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02-07-2006, 02:06 PM
Baghdatis receives hero's welcome on return
By Jean Christou

LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Marcos Baghdatis was greeted by hundreds of cheering fans at Larnaca airport when he returned home to Cyprus following his heroics at the Australian Open.

The 20-year-old fought back the tears as he was reunited with his family for the first time since his defeat by world number one Roger Federer in the Open final on January 29.

"It's very emotional to be back," Baghdatis told the crowd.

"I'm a little overwhelmed and I'm not sure what to say. I'd like to thank all who came and everyone who followed my matches. It was a great experience for me and for our country."

Baghdatis's mother Andri was hospitalized during the final and had a gall stones operation a day later but she was well enough to greet her son, accompanied by her Lebanese husband Christos.

Mother and son hugged and kissed. Baghdatis's eight-year-old sister carried a bouquet she said was for his girlfriend.

Inside the VIP lounge Baghdatis broke down in tears.

"I want to thank my parents and all who believed in me, and the people of Cyprus," he said. "I am here because of my parents and I thank them."

The exploits of Baghdatis, from a village named 'fairytale', seized the imagination of tennis fans worldwide as he swept into the final as an unseeded outsider.

"I didn't win but I had the chance to work very hard and it was great knowing that all of the people of Cyprus were behind me," Baghdatis said.

"During the bad times when I was feeling down I would think of the sacrifices I made and the sacrifices that were made for me."

Baghdatis is a rare success story for a divided island dominated by partisan politics where sport is synonymous with football.

Baghdatis is now ranked 27th in the world, up from 54th before the Melbourne final, and is hailed at home as the greatest sportsman Cyprus has produced.

"I decided to drive down and join the welcome party to show him how much it means to us that he has come so far," said 25-year-old Anthi Stavrides from Nicosia.

The minister responsible for sport, Pefkios Georgiade, praised Baghdatis as a role model and an ambassador for his country.

"The heart of Cyprus that beat with you during your two-week titanic fight, beats today from joy, emotion and pride. In your face I see all the hope of the youth of Cyprus," he said.

Baghdatis then traveled to his home town of Limassol where he will be given the key to the city during a ceremony expected to be attended by thousands of well-wishers.

More events are scheduled in the capital Nicosia for Sunday, after a meeting between Baghdatis and President Tassos Papadopoulos.

Baghdatis will leave the island on Monday to resume training in France.

02-07-2006, 07:59 PM
thx Peggy :hug:

02-08-2006, 03:53 AM
Marcos Baghdatis aces draft
Tanya Giles

TENNIS hero Marcos Baghdatis has been granted a long-term exemption from military service in Cyprus.

The star of the Australian Open -- beaten in the final by Roger Federer -- has been told he can have extensions.
The President of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, invited Baghdatis to the Presidential Palace in Nicosia for a one-hour meeting on Sunday and assured the tennis star he personally and the state would offer him every possible help and support in his career.

A government spokesman said Baghdatis told Mr Papadopoulos of his "fervent wish to serve at the National Guard" but asked for a suspension of his military service while he forged ahead with his tennis career.

After the meeting, he thanked Mr Papadopoulos for his offer. "I want to say a big thank you for the help he is going to offer me, and the only thing I can assure is that I am always going to fight for my country with my racquet," he said.

The Herald Sun revealed last month that top politicians including Premier Steve Bracks and Energy Minister Theo Theophanous were pushing for Baghdatis to be exempt from the draft for up to 10 years.

Mr Theophanous lobbied Cyprus's High Commissioner, Achilleas Antoniades, who agreed to ask his Government to release Baghdatis from military service.,5478,18062759%255E663,00.html

02-08-2006, 07:19 AM
Ok, I know I have already posted it somewhere else, but now that we've got an appropriate thread....

Interview from L'Equipe, Monday January 30th 2006.

L'Equipe: How do you feel after that 1st experience of a GS final?
Marcos Baghdatis: To be honest, I feel disappointed. I've had my chance and I've let it go. I've played great tennis in the first 2 sets, been very aggressive. I didn't want to let Federer have time to play. The way I've started the match is amazing. I had him and I think he wasn't ok. But at 6-5, 40-0, I loosened the grip a bit. I don't know exactly what happened. And then, I've started to think of the victory, to stress...It cost me the match. When you let Roger play, it's tough to find the solution after that! I can tell you it's not really easy. But I've battled. Finally, it doesn't matter that much.

Eq: Is it physically that you broke down?
MB: No, I think it's stress that knocked me sideways. I had resisted to Ljubicic, Nalbandian, so, I think I had the physical means. But it's mentally that I've gone out of the match. After that, everything went very fast and I just couldn't do anything.

Eq: Because it's Federer you have in front of you and he's a special opponent?...
MB: For sure he's different. He doesn't break down much! Others do before he does.

Eq: Yet, he cried after his victory. And you were standing right beside him...
MB: No doubt it must have been hard for him. It's so crazy to win a GS! I've got it! Me too, I've cried when I won tourneys. I also remember the 1st time he won Wimbledon he cried too. I was watching tv, during a futures event (3rd category) in France...and he made me cry. Roger, he's a great guy. He fights for what he is. He gives his all for his sport. And he's got a heart. The words he told me after the match show he's got respect for everybody. It's a good thing to have such a guy as N°1.

Eq: a "guy" you adopted a trick from...
MB: Yeah, when I bounce the ball between my legs before serving. Been doing it since 2002, after the AO, when I came back training in Paris. I had seen Federer do it.

Eq: Most of all, a "guy" you have driven into a corner...
MB: Right now, I can only see negative things. I can't be lucid. But it's true, I've been able to have him far from the ball sometimes, and few players can get as close as I've been. For sure this experience will be usefull to me in the future. Basically, I'm fast, I move pretty fast on the court, I got a good eye and I can see the ball pretty early. Actually, I can adapt to any style of player!

Eq: Were you aware you could reach that level when you arrived in Melbourne?
MB: A bit yes. But, if I keep on playing crazy matches like this on big courts, it can't but help me believe it more. It's true that it was hard thinking about it. But that's life. Sometimes, things just happen that way, all of a sudden. You work, you work, you work, and one day, you wake up and you're just there. I'm proud of myself, proud of my team. I think I deserve it. The funniest is that, 3 weeks ago, in Auckland, I had just lost my 1st round match, I was talking with my coach. I was telling him that if I won the AO, I'd stop tennis. And he was telling me that, in that case, he would retire. We're gonna think about it now, to know if we stop!

Eq: It's gonna be tough after such 2 weeks.
MB: I guess the best memory will be that match against Roddick. That was the greatest win of my whole career. My 1st time on the Rod Laver Arena. It was the World N°3. Emotionally, it was just fantastic! But the whole tournament has been a great dream. Now I'm waking up. I'm gonna get my feet back on the ground. I've always worked to win 1 day a GS and I'm gonna go back training.

Eq: You were 14 when you've been picked the 1st time!
MB: Yes and it was in Ouganda. So it wasn't as great as that. But that was already experience to pile up. When I look at my life, it's an extraordinary tale....DC, that's really fantastic for me. The guy I'm playing with, he's 21 and ranked around 500. He's training in Belgium. We're playing events together since we're 8. That's real fun.

Eq: At the end of the day, your parents didn't come to attend the final....
MB: No, only my brother and my cousin. First, I had told them to come. And then, I told them not to....It's my father who made the decision.

Eq: What did your coach Guillaume Peyre tell you after the final?
MB: That it really didn't matter, mostly because I was 20 and everything was only beginning. When I've started to cry in the locker rooms, he just told me "don't stop crying". That's all.

Eq: You've lived a very peculiar story with him, together for 2 years in order to be better together after a split of more than 1 year.
MB: At the clash time, we weren't heading the same directions. I had been injured for more than 4 months. And it was hard to come back. I was young, I've made mistakes. He knew me well, he knew what I was able to do, but I was feeling like he wanted to go too fast. There was too much pressure. After the USO, I told myself: he's the one who knows me the best, and he's the one I wanna work with. I called him. I didn't apologize but we talked. He's a nice guy. He's there as soon as I'm in trouble.

Eq: And God knows you've had to cope with many difficulties in your career....
MB: The 1st day at the Academy has been the hardest of all my life. I was crying all the time, every day, on the phone with my dad. I only wanted 1 thing: fly back to Cyprus, to be with my family and my friends. The 1st 3 months have been very tough. I was feeling lonely. I had no fun. But one day, you realize that it's what life is all about and that you have to cope with it. I woke up one day and told myself: Ok, now stop crying, stop complaining. You got no choice and you have to do it. Many people believe in you. I was pretty well looked after, with Patrick (Mouratoglou) and the family I was living with. I owe much to Patrick because he's been the 1st one to believe in me, when I was 13. He's always helped me. He's always been there for me. Jean-Paul (Damit, his 1st coach) has also been like a father for me. They've all given me a lot of love. And when you're 15, 16, that's precisely what you need the most. I've been through tough times in my career. So have my parents. And the people with me too. So that's why now, I feel happy on the court. I'm happy to play.

Eq: Even if you'd have preferred turning into a pro of soccer when you were a kid?
MB: I like tennis, still......I had to stop for 2 years when I was 9 and I've missed it. But it's true I'm having a blast whenever I play soccer. I could have peaked in that sport, easily. All's in the mind with sport. Luckily, I still can play a lot at the Academy, in Thiverval. We often play 6-6, against the Plaisir tennis team. That's physical! We play like 2, 3 hours a week....

Eq: Tell me about life in Thiverval, in that pretty isolated area of the Yvelines....
MB: I just love the kids who are there and who wanna get into that sport. That's the group spirit that matters. Me, I'm training very simply. You know, we do simple things. We go on the court, Guillaume stands in 1 of the corners and gets me running. But most of all, at the Academy, I just love my chalet!

Eq: Are you gonna stay and live there?
MB: Maybe I'm gonna make it bigger now (laughs). I'm gonna talk about it with Patrick. But it's nice to live at the Academy. When you wake up, breakfast's ready, you can train directly there. I also live in Avignon, with my coach, and that's great because my girlfriend lives there too (Camille's Guillaume Peyre's step-daughter). And I think that now, we're gonna go and train in Cyprus, under the sun, whenever we can. Thus, I'll be able to see my parents more. It's gonna be hot and we'll be able to hit the ball well there!

Action Jackson
02-09-2006, 10:16 AM
I have this from a very good source that Mr Marcos will be in playing in Båstad this year after Wimbledon. It's a fun tournament and being from the coast, he will enjoy the beach and the relaxed fun feel of the tournament.

02-11-2006, 06:51 PM
I remembered that, some time ago, I had read something about Marcos, in our French Tennis Magazine. After some research, I've found it again, and I think that, though being a bit old, it's still very interesting to read. Hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoyed translating it.

From Tennis Magazine, January 2005.

So, I suddenly got scared and felt like stopping it all straight.
By Guy Barbier.

Marcos Baghdatis can't erase this day from his memory: Sunday February 14th 1999, it was Valentine's Day. And he was already missing Danae. Danae, his girlfriend, who stayed in Cyprus. And him, Marcos, had just arrived in France. He was 13 ½.

More painful, even more bitter has been the next day. That Monday of his 1st training session, coached by Jean Paul Damit, at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy, in Montreuil Sous Bois. First sufferings, first tears. "The session had been very tough. Jean Paul was yelling at me to move my ass. He'd given me some blowing up. So, I suddenly got scared and felt like stopping it all straight. I was crying when I left the court."

A thin trickle of tears before a flood, during the following weeks. It's gonna take 5 years to make them less bitter to the reminding, to legitimate them. With the Junior World Champion Title in 2003, first distinction of that sort for Cyprus. And "the joy and pride" for Marcos, "to have been able", he says, "to give back what I owed to all those who had helped me."

Marcos Baghdatis has good memory, which enforces his attaching side for those surrounding him. Yet, now that he's part of the most promising young pros, ranked 150 at only 19; how could he not remember the most teeny details of a very special progression?

For Marcos, born in Limassol, Cyprus, on June 17th 1985, all begins with his father Christos's devouring passion for tennis. It won't be Marinos, the elder brother, today aged 27. It won't be Petros, the 2nd son, 25, even if he played DC for Cyprus in 2002. And for Zina, the young adopted sister, aged only 6, one must still wait a bit...

So it's gonna be Marcos, sucked up behind his brothers by the Famagusta Tennis Club, its 8 courts, one of the 2 Clubs in Limassol. First hits with a coach, a Czech he never called otherway than Mr Paul. "I was 4 or 5. But only 1 year and a half when I'd first been given a racket."

The other Club of Limassol, the Sporting, aged 7. Other coaches: Bulgarian Kiril Yiasmakov, Romanian Jean Dobresko, Cypriot Yanos Hadjegeorgiou. With the latest, a further step is made: Marcos, 11, leaves his family in Limassol to settle down at Yanos's, 80 kms away, near the national center of Nicosy. On the world's general scale, these Cypriot movings are microscopic. Marcos Baghdatis's big migration starts though in the environment of an island, though small, but rich of multiple nationalities gathered together. Marcos has got the means to cope with every kind of situations: he's fluent in English. "I've been to the American Highschool in Limassol", he says," I've made all my studies in English, not Greek."

There won't be any communication trouble when Marcos Baghdatis gets contacted, twice in 1998, during the first international events he takes part, at the Petits As in Tarbes and the Under 14 tournament of the Stade Français, by Laurent Rizzo, the young talents ferreter of the Mouratoglou Academy, also in charge of the "agents" branch of the academy "Tennis Management".

"I had been stunned", he recalls", "by the irreproachable behaviour of that young guy on the court, but most of all, by his pleasure of playing and his joy of life. You could see that, for him, being there was some kind of a celebration." Of course, Laurent Rizzo had also noticed straight " a huge strength as well as a heavy ball, especially on his forehand, and also, an important ability to progress, openness to hard work."

That's how, after some phone calls with Christos Baghdatis, his 1st visit of the Montreuil site and a signed contract, Marcos arrives in Paris for the big adventure in February 1999. Marcos recalls " At first, my dad was with me. We were staying very close to the academy, in a 1st Class Hotel in Rosny Sous Bois. And after 1 week, he went back home."

Even though he goes and lives straight with that family, the Benhaim in Saint Maurice, with whom he gets on very well from the start, Marcos finds himself alone to face his big challenge.

It's been much harder than expected. "I was crying every night. I couldn't stop listening to Greek music, I was missing my family and my friends, and Danae too..."

After 3 weeks of this pace, Patrick Mouratoglou, the Academy director, has been the 1st to call Christos Baghdatis. "I told him his son was crying every day, that he seemed unconsolable and maybe it would be better that he goes back home. He then replied, don't worry, he's gonna stop and it's gonna be alright. Let's keep it up...."

4 more weeks were necessary to see the end of these loneliness strokes.

"The mood at the academy helped me a lot", tells Marcos, "everybody was very nice with me, there were a bunch of various nationalities, it was lively, joyful. And at the Benhaim, it was really like I was at home. They've been wonderful with me." At Laurent Benhaim's, manager of some computer graphic arts firm, successively in Saint Maurice then in Courbevoie, Marcos will stay for 4 years, sharing the bedroom with Jean Philippe, the son. The mother, Nathalie Benhaim, is considered a 2nd mother. "I used to tell her everything. Even about my girlfriend", tells Marcos. "We were talking and sharing everything when we were all together." Smiling, Marcos also remembers how once he's been blown up by Nathalie Benhaim. "I had given her my clothes far too late and I had a plane to catch on the next day."

The other main integration factor of Marcos was his French practising. On-the-job learning ("it was hard to find English teachers") and now a fluent practise. Even if Marcos, who dropped out school, aged 15, would like "to have some more lessons, in order to write and read it better."

Marcos's progression and well-being at the aademy have known only 1 obstacle, but which could have put a definite end to it all: his relations with Bob Brett. The famous Australian coach, who formerly worked with Boris Becker, was associated to Patrick Mouratoglou, between September 1998 and April 2003. "Bob had started deciding everything and everything was going wrong. Most of all, he didn't like me, he didn't trust me. And I had told him I didn't want to work with him. Of course, this, coming from a young guy like me, hasn't pleased him. I've started to look for where else I could go."

It was all the more pityful that Marcos was beginning to emerge. After missing very closely the Junior World title in 2002 (to Richard Gasquet's benefit), Baghdatis had just won the Junior AO title in January 2003.

"Luckily", he underlines, " Patrick fired Bob in April and everything went back to order."

This 2003 season has been the one when he won 4 "futures" events (3rd category of the tour), among them 1 in Cyprus, in front of his parents. And, last but not least, the Junior World Champion title.

Thanking all those who helped him, Marcos doesn't forget precising that, without Cyprus Federation financial support, including entire covering of his trips as well as his coach's, and without Patrick Mouratoglou's personally paying for all training fees, he would never have been able to do it, his parents just couldn't afford any of this.

"I like team sports and here", he says, showing the new installations of the academy, settled up since July 2004 in Thiverval Grignon, in the Yvelines, "it's a team, even more, a family. My title has made everybody happy." On the very 1st place, the one who was coaching him, Guillaume Peyre, as well as his physical trainer, Emmanuel Yague.

A first season among the pro tour which gave birth to some short movie, showed on Eurosport, "The Rookie", but which has badly started, because of some pubalgia which handicaped him for 4 months. But it ended on a very good note with 2 successes in a row, at the Bolton (UK) and Bratislava (Slovakia) challengers, Bratislava where he beat local hero Dominik Hrbaty in the final. Without forgetting about his strongest emotion of the year: his 2nd round match in Flushing Meadow on Arthur Ashe Stadium in which he took 1 set to Roger Federer in person.

What is he dreaming about? Winning a GS ("the USO, my favourite one, first") and.....DC for Cyprus (playing 3rd category!). Marcos has made his debuts in DC aged 14, being one of the youngest participants of all time. "I believe in it", he claims," as soon as we have a 2nd player, it's gonna be possible."

Just to fulfill his own dreams and go beyond the craziest ones of Christos Baghdatis...

02-11-2006, 07:05 PM
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Choupi again. :sad:

02-11-2006, 08:10 PM
Choupiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii thank you so so so much :hug:
I'll rep u as soon as the "you must spread" thing goes away :smooch:

Action Jackson
02-13-2006, 04:41 AM
Excellent translation as always Choupi.

02-24-2006, 02:49 PM
Baghdatis will play in Halle this year. :)

02-24-2006, 03:55 PM
:wavey: Marcos is training in France with his coach, Guillaume, before going to the United States. 02/24/06

03/10 Pacific Life Open, Indian Wells (USA), $3,169,000.

03/22 Nasqaq 100 Open, Miami (USA), $3,450,000.

Between the 7th and the 9th, First Round in the Davis Cup against Bulgaria.That's in April.

From Marcos Baghdatis website:

03-02-2006, 07:47 AM
Let's hope he'll have some good matches there :)
Pame :yeah:

Action Jackson
03-11-2006, 10:41 AM
There is a brief interview with Marcos at this site. He just doesn't say that much, just about his 1st MS event and how his life has changed etc.

You have to register, but it doesn't cost anything.

03-15-2006, 06:57 AM
From the PacificOpen site. Interview of Marcos after his win over Gaudio:

An interview with: MARCOS BAGHDATIS


6-7, 6-3, 6-2

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Marcos.

Q. Do you consider that a good win out there today?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: A great win. It was tough out there. Gaudio was playing great tennis, so it was tough. I fought for it. Second and third set, I started playing better in important points. I think that's what made the difference.

Q. Is this as good as you felt since Australia?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Not as good. But, I mean, is a great victory. You cannot play every day your best tennis. The most important thing is that I found the solution to win. I'm very happy about that.

Q. At the end, he looked demoralized. Do you think you really closed him out?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't know. You have to ask him.
I played my tennis. That's all. I mean, I played good. In the last two sets, I played solid tennis. I'm very happy.

Q. How much has your life changed since Australia?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Oh, a lot. I mean, I'm more famous. When you're famous, your life changes (smiling).

Q. How has that been to deal with so far?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Okay, because I have a great team around me that helps me deal with it okay. For the moment, everything going well.

Q. Have you changed at all? Do you feel different?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Feel different, no. I don't think I'll change because, like I said, I have a great team around me that keeps me who I am, just makes me shut up if I go with a big head (smiling).
I don't feel like I change.

Q. How about changing on the court?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: On the court, no, no.

Q. Confidence?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: A bit of confidence, but I had confidence even before. I mean, you cannot go to a final without confidence, of a Grand Slam. I think the confidence I had before in me.

Q. Before when you played as the underdog, there were no real expectations. Now because you've reached a Grand Slam, people are looking at you with expectations.
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: They're waiting something from me. I feel that.

Q. Does that put pressure on you?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, it's more pressure. But for the moment, I deal with it okay. Like I said, I mean, it's just the whole team thing. My team around me, they help me for everything. They help me to keep the same, to go to the matches the same way and keep my routines, my old routines.
So really I don't feel so much the pressure.

Q. Sitting with your coach, I notice there's a huge relationship between you. You look at him and you seem to really feed off him and the crowd.
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, he helps me a lot. It's really nice to have somebody that you feel like best friend or a brother to you, that gives you so much confidence and so much will to win every point and be there every time, not to give up.
He's a great fighter, so I respect him a lot. He's a bit not my idol, but he's somebody that I respect a lot. So sometimes I play for him. To win a match, sometimes I do it for him. It helps me a lot.

Q. Your parents didn't come to watch you in Australia. Will they come?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't know. I don't think so, no.

Q. When you talk about your team, who is in your team?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: My coach, girlfriend, parents, the academy, my manager. Big team (smiling).

Q. Can you tell us how you prepared for this tournament, how much rest you've had since Australia?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: After Australia, I mean, I played in Marseille. I was a bit tired. I had pain a bit on the ankle. I lost to Mario. I went to Rotterdam. I got injured there. I said that's enough, maybe I have to stop. That's what I did.
I took like four or five days off, then I start practicing physically. Had a week and a half for physical, then I came here one week before or five days before. I played some practice matches. That's how I prepared. Nothing special.

Q. What was the injury?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Just the groin, ischio.

Q. Do you feel more famous now, more recognizable?

Q. Is that more fun than being overlooked a bit?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No. Sometimes you don't have your personal life, so sometimes is not so much fun. But that's life. I mean, I will not start crying about it.

Q. Do you play Berdych next?

Q. Have you played him before?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't think so. I don't remember. Maybe in Juniors, but I don't know. I don't think so.

Q. He's the same age as you, isn't he?

Q. Are you looking forward to that match?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Of course, like every match.

Action Jackson
03-16-2006, 09:42 AM
After the Berdych match.

An interview with: MARCOS BAGHDATIS


6-4, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Marcos.

Q. The guy who beat Hewitt; you must feel pretty good?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Today in tennis, everybody can beat everybody. Every match the same. I take it the same. I played really good today. I served a lot of breakpoints. I was playing really good important points, so I'm very happy that I went through easily in the second.

Q. What happened with your eye?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Like an insect went into my eye. That's all. Like a thing went into my eye. I was, like, couldn't open my eye. The doctor, he put me some liquid in my eye, then we took it out.

Q. He had a lot of breakpoint chances. Didn't make many of them.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Didn't make any of them (smiling).

Q. Was that the big difference in the match?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, like I said, I was playing well in important points. I was serving really good. He didn't take his chances. So that helped me a bit. Then second set, I just played better than him, I can say.

I mean, I went through a great victory today, so I'm very happy.

Q. In a period after you got to the Australian final, did you at some point while you were resting and relaxing think how you were going to keep it going? Did you come up with a plan for what you were going to do?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Think about? Yeah, of course, I did. It's normal thinking. When you think, it helps you stay focused and stay in your objectives. So, yeah, I can say that I thought about it, yeah.

Q. What did you think? What was your game plan to basically back up your Australian performance?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Just play my tennis. Just continue working hard, especially working hard working on my physical because I know that my game is based on my physical. So that's what I work on.

Q. Do you take offense when people in the American press refer you to as "Baggy" and the "Bag Man"? Or are those names that you value?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't know. I just play tennis. That's my job. That's what I like to do.

Q. After reaching a Grand Slam final, everything that happened to you, it would be easy to go down. You must be very pleased with the way you've come here to this event?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Maybe it's easy to go up there, but it's not easy to stay up there. I think that's where the champions -- that's where you see the champions. For the moment, I'm dealing with it well. I want to continue this way. I want to continue work hard and continue to work hard and have fun in it.

I think if I do that, if God wants, I'll stay up there.

Q. Is it important, do you think, to keep Australia in your mind or is it important to try and put that to one side? It was such a great adventure.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: It depends. I mean, Australia, you cannot forget it and you cannot take it out for me because it was amazing emotions, amazing moments for me, and it was my first time.

But, like I said, I am dealing with it well for the moment. My team around me helps me a lot. I work with great people that keep me confident, keep me willing to work hard, don't miss a match, try to fight in every match.

Q. Do you sense when you walk into the locker room now that people look at you with different eyes?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't know. I don't think so. I mean, players are nice to me. They were nice to me before. No.

Q. You are 6-0 against top 10 players. Berdych is up and down. What is the difference between the two of you?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: What do you mean, what is the difference?

Q. You've had very good results against top 10 players. Berdych has been up and down. Why would you say that is?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't really know. I don't know what Berdych does. I don't really know what wins he had.

But he's a great player. I'm a great player, too. We're the same age. I think we play great tennis, both of us. Like I said, tennis is a tough sport. You have to be there every day and fight every day. Not a lot of people can do that.

Q. Getting back to the Australian Open, halfway through the Australian Open and beyond, the feeling was you saved this year's Australian Open.


Q. You saved it.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: What do you mean I saved it (smiling)?

Q. It was starting to get, with big withdrawals or losses, you were like a breath of fresh air.


Q. Would you have considered that?


Q. How do you compare this court speed to the Australian Open?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: In Melbourne, first of all, the atmosphere is different. The weather is different. The court's a bit faster. The ball jumps a bit higher. That's all. A bit faster.

Q. What is your preference?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't mind. I mean, I play good here. I play good in Australia. Maybe next year I'll go to Australia, I'll lose first round. Nobody knows. I don't know. That's life. I have to accept it. Everybody does.

Q. I don't know if you've had time to make friends with Marat Safin.


Q. Do you think that his comeback is a big story around the locker room? Are people excited he's back? Players tend to like him.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: You know, I wasn't in the circuit for long, so I don't know what the players were discussing about or the atmosphere. I cannot answer that question. I mean, I'm not there for long. It's my first Masters Series. I don't really know what's going in there. I don't know.

Q. A lot of people were asking you what was happening at home during Australia. What's going on now? Are people trying to get your matches on TV? I don't know of any reporters from a Greek or Cypriot paper here.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, they're not here, but they're watching my matches on Greek TV, I think. The last two matches they saw on Greek television. I don't know, maybe against the winner, maybe next round, because it's a quarterfinal, it's more important, maybe there will be more people watching. Maybe will get crazy again like in Australia.

Q. Do they call you at the hotel, reporters, from Greece or Cyprus?


Q. After you, who is the most prominent athlete to ever come out of Cyprus?


Q. Besides you.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Some football players. Orcas. Do you want the names?

Q. Yes.


Q. Football player?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, football player.

Q. If you were to play Nadal, that's going to be a match that everyone would want to watch.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Me, too (smiling).

Q. Your styles are so exciting.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, I mean, it's a great match. I mean, like I said before, I'll take it like another match and I'll try to win it, of course. I'll fight for it and that's all. That's all I can do.

Q. Are you as excited at the way he plays?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, he's a great player. He's a great sportsman. He's a great guy. He's playing great tennis. That says it all.

Q. Can you reveal the secret of why the islands of the Mediterranean produce such colorful tennis players?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: You can ask my father about that.

03-16-2006, 10:07 AM
Thanks for that. I like that, a breath of fresh air, suits him so well. :)

03-17-2006, 01:08 AM
Thanks for that. I like that, a breath of fresh air, suits him so well. :)
He definitely is. :D And he's doing pretty well at his first course of "how to handle stupid interview questions."

Thanks for posting those Choupi and George.

04-11-2006, 10:01 AM
From Tennis Magazine, May 2006. Words of Guillaume Peyre, after Marcos lost to Davydenko in Miami:

"No, there was nothing to be done today. He didn't feel like beating Davydenko today. Unlike Indian Wells, he wasn't there. Since our arrival in Miami, he couldn't stop thinking about the upcoming DC tie between Bulgaria and Cyprus. He has to adapt to his new status as well as to all solicitations ppl await from him. The priority for him before RG is to be ready physically, and if he isn't fit enough, then we might replace a tournament by a week of training."

04-13-2006, 06:32 AM
An article on his first round match. Apparently he was down 2-5 in the second set. Good comeback. :)

Baghdatis overcomes jet lag, wins match
By MICHAEL A. LUTZ, AP Sports Writer
April 13, 2006

HOUSTON (AP) -- Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus rallied in the second set to beat Jesse Witten of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (2) Wednesday as his rowdy, flag-waving fans shouted and stomped to the beat of throbbing music in the first round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

Top-seeded Andy Roddick had little trouble in defeating Oliver Maranch of Austria 6-3, 6-4 in a second round match. He'll face former champion Tommy Haas of Germany in Friday's quarterfinals.

Baghdatis was down 2-5 in the second set when he finally gave his vocal fans something to cheer, just as he did when he came from far down in the rankings to reach the finals of the Australian Open in January. He lost in the finals but became a national hero in Cyprus.

Baghdatis held serve in the eighth game and broke Witten in the ninth game when Witten drove a forehand into the net trying to return a drop shot by Baghdatis. That brought Baghdatis' fans to their feet, sensing the comeback.

"I think Cypriots are everywhere," Baghdatis said. "It's fun playing in front of your countrymen, your own people. It's a big responsibility. The whole country sees what I do, especially the kids so I try to have a good image for them and try not to do any bad things in life, trying to show them good examples."

The two players then served out to force the tiebreaker. Baghdatis won the final four points of the tiebreaker and won the match at the first match point on Witten's errant service return.


Baghdatis had a tough time to start the second set. He lost 12 of the first 13 points of the set. Witten closed out a love third game with an ace for a 3-0 lead. Baghdatis held in the sixth game after surviving two break points.

Baghdatis played 11 sets in two days in Europe last week and then showed up at Westside Tennis Club with jetlag from a long flight to Texas.

"I wasn't expected to play good today," Baghdatis said. "I just told myself to try to get through and fight at the important moments and that's what I did. It paid off for today. I played good at the end of the second set.

"It was important not to go to the third set. I think that will help me to get some sleep and be fresh for tomorrow."

04-14-2006, 03:02 PM
Bad news! Marcos is not playing in Monte Carlo. The injury seems deeper. He will play again on 1st of May, Estoril followed by Master Series Hamburg on 15th of May.

Hope he recovers soon.

04-14-2006, 03:04 PM
:sad: Bad news! Marcos is not playing in Monte Carlo. The injury seems deeper. He will play again on 1st of May, Estoril followed by Master Series Hamburg on 15th of May.

Hope he recovers soon.

04-14-2006, 05:57 PM
poor marcos. get well soon.

04-14-2006, 06:00 PM
dammit ! i was hoping that he will play...
yeah get well soon marco !

04-14-2006, 07:21 PM
I'm hoping it's nothing serious and that it's caused by fatigue like Marcos said. :sad:

Get well soon...

04-15-2006, 08:40 AM
How I wish he had never gone to Houston.....get well soon Marcos.

04-17-2006, 06:02 AM
Get Well soon Marcos.
Take some rest and come back stronger.
Too bad he won´t play at Monte Carlo bat thats how sports are.

04-17-2006, 06:48 PM
How I wish he had never gone to Houston.....get well soon Marcos.
Yes Choupi I'm with you on this I don't think he should have gone to Houston. It was too much travelling and too much tennis. I only hope his injury isn't serious. Get well soon Marcos ;)

04-18-2006, 08:49 AM
Did you guys read anything about the injury anywhere?

04-18-2006, 10:35 AM
This is what happened in Houston.

Hurt Baghdatis forced to retire in Houston


Fourth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus retired in his second-round match against American Vince Spadea on Thursday because of lower back pain.
The unseeded Spadea was ahead 6-2, 3-1 when Baghdatis walked to the sideline favoring his right leg after being broken for the third time in the match and told the umpire he could not continue.

"We still don't know what it is," Baghdatis said. "Maybe a nerve got squeezed. I just felt pain coming down my leg."


While practicing his serve before going on the court for the match, Baghdatis occasionally kneaded a muscle on the back of his right hip and bent forward to stretch regularly. He said that was when he first felt the pain.

During the match, Baghdatis initially asked for a trainer a game before being broken a second time to drop the first set. The trainer came out and stretched Baghdatis' right leg as he lay on a table courtside. When the Australian Open finalist returned to the court, he won four straight points to break Spadea for his first lead of the match, 1-0.

Spadea broke back in the next game and then held to lead 2-1. The trainer returned on the change over and stretched both of Baghdatis' legs as he lay on towels on the ground.

When the Cypriot went back to serve he was limping slightly. Five points and another break later, he told the umpire he needed to retire.

"I tried. I wanted to play," the 20-year-old said. "I didn't want to stop a match like this but the pain was getting worse."

The match was the first between the two players.

Spadea could sympathize. He retired at non-tour event at River Oaks Country Club in Houston last week with an elbow injury.

"I didn't want to have a worse injury and be out weeks and weeks," Spadea said. "Pain is a sign of illness, it could get worse right away."

Baghdatis came into the tournament after playing 11 sets in two days when Cyprus played at Bulgaria in the Davis Cup. But since his unexpected run to the finals of the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne, he's been playing a lot.

05-16-2006, 09:35 PM
From marcos official site:

Marcos gave up against Radek Stepanek in the Masters Series of Hamburg on the score of 6/3 3/1. Now, Marcos will prepare himself for Roland Garros. 16/05/2006

Go on Marcos. Get well soon and prepare well for RG. We would like to see a stunning comeback.

05-19-2006, 07:36 AM
I hope Marco gets well soon. He has been having a lot of health problems recently.

05-24-2006, 06:15 PM
Just saw Marcos playing for Paris Cup semifinals against Grosjean. Marcos looked healthy, smiling all the time and he seemed to have a lot of fun. For the records, Marcos lost 1-2 to Grosjean.

05-24-2006, 06:52 PM
Thanks for letting us know about that news. :)

05-24-2006, 07:17 PM
Yes at least he is back playing :) But I hope he returns to his old form before the injuries and illness started. He will have to be in good shape to play RG.

05-26-2006, 06:28 AM
Eurosport - Gregory Lanzenberg 25/05/2006

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This year's Australian Open could have been named the Cyprus Open! Marcos Baghdatis hit the headlines during the first major of the season and expect to do the same when Roland Garros starts on Sunday.

What an odyssey it was for this latter-day Greek-blooded wanderer named Marcos Baghdatis, a journey filled with dangers and pitfalls that made up the Australian Open.

A no-name from tiny Cyprus when the fortnight began, a 400-to-1 shot, 20-year-old Marcos made the tournament go round. Gate-crashing only the second final of his in-and-out career, he jammed-up and removed three of the prominent hazards lurking along his cosmopolitan route: No. 3 Andy Roddick, an American; No. 4 David Nalbandian, an Argentine; No. 7 Ivan Ljubicic, a Croat.

No Paris Miracle

Can he do the same in Paris? Perhaps in the early rounds , but reaching the final seems unlikely.

It would be very surprising to see Baghdatis reach the final again, even if he will have all the support of the French crowd behind him since he's been a French resident:

"It was during the « Little Guys » (Petits As) tournament in Tarbes, France that my agent put me in contact with Patrick Mouratoglou, the director of the first high level tennis academy in Europe.

After a number of phone converstions with Patrick and a first visit to the center in the Paris suburb of Montreuil, my parents signed a contract for me with the academy."

Expect Baghdatis to delight the crowd again and make new headlines, however never forget that he is not a clay court specialist. As a matter of fact, he's won one match on clay this season, but was beaten by Andy Roddick in the second round of the Rome Masters, the only clay tournament he played before Roland Garros.

Baghdatis' mind will allow him to win a few matches in Paris as he reckons:

"In Paris I'm almost at home , so I don't have any pressure. I expect to battle and try to win some games and some experience on the clay."

05-26-2006, 08:52 AM
Baghdatis eyes title despite virus, poor form
Email Print Normal font Large font By Winsor Dobbin
May 21, 2006

AdvertisementRemember Marcos Baghdatis? The bearded tennis buccaneer who came from nowhere to make the final of the Australian Open last January?

He was the swashbuckling Cypriot who played without fear. He had time for his fans and the media and seemed to wear a 24-hour smile. His unbridled enthusiasm whipped the local Cypriot community into a frenzy and he created a worldwide stir as he took world No. 1 Roger Federer to the brink. The Age dubbed him "everybody's mate".

Baghdatis brought the fun back to tennis with his devil-may-care attitude and searing groundstrokes.

That was then. Now, Baghdatis is fighting a virus and poor form as he prepares for this year's second grand slam tournament, the French Open, which starts at Roland Garros in Paris on May 29.

He had to quit his first-round match in last week's Hamburg Masters when a set and a break down to Radek Stepanek.

That loss followed his second-round exit against Andy Roddick a week earlier in the Rome Masters.

"I saw a doctor," he said after complaining of breathing difficulties in Hamburg. "I was sick, but I was feeling better the last two days. The two days I came here, I practised well, but when I went to practice, I was feeling really bad, dizzy, pain in the stomach, it was a weird feeling . . . Going in the match, I felt the same thing."

Baghdatis immediately headed back to his training base in France. He is not expected to play this week and wasn't keen to talk to anyone about his ambitions for Roland Garros.

Through his media spokeswoman Kristel Meyer, he said he was "sick and want to rest in order to prepare myself for the French Open".

Such a siege mentality would not appear to bode well for his chances on the slow red clay, on which he lost in the first round last year.

"My main long-term objective is to win at least one grand slam tournament," Baghdatis has said. Baghdatis is ranked 19th in the world and has won more matches already this year than any other complete year since he turned professional. He's simply discovering that expectations and demands are very different when you're a grand slam finalist.

05-26-2006, 08:42 PM
It sounds like Marcos will not be very strong going into RG after his illness :sad: And to start out with a clay court specialist might not be very good at all :( But thanks for the articles :)

05-27-2006, 08:31 PM

Marcos is currently training at the Academy, waiting Roland Garros impatiently. 16/05/2006

So he is probably in good health and ready for action. Pame Marco :)

P.S: Does Marcos update his website himself?

05-27-2006, 08:33 PM
I hope he gets a lot of support from the French spectators :D

05-29-2006, 02:02 AM
Yes we all know Marcos doesn't care for clay. But then the U.S. Men don't care for clay either. And it won't be clay season forever :) I think Marcos' time will come again :dance:

06-01-2006, 08:18 PM
Open-Beaten Baghdatis plagued by doubts
Thu Jun 1, 2006 4:02 PM BST
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By Bill Barclay

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) - Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis was utterly disconsolate after suffering a surprise second round defeat at the French Open on Thursday.

Five months ago in Melbourne Baghdatis was hailed as a national hero when he became the first player from Cyprus to reach a grand slam final.

On Thursday, in the damp and cold at Roland Garros, the usually bright-eyed 20-year-old was inconsolable after losing to Frenchman Julien Benneteau 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-7 6-4.

"It's been tough for me after Australia, a lot of questions in my head, a lot of doubts," said Baghdatis, the 19th seed. "It's not so easy. I think I need some time. I need some experience to find my way through." Baghdatis trains in Paris and admitted he was struggling to deal with the new level of expectation since his exploits in Australia, when he eventually lost in the final to Roger Federer.

Injury and illness have played their part in disrupting his progress since then but Baghdatis said the biggest problems were in his head.

"Everybody's expecting me to play well, so it's tougher," he added. "Every time I go into a tournament, I feel good physically, tennistically. It's just mentally I have some doubts in my head, and that's all.

"I had a head full of big questions. I didn't feel well. I didn't dare. It didn't really work out. But this sort of thing happens."

Baghdatis saved two match points in the fourth set to force a decider against world number 95 Benneteau but it only delayed defeat.

"At 2-5 in the fourth set, I started playing a bit. In the fifth set at 2-2 I'm not sure what happened. I started to think. I started to doubt. I made stupid mistakes.

"I'm not really in the match. I'm not looking at the ball. I'm thinking about what people think, what people will say. I don't feel at ease."

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06-02-2006, 04:38 AM
We need a Sports Phycologist for Marcos now. I am serious!!

06-17-2006, 09:27 AM
Marcos will play a charity football match in Limassol on July 30th.

07-05-2006, 12:35 AM
Yes, Baggy is going through adjustment problems being a Nobody from Nowhere w/World Class talent... . If he needs help emotionally, I hope those around him insure that he gets it. In the meantime lets hope that the Aussi Baggy shows up in time for late Wimby fun. If he does, he could make the Final...Hewitt's off form & not playing w/confidence & RN hasn't played anyone who has won a grass court match in the last 2 yrs...It's yours to lose, Baggy :)

This just in from Australian Press:

Hewitt wary of Cypriot cyclone

"So far, I'm still here," Hewitt said with a circumspect tone after his win.[/B] "Ferrer didn't let me play my best tennis but I had to find a way to win. "I want to try and step it up, though, a couple of notches against Baghdatis."

Hewitt watched the end of Baghdatis's match with Murray and saw similarities between them. "He is similar to Murray in many ways," Hewitt said. "He'll play the percentages for a bit and then just pull the trigger on a big one."

With world No.9 Hewitt in front of him, Baghdatis refused to entertain thoughts of a re-match against Federer in the final.

"After Melbourne, I had a lot of doubts in my head," the affable 21-year-old, ranked No.16 in the world, said. "Was I there because I deserved it or because it was just one time?"

Baghdatis's confidence crisis was exacerbated by injury and illness, but there was no hint of any problems during his win over Murray in front of a partisan British crowd on Centre Court. "I just love playing in front of a big crowd, and I just relax more when there is so many people watching than when there are not," Baghdatis said.

He may lack Hewitt's grass-court experience but Baghdatis has a secret weapon at Wimbledon he did not have at the Australian Open: a mother who spends her time in the players' box praying on behalf of her son.

"It means a lot to have her here watching me because she did not see so much of me when I was a kid,' Baghdatis, who left Cyprus as a 13-year-old to pursue his tennis apprenticeship in France, said.

"She's proud of her son and I feel proud of her also. And she prays, she prays a lot."

Baghdatis's best grand slam performance to date in Melbourne propelled him into the spotlight back home. "I'm a famous guy now in my country and maybe worldwide, so a lot of responsibilities to take," he said. "It's not like you don't have a personal life, but you cannot do what you want to do sometimes because of people watching."

Fame and the ability to perform on the big stage aside, perhaps the key to Baghdatis's success lies in his level-headed approach.

"For me, it's just a game," Baghdatis said. "I'm very happy to play this game because I love this game. "If I lose this game, it doesn't matter for me. There are things more important in life than this."


07-05-2006, 05:05 AM
Marcos Interview after the game with Murray:

WIMBLEDON: M. Baghdatis Interview - Day 7

/ M. Baghdatis Interview - Day 7
Monday, 3 July, 2006

Q. What did you think of Andy Murray's form today?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't know. Maybe he was not so much in the game today, in the match.

Q. How well do you think you played? Did you play as well as you hoped you would play?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I mean, most important thing is not to play well, is to win the match. I'm pretty happy I won the match, first of all.

Q. You seem to have come a long way since your first round match. What are you doing so much better now?


Q. Yeah.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Like I said before, the most important thing is not to play good, is to win the match. In the beginning of the tournament, the first round is so tough, you know. You just go on the court, you don't know how you feel, you don't feel the court so well, you don't feel the balls, you don't feel a lot of things. So winning against MacKin in the first round helped me a lot after, trying to find my tennis. That's what I did, I tried to stay calm, focused. I'm starting to find my tennis.

Q. You said you've been playing over and over in your mind the missed opportunities in the match on Melbourne. Are you playing in your mind a Sunday rematch against Federer?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I'm not thinking about that really. I'm just thinking I have Hewitt in front of me, so I'm just thinking about Lleyton for now. If I go through Sunday, then we'll see. Federer, I think, has tough matches, and who knows what he will do or what I will do.

Q. How do you rate Lleyton Hewitt as an opponent?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Everybody, I rate them ten to ten. Everybody is a tough player. Everybody is playing good tennis. It's a matter of finding the solution to win.

Q. Even though the crowd was obviously for Andy Murray, did you enjoy the Centre Court?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, it was fun. First time on Centre Court at Wimbledon, I mean, it's always fun to have a first time and nice experience. So I'm pretty happy I won the match. That makes it even funner funnier.

Q. A lot of people in Australia who don't follow tennis that closely but got to know you in January have asked about what happened to that guy that made the final. How would you summarize the last four or five months?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: What happened to that guy? Nothing. He's the same guy. Nothing changed in me. I'm still the same guy. That's all.

Q. Results wise, how would you explain what you've done?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: It was not easy, you know. After Melbourne, I had a lot doubts in my head. Was I there because I deserved it or because it was just one time? A lot of things went through my mind. And like how I played Indian Wells, I played quarters, it was quite good. Then the doubt starts to come. Some injuries, some health problem. I got sick. So I started losing confidence. Since last week in Rosmalen, I played in s'Hertogenbosch, I played semis there, start to feel better on the court. Here I am today in quarters in Wimbledon. So I feel quite confident.

Q. Believing that you can do it again, that you have more finals in you?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, now I start to believe it more and more.

Q. Was it a much easier match today than you expected?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Not really. Okay, Andy didn't play good, but I had to play really good to win, I mean. I played a very, very good first set. Second set, I didn't start very well. Then I started playing good, then let him play. That was objective, not to let him play because he likes playing with the ball and moving you around. I didn't want to do that. I was playing really aggressive, and it paid off today.

Q. What do you think it is about the big tournaments and matches that seem to bring out the best tennis in you?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't know. That's one of my maybe how you say? power or advantages. I just love playing in front of a big crowd, and I just relax more when there is so many people watching than when there are not.

Q. Tell us about the mood at home. Great expectations?


Q. Tell us about the mood at home. Are there great expectations?


Q. Generally.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, people are waiting a lot for me. It's normal since Australia. But, I mean, nobody's putting pressure on me.

Q. You said you hadn't changed since Australia, but what has been the biggest change in your life since then?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: People around me. I mean, I'm a famous guy now in my country and maybe world wide. So a lot of responsibilities to take. I have it's not like you don't have a personal life, but you cannot do what you want to do sometimes because of people watching or speaking or anything.

Q. So has that been difficult for you?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: It's not easy, sure.

Q. What's an example? What's the weirdest thing that's happened to you in terms of back home or whatever?


Q. Just random acts of people coming up and doing strange things?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, nothing strange. But, I mean, if you have something on your finger, then, I don't know, "Why do you have that?" The press, the journalists, everything.

Q. What does it mean to you to have your mother here?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: My mother, yeah, it means a lot. She didn't follow me since I was a kid, so it's fun for her to be here and see some matches and playing see me playing in front of a in Wimbledon in the Centre Court. I mean, it's great for her. She's proud of her son, and I feel proud of her also.

Q. She prayed a lot during your match.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: She does (smiling). She does pray a lot.

Q. Before you talked about how you feel you enjoy the big stage, you enjoy lots of people watching. I don't think we've ever seen you get really upset or lose your cool on a tennis court. Does it happen?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Of course, it does. But, I mean, tennis match is nothing for me, there's so many things more important than a tennis match in life. So there is nothing to worry about. I mean, it's just a game. For me, it's just a game. I'm very happy to play this game because I love this game. And if I lose this game, it doesn't matter for me. There are things more important in life than this.

Q. How come you understand that and there's about 10,000 other people in tennis who don't?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Ask them (smiling).

Q. Name one more important thing for you.


Q. Name one more important thing to you.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: What do you mean?

Q. You say there's more important things in life. What's one more important thing for you?


Q. How do you feel your game matches up with Hewitt? Do you feel you've got a game that could trouble him?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't think a lot about my game. I just think to find the solution to win the match. That's all. So I think I'll go on the court and I'll start my game, just put the ball on the court and see how he plays and then find a solution.

Q. Do you study an opponent's game at all?


Q. Have you seen any of his matches here?


Q. So it's all about solving problems?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yep, that's all about life. That's life's all about, no?

Q. You're a problem solver?


Q. You just do it in tennis?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I do it in my life also (smiling).

Q. Did you solve the problem with the Army? Did that work itself out?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, I'll do the Army when I finish my career.

Q. You will do it?


07-05-2006, 09:06 PM
Here is the first of a few articles i found on the wimby side.
Interesting read:
Mama's Boy Baghdatis on a Roll

Wednesday, 5 July, 2006

It is hard to imagine anyone unsettling the mighty Roger Federer at the Championships but you never can tell.

For some, winning Wimbledon comes as the result of sublime talent (Roger Federer), others devote their every waking moment to the pursuit of excellence (Pete Sampras) while a few just believe that, for two weeks only, their name is written in the stars (Goran Ivanisevic). And then there is Marcos Baghdatis.

Baghdatis – or Baggy to his friends – is, to his own amazement, through to the semi-finals here for the first time in his career after beating Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Normally, Baghdatis leaves his parents at home when he plays. His mother, Andry, gets too nervous when she watches number one son but she has broken with family tradition and travelled to London to watch the fun.

It has not been easy viewing at times but when the going gets tough, Mrs B starts praying. Most players rely on their coach for a little extra support when they face a break point – Baghdatis, through his mum, enlists the help of the Almighty. No wonder, then, that he is doing so well.

Just to reinforce the theory that Baggy's progress is predestined by the fates, his parents live in a little village just outside Limassol called Paramitha. Roughly translated from the Greek, it means fairytale and, for the moment at least, the fairytale is coming true.

Baghdatis is a lovely chap. Smiling, friendly, happy with his lot, he knows how long it took him to get here and how hard he had to work so he is enjoying his time at the top. Life at the bottom, as he was making the transition from the junior ranks to the main tour, was miserable and anything – even losses – has to be better than that.

Growing up in Limassol, it soon became apparent that Baggy's talent far outstripped the facilities available at home. As a teenager, he was sent to Paris to train at an academy but, much as he adored the family who took him in, he missed his home and he missed his mum.

In particular, he missed his mum's lasagne which he describes as "the best food in the world". And Mrs Baghdatis missed her Marcos. He swears that, to this day, Mrs B encourages him to bring his dirty laundry home with him so that she can wash and iron his kit.

"I think when you don't see your kid for six months then I think you wouldn't mind," Baghdatis said of his mother's devotion to laundry. Spoken like a true boy.

Arriving in France without being able to speak a word of French, Baghdatis had to learn self-sufficiency (and French) if he was to maintain his sanity. Far away from home with no one to talk to, he soon discovered that if he could cope with the loneliness then anything the tour could throw at him was not going to be nearly so bad.

As a result, he put up with the injury problems that kept holding back his progress when he joined the professional ranks and he bided his time. His patience was finally rewarded as he bounced through the draw at the Australian Open this year to reach the final. He even took a set from Roger Federer when he got there and, cheered on by a huge Greek-Cypriot fan club, he knew he arrived in the big time.

Even so, not even the most optimistic of souls could have imagined that his next breakthrough would come here. At Wimbledon. On grass. Until this year, he had never won a match on this funny green stuff but now he finds himself in the last four.

Baghdatis did what Baghdatis does best against Hewitt. He was quick, he was fast, he was strong, he was daring. He banged down 19 aces, he feathered countless dropshots; he took the match by the throat and then he let it go as he approached a two set lead; he pounded his chest and he roared himself on and, after just over two and half hours, he had the better of Hewitt. He wore his heart on his sleeve and the crowd loved him for it.

With an ever-growing gang of supporters following his every move, with his mum on the hotline to Him upstairs and with a God-given talent to entertain and surprise, who knows what the last few days of The Championships will bring for Baghdatis.

Written by Alix Ramsay

07-05-2006, 09:08 PM
The second article:Match Reports
Bold Baghdatis Upsets Hewitt

Wednesday, 5 July, 2006

Anyone somehow still unfamiliar with the name Marcos Baghdatis at the start of this Wimbledon fortnight must surely know all about him now. Having expelled the home hero Andy Murray in the third round, the 2006 Australian Open runner-up today overpowered sixth seed Lleyton Hewitt to win through to his first Wimbledon semi-final.

Hewitt came into the match unbeaten on grass this year, but could not live with his opponent’s silky skills. Baghdatis – who until last month had never won a single match on grass – triumphed 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. He will face Rafael Nadal or Jarkko Nieminen for a place in the final.

If Baghdatis, seeded 18th, could have dreamed up his ideal first set, it could hardly have been better than the reality. He looked immediately assured on the Hewitt serve, as if he was an old hand at Centre Court tennis instead of making only his second outing on the hallowed turf. Pounding away from the baseline, the Cypriot seemed supremely relaxed, while Hewitt appeared thrown by his opponent's power and pace.

The break came at once. On Hewitt’s next serve a wonderful Baghdatis forehand return brought up another window of opportunity. Baghdatis tempted Hewitt into the net and the Australian promptly fluffed a backhand. It was 4-0. In the next game Hewitt encouragingly summoned three break points of his own, and then had to watch as Baghdatis made short work of saving the lot to hold. Hewitt clawed his way on to the scoreboard by holding at last, but Baghdatis took the set with an ace.

The 2002 Wimbledon champion was sporting the same queasy expression most recently seen on the face of Mario Ancic during his obliteration by Roger Federer. He needed to find something – anything – and fast. But all he found was more of the same. Baghdatis broke immediately courtesy of a netcord, and Hewitt was being made to look ordinary. He responded by becoming uncharacteristically defensive, whereupon Baghdatis broke again. Even those who had tipped the Cypriot to give Hewitt a severe test had not quite expected this.

For a while dark clouds gathered overhead, and Hewitt must have prayed fervently for rain. It didn’t come, but in the event he didn’t need it. He broke through the Baghdatis serve for 1-3. All was not lost. Then, serving for the set, the Cypriot’s touch went sufficiently astray to let Hewitt level the score. It was 5-5, and for the first time in the match the air was pierced by the Australian’s signature instruction to himself: “Come on!” Hewitt was scampering about the court rejuvenated, and Baghdatis was rattled. His serve deserted him. From a set and two breaks down, Hewitt levelled the match. He turned to his team in the players’ box and bellowed at them, thumping his heart with his fist. Game on.

But Baghdatis replied by breaking Hewitt at once in the third. Hewitt was clearly annoyed, and dragged it back again. No wonder Pat Rafter referred to him as “the mongrel”. He had points for 4-2 but failed to convert them, hurling his racket to the turf. In the tie-break Baghdatis had the court at his mercy on his first set point but netted an easy volley. He didn’t make the same mistake twice, producing a wonderful backhand return down the line to take it. It was so good that it brought out a touch of Hewitt-ism in the Cypriot – he punched the air, pounded his chest, and shouted in triumph at his delighted mother in the players’ box.

On to the fourth. Despite the gathering gloom of an overcast evening, Baghdatis could glimpse the path to victory. A lovely backhand gave him two points for 3-1, and Hewitt sent a backhand wide. The Baghdatis supporters in the crowd stomped their feet and chanted his name. Minutes later they did it again, when Hewitt put a backhand in the net. The match belonged to Baghdatis.

Written by Kate Battersby

07-05-2006, 09:35 PM
From, about today's victory over Hewitt.

Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis stuns 6th seed Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 5-7 7-6 6-2 to reach his first Wimbledon semifinal. Baghdatis, who had never play a grasscourt tournament prior to this year, played an unbelievable display of tennis to edge out the Australian.

"It's amazing for me, " Said an emotional Baghdatis to BBC Sport.

"Everything has happened so fast for me. It's just unbelievable emotions and I hope I can keep it going."

Baghdatis had charged into an improbable lead taking an incredibly one-sided first set 6-1 in just 26 minutes against an opponent who was misfiring badly.

Baghdatis continued in the same spirit with a devastating forehand winner followed by a lucky net cord breaking Hewitt in the first game of the second set.

He went a double-break up before the 2002 Wimbledon champion finally showed signs of fighting back, taking advantage of his tightening opponent to pull off a great escape and take the set 7-5.

If the momentum was now with Hewitt it did not last long, with Hewitt now broken in the opening game of the third set although he pulled himself back immediately to force a tense tie-break.

Baghdatis seized the advantage on his second set point with a sensational backhand winner to take the tie-break 7-5 and clearly win over the crowd with his flamboyant celebrations.

Baghdatis briefly called the trainer early in the fourth set and it appeared Hewitt may have stolen back the initiative in the failing Centre Court light.

Instead Baghdatis, showing no sign of nerves as he closed in on the last four, came up with two magnificent backhands on his way to grabbing a potentially crucial first break of the set for 3-1.

Baghdatis was now serving better than ever and when the pressure shifted to Hewitt to serve to stay in the match, the Cypriot took advantage of his first match point to wrap up a superb victory.

Baghdatis hails from the Cypriot village of Paramytha, which translated means 'fairytale', and he admitted his quarter-final victory was a dream come true.

07-31-2006, 12:51 PM
Anyone knows why doesn't work anymore? Some days now that I can't access the site. It says "fatal error"...blah blah blah. :shrug:

08-02-2006, 03:20 AM
His site was prob. put together by a friend & perhaps not enough bandwidth either.

08-02-2006, 03:29 PM
The site's working again. :)

11-21-2006, 10:54 AM
Marcos is back to the Mouratoglou Academy, according to his site. He's back training for next season.

01-08-2007, 12:25 PM
Australian Open finalist returns a different man

The Associated PressPublished: January 8, 2007

SYDNEY, Australia: Marcos Baghdatis arrived Down Under before last year's Australian Open as a virtual unknown.

But after advancing to the final against tournament champion Roger Federer — beating top 10 players Andy Roddick, Ivan Ljubicic and David Nalbandian along the way — he captured the imagination and hearts of Australian tennis fans and of those back in his home country of Cyprus.

This year, Baghdatis returns a different player.

His ranking has improved from 65 to 11. Unknown no more, a vocal group of about 50 fans occupied the upper deck of the former 2000 Olympic tennis stadium, waving Greek flags, on Monday to watch the fourth-seeded Baghdatis beat Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (3), 6-1 in a first-round match at the Sydney International.

Dozens of his relatives from Sydney were also in the stands, as well as some of the 500 Australian members of the Marcos Baghdatis Fan Club, an Internet-based organization that is growing each week.
"Whenever I see the Rebound Ace and the color of the courts, I just want to play," Baghdatis said.

"Really, I'm not joking, I'm serious. I don't know why, the sunshine and all the things, it gives you motivation to play."

Baghdatis, 21, took a medical timeout at the end of the first set to receive treatment on a sore hip and groin, but said it wont hamper his Australian Open preparations. The first Grand Slam of 2007 begins next Monday in Melbourne.

"After a massage it was getting better but I still have a bit of pain," said Baghdatis, who suffered cramping throughout the Australian Open last year.

Those cramps — in both legs — caused him to hobble in the latter stages of a stirring second-round loss to the retiring Andre Agassi at the U.S. Open last year. That came about six weeks after he advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon, just part of his memorable 2006.

Baghdatis arrived in Sydney on Sunday after losing to Sweden's Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha.

"I was a bit tired today and jet lagged. Waking up this morning I didnt really want to come out and play today," he said. "I'm happy I fought through and I won."


01-20-2007, 05:57 PM
This is the translation I've made of an article concerning Marcos, published in French Tennis Magazine, February 2007.

Written by Guy Barbier, in Tennis Magazine, February 2007.

The Star of the Academy

Today, like every Wednesday during that winter training period, it's a day off for Marcos Baghdatis. Cut from the outside in what he calls his "2nd family", the Mouratoglou Academy, in the Yvelines, to prepare for next season, the Cypriot, revelation of last year, knows no lazy day. The day's begun with a good deed which he enjoyed a lot: hit the ball for a few minutes with the prodigy child of the Academy, Jan Silva. The young American, aged 4 ½, that Marcos and his coach Guillaume Peyre had "discovered" last March at Indian Wells, and who's now living at Mouratoglou's. "He's really stunning", he says, "that's funny!! The racket's bigger than him, and all he does with it is trully unbelievable for his age." And there's also been that lunch with the Ambassador of Cyprus in France, Minas Hadjimichael, come to visit the newly elected "Man of the Year in Cyprus". And finally, in the afternoon, a physical training awaits him, a bonus of last minute in his programm, which says a lot about his ambitions at the beginning of 2007.

No celebrations for the end of the year in Cyprus, then, a family sacrifice that Marcos imposed himself, thanks to his experience of 2006.
"Before last Australian Open," he points out, "I had already spent December training. "Nonetheless", he adds, "I've noticed that after my good performances last year, I've gone through low periods, because I had more or less lost grip. I've made mistakes. Like going on holidays for 3 weeks after Wimbledon. I've flown to Cyprus. I've given a lot to the others....At the end of the day, I've completely messed up the US tourneys this summer. Now, all's clear in my mind: I wanna live everything 100% , devote all my time and energy to tennis, for the upcoming 3 years. All the rest, I just skip: family, friends, private life. And we'll see."

This hunger for absolute is for Baghdatis the natural continuation of a 2006 season which brought him, in his 21st year, multiple satisfactions. Of course, he'll keep in mind his 1st Grand Slam final, at the AO, his semi-final at Wimbledon, his breaking through the Top 10 (n°8 in August, 12 at the end of the year), and also his 1st ATP title (in Beijing in September). But his most precious memory remains a very accurate moment at the AO.

"This is the match point against Nalbandian, in the semi. Not an extraordinary point, as it was an ace. But it was allowing me to qualify for the final. In front of all my friends, my cousins, in front of the whole world, thanks to the media. After that point, I've lived the most beautiful 2 minutes of my player's life".

Compared to these astounding emotions of his 1st big final, as n°52 seeded, against Roger Federer from whom he was gonna take a set, the joy of his semi-final in Wimbledon has been experienced on the "soft mode" ("only fun when next to Autralia!!"). In the likeness of the usual British selfishness as opposed to the warm Greek tunes under the Austral summer sun compared with the softness of the ball bouncing on the grass, a surface on which Marcos considers himself "the very first surprised to be able to play as good", to the point of having defeated, successively, players like Sébastien Grosjean, Andy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt!

Another sober joy for a moment so particular, the one of the 1st ATP title, won mid-September in Beijing against Mario Ancic in the final.
"You know", tells Marcos,"when you've just played Agassi in front of 23000 people in Flushing Meadow, finding yourself in China......"

It's true. How could Baghdatis have chased from his mind the images of that crazy match that just opposed him, 2 weeks before, to Andre Agassi on the Arthur Ashe Stadium for the 2nd round of the US Open? An epic battle, won 7-5 in the 5th set by the one all America was celebrating for his farewell tennis event, Baghdatis being knocked down by cramps after having come back from 2 sets to love.

"For those 2 first sets (lost 6-4 6-4)", tells Marcos,"I was feeling like nuts! The whole crowd was treating me like a shabby guy. But I've fought like crazy, even when I was down 0-4 in the 4th set. Too sad, those cramps at the end......I've lost but I've gone out of the court with my head up high, after an extraordinary match. It was such an emotion. Agassi's always been, together with Rafter, my fave player. I wasn't happy I had lost, but I was happy it's him who defeated me. When we shook hands, Agassi saw I was moved. He told me " but what's the matter with you now?" Me, I was feeling like kissing him, kiss him on his bald head..."

After an end of the season, experienced like a big dropping of the tension because of a twisted shoulder due to a plungeon a bit too risky when he was training in Bangkok, an accident which forced him to not take part to the Masters Cup, Baghdatis thus chose to go back to his French bases to prepare the 2007 season.

When this guy, born in Limassol, Cyprus, talks about the Mouratoglou Academy, that he became member of, aged 13, when the Academy was still based in Montreuil, Seine Saint Denis, he speaks of France like his "adoption country", and of the tennis camp like "his 2nd family". And he had really one, the one of Laurent and Nathalie Benaim in Courbevoie, this family he stayed with during numerous years, like he told us about in Tennis Magazine, in a previous edition (see: his extraordinary story, Tennis Magazine n°346, Jan 2005).

Today, become famous and millionaire, Marcos Baghdatis remains that child of the Academy, where he's grown up and still trains with one of the coaches who saw him arrive, Guillaume Peyre. As a matter of fact, he's become the king of the village made of those chalets where the boarded students of the Academy live. Marcos lives, during his stays at the Academy, in a chalet situated at the end of this weird main street. From there, he can enjoy the view over the tennis courts as well as the Club House of the Liberty Club. The emotion's still there. Especially when he goes back among all those youngsters who reflect him strongly back the image of the guy he still was, not so long ago. Kids for whom he still is "Marcos" and for whom he knows how to be the example. " If I can help them, inspire them, then that's fine. But most of all, I'm their friend. I know where I come from. I've gone through all this, like them. And I think I show them that we're not there to give matches. That even if you're not 100%, you have to do everything to keep on fighting, to try to get away with it."

The eye he lays on the structure that turned him into a professional tennis player is first and foremost the one of gratefulness.

"One can say, undoubtedly, that today I'm important for the Academy. But I also know to what extent the Academy was, and still is, important for me. Patrick (Mouratoglou) has done so much for me. And still does."

It's there, on the countryside of the Yvelines, between Plaisir and Thiverval-Grignon, that Baghdatis has started to "swallow" the features of his new life of young champion, of his repute, his new world.

"In 2006, it's been very tough to get used to", he admits. " I had to do all at the same time: play, face and cope with business, solicitations in Cyprus and elsewhere. I've had to surround myself with competent and trustworthy people. Today, that's done, I've got a team around me, I feel stronger. In 2007, I should feel better in my mind."

Marcos Baghdatis was saying he was eager to be there, at the beginning of this new season he was planning to start in Doha before heading Sydney and Melbourne.
Ah...Autralia, the Rod Laver Arena...." I'm looking forward to going back there", he says, only precising that the holidays that he took at the end of last season already brought him to Sydney, where he could meet "family, cousins, grandmother...", where he "went a lot to discos", where he "slept a lot", "did some karting". And where he came closer to his dream of going back to Melbourne.

"I so much feel like going back there. For the moment, with more will than stress, but I know that stress's gonna come." Unexpected finalist last year against Roger Federer against whom "everyone tries to give one's best but who's an exceptional player, one of the greatest in tennis history, who does whatever he wants with the ball", Marcos won't go back and expose himself to the enthusiasm of his fans from the outstanding Greek community of Melbourne as well as to his numerous relatives who live there, just to do as well as last year, but better!

"What matters, that's when you lift up the Trophy. I'm not playing to become n°2 or even n°1 in the world. I play to live moments such as those I've lived in Australia last year. To win big titles, and most of all, my 2 favourite ones, the Australian Open and Roland Garros. That's what I have on my mind every morning, especially when it's hard to go training. I have faith in that and I've already proven, I think, that I was a player built for the big events. I think it's gonna be that way, all the time".

01-22-2007, 05:44 PM
Marcos will play Zagreb, though it wasn't initially scheduled. But he asked for a WC and got it, after his early loss at the AO.

01-22-2007, 10:11 PM
Marcos will play Zagreb, though it wasn't initially scheduled. But he asked for a WC and got it, after his early loss at the AO.

yes I saw it too in his website.I think it's great news :) and the draw is pretty strong.;)

Good luck Marcos!Now you are off the big pressure so play good tennis!:wavey:

01-27-2007, 06:33 PM
Here's my translation of an interview Marcos gave to L'Equipe, published on January 14th, right before the AO. The interview had been posted on this forum but I only translated it now.

A more relaxed man

Marcos Baghdatis was born at the Australian Open 2006. 1 year after, he makes a moving confession.

Finalist at the Australian Open against Roger Federer, Marcos Baghdatis has started an outstanding season in January 2006. One year after, at the Doha event, just before his Australian campaign, he could have been relieved to have reached the world's bests or, on the contrary, stressed by an upcoming great result to defend. But Baghdatis (21 years old) is more upset than his easy-going and full of fun look lets us see. This rare confession enlightens the traps of an odyssey which brought him into the light.

"On the match point, last year against Nalbandian in the semi, I've felt like everything was going out of me. My body was emptying itself. All this pressure piled up for years had vanished, all of a sudden. That's precisely at this moment, suddenly, that I've realized something very important: that was it, that was over, was good, I had succeeded, I would never have anymore trouble. I was there, that was all. The previous seasons hadn't been great. I had been injured, I'd gone through huge private troubles and my parents weren't ok. But I had devoted myself to work and the reward had arrived in front of the crazy people who were cheering for me in the stadium and in front of all Cyprus watching me.

Yes, I call them "crazy", all those Greek Cypriots who have contributed to create an exceptional mood. Against Stepanek and Gremelmayr, during the first 2 rounds, it was really wild and beautiful. They were 150. This year, I've been told they should be 450.....Can you imagine how it's gonna be like? I'm eager to enter the court with them in the stands, to remind myself of all those emotions, to remind me that it's there that I've felt becoming more relaxed.

Before the epic moment, everyone was telling me that I would succeed and that, if I didn't, my life would be useless. It's mostly for my father that I've felt my failure would be terrible. He had done everything so that there's a Champion in the family. I had no other choice, I just had to. I remember that, when we were training together, when I was young, in Cyprus, I kept on telling him I wanted to play tennis. But he had no doubt I wasn't actually feeling like it....... Still today, I think he's convinced I wanted to play tennis.....But I'm still ignoring why I was keeping on telling him I was feeling like it. As simple as that, I was never saying no. And, when I was 14, he left me in Paris; he trusted people. And the only thing I would have loved him to explain me, that was this: why did you leave your son like this? Ok, so that he plays tennis, but damn was tough. I didn't know how it was working, but I had to believe in me all the time. People like Patrick (Mouratoglou, from the Academy which welcomed him) have helped me make the right decisions, but the family which welcomed me, that I adore, has taught me one thing: in life, you're all by yourself. And it's true. Me, I was all by myself, I was travelling alone, I was never with my family, and that's hard when you're a kid, especially when you don't get well with your coaches.

That's why I say that life isn't always beautiful. I often talk with my family and we always argue on the meaning of your life. For them, it's beautiful and worth being lived. Me, I think that it's not easy. I will never be able to erase that big pain that's inside of me, which is of having grown up without my parents and of never have been able to feel their love. The most important for me isn't to have succeeded in tennis. Honestly, being number 10, 3, 4 or 11, I don't care. I don't wanna be Federer. Live the emotions and pass them on to the others, yes. Seeing the man I've become, that's what makes me the happiest. Very few guys know, at 21, what life is all about. What I've been able to accomplish will allow me to reach out for my dreams later. As I have for later, and not only in tennis. For the moment, I'm still a player. Yeah, 2 or 3 more years....and then? My dream was to be a football player. Football coach, yes, I'm thinking about it!! Actually, I've been successfull in what my father wanted. That's really what I've felt last year in Melbourne.

Of course, I would have preferred to have won against Federer in the final. I still think about that at nights, every now and then. I really wasn't far. In my dreams, I see myself leading 7-5, 2-0. But there's still his damn forehand on that breakpoint, down the line, into the corner........And then, I see the moment at 6-5 for him in the 2nd set, 40-0 on my serve, but I lose the game and I feel my legs shaking. There are flashes like these that come back (he'll lose the match 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2). I've noticed something funny: since 4 years, Federer is the only one who's defeated me in Melbourne. In 2003, I win the Junior Event. In 2004, I'm injured. In 2005, I qualify and I lose in the 4th round against Roger. And last year, in the final.....

I feel good in Australia. Better than in France, where I find that people can sometimes be individualistic. You know why Monaco is my favourite football club? Because it's not a French Club......But, in Australia, I've had a good feeling, straight from the start. When I won the Junior in 2003, I had gone and spent a couple of days in my family in Sydney and I've fallen in love with the place, straight. It's the most beautiful city in the world! That's undescribable. I adore everything. And, this winter, we went back there, spending 2 weeks with the family. In Sydney, I have at least 14 cousins.......Their name is Baghdadi, like Bagdad with an "i". My father, who had been forced to change his name when he came to Cyprus, hadn't seen his mother for 14 years. This return to our roots, this was a present for my parents. We had barbecues at uncles's, visited cousins. But I most of all slept a lot, to recover from all those emotions of this past season.......

Even in Davis Cup, I've had some, in Bulgaria, where we've been badly treated with my brother, who's been slapped, and my coach of the Cypriot team I saw crying for the 1st time. Needless speaking of the 19 breakpoints against Nadal in the Wimbledon semifinal. And against Andre (Agassi), when I lost at the USO, just forget about it! I went out of the court, I entered the lockerrooms and I was in tears. For 2007, I will have to keep on in the same frame of mind. All often depends on the details that change the course of 2 or 3 key matches in a season. That's why I don't go to the AO with an excessive pressure. If I don't do well here, I'll do better in Flushing, that's all. Anyway, my father will be present in Melbourne. That was his dream that one of his sons becomes a Champion, and that will be the 1st match he'll see me play."

01-27-2007, 10:37 PM
wow..just wow.

I feel now so bad for Marcos.:sad: I had an idea how he felt,but at age 21 to think that life is all difficult and tough...that I didn't know...

Well..Wonderful job Choupi!:worship: You are the best!!:)

02-26-2007, 03:34 PM
Tennis magazine has a special cover story on the new generation of hot shots and Marcos is featured :dance:

02-27-2007, 05:34 AM
Thanks for this article tangerine_dream

03-09-2007, 04:09 PM
Marcos will play an exhibition in Cyprus, on April 10th, organized by Société Générale of Cyprus, with Fabrice Santoro and Marc Gicquel.

04-26-2007, 05:16 AM
A Cyprus newspaper posted that Marcos breaks up his cooperation with tennis coach Guillaume Peyre and moves to Cyprus. His new tennis coach is Yiannis Hadgjieorgiou, the Cyprus Davis Cup Federal Coach. He also said that he will be training in Cyprus and that he will continue with his current physical trainer, Sébastien Durand. :confused:

04-29-2007, 09:16 AM
if this change can make him up to a new peak, best luck Marcos :angel:

Action Jackson
04-30-2007, 01:40 PM
A Cyprus newspaper posted that Marcos breaks up his cooperation with tennis coach Guillaume Peyre and moves to Cyprus. His new tennis coach is Yiannis Hadgjieorgiou, the Cyprus Davis Cup Federal Coach. He also said that he will be training in Cyprus and that he will continue with his current physical trainer, Sébastien Durand. :confused:

Yiannis used to coach him as a kid before he left for France and used to stay at his house. So if anyone can get him to enjoy his tennis again it will be him.

05-01-2007, 02:05 PM

Our Champion, Marcos Baghdatis and our National Coach and Davis Cup Captain, Yiannos Hadjigeorghiou, officially announced today morning their decision to work together, marking the beginning of a new era and a new coach for Baghdatis in his professional tennis career. It took nearly a whole week of intensive discussion among the two parties, regarding the best possible decision for our Champion, who has been training in Nicosia, since Tuesday this week.

But for Marcos, the decision was one and only in his mind, and this message was passed on to Yiannos as well as to the Federation Board this morning. And that was, to work with Yiannos.

“…there is a strong bond between me and Yiannos for many years now, both inside as well as outside the tennis court…I took a decision which I believe is the best for me now…I truly believe that our cooperation, and with Yiannos as my coach, nothing else but success will arise…I had to take the decision which will give me a lot of joy psychologically and will boost my fighting spirit inside the tennis court…I am entering into a new era of fresh effort inside the tennis court, with a totally new mindset…and this is what makes me at the end of the day happy…” our Champion said.

“…from the moment Marcos expressed his eagerness to work with me as a coach, I knew I had to take this challenge and work by his side…we tried this before and it has worked very well…with his strong willingness to make this work, this cooperation has all the strong foundations to prove a success at the end…Marcos needs a lot of psychological boost both inside as well as outside the court…I believe I am capable to offer what Marcos needs at the moment…we are both ready to bring all the things that bond us together for many years now, inside the tennis court…I strongly believe you will all experience a new Marcos, highly motivated and eager to reach the top spots in professional tennis…” Yiannos said.

The Cyprus Tennis Federation is strongly supportive of this new cooperation among Baghdatis and Hadjigeorghiou, and expresses its willingness to help in every possible way to make this work and be successful.

"...following an urgent meeting at the National Tennis Centre today, our Federation unanimously decided to support this cooperation among the two parties...we have always been supportive of our Champion...we will be by his side and support his decision...we know Yiannos has a contract with us till September, but the emphasis is on Marcos future success...we truly believe this is a decision that will bring further successes for our Champion...we will stay as a Federation, very close to Yiannos...and we will support both in every way possible...we wish them best of luck in this new beginning..." The President,Mr. Philios Christodoulou said today.

Action Jackson
05-01-2007, 02:08 PM
Thanks for the article and good advice from the wise man Yiannos, he was one of the main men that moulded Marcos. so up and up from here.

10-24-2007, 06:40 PM
A nice and thoughtful German article about Marcos. Maybe some of you here understand German or someone can translate it.

Tennis: Marcos Baghdatis

Aus Strahlemann und Publikumsliebling Marcos Baghdatis ist ein nachdenklicher Tennisprofi geworden. «Plötzlich war die Lebensfreude weg», erzählt der 22-jährige Zypriote an den Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel.

Marcos Baghdatis, ein breites Lachen im Gesicht, klopft sich nach einem spektakulär gewonnenen Ballwechsel mit der rechten Faust aufs Herz, auf der Tribüne verbreiten seine fröhlichen Anhänger eine Stimmung wie in einem Fussballstadion: Die Bilder vom Australian Open, als der sympathische Jüngling von der Ferieninsel Zypern den Final gegen Roger Federer erreichte, gingen Anfang 2006 um die Welt.
Knapp zwei Jahre später taugt Baghdatis nicht mehr für eine Feel-good-Story. Die Euphorie ist verflogen; auf dem Stuhl vis-à-vis sitzt ein nachdenklicher junger Mann. Er spricht von einer «miserablen Phase zu Beginn der Saison». Er sei vom Weg abgekommen, «ich hatte keine Lust mehr auf Tennis». Mittlerweile hat sich der 22-Jährige aus Limassol etwas gefangen. Er gewann das ATP-Turnier von Zagreb und lieferte in den letzten Monaten auch sonst ordentliche Resultate ab. In der Weltrangliste belegt er Platz 24. Doch das Strahlen im Gesicht ist verschwunden; Baghdatis fühlt sich nicht mehr so wohl in seiner Haut wie früher.

«Ich fühlte mich verloren»

Es fällt ihm schwer, seine psychischen Probleme zu erklären. Er nennt den Druck, der seit seinem grossen Erfolg in Melbourne auf ihm laste, als Ursache. Ob sein Werdegang – Baghdatis verliess mit 13 Jahren seine Heimat und ging allein nach Paris, um in der Mouratoglou Tennis Academy den Traum von der Sportkarriere zu verwirklichen – eine Rolle spielt, ist er sich nicht im Klaren. «Die Wahrheit ist: Ich weiss nicht, was passiert ist. Ich fühlte mich verloren. Die Lebensfreude war plötzlich weg. Und bist du mit deinem Leben nicht glücklich, ist es schwierig, deinen Job gut zu machen.»
Vielleicht sei seine Entwicklung normal, sagt Baghdatis. Er sei erst 22 Jahre alt und müsse zuerst verarbeiten, was am Australian Open geschehen sei. Sein Bemühen, Halt und zu alter Stärke zu finden, ist offensichtlich. Im Frühsommer wechselte er sowohl seine Trainer als auch seinen Agenten aus. Der begabte Grundlinienspezialist betrachtet die Situation realistisch. «Ich muss reifer werden», sagt er selbstkritisch; «ich bin weder mental stabil noch konstant im Tennis.» Er arbeite daran, die nötige Konstanz zu erreichen, doch das sei nicht einfach, «denn die Resultate hängen nicht nur von mir ab – die anderen spielen auch gutes Tennis».
Immer wieder benutzt er im Gespräch dieselben Worte: «Ich muss meinen Weg finden.» Doch das brauche Zeit. Immerhin ist er überzeugt, das Schlimmste hinter sich zu haben. «Ich bin ziemlich zufrieden, wie es derzeit läuft.» Er werde sich seriös vorbereiten, damit er nächste Saison bereit sei.
Den Weg muss er noch finden, das Ziel kennt er schon. Baghdatis will wieder derartige Emotionen erleben wie vor zwei Jahren beim Finaleinzug in Basel und wenige Monate danach in Melbourne. Mit dem Australian Open verbindet er trotz seiner persönlichen Krise schöne Erinnerungen. «Auch wenn ich bereue, dass ich meine Chance gegen Federer nicht genutzt habe.» Den ersten Satz hatte er damals gegen den haushohen Favoriten gewonnen und auch im zweiten Set ein Break vorgelegt.

«Siegen ist das Wichtigste»

Vor seinem damaligen Bezwinger hat der Hobbyfussballer grossen Respekt, er bewundert ihn sogar. «Was Roger seit Jahren leistet, ist unglaublich. Allerdings habe ich das Gefühl, dass er nach so langer Zeit an der Spitze auch etwas müde ist und ihm das Gewinnen schwerer fällt als auch schon.»
Vor zwei Jahren war Marcos Baghdatis, ein geborener Entertainer, an den Swiss Indoors der Publikumsliebling. Ob es ihm auch diese Woche gelingt, die Basler Zuschauer so trefflich zu unterhalten, ist für den Zyprioten nebensächlich. «Siegen ist das Wichtigste», sagt er vor der heutigen Erstrundenpartie gegen den Spanier Albert Montanes (ATP 48 ). Konzentration auf das Wesentliche ist in seiner Situation sicher nicht falsch, zumal Erfolg nie schaden kann, wenn einer versucht, Enthusiasmus und Spielfreude wiederzufinden.

Adrian Ruch

11-03-2007, 07:27 PM
Although I got only the gist of it, thanks Eden. :hatoff:

11-13-2007, 12:11 AM
A few days ago Yiannos (Marcos' coach) gave an interview to the Cypriot newspaper Simerini.

He speaks about his well-established cooperation with Marcos. Yiannos also reveals Marcos' practice schedule during the off-season, 2008 tournament schedule (till the start of clay season) and objectives for 2008.

Link: (Simerini - Sunday, November 11, 2007 - in greek)


12-27-2007, 06:03 PM
Link: Simerini - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - in greek)

Yesterday in Dubai, Marcos started his preparation in a very intensive style

Hatjigeorgiou: "We have to work hard to achieve our goals"

Journalist: Argyris Argyros

Though Christmas and New Year's Eve are a period of relaxing for most people, for the tennis players is a period of hard training in order to get ready for the upcoming tournaments and therefore achieve their goals. Same for Marcos Baghdatis, the best Cypriot tennis player, who has given to the Cypriot fans so much joy and reasons ... to be proud. :confused:
Marcos Baghdatis and his coach Yiannos Hatjigeorgiou are in Dubai (since December 15), where they are in the last stage of the praparation for the upcoming new year. Marcos has changed the schedule for his first tournament in 2008 and instead of going to Doha in Qatar, has chosen to play in Chennai in India (tournament begining December 31, 2007). Last time Marcos played in Chennai was in 2005, with the same coach, Yiannos Hatjigeorgiou, he made there a first round exit (he lost to Nicolas Devilder 1-2 set). Then he reached in an impressive style the last 16 at Australian Open losing to Roger Federer.
Marcos Baghdatis' schedule is intensive practice in Dubai until the end of this week, return to Cyprus for two days (with Mr. Hatjigeorgiou) to spend Christmas with their families, then departure for Chennai, their first tournament of the year. Then, from India they will go straight to Melbourne, to continue their preparation for the first grand slam of the year. This year, Australian Open begins on January 14, 2008.

Special preparation

This year Australians changed the surface, the rebound ace, and the new surface is more similar to that of US Open. For this reason Mr. Hatjigeorgiou has chosen Dubai for their preparations, on surfaces similar to the ones in Australia, so that Marcos be familiar with them the soonest he can. In addition, the choice of Dubai was made so that our tennis player to be familiar with the high temperatures he will meet in Melbourne. Mr. Hatjigeorgiou told us that the temperature in Dubai is around 30 C these days.
Marcos came from a many days preparation for his fitness at the mountains of France and feels very well, only his legs are heavy. Yiannos Hatjigeorgiou, Marcos Baghdatis coach, told us from Dubai where he is now "We continue the preparation for his fitness and in the same time we will work on technical matters, like his service, the approach to the net, Marcos' aggressiveness in the game. There are matters which we have to see how well they work during the practice and then we will apply them in the matches. Fortunately, until now everything is going well and there is not any kind of problem. Marcos is well, he has a great desire for training and we must work very intensively to achieve our goals. In Australia especially, we want the best possible result, because this will help us for the coming tournaments, rising higher at the world ranking".
- We remind that Marcos finished 2007 ranked #16 at the world ranking with 1600 points, this year won one title (Zagreb) and reached the final twice (Marseille, Halle). We wish him, his titles in 2008 to be way more.

12-27-2007, 08:22 PM
Thanks getta :worship:

12-28-2007, 06:14 AM
Nice! Thanks fore the article!

04-09-2008, 03:55 PM
This is a good article from last month. Apologies if it was posted in another thread I didn't see it.
A little aplomb would go a long way for Baghdatis
By Ravi Ubha
Special to
March 10, 2008

Marcos Baghdatis was in Las Vegas last week, which was only fitting. After all, he wouldn't look out of place captivating an audience, perhaps as a comedian, at some gargantuan hotel on the strip.

The flamboyant Cypriot, of course, was instead taking part in the Tennis Channel Open, home to a modest field while the big boys were in Dubai. Like a few others in the draw -- Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, Guillermo Canas and Robby Ginepri -- Baghdatis was trying to jump start his career.

Even though the 22-year-old fan favorite has already played in some of the tour's most memorable matches in recent seasons, he's lacked consistency since beginning a run of unlikely Australian Open finalists and is onto his third coach in less than a year. The talent is there, though Baghdatis admits it's between the ears where he's partly struggled.

"I think I play pretty good tennis, and it's not a matter of tennis, it's a matter of the head and confidence,'' said Baghdatis, ranked a seemingly disproportionate 18th. "I think that if I work on that, like I'm doing now, getting more consistent, I'll start missing a bit less and win more. I'm getting there. I think it's just a matter of time before I play better and better and get to the top 10.''

His confidence took a bit of a dip when Yiannos Hadjigeorgiou quit as his coach, citing personal reasons, early in February. Hadjigeorgiou, who mentored Baghdatis and forged a bond with him as a youngster, remains Cyprus' Davis Cup captain, so the two, still on good terms, will continue to bump into each other. He only replaced Guillaume Peyre, the man by Baghdatis' side during his Melbourne adventure in 2006, last spring.

Baghdatis showed up in Nevada with Mehdi Daouki, a product of Patrick Mouratoglou's academy just outside Paris, where he continues to train. Mouratoglou described the Moroccan, a coach at the academy for about two years, as energetic, motivated and a hard worker. He was the first guy Baghdatis thought of.

Filling the void quick was important. Mouratoglou acknowledged Baghdatis is one of those players who needs to be content off court to excel on it.

"I'm feeling great, and I feel much better,'' said Baghdatis. "I want to play tennis more now than I wanted to before.''

He widely confessed he found it hard to deal with increased expectations in 2006, and in his next visit to Melbourne, was gone with barely a whimper. Former junior foe Gael Monfils knocked him out in the second round, inflicting a dreaded bagel in the fourth and final set.

He has limitless talent, but to date Baghdatis has registered just two career titles.

"Marcos is unbelievably complex,'' Mouratoglou said. "Every time you expect something, he's doing something different. I think the person that's with him every day for 15 hours is so important, because if this person brings more confidence, more will, more enthusiasm, that's better for Marcos.''

Having a little extra will and confidence might make the difference when it counts.

Since Oz 2006, where he topped Croat Ivan Ljubicic in five sets in the quarterfinals and went the distance in defeating Argentine David Nalbandian a round later, rallying from two sets down, Baghdatis has lost some tight encounters on tennis's biggest stages.

Hampered by cramps and perhaps the raucous New York crowd, he fell to Andre Agassi in five sets in the second round at the U.S. Open two years ago; at Wimbledon last summer, this time in the quarterfinals, Baghdatis was on the wrong end of a five-hour, five-set epic against Novak Djokovic; and in the third round of this season's Australian Open, there was more five-set misery.

Baghdatis went down to Hewitt in five sets and nearly five hours after smiling himself back into the match when it appeared he was out of it in the fourth. (Baghdatis' mind might have been on other things against Hewitt. An old video was unearthed days before, showing him chanting anti-Turkish slogans, which led some to criticism.) His encounter with Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semis two years ago, another defeat, was arguably the highlight of the fortnight.

Baghdatis' high-risk game -- he hits the ball flat, with not much clearance over the net, and goes for the line -- isn't so much the problem, according to Mouratoglou. He needs to show the intensity all year, as in, not only at the majors.

Heading into Las Vegas, Baghdatis, inside the top 10 for two months in 2006, exited in the first round twice in four tournaments this campaign. Ginepri ousted him in the second round.

"On the other tournaments, maybe the not so important ones for him, he doesn't win because it's not important enough for him, and this hurts him in the end because on those so close and important matches, the confidence that he didn't take in the smaller tournaments -- that can make him lose,'' Mouratoglou said.

Baghdatis claims to be spending more time on the practice court, which can only help. If he makes a few improvements, such as transitioning to the net better and then putting away the volley, he should ascend the rankings with ease, said Barry Cowan, a former British pro and now a commentator for Sky Sports.

The next 12 to 15 months will prove vital, he added.

"The talent he has, the way he strikes a ball, the way he serves, he has that no-fear attitude, there's no reason why he can't get inside the top 10,'' Cowan said. "He certainly is an engaging character, which is why I think it was so good that he did well not only at the Australian Open two years ago but at Wimbledon as well.''

05-26-2008, 02:08 PM
The presser after today's match. Very disappointing of course but no mention of the back injury. :shrug:

Q. Good morning, Marcos. Three sets against this Italian player. Did you expect it to be all that difficult?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No. Had I been expecting that I wouldn't have come to play. But I have not played for quite a while, so it was difficult for me to come back.

But I was lacking practice and matches. I was not making the appropriate choices at the right time. And even though the result shows he had an easy win, I think I had some opportunities in the first set, also in the second set when I had a break point at 4‑3.

But that's the way it is. That's tennis. But this guy, he played his match, and he played better than I did today.

Q. So what are you going to do next?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Well, I don't know. I think I'll go to Wimbledon. I'll talk about it with my coach later on.

THE MODERATOR: Any other questions?

Q. It's a disappointment, losing here in Paris at Roland Garros, a tournament that you like?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yes, of course it's a disappointment. Yes.

Q. It wasn't easy for you to have that draw against this player after such a long absence?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yes. But, you know, all players play good tennis. Then, as I said earlier, I haven't played enough so far, and even if the result is 6‑2, 6‑4, 6‑2 is hard, I had some opportunities in the first and in the second set.

I made wrong decisions, and this is what made the difference. He played more tournaments than I did so he had confidence. He shot the ball very well. He was fit. That made the difference, and this is why today I lost.

Q. What is your next objective?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Go to Wimbledon. I don't know if I'll play a Challenger next week, but I'll definitely go to Wimbledon.

Q. But is it a good comeback for you anyway?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yes, I had good ‑‑ I felt good on the court. I wanted to play, but the problem is I didn't know what to do. Sometimes the ball was arriving. I didn't know how to play it. So it's a bit of a problem, you know, when you play at such a level not knowing how to play a ball. It's a bit difficult.

Q. Is it for lack of matches or because of your opponent?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Both. I can't say I didn't do anything. He played very well. He has a beautiful forehand and he played a beautiful match. But as I said, I had opportunities.

I was leading 30‑Love in the first set and I lost. I was not aggressive enough, because I'm lacking practice at the moment. But I'm not saying he didn't play well. He played well.

09-29-2008, 02:40 PM
I don't know if it was already posted before:

09-30-2008, 07:06 AM
In Le Républicain Lorrain:Baghdatis reprend son envol
Après s'être promené dans les rues messines, Marcos Baghdatis passe aux choses sérieuses, aujourd'hui, contre Ivo Karlovic. Pour un nouveau départ.

Le tube de Katy Perry résonne dans la berline allemande, Marcos Baghdatis reprend les paroles de I kissed a girl. Aux côtés de sa compagne, la Luxembourgeoise Mandy Minella qui, comme lui, joue au tennis (340e mondial au classement WTA), le Chypriote, détendu, part à la visite de Metz, entre deux entraînements, sous les objectifs des photographes. La gare, la cathédrale, les bords de la Moselle, le finaliste des Internationaux d'Australie 2007 apprécie. « C'est le jeu, c'est notre métier. Quand on le fait avec des gens sympa, comme ici, c'est agréable. Mais, parfois, c'est, comment dire, chiant : on nous prend pour des objets », raconte le natif de Limassol, qui se plaît à arpenter les rues messines.
Après la balade et la découverte de quelques bonnes tables, Marcos Baghdatis se replonge dans la compétition, aujourd'hui. Face à un client sérieux : Ivo Karlovic, la tête de série n°1. « Ce n'est pas un match facile, il sert bien. Il va falloir trouver la solution... » Fini, le bon temps. « Le stress monte un petit peu, avoue le Chypriote. Même si je commence à avoir un peu d'expérience. » Sa blessure au poignet oubliée, Marcos Baghdatis se sent à nouveau en pleine possession de ses moyens physiques pour attaquer une saison indoor au cours de laquelle il aura des points à défendre, notamment à Bercy où il avait atteint le dernier carré il y a un an. « C'est l'un de mes meilleurs souvenirs au niveau de l'émotion. J'adore l'ambiance à Paris ! » Où il se sent comme chez lui.
Retombé à la 42e place du classement ATP après s'être hissé dans le top dix en 2006, l'ancien protégé de Guillaume Peyre remonte progressivement la pente. « Je sais comment repartir de zéro, je l'ai déjà fait », affirme sereinement ce charmant garçon, résolu à renouer au plus vite avec la victoire. « Mon objectif est de gagner des matches pour emmagasiner de la confiance en vue de l'année prochaine », lance Marcos Baghdatis, qui compte à peine vingt-trois matches à son compteur en 2008.
Le meilleur, il l'espère, est encore devant lui. Comme les Jeux, par exemple. S'il a dû renoncer à aller à Pékin à cause de cette blessure au poignet, Marcos Baghdatis rêve d'une « médaille olympique plutôt que d'un titre en Grand Chelem ». Un exploit qu'aucun de ses compatriotes n'a réalisé jusque-là. D'ici à Londres 2012, l'ancien pensionnaire de l'Académie parisienne de Mouratoglou a le temps de reconquérir le devant de la scène. « Je n'ai que vingt-trois ans... »
Maxime RODHAIN.He visits the city of Metz with Mandy and poses for the photographers. He means it's part of his job. When people are nice, like here, it's fun. Sometimes it sucks and he feels treated like an object.
He's starting to feel a bit nervous about his 1st round match. He feels completely fit, but he'll have a lot of points to defend during the indoor season since he reached the semi in Bercy. "One of my best memories. I love the atmosphere in Paris!" He feels like home there.
Once in the top 10, he's now ranked #42, but sounds serene. "I know how to start from the scratch again. I've already done it."
Winning an Olympic medal is a bigger dream for him than winning a Grand Slam title. He would be the first Cypriot to do it. He's got time to achieve it. "I'm only 23 years old..."

10-02-2008, 07:04 AM
And in Le Républicain Lorrain today:Enfant, vous faisiez quoi : lecture, sport, télévision ? «Je faisais du sport, on n'avait pas la télé à la maison. J'étais tout le temps dehors avec copains pour jouer au foot.»
Un endroit où passer les vacances ? «Aujourd'hui, quand j'ai du temps libre, je vais voir ma copine ou mes parents. On a tellement une vie de dingue que je préfère aller voir les gens que j'aime.»
Quelle boisson pour s'amuser ou fêter un événement ? «Du Chivas : la boisson énergétique de l'équipe chypriote de Coupe Davis.»
Un surnom ? «Grosse tête de bœuf... ou Tarzan.»
Avez-vous des manies ou tics particuliers ? «Je me ronge les ongles.»
Plutôt brunes ou blondes ? «Celles qui ont du caractère.»
Le meilleur souvenir en tennis ? «Ma finale, l'année dernière, aux Internationaux d'Australie.»
Un homme important pour vous ? «Une femme, je dirais ma mère.»
Ce que vous aimez le moins dans le monde ? «La guerre.»
La question à laquelle vous n'aimez pas répondre ? «Quand tu va jouer Federer ou Nadal et que l'on te demande si tu n'as pas l'impression qu'il est au-dessus de toi. Si tu le crains, tu ne rentres pas sur le court, non ?»As a kid, were you more: doing sports, reading or watching TV? Sports, we had no TV at home. I was spending all my time outside with my friends playing football.
A place to go on holiday? When I have some free time today, I spend it with my gf or my parents. Our life is so crazy that I prefer to go to the people I love.
A drink to have fun or celebrate something? Chivas: the energizing drink of the cypriot Davis Cup team.
Nickname? “Grosse tête de boeuf” (big ox head? I don’t know how to translate that!)… or Tarzan.
Do you have odd habits? I bite my nails.
Blondes or brunettes? Girls with character.
Your best memory in tennis? My final at the Australian Open last year (sic).
An important man for you? My mother, I would say my mother.
What do you dislike the most in the world? War.
The question you don't like to answer? When you’re going to play against Federer or Nadal and you’re asked if you feel like they’re a level above you. If you’re afraid of them, you won’t even step on the court, will you?

10-03-2008, 03:05 AM
And in Le Républicain Lorrain today:As a kid, were you more: doing sports, reading or watching TV? Sports, we had no TV at home. I was spending all my time outside with my friends playing football.
A place to go on holiday? When I have some free time today, I spend it with my gf or my parents. Our life is so crazy that I prefer to go to the people I love.
A drink to have fun or celebrate something? Chivas: the energizing drink of the cypriot Davis Cup team.
Nickname? “Grosse tête de boeuf” (big ox head? I don’t know how to translate that!)… or Tarzan.
Do you have odd habits? I bite my nails.
Blondes or brunettes? Girls with character.
Your best memory in tennis? My final at the Australian Open last year (sic).
An important man for you? My mother, I would say my mother.
What do you dislike the most in the world? War.
The question you don't like to answer? When you’re going to play against Federer or Nadal and you’re asked if you feel like they’re a level above you. If you’re afraid of them, you won’t even step on the court, will you?

:awww: especially at the last answer.

Also thanks for posting the picture Fran. You have such a beautiful country :)

11-15-2008, 11:55 PM
Baghdatis is switching academies!

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Σάββατο, 15 Νοέμβριος 2008 19:12 Νέα των Ανδρών

O Μάρκος Παγδατής μετά την αναγκαστική του απόσυρση από το BNP Paribas Masters, λόγω τραυματισμού, πέρασε ένα μήνα δοκιμαστικά στην Lagardere Academy στο Παρίσι.

Με το τέλος της περιόδου αυτή, ο Μάρκος θα αποφασίσει εάν θα φύγει από την Mouratoglou Tennis Academy για την Lagardere Academy, που είναι εταίροι της Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy στη Florida.

Παρόλο που ο Μάρκος δεν είναι 100% εντάξει με την πλάτη του, αυτό δεν τον εμποδίζει να προπονείται κανονικά.

this article can be found on the front page of

11-17-2008, 06:40 PM
I don't understand the greek but I suppose it deals with the fact that he could join Lagardere team ? To be honest I will be quite surprised if it was true but maybe after all, Lagardere Team have annonced some surprises.

11-17-2008, 07:06 PM
I was looking for an English version, but I couldn't find one. Getta sent me a PM saying that there was an english version on marcos's website, but i couldn't find it. I searched google news and i couldn't find it. sorry :sad:

11-17-2008, 07:13 PM
I don't understand the greek but I suppose it deals with the fact that he could join Lagardere team ? To be honest I will be quite surprised if it was true but maybe after all, Lagardere Team have annonced some surprises.

Especially for you. :)

Baghdatis au Team Lagardère ?
Par Jérémy Alen, lundi 17 novembre 2008 à 10:37

D'après nos informations, il semblerait que Marcos Bagdhatis soit tout prêt de rejoindre le Team Lagardère. Alors qu'il a vécu une saison difficile, le Chypriote aurait visiblement décidé de changer d'horizon. La date d''officialisation de sa venue dans le Team n'est pas connue à ce jour.

11-17-2008, 07:16 PM
Thanks. It's exactly by this article I learned about this rumour with Lagardere Team and I suppose the greek article is the same and there is few understandable words in the greek one.

11-17-2008, 07:17 PM
I was looking for an English version, but I couldn't find one. Getta sent me a PM saying that there was an english version on marcos's website, but i couldn't find it. I searched google news and i couldn't find it. sorry :sad:

It was there until yesterday. Fortunately, I saved it. I'll post it here.

"Since playing his last event of the season at the BNP Paribas Masters, where he was forced to concede due to injury in the third set against Sam Querrey, Marcos is on a one-month trial at the Lagardere Academy in Paris.

After completing the one-month trial, Marcos will decide if he would like to transfer to the Lagardere Academy, which is a partner of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, and leave his former Mouratoglou Tennis Academy.

During the final part of the ATP season, Marcos struggled with a back injury that first surfaced in Metz. The good news is that, while his back is not 100%, he is doing well and his back is not holding him back from his tennis practice and physical conditioning."

11-17-2008, 07:29 PM
^^Thanks, Getta.

11-18-2008, 09:18 PM
Hagealauer from Lagardere Team annonces that it should be offcial very soon. They are still discussing but normally Marcos should join Lagardere. Waiting the official annonce now.

11-19-2008, 07:26 AM
I already posted it in GM, but I'm not sure everybody reads that thread:
It's in L'Equipe too today, it's official with the Team Lagardère and he will be coached by Olivier Soulès there. So no Lundgren anymore.

(I've lost track of the players Soulès has already coached with the usual musical chairs in French tennis, I just remember he was working with Llodra and Mahut not long ago.)

12-01-2008, 07:16 PM
It is official. Marcos will work with Olivier Soules, according to christos' website, Here is the article:
Ο Olivier Soules, πρώην προπονητής του Nicolas Mahut, θα είναι ο νέος προπονητής του Μάρκου Παγδατή. Ο Μάρκος μετά από τις πολλές ατυχίες του στο 2008 από τραυματισμούς, έχει επενδύσει πάνω σον Olivier Soules για μια ανάκαμψη.

Ο Μάρκος ξεκίνησε από το Νο 16 στην αρχή του 2008 για να τερματίσει στο Νο 99 στο τέλος του χρόνου μετά από τραυματισμούς στον καρπό και στην πλάτη.

Καλή επιτυχία Μάρκο.

12-11-2008, 10:09 PM
go Baggy fans

vote for him in favourite player contest :)

12-11-2008, 11:13 PM
^An article about Baghdatis. Basically it says that he thinks he can be world number 1, and that he got a WC for Brisbane, and that he is good enough to be number1 by the end of 2009. That would be great if he could do that:banana:

12-11-2008, 11:43 PM
Andreas, stop posting articles in Greek that no-one can read them but Greek native speakers.
You have to translate them. :smash:

Here we go. :D,,24756599-10389,00.html

Marcos Baghdatis all smiles about Brisbane comeback

By Paul Malone
December 05, 2008 11:00pm

MARCOS Baghdatis is coming to Brisbane to get "the machine" humming once again and on the road back to the elite of world tennis.

The smile is the first thing most Australian tennis fans associate with Baghdatis, who is in Paris trying to reassemble the pieces of a career derailed by a back injury.

The 2006 Australian Open runner-up has tried to keep the wide, toothy grin on his face in the past few months as a disc problem sent his ranking tumbling to No. 98 - 82 places worse than when he played one of Melbourne Park's most famous matches last summer.

Baghdatis, 23, was told this week he would receive a wildcard to the Brisbane International, which runs from January 4-11 to open the Queensland Tennis Centre.

He said he tried not even to think of his last visit to Australia, in which a YouTube video of the Cypriot chanting a slogan with friends at a backyard party in Melbourne led to a Turkish community leader's call for him to be deported.

"It's been a tough year with three injuries and it was a positive thing to have them all in the same year - I'm looking forward to a new year," Baghdatis said from his training base in Paris.

"It's just the way I am, to smile, and how I learnt to play tennis. It's my personality - how I am in my life.

"I don't know if it's difficult or not, what I have to do now.

"It's the first time it has happened to me.

"Maybe I'll come back (to the top 20).

"Maybe not.

"I'm dying to play a match.

"The most important thing is to play some matches and get the machine working again - get a feel for the game because I played not so many matches."

The Brisbane wildcard was recognition of his status as a drawcard at Australian tournaments, no matter that he could attempt to play only four events since June, retiring from matches in three of those four.

Deprived of the seeding protection he has had at tournaments for the past two years, Baghdatis could be drawn at Tennyson in a first or second-round match against either of the event's top-10 drawcards, Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"I think I'm ready for anybody," he said.

"Sometimes all you need is to win one or two good matches and it can change the year.

"It's good to not think about forcing things.

"The thing is: I'm trying to come back, pushing myself to be positive."

Baghdatis said he was encouraged by how he felt in an off-season of change.

He has hired new fitness advisers and a new coach, Olivier Soules, and moved to another tennis academy in Paris.

"For the moment, I'm really positive," he said.

"I'm practising normally now, as I was before the problem.

"Brisbane will be my first tournament (since late October). I picked Brisbane because I wanted to go to Australia early this time."

Baghdatis said he been told good things about the Gold Coast and its women's tournament, which was merged by Tennis Australia with its Adelaide men's event to form the Brisbane International.

"I heard it's a nice centre in Brisbane," he said.

The last time Baghdatis played a match in Australia, he left in tears after a five-set Australian Open loss to Lleyton Hewitt, which was extraordinary in that it finished at 4.34am.

"It was a very painful memory - about everything that happened in Australia last year, mostly what happened off court," Baghdatis said.

"I don't want to talk about it.

"For me, it's like I didn't play in Australia last year."

Early in the Australian Open, media were alerted to the existence of a YouTube video in which he was seen chanting slogans at a party on a previous visit with Greek soccer supporters from Melbourne he knew.

"You grow up when things like that happen," Baghdatis said.

"Like I always say, I love Australia and the people there.

"That doesn't change and I'm happy to come back."

Tennis players thrive on just doing what they do every day.

Baghdatis, criticised strongly by some Australian media pundits, must have been the first player to issue a prepared statement at a Grand Slam, citing a United Nations position on a past conflict.

On the other burning issue from his last trip to Australia, Baghdatis believes Australian Open organisers need to act to prevent the number of post-1am finishes the event has had.

"After 9.30pm you have to think really hard about it (letting a match go on court)," he said.

"I can't tell you a time, but for sure, not at 11.30 at night."

Venus Williams refused to budge from court at the Australian Open's "Supersized Saturday", in which a day session ran late.

Williams threatened consequences for the tournament if they moved her match to another court to make way for Hewitt and Baghdatis.

The men started reluctantly at 11.49pm.

It's the clout which Baghdatis wouldn't mind having at his disposal at big tournaments again.

They scheduled him prominently after his dream run at the 2006 Australian Open in which he beat three top-10 players - Andy Roddick, Ivan Ljubicic and David Nalbandian - before shaking Roger Federer early in a four-set final.

That success helps to stoke a cheery belief in the crowd-pleasing Cypriot, no matter his ranking of No. 98, which surfaced when he was asked which player would be ranked No. 1 at the end of 2009.

"Me," he said without a laugh.

"If things go well for me, I can do it.

"Why not?"

12-12-2008, 12:09 AM,21985,24782823-3162,00.html

Tough year for Marcos Baghdatis

Paul Malone
December 11, 2008 12:00am

MARCOS Baghdatis is returning to Australia to jump start his stalled tennis career.

The 2006 Australian Open runner-up has been laid low by a back injury that has seen his world ranking tumble to No. 98 - 82 places higher than at Melbourne Park last summer.

Baghdatis, 23, this week received a wildcard into the Brisbane International from January 4-11.

"It's been a tough year with three injuries - I'm looking forward to a new year," Baghdatis said from Paris.

"It's just the way I am, to smile, and how I learnt to play tennis. It's my personality - how I am in my life.

"I don't know if it's difficult or not, what I have to do now. It's the first time it's happened to me. Maybe I'll come back (to the top 20). Maybe not.

"I'm dying to play a match. The most important thing is to play some matches and get the machine working again -- get a feel for the game because I played not so many matches."

Baghdatis has played only four events since June, retiring from matches in three of those.

Deprived of any seeding protection in Brisbane, he could be drawn to meet either of the event's top-10 drawcards, Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in the opening rounds.

"I think I'm ready for anybody. Sometimes all you need is to win one or two good matches and it can change the year," Baghdatis said.

"It's good to not think about forcing things. The thing is I'm trying to come back, pushing myself to be positive.

"Brisbane will be my first tournament (since late October). I picked Brisbane because I wanted to go to Australia early this time."

The last time Baghdatis played in Australia, he left in tears after a five-set Australian Open loss to Lleyton Hewitt which was extraordinary in that it finished at 4.34am.

"It was a very painful memory," he said.

Baghdatis said Australian Open organisers needed to act to prevent the high number of post-1am finishes at the event.

"After 9.30pm you have to think really hard about it (letting a match go on court)," he said. "I can't tell you a time, but for sure, not at 11.30 at night."

The Hewitt-Baghdatis match began at 11.49pm after the day session ran late and Venus Williams refused to have her night match, which preceded the men's clash, shifted to another court.

12-12-2008, 12:13 AM
sorry. next time i will use a translator, or try to find the article in english. sorry but i am in a hurry because i have a big essay in english class due tomorrow.

12-12-2008, 12:17 AM

Hagelauer: "Baghdatis ? Irréprochable"
08/12/2008 - 14:48

Un peu moins de trois semaines après son arrivée au Team Lagardère, Marcos Baghdatis semble bien intégré au sein de la structure chère à Arnaud Lagardère. Patrice Hagelauer, responsable technique du Team, estime ainsi, sur le site officiel de la structure, que le Chypriote "possède un état d'esprit formidable, il est vraiment aimé de tous", avant d'ajouter "Marcos est irréprochable, il va beaucoup nous apporter !"


Good to hear that after three weeks of training at TeamLagardere, Patrice Hagelauer (technical staff responsible for TL) said about Marcos:

"Marcos shows a fantastic spirit and became loved by everyone here. He's a player of impeccably good character and he will bring us a lot of class." :worship:

12-12-2008, 03:00 AM
sorry. next time i will use a translator, or try to find the article in english. sorry but i am in a hurry because i have a big essay in english class due tomorrow.

good luck then

thanks for the articles Getta :yeah:
I really hope Marcos can show a huge comeback in 2009

12-18-2008, 07:24 PM
Baggy made the semis in Favourite Player of the Year:D

go vote for him to push him to the final :music:

12-18-2008, 09:42 PM
i voted for him :)

12-20-2008, 07:14 PM
i voted for him :)

Me too :dance:

12-29-2008, 02:56 PM,,24854221-10389,00.html

Marcos Baghdatis hunts return win at Rafter Arena

By Paul Malone
December 29, 2008 11:00pm

SUPER-fit Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis says he hopes to pull off a comeback title win at the Brisbane International at the new Queensland Tennis Centre.

Back pain has forced Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open runner-up, to retire from matches in his last three tournaments in which his ranking fell 82 places to No. 98.

But the crowd-pleasing player, who received the first wildcard into the Brisbane International which starts on Sunday, said at Tennyson yesterday his back was "perfect" after six weeks training in Paris.

Baghdatis looks trimmer than on his last visit to the Australian Open, which ended in a five-set loss to Lleyton Hewitt.

A one-hour practice seemed to indicate disc soreness in his back had not been aggravated by a long-haul flight from Paris.

Asked what would be a good tournament for him in Brisbane, Baghdatis said: "I hope to win it.

"The most important thing is to play some matches and get a feel for the game because I haven't played matches."

Baghdatis, deprived of seeding protection, could be drawn at Tennyson in the first or second round against either of the event's two top-10 male stars, Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"I think I'm ready for anybody. Sometimes all you need is to win one or two good matches and it can change the year," he said.

Baghdatis, 23, hired new fitness advisers and a new coach, Olivier Soules, and moved to another tennis academy in Paris.

"I need a lot of physical preparation and that's what I'm working on," he said.

"I picked Brisbane (to start the season) because I wanted to go to Australia early this time."

Another Paris-based player, Brisbane International seventh seed Richard Gasquet, has been coached for six months by Guillaume Peyre, who was let go by Baghdatis in mid-2007.

Gasquet, ranked No. 25, said he had done the right thing for his tennis by finishing up with Eric Deblicker, the coach who took him to the top 10.

"I had been working him for four years and it was time for a change," Gasquet said.

The new Pat Rafter Arena will not have Hawk-Eye technology in place for its maiden tournament next week or have a giant video screen, tournament director Steve Ayles has confirmed.

The 5500-seat stadium is wired for the line-calling system, but Ayles said the system's provider was not able to provide services for the tournament because it had a booking to operate at Sydney's Medibank International.

"We hope to have Hawk-Eye working at our second tournament," Ayles said.

12-29-2008, 03:02 PM,,24854357-5001023,00.html

Baghdatis ready to take on all-comers

By Paul Malone
December 30, 2008 12:00am,,6418686,00.jpg

Fit and ready to go...Marcos Baghdatis.

A SUPER-FIT Marcos Baghdatis says he has arrived in Brisbane with hopes of pulling off a stunning comeback title at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open runner-up, had to retire with back pain from matches in his last three tournaments of a season in which his ranking fell 82 places to No. 98.

But the crowd-pleasing Cypriot, who received the first wildcard into the Brisbane International which starts on Sunday, said yesterday his back was "very good, perfect" after a six-week training period in Paris.

Baghdatis looks trimmer than on his last visit to the Australian Open which ended in a five-set loss to Lleyton Hewitt and a one-hour practice seemed to indicate disc soreness in his back had not been aggravated by a long flight from Paris.

Asked what would be a good tournament for him in Brisbane, Baghdatis said: "I hope to win it. The most important thing is to play some matches and get a feel for the game because I haven't played matches."

Baghdatis, deprived of the seeding protection, could be drawn in a first or second-round match against either of the event's two top-10 male stars, Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"I think I'm ready for anybody. Sometimes all you need is to win one or two good matches and it can change the year," he said.

Baghdatis, 23, hired new fitness advisers and a new coach, Olivier Soules, and moved to another tennis academy in Paris.

"I need a lot of physical preparation and that's what I'm working on," he said.

"I picked Brisbane (to start his season) because I wanted to go to Australia early this time."

Another Paris-based player, Brisbane Inter- national seventh seed Richard Gasquet, has been coached for six months by Guillaume Peyre, who was let go by Baghdatis in mid-2007.

Gasquet, ranked No. 25, said he had done the right thing for his tennis by terminating the services of Eric Deblicker, the coach who took him to the top 10.

"I had been working him for four years and it was time for a change," Gasquet said.

Meanwhile, the new Pat Rafter Arena will not have Hawk-Eye technology in place for its maiden tournament next week or have a giant video screen, tournament director Steve Ayles said.

The 5500-seat stadium is wired for the line-calling system, but Ayles said the system's provider would not provide services for the tournament because it has a booking to operate at Sydney's Medibank International, which starts on January 11.

12-30-2008, 03:52 AM
Thanks, Getta :)

What place is the picture in your signature?

12-30-2008, 03:59 AM
What place is the picture in your signature?

Orkney Islands.

01-01-2009, 12:25 AM,0.jpg

Marcos Baghdatis addresses the media after a training session on the all-new Rafter Arena centre court in Brisbane.
Photo: Scott Casey

Baghdatis banks on Brisbane for comeback

Scott Casey | December 30, 2008 - 3:49PM

The 2006 Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis has shaken off a back injury to resume his career at the inaugural Brisbane International starting Sunday.

The "Smiling Cypriot" has won a wildcard entry for the tournament, the first event to be staged at the new 5000-seat Rafter Arena.

Baghdatis, who arrived earlier this week from Paris, is acclimatising to the sweltering conditions far from his training ground of wintertime France.

"It's a bit warmer ... 30 degrees warmer," he said.

"But that's why I came early, to give myself one week in front of me to prepare. It's my second day here and I feel better than yesterday so we will see how it goes.

"I feel really happy being on the court again. I didn't spend much time on court last year so it's a pleasure coming back and feeling physically fit.

The 23-year-old has just finished six weeks of training to overcome the back injury which has cut his blossoming career short.

"I have no more pain - everything is perfect," he said.

"I worked on it a lot in the off season and last year when I had a lot of time off. I mainly worked on my back and I'm feeling much better."

The Pat Rafter Arena will be christened with the tournament and Baghdatis says the facilities are the equal of the courts in Melbourne where he will compete in the Australian Open in mid-January.

"I love playing here. The people are friendly they are not stressful and that's the pleasure of being here," he said.

Tournament director Steve Ayles said the venue was ready for the tournament, despite missing the usual large video screens above the court and the high tech line-calling "Hawk-Eye".

"We've got a brand new venue, a first class facility and Hawke-Eye is something we will look at in the future," he said.

Only one provider operates the Hawk-Eye system in Australia and it is currently working on Sydney's set up for the Medibank International tournament, starting January 9.

Mr Ayles said players at the Brisbane International would be well prepared for the Australian Open by the $80 million Brisbane stadium.

"The most important part is providing the same ball bounce, the same surface, the same environment climate - everything is the same for the players and we have provided that here." he said.

Baghdatis says that he will forego any New Year's Eve partying for a quiet night with his dad.

"Last night I went to sleep at 8.30 so no partying. Maybe my father will come over," he said.

01-01-2009, 12:31 AM

01-01-2009, 12:41 AM

Don't mention it. ;)

Baghdatis eyeing top honours in Brisbane

December 30, 2008 - 5:17PM

Popular Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis is back from injury and is eyeing off top honours at the inaugural Brisbane International tennis tournament.

The world No.98, who was once ranked No.8, is not just determined to claw his way back to a top 20 spot after an injury-plagued year - his ultimate goal is to secure a top-five ranking.

"I feel happy being on court again ... I feel fitter than ever," Baghdatis told reporters on Tuesday.

"It was a bad year, and I want to forget about it and just try to come back and get to the top 20.

"My objective is to get to the top five once in my lifetime - so that's what I'll try to do."

The 23-year-old won the hearts of Australians after making it to the final of the 2006 Australian Open, before losing to champion Roger Federer in four sets.

He acknowledges the crowd support, which he credits to Greek and Cypriot patriotism and the Australian laid-back approach to life.

"All Australians are pretty cool, pretty nice, I love coming back every year," he said.

At 182cm and weighing 82kg, the right-hander is looking fit and healthy, but aside from the other players, the hot Australian summer could prove to be stiff competition.

The Cypriot had to stop and rest a few times during his warm up inside Rafter Arena at the new Queensland Tennis centre.

"It's a bit more warmer (than home) ... that's why I came early to have one week in front of me to prepare," he said.

"It's my second day here, so I feel a bit better than yesterday, so I'll see how it goes.

"I'm pretty happy I'm here, so I'll try to win some matches, and why not to win the tournament, that's my goal."

Although he's in Australia for the festive season, Baghdatis' determination to win and regain his place at the top of the rankings, means he won't be partying this New Year's Eve.

Instead opting to visit his dad and grandmother in Sydney.

After the Brisbane International, which starts on January 4, Baghdatis will play at Kooyong before the Australian Open.

The men's draw boasts Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marcos Baghdatis, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet and Mardy Fish while the women's draw features Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova and Australia's own Sam Stosur and Jarmila Gajdosova.

01-01-2009, 02:11 AM
its so great to see Baggy smiling again, hope he'll have lots of reason in 2009 to keep doing so :worship:

Happy new year Baggy supporters, may all of you stay healthy and your wishes come true.


01-01-2009, 02:19 AM
Happy New Year, Thomas. :D

Wish you a wonderful 2009. :hug:

01-06-2009, 10:45 AM

Baghdatis comeback stalls

Posted Mon Jan 5, 2009 4:02pm AEDT

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis's comeback stalled in the first round of the Brisbane International as he bowed out to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

The former world number eight looked in control as he took the first set but could do nothing to stop Nieminen as the Finn took the next two sets and the match 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

Baghdatis, who reached the Australian Open final in 2006, had a disrupted 2008 due to injury problems and was hoping to use the Brisbane International to launch his assault on the top 20.

But he said his lack of match fitness had shown against Nieminen, who at number 38 is ranked 60 places higher than the Cypriot.

He also said he could not blame his loss on a leg injury, despite calling for a trainer towards the end of the second set.

"I'm not match fit and I think I need to work on that in the next 15 days before my next tournament," he said.

"But... the way I'm hitting the ball is good, tactically maybe I can work on it a bit more, but that's all."

Baghdatis said a leg problem, which surfaced at 1-5 down in the second set, was due to tiredness.

The 23-year-old, a huge crowd favourite in Australia because of its large Cypriot and Greek communities, next plays at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, an eight-man round-robin invitational event held in the week before the Australian Open.

"That's why I choose to play there, because I'm sure I'm going to play two matches there," he said.

"Even if you lose you get to play two matches, and also play two great matches because your opponents are going to be tough and that's good, like today."

Baghdatis is still setting tough goals for the Australian Open, saying he wants to at least make the second week of the year's first grand slam.

"It depends also on the draw and a bit of luckiness," he said.

"Last year I had a tough draw - I hope this year I will be a bit more lucky and to see myself in the second week would be a good Australian Open."

01-06-2009, 05:09 PM,23739,24874728-10389,00.html

Marcos Baghdatis defeat a 'punch in the face' he needed

By Paul Malone
January 05, 2009 11:00pm,,6427370,00.jpg

PAINED ... Marcos Baghdatis reacts during his first-round loss
to Jarkko Nieminen at the Brisbane International.

COMEBACK player Marcos Baghdatis last night regarded his Brisbane International first-round loss as "the punch in the face" he needed.

In only his third ATP Tournament in the past six months, because of a wrist injury and then a disc problem in his back, Baghdatis was troubled by muscle fatigue in his left thigh for the last two sets of his 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 loss to Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

The 2006 Australian Open runner-up required treatment to his left leg after he lost the second set at Pat Rafter Arena.

Baghdatis said his serve had been impaired and he finished with 11 double faults and a 49 per cent accuracy with his first serves.

"I couldn't push off my left leg. It's because I'm not match fit," the former world No. 8 said.

"But it was a good fight, nearly two hours. It's good to get a punch in the face – it wakes you up.

"I was very tired. I don't know why – I was like an animal this (northern) winter. I had trouble sleeping with all the stress about playing again.

"I'm disappointed, but tomorrow I'll look at it that the year is long and I need to be patient. I hope to get some luck and make the second week of the Australian Open."

The 23-year-old Cypriot said he was glad he had accepted a spot in the AAMI Classic at Kooyong next week because it guaranteed him two matches before the Australian Open starts on Monday week.

Nieminen is a January hardcourt specialist, having been runner-up to France's Michael Llodra in Adelaide last year and the Auckland tournament winner in 2006.

01-09-2009, 11:26 PM

South Africa: Baghdatis to Bulk Up Court Time With Trip to SA Open

Mark Smit
8 January 2009

Johannesburg — FOR popular Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, playing in next month's South African Open tennis championship is as much an emergency measure as anything else.

Baghdatis, a popular figure on the world tour and who famously lost a fourth-round clash at the Australian Open against Roger Federer in 2005, is one of the top attractions for SA's first full ATP Tour event since 1995.

The tournament is at Montecasino from February 2-8.

Speaking yesterday from Melbourne, where he is playing in the popular Kooyong Invitational at the courts where the Australian Open used to be held before it moved to Melbourne Park, Baghdatis said that he needed a lot of time on court to get back into peak fitness as fast as possible after his injury-hit year in 2008.

"I would not normally play a tournament in the week after a Grand Slam," Baghdatis said.

"But after the back injury and the ankle I had a bad year last year and I need to start fast this year.

"To do that, I need to play a lot of matches."

He said he appeared to be over his injuries. "Basically I am feeling fit and healthy. Sometimes there are pains in the back but they are not a big problem. I need to play games so I can start feeling good on court and confident about being match fit."

Asked how he felt about playing at Johannesburg's punishing altitude (1760m) Baghdatis was short and to the point: "I haven't a clue. I have never played at that altitude before. I will be able to answer that question once I get there and start hitting a few balls."

He said he had felt good in his first-round match at the Brisbane International on Monday, although he lost in three sets -- 5-7 6-1 6-4 -- to Finn Jarkko Nieminen. Baghdatis got into that tournament as a wild card and he is now in Sydney for the Kooyong Invitational. "I felt good for the first one-and-a-half sets against Nieminen but then I got very tired," he said.

He was optimistic, however, that the newly launched ATP Tour, which has been divided into three segments and allows more time off for players, would help him by adding to his recovery time.

Looking ahead to the year's first Grand Slam at Melbourne Park, Baghdatis said he would regard making the second week of the Open as a major achievement.

"If I reach the second week I will be very happy because it will help me start the year well and make it easier to get back to the top," he said.

Asked whether he had trouble motivating himself again after all the injuries, he said simply: "It's my job to motivate myself and to play tennis. But it's not only a job. I love tennis.

"I have had so many good emotions over the years and have been involved in great matches against players like Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi. I have played in front of lovely crowds, like those at Melbourne Park.

"Those are fond memories that keep me going and I am now also looking forward to visiting SA for the first time.

"Looking at the draw for the South African Open I think it will be a great event," he said, "and I have heard the casino hotel is unbelievable."

He was aware there was a large expatriate Greek Cypriot community in Johannesburg and looked forward to meeting and spending time "with my countrymen".

"I am also ready to meet any opponent and win any match. I have played against all the other top players (Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, and Spaniard David Ferrer) and have had some wins, some defeats."

He realised that with his ranking in the high 90s he risked coming up against one of the top seeds in the first round.

"It would be tough to play a top player in the opening round, like I met Nieminen in Brisbane. But I just have to be patient and hope for some luck.

"Some players are easier than others but sometimes you need luck and hopefully I will have more luck this year."

Baghdatis said he had two tickets for the Soccer World Cup in SA in 2010 and, if he had time, he would be at some games. "Sure, why not? Soccer is my favourite sport outside tennis."

01-15-2009, 08:13 PM,21985,24917963-11088,00.html?from=public_rss

Marcos Baghdatis back in business

January 15, 2009 07:58pm

HE might have gone missing in action on Wednesday but on Thursday Marcos Baghdatis knew just where he was.

And it was in a place which hadn't been too familiar lately - winning a tennis match.

The Cypriot, who had the latter part of last season ruined by injuries, returned to some semblance of form on Thursday with a gritty 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 win over the fading Croat Ivan Ljubicic.

Baghdatis made an unspectacular beginning to his Kooyong Classic lead-up to the Australian Open, collapsing in straight sets to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka and he promised better in the next match.

It might have taken him his fourth match point to eventually bury Ljubicic, but the result was critical for him.

After Wednesday's drubbing he went back to Melbourne Park to work on his game and returned to Kooyong revitalised.
"Much more confident," Baghdatis said.

"Yesterday after the match I went back to Melbourne Park, had a hit for an hour-and-a-half, so that felt god and, I mean, I'm in the minute now.

"Now I play two matches here, one in Brisbane, I'm starting to feel good on court."

Baghdatis said his instincts had been sharpened and negative thoughts banished from his mind.

"Moving, moving, just make my game - not thinking - just being myself on court and I think that's the most important thing," he said.

One area which needs attention is his serve, he said.

"I have four days left to work on the serve so we will see how it goes these four days.

The infectious grin is back on his face as he described his victory as "very nice to tell you the truth, very nice."

"It feels great. Smile is back so it's a relief going into the Aussie Open, that's the most important thing."

While he was a little frustrated with Ljubicic fending off three successive match points and Baghdatis "stuck in the head a bit" the end result could provide the impetus he clearly needs to inflict damage next week.

01-15-2009, 09:41 PM
In Greek:
In English: ion%3Dcom_content%26view%3Darticle%26id%3D1586%3A----kooyong-classic-%26catid%3D77%3A2008-09-28-22-13-28%26Itemid%3D116&sl=el&tl=en&history_state0=

01-15-2009, 10:30 PM
In Greek:
In English: ion%3Dcom_content%26view%3Darticle%26id%3D1586%3A----kooyong-classic-%26catid%3D77%3A2008-09-28-22-13-28%26Itemid%3D116&sl=el&tl=en&history_state0=

Google's automated translation into English is worse than Marcos's English. And as we all know, Marcos has enough trouble with English. ;)

Anyway, this article is a brief summary of Marcos's interview after his match against Ivan Ljubicic:

By the way, thanks Andreas. :hug:

01-19-2009, 11:01 PM

Monday, 19 January 2009

Former runner-up Baghdatis feeling the pace

Former runner-up Marcos Baghdatis won a war of attrition against Frenchman Julien Benneteau to move into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday, but admitted he felt the pace.

The amiable Cypriot, a huge crowd favourite here, saw off Benneteau 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in stifling heat in front of a full house on Showcourt Two.

He said afterwards the conditions were among the worst he had experienced at the Australian Open, saying at one stage he felt like being physically ill.

"The sun, the sun, it's just very strong -- just even being out there, you cannot breathe," Baghdatis said.

"(But) that's a nice first round to have in those tough conditions, two hours 40 under the sun."

"It's a good way to start the tournament."

Baghdatis reached the final of the Open in 2006, where he lost to Roger Federer, and always enjoys fervent support from Melbourne's large Greek and Cypriot communities.

He gave them plenty to cheer about against Benneteau, who at number 48 is ranked 50 places above Baghdatis.

The Cypriot broke Benneteau three times in the first set while the Frenchman managed to break just once, despite Baghdatis only managing a 44 percent success rate with his first serve.

"Not so good, but I don't really care," he said about his poor serving.

"I'm happy I went through. I have one day to work on it (his serve) tomorrow. I'll try to work on it and get better."

"I cannot be perfect every day -- I think I need some matches."

Baghdatis stayed in the match thanks to the quality of his ground strokes -- he hit 28 forehand winners throughout the match and eight off the backhand, as well as winning 19 points at the net.

After the first set went for 53 minutes, the two players slugged it out in the second and went shot for shot, with neither able to assert his dominance.

Baghdatis had a break point in the 11th game but was unable to convert and it was no surprise when the set went to a tie-break.

The Cypriot jumped out to a 5-1 lead before Benneteau clawed his way back to 5-5 only to put a backhand into the net and give away a set point.

Baghdatis served a thundering ace to take the set and Benneteau's resistance was over.

Baghdatis broke Benneteau in the first and seventh games of the third set to go ahead 5-2 then served it out to take the match in two hours 42 minutes.

01-19-2009, 11:10 PM

Players Sweat it Out at Australian Open

Jan 18, 2009

Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus plays a forehand in his first round match against Julien Benneteau of France during day one of the 2009 Australian Open
at Melbourne Park. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE—Jelena Jankovic thought her feet were on fire and Marcos Baghdatis wanted to throw up as the opening day of the Australian Open turned into a battle of the fittest.

Australia's notorious summer sun made an unwelcome appearance on the opening day of the two-week tournament, forcing organisers to invoke their extreme heat policy within the first hour of play.

The women's and junior players were given 10-minute breaks between the second and third sets of their matches while all players were offered ice vests and bags of ice as the temperature climbed past 37 degrees Celcius (98.6 Fahrenheit).

Jankovic, the number one ranked woman in the world, said the ground was so hot during her first-round win over Yvonne Meusburger that she could feel the soles of her feet burning.

"One problem that I had was my feet were burning," the Serbian said. "The soles of my shoes got so hot.

"Probably you have seen in the changeovers I was putting my feet on ice, you know, kind of trying to cool it down."

Baghdatis, who made the Australian Open final three years ago, said the heat was so bad it made him feel sick.

"The conditions, the sun, it's just very strong," the Cypriot said after his win over Julien Benneteau of France.

"Just even being out there, you cannot breathe. I just wanted to puke."

The Australian Open has long been at the mercy of the weather as it is traditionally played in late January, the hottest time of the year.

Tournament organisers have developed their own policies, in conjunction with the men's and women's tour officials, to protect the players from the worst of the conditions.

The extreme heat policy is applied at the referee's discretion, allowing for longer breaks between sets and the use of ice vests.

In severe cases, when the temperature climbs above 40 degrees Celcius (104 Fahrenheit), officials can stop play altogether and order the closure of the roofs on the showcourts.

01-19-2009, 11:17 PM
In Greek-,el/

I found another web translator, but it is horrible, so I'll just post seperate Greek and English ones, or just English ones since almost every1/every1 knows English here.

01-22-2009, 03:11 AM

01-22-2009, 04:06 AM,20797,24945722-5002324,00.html?from=public_rss

Marcos Baghdatis' Open campaign picking up pace

January 21, 2009

CROWD favourite Marcos Baghdatis' Australian Open campaign is gathering steam after he upset No.16 seed Robin Soderling in the second round on Wednesday night.

The popular Cypriot, who made an entertaining run to the Open final in 2006, downed Sweden's Robin Soderling 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3.

It followed his straight sets first round win over Frenchman Julien Benneteau, continuing his strong record at Melbourne Park.

Baghdatis had entered the event in scratchy form and with his ranking having slumped to No.97, after an injury-riddled 2008.

He lost in the first round in Brisbane earlier this month and was also below his best in last week's Kooyong Classic, before hitting his straps in the grand slam event.

The 23-year-old next plays American 23rd seed Mardy Fish - who downed Italian Simone Bolelli in straight sets on Wednesday - in what will be their first career meeting.

01-22-2009, 04:13 AM


Baghdatis - showed fighting spirit.

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis kept his 2009 campaign alive with an impressive comeback victory over 16th seed Robin Soderling.

Baghdatis reached the 2006 Melbourne final, losing to Roger Federer, but has recently slipped to 97th in the world after an injury-hit period.

However, cheered on by his army of Greek-Cypriot fans, Baghdatis was able to dig himself out of a hole before winning his second-round match 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3.

The 23-year-old lost the first set and found himself a double break down in the second set after Soderling started like a train, his serve firing well.

However, the Swede is renowned for his fragile mental game and once his opponent managed to find a foothold, the momentum soon swung.

Baghdatis stormed back to level the match as Soderling's frustration grew and from there the Cypriot pushed on to record a four-set win.

He'll now place Mardy Fish for a place in the last 16.

01-22-2009, 04:16 AM,notebook-mediterranean-man-baghdatis-seduced-by-lamb.html

Mediterranean man Baghdatis seduced by lamb

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 03:19:34 GMT

Melbourne - The Australian Open diet of choice for Marcos Baghdatis certainly breaks a few training rules with the Cypriot currently unable to resist lashings of Greek food. Team Baghdatis has visited a Greek deli on Melbourne's elite shopping-and-eating Chapel Street at least three times, according to the gossip press.

Local media reported the 2006 finalist and his coach have treated themselves to dishes including spit-roasted lamb and the melted cheese delight of saganaki - hardly the food of champions.

The healthy option seems to be the seafood platter in the city with the biggest Greek population outside Athens.

Mediterranean man Baghdatis is not the only major player with a taste for Aussie lamb. Serena Williams apparently managed to secure a takeaway souvlaki as well early in the week.

But it seems that Mexican food is the flavour of choice for some with the Fiesta restaurant just around the corner of trendy Toorak Road - made famous by regular visits from Andre Agassi - the preferred sustenance provider for Andy Murray, Roger Federer and girlfriend Mirka, plus Lleyton Hewitt.

01-22-2009, 06:56 PM,notebook-mediterranean-man-baghdatis-seduced-by-lamb.html

Mediterranean man Baghdatis seduced by lamb

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 03:19:34 GMT

Melbourne - The Australian Open diet of choice for Marcos Baghdatis certainly breaks a few training rules with the Cypriot currently unable to resist lashings of Greek food. Team Baghdatis has visited a Greek deli on Melbourne's elite shopping-and-eating Chapel Street at least three times, according to the gossip press.

Local media reported the 2006 finalist and his coach have treated themselves to dishes including spit-roasted lamb and the melted cheese delight of saganaki - hardly the food of champions.

The healthy option seems to be the seafood platter in the city with the biggest Greek population outside Athens.

Mediterranean man Baghdatis is not the only major player with a taste for Aussie lamb. Serena Williams apparently managed to secure a takeaway souvlaki as well early in the week.
But it seems that Mexican food is the flavour of choice for some with the Fiesta restaurant just around the corner of trendy Toorak Road - made famous by regular visits from Andre Agassi - the preferred sustenance provider for Andy Murray, Roger Federer and girlfriend Mirka, plus Lleyton Hewitt.


Melbourne has the 2nd largest Greek population outside Athens :eek:
I thought it was NY and Melbourne was 3rd :shrug:
whatever...does it matter?????

and thanks for the article :hug:

01-23-2009, 03:13 PM

Posted: Friday January 23, 2009 9:35AM; Updated: Friday January 23, 2009 9:40AM

Fish falls to unseeded Baghdatis

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus has knocked No. 23 Mardy Fish out of the Australian Open in the third round.

While the 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the American serve-and-volleyer looks like an upset, Baghdatis is a former top 10 player who is coming back from wrist and back injuries that limited him to 12 tournaments last year and dropped his ranking to its current No. 99.

The match didn't end until 1:13 a.m. Saturday, though that's hardly late for Baghdatis. Last year, he lost a five-setter in Melbourne against Lleyton Hewitt that finished at 4:34 a.m.

Baghdatis is trying to replicate his 2006 breakout performance at the Australian Open, when he lost to Federer in the final.

Copyright 2009 Associated Press.

01-24-2009, 01:19 AM,8659,24956277-23216,00.html?from=public_rss

Marcos Baghdatis, Andy Roddick into Australian Open fourth round

January 24, 2009

FORMER Australian Open finalist and crowd favourite Marcos Baghdatis won through to the fourth round after a late-finishing, straight-sets win over No.23 seed Mardy Fish.

The Cypriot, who stormed into the spotlight with his surprise run to the final in 2006, downed American Fish 6-2 6-4 6-4.

It was fortunate for Baghdatis he was able to finish the match in three sets, as it still ended at 0115 (EDT) on Saturday, having started at 11pm on Friday following a long women's match between Ana Ivanovic and Alisa Kleybanova.

Tournament officials came under fire last year for the late staging of a match involving Baghdatis. On that occasion he lost a five-setter to Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, a match which ended at 4.34am, after starting shortly before midnight.

Baghdatis came into the tournament in scratchy form, after almost falling out of the top 100 last year, due to injury problems.

But he said he was starting to hit form in what he described as his "home'' grand slam, given the amount of crowd support he enjoyed in Melbourne.

"I'm really happy I'm winning here and getting some confidence,'' he said.

"For a long time now I haven't been getting some wins so I'm really glad to be getting them here.''

Baghdatis will face defending champion Novak Djokovic in the fourth round.

Revitalised Roddick flattened 36-year-old Fabrice Santoro 6-3 6-4 6-2 to remain on course for a quarter-final with Djokovic and end the Frenchman's Australian Open career, which started in 1991.

"Saying I respect him is an understatement,'' Roddick said.

The world No.8 will play Tommy Robredo in the fourth round after the No.21 seed ended the giant-killing run of Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun 6-1 6-3 6-2.

01-24-2009, 05:04 AM aw

Saturday, 24 January 2009

'Midnight' Marcos Baghdatis slams Australian Open draw

Melbourne Park favourite Marcos Baghdatis says it's a "pain in the arse" Australian Open organisers keep making him play midnight matches.

Incredibly, a year after featuring in the infamous dawn showdown with Lleyton Hewitt, Baghdatis was again ordered onto court after 11.30pm for another third-round encounter on Friday.

Baghdatis, the 2006 Open runner-up, lost to Hewitt in an epic five-setter that finished at 4.34 in the morning.

This time, the Cypriot with Australian connections beat American Mardy Fish 6-2 6-4 6-4, but again he was the last player to leave the locker rooms after their match ended at 1.14 in the morning.

And, ironically, the result for Baghdatis was the same as for Hewitt 12 months ago - a daunting fourth-round meeting with Novak Djokovic.

"I can not say it's not a problem," Baghdatis said.

"It's a bit of a pain in the arse for me because the last two years I'm here I'm finishing matches after midnight and after one o'clock, we can say.

"So it's a bit of the pain in the arse, but I have nothing to do about it. It's just the way it is. I've got to accept it and find a way to get through it and that's where the challenge starts."

Baghdatis did not want to make a big deal out of his misfortune, accepting the scheduling is also difficult for Open director Craig Tiley, but said it would be impossible to catch up sleep before taking on reigning champion Djokovic on Sunday.

"I will wake up normal because my eyes will be open at seven or eight o'clock like always with all the adrenaline and all the pressure," he said. "So I don't think I'll get a lot of sleep.

"I'm not complaining or stuff. I'm just saying it's tough for the players. It happens that it's me second time in a row.

"But it doesn't matter, that's the way it is. You have to accept things and find a way to make everything good."

Baghdatis arrived in Melbourne ranked a lowly 97th in the world after injuries limited the one-time No.8 to just 12 tournaments last season.

But he is growing in confidence and doesn't view Djokovic as unbeatable.

"Slowly I'm winning matches, I'm fighting like an animal, working a bit hard and it pays off, so I'm pretty happy about that," Baghdatis said.

"I have nothing to lose now, just go on the court, play my tennis, try to win every point, find a solution and that's what I'm trying to do, so I'm very very happy.

"It's a grand slam. I'm very motivated for a grand slam, especially here in Melbourne.

"I feel like I have a grand slam at home with all the crowd and stuff.

"I set as an objective to pass the first week, so I guess the objective is a bit completed.

"So I'm pretty happy, but it's not finished. I know I'm in the fourth round playing against Djokovic, but I'll try to find a way to push him down and try to find a way to win the match."

01-24-2009, 05:37 AM

Melbourne has the 2nd largest Greek population outside Athens :eek:
I thought it was NY and Melbourne was 3rd :shrug:
whatever...does it matter?????

and thanks for the article :hug:

U are quite wrong there.

Athens is 1st
Thessaloniki 2nd
Melborurne 3rd.


01-25-2009, 05:57 AM

Published: Saturday, January 24, 2009

Baghdatis is night owl at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Marcos Baghdatis is getting tired of burning the midnight oil at the Australian Open.

The 2006 runner-up finished his third-round match at 1:14 a.m. Saturday against American Mardy Fish.

But that was an early finish compared with his record from last year, when he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in a five-set match that didn't begin until after 11:30 p.m. and finished at 4:34 a.m.

Baghdatis, who beat Fish 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, said he wanted to play some earlier matches, maybe even in his fourth-rounder when he takes on defending champion Novak Djokovic.

"I cannot say it's not a problem," Baghdatis said. "It's a bit of a pain ... for me because the last two years I'm here I'm finishing matches after midnight ..."

Baghdatis said it would be impossible for him to catch up on his sleep before taking on Djokovic on Sunday.

"I will wake up normal because my eyes will be open at seven or eight o'clock like always with all the adrenaline and all the pressure," Baghdatis said. "So I don't think I'll get a lot of sleep.

"I'm just saying it's tough for the players. It happens that it's me second time in a row."

Tournament schedulers must not have been listening, although perhaps they were planning to allow him a Sunday sleep-in.

He's scheduled to play Djokovic in the second match at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night, following a women's singles match that begins at 7:30 p.m. If that goes to three sets, it could be another late start for Baghdatis.

A former No. 8 after his strong play in 2006 that started with his finals loss to Roger Federer at Melbourne Park, Baghdatis has been hit by injuries and is now ranked 97.

01-25-2009, 04:24 PM
U are quite wrong there.

Athens is 1st
Thessaloniki 2nd
Melborurne 3rd.


I just looked it up and only about 460,000 Greeks live in NYC:sad:.

01-25-2009, 05:28 PM

From Times Online
January 25, 2009

Novak Djokovic into last eight after late night victory over Marcos Baghdatis

Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-final of Australian Open with a late-night win over 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis.

Djokovic was pushed to a fourth set before winning 6-1, 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 in a match that started at 11.10 pm and finished at 2.26 am. The 21-year-old third seed sets up a last-eight clash with in-form American Andy Roddick, who demolished Tommy Robredo earlier. Three-time champion Roger Federer is also in his half of the draw.

"We waited three-and-a-half or four hours to get on the court so it was really hard to warm up," Djokovic said. "Actually we warmed up five times and then got cold again."

Baghdatis described the Australian Open's late matches as a "pain in the a***" this week after he was kept up to 1.14 am playing America's Mardy Fish.

The 97th-ranked Cypriot wrapped up a five-setter with Lleyton Hewitt last year at 4:34 am in the tournament's latest finish.

Apparently keen to get the match over, Djokovic made a quickfire start and was two breaks up before Baghdatis got a game on the board.

The Cypriot came to life in the second with more aggressive shot-making but he wilted in the tie-break, going down 7/1 for a two-set deficit. However, Baghdatis edged the third-set tie-break to stay in the match before Djokovic took control of the fourth, nailing a huge backhand for the second break and converting the first match point.

"I'm really happy to win such a match," Djokovic said, as he looked ahead to his quarter-final with Roddick. "It's the same quarter-final as the US Open last year. It's going to be really tough, he's playing fantastic tennis so let's see."

01-25-2009, 05:44 PM

Djokovic ousts Baghdatis

Sunday, 25 January 2009 16:16

Novak Djokovic set up a quarter-final with Andy Roddick after defeating Marcos Baghdatis in four sets in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Djokovic, the defending champion, took three hours and 15 minutes to dismiss crowd favourite Baghdatis 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (5-7) 6-2.

The first set passed in a blink of an eye as Baghdatis, the only unseeded player in the last 16, seemed not to realise the match had started after a lengthy wait for Jelena Dokic's match to end in Rod Laver Arena.

It took until the sixth game of the first set for Baghdatis to get on the board but it did little to affect the outcome as last year's champion served out the set.

Baghdatis made Djokovic work far harder in the second set as he mixed some blistering winners to the corners with delicate volleys and drop shots.

The Cypriot, who had his band of noisy supporters with him, went 3-0 up early but when he got broken in the seventh game the set was back on serve and headed for a tie- break.

Too many errors by Baghdatis put him on the back foot and Djokovic steamed through to take it 7-1.

The third set went with serve to go to another breaker.

But unlike in the previous set the players went toe-to-toe until Baghdatis found another gear, cracking an ace then two blistering forehand winners to the corner to get the decisive edge before a Djokovic forehand into the net handed the Cypriot the set.

Djokovic bounced back quickly though, taking a 2-0 lead after breaking Baghdatis in the first game of the fourth set.

Then having slugged it out for another four games without a break of serve, the Serbian got the breakthrough he was looking for and despite a double fault when serving out the set he came through when a backhand return by his opponent went wide.

01-26-2009, 06:10 AM

Djokovic pips Baghdatis, advances to quarters

Posted Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:12am AEDT
Updated 10 hours 0 minutes ago

Serbia's Novak Djokovic has kept alive his Australian Open defence with a 6-1, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 fourth-round win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis that stretched into the early hours of Monday.

Djokovic, steadily growing in confidence with each match of the tournament, survived a spirited comeback from the flamboyant Baghdatis to set up a quarter-final clash with American Andy Roddick, who advanced safely with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 win over Spain's Tommy Robredo.

"It's big relief," Djokovic said.

"I was really happy to get through in the fourth set.

"It could really go either way. We had long rallies, even though the results don't show the real picture.

"Once he gets into the rhythm, he's one of the toughest opponents on this surface and I was aware of that."

Djokovic raced through the opening set in 25 minutes but the rest of the match was much tighter as Baghdatis, a finalist at Melbourne Park three years ago, began to find his rhythm after a slow start.

Djokovic fought back from a break down to win the second in a tiebreak but Baghdatis won the third, also in a tiebreak, as the world number three starting to show signs of tiring.

Slow start

Djokovic regained the initiative when he broke Baghdatis at the start of the fourth then broke him again before serving out for victory after three-and-a-quarter hours on centre court.

"I feel more confident the more wins I have under my belt," Djokovic said.

"It's logical. I did have a slow start in the tournaments before the Australian Open but this was my priority.

"I'm feeling much better on the court mentally and physically and gamewise. Hopefully I can continue in the same way in the quarter-finals."

The match did not end until 2.26am AEDT because the start was delayed by the late finish to the previous match between Jelena Dokic and Alisa Kleybanova.

"It's very tough to do but it's part of the job," said Baghdatis, who played a match against Lleyton Hewitt last year that finished at 4.34 am, the latest finish in grand slam history.

"I didn't have a lot of confidence because I didn't play for seven months [last year] I'm pretty happy with the tournament I played.

"I played four matches, I won three. My objective was to play in the second week of the Aussie Open so I made it by three hours."

01-27-2009, 10:31 AM is one of my least favourite sites. Finding there nonsensical articles, even rubbishy sometimes, it's not rare... The following blog entry was written by Tom Perrotta though. :)

Baghdatis Nights
Posted 01/26/2009 @ 12 :56 AM

He won't reach the final this year, won't stand in the rain as his flag waiving fans dance and sing. He won't work quite as late as he did last year, when he fought Lleyton Hewitt until 5:30 a.m. For the third time in four years, though, Marcos Baghdatis has given Melbourne a fabulous late-night memory, even if he was again cast in the supporting role.

Not that he's particularly pleased about it. Baghdatis, the forgotten member of next generation after an injury-filled season in 2008, knows that he belongs alongside the game's best players, a fact that was obvious to anyone who watched his thoroughly entertaining--and at times electric--fourth-round loss against Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 6-2. Baghdatis's talent is abundant. His confidence, unfortunately, is fleeting.

"I have one regret and that's that I didn't believe I could win this match, and that pisses me off a bit," Baghdatis said at a little after 3:00 a.m. Monday morning. "It's the same story. I'm 23 and I had these problems when I was 20, so I just want to maybe change them for once."

Baghdatis, never one to withhold a wry comment, found one benefit to playing until 2:30 a.m.

"My objective was to play the second week of the Aussie Open, so, I made it by a bit, by three hours, so thanks to the tournament director who put me late so I could make it," he said.

Djokovic, who started this tournament slowly, was in vintage 2008 form by the middle of the second set, smashing his forehand, serving big, and pounding his broad chest, much to the delight of his boisterous fans. Baghdatis stayed with him step for step, his fast hands whipping the ball and his feet whirling along like they did three years ago, when he reached the final as a 20-year-old. One could see, though, that the pace of the match--the speed of the ball and the quick thinking required to survive each point--came easier to Djokovic. Like Baghdatis, Djokovic pushed his way into the Top 10 at a young age. But he hasn't budged and he's more comfortable working without time. At the end of the night, Baghdatis' Cyrpiot supports saluted Djokovic and chanted his name. Touched, Djokovic thanked them.

"We are Orthodox brothers," he said, inspiring a rousing applause.

In tournament mired by fan violence and misbehavior, this moment of camaraderie and acceptance put the finishing touch on what is now a Melbourne ritual, a spectacular Baghdatis Night.

01-28-2009, 01:34 AM
We are orthodox brothers :)
the best ever statement by a tennis player


01-28-2009, 01:53 AM
^In my part of NY, it is Greeks and Russians with that relationship. There aren't any Serbs I know of. I know Croatians (a lot) and Montenegrins (a few), and Bosnians (so,so). I guess the Serbs just never came here:shrug:

Anyways, thanks for the articles, Getta :hug:

01-29-2009, 03:16 PM

South Africa: Baghdatis Says He is in SA Open to Win It

Mark Smit
29 January 2009

Johannesburg — A MUCH more confident Marcos Baghdatis arrived at Montecasino last night and declared: "I am here to win."

The Cypriot is one of the top draw cards in the ATP South African Open tennis championship starting on the casino courts on Monday.

He flew into a rain-drenched Johannesburg from a sweltering Australian Open in Melbourne, having reached the fourth round. There, he came up against reigning Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia and went down in four sets -- but not without the characteristic fight to the end.

"I was very pleased with my results in Melbourne," said Baghdatis. "Not only Djokovic, but my first three matches too. I was able to fight hard and the best thing was that I did it without any pain."

Last year was sheer torture for Baghdatis, with an ankle injury forcing him out for two months, then a wrist injury causing him to miss the French Open and the Beijing Olympics. "That was the worst, because I really wanted to win an Olympic medal for my country," he said.

Then, towards the end of the year, a disc in his back shifted during a tournament in Metz, forcing him to take more time off. So he went to Melbourne feeling less than confident, and it showed on occasion in his serve, which never reached the high percentages that it needed to in that company.

"I was terrible in the first set against Djokovic, but I am okay with my serve. Apart from that, it was always there when I needed it in the other matches.

"There is nothing wrong with the technique, it's all just a matter of confidence. I am more confident in my body now and my serve will improve," he said.

"It is great to be able to come here feeling fit and strong. I am tired right now after a very long flight but I will be on the court tomorrow to test the altitude."

While Spaniard David Ferrer set a cat among the pigeons on Sunday by suggesting Spanish left-hander Ferdinand Velasco would win the Australian Open, Baghdatis said he could not see Velasco getting past compatriot Rafael Nadal, his semifinal opponent.

"Conditions in the Melbourne heat are very tough -- that is why you get upsets. But I cannot see anything other than a (Roger) Federer-Nadal final. Velasco is good but I don't think he has the weapons to beat Nadal."

Baghdatis was almost affronted when a journalist asked him how far he expected to go in the Open. Would he be happy to reach the quarterfinals?

"I am here to win," he said. "I know each match will be tough and I will just have to keep on fighting. But I fought well in Melbourne. If I carry on fighting here I can do well."

The ATP released the final entry for the event yesterday with German Simon Gruel, ranked 126, replacing the injured Gael Monfils. Italian Favio Cipola (127) and Stephane Bohli of Switzerland (128) have taken the last two spots to make up the 25 direct acceptances. Three wild cards and four qualifiers complete the draw.

01-29-2009, 03:48 PM
While Spaniard David Ferrer set a cat among the pigeons on Sunday by suggesting Spanish left-hander Ferdinand Velasco would win the Australian Open, Baghdatis said he could not see Velasco getting past compatriot Rafael Nadal, his semifinal opponent.

"Conditions in the Melbourne heat are very tough -- that is why you get upsets. But I cannot see anything other than a (Roger) Federer-Nadal final. Velasco is good but I don't think he has the weapons to beat Nadal."

at least in the quote they could stop writing Velasco :lol:

go Marcos in South Africa :music:

02-03-2009, 09:18 AM
Marcos gave an interview to the Cypriot newspaper POLITIS five months ago (on September 7th, 2008). I translated it into English at the time. Fortunately I kept the article, since the provided link is inactive now. :lol: Anyone who wants to read the original article in Greek, must pay a visit to POLITIS' offices in Nicosia.

The interview is very interesting... reveals many things about Marcos...

Just try to read between the lines. ;)


"Yes, I'm strong. It doesn't matter that I lost many ranking points. I am not afraid of making a new start. It's an achievable goal."

Marcos Baghdatis has faced the most difficult year since he started to play professional tennis. Not only he lost many places in the ATP rankings (he was #16 in January, he is #46 in September), but also many unfortunate incidents happened to him. Problems first started at Australian Open. Then, coach change, ugly appearances in tournaments, serious injuries. The cherry on the cake was his absence from the Olympic Games in Beijing.
How did he find his way through difficulties? Who were the people that helped him? What are his goals now? Is there one person who can answer these questions? Yes, Marcos Baghdatis after many months, speaks about everything...

We missed you! Where are you now? What are you doing? Tell us about your recuperation.

I'm in Normandie these days, at a place only two hours away from Paris. I came here because I wanted to change environment. I was at the academy before that, but I got a bit bored, so I chose to continue with my recuperation here.

How is it going?

I'm quite well. Five days since I started to play tennis for two and a half hours per day. My wrist feels fine. I felt pain during the first days, but it gradually disappeared.

Under normal circumstances, how many hours a day do you train?

Around four and a half hours per day.

Is it possible the wrist problem reappear in the future?

My physician said "no". So, I don't think it will reappear. My physician has never failed predictions about my injuries.

You were injured at a very important moment because of the Olympics. Do you feel that this adventure will make you stronger?

I don't know... The truth is that I felt well after Wimbledon, and I was ready to play at the Olympics. That was my most important goal. For that reason I have been traning so hard, to be ready. It was very difficult to accept that I'd missed the Olympics, I have been waiting four years for this. My physician and I tried everything to be ready in time, but the time was too short and there was a chance of damaging my health. Well, I was hugely disappointed, but nothing could have been done differently.

After that, what have you done?

I took one week off work for holiday, I went to Cyprus, then I came back and started training. Well, I feel very well physically, but... I was left behind tennis wise. I will take some time to play again my good tennis game, I think.

What is your last goal for this year?

My biggest goal is to get properly prepared for 2009. This year is finished for me. I'll try to win some matches in the remaining tournaments though.

Anyway, you'll have another chance for the Olympics...

(smiling) Yes, but you never know what is going to happen in four years...

How annoying is it, to see your name placed at #46 in ATP rankings?

Yes, a bit. I mean, a lot (laughing). I know that this ranking doesn't represent me. This year was aweful. Not only on-court, but also off-court. That's the way it is. Not always everything is perfect. I'll come back!

Do you feel strong enough to come back?

Yes, I'm strong. I did not get bored of playing tennis. Simply, nothing worked for me this year. Problems began in Australia, then I stopped my collaboration with Yiannos (Hatjigeorgiou), I went to Miami, got injured in the Davis Cup tie, started Roland Garros, was fine. After that, I won three matches, then i was defeated in the fourth round at Wimbledon. I beg for mercy!! Right now, my career makes me feel... down. That's why I can't answer how long it will take me to come back. I feel strong, but I will take my time. I didn't play any tennis this year! It's like starting again from zero.

How bad is that?

I am not frustrated about my low ranking. I am not afraid of a new start. This is an achievable goal. I'm actually feeling very confident. What annoyed me most was that I missed the Olympics because of my injury.

Who were the people that were beside you all this time?

My parents, as always. My physical trainer Sebastien Durand has helped me a lot. No-one else was beside me, it's understandable. They have their own problems.

Many people were disappointed, much more people are interested in you and are concerned about you. Do you want to say something to them?

I thank them very much for their concern. I know that many people ask about me. I sincerely thank them. It's very important for an athlete to know that there are people who believe in them.

After your withdrawal from Olympics, has anyone from Cyprus tried to contact you, to ask you how things are going?

No, no-one has called me. I don't want to speak about it. It doesn't matter...

Are you sad?

Not sad. Simply, during the last two years I understood so many things. How people think, the way of this world, the way of life...

Are you referring to all that mess at Davis Cup?

Not only that. I don't want to speak about it. It's not the right time.

Have you heard what happened at our athletes in Beijing?

I've heard a few things, mainly about Kyriakos. I don't know what happened exactly, that's why I don't want to speak about it. All I know is that we are left behind in so many things. Far behind...

As a more experienced athlete, would you like to say something to our athletes?

Yes, I would. They can't expect anything from anyone. Nothing from no-one. If they expected, they would receive nothing in return. They must train hard. And the hard work pays off. That if we're speaking about Cyprus. I say this because I know how people work abroad, in France, in Switzerland, in Germany, how they care for their athletes. There is absolutely no comparison.

What do you mean by that?

Simple words. The right people, in the right places. They don't know how to achieve this in Cyprus. They don't know what to do with our athletes. The last three years, I'm where I'm and I don't...

You don't, what?

In April 2007, I sat at the same table with Titos Christofidis to discuss how they can help me financially. At the same table were Philios Christodoulou and Yiannos Hatjigeorgiou. We discussed how they would have helped me financially for the Olympics. It was then, when I started my collaboration with Yiannos. They told me that I had to send a formal letter describing exactly what I wanted in order to be properly prepared for Beijing and after that they would have taken their decisions. I told them that I didn't want any money, but if they wished to help me I would be happy about it. I sent the letter and still I don't have any answer! I'm waiting for their answer until today!

How is your collaboration with Lundgren?

All right, I didn't play many matches, but we work well together. The last two weeks we're together all the time, we work, we speak a lot. It was hard for him, too. I like him much. We're mainly working on tennis tactics. I don't have to change my game. Well, we're working on my serve. But, not many changes in my game are needed.

As far as I know, you mainly expect psychological support from your coach...

That's true. He's good in this. He's an experienced coach, he can give the right advice, at the right moment. I trust him.

Any comments on the ranking exchange between Nadal and Federer?

Nadal was better than Federer this year. I don't believe that Federer has gotten worse. It's Nadal that has improved.

That sort of things can happen in the best of families!

I wish I had Federer's bad year. He's a man, he's not a machine. He reached the semis at Australian Open, the final at Roland Garros, the final at Wimbledon. I wish I had his year!

How things are going with women?

Fine (laughing). I'm with Mandy Minella. Everything is fine.

Has anything good happened to you this year?

Yes, I didn't play tennis, but I had a very good year in football (laughing).

Have you watched Anorthosis?

Yes, I watched their match against Olympiakos. Congrats to them. Congrats to Mr.Ketsbaia. He's a prof!

Apollon hasn't started well though...

Yes. That's the way football is. Tell them if they need an assistant coach, I'm coming! As I don't play tennis anymore (laughing)!

Journalist: Andri Christou
Article code: 818277
POLITIS - September 7, 2008 - Page:8


"... In April 2007, I sat at the same table with Titos Christofidis to discuss how they can help me financially. At the same table were Philios Christodoulou and Yiannos Hatjigeorgiou. We discussed how they would have helped me financially for the Olympics. It was then, when I started my collaboration with Yiannos. They told me that I had to send a formal letter describing exactly what I wanted in order to be properly prepared for Beijing and after that they would have taken their decisions. I told them that I didn't want any money, but if they wished to help me I would be happy about it. I sent the letter and still I don't have any answer! I'm waiting for their answer until today!... "

It's so very embarrassing :o On the other hand, it was not the first time that Yiannos failed in his role as Marcos' "spiritual father". :rolleyes: Anyway, I was very happy when the collaboration between Marcos and Yiannos ended last February. :)

02-03-2009, 07:06 PM
Thanks for the interview, but I must disagree with you. Yiannos has done a lot for Marcos and Cyprus, but coaching Marcos was a big job for him and it might've been too much. He has been the Cypriot Davis Cup Coach for many years now. I'm sure that Yiannos was really busy and still is really busy. He can't do everything:shrug:

02-04-2009, 04:25 AM
Thanks for the interview, but I must disagree with you. Yiannos has done a lot for Marcos and Cyprus, but coaching Marcos was a big job for him and it might've been too much. He has been the Cypriot Davis Cup Coach for many years now. I'm sure that Yiannos was really busy and still is really busy. He can't do everything:shrug:

You've missed my point completely. I've never questioned Yiannos' hectic schedule.

Perhaps it's my fault as I wasn't specific enough... Anyway, I promise you I will reveal details about this case in the future. ;)

02-04-2009, 02:32 PM

Baghdatis visits apartheid museum

Wednesday 4th February 2009

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” – Nelson Mandela

Those were the words that greeted Marcos Baghdatis when he arrived at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg Tuesday to gain a greater understanding of the history of South Africa’s apartheid era and of the legacy created by Nelson Mandela.

Apartheid was a policy initiated by the white elected National Party government in 1948, which turned 20 million people into second class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse through segregation.

Before the tour of the museum, Baghdatis had a first-hand experience of how it would have felt living in apartheid South Africa. Baghdatis, his coach Oliver Sounes and agent Jean-Phillipe Bernard were all labelled as either white or non-white prior to entering the museum and forced to enter through separate doorways.

“It’s weird you know, knowing that they separated people for everything. They had different toilets, black people had toilets, white people had other toilets, but it was not only that, it was everything, beaches, houses, taxi queues, entrances, bus stops and mainly the black people suffered a lot and that’s sad to hear.”

Moving through the museum, Baghdatis was clearly moved by the overwhelming experience. “It’s sad to hear that people suffered, and I also watched some videos which showed how they were treated and it wasn’t really nice, it hurt a lot to see that and all I can really say is for them to forgive, forgive them for what happened and move on, to have peace, love and every body together. It’s like Mandela says “One Nation One Country’‘, in the end we are all the same” said the Cypriot.

The SA Tennis Open No.8 seed was taken through a visual and physical explanation of the life of Nelson Mandala, one of the most influential and inspirational men in history. Mandela was incarcerated in 1964 for alleged crimes of sabotage against the country, a crime he never committed but saw him remain in prison until 1990. Four years later, Mandela was voted in as the first democratically elected president of the Republic of South Africa.

“I can understand now why he is a hero to so many people. The guy is an amazing person and whatever he wanted to and whatever he wanted to help those people he did it even if it meant death for him. He spent 30 years of his life in prison and he suffered a lot to maintain what he maintains today, and I have a lot of respect for him. I can understand now why people see him as a hero,” Baghdatis remarked.

During the tour Baghdatis was also asked to take the walk of freedom, an experience that saw him choose a series of coloured sticks which represent various characteristics of Nelson Mandela’s life. Baghdatis choosing red for loyalty, white for courage and green for forgiveness, all colours of the flag and symbolic of the rainbow nation that is South Africa.

Reflecting on his choice of sticks Baghdatis said “I chose loyalty because it’s always important to have loyalty to everything in life, courage I chose because showing courage is when you get the best out of you, and forgiveness because we have to forgive people that made mistakes and give them a second chance to make everything right for all the people that live this life and to leave a legacy that will not allow people to suffer like other people have”.

The tour finished with Baghdatis signing the museum’s visitor book, the same book which Mandela signed when the museum opened in 2001.

“It was great, you know, it’s something that we don’t get to do so often and you know it was great learning about one country’s history and about how people suffered so much, it’s a bit shocking when you’re in there and watching that, but it’s also nice to see because it is a small wakeup call and it does wake you up, you see life a bit differently and people a bit differently and it’s a great experience,” concluded Baghdatis.

02-22-2009, 03:46 PM
Marcos Baghdatis climbing back after falling off tennis map

Charismatic Cypriot let success go to his head, vows to ascend again

By Harvey Fialkov | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 22, 2009

DELRAY BEACH - He kisses nets after a friendly let cord and flashes more teeth than Carly Simon. But his opponents know that in between those smiles, Marcos Baghdatis will unleash some of the deadliest ground strokes on the ATP Tour.

But where has the charismatic Cypriot been? And will Baghdatis ever realize the potential he displayed during his 2006 breakthrough when he reached No. 8 in the world after making it to the final in Australia and the semifinals at Wimbledon?

South Florida tennis fans will be able to judge for themselves this week as Baghdatis headlines the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

"I made some mistakes," Baghdatis admitted from his hotel room in Memphis last week, where he reached the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan tournament before losing to Sam Querrey. "I stopped working that hard. I think that's why I went a bit down. When you're young you don't know anything, and I think I've learned my lesson."

Baghdatis, the top-ranked junior in 2003, emerged three years later in Melbourne, where he beat three top-10 players en route to the final before losing to a then-dominant Roger Federer. He followed that with a trip to the semifinals at Wimbledon, beating two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt in his draw before losing to a blossoming Rafael Nadal.

Finishing that year at No. 12 and 16 in 2007, Baghdatis, 23, has since plummeted to 106 following an injury-plagued 2008 in which he missed several months with ankle and back ailments. He calls it "bad luck," but even Baghdatis admits his precipitous drop was also due to his disdain for off-court conditioning.

"I think Marcos is an incredibly talented guy," said tennis coach Brad Gilbert. "If he stays injury free and dedicates himself to the off-court physical part of the game, he has the potential to be a top-10 player again and be a factor in Slams."

Baghdatis, who left his family and idyllic childhood behind to train in Paris when he was 14, is the first to admit that he had trouble dealing with the fame when he returned home in the summer of '06.

"Maybe like a rock star," Baghdatis said of the treatment he received. "That's the way it is with me in my country. We're a bit small, so for them it was amazing.

"I think that was a big mistake, too. It was too much, the whole thing after Australia and Wimbledon. I didn't have my feet on the ground. I think now, I'm getting back my feet on the ground. I'm working hard and I think that one day I will be back."

To that end he hired a new coach, Frenchman Olivier Soules, and two physiotherapists, who helped shave five pounds off his stocky 6-foot frame last December. It paid off instantly in Australia, where Baghdatis marched to the round of 16 before losing a baseline war to Novak Djokovic.

For now, Baghdatis is just happy to be playing without pain and hoping to crack the top 5 while wining a major over the next 3-4 years.

"I'll try not to do the same mistakes again," said Baghdatis, who is 12-17 vs. top-10 players. "I have a second chance for sure because I have the talent and I have the tennis. I think I can win a Grand Slam. There is no one I can't beat, although with Rafa and Federer, it won't be easy."


02-22-2009, 05:06 PM
Marcos Baghdatis will play the Athens Challenger in April:worship:

Sorry that it's in Greek, but I'm sure you can see that Marcos will participate just by looking at the photo;)

02-26-2009, 04:05 PM
Marcos got a MD WC for Miami:woohoo:

Sorry it's in Greek :o

03-07-2009, 05:39 PM

03-16-2009, 08:12 PM
An interview: (sorry it's in Greek:o)
*I'll summarize it for you guys;)

Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής, με αφορμή την έλευσή του στην Κύπρο για τους αγώνες του Ντέιβις Καπ με την Πορτογαλία, έδωσε μια πολύ όμορφη συνέντευξη στην Άντρη Χρίστου και στο "ΓΗΠΕΔΟ". Απάντησε, όπως πάντα, με προθυμία μερικές ερωτήσεις γύρω από την Εθνική ομάδα, αλλά και τη δική του 9χρονη παρουσία σε αυτήν.

Ένα από τα πέντε όνειρα του Μάρκου Παγδατή είναι η Κύπρος να φτάσει στην Α’ Κατηγορία του Ντέιβις Καπ. Μετά από 9 χρόνια στην Εθνική πιστεύεις ότι έχουμε τις δυνατότητες να πετύχουμε αυτό το στόχο;

Να μην λέμε ψέματα. Πιστεύω ότι αυτή τη στιγμή δεν τις έχουμε. Για να φτάσουμε στην Α’ Κατηγορία πρέπει να έχουμε δύο – τρεις πολύ καλούς παίκτες. Αυτή τη στιγμή, δεν τους έχουμε. Πιστεύω ότι η Ομοσπονδία και ο προπονητής Γιάννος Χατζηγεωργίου κάνουν πολύ καλή δουλειά. Υπάρχουν πολλά παιδιά που παίζουν τένις και με σωστή δουλειά μπορούν δουλευτούν και να πετύχουν, όχι μόνο όσα πέτυχα εγώ, αλλά και ακόμα περισσότερα.

Στις 19 Ιανουαρίου συμπληρώθηκαν 9 χρόνια από τότε που πρωτόπαιξες στην Εθνική μας ομάδα. Τι σημαίνει αυτό για σένα;

Το λέω πάντα και το τονίζω. Η χώρα μου σημαίνει πάρα πολλά για μένα. Παίζω για την Εθνική επειδή την αγαπώ, γι’ αυτό και «θυσιάζω» κάποιες εβδομάδες της χρονιάς. Δεν είναι εύκολο για μένα, όμως είμαι εδώ επειδή θέλω να είμαι.

Τα «διαλείμματα» αυτά που κάνεις για την Εθνική μας, πόσο επηρεάζουν το ρυθμό που ακολουθείς στην καριέρα σου;

Τον επηρεάζουν λίγο. Για παράδειγμα, ο Φέντερερ εδώ και πάρα πολλά χρόνια δεν πάει να παίξει Ντέιβις Καπ. Όχι επειδή δεν μπορεί, αλλά επειδή αυτό επηρεάζει το πρόγραμμά του. Σκέφτεται διαφορετικά, έχει άλλα όνειρα, άλλους στόχους. Εμένα μέσα στους στόχους μου είναι και η Εθνική μας, γι’ αυτό είμαι εδώ. Επίσης, είναι και ο κόσμος. Το είπα ξανά. Στην Κύπρο δεν έχασα ποτέ κανένα σετ και αυτό οφείλεται στον κόσμο. Μπορεί να παίζω καλά, όμως έχω το μεγάλο πλεονέκτημα να έχω τον κόσμο στο πλευρό μου, να με στηρίζει, να με δυναμώνει και να μου δίνει πολλή ενέργεια.

Ο απολογισμός των πρώτων δύο μηνών της χρονιάς είναι 8 νίκες και 6 ήττες, προερχόμενες από ένα Γκραν Σλαμ και 5 πρωταθλήματα. Στόχευες περισσότερα ή λόγω της μακρόχρονης απουσίας σου θεωρείς ότι είναι ικανοποιητικός ο απολογισμός;

Ο στόχος φέτος ήταν να παίξω στην αρχή της χρονιάς όσα περισσότερα παιχνίδια γίνεται, χωρίς να τραυματιστώ. Δυστυχώς άρχισα τη χρονιά με τραυματισμό στο πόδι. Είμαι ευχαριστημένος γιατί έπαιξα στον τέταρτο γύρο του Αυστραλιανού Όπεν, επειδή εκεί μπόρεσα να αποκτήσω αυτοπεποίθηση. Έκανα ένα καλό παιχνίδι απέναντι στον Τζόκοβιτς, στο οποίο συνειδητοποίησα ότι το τένις μου είναι… εκεί και με αυτοπεποίθηση θα μπορέσω να επανέλθω και να διεκδικήσω τους στόχους μου, που είναι να επιστρέψω αρχικά στους καλύτερους 20 και έπειτα στους 10.

Την αυτοπεποίθηση που «κέρδισες» στην Αυστραλία, την «έχασες» στην Αμερική;

Ναι, επειδή στην Αμερική δεν ήμουνα seeded, κάτι που θα με βοηθούσε να έχω καλά draw, λίγη τύχη με τα ταμπλό. Έπαιξα δύο φορές με τον Σαμ Κέρι ο οποίος είναι πολύ καλός στα κλειστά. Μπορώ να πω ότι είναι ένας από τους 20 καλύτερους παίκτες. Δεν πήγα καλά. Εντάξει, στην Αμερική δεν έκανα τα καλύτερά μου πρωταθλήματα, αλλά είμαι ευχαριστημένος για τους πέντε αγώνες που έδωσα εκεί. Σε κάθε αγώνα είχα τις ευκαιρίες να κερδίσω. Θέλω λίγη αυτοπεποίθηση ακόμα για να περάσω στο επόμενο επίπεδο.

Ένας φίλος μου και δικός σου φανατικός θαυμαστής μου είπε να σε ρωτήσω να μας πεις τι φταίει όταν ενώ προηγείσαι με αρκετούς πόντους, χάνεις την αυτοσυγκέντρωσή σου και συχνά χάνεις γκέιμς ή τάι – μπρέικ.

Αν ήξερα τι φταίει, θα το διόρθωνα...! (χαμογελά)

Θα πρέπει να το βρεις...

Ναι, πρέπει να το βρω. Δοκιμάζω, παλεύω κάθε μέρα στις προπονήσεις, νιώθω πολύ καλά με τον εαυτό μου. Όμως χρειάζεται ακόμα χρόνος. Το είπα πολλές φορές. Φέτος κάνω μια νέα αρχή. Είμαι στους 100 και δεν έχω τα ταμπλό που είχα όταν ήμουν στους 20. Πρέπει σιγά – σιγά να πιστέψω στον εαυτό μου και να ξαναβρώ το ρυθμό που είχα παλιά και που με έφερε να τελειώνω στους καλύτερους 20 για δύο συνεχόμενες χρονιές.

Δουλεύεις πλέον με νέο προπονητή, σε άλλη ακαδημία. Πόσο σε βοήθησαν αυτές οι αλλαγές;

Όλα καλά. Και με τον προπονητή και με την ακαδημία. Ήταν μια αλλαγή που μου έκανε καλό. Θα συνεχίσω να δουλεύω σκληρά και να παλεύω, για να καταφέρω να επιστέψω στους 10 καλύτερους, που είναι ο μεγάλος μου στόχος.

Το άμεσο αγωνιστικό σου πρόγραμμα;

Θα πάω Μαϊάμι αμέσως μετά. Ακολούθως δεν ξέρω ακόμα, επειδή ζήτησα λευκή κάρτα από κάποια πρωταθλήματα, όμως δεν πήρα ακόμα απαντήσεις...

03-16-2009, 08:23 PM
Basically, Marcos is talking about his Davis Cup goals. The goal is EA G1, and he doesn't think that they are ready yet, but many Cypriot kids are picking up racquets now and doing the right thing. Yiannos Hadjigeorgiou is doing a great job with the federation.
He talks about how in 2009, he has not yet achieved his goal, and he has been unlucky with a few draws, but he thinks that he will still be able to achieve it this year. He wants to be in the top20, and then the top 10.
He likes his new coach and academy. His upcoming schedule is Miami, but then he doesn't know yet. He said he would be in Athens after Miami, and I think that this interview was old though, so he is most likely going to Athens;)

03-20-2009, 09:10 PM
Markos Baghdatis in Status Athens Open 2009

Markos Baghdatis joins his first professional tournament in Athens! The organizers of the event (Liberis Publications) announced today that the Cypriot champion has accepted their invitation and he will take part in the international ATP tournament of $125.000, Status Athens Open 2009. The first matches of the tournament will start on the 6th of April and the finals in both singles and doubles will take place on the 12th of April. Like last year, the tournament will be hosted in the historic Athens Lawn Tennis Club near the Temple of Olympic Zeus.

*Taken from official website of the Athens tournament.

03-22-2009, 09:14 AM
I will certainly keep an eye on Greek tv in order to record some of those matches ;) The crowd will go nuts :haha:

03-29-2009, 12:53 AM
Miami Interview:

03-29-2009, 01:13 AM

04-28-2009, 04:17 AM
Παγδατής: Είμαι ενθουσιασμένος που θα επιστρέψω στο Tour

Προτού ταξιδέψει για την Ostrava ο Μάρκος Παγδατής έδωσε μία τηλεφωνική συνέντευξη η οποία δημοσιεύτηκε στο προσωπικό του site ( για να ενημερώσει τους οπαδούς του για την μέχρι τώρα πρόοδο του αυτή την σεζόν και για τις ελπίδες του για τις ερχόμενες εβδομάδες. «Η κατάταξη μου είναι ακόμη χαμηλή (τώρα στον Αρ. 95 στις Κατατάξεις South African 2009 ATP Rankings), έτσι δεν μπορώ να πω ότι είμαι ευχαριστημένος με αυτό,» ομολόγησε ο Μάρκος. «Όμως έχω παίξει μερικά καλά παιγνίδια στην αρχή της σαιζόν και είμαι σίγουρος ότι μπορώ να επιστρέψω σύντομα στους Top 10.

«Γυμνάζομαι σκληρά για να παραμείνω σε φόρμα και να αποφύγω τους τραυματισμούς που είχα πέρσι. Το κυριώτερο είναι ότι είμαι και πάλι ευτυχής και αισθάνομαι καλά στο γήπεδο. Είμαι ενθουσιασμένος που θα επιστρέψω στο Tour. Πέρσι έμεινα χωρίς προπόνηση για τέσσερεις μήνες και είναι δύσκολο να επανέλθεις μετά από αυτό. Είμαι όμως ευτυχής που γύρισα πάλι στα γήπεδα και αγωνίζομαι.»

Eνώ το πρόγραμμα του Μάρκου δεν έχει ακόμη επιβεβαιωθεί μετά τη συνάντηση της ερχόμενης εβδομάδας, προσβλέπει στην πρόκληση που προσφέρει το σκληρό γήπεδο. «Είναι πάντοτε δύσκολο στο σκληρό γήπεδο. Ο κυριώτερος στόχος αυτού του χρόνου είναι βέβαια να παίξω στο Roland Garros. Μετά γίνεται πιο εύκολο πάνω σε γρασίδι! Αισθάνεσαι τόσο άσχημα στο σκληρό γήπεδο αλλά όλα μετά γίνονται ευκολώτερα» αστιεύτηκε ο Μάρκος. «Περιμένω με ανυπομονησία να αγωνιστώ και να βρώ ένα τρόπο να κερδίσω.»

Μετά την ήττα του από τον Paul-Henri Mathieu στον δεύτερο γύρο του Sony Ericsson Open στο Miami το τέλος του Μάρτη, ο Μάρκος γυμναζόταν με τον ξακουστό γυμναστή Gil Reyes στο Las Vegas. Ο Reyes έχει ευρύτατα πιστωθεί για την τροπή της καριέρας του Fernando Verdasco αυτή τη σεζόν και είχε συντελέσει στην εκπληκτική καριέρα του Andre Agassi. «Ήταν πολύ καλά στο Las Vegas» είπε με ενθουσιασμό ο Μάρκος. «Γυμνάστηκα για δυνάμωση του σώματος, ιδιαίτερα σε περιοχές του σώματος μου όπου είχαμ τραυματισμούς πέρσι. Γυμνάστηκα πολύ και τώρα νοιώθω καλά και αισθάνομαι αυτοπεποίθηση. Θα ήθελα να ξαναπάω στο μέλλον, αν είναι δυνατόν. Θα δούμε. Αισθάνομαι σε πολυ καλή φόρμα και είμαι πολύ χαρούμενος που γυρίζω ξανά στο Tour. Περιμένω με ανυπομονησία να γυρίσω και να κερδίσω αγώνες και πάλι σύντομα.»

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05-13-2009, 11:58 AM
Marcos decided to change up his schedule and miss the Zagreb Open to return to Paris instead, where he will fine tune his preparations for the clay-court Grand Slam at Roland Garros. Marcos reached the fourth round at Roland Garros two years ago, when he lost to Russian Igor Andreev. Following his Roland Garros campaign, Marcos will turn his attentions to grass and play at two ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournaments in Halle and ‘s-Hertogenbosch before looking to emulate his 2006 Wimbledon semi-final success when he arrives at SW19. After Wimbledon, Marcos will return to Cyprus to participate in the Davis Cup clash with Ireland.

Go Marcos! :worship:

05-13-2009, 06:50 PM
That's great news:bounce:

05-20-2009, 07:57 PM
Marcos enjoyed a confidence-boosting performance and victory ahead of Roland Garros with a 6-4, 6-0 win over 2008 Roland Garros semi-finalist Gael Monfils on Wednesday at the 1er Masters Guinot Mary Cohr.

05-20-2009, 10:14 PM

05-21-2009, 07:13 AM
Monfils was clerly handicapped because of a knee injury though. We shouldn't expect too much from Marcos in RG, round 3 would be a major success.

05-22-2009, 02:59 AM
Συνεχίζει την προετοιμασία για το Roland Garros o Μάρκος

Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής προπονείται σκληρά στο Παρίσι για την προετοιμασία του για το δεύτερο πρωτάθλημα Grand Slam του χρόνου στο Roland Garros, με δύο πολύ ικανούς πρώην επαγγελματίες - τον Younes El Aynaoui και τον Franco Squillari.

Ο Μάρκος έχει πια τερματίσει την συνεργασία του με τον Olivier Soules και ενώ προσπαθεί να βρεί τον κατάλληλο αντικαταστάτη, θα προπονείται με με τον El Aynaoui και τον Squillari για να βελτιώσει το παιγνίδι του και να είναι έτοιμος για το Roland Garros - όπου το 2007 έφθασε στον τέταρτο γύρο (έχασε από τον Andreev).

Ο El Aynaoui έφθασε την ψηλότερη κατάταξη στην καριέρα του στον Αρ. 14 στα South African Airways ATP Ranking τον Νοέμβριο του 2003, ένα χρόνο που τον είδαμε να φθάνει τους ημιτελικούς στο Australian Open – όπου έχασε 21-19 στο πέμπτο σετ σε μια αξιοσημείωτη αναμέτρηση με τον Andy Roddick. Έπαιξε επίσης στον τελικό σε clay-court στην Casablanca, ένα από τους 16 τελικούς του ATP World Tour που αγωνίστηκε ο Μαροκινός. Κέρδισε πέντε τίτλους στην καριέρα του, από τους οποίους τέσσερεις σε clay-court.

Ο πρώην Αρ. 11 στον Κόσμο (Σεπτέμβριος 2000) Squillari είχε επίσης τις μεγαλύτερες του επιτυχίες σε clay-court. Ο κάτοικος του Μπουένος Άϋρες Squillari, κατέκτησε τρεις τίτλους στο ATP World Tour, όλους σε clay-court, και έπαιξε στους ημιτελικούς του Roland Garros το 2000 (έχασε από τον Αρ. 3 Norman).

05-22-2009, 04:47 AM
Άριστα στην πρόβα του πριν το Roland Garros o Μάρκος

Tην Τετάρτη στο 1er Masters Guinot Mary Cohr, ο Μάρκος Παγδατής βρήκε το καλύτερο γιατρικό του για την τόνωση της αυτοπεποίθησης του... τη νίκη του πριν από το Roland Garros, με 6-4, 6-0, επί του Gael Monfils παίκτη των προημιτελικών του Roland Garros του 2008.

Παίζοντας για την ομάδα Mary Cohr, με αρχηγό τον Marat Safin, ο Μάρκος έδειξε τις προθέσεις του νωρίς με ένα δυνατό παίξιμο στο backhand του που του έδωσε δύο break points στο εναρκτήριο game του αγώνα. Ο Monfils κατάφερε να σώσει το σέρβις του εκείνη τη στιγμή αλλά ο Μάρκος έδωσε γρήγορα στον εαυτό του ακόμη μια ευκαιρία στο δεύτερο game στο οποίο είχε το σέρβις ο Γάλλος, δημιουργώντας ένα break point με μια νικητήρια επιστροφή backhand και κερδίζοντας το με ένα νικητήριο forehand. Ο Monfils ισοφάρισε στο έκτο game - με δυνατή επιστροφή που ανάγκασε τον Μάρκο σε λάθος για να προηγηθεί με 15-40 και κέρδισε την δεύτερη ευκαιρία του όταν το forehand του Μάρκου βρήκε το φιλέ.

Ο Μάρκος όμως απάντησε γρήγορα, κερδίζοντας αμέσως την ευκαιρία να ανακτήσει το πλεονέκτημα του όταν το καρφί του Monfils κατέληξε στο φιλέ και ο Μάρκος προηγήθηκε 4-3 με ένα νικητήριο forehand πάνω στη γραμμή. Ο Μάρκος στο επόμενο game έσωσε δύο break points για να υπερισχύσει με 5-4. Μετά από μια μικρή καθυστέρηση στην αλλαγή επειδή χρειάστηκε να δοθεί στον Monfils - που απουσίασε πρόσφατα από το ATP World Tour με ένα τραύμα στο γόνατο - θεραπευτική αγωγή για φουσκάλες στο χέρι του, ο Μάρκος με αυτοπεποίθηση έκλεισε το πρώτο σετ με δύο νικητήρια forehand.

Ο Μάρκος κάλεσε τον γυμναστή για να του κάνει μασάζ στον άνω αριστερό βραχίονα του στο τέλος του σετ, αλλά αυτό δεν τον παρεμπόδισε αφού το έξοχο παιγνίδι του συνεχίστηκε και στο δεύτερο σετ. Αμέσως έσπασε το σέρβις του Monfils στο πρώτο game με ένα τεράστιο forehand κάτω στο μέσο που έφθασε στο πίσω μέρος της γραμμής και η αδύναμη ανταπόδοση του Γάλλου βρήκε το φιλέ. Ένα δεύτερο σπάσιμο του σέρβις ακολούθησε άμεσα όταν μια δυνατή πάσα με backhand ανάγκασε τον Monfils να ρίξει στο φιλέ το backhand του, δίνοντας στον Μάρκο προβάδισμα 3-0. Στη χαλαρή και ξένοιαστη ατμόσφαιρα του γηπέδου, ο Μάρκος και ο Monfils ήταν όλο χαμόγελα αφού και οι δύο απολάμβαναν την πρόσθετη προπόνηση πριν από το Roland Garros. Μετά από μια εύθυμη, παρατεταμένη ανταλλαγή μπαλιών μεταξύ των δύο, ο Μάρκος έκλεισε την νίκη κερδίζοντας τα υπόλοιπα τρία game - σφραγίζοντας την νίκη με ένα πέρα για πέρα νικητήριο forehand.

05-22-2009, 08:48 AM
a short summary maybe?

05-22-2009, 10:45 AM
Marcos enjoyed a confidence-boosting performance and victory ahead of Roland Garros with a 6-4, 6-0 win over 2008 Roland Garros semi-finalist Gael Monfils on Wednesday at the 1er Masters Guinot Mary Cohr.

Playing for the Mary Cohr team, captained by Marat Safin, Marcos laid out his intentions early with strong play on his backhand earning him two break points in the opening game of the match. Monfils was able to save his service game in that instance, but Marcos quickly gave himself another chance in the Frenchman’s second service game, creating a break point with a backhand-return winner and converting with a forehand winner.

Monfils levelled proceedings in the sixth game - a strong return from the right-hander forcing the error from Marcos to open up a 15-40 lead and he converted his second opportunity as Marcos’ forehand found the net.

Marcos was quick to respond though, immediately earning the chance to regain his break advantage as Monfils’ drop shot landed in the net and Marcos took a 4-3 lead with a forehand winner down the line. Marcos then saved two break points in the following game to hold for 5-4.

After a slight delay at the changeover as Monfils - who has been absent from the ATP World Tour recently with a knee injury - received treatment for blisters on his hand, Marcos confidently closed out the first set with two rifling forehand winners.

Marcos called the trainer on to massage his upper-left arm at the end of the set, but was not hampered as his fine play carried over to the second set.

He immediately broke Monfils in the first game as a huge forehand down-the-middle caught the back of the line and the Frenchman’s weak reply found the net. A second break of serve swiftly followed as a biting backhand pass forced Monfils to net his backhand volley, handing Marcos a 3-0 lead.

In the relaxed and light-hearted atmosphere on court, Marcos and Monfils were all smiles as they both enjoyed the extra practice before Roland Garros. After a cheerful, lengthy exchange between the two, Marcos closed out the victory by winning the remaining three games – sealing the win with a forehand down-the-line winner.

05-22-2009, 02:15 PM
Thanks, MarcosBaghdatis :yeah:

05-22-2009, 05:21 PM
Appreciated. :hatoff:

Terrible draw for him in Paris, realistically there's no way he will get past Monaco.:sad:

06-06-2009, 04:56 PM
O Παγδατής στο Queen's
Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής θα συμμετάσχει στο τουρνουά AEGON Championships στο Queen’s Club την ερχόμενη εβδομάδα, μετά τη wild card που πήρε λόγω της αποχώρησης του Kei Nishikori με τραύμα στον καρπό.

«Είμαστε ενθουσιασμένοι που θα παίξει ο Μάρκος Παγδατής στο AEGON Championships» είπε ο Διευθυντής του Τουρνουά Chris Kermode.

«Έχει πραγματικά χάρισμα και είναι ένας από τους πιο ταλαντούχους παίκτες τένις στον κόσμο. Είμαι σίγουρος ότι θα αποδειχθεί ότι θα είναι πολύ δημοφιλής στους θεατές του Queen’s Club. Ταυτόχρονα είναι κρίμα που ο Kei Nishikori τραυματίστηκε επειδή είχε μια φανταστική πορεία στους 16 πέρσι και κέρδισε ένα σετ εναντίον του Rafael Nadal. Του ευχόμαστε γρήγορη ανάρρωση.»

Ο Μάρκος έχει παίξει στο Queen’s Club μόνο μια φορά προηγουμένως το 2005, όπου έχασε από τον Paul-Henri Mathieu στον πρώτο γύρο.

06-10-2009, 03:38 AM
Επιστροφή στις νίκες για Μάρκο

O Μάρκος Παγδατής επέστρεψε στις επιτυχίες με την πρώτη του νίκη στο World Tour από τον Μάρτιο, επικρατώντας του βρετανού James Ward με 6-2, 6-3.

Δεν έχω κερδίσει αγώνα από το Miami,” είπε ο Μάρκος. “Δεν έχω την καλύτερη αυτοπεποίθεση και δεν είμαι στην καλύτερη φόρμα της καριέρας μου. Ήμουν τραυματίας πέρσι για 8 μήνες και είμαι χαρούμενος που είμαι πίσω στα γήπεδα και προπονούμαι. Δε με ενδιαφέρει αν κερδίζω ή χάνω. Θέλω να κερδίζω αλλά πάνω απ'όλα να είμαι χαρούμενος στο γήπεδο".

Επόμενος αντίπαλος του Παγδατή για τον 2ο γύρο του AEGON Championships ο ρώσος No. 14 στο ταμπλό, Mikhail Youzhny.

06-15-2009, 06:13 PM
Παγδατής: Μένω συγκεντρωμένος στο τένις μου
Με πολύ ειλικρίνεια μίλησε ο Μάρκος Παγδατής μέσα από το προσωπικό του blog στο Ο Μάρκος βρίσκεται στο ‘s-Hertogenbosh, όπου προετοιμάζεται για το Ordina Open αφού πέρασε πέντε μέρες στο Λονδίνο για το AEGON Championships στο Queen’s Club.

"Ήταν ωραία να είμαι στο Λονδίνο, αλλά δεν κατάφερα πολλά επειδή ήμουν άρρωστος την περασμένη εβδομάδα." δήλωσε ο Μάρκος, "Ήμουν με τα αντιβιοτικά και έτσι δεν ήταν πολύ διασκεδαστικό. Επειδή ήμουν πραγματικά πολύ άρρωστος την περασμένη εβδομάδα, δεν πέρασα καλά ούτε και πήγα σε αξιοθέατα. Τα καλά νέα είναι ότι αισθάνομαι πολύ καλύτερα τώρα!"

Μπροστά στο μεγάλο τουρνουά που ξεκινά ο Μάρκος δήλωσε "Ελπίζω να έχω μια καλή κλήρωση στο Ordina Open. Μερικές φορές χρειάζεσαι λίγη τύχη για να κερδίσεις μερικούς πόντους, να σου δώσει ο αντίπαλος σου ένα-δυο έξτρα πόντους και να πάρεις πίσω λίγη αυτοπεποίθηση και οι νίκες θα έρθουν."

Όπως είναι γνωστό ο Μάρκος προπονείται πια με νέο προπονητή. "Προς το παρόν ταξιδεύω με τον καινούργιο μου προπονητή, τον Eduardo Infantino. Τα πάμε πολύ καλά, συζητούμε πολύ. Προσπαθούμε να γνωρίσουμε ο ένας τον άλλο, ειδικά αυτός προσπαθεί να με γνωρίσει – όχι σαν άτομο – αλλά πως σκέφτομαι. Προς το παρόν συζητούμε πολύ για το πώς θα βρούμε τον τρόπο να κάνουμε τα πράγματα καλύτερα. Στην προετοιμασία για την σαιζόν των γηπέδων με γρασίδι δουλεύουμε λίγο στο σέρβις και στην επιστροφή και τα πάμε καλά. Κέρδισα ένα αγώνα, είχα κάποιες ευκαιρίες εναντίον του Youzhny και όπως είπα, είναι θέμα να προσπαθήσω να στρέψω αγώνα υπέρ μου και να κερδίσω μερικούς αγώνες σαν αυτό."

Το γρασίδι είναι μια αγαπημένη επιφάνεια για το Μάρκο. Οι ειδικοί μάλιστα λένε πως ίσως να είναι η επιφάνεια που θα μπορούσε να μεγαλουργήσει. Το Wimbledon είναι ο ναός για το χόρτο. Ο Μάρκος έχει πολλές φορές εκδηλώσει την επιθυμία για μια καλή παρουσία εκεί, ειδικά από το γεγονός ότι εκεί έρχεται να τον δει πολύς κόσμος και οι δικοί του άνθρωποι. "Δεν ξέρω ακόμη αν η οικογένεια και οι φίλοι μου θα έλθουν μαζί μου στο Wimbledon, δεν τους μίλησα για τούτο. Ελπίζω ότι θα έλθει η μητέρα μου. Νομίζω ότι θα έλθουν, έρχονται πάντα και μένουμε σε ένα σπίτι στο Wimbledon."

Ο Μάρκος προσπαθεί να βελτιώσει την ψυχολογία του και το παιχνίδι του. Για αυτόν είναι μία δύσκολη πορεία με στόχο την άνοδο στην παγκόσμια κατάταξη. "Δεν επικοινωνώ πολύ με την οικογένεια και τους φίλους μου όταν ταξιδεύω. Ειδικά τώρα που έχω, όχι δυσκολίες, αλλά είναι η δυσκολότερη στιγμή στη καριέρα μου. Έτσι προσπαθώ να συγκεντρωθώ, να δουλεύω το παιγνίδι μου και να μένω στο «καβούκι» μου και βασικά να μη μιλώ σε πολλούς ανθρώπους και να κάνω απλά το δικό μου. Απλά προπονούμε και προπονούμε και μένω συγκεντρωμένος στο τένις μου."

06-17-2009, 12:42 AM
Μάρκος για φίλημα!

Ένας Μάρκος Παγδατής βγαλμένος από τα παλιά χόρεψε πάνω στο γρασίδι του Ordina Open στο s-Hertogenbosch της Ολλανδίας. Ο Κύπριος αθλητής αγωνίζεται στο τουρνουά των 450.000 ευρώ σε μια επιφάνεια που αγαπά πολύ.

Μετά από αρκετές αναβολές και καθυστερήσεις λόγω βροχής επικράτησε του Τόμι Ρομπρέδο, παίζοντας επιθετικά με 7-5, 6-2 και πήρε το εισιτήριο για το δεύτερο γύρο.

Αυτή είναι μια νίκη που τη χρειαζόταν ο Μάρκος, όπως είχε δηλώσει μέσα από το προσωπικό του Blog.
They keep using the same pics over and over:o
You'd think they'd use pictures of Marcos in the Athens Exhibition, since they have tons of them on that site:rolleyes:

06-18-2009, 05:44 PM

They used a new-ish one here!:p

Go Marko!!:yeah:
Even after such stupid luck,he remains positive,doesn't lose his determination and his humour!:yeah: Get well soon Markouli!:hug:

06-18-2009, 08:28 PM
Get well soon:hug:

06-20-2009, 11:05 PM

06-21-2009, 12:53 PM
In 3 weeks he will be back 100%!!:bounce: :bounce: :yeah:

07-11-2009, 03:17 AM
Νίκη με τη βοήθεια του γιατρού

Συνεχίζοντας την παράδοση που θέλει τον Μάρκο Παγδατή να κερδίζει σε αγώνες Davis Cup, ο κύπριος πρωταθλητής, παίζοντας με τεράστια ψυχικά αποθέματα, κέρδισε μετά απο ένα συγκλονιστικό ματς, τον πρώτο αγώνα της ημέρας σε πέντε σετ, 6-7, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Ο Μάρκος, ο οποίος υπέφερε απο πόνους στο γόνατο στο 5-3 του πρώτου σετ, έχασε το πρώτο σετ στο "tie-break" απέναντι στο Ιρλανδό Λούκ Σόρενσεν. Το δεύτερο σετ τέλειωσε υπέρ του Παγδατή με σκορ 6-4, μετά και απο ιατρικό "time-out" στο 1-0.

Στο τρίτο σετ, η απόδοση του Ιρλανδού ανέβηκε κατακόρυφα, παίζοντας πολύ σταθερό και γρήγορο τένις, κερδίζοντας και το σετ με 6-3, μετά και απο δεύτερο ιατρικό "time-out" για τον Παγδατή. Στο τέταρτο και πέμπτο σετ, ο Μάρκος κατάφερε να επιβληθεί αν και δεν μπορούσε να κινηθεί όπως θα ήθελε μέσα στο γήπεδο και πήρε την πρώτη νίκη για την Κύπρο κερδίζοντας τα 2 τελευταία σετ με 7-5 και 6-4, δίνοντας το έναυσμα για πανηγυρισμούς στο στο κεντρικό γήπεδο του Εθνικού Κέντρου Τένις.

Σε δηλώσεις του ο Μάρκος τόνισε την κρισιμότητα του αυριανού αγώνα, κάνοντας έκκληση προς τον κόσμο να έρθει στο γήπεδο και να υποστηρίξει την Κυπριακή ομάδα, στο δύσκολο αγώνα του διπλού, ο οποίος σίγουρα θα είναι και ο πλέον καθοριστικός αγώνας, αγώνας ο οποίος ίσως κρίνει και τον νικητή της συνάντησης.

"...σίγουρα δεν έπαιξα το καλύτερο μου τένις σήμερα επειδή όπως είδατε υπέφερα κατά διαστήματα απο αρκετούς πόνους στο πόδι...το πρόβλημα στο αριστερό γόνατο δεν ήταν πολύ σοβαρό όμως δεν μου επέτρεπε να κινηθώ σωστά και να παίξω γρήγορο τένις...η αστάθεια στο πόδι σίγουρα επιδρούσε αρνητικά στην αυτοπεποίθηση μου μέσα στον αγώνα...οι καιρικές συνθήκες ήταν πολύ δύσκολες στην αρχή και έφεραν και την ανάλογη κούραση σε κάποια διαστήματα...ο αντίπαλος μου έπαιξε πολύ καλό τένις, χωρίς βεβιασμένα λάθη απο τη βασική γραμμή και σίγουρα έπρεπε να βρώ τις λύσεις για να κερδίσω τον αγώνα...έχω αρκετό χρόνο μπροστά μου να ξεκουραστώ για τον πολύ σημαντικό αγώνα του διπλού αύριο, τον οποίο αν κερδίσουμε, θα πάρουμε σοβαρό προβάδισμα...ευελπιστώ οτι όλος ο κόσμος θα βρεθεί δίπλα μας στο Εθνικό Κέντρο, υποστηρίζοντας την ομάδα μας..." δήλωσε ο Πρωταθλητής μας στην διάσκεψη τύπου.

Η Κύπρος παίζει με την Ιρλανδία στο δεύτερο γύρο του Davis Cup αυτό το Σαββατοκύριακο. Ο Μάρκος επιστρέφει μετά τον τραυματισμό του στον αγώνα με τον Raemon Sluiter στο Ordina Open. Ένας τραυματισμός που πόνεσε πολύ την ψυχολογία του Μάρκου, αλλά του έδωσε και τη δυνατότητα να ανασυνταχτεί.

Ο Φώτος Καλλίας θα υποδεχτεί ως δεύτερος παίκτης στα μονά για την Κύπρο και θα αντιμετωπίσει τον Ιρλανδό Conor Niland. Ο Μάρκος και ο Καλλίας θα ενώσουν τις δυνάμεις τους στα διπλά εναντίον του James McGee και του Colin O’Brien, πριν από τους επαναληπτικούς των μονών την Κυριακή, όπου ο Μάρκος θα παίξει και πάλι πρώτος.

07-21-2009, 03:33 AM

07-21-2009, 04:09 AM
Indianapolis Tennis Championships Preview
Saturday, July 18

By Bill Scott

Marcos Baghdatis returns to the Indianapolis Tennis Championships in the starring role of crowd pleaser after the Wimbledon-induced hip flexor injury absence of American idol Andy Roddick.

The popular Cypriot was last seen being stretchered off court in the Netherlands after an injury. But it will be a good time to start afresh as the 1996 Australian Open finalist makes his second trip to the event.

His only other appearance was in 2005, when he won a round and was then beaten by Dane Kenneth Carlsen. Less than six months later, Baghdatis was playing the match of his life as he faced Roger Federer for the Grand Slam title in Melbourne.

Baghdatis missed eight months of 2008 with injury, and then hurt his knee last month, missing Wimbledon.

"I don't care, losing or winning, I want to win, but I just want to feel happy on court. I want to find my personality on court which I lost because of my injuries will take time, but I'll fight. I'll wait until it comes," said the determined Cypriot.

The No. 148 plays first against American Wayne Odesnik.

Roddick's ill-fated bid for a third title in the Midwest sank as coach Larry Stefanki made the painful call to organizers of the opening event of the US Open Series.

Stefanki offered no clues as to when his man might be ready to action - the Open starts in just six weeks. But the three-time Wimbledon finalist against Federer is taking his time in finding his feet after the devastating loss at the All England club.

Roddick had complained of his hip problem after his dramatic defeat two weeks ago.

It's the second post-Wimbledon no-show for Austin-based Roddick, who also opted out with disastrous results of the US Davis Cup quarter-final this month in Croatia.

Roddick has given no indication of when he will be mentally and physically to re-joining the tennis wars, with the Indianapolis event marking the start run-up Open, which begins August 31.

Robby Ginepri now takes a place in the 32-man main draw, with the 2005 champion hoping to find some form after a bout of appendicitis early in 2009.

Top seed Dmitry Tursunov is no stranger to the Indy tennis weekends, lifting the title in 2007 and falling in the final a year ago to Frenchman Gilles Simon.

No. 24 Tursunov has been inactive since losing in the Wimbledon opening round to German Mischa Zverev. After missing Russia's Davis Cup defeat in Israel, he starts his hardcourt summer against Michael Berrer of Germany.

Israeli surprise packet Dudi Sela led his side over the Russian in Tel Aviv. But it will be back down to earth for the 24-year-old No. 30 when the second seed starts his Midwest campaign against wily Floridian Vince Spadea.

Californian Sam Querrey grabs the third seeding ahead of of Russian Igor Kunitysn and Germany's Benjamin Becker, who played his college tennis in the US.


07-21-2009, 04:09 AM
Indianapolis Tennis Championships Preview
Saturday, July 18

By Bill Scott

Marcos Baghdatis returns to the Indianapolis Tennis Championships in the starring role of crowd pleaser after the Wimbledon-induced hip flexor injury absence of American idol Andy Roddick.

The popular Cypriot was last seen being stretchered off court in the Netherlands after an injury. But it will be a good time to start afresh as the 1996 Australian Open finalist makes his second trip to the event.

His only other appearance was in 2005, when he won a round and was then beaten by Dane Kenneth Carlsen. Less than six months later, Baghdatis was playing the match of his life as he faced Roger Federer for the Grand Slam title in Melbourne.

Baghdatis missed eight months of 2008 with injury, and then hurt his knee last month, missing Wimbledon.

"I don't care, losing or winning, I want to win, but I just want to feel happy on court. I want to find my personality on court which I lost because of my injuries will take time, but I'll fight. I'll wait until it comes," said the determined Cypriot.

The No. 148 plays first against American Wayne Odesnik.

Roddick's ill-fated bid for a third title in the Midwest sank as coach Larry Stefanki made the painful call to organizers of the opening event of the US Open Series.

Stefanki offered no clues as to when his man might be ready to action - the Open starts in just six weeks. But the three-time Wimbledon finalist against Federer is taking his time in finding his feet after the devastating loss at the All England club.

Roddick had complained of his hip problem after his dramatic defeat two weeks ago.

It's the second post-Wimbledon no-show for Austin-based Roddick, who also opted out with disastrous results of the US Davis Cup quarter-final this month in Croatia.

Roddick has given no indication of when he will be mentally and physically to re-joining the tennis wars, with the Indianapolis event marking the start run-up Open, which begins August 31.

Robby Ginepri now takes a place in the 32-man main draw, with the 2005 champion hoping to find some form after a bout of appendicitis early in 2009.

Top seed Dmitry Tursunov is no stranger to the Indy tennis weekends, lifting the title in 2007 and falling in the final a year ago to Frenchman Gilles Simon.

No. 24 Tursunov has been inactive since losing in the Wimbledon opening round to German Mischa Zverev. After missing Russia's Davis Cup defeat in Israel, he starts his hardcourt summer against Michael Berrer of Germany.

Israeli surprise packet Dudi Sela led his side over the Russian in Tel Aviv. But it will be back down to earth for the 24-year-old No. 30 when the second seed starts his Midwest campaign against wily Floridian Vince Spadea.

Californian Sam Querrey grabs the third seeding ahead of of Russian Igor Kunitysn and Germany's Benjamin Becker, who played his college tennis in the US.

07-21-2009, 04:15 AM
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07-23-2009, 04:16 AM
Αποκλείστηκε ο Παγδατής

Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής δε κατάφερε να προχωρήσει στο τουρνουά $250.000 'Indianapolis Tennis Championships'. Στον 1ο γύρο αντιμετώπισε τον Αμερικάνο Odesnik, Νο100 στον κόσμο με 2-1 σετ (7-6, 1-6, 6-4) και αποκλείστηκε.
Αυτή ήταν μόνο η δεύτερη τους συνάντηση και ο Μάρκος είχε το ψυχολογικό προβάδισμα πριν τον αγώνα αφού πέρσι έχει νικήσει τον Αμερικανό στο Indian Wells σε παρόμοιο επίπεδο.

Ο Odesnik έχει φέτος μια πολύ δυνατή σαιζόν τόσο σε hard-court όσο και clay-court. Αξιοσημείωτες επιδόσεις του περιλαμβάνουν την νίκη του στο Carson, καθώς και το ότι έφθασε στον τελικό στο Houston, όπου έχασε από τον πρώην πρωταθλητή του Wimbledon, LLeyton Hewitt.

08-05-2009, 11:32 AM
VANCOUVER — He was once No. 8 in the world, but his current ranking has slipped to No. 136.

A hero back home in Cyprus and one of the most popular players on the pro tour, Marcos Baghdatis is an example of how things can shift quickly in the topsy turvy world of the professional net game. Making both the final of the Australian Open — where he lost to Roger Federer — and the semifinal of Wimbledon in 2006 propelled Baghdatis to his career high.

As recently as the end of 2007 he was still ranked in the top 20. However, last year back and knee injuries sent his ranking plummeting to the point where he now finds himself on the comeback trail.

Players of Baghdatis’ talent would normally give events like the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, with a combined men’s and women’s purse of $175,000 US, a pass. But after winning just one match in his last two events on the main ATP Tour — at stops in Indianapolis and Los Angeles — events like the one at the Hollyburn Country Club begin to look like attractive alternatives.

“I’m here because my ranking is not so good right now and it’s been a while since I’ve played through a whole week,” Baghdatis explained. “But that’s not the only reason I’m here. I’m good friends with Dudi Sela — a two-time Van Open champion — and he told me this was a great place to play. It’s beautiful here. So green. Not like home where it is a bit too dry.”

One of the reasons Baghdatis is so confident of a successful comeback is his age.

The former world No. 1-ranked junior is still only 24. Even in the youth-obsessed tennis world that’s plenty young enough to be thinking maybe his best tennis is yet to come.

“I definitely have the tennis (game) to come back,” he insists. “If I work hard it will come.”

A native of Limassol, Cyprus, where he still makes his home, Baghdatis isn’t sure why he’s a fan favourite. Perhaps it’s as simple as the fact people connect easily with somebody who obviously enjoys what he does.

“I love to play tennis, so I smile a lot when I’m on the court,” says the No. 3 seed. “I have fun on the court. Maybe people just like to see happy people.”

08-05-2009, 11:34 AM
WEST VANCOUVER — The top men’s seeds are falling at the $175,000 US Odlum Brown VanOpen but the top attraction is still alive.

Former world No. 8 and Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis won his first-round match 6-4, 6-2 Tuesday night over 18-year-old American Devin Britton, the youngest ever NCAA men’s singles champion.

Monday night, the No. 1-seed Rajeev Ram lost, and Tuesday the Nos. 2 and 4 seeds fell. Baghdatis is seeded third, as his world ranking has dipped to 136 during an injury-plagued two years.

“It’s not very easy to play against somebody you don’t know and he has nothing to lose, he’s just going for a lot of shots,” said Baghdatis. “So I’m pretty happy I found a way to win. I came here to win matches, not to play good, so I’m happy I’m winning. That’s what I want to feel again and I’ll try to do it the whole week here.”

Baghdatis faced a break point up 5-4 in the first but won the set with three straight solid first serves, including an ace.

In the second set, he broke Britton — an Ole Miss freshman-turned-pro — to go ahead 2-1 and really showed his class in the next three games, jumping out to a 5-1 lead.

In that sixth game, Baghdatis brought a sold-out crowd of around 2,000 to its feet with a series of alternating drop volleys and lobs that had Britton on the run. Britton made a great leaping backhand overhead to stay in the point, but Baghdatis made a pair of reaction volleys to finish it off.

08-08-2009, 03:18 PM
Νίκη και πρόκριση του Μάρκου στα ημιτελικά

Δυσκολεύτηκε αλλά η νίκη είναι νίκη! Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής στα προημιτελικά του Vancouver Open της σειράς Challenger Tour απέκλεισε με 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 τον Philip Bester από τον Καναδά.

Ο Μάρκος πραγματικά χρειάζεται τις νίκες, καθώς είναι ένας παίκτης ψυχολογίας. Από την αρχή του τουρνουά δήλωσε πως θέλει τη νίκη στα παιχνίδια του για να ξανανοιώσει αυτό το αίσθημα.

Νομίζουμε πως βρίσκεται στο σωστό δρόμο καθώς και στα διπλά με συμπαίχτη τον αργεντινό Juan-Francisco Spina (φωτό) βρίσκονται ήδη στον ημιτελικό καθώς άφησαν εκτός διοργάνωσης τον Κορεάτη Kyu Tae Im και τον Αυστραλό Marinko Matosevic με 6-4, 6-4. Στους ημιτελικούς θα αντιμετωπίσουν το ζεύγος του Ramon Delgado από την Παραγουάη και του Αμερικανού Kaes Van’t Hof

08-10-2009, 07:07 AM
Dubois, Baghdatis crowned at VanOpen

By Marc Weber 08-10-2009 COMMENTS(0) Making a Racket

Sania Mirza was going for the Canadian hat trick on Sunday. Stephanie Dubois played goalie.
Dubois did what countrywomen Rebecca Marino and Sharon Fichman weren’t quite able to at the $75,000 US Odlum Brown VanOpen, stopping India’s top player by scores of 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 for her seventh career International Tennis Federation title.
“I think that the other Canadians tired her a little bit, they had a really good match, [both] of them,” said Dubois, a 22-year-old from Laval, Que. who, at No. 129, is Canada’s top-ranked player behind Aleksandra Wozniak.
“I came back and the third set was so close, it could have been either way, but I think I finished strong.”
In the final of the men’s $100,000 event, overwhelming crowd favourite Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, the third seed, beat unseeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-4, 6-4 in a battle of former top-20 players.
Top seed Mirza had to go the distance in her previous two matches, including a quarterfinal win over Vancouver’s Marino that ended close to midnight on Friday. The final wasn’t a work of art, with both players struggling mightily to hold serve, but second-seeded Dubois had more fight in her at the end.
After blowing three break points to go up 3-0 in the third, Dubois capitalized on her fifth break point at 4-all. On match point, she let out a high-pitched scream and leaped into the air after Mirza’s shot sailed out.
Dubois last won an ITF title (one step below the main WTA Tour) in July of 2007, just before coming to Vancouver. That year she dropped the VanOpen final to Great Britain’s Anne Keothavong, and Dubois said after Sunday’s victory that she’d thought hard about joining the row of winner’s photographs that hang on the grounds. She did win doubles here in 2007.
“I was visualizing to have my picture on the wall over there,” said Dubois, a career-best No. 95 who had the crowd firmly behind her. “I’ve been working hard lately. I think it’s just mentally I’m more strong and more calm. I’m really focusing at the moment.
“It’s a big tournament and it’s great to win in my country,” she said.
Dubois earned $11,400 for the win, while Mirza, ranked 83rd in the world and trying to make it back into the top 30, took home $6,080.
Baghdatis, who added some serious star power to this year’s VanOpen — all the ball kids swarmed him after the final, begging for any article of clothing — could have taken a wild card into the $1.4 million Legg Mason Classic in Washington instead of coming to Vancouver.
He said at the outset that he was here to win matches, not necessarily play well. The former world No. 8 did both in the final, albeit against an under-the-weather Malisse, who was playing his 10th match in 12 days after winning the $50,000 Granby Challenger in Quebec.
“It’s been a long time [since] winning a tournament and having the feeling of winning something,” said Baghdatis, who last won a title in January, 2007 and is a close friend of last year’s VanOpen winner Dudi Sela of Israel. “It’s very nice, especially also in the final I played really good, so the tennis is coming back and I’m really happy.”
Like Mirza, Baghdatis is coming back from injury and his ranking has slipped to 136. He said he won’t play qualies at the U.S. Open and will instead return to Cyprus to train for two weeks.
He earned $14,400 for the win, while Malisse walked off with $8,480.
All the players heaped praise on the tournament that started off as a $25,000 women’s only event at the Jericho Tennis Club in 2002. Both Mirza and Baghdatis said they hoped to come back one day when it was a full-fledged tour event.
"I've never seen a Challenger played at such a nice club," remarked Malisse.


08-10-2009, 07:11 AM
Hopefully he will get a WC or even better has already arranged to get one :scared: :awww:

08-10-2009, 02:31 PM
Στον τελικό ο Μάρκος

Την πρόκριση στον τελικό του Odlum Brown Van Open εξασφάλισε ο Μάρκος Παγδατής μετά τη μεγάλη του νίκη απέναντι στον Βρετανό Alex Bogdanovic με 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 στο Vancouver. Στο διπλό δεν είχε την ίδια τύχη, καθώς με συμπαίκτη τον Αργεντινό Juan-Francisco Spina (φωτογραφία) έχασαν στον ημιτελικό με 6-4, 7-6(4) από τους Ramon Delgado και Kaes Van’t Hof.

Στον τελικό ο Μάρκος αντιμετωπίζει τον πολύ έμπειρο, πρώην Νο19 στον κόσμο Xavier Malisse από το Βέλγιο. Ο Μάρκος μετά από τους πολλούς του τραυματισμούς είναι η πρώτη φορά μετά τον Ιούνιο του 2007 που βρίσκεται ξανά σε τελικό κάποιας διοργάνωσης. Καλή επιτυχία Μάρκο

08-10-2009, 02:36 PM
Τίτλος για Παγδατή στο Vancouver

Με τον καλύτερο τρόπο ολοκλήρωσε τις υποχρεώσεις του στο τουρνουά 'Odlum Brown Vancouver Open' του Καναδά ο Μάρκος Παγδατής κερδίζωντας τον τίτλο στο μονό. Στον τελικό νίκησε τον Βέλγο Xavier Malisse με 6-4, 6-4 σε 80 λεπτά και παράλληλα κέρδισε $14,400 αλλά και 90 πόντους στην παγκόσμια κατάταξη που τον ανέβασαν 25 θέσεις (111).

Αυτή την εβδομάδα ο κύπριος πρωταθλητής θα αγωνιστεί σε ένα ακόμη τουρνουά Challenger, σε αυτό του Binghamton της Νέας Υόρκης ($50.000) και θα προσπαθήσει να μεγαλώσει το νικηφόρο του σερί.

08-15-2009, 11:05 PM

08-18-2009, 07:39 PM
Ήττα στα προκριματικά του Cinicinnati

O Μάρκος Παγδατής δε τα κατάφερε στην πρεμιέρα των προκριματικών του 'Western & Southern Financial Group Masters' στο Cincinnati, χάνοντας στον 1ο γύρο από τον Αμερικανό και Νο 8 του ταμπλό Robert Kendrick με 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Επόμενο τουρνουά για τον Κύπριο πρωταθλητή στο Pilot Pen Tennis του New Haven, της σειράς ATP World Tour 250, μια εβδομάδα πριν το US Open.

08-25-2009, 12:06 PM
NEW HAVEN — Three years ago, Marcos Baghdatis was a rising young star on the ATP Tour.

A parade of maladies quickly sidetracked a once promising career. There was a stress fracture of his right wrist; then a pair of herniated disks in his back; earlier this year it was a balky knee.

Baghdatis, still only 24, has struggled to regain the form that once made him the No. 8 player in the world.

On Monday, Baghdatis, ranked 109th and visibly out of shape, was bounced from the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in straight sets by qualifier Frederico Gil 6-4, 6-3 in the first round.

Gil broke Baghdatis’ serve for the first time to win the opening set. Baghdatis was barely in the match in the second set, wilting under the afternoon heat with unforced errors and service woes. A fan favorite wherever he plays, Baghdatis didn’t acknowledge cheers from the crowd as he left Stadium Court.

“I’m really sorry to the tournament because they gave me a wild card (entry), and I acted a bit like an idiot,” Baghdatis said. “That’s why I’m so disappointed now. There’s no excuse. ... Everything was a big issue today. It was one of those days on the court when I could not find a way.”

Baghdatis, a native of Cyprus and once the top-rated junior player in the world, emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the tour in 2006 at age 21. He lost to Roger Federer in the final of the Australian Open, reached the semifinals at Wimbledon (losing to Rafael Nadal), and spent 13 weeks ranked in the top 10 in the world.

He reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2007 and finished the year ranked in the top 20. But over the last two years, injuries have sidetracked his career. A stress fracture in his wrist and back problems limited him to 12 tournaments in 2008.

After reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open in January, a knee problem has hampered him much of the year. It forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon. It’s also kept him from his normal training and conditioning regimen.

Earlier this month, he was able to win the Vancouver Open, a challenger event. That was followed by a first-round loss to Robert Kendrick in Cincinnati last week, and then Monday’s lackluster performance.

There’s still time to salvage his career, Baghdatis says. The first order of business is time away from tennis to focus strictly on getting back into playing shape. He recently opted not to play in the U.S. Open.

“I’ve realized some things the last seven weeks that are positive,” Baghdatis said. “I also realized I’m way back on my tennis and my fitness. That’s why I decided not to play the U.S. Open.

“I’m going to take two or three weeks off, work hard and try to come back. Everyone is fit; very fit. I need to take some time to get back on my feet after the injuries. It’s frustrating.”


08-26-2009, 12:43 AM
Έχασε μια μεγάλη ευκαιρία ο Μάρκος

Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής έχασε μια ευκαιρία να κερδίσει μερικούς πόντους που θα του επέτρεπαν να συμμετάσχει στο US Open. Η κλήρωση στο Pilot Pen Tennis τον έφερε αντιμέτωπο την Δευτέρα το απόγευμα, εναντίον του Πορτογάλου Frederico Gil που προκρίθηκε στο τουρνουά του ATP World Tour 250. Ο Αρ. 110 στον Κόσμο Gil προκρίθηκε στην κύρια κλήρωση αφού έχασε μόνο ένα σετ, νικώντας τον Stephen Bass, τον Brendan Evans και τον Dusan Vemic. Κάνει την πρώτη του εμφάνιση στο New Haven.

Ο Gil άνοιξε την σαιζόν 2009 με στη σειρά εμφανίσεις σε ημιτελικούς στο Johannesburg και στο Costa do Sauipe και αργότερα έφθασε στα προημιτελικά στην Casablanca τον Απρίλη. Από τότε όμως, απέτυχε να κερδίσει στη σειρά αγώνες σε επίπεδο tour και έκανε μεγάλη εντύπωση που στο ATP Challenger Tour έφθασε στους τελικούς στην Τυνησία και στους ημιτελικούς στην Κωνσταντινούπολη.

Ο Μάρκος είχε παίξει με τον Gil μόνο μια φορά προηγουμένως και τον κέρδισε σε συνεχόμενα σετ στο Davis Cup στην αρχή της σαιζόν. Αυτή τη φορά όμως, ένα break σε καθε σετ έφερε το Μάρκο πίσω στο σκορ και τον οδήγησε σε μία απρόσμενη ήττα με 6-4, 6-3.

Αμέσως μετά τον αποκλεισμό ο Μάρκος δήλωσε ότι θα ξεκουραστεί μερικές ημέρες και όπως φαίνεται δε θα αγωνιστεί στο US Open.

09-12-2009, 03:10 PM
Εύκολα προχωράει ο Μάρκος στη Γαλλία

Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής αυτή την εβδομάδα βρίσκεται στη Γαλλία όπου αγωνίζεται στο σκληρό γήπεδο στο St. Remy de Provence. Εϋκολη νίκη σημείωσε στον πρώτο γύρο του Trophee des Alpilles επικρατώντας του Daniel Evans της Μεγάλης Βρετανίας με 6-3, 6-2.

Το ίδιο εύκολο ήταν και το πέρασμα του Μάρκου στους προημιτελικούς του Trophee des Alpilles αφού ο Γερμανός Dominik Meffert αποσύρθηκε από την αναμέτρηση τους του δεύτερου γύρου τραυματισμένος.

09-13-2009, 05:57 PM
Πέρασε στον ημιτελικό ο Μάρκος

Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής συνέχισε την καλή του πορεία στο Trophee des Alpilles. Σήμερα αντιμετώπισε τον Ελβετό Stephane Bohli τον οποίο νίκησε με 7-6(5), 6-3.

Εϊναι η δεύτερη φορά φέτος που ο Μάρκος καταφέρνει να φτάσει σε ένα ημιτελικό σε ένα Challenger, έχοντας φέτος κερδίσει τον τίτλο στο Odlum Brown Van Open title στο Vancouver.

Στον ημιτελικό θα συναντήσει τον Γερμανό Bjorn Phau με τον οποίο αγωνίζεται αντιμέτωπος για πρώτη φορά.

09-13-2009, 05:59 PM
Στον τελικό ο Μάρκος
Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής πάλεψε σαν λιοντάρι την πρόκριση στον τελικό του Trophee des Alpilles. Σήμερα αντιμετώπισε τον Γερμανό Bjorn Phau και πάνω στο νήμα τον άφησε εκτός τελικού παίρνοντας ο ίδιος την πρόκριση με 7-6, 7-6 στο St Remy.

Επόμενος αντίπαλός του θα είναι είτε τον Xavier Malisse, τον οποίο νίκησε στον τελικό στο Vancouver, ή ο Σλοβάκος Lukas Lacko

09-14-2009, 05:30 AM
Marcos won the final 6-4 6-1 - Well done Marcos

09-16-2009, 11:21 AM
Marcos received a WC for Beijing already ;)

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Davis Cup:

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10-02-2009, 04:05 AM
Τίτλοι τέλος για το Μάρκο στην Κουάλα Λουμπούρ

Η μάχη του Μάρκου Παγδατή στο Proton Malaysian Open΄Κουάλα Λουμπούρ 2009 έφτασε στο τέλος της στον δεύτερο γύρο στα χέρια του Mikhail Youzhny. Ο Ρώσος, Νο 52 στον κόσμο, σφράγισε την νίκη του με 6-2, 6-3 σε 67 λεπτά.

Ο 27χρονος Youzhny ήταν σε εκπληκτική φόρμα, μετά τον αποκλεισμό του Νο 7 του ταμπλό Ισπανό David Ferrer στον πρώτο γύρο. Ο Μοσχοβίτης αξιοποίησε τέσσερα από τα έξη break points που δημιούργησε ενώ δεν αντιμετώπισε ούτε ένα στο δικό του σέρβις, και παρέδωσε μόλις έξι πόντους στο σέρβις του σε όλη την διάρκεια του αγώνα.

Η επόμενη μάχη για τον Μάρκο θα είναι το China Open που αρχίζει στο Πεκίνο την ερχόμενη εβδομάδα. Είναι ένα τουρνουά τένις του ATP World Tour 500, και έτσι προσφέρονται αρκετοί πόντοι κατάταξης. Ο Μάρκος είχε επιτυχία εκεί στο παρελθόν, κερδίζοντας τον παρθενικό του τίτλο σε ATP World Tour το 2008 με μια ευρεία νίκη επί του Mario Ancic.

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Interview of the Day : Marcos Baghdatis PDF Print E-mail
Written by UTF
Saturday, 17 October 2009 19:28

By Sunder Iyer
Tashkent Challenger
Media Team

Marcos BaghdatisMarcos Baghdatis, made it to the third Challenger final of the year reaching the finals at Tashkent Challenger without losing a set so far. Having seen the best times and worst times on the Men’s Professional Tour, Baghdatis candidly shares his views with the media team on various issues.

Q. Marcos, Congratulations on your third final and it’s great to have you with us, your thoughts on your performance so far?
Marcos: I’m happy to be doing well in spite of the tough conditions against me. Basically the courts are fast and the balls are hard and it doesn’t suit my game, I’m happy that I’m winning matches finding solutions to these problems and winning which is very good.

Q. You’ve not lost a set so far, and seemed playing solid tennis?
Marcos: I can tell you this is not my best tennis, the conditions are not in my favour, I’m just playing 45% of my game, but am happy that I’m learning to counter these conditions.

Q. It’s been a rough period in terms of your health, your tennis you’re ranking in the past year?
Marcos: My game depends on my physique, I had lot of pains for a last year and a half and suffered many injuries, which lead to me being out for some time. But now I’m fighting very hard to make a come back and the last 3 months have been good. I have a new coach who is working on the mental side of tennis. He’s thought me to think positive everyday. My game is coming back and I won 2 challengers in the last 3 months and played a good match against Nadal recently. “ I’ve learnt to try and control what I can and leave out things which are not in my control” this thought process is certainly helping me.

Q. We’ve all seen you during the week as a serious and committed player with a sense of purpose off court, which is in contrast to your personality on court?
Marcos: Smiles, yes on court I’m a live person, having fun, laughing but off the court. I’ve always been a committed and focused tennis player since I was 14 year old. I’ve left my house my country to train and this was a huge responsibility on me. I worked hard, went to bed early, got up early as I had to take a 1 hour train journey to the place of practice every morning. All this has certainly taught me to give my 100% and sometimes more in whatever I do.

Q. What keeps Marcos Baghdatis going, and what would you like to tell young tennis players trying to make a career in tennis?
Marcos: Be positive, it’s a matter of character wanting more than the other person .Getting up in the morning and wanting, wanting, and wanting more and more from whatever one does. Sometimes you give a lot to sport, a lot, but the sport doesn’t give the same back to you like in my case I’ve been in the sport since the age of 10, but am still not getting the results, rankings I want. But one should learn not to get disappointed and give up. One should keep giving the best and want the best and that is my secret and my message.

Marcos BaghdatisQ. What is your immediate objective?
Marcus: I want to finish in the top 70 by the year end so can play at the bigger events. One can set objectives easily if in the top 10 or top 15 as one can expect easy couple of rounds. For others it is luck of draw because one might just end up playing Federer or Nadal in the very first round as one cannot control the draws. My priority is to play and win every match I play

Q. You are out of the top bracket, but continue to have fans who like you like here in Tashkent?
Marcos: I want to thank my fans for the love they have shown me and the love for my game. I’m honored to be here in Tashkent and happy to know I have fans here too. I like the people and the culture and the tournament here. I’ve played here before

Q. Traveling so much, do you have time to pursue any hobbies?
Marcos: It’s difficult to have hobbies, as I travel a lot. I like soccer and play it when I’m home. I like to hang out with my friends whenever I go back home. But I like to be spend time with my parents, drinking coffee with them and sharing an occasional cigar.

Q. Any thoughts on the finals tomorrow?
Marcos: Denis is a good player and has played grand slams this year, I’m playing him at home and he knows the conditions well and the courts. If he has to win he has to play better than me tomorrow, as I’m going to give everything I have.

10-18-2009, 04:42 PM
Thanks for the article :D
Cigars :smoke:

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10-18-2009, 04:59 PM
Τρίτωσε το καλό για Παγδατή

Mετά τους τίτλους Challenger που κατέκτησε σε Βανκούβερ και St Remy τους προηγούμενους μήνες, ο Μάρκος Παγδατής επιβεβαίωσε ότι τα τουρνουά της συγκεκριμένης σειράς είναι πολύ "λίγα" για την αξία του. Ο Κύπριος πρωταθλητής νίκησε 2-1 σετ τον γηπεδούχο Ιστόμιν στο Challenger της Τασκένδης στο Ουζμπεκιστάν.

Με σπουδαία εμφάνιση, στο 1ο και το 3ο σετ του τελικό, ο Μάρκος Παγδατής επικράτησε 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 του Ντένις Ιστόμιν στον τελικό του Taskent Challenger των 125.000 δολαρίων, κατακτώντας τον τρίτο του τίτλο στη συγκεκριμένη σειρά σε διάστημε λίγων μηνών. Ο 24χρονος Κύπριος πρωταθλητής, Νο3 του ταμπλό και Νο87 στον κόσμο, κυριάρχησε απόλυτα του αντιπάλου του και παρά το προσωρινό black out στο 2ο σετ, δεν απειλήθηκε καθόλου, φτάνοντας στη νίκη μετά από 1 ώρα και 30 λεπτά σε έναν πολύ γρήγορο και εντυπωσιακό αγώνα.

Ο Μάρκος κατέκτησε το 1ο σετ, εκμεταλευόμενος μόλις μια ευκαιρία από τις 8 που είχε για break, όμως ο Ιστόμιν με τη βοήθεια του κοινού κατάφερε να ισοφαρίσει, εκμεταλευόμενος την καθίζηση του Κύπριου πρωταθλητή. Στο 3ο σετ ο Μάρκος ήταν "άπαικτος" και αφού εκμεταλεύτηκε τη μοναδική ευκαιρία για break, έφτασε στη νίκη χωρίς να απειληθεί στο ελάχιστον απ'τον 23χρονο Ουζμπέκο, Νο101 στον κόσμο και Νο2 του ταμπλό.

Έτσι, ο Παγδατής ο οποίος έχασε το πρώτο του σετ στον τελικό, θα φύγει από την Τασκένδη με 18.000 δολάρια που αντιστοιχούν στο χρηματικό έπαθλο του πρωταθλητή αλλά και 110 πολύτιμους βαθμούς ATP οι οποίοι θα του επιτρέψουν να κάνει ένα καλό άλμα στην παγκόσμια κατάταξη. Ο Μάρκος βρίσκεται στο Νο87 του κόσμου με 595 βαθμούς και δεδομένου ότι δεν έχει να υπερασπιστεί πόντους από πέρυσι, τη Δευτέρα (19/10) θα έχει 705 βαθμούς οι οποίοι θα τον ανεβάσουν περίπου στο Νο72 της κατάταξης.

Κυριακή 18/10: Τελικός Tashkent Open
3-Baghdatis (Cyprus) beat 2-Istomin (Uzbekistan) 6-3 1-6 6-3

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10-22-2009, 08:02 PM
O Μάρκος σκότωσε το "κουνούπι"

Δεν άφησε κανένα περιθώριο αμφισβήτησης ο Μάρκος Παγδατής απόψε στη Στοκχόλμη. Ο Μάρκος με πολύ σταθερό παιχνίδι άφησε εκτός τον Juan Carlos Ferrero που έγινε γνωστός με το παρατσούκλι "το κουνούπι". Ο αγώνας ήταν στα πλαίσια του 1ου γύρου στο If Stockholm Open στη Σουηδία. Ο 24χρονος Κύπριος μπήκε πολύ συγκεντρωμένος στο παιχνίδι και από την αρχή έδειχνε κυριάρχος σε όλες τις φάσεις.

Στο πρώτο σετ ο Μάρκος εκμεταλεύτηκε το ένα από τα δύο breakpoints που είχε και πήρε το 1ο σετ με 6-4. Στο 2ο σετ ένα γρήγορο break στο 3ο game έδωσε τη διαφορά και με συνοπτικές διαδικασίες οδήγησε το παιχνίδι σε νίκη του Μάρκου με 6-2.

10-22-2009, 08:04 PM
Μάρκος: Είμαι πεινασμένος...

Νέα, πανάξια νίκη για το Μάρκο Παγδατή στο τουρνουά If Stockholm Open στη Σουηδία. Ο Μάρκος παίζοντας σταθερά και αποφασιστικά από τον πρώτο πόντο του παιχνιδιού έδωσε το στίγμα της νίκης. Ο αντίπαλός του, ο Αμερικανός Robert Kendrick, απλώς προσπάθησε να μείνει στο γήπεδο για 53 λεπτά καθώς ένας Μάρκος από τα παλιά κυριαρχούσε στο παιχνίδι.

Το τελικό σκορ 6-2, 6-2 φέρνει το Μάρκο στον τρίτο γύρο αντιμέτωπο με το Γάλλο Arnaud Clement. "Νοιώθω καλά και αυτό είναι το σημαντικότερο πράγμα" δήλωσε ο Μάρκος μετά τη νίκη. "Όταν ξυπνάς το πρωί και δεν πονάς, είναι εύκολο να παίξεις καλό τένος. Κινούμαι καλά μέσα στο γήπεδο και πραγματικά το ευχαριστιέμαι. Είμαι πεινασμένος για νίκες και θέλω να γυρίσω πίσω ακόμη πιο δυνατός".

Ο Μάρκος έχει προβάδισμα 2-1 απέναντι στον Clement. Η σύγκριση head to head για τους δύο παίκτες είναι διαθέσιμη εδώ.

I'm so proud of him :)

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10-23-2009, 05:47 AM
One of the best-if not THE best-articles I have ever read about Marcos.
Excellent writing


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Yes, it is love :hearts:

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10-28-2009, 03:05 AM
Μάρκος: Θα δουλέψω σκληρά

Μία μέρα μετά τη μεγάλη νίκη του Μάρκου Παγδατή και την κατάκτηση του ATP τίτλου στη Στοκχόλμη, που τον φέρνει στο Νο 41 της παγκόσμιας κατάταξης, ο Κύπριος αθλητής νοιώθει δικαιωμένος από την προσπάθειά του και γεμάτος αυτοπεποίθηση βλέπει το μέλλον.

"Πέρασε πολύς καιρός από τότε που κέρδισα τίτλο σε τουρνουά ATP World Tour” είπε ο Μάρκος. "Ο τελευταίος ήταν τον Φεβρουάριο 2007. Είμαι πολύ ευτυχισμένος αυτήν την στιγμή. Ήταν δύσκολα δύο χρόνια και ο τίτλος αυτός ήρθε όταν τον δεν το περίμενα, έτσι είναι ακόμη καλύτερα. Έπαιξα πραγματικά καλά στο πρώτο σετ. Ήταν σημαντικό να κάνω μια καλή αρχή, αλλά ο Olivier πίεζε στο δεύτερο σετ. Ήμουν λίγο τυχερός τελικά που κέρδισα σε δύο σετ. Ήθελα πολύ να κερδίσω αυτό τον αγώνα. Ήταν η ευκαιρία μου να κερδίσω ακόμη ένα τιτλο και κατάφερα να βρω την λύση για να κερδίσω."

Ο τίτλος είναι ο τρίτος του Μάρκου σε επίπεδο ATP World Tour, και ο πρώτος του μετά τον θρίαμβο του στο PBZ Zagreb Indoors τον Φεβρουάριο 2007 όταν νίκησε τον Ivan Ljubicic. Κέρδισε τον παρθενικό του τίτλο στο China Open με νίκη επί του Mario Ancic στο Πεκίνο τον Οκτώβριο 2006, τον ίδιο χρόνο που έφθασε στον τελικό του Australian Open (έχασε από τον Federer).

Ο Μάρκος έχει δει μια τεράστια ανάκαμψη της πορείας του τους περασμένους τρεις μήνες, αρχίζοντας από τον τίτλο του ATP Challenger Tour στο Vancouver τον Αύγουστο. Συνέχισε κερδίζοντας ακόμη δύο τίτλους ATP Challenger Tour στο St. Remy και στην Τασκένδη, βελτιώνοντας την κατάταξη του στο South African Airways 2009 ATP Ranking κατά 85 θέσεις από την θέση 151 της 6ης Ιουλίου.

Ο Μάρκος θα περάσει την επόμενη εβδομάδα στην Κύπρο για να ξεκουραστεί πριν ταξιδέψει στην Νότιο Κορέα για να παίξει σε ακόμη μια συνάντηση του ATP Challenger Tour.

"Θα δουλέψω σκληρά στην εποχή που δεν έχει αγώνες για να μπορέσω να αρχίσω τον χρόνο δυνατός του χρόνου και να προσπαθήσω και να είμαι πιο συνεπής και να παίξω ολόκληρο χρόνο. Ήταν δύσκολες για μένα οι περασμένες δύο εβδομάδες – έπαιξα 10 αγώνες (περιλαμβανομένου του εύκολου αγώνα με τον Soderling) και τους κέρδισα όλους, έτσι λοιπόν είμαι τώρα λίγο κουρασμένος. Θα ξεκουραστώ για μερικές μέρες πριν παίξω το τελευταίο μου τουρνουά, ένα Challenger στην Νότιο Κορέα".

10-28-2009, 08:11 PM
Interview in Greek:

10-29-2009, 04:52 PM
Interview in Greek:

Thanks for taking the time and trouble to post all these articles here. I may not post often but I always read them (with an online translator of course :o ) So thanks - it is much appreciated.

11-01-2009, 01:05 AM
Next time I should just translate them for you, and when I don't have time then I should post a link to a web translator. Silly me :smash:

11-08-2009, 11:58 AM
He is in Cyprus with his family :)

11-19-2009, 07:55 PM,el/
It's too bad for Marcos, but I'm actually happy that he'll play Sydney and get ranking points instead of the Kooyong exhibition :)

11-19-2009, 08:01 PM
He will play Brisbane, Syndey, and AO ;)

11-21-2009, 12:15 PM
I guess you know that he'll play Copa Argentina Peugeot exh, in BA at the end of december

11-21-2009, 06:42 PM
Yeah ;)
I think someone posted it here before :)

12-08-2009, 11:28 PM
Μία στάση στο Λονδίνο πριν την Αργεντινή για Μάρκο

Ο Μάρκος Παγδατής βρέθηκε στο Λονδίνο το Σαββατοκύριακο σε μια εκδήλωση προβολής ενός από τους βασικούς του σπόνσορες, του Κυπριακού Οργανισμού Τουρισμού (ΚΟΤ). Ο ΚΟΤ κανόνισε την επίσκεψη του Μάρκου στην Dukes Meadows Tennis Academy το Σάββατο το απόγευμα, όπου παρουσίασε σε παιδιά που εκπαιδεύονται στην λέσχη πρακτικές εφαρμογές στο τένις. Ο Μάρκος πέρασε μαζί τους χρόνο για να τους προπονήσει και να τους δώσει χρήσιμες πληροφορίες που μπορούν να χρησιμοποιήσουν στους αγώνες τους, πριν να τους υπογράψει αυτόγραφα και να βγάλει μαζί τους φωτογραφίες.

Την επόμενη εβδομάδα ο Μάρκος θα αναχωρήσει για την Αργεντινή για προπόνηση δύο εβδομάδων πριν λάβει μέρος στο Copa Peugeot Argentina de Tenis στο Μπουένος Άϊρες από τις 17 μέχρι τις 20 Δεκεμβρίου στην οποία μετέχουν επίσης οι Marat Safin, Carlos Moya, Juan Monaco, David Nalbandian και Fernando Gonzalez.

Marcos stopped in London and will go to the Buenos Aires exhibition next ;)

12-15-2009, 12:20 PM
I read in another tennis site,that he will leave adidas next year.Is it true or just a stupid rumour??

12-16-2009, 12:45 AM
I don't know, sorry.

Our boy needs some support in the MTF favourite player of the year contest. There's no way we can beat Safin in the long run, but maybe we can carry Marco to the final. Please vote here:
if you haven't so far.:wavey:

12-16-2009, 01:18 PM
Dimitra I have read that Marcos will indeed leave Adidas (they did not manage to come to a 'understanding') and next year he will only be playing with the Cyprus flag on his shirt until he finds a new sponsor

12-18-2009, 10:11 AM
Dimitra I have read that Marcos will indeed leave Adidas (they did not manage to come to a 'understanding') and next year he will only be playing with the Cyprus flag on his shirt until he finds a new sponsor

yes,I suppose it will be something like that.

I only hope he finds one sponsor soon because dressed like that all year would be borin and tiring.:o

12-19-2009, 02:12 AM
I don't know, sorry.

Our boy needs some support in the MTF favourite player of the year contest. There's no way we can beat Safin in the long run, but maybe we can carry Marco to the final. Please vote here:
if you haven't so far.:wavey:

he reached the semis:D

lets get him to the final :music:

here's the link, please vote for him

12-19-2009, 02:46 PM
Marcos' Copa Argentina Press Conference :)



12-20-2009, 04:27 PM
Yeah, here it says that he is no longer sponsored by adidas and will wear the Cypriot flag in his clothes:
Παγδατής: Θα παίξω με την Κυπριακή σημαία στα ρούχα μου!

Τον τελευταίο καιρό ο Μάρκος Παγδατής είχε την ευκαιρία να δώσει διάφορες συνεντεύξεις με αφορμή την προετοιμασία του για τη νέα χρονιά αλλά και τη συμμετοχή του σε φιλανθρωπικές εκδηλώσεις. Σε μία από τις συνεντεύξεις του στπ ο Μάρκος μίλησε για την αποχώρησή του από την Ακαδημία Μουράτογλου αλλά και τη σχέση του με τον νέο του προποητή Eduardo Infantino.

"Δεν έχω πια καμία σχέση με την Ακαδημία του Mouratoglou. Αυτή η ακαδημία ήταν κομμάτι της ζωής μου. Ήταν σαν οικογένεια για μένα και όχι απλώς business. Όταν διαπίστωσα πως ήταν το αντίθετο για αυτούς, έφυγα. Με πονάει, αλλά κοίταξα μπροστά. Μετά από μία αποτυχημένη προσπάθεια να προσεγγίσω την ομάδα Lagardere, έκανα μια προσπάθεια να κρατήσω την ομάδα που είχα, αλλά αυτό δεν ήταν δυνατόν. Ο Eduardo (Infantino) είναι ένας άνθρωπος που δουλεύει σκληρά. Μάζεψε μία ομάδα από ανθρώπους δίπλα μου. Ξέρω πως αυτό θα με απογειώσει. Είμαι ένας άνθρωπος που χρειάζεται ανθρώπους γύρω του."

Η κουβέντα ήρθε και στην κατάταξή του. "Ήθελα να τελειώσω τη χρονιά στο top 70 ώστε να μπορέσω να παίξω σε κάποια τουρνουά χωρίς να χρειάζομαι πρόσκληση ή wild card. Φέτος μετά το Αυστραλιανό θα πάω Rotterdam, Marseille καιμετά Memphis, Dubai, Davis Cup, Indian Wells και Miami. Εάν τα πάω καλά, θα μπορέσω να κερδίσω βαθμούς γρήγορα και γιατίόχι να μπω και στην πρώτη πεντάδα. Υπάρχει εκεί χώρος για μένα".

Ο Μάρκος τοποθετήθηκε και στο φλέγον θέμα της απουσίας βασικού σπόνσορα, καθώς το συμβόλαιό του με την Adidas δεν αναννεώθηκε. "Θα παίξω με την Κυπριακή σημαία στα ρούχα μου! Δεν έχω οικονομικές ανησυχίες. Ξέρω πως θα γυρίσουν σε μένα, εάν παίξω καλά."

He also said that he no longer has a relationship with the Mouratoglou academy, and how it used to be like a family and not a business. And after the Australian Open, he will play Rotterdam, Marseille, Memphis, Dubai, Davis Cup, Indian Wells, and Miami ;)

12-20-2009, 04:48 PM
More Press Conference - after the Gonzalez match.



12-20-2009, 04:51 PM
Ώρα να δούμε Παγδατή

Μετά από σχεδόν δύο εβδομάδες εντατική προπόνηση στην Αργεντινή με τον προπονητή του Eduardo Infantino, ο Μάρκος Παγδατής θα μπει στο γήπεδο από τις 17 μέχρι τις 20 Δεκεμβρίου στο Copa Peugeot Argentina de Tenis ένα τουρνουά exhibition που διεξάγεται στο Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Στην έβδομη διοργάνωση του τουρνουά, μαζί με τον Μάρκο στο γήπεδο θα είναι ο υπερασπιστής του τίτλου Juan Monaco, ο φιναλίστας του Wimbledon το 2002 David Nalbandian, ο πρώην Αρ. 1 στον Κόσμο Carlos Moya, ο Αρ. 11 στον Κόσμο Fernando Gonzalez και ο πρωταθλητής του Roland Garros το 2004, Gaston Gaudio που αντικατέστησε τον Marat Safin.

Το τουρνουά διεξάγεται σε Super Six round-robin με τους παίκτες να είναιι χωρισμένοι σε δύο ομίλου, 3 στον κάθε όμιλο. Ο νικητής κάθε ομίλου θα διαγωνιστεί στον τελικό την Κυριακή. Ο Μάρκος έχει κληρωθεί στον Όμιλο 2 μαζί με τον Monaco και τον Gonzalez, ενώ ο Nalbandian, ο Moya και ο Gaudio αποτελούν τον Όμιλο 1.

Ο Μάρκος παίζει τον πρώτο του αγώνα την Παρασκευή εναντίον του Gonzalez, και τον δεύτερο του αγώνα εναντίον του Monaco το Σάββατο.

Πρόγραμμα αγώνων:

Πέμπτη, έναρξη 8:30 μ. μ.
Moyá vs. Gaudio
González vs. Mónaco

Παρασκευή, έναρξη 8:30 μ. μ.
Nalbandian vs. Moyá
Παγδατής vs. González

Σάββατο,έναρξη 8:30 μ. μ.
Παγδατής vs. Mónaco
Nalbandian vs. Gaudio

Κυριακή, έναρξη 7:30 μ. μ.

*Basically it just talks about the Buenos Aires exhibition and who's playing and the schedule of play ;)

12-20-2009, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the press conference videos :)