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Australian Open 2009

Getta
01-15-2009, 09:30 PM
The main draw will be announced soon. Marcos entered the tournament unseeded after an injury-ravaged year.

Baghdatis#1
01-15-2009, 09:39 PM
I can't wait for the draw!

Getta
01-15-2009, 11:09 PM
Marcos got Julien Benneteau in the first round of Australian Open. Robin Soderling is most likely his second round opponent.

Marcos has landed on Djokovic's quarter.
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/r1s3.html

Baghdatis#1
01-15-2009, 11:21 PM
Pame Marcos!!!

Ivanatis
01-15-2009, 11:21 PM
I think his draw is fine, Söderling did well this week, but maybe he'll return to his usual outdoor struggling next week, Bolelli/Vliegen/Groth/Fish in 3rd round can hardly be any better for a non-seed; but first of all he has to get past Benneteau of course, good luck :)

Getta
01-15-2009, 11:22 PM
Marcos's 1/8 of the draw:


[16] Robin SODERLING (SWE) vs. Robert KENDRICK (USA)
Julien BENNETEAU (FRA) vs. Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)
Simone BOLELLI (ITA) vs. Kristof VLIEGEN (BEL)
Samuel GROTH (AUS) vs. Mardy FISH (USA) [23]

[28] Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA) vs. Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)
Taylor DENT (USA) vs. QUALIFIER
Jeremy CHARDY (FRA) vs. Marcos DANIEL (BRA)
QUALIFIER vs. Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [3]

Ivanatis
01-15-2009, 11:35 PM
Chardy will upset Nole in round 2, so there should be no problem with the Serb:p

PinkFeatherBoa
01-16-2009, 01:41 AM
Relatively kind draw for Marcos. Time to rediscover some of that AO magic from AO's past (not last year's open). Good luck, Marcos.

baghdatis
01-16-2009, 02:35 AM
Thats a really good draw. It uldve gone waaaaaay worse. Im hoping for a 4th round result this year.
Pame Marco!

baghdatis
01-17-2009, 09:04 AM
Hes playing monday on show court 2 2nd match.
Cant wait! Lol
:D

Getta
01-17-2009, 05:19 PM
MONDAY OOP

Show Court 2

11:00 Start

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Mariya Koryttseva(UKR) vs. Alize Cornet(FRA)

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Julien Benneteau(FRA) vs. Marcos Baghdatis(CYP)

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Evgeny Korolev(RUS) vs. Carlos Moya(ESP)


Good luck, Marcos :rocker2:

Baghdatis#1
01-17-2009, 11:40 PM
Yes. I'll see it on TV, since I get coverage of 6 courts here in NY!!!! And it will still be early. And I have no school on monday:worship:

baghdatis
01-18-2009, 05:01 AM
ill try and pop into that showcourt abit early and try get sum frunt row seats
rofl

Baghdatis#1
01-18-2009, 05:15 PM
ill try and pop into that showcourt abit early and try get sum frunt row seats
rofl

Maybe some pics and videos too:shrug:
Just a reminder, no flags at AO this year.

Jelena_78
01-18-2009, 08:42 PM
Good luck Marcos!

Pame :rocker2:

LadyNalbandian
01-19-2009, 02:15 AM
doesnt love that much the outfit choosen. instead i prefer the one he used before in kooyong classic, but still love see him playing :devil:

Baghdatis#1
01-19-2009, 03:12 AM
He leads Benneteau 63 76(5)

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

Jelena_78
01-19-2009, 03:15 AM
So far so good! :D

Pame! :rocker2:

Jelena_78
01-19-2009, 03:40 AM
*5:2 Finish it!!!

Jelena_78
01-19-2009, 03:45 AM
6:3 7:6 6:2 :D

Great start Marcos!

Baghdatis#1
01-19-2009, 03:55 PM
Marcos:banana:
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.

Ivanatis
01-19-2009, 05:19 PM
:D :woohoo:

Söderling next, pame Marcos

Getta
01-19-2009, 11:16 PM
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.

Getta
01-19-2009, 11:18 PM
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

Getta
01-20-2009, 08:52 AM
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)


Good luck, Marcos :rocker2:

Baghdatis#1
01-20-2009, 06:52 PM
I hate the time:sad:
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:sad:

Baghdatis#1
01-20-2009, 08:14 PM
The showdown:
http://tennis24.gr/images/stories/tennis24/Players/baghdatis/2009/baghdatis-soderling_408.jpg

baghdatis
01-20-2009, 09:21 PM
Nice pic andrew. :yeah:

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.

Baghdatis#1
01-20-2009, 09:31 PM
Nice pic andrew. :yeah:

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:)

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 06:01 AM
1st set 3-6

1st serve % --> 36% :tape:

already broken twice in 2nd :sad:
0-3*

C'mon Marcos, you can do better!

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 06:38 AM
Back in the set! :D

*5-5 :rocker2:

HOLD Marcos!!!

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 06:41 AM
6-5* :)

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 06:45 AM
40-15*

2 SPs!

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 06:46 AM
3-6 7-5 :rocker:

Pame Marcos!!!

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 07:13 AM
4-1*

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 07:29 AM
3-6 7-5 6-3 :dance:

One more Marcos, one more!

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 08:08 AM
3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3!!!

:woohoo: :woohoo:

Haven't seen that smile for so long!!! :awww: :D

Good luck vs Fish! :clap2:

baghdatis
01-21-2009, 11:30 AM
Have to say that this match was INSANE! an unbelievable comeback by marco, and as always, was showing love to us fans.

Huge atmosphere was created by us Hellenic fans

Ivanatis
01-21-2009, 01:50 PM
:woohoo: I'm so happy for him.
Couldn't watch it, but good to see that his fighting spirit brought him back into this match.:D

now beat Fishy and get that match versus Djoker

Ozone
01-21-2009, 04:25 PM
Big win!! He just looked timid in the 1st and hes always struggled with his 1st serve %age. Great comeback! He looks great when he finally goes for more shots.

Baghdatis#1
01-21-2009, 07:13 PM
Marcos :banana:
He is such a fighter:worship:

Getta
01-22-2009, 03:50 AM
From the Australian Open official site:

Baghdatis bounces back to unseat Swede

Wednesday 21 January 2009
By Bronwen Largier

Marcos Baghdatis has taken out 16th seed Robin Soderling in a gripping four-set second-round match of Australian Open 2009.

With the overwhelming support of the bulk of the crowd, Baghdatis took almost three hours to overcome the Swede 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3.

With the conspicuous absence of the usual Swedish fans in the stands, Soderling earned two breaks of serve early to lead the match 4-0. Baghdatis broke back in the fifth game, but it wasn’t enough to save the set.

It was the fifth game of the second set, with Baghdatis trailing 4-0 again, that the match turned around. Baghdatis held serve without dropping a point, and went on to break Soderling three times in his next four service games to close out the set 7-5.

With an improvement in his serve and a drop in his number of unforced errors coinciding with a rise in the errors of his opponent, Baghdatis broke Soderling again in the opening game of the third. Soderling managed to get in a break in the next game, but the Cypriot got another break in the fourth to lead the set 3-1.

Although Soderling’s powerful forehand won him a few crucial points and he was able to push Baghdatis around the court, the Swede could not get back on top of the match.

Baghdatis chased down balls relentlessly and served a number of aces in the final few sets – he served three in the fifth game of the third set alone.

Breaking the Swede twice in the final set, Baghdatis got a standing ovation from the crowd when a backhand passing shot won him the match.

After the match he said the support of fans in Melbourne “makes me feel good on court, so it makes me want to fight and have a reason to fight”.

“It feels like I have a Grand Slam at home,” he said.

Baghdatis, who is currently ranked 97 in the world after an injury-riddled last season saw him play just 12 tournaments, said he was gradually learning to trust his body again.

“I’m feeling very good, but like I said before, in the beginning of the tournament you know, every time I wake up I have a bit of pain somewhere, I’m scared … so I need some confidence in my body. Slowly, slowly, it’s coming.”

Baghdatis will play American Mardy Fish in the third round on Friday.

Quick facts

Baghdatis served 13 aces to Soderling’s seven

Soderling had a whopping 69 unforced errors, while Baghdatis had 47

Baghdatis won five of six points where he came to the net (83 per cent), while Soderling was successful on 63 per cent of his net approaches (19-for-30)

Both players had a fastest first serve of 208km/h

Getta
01-22-2009, 03:55 AM
Marcos' first objective is accomplished. He defended his points from last year.

Keep going, Marcos!

Getta
01-22-2009, 06:19 AM
FRIDAY OOP

Hisense Arena

11:00 Start

Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Juan Martin Del Potro(ARG) vs. Gilles Muller(LUX)

Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Daniela Hantuchova(SVK) vs. Alize Cornet(FRA)

Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Andy Roddick(USA) vs. Fabrice Santoro(FRA)


19:30 Start

Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Alisa Kleybanova(RUS) vs. Ana Ivanovic(SRB)

Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Marcos Baghdatis(CYP) vs. Mardy Fish(USA)


Good luck, Marcos :rocker2:

H_E_L_L_A_S
01-22-2009, 08:52 AM
Baggy 3-0 im thinking, hes gunna be way too good for Fish

Ivanatis
01-22-2009, 02:33 PM
PAME :music:

Baghdatis#1
01-22-2009, 06:59 PM
C'mon Marcos!!!!!!
I'll wake up early 2 watch it :lol:

Jelena_78
01-23-2009, 12:34 PM
He's in R4!!! :D :rocker:

6-2 6-4 6-4

Ivanatis
01-23-2009, 01:41 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS :woohoo::worship:

Getta
01-23-2009, 02:09 PM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/match_reports/2009-01-24/200901231232705126562.html

Fish fried as Baghdatis advances

Saturday 24 January 2009
By Tom Kelly

http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_baghdatis_23_01.jpg

Marcos Baghdatis is through to a fourth-round meeting with Novak Djokovic after accounting for American Mardy Fish in straight sets in the early hours of Saturday.

The 6-2 6-4 6-4 scoreline didn’t reflect a tight match, however; No. 23 seed Fish took it up to Baghdatis and could perhaps rue only a disappointing error count.

The first point of the match mirrored what was to transpire.

Fish looked to have Baghdatis covered at the net when, with a flick of the wrist at full tilt, the Cypriot sent a brilliant passing shot flying past.

From thereon in, Baghdatis entertained the rowdy Hisense Arena crowd with play reminiscent of his dream run to the 2006 final.

The first game proved to be a marathon, with Baghdatis converting his third break point after 14 minutes.

Fish pressed the Baghdatis serve at 4-2 down, but his failure to impact on the scoreboard proved costly.

Baghdatis closed out the set at his first opportunity as the American pushed a forehand wide.

Sensing the Cypriot’s confidence rising, the crowd roared their approval during the change of ends.

Fish’s serve was again put under pressure from the outset of the second.

Baghdatis converted on his fourth break point opportunity, edging out to a 4-1 advantage.

He held serve, closing out the set 6-4 in 47 minutes to take a decisive lead in the match.

Despite a straightforward scoreline, the third set still posed challenges for the former Australian Open finalist.

His first chance to break didn’t come until the seventh game when Fish netted a backhand.

Baghdatis raced through the rest of the set, one final Fish error sealing the match at 1.15am local time.

Quick facts

Fish served 10 aces to Baghdatis’ five, and both players landed their first serve at 54 per cent

Fish made 45 unforced errors, while Baghdatis racked up 29

The American approached the net 38 times, winning 18 of those points; Baghdatis was 7-for-9 on net approaches (78 per cent)

Fish had the fastest first serve of the match at 219km/h

Baghdatis#1
01-23-2009, 06:45 PM
Marcos:worship:
I saw only 10=15 mins of it in the 2nd set. His groundstrokes are really good.

PinkFeatherBoa
01-23-2009, 10:11 PM
Well done Marcos.
Looking forward to his match against Djokovic, hope it will be a good match. Pame!

Getta
01-24-2009, 04:40 AM
SUNDAY OOP

Rod Laver Arena

11:00 Start

Women's Singles - 4th Round
Jelena Jankovic(SRB) vs. Marion Bartoli(FRA)

Women's Singles - 4th Round
Dinara Safina(RUS) vs. Alize Cornet(FRA)

Men's Singles - 4th Round
Tomas Berdych(CZE) vs. Roger Federer(SUI)


19:30 Start

Women's Singles - 4th Round
Jelena Dokic(AUS) vs. Alisa Kleybanova(RUS)

Men's Singles - 4th Round
Marcos Baghdatis(CYP) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)


Good luck, Marcos :rocker2:

Baghdatis#1
01-24-2009, 05:00 AM
Schedule:o
Now I have to wake up early in the morning:sad:
At least it's for a good cause:shrug:

Jelena_78
01-24-2009, 10:13 AM
Schedule:o
Now I have to wake up early in the morning:sad:
At least it's for a good cause:shrug:

:spit: It's good for me for the first time :lol:
I had to get up in the middle of the night 3 times til this one :awww:

Looking forward to their match :dance:

*Ljubica*
01-24-2009, 10:29 AM
:spit: It's good for me for the first time :lol:
I had to get up in the middle of the night 3 times til this one :awww:

Looking forward to their match :dance:

For me too :) Echoing Jelena that I hope it will be a good and enjoyable match :) The crowd is bound to be noisy, but I hope peaceful :)

Ivanatis
01-24-2009, 04:26 PM
good luck Marco, win it please:)

Baghdatis#1
01-24-2009, 08:07 PM
For me too :) Echoing Jelena that I hope it will be a good and enjoyable match :) The crowd is bound to be noisy, but I hope peaceful :)

Trust me, a match where both Hellenic fans and Serbian fans will be at will not be a quiet one:lol:. At least Greeks and Serbs are very good friends:shrug:. If it was Djokovic against...Karlovic or Ancic, it could get ugly.

*Ljubica*
01-24-2009, 08:53 PM
Trust me, a match where both Hellenic fans and Serbian fans will be at will not be a quiet one:lol:. At least Greeks and Serbs are very good friends:shrug:. If it was Djokovic against...Karlovic or Ancic, it could get ugly.

Indeed you're right :) And after Novak/Delic and Tipsarevic/Cilic, I truly want to enjoy a tennis match that's got a fun crowd but no ugliness :sad:

Baghdatis#1
01-24-2009, 09:33 PM
Indeed you're right :) And after Novak/Delic and Tipsarevic/Cilic, I truly want to enjoy a tennis match that's got a fun crowd but no ugliness :sad:

Trust me, if Baghdatis played Ilhan trhis year we would've had the same situation. I mean, especially after the Turks petitioned to ban Baghdatis from the AO:lol:. With all due respect, what power do they have when it comes to AO rules?:lol:

Getta
01-25-2009, 03:28 AM
For me too :) Echoing Jelena that I hope it will be a good and enjoyable match :) The crowd is bound to be noisy, but I hope peaceful :)

Rose, Serbs and Greeks have generally been on the same side in most conflicts. Close bonds shared by many Greeks and Serbs...

Still, I expect electric atmosphere at the stadium. ;)

Trust me, if Baghdatis played Ilhan trhis year we would've had the same situation. I mean, especially after the Turks petitioned to ban Baghdatis from the AO:lol:. With all due respect, what power do they have when it comes to AO rules?:lol:

Andreas, you'll see fanatic stuff everywhere you turn. There are fanatic Turks of course, just like there are fanatic Greeks. Personally speaking, I always preferred peaceful, realistic approaches. Forget the past, it's time to move on. Having said that, a tennis forum is not a place for politics. ;)

Good luck, Marcos. :rocker2:

Baghdatis#1
01-25-2009, 03:38 AM
Andreas, you'll see fanatic stuff everywhere you turn. There are fanatic Turks of course, just like there are fanatic Greeks. Personally speaking, I always preferred peaceful, realistic approaches. Forget the past, it's time to move on. Having said that, a tennis forum is not a place for politics. ;)

Good luck, Marcos. :rocker2:

I wasn't trying to bring politics into this:shrug:. I was just saying that the same thing would've happened between Greeks and Turks. I want peace too, but I'm sure most Greeks still hate Turks, so a fight would most likely break out. Also, I was just saying that it was unrealistic for the Turks to petition against Baghdatis' participation in the AO last year, since they have no power in who gets to go to AO and who doesn't, and they still argued even after the ATP and Tennis Australia stated that they won't ban Baghdatis ;)

Getta
01-25-2009, 03:53 AM
I wasn't trying to bring politics into this:shrug:. I was just saying that the same thing would've happened between Greeks and Turks. I want peace too, but I'm sure most Greeks still hate Turks, so a fight would most likely break out. Also, I was just saying that it was unrealistic for the Turks to petition against Baghdatis' participation in the AO last year, since they have no power in who gets to go to AO and who doesn't, and they still argued even after the ATP and Tennis Australia stated that they won't ban Baghdatis ;)

You're wrong there. Most Greeks don't hate Turks. I'm always speaking for the Greeks living in Greece. Can't speak for the Greek diaspora. :shrug: I would be a liar though if I haven't admitted that until now Greeks still blame the 4-centuries Ottoman regime in Greece for the shortcomings of the Greek society (compared to the most advanced European societies). And that's it. Good sign is that the Greek authorities show an enormous effort to forget the past. Still, I always speak for the Greek citizens. ;)

Anyway, we're :topic:

Marcos will be playing a very important match in 5 hours. Good luck to him. :rocker2:

baghdatis
01-25-2009, 04:34 AM
Pame Marco It Will Be Hektic Toniaght As It Has Been All Week!

Baghdatis#1
01-25-2009, 04:37 AM
W/E. This is off-topic, and I meant the Greek-Aussies.

Kolya
01-25-2009, 01:02 PM
Baghdatis and Cornet?

Ozone
01-25-2009, 02:36 PM
Nice dight from Marcos and a great tourney! Should give him some great confidence for this year!!

Jelena_78
01-25-2009, 03:45 PM
1-6 6-7(1) 7-6(5) 2-6

Marcos :hug:

Very good tournament for him! Let's hope we'll see more often in-form, fit and self-confident Baggy from now on!
His performances at AO give hope! :)
Pame!!!! :clap2:

Getta
01-25-2009, 03:46 PM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/match_reports/2009-01-25/200901251232805006937.html

Djokovic drops Baghdatis

Sunday 25 January 2009
By Matthew Trollope

Novak Djokovic has won a highly-entertaining clash against Marcos Baghdatis in the wee hours of Monday morning, beating the Cypriot in four high-quality sets to progress to the quarterfinals of Australian Open 2009.

Before an atmospheric crowd on Rod Laver Arena – featuring animated chanting from each players’ flag-clad supporter groups – the tournament’s third seed battled his unseeded opponent for three hours and 15 minutes before winning 6-1 7-6(1) 6-7(5) 6-2.

The match began at 11.10pm following Jelena Dokic’s epic three-hour win over Alisa Kleybanova, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind, the majority staying on for what promised to be a blockbuster between two of the game’s best shot-makers.

It seemed Djokovic wanted to make up for lost time, moving 4-0 ahead in just 13 minutes. The Serbian’s clean and powerful ball-striking caught the Cypriot off-guard and kept him firmly on the back foot.

Despite Baghdatis getting on the board to be down 1-5, Djokovic promptly served out the set.

The standard of play lifted in the second set as Baghdatis found his range. The two men engaged in several scintillating rallies, rifling the ball low and fast over the net before a winner generally decided the point.

Baghdatis broke early to lead 3-0, before Djokovic hit back in the seventh game to get the set back on serve. He had the chance to break again in the ninth game when up 0-30, but the winners then flew off the Cypriot’s racquet, allowing him to hold. Games then continued on serve.

After such an absorbing set, it seemed a shame the ensuing tiebreak was such a one-sided affair. However, the Serbian proved the more solid and hungry player, winning it seven points to one and taking a two-sets-to-love lead.

The third set went with serve and again had to be decided by a tiebreak. This time, Baghdatis would not crumble.

He punished a couple of poorly-executed drop shots by the Serbian, and went from 0-2 down to 3-2 up. The momentum swing was telling, and the Cypriot would eventually smack a forehand return winner to bring up three set points. Despite botching two, he clinched the set on his third after coming out on top of a gruelling rally.

Djokovic quickly shrugged off the disappointment of the third set, breaking in the opening game of the fourth.

The Serbian was in danger of losing his advantage when serving in the sixth game as Baghdatis went up 15-40, but played clutch tennis to extend his lead to 4-2.

An epic game immediately followed. Baghdatis saved two break points and successfully challenged an out call on the baseline to reach advantage, only for the Serbian to reel off three consecutive points with some brilliant tennis and score his second break of the set.

It proved decisive, and Djokovic went on to close out the match in the next game – just before 2.30am.

Waiting in the quarterfinals is American Andy Roddick, after the No. 7 seed won his fourth-round encounter in straight sets over Spain’s Tommy Robredo.

Quick facts

Baghdatis served 12 aces to Djokovic’s three

The Cypriot recorded just one more winner than Djokovic (37-36)

Djokovic had 49 unforced errors, four less than Baghdatis

The Serbian had 17 break points, compared to just five for Baghdatis

Ivanatis
01-25-2009, 03:58 PM
oy Marcos :hug:
but yes a good tourney from him, before the tourney I would have taken a 4th round exit with gratefulness

Baghdatis#1
01-25-2009, 04:35 PM
Marcos:hug:
I told my parents to set their alarm(I don't have one and I'm getting a new phone so I couldn't use the alarm there) and my dad woke me up @11:30:sad:. I'm so mad at them I asked them to do me one favor-set the alarm, wake me up, go back to sleep and they DIDN'T. I know it's my responsibility but I knew I couldn't wake up alone. I hardly ever get to see Marcos play and of course when I finally have the opportunity, I can't:help:

Even if he lost, I'd rather see him lose than not see him at all:shrug:

Anyways, it was a good run from Marcos and now I'm off to youtube to watch the match:lol:

Getta
01-25-2009, 04:57 PM
Anyways, it was a good run from Marcos and now I'm off to youtube to watch the match:lol:

Frankly speaking, the quality of the match wasn't great... I'd say the match was in fact rather tedious and boring... Good sign, though, that Marcos seemed evidently determined not to repeat the mistakes he made today...

*Ljubica*
01-25-2009, 04:58 PM
Congrats to Marcos and his fans. After the first set, Marcos put up a really good fight, and scared all us poor Novak fans far too much :eek:

I hope he can keep this year healthy and injury free, and get back to a high place in the rankings where he belongs.

Getta
01-25-2009, 05:02 PM
Congrats to Marcos and his fans. After the first set, Marcos put up a really good fight, and scared all us poor Novak fans far too much :eek:

I hope he can keep this year healthy and injury free, and get back to a high place in the rankings where he belongs.

Rose, Marcos was utterly awful in the first set. :o

Baghdatis#1
01-25-2009, 05:06 PM
Rose, Marcos was utterly awful in the first set. :o

He said after the 1st set;)

*Ljubica*
01-25-2009, 05:07 PM
Rose, Marcos was utterly awful in the first set. :o

I know he was - that's why I said "after the first set" :) I guess he was just tired and not focussed because of the late start. He pulled himself together very well I thought. Novak was equally awful in patches :help:

Getta
01-25-2009, 05:13 PM
I know he was - that's why I said "after the first set" :) I guess he was just tired and not focussed because of the late start. He pulled himself together very well I thought. Novak was equally awful in patches :help:

Anyway, hope Marcos builds confidence through diagnosis of his weaknesses. :)

Good luck to Novak in his QF match against Roddick. I really mean it!

*Ljubica*
01-25-2009, 06:42 PM
Anyway, hope Marcos builds confidence through diagnosis of his weaknesses. :)

Good luck to Novak in his QF match against Roddick. I really mean it!

Thanks - and I think he'll need all the luck he can get :unsure: Roddick's huge serve is awesome this week - really firing well, and Novak is not at his best, especially with confidence and focus. I fear the match greatly already :awww:

*Raine
01-27-2009, 12:12 AM
:hug::crying2:Marcos

That match against Novak was a bit painful to watch and at the same time I enjoyed watching both of them a lot. Painful because, Marcos used to be my no. 1 favorite before Novak.. now he's my 2nd favorite. It was hard because I didn't want either to lose :awww:.


Thanks - and I think he'll need all the luck he can get :unsure: Roddick's huge serve is awesome this week - really firing well, and Novak is not at his best, especially with confidence and focus. I fear the match greatly already :awww:

:wavey: Rose, nice to see you here.

I'm a little bit nervous for today, but I still believe he can make it through. :D