JASON DUNSTALL: We are certainly looking forward to seeing you in action. Marcos, you had a terrible run with injuries last year. You played just the 12 tournaments. I am sure everyone would like to see you back at your confident best.
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I'm pretty fit. I worked hard this winter, I had a bad year last year and I'm happy to be back on court and play some tennis, and I hope I will do my best here and also next the tournament, which is Aussie Open, to play my best tennis and have fun.
Q. Marcos, I think you said last week you weren't completely match fit in Brisbane. How do you feel about it going to be 39 degrees tomorrow? (:scared:) How does that make you feel?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I will see on court, I will see tomorrow on court. But I feel okay. I had some leg problem in Brisbane. I had pain on the - -
ROGER FEDERER: Thigh. (:p)
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Thigh, yes. (:lol:) So that's all. I had some pain there. Now it's feeling better. I got some three days' practice here. I arrived here on Friday, so we will see how it goes tomorrow.
Q. And it does still feel a good place to come, Australia? Is it a good place to start, to come back from injury?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yes, I am very happy to be here, especially back on court, and I am happy to be back in Australia and play some matches.
01-13-2009, 04:10 PM
I like the fact that he will probably play at very high temperatures, should help him if it's the same in Melbourne in the early rounds. :)
01-14-2009, 06:58 AM
lost 6-2 6-2 today. played like absolute shit. such a joke:o
01-14-2009, 04:18 PM
at least we still have the exho excuse
01-14-2009, 06:46 PM
01-15-2009, 01:12 AM
Baghdatis d.Ljubicic 76 64
01-15-2009, 01:40 AM
yep he won.
he was on tv. better performance than yesterday imo. but still room for improvement
01-15-2009, 06:16 PM
Marcos's interview after his match against Stan.
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Q. How much did you take out of that?
A. What can I say? I didn't play very good, that's all I can say. I wasn't here today - I don't know where I was - and that's all. Stan played a great match. He was serving pretty good, he was making winners whenever he needed to, so that's all I can say. I can't say anything more.
Q. Marcos, how is your leg? You were talking about you had some thigh problems in Brisbane?
A. Very good. Physically I feel okay. I'll have a hit also this afternoon. It's a bit disappointing, you know, coming here playing a match like that, not only for me but for the crowd too, and for Stan too, but that's the way it is. I'm sorry, and I hope I can win after tomorrow and play better and have some time on court.
Q. At the end of last year and again in Brisbane it seemed like every time you stepped on the court you'd get hurt, like last year and in Brisbane. Does that get inside your head a little bit?
A. A bit, yes. Every time now I wake up and I feel some pain I'm scared, you know, so I need to get some confidence in me, in my game, in my body, and I think it can take time. So I'm trying now not to put pressure on me. I'm trying to just go out there and have some fun like today - no, I'm joking, not like today - and just get some confidence in my body and my mind.
Q. You had five foot faults; does that reflect that lack of confidence and that rhythm?
A. Yes, today also the wind was a bit - on the serve, I didn't feel very confident because of the wind also, but it's not an excuse. I'm not going to find excuses, but yeah, I had some foot fault calling also in Brisbane, so I guess that is a point I need to work on too.
Q. You have still obviously got more matches here. Is it important for you to have a win to get your confidence back?
A. Win, no, but feel good on court, yes. That is the most important, of course. If I win a match, I would be very happy, but the most important is to have a good match, a good fight, playing good and that's all.
Q. Marcos, what happened to your hair? The commentators were asking, is it superstitious?
A. No, I just cool off at night. I just wanted to shave it, and that's what I did. That's all. Nothing superstitious. And my beard, I have more hair here than there.
A. I have been working on physical, I have been working a lot on my body last month and a half, basically, and then the serve and some strokes. But like I said, the main thing - everything is fine, I'm playing very good in practice, and the main thing is to get some confidence in me and my game and my body and everything, and I think I'll be back. It's not a matter of tennis, it's just a matter of confidence and feeling good on court, finding the rhythm, the tactics, and that's all.
Q. You changed coach a few times last year. Are you happy now?
A. Yes, I'm very happy, and I think I'm looking for the long term, so we'll see how it goes.
Q. Do you draw confidence from the fact that you have done so well in Melbourne previously?
Q. Do you draw confidence from the fact that you have done well in Melbourne?
A. What does 'draw confidence' mean?
Q. Does it give you confidence?
A. Yes, it gives me confidence, not only the final in Melbourne but my whole career I have had great results, and that's why I want to play tennis. I don't accept being 97 in the world or 100. I want to be back in the top 10, and that's what I think every day, and that's why I am doubting in myself, which is good to do sometimes, to have doubts in yourself. So I'm just looking to find a way to come back in the top 10. Like I said before, it will take time. I don't know how much time it will take, but I am ready to do anything to get back.
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AAMI CLASSIC 14.1.09
01-15-2009, 06:19 PM
Marcos's interview after his match against Ivan Ljubicic.
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Thursday, 15 January 2009
15 January 2009
Q. Marcos, congratulations. You just looked a lot more confident out there today compared to yesterday?
A. Yeah, much more confident, I can say, and - well, yesterday after the match I went back to Melbourne Park, had a hit for an hour and a half, hour and forty minutes, so that felt good and, I mean, now I'm in the minute now. Now I play two matches here, one in Brisbane, I'm starting to feel good on court so starting to, you know, to feel good.
Q. What aspects of your game in particular, today, did you feel were stronger than yesterday?
A. Moving, moving. Just make my game, not thinking, just being myself on court, and I think that's the most important thing, and that's all. After the serve I need to work on, then I have four days left to work on the serve, so we will see how it goes these four days.
Q. How important do you find an event such as this leading into the first Grand Slam of the year to perform well, to give you the confidence going into the Australian Open?
A. It's very important to have some matches on your feet and basically the Classic, AAMI Classic, is good, good preparation, because even if you lose you have had two matches in your feet, so I think that's a perfect preparation for the Aussie Open, and that's why I'm here.
Q. And apart from your form, Marcos, how nice is it actually to have a win under your belt?
A. Very nice, to tell the truth, very nice. It feels great. Smile is back so, you know, it's a relief going into the Aussie Open, so that's the most important thing.
Q. Given it has been a while, how were you feeling on those match points today?
A. Not so good. I was stuck in the head a bit. I made unforced errors there, but the most important thing is I won, and it's better that it happened today than in the Australian Open, so it's good.
Q. Marcos, do you have a message for your Melbourne fans and the Cypriot community here in Melbourne to get along to the Australian Open, because if we go back a couple of years you revved up the crowd and that smile that you brought to all the fans at Melbourne Park?
A. I know they are watching me on the tellies, I know they are watching my results, so I want to thank them a lot for all they have given me in the past, and I hope to see them next week.