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Let's Raise a Glass of Wine to Marcos in France - Roland Garros 2006

16681
05-21-2006, 10:47 PM
I hope Marcos is well and will be able to play. I got a shock today. Tommy Haas who was also sick in Hamburg had blood tests done and it was said the results weren't good. That is all I know right now about him. I hope it isn't as bad as it sounds because blood tests can show so many different kind of illnesses--some bad and others that can be taken care of easily.

hawk
05-25-2006, 08:29 PM
Don’t miss the RG draw tomorrow at 11:30 CET – live on http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2006-05-25/200605251148559057483.html

16681
05-26-2006, 01:30 AM
Don’t miss the RG draw tomorrow at 11:30 CET – live on http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2006-05-25/200605251148559057483.html
Lets hope Marcos will get a good draw :)

christos
05-26-2006, 10:16 AM
1st round
Marcos vs Albert Portas

hawk
05-26-2006, 10:31 AM
1st round
Marcos vs Albert Portas

The draw is tolerable for Marcos. It could be better or it could be worse. Clay is Albert Portas favorite surface and he won last month Monfils and Berdych among others.

kindablue
05-26-2006, 11:35 AM
The draw is tolerable for Marcos. It could be better or it could be worse. Clay is Albert Portas favorite surface and he won last month Monfils and Berdych among others.

Portas was playing at home then.And it's three sets now he 's not young anymore, Marcos should win this easily.I think the draw is not bad at all this time.It's all up to him really!!!
Anyway good luck and go Marcos!!!!!!!!!!!

LostGlory
05-26-2006, 05:34 PM
Actually Iagree....I see this as a dream draw for Marcos and I am very hopeful untill....the quarters maybe only in the first round he will play a clay court specialist but from then on ....this is an easy draw for our champ and Ihope he makes the best out of it.....

16681
05-26-2006, 08:37 PM
Yes and please Marcos don't get sick or injuried any more! Other players haven't hurt Marcos as much as his health has :sad:

sdimitri
05-29-2006, 05:21 AM
Yes lets hope everything will go ok for Marcos, and nothing bad happens again this year.
The draw, i agree is good for Marcos and lets hope he plays well.
Any one knows when he plays?

hawk
05-29-2006, 05:47 AM
Yes lets hope everything will go ok for Marcos, and nothing bad happens again this year.
The draw, i agree is good for Marcos and lets hope he plays well.
Any one knows when he plays?

He plays definitely tomorrow 30 of May but the time and court will be announced tonight.

Action Jackson
05-29-2006, 05:56 AM
Hope Marcos is prepared to run forward a lot as the big Portas is a huge fan of the drop shot and hits them well and hope he doesn't spray that many forehands like he did against the Duck, as there is a potential weakness that can be exploited on clay.

kindablue
05-29-2006, 08:40 AM
Hope Marcos is prepared to run forward a lot as the big Portas is a huge fan of the drop shot and hits them well and hope he doesn't spray that many forehands like he did against the Duck, as there is a potential weakness that can be exploited on clay.

Marcos adapts quite easily when he is in good form and i think
this time he 'll find his form during the match.It's like home for him in Paris and last year he played quite well here even though he lost!!!

athina7
05-29-2006, 03:41 PM
Marcos is first up tomorrow on court 3. Good luck!!! :)

Court 3 11:00 Start

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[19] vs. Albert Portas (ESP)
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[26] vs. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Robin Vik (CZE) vs. Florent Serra (FRA)
Alize Cornet (FRA) vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)

LostGlory
05-30-2006, 08:11 AM
45 minutes to go and I am so excited.....can't wait....I have a good Feeling about Marcos and this tourney......

LostGlory
05-30-2006, 08:13 AM
Marcos adapts quite easily when he is in good form and i think
this time he 'll find his form during the match.It's like home for him in Paris and last year he played quite well here even though he lost!!!

Yes but dont forget last year he came through qualifying and had a feeling for the court.....but he will make advantage of his good draw I am sure, he is smart and capable this way.....

LostGlory
05-30-2006, 09:50 AM
Marcos Wins the first set 6-4 :banana:

LostGlory
05-30-2006, 10:41 AM
Marcos just took the 2nd set and he is up a break in the third.....:bounce:

napki
05-30-2006, 11:39 AM
Marcos lost the 3rd set in a tiebreak. It's unfortunate that the ball caught the tape in the last point, it should have been his! He seems a bit tired but pame Marcos nevertheless! One more set and you're in the next round! :bounce:

athina7
05-30-2006, 12:06 PM
Marcos seemed to lose his concentration in the third set. He served for the match and then played a pretty bad TB. He could have closed this out in straight sets, but fortunately he came back strong in the 4th. Well done Marcos :banana:

hawk
05-30-2006, 02:55 PM
Well done Marcos! :) I hope this win will boost him with confident for the upcoming Stepanek guy. I know Marcos may face Stepanek only in the 3rd round but I bet he is already thinking Stepanek. I think he is a very dangerous player for Marcos. Passing by him, Marcos will face either Roddick or O.Rochus and I don’t see any problem with that. Well, let’s wait and see. :cool:

16681
05-30-2006, 10:42 PM
Congrats to Marcos for the win :) Now on to the 2nd Round :)

TenHound
05-31-2006, 03:45 AM
How many pts. does he win for each victory in Paris?

hawk
05-31-2006, 05:30 AM
How many pts. does he win for each victory in Paris?

W 1000
F 700
SF 450
QF 250
R16 150
R32 75
R64 35
R128 5

sdimitri
05-31-2006, 05:40 AM
Well done Marcos!!!
Now he has to face Julien Benneteau.
Lets hope he will do well again!!

Action Jackson
05-31-2006, 08:48 AM
Solid enough performance against Portas, he should have closed it out in 3 sets, but came back easily from that lapse and will need to improve, though he should enough guns for Benneteau.

thelma
05-31-2006, 08:58 AM
:yeah: :)

H_E_L_L_A_S
05-31-2006, 10:04 AM
Yeah 1 thing bout Baghdatis is that he looses concentration really easy and just rushes his game when he can smell the finish line but apart from that his a top player, hope he can repeat his success he had at the Aussie Open and maybee go one further..

athina7
05-31-2006, 06:03 PM
Marcos is first up on court 1 tomorrow. Good luck Marcos!!!

Court 1 11:00 Start
Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[19] vs. Julien Benneteau (FRA)

followed by
Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Catalina Castano (COL) vs. Nathalie Dechy (FRA)[21]

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
James Blake (USA)[8] vs. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) vs. Martina Hingis (SUI)[12]

Choupi
05-31-2006, 06:23 PM
Seen an interview of Marcos, on the RG site, French version (haven't checked if it is also available on the English version), in the video highlights. He spoke about his sickness in Rome and Hamburg, saying that now, everything was back to order, physically and mentally. He says that clay isn't his most suited surface but it isn't as difficult as some would think it is. He just needs to be very fit, and he thinks that the hard work with his team will be rewarded on that regard. :)

Good luck against Benneteau. :bounce:

TenHound
05-31-2006, 07:13 PM
What kind of illness?

Chocobo
05-31-2006, 07:34 PM
And he said that winning R1 wasn't important, that his aim was to win the tournament! ;)

Choupi
05-31-2006, 07:48 PM
What kind of illness?
He gave no precision about that. But from what I saw during his match vs Stepanek in Hamburg, just before he retired, he seemed to be suffering a virus that caused him tough breathing pbs, heavy coughs, and stuff like that. Sounded like some kind of bronchitis for me.

papas
05-31-2006, 11:33 PM
And he said that winning R1 wasn't important, that his aim was to win the tournament! ;)
:) He always says that his "main long-term objective is to win a grand slam". I hope he doesn't loose motivation and quit the game (!) when he achieves his objective. I guess we'll find out next Sunday

HAHA :D

GOOD LUCK TOMORROW MARCO !!!!!! :worship: (first things first)

sdimitri
06-01-2006, 05:11 AM
GOOD LUCK MARCOS FOR TODAY!
Hope you play well and win!!!

H_E_L_L_A_S
06-01-2006, 05:20 AM
Ade re Marco gia tin Kypro re gamoto !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Choupi
06-01-2006, 07:35 AM
There's an interview of Patrick Mouratoglou, on the RG site, French version. Sorry, I don't have enough time to translate it entirely. But here it is.

Patrick Mouratoglou: ''Marcos peut bien réussir sur terre''
Par Georges Homsi
mercredi 31 mai 2006

Patron du centre d'entraînement qui porte son nom, dans les Yvelines, Patrick Mouratoglou est l'homme qui a découvert Marcos Baghdatis. Il nous parle du nouveau statut de son élève, qui va affronter ce jeudi Julien Benneteau au deuxième tour. Interview.

Il y a eu un phénomène Baghdatis en début d'année. Comment a-t-il vécu cela ?
En Australie, Marcos avait énormément fait parler de lui d'abord parce que personne ne le connaissait, ensuite, parce qu'on a découvert qu'il avait un immense potentiel, et pour finir, grâce à sa personnalité flamboyante qui n'a laissé personne indifférent. Après Melbourne, nous sommes allés à Chypre à la demande du gouvernement, et là, nous nous sommes rendus compte que c'était l'hystérie totale. Pour donner un exemple, sa finale a fait un taux d'audience ahurissant de 80% ! Et il y a eu les plus grands mouvements de foule dans la rue depuis l'indépendance de Chypre dans les années 60. Aujourd'hui ils construisent un stade à son nom, ils rebaptisent une rue à son nom. A Chypre, la télé nationale l'a filmé en direct quasiment en permanence pendant trois jours, et tous les jours il a rempli les stades et on lui remettait des médailles.

Et aujourd'hui il est sur tout un pan de mur à Paris…
Absolument. Depuis Melbourne il y a eu tout un tas de sollicitations médiatiques et politiques ce qui était nouveau pour lui. Cela lui a coûté pas mal d'énergie. Puis il a eu un programme très chargé qui l'a mené de Marseille aux deux ATP Masters Series américains. Il a enchaîné avec la Coupe Davis et Houston, et la fatigue aidant, il n'a joué que moyennement. Et sur les ATP Masters Series sur terre battue, il est tombé malade. Alors c'est vrai qu'il n'a pas encore confirmé les résultats de Melbourne. Mais quand on a un nouveau statut comme lui, il faut un peu de temps pour apprendre à gérer les sollicitations, et à se faire un programme d'entraînement adapté.

Comment voyez-vous ce Roland Garros pour lui ?
Il était très tendu à l'idée de disputer ce Roland-Garros. D'abord parce qu'il n'y avait jamais joué. Mais je ne suis pas d'accord avec tous ceux qui disent que la terre battue n'est pas une bonne surface pour lui. Il a les moyens de très bien y figurer. En tout cas il a à cœur de très bien réussir à Paris, car il y a l'académie, les amis, la famille, et ça lui donne envie de briller pour qu'on soit fiers de lui. Il sera de plus en plus dangereux tour après tour. Son match contre Benneteau est un match piège, car sur le papier c'est plutôt un bon tirage. En tout cas attention à lui s'il passe encore un ou deux tours. Quand Marcos est lancé, il est très dangereux…


Patrick mostly speaks about the experience of the AO for Marcos, and all the consequences it has had in the aftermath. The solicitations, even political, the reactions of the crowd, the media and so on. He explains that Marcos has been tired because of all those solicitations and it explains his average results after the AO. I think that the most important part of this interview is the last paragraph. Here's the whole translation of it:

How do you see this RG for him?

The idea of playing this RG really got him tense. First, because he had never played here. Yet I disagree with all those who say that clay isn't a suited surface for him. He's got the means to do very well there. Anyway, he does want to do very well in Paris, from the bottom of his heart, because of the Academy, the friends, the family, and it makes him feel like shining through so that they are all proud of him. He's gonna be more and more dangerous, round after round. His match against Benneteau is a trap match, because, on the paper, it looks like a good draw. Anyway, better watch him out if he gets through 1 or 2 more rounds. When Marcos is on the way, he's very dangerous...

16681
06-01-2006, 08:45 AM
Thanks Choupi for the article and especially the translation :) I just hope Marcos doesn't put too much pressure on himself to win at RG.
Pame Marcos for your Match today :)

PamposCypriot
06-01-2006, 10:34 AM
Marcos wont first set 6-3 and he lost second 6-4

Again his first server is too low(52%) and his opponent have 76%.

athina7
06-01-2006, 10:36 AM
Marcos won the 1st set 6-3, but dropped the 2nd 4-6.

Come on now Marcos, focus!

athina7
06-01-2006, 11:06 AM
Marcos down a break again in the third :(

athina7
06-01-2006, 11:10 AM
Marcos down 2 sets to 1. What is going on. Anyone watching the match?

Choupi
06-01-2006, 11:19 AM
Just following scoreboards. And I'm gonna have to quit soon as boring meetings await me!! :ras: Hope Marcos can do it in 5. Pame!!! :bounce:

PamposCypriot
06-01-2006, 11:33 AM
Marcos is losing 3-1 in fourth set...


If marcos continue in his carreer like he did after AO06, i dont see him doing well...

athina7
06-01-2006, 11:40 AM
Marcos in a lot of trouble now :( It's not looking good. This is disappointing.

Action Jackson
06-01-2006, 12:01 PM
He has it back to 5 all after being down 2-5 and stay focused and defeat the Chicken Man.

PamposCypriot
06-01-2006, 12:05 PM
6-5 behind...

PamposCypriot
06-01-2006, 12:09 PM
tie break... marcos lost last tb he played :)

PamposCypriot
06-01-2006, 12:15 PM
Marcos won tb 7-1... Thats the good marcos we want in every game he plays...

Action Jackson
06-01-2006, 12:15 PM
Easy tb win for Marcos and this is what I like to see.

The chicken man is ready to be plucked and a good chicken yeeros is on the way.

athina7
06-01-2006, 12:18 PM
Easy tb win for Marcos and this is what I like to see.

The chicken man is ready to be plucked and a good chicken yeeros is on the way.
:haha:

Nice comeback from Marcos!!! :woohoo:

PamposCypriot
06-01-2006, 12:26 PM
marcos 1-0

PamposCypriot
06-01-2006, 12:39 PM
marcos 2-3 losing and one break down

PamposCypriot
06-01-2006, 12:43 PM
Marcos 4-2 down... Now im sure that the game is not his today...

athina7
06-01-2006, 01:05 PM
Marcos lost :(

kindablue
06-01-2006, 01:44 PM
I think Marcos didn't play badly today.Just the balls and the lines didn't want him to win today.And Benneteau was extremely lucky today.
I should also mention a few bad calls that for some reason he never
questioned.I 'm not suggesting he lost because of that but i think he should start questioning calls sometimes.He looked too calm today.Maybe
he should be a bit more aggresive.Anyway he doesn't like clay and the wet
one today didn't help much.Have a good rest Marcos and better luck
in the grass season!!!

Action Jackson
06-01-2006, 01:48 PM
Well Marcos time to focus on the grass now.

hawk
06-01-2006, 02:12 PM
This is bad. Marcos did not make it again. I think Marcos played an average match. His opponent was really good but at this tennis level Marcos has to be better to go on. Marcos has to be more passionate, more aggressive and more focused on his game.

It’s a pity to watch RG without Marcos but … anyway good luck to Marcos for the grass season.

Choupi
06-01-2006, 06:41 PM
RG isn't totally over for Marcos. He's still playing mixed doubles with Pauline Parmentier. They are to play Dulko/Gonzalez.

papas
06-01-2006, 07:19 PM
I watched the 5th set on Eurosport and all I can say is 'bad luck'. It was anyone's game and Beneteau had the support of the crowd and played really well tactically. It was nice to see Marcos healthy again though and to me seems to have adapted his game for clay well. But Marcos needs to score some big points sooner rather than later (preferably sooner than the next Aussie Open!! I don't even want to think of Marcos loosing in the 1st round there :( )

I've never seen Marcos play on grass. Does he like playing on grass? What r ur thoughts guys?

sdimitri
06-02-2006, 05:28 AM
Too bad Marcos did not make it to the third round :sad:
But thats tennis, one day you win the next day you loose.
The good thing is that Marcos is ok now, no health problems.
There is always next time and we all hope he will do well in grass season.
Marco imaste mazi sou oti apotelesma kai na feris :worship:

16681
06-02-2006, 06:15 AM
I don't know how Marcos feels about playing on grass, but with the style of tennis he plays it should be well suited for grass. I personally can't wait for this summer because I hope he will come to the U.S. for the hard court Tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open :) I haven't looked to see if he has scheduled any of those tournaments or not :unsure: But, of course, unless he is sick or injuried I'm sure he will
at least be at the U.S. Open :)