to put him ahead in the final game, Baghdatis went on to win the set and match with a backhand winner down the line.

Happy to have made it through, the Australian Open 2006 finalist bent down to kiss the court after his final shot, then moved on to acknowledge the crowd.

“They [the crowd] help you get through tough moments. One more time, that’s what they did today,” he said.

Despite winning the match in straight sets, Baghdatis acknowledged it wasn’t his best performance.

“(I) didn’t play my best tennis, but I’m happy I went through,” he said.

Baghdatis’s win sees him move on to the second round, where he’ll play Robin Soderling. The Swede, who is seeded 16th at Melbourne Park, won his first round match against America’s Robert Kendrick in four sets.

Quick facts

Baghdatis served seven aces to Benneteau’s four

Baghdatis won a total of 116 points to the Frenchman’s 101

Baghdatis had 41 unforced errors, but clubbed 48 winners
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Re: Australian Open 2009

WEDNESDAY OOP

Show Court 2

11:00 Start

Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Marin Cilic(CRO) vs. Janko Tipsarevic(SRB)

Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Andrea Petkovic(GER) vs. Alize Cornet(FRA)

Women's Doubles - 1st Round
Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)/Nadia Petrova(RUS) vs. Serena Williams(USA)/Venus Williams(USA)

Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Robin Soderling(SWE) vs. Marcos Baghdatis(CYP)



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I hate the time
In NY the matches start at 19:00 to begin with, and I have a state test tomorrow. I can't watch it unless there's 1 walkover and 1 1st set retirement and 1 straight set win

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The showdown:

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Nice pic andrew.

Im leavin for aus open now. hopefully get sumgood seats for baggy.
btw im within that group of greeks in the background of that pic. haha.
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Nice pic andrew.

Im leavin for aus open now. hopefully get sumgood seats for baggy.
btw im within that group of greeks in the background of that pic. haha.
Cool. Thanks for the compliment, Tim

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Re: Australian Open 2009

1st set 3-6

1st serve % --> 36%

already broken twice in 2nd
0-3*

C'mon Marcos, you can do better!



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