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Grass is for footballers – WIMBLEDON 2006

hawk
06-21-2006, 10:34 AM
Sorry Mae ;) but I had this inspiration as a thread title.

Well, news is running.

Seeding and Draw Dates
Monday, 19 June, 2006
SEEDINGS
The seedings for the 2006 Championships are scheduled to be announced in the afternoon of Wednesday 21 June.
THE DRAW
The draw for the 2006 Championships will be held at the All England Club at 10.30am on Friday 23 June in the main press interview room, located in the Millennium Building.

Action Jackson
06-21-2006, 10:35 AM
Yes, grass is for playing football on.

hawk
06-21-2006, 02:46 PM
Marcos is the 19th seed player.

Gentlemen's Singles

1 Roger FEDERER (SUI)
2 Rafael NADAL (ESP)
3 Andy RODDICK (USA)
4 David NALBANDIAN (ARG)
5 Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO)
6 Lleyton HEWITT (AUS)
7 Mario ANCIC (CRO)
8 James BLAKE (USA)
9 Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS)
10 Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI)
11 Tommy ROBREDO (ESP)
12 Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE)
13 Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
14 Radek STEPANEK (CZE)
15 Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA)
16 Gaston GAUDIO (ARG)
17 Robby GINEPRI (USA)
18 Nicolas KIEFER (GER)
19 Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)
20 Tommy HAAS (GER)
21 Dominik HRBATY (SVK)
22 Gael MONFILS (FRA)
23 Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)
24 David FERRER (ESP)
25 Juan Carlos FERRERO (ESP)
26 Andre AGASSI (USA)
27 Olivier ROCHUS (BEL)
28 Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS)
29 Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
30 Kristof VLIEGEN (BEL)
31 Nicolas MASSU (CHI)
32 Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA)

christos
06-21-2006, 05:17 PM
waiting for the draw now....

kindablue
06-21-2006, 10:05 PM
Kiefer is out, so now Marcos is 18th!

sdimitri
06-22-2006, 06:01 AM
Aren´t the seeding of the players the same as the ATP Rankings?
For example Sebastien GROSJEAN is seeded 15 and Marcos 19 but on the ATP Rankings Marcos is 17 and Grosjean 26.

kindablue
06-22-2006, 07:22 AM
Aren´t the seeding of the players the same as the ATP Rankings?
For example Sebastien GROSJEAN is seeded 15 and Marcos 19 but on the ATP Rankings Marcos is 17 and Grosjean 26.

Wimbeledon is the only tournament that has it's own complicated seed ranking system, that takes into consideration the results of the players on grass.That's why there was talk o Roddick being seeded 2 and Hewitt higher and Henman beeing seeded.
Surprisingly Nadal is the No. 2 seed :eek:

christos
06-22-2006, 10:40 AM
Wimbeledon is the only tournament that has it's own complicated seed ranking system, that takes into consideration the results of the players on grass.That's why there was talk o Roddick being seeded 2 and Hewitt higher and Henman beeing seeded.
Surprisingly Nadal is the No. 2 seed :eek:

Thanks kindablue I didn't know that :confused:

sdimitri
06-23-2006, 05:55 AM
Yes thanks a lot for the info kindablue

hawk
06-23-2006, 11:38 AM
The draw is out.

Gentlemen's Singles First Round

Alan Mackin GBR
v.
Marcos Baghdatis CYP (18)

kindablue
06-23-2006, 04:49 PM
This is what Marcos quarter looks like:

Lleyton Hewitt AUS (6)
v.
Filippo Volandri ITA


Flavio Saretta BRA
v.
Hyung-Taik Lee KOR



Albert Montanes ESP
v.
Tomas Zib CZE


Gilles Muller LUX
v.
Olivier Rochus BEL (26)



David Ferrer ESP (23)
v.
Simon Stadler GER


Ivo Minar CZE
v.
Guillermo Garcia-lopez ESP



Greg Rusedski GBR
v.
Marat Safin RUS


Luis Horna PER
v.
Fernando Gonzalez CHI (10)



Sebastien Grosjean FRA (15)
v.
Gilles Simon FRA


Jamie Delgado GBR
v.
Michael Berrer GER



Marcel Granollers-Pujol ESP
v.
Andrei Pavel ROM


Alan Mackin GBR
v.
Marcos Baghdatis CYP (18)



Nicolas Massu CHI (31)
v.
Andy Murray GBR


Bjorn Phau GER
v.
Julien Benneteau FRA



Robin Vik CZE
v.
Florian Mayer GER


Janko Tipsarevic SCG
v.
Andy Roddick USA (3)

You can get a better look here:http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/ms/r1s3.html

Dimitra
06-23-2006, 05:50 PM
Ah..well at least he isn't in Fed's quarter..it seems that most good grass-courters have gathered there..Though he's too close to Roddick..:(

From the ATP site:
Roddick has been elevated to No. 3 seed, despite an INDESIT ATP Ranking of No. 5, on the back of 2004-2005 runner-up finishes and fine performances at Queen’s Club.

The three times Stella Artois champion will meet Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in the first round, with a possible clash with either No. 15 seed Sebastien Grosjean or No. 18 seed Marcos Baghdatis in the fourth round.

kindablue
06-24-2006, 07:34 AM
Ah..well at least he isn't in Fed's quarter..it seems that most good grass-courters have gathered there..Though he's too close to Roddick..:(

From the ATP site:

I don't think Roddick will get that far :lol:

christos
06-24-2006, 10:20 AM
I don't think Roddick will get that far :lol:

:lol: :lol:

linus
06-24-2006, 12:32 PM
Good luck Marcos, go further :banana:

16681
06-25-2006, 06:57 AM
Sorry Mae ;) but I had this inspiration as a thread title.

Well, news is running.

Seeding and Draw Dates
Monday, 19 June, 2006
SEEDINGS
The seedings for the 2006 Championships are scheduled to be announced in the afternoon of Wednesday 21 June.
THE DRAW
The draw for the 2006 Championships will be held at the All England Club at 10.30am on Friday 23 June in the main press interview room, located in the Millennium Building.
:lol: There is no need to be sorry at all. This is a great thread title :D Pame Marcos ;)

Abnaxus
06-26-2006, 08:33 AM
When is Marcos' game scheduled?

Dimitra
06-26-2006, 08:45 AM
I don't think Roddick will get that far :lol:

Hmm..don't know..Things have gotten to the edge for A-rod!If he doesn't manage to get deep into Wimby he will fall out of the top 5..not to mention out of the top 10..
Marcos doesn't have too much experience in grass..I know that if he practises more he can do really good but..though I am a big fan of his..I just don't expect great things for him in this Wimby..: (


Of course..he can go to the finals again..and I will have to eat my words.. :p

Oh..cool that there are so many Cypriots and Greeks in this site.I visit mostly another tennis site..and there are only 4 of us there.. :sad:

kindablue
06-26-2006, 05:27 PM
When is Marcos' game scheduled?

Supposedly tomorrow Tuesday but anything can happen with all
the rain delays today.I will post here when i find out.Keep in touch!

Abnaxus
06-26-2006, 07:15 PM
Thanks kindablue
As i see play was suspended on the first matches today.So maybe Marcos' match will have to move to Wednesday.

PamposCypriot
06-26-2006, 07:52 PM
Oh..cool that there are so many Cypriots and Greeks in this site.I visit mostly another tennis site..and there are only 4 of us there.. :sad:


My new menstennisforum.com dream girl :)

Pou menis dimitra? Ilikia? :worship: :devil:


And btw...

Marco gera, g**a ta m****a :D

I think marcos will have huge crowds like AO... Wibledon is going to live the crazyness of greeks :worship:

Dimitra
06-26-2006, 08:21 PM
My new menstennisforum.com dream girl :)

Pou menis dimitra? Ilikia? :worship: :devil:


And btw...

Marco gera, g**a ta m****a :D

I think marcos will have huge crowds like AO... Wibledon is going to live the crazyness of greeks :worship:

Geia sou! :wavey:
Spoudazo tora Karditsa ( :( ) .
18 xronon.Esi? ;)


Not so sure about that.There is no such huge greek/cupriot community in England as in Australia..Though if he goes deep,I bet the stands will be full of Greeks!

Ah..these rain delays are getting on my nerves!!! :mad:
Question: When IS the weather in England good??

Oh..now I am going to watch the match FED is watching!! :p

hawk
06-26-2006, 08:29 PM
Marcos is playing tomorrow [Tuesday] at Court 3 match 5. The match may start after 20:00 CET.

Court 3 12.00 noon Start

1 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
David Nalbandian (ARG)[4]
vs Wesley Moodie (RSA)



2 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[15]
vs Maria Elena Camerin (ITA)
T/F 4-3


3 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Tommy Robredo (ESP)[11]
vs Simon Greul (GER)



4 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Patty Schnyder (SUI)[8]
vs Antonella Serra Zanetti (ITA)



5 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Alan Mackin (GBR)
vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]

Dimitra
06-26-2006, 08:35 PM
Oh my...Does the Wimby site really says..GENTLEMEN'S ?!?! :eek:

:p

hawk
06-26-2006, 08:42 PM
Oh my...Does the Wimby site really says..GENTLEMEN'S ?!?! :eek:

:p

Sure it does. Gentlemen’s and ladies’. Still it reminds me a pair of … WC labels. :lol:

Dimitra
06-26-2006, 08:49 PM
HAHAHA.. :D
so ..true. :cool:
Though that must not help Wimby's people show their ...class.. :p

hawk
06-26-2006, 09:00 PM
:p HAHAHA.. :D
so ..true. :cool:
Though that must not help Wimby's people show their ...class.. :p

Yeah, but they can in any case show their ... class without the cl :p

athina7
06-26-2006, 09:03 PM
I think it is very possible that Marcos won't get to play tomorrow. I hope there is no more rain tomorrow, but I guess that's too much to ask for :(

Anyway, good luck Marcos!!!!

hawk
06-26-2006, 09:15 PM
Well, only God knows.

Does anybody know if they play under artificial lighting in Wimby?

Dimitra
06-26-2006, 09:20 PM
:p

Yeah, but they can in any case show their ... class without the cl :p

:spit:
ROFL!!! :haha:

Dimitra
06-26-2006, 09:23 PM
Well, only God knows.

Does anybody know if they play under artificial lighting in Wimby?

Yes I think they do...Roland Garos definitely hasn't. :mad:
Though it woulnd't do much good.Imagine with all these rains and the humidity how wet the grass will be at night! :eek:

athina7
06-26-2006, 09:54 PM
No, they don't have lights at Wimbledon either. That's because they can't play at night because the grass is too slippery like Dimitra said.

PamposCypriot
06-26-2006, 11:11 PM
Geia sou! :wavey:
Spoudazo tora Karditsa ( :( ) .
18 xronon.Esi? ;)


Not so sure about that.There is no such huge greek/cupriot community in England as in Australia..Though if he goes deep,I bet the stands will be full of Greeks!

Ah..these rain delays are getting on my nerves!!! :mad:
Question: When IS the weather in England good??

Oh..now I am going to watch the match FED is watching!! :p


London only have nearly 400 000 cypriots... There is huge cypriot community in england... Imagine that in london they have a cyprus soccer championship :)

Anw, im 20 and i live in larnaka. I was for 3 months in athens late 2004(army training :) ). I had a great time there. Do you have an msn messanger account? :) For tennis purposes of course :) There are some tennis fanatics hungry for conversations :)

Abnaxus
06-27-2006, 07:47 AM
No way Marco's will get to play today unless all the previous matches finish in 1.5 hours each.
Which doesn't seem likely.

kindablue
06-27-2006, 09:30 AM
Court 3 12.00 noon
1. Gentlemen's Singles: David Nalbandian (ARG)[4] vs Wesley Moodie (RSA)
2. Ladies' Singles: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[15] vs Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) T/F 4-3
3. Gentlemen's Singles: Tommy Robredo (ESP)[11] vs Simon Greul (GER)
4. Ladies' Singles: Patty Schnyder (SUI)[8] vs Antonella Serra Zanetti (ITA)
5. Gentlemen's Singles: Alan Mackin (GBR) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]

This is what OOP on court 3 looks like.I hope there is enough time.The men's matches shouldn't take that long.But you never know with the ladies!

christos
06-27-2006, 11:07 AM
And btw...

Marco gera, g**a ta m****a :D

I think marcos will have huge crowds like AO... Wibledon is going to live the crazyness of greeks :worship:

lool
vlepw PamposCypriot mpikes gera sto pneuma tou agwna ;)

PamposCypriot
06-27-2006, 11:11 AM
lool
vlepw PamposCypriot mpikes gera sto pneuma tou agwna ;)

Ellhnas eime... vlepis exoumen auti tin psixosinthesi emeis oi Ellhnes :) haha


Marcossss :worship:

Marcossss :worship:

christos
06-27-2006, 11:14 AM
Ellhnas eime... vlepis exoumen auti tin psixosinthesi emeis oi Ellhnes :) haha


Marcossss :worship:

Marcossss :worship:

:yeah: :yeah: swstos!

kindablue
06-27-2006, 11:15 AM
:lol: this thread is getting out of hand! Paei tou k***u :o

PamposCypriot
06-27-2006, 11:17 AM
Cmon Kindablue... We are greeks... this thread is supposing to go tou k***u :) haha

athina7
06-27-2006, 02:42 PM
Cmon Kindablue... We are greeks... this thread is supposing to go tou k***u :) haha
:lol: Auto einai alh8eia!

Dimitra
06-27-2006, 03:11 PM
London only have nearly 400 000 cypriots... There is huge cypriot community in england... Imagine that in london they have a cyprus soccer championship :)

Anw, im 20 and i live in larnaka. I was for 3 months in athens late 2004(army training ). I had a great time there. Do you have an msn messanger account? For tennis purposes of course :) There are some tennis fanatics hungry for conversations

Ah..yes!I forgot about them! :) :bounce:

:topic: Nice!Did you liked Athens?Because I hate it!!! :mad: :p
Too big and too much cement for my taste. :ras:

Aw..no I don't have :tears: ..Yet! ;)
How you can create one?? :confused:Yes..I suck at computers.. :angel:

Grr..I begin to sound like my father.. :awww:

- Oh no!The computer has a problem again!Stupid technology and computers!It always has problems!! It costs me so much money!! :( Again Multirama..
-What's the problem dad? :confused:
-I went away for a moment and suddendly the screen became black and showed letters!! :(
-Move the mouse dad.It's the screen saver! :rolleyes:
:banghead:

PamposCypriot
06-27-2006, 03:11 PM
Exoumen kanena neotero gia ton kero pou epikrati? Makari telika na dume ton marko simera


I cant wait for the first OLEEE of wibledon :)

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2006/01/27/baghdati17_gallery__470x274.jpg

http://im.rediff.com/sports/2006/jan/25bagh1.jpg

Dimitra
06-27-2006, 03:15 PM
Court 3 12.00 noon
1. Gentlemen's Singles: David Nalbandian (ARG)[4] vs Wesley Moodie (RSA)
2. Ladies' Singles: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[15] vs Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) T/F 4-3
3. Gentlemen's Singles: Tommy Robredo (ESP)[11] vs Simon Greul (GER)
4. Ladies' Singles: Patty Schnyder (SUI)[8] vs Antonella Serra Zanetti (ITA)
5. Gentlemen's Singles: Alan Mackin (GBR) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]

This is what OOP on court 3 looks like.I hope there is enough time.The men's matches shouldn't take that long.But you never know with the ladies!

They started at 12:00!! :mad: :eek:
They have so many matches delayed and postponed and YET they start at 12:00!!! :mad:

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!? :confused: :banghead:

:p

PamposCypriot
06-27-2006, 03:15 PM
Ah..yes!I forgot about them! :) :bounce:

:topic: Nice!Did you liked Athens?Because I hate it!!! :mad: :p
Too big and too much cement for my taste. :ras:

Aw..no I don't have :tears: ..Yet! ;)
How you can create one?? :confused:Yes..I suck at computers.. :angel:




Download it from http://get.live.com/messenger/overview. Then you will create a hotmail account if you dont already have. You just go with the directions :)

Dimitra
06-27-2006, 03:21 PM
Thanx!:)

athina7
06-27-2006, 07:19 PM
I don't see Marcos playing today. It's already 7:20pm and the women's match is still going on. And there is not much daylight left.

Abnaxus
06-27-2006, 07:21 PM
For those who know the rules of Wimbleton does this mean that Marcos will play first tommorow or could he be moved back a bit?

Dimitra
06-27-2006, 07:58 PM
No.I think that it doesn't nessecarily mean that he will play first tomorrow.They will just fit him inside the programm also probably in a different court.It all depends on tomorrow's programm.

Abnaxus
06-27-2006, 08:02 PM
Ok.Thanks Dimitra

hawk
06-27-2006, 09:06 PM
Marcos match is definitely postponed for tonight.

He will play tomorrow around 15:00 CET.

Court 3 12.00 noon Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Shahar Peer (ISR)[20]
vs Juliana Fedak (UKR)
2 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Alan Mackin (GBR)
vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]
3 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jill Craybas (USA)
vs Dinara Safina (RUS)[14]
4 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Tommy Robredo (ESP)[11]
vs Novak Djokovic (SCG)
5 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Alicia Molik (AUS)
vs Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[21]

athina7
06-28-2006, 03:26 AM
Good luck Marcos!!!! :D

16681
06-28-2006, 05:51 AM
The Wimbledon schedule is totally messed up due to the rain. I hope these delays don't bother Marcos and that he gets a good start in the Tournament. Pame Marcos :)

sdimitri
06-28-2006, 08:02 AM
Lets hope everything will go ok today for Marcos.
Pame Marcos, Good luck!!!

athina7
06-28-2006, 02:11 PM
Marcos just won the 1st set 6-4! :D

kindablue
06-28-2006, 02:12 PM
Marcos just won the first set 6-4.It certainly wasn't a walk in the park!
I hope he has an easier time in the next sets!

Dimitra
06-28-2006, 02:37 PM
If anyone watches the match,can you tell how he plays??
Thanx in advance.:)

athina7
06-28-2006, 03:15 PM
Marcos lost the 2nd set tiebreak :(

hawk
06-28-2006, 03:47 PM
If anyone watches the match,can you tell how he plays??
Thanx in advance.:)

Mackin is very good player. He is playing aggressively, chasing the lines and is hard to be broken (very good 2nd serve at 107mph).

Marcos seems to loose his concentration when he has the upper hand.

More after the third set.

hawk
06-28-2006, 04:03 PM
Marcos looses 1-2. He looks desperate. He cannot fight. I really feel sorry for him.

athina7
06-28-2006, 04:19 PM
Marcos seems to have lost it completely now. Down a break in the 4th. WTF?

hawk
06-28-2006, 04:29 PM
Marcos is currently lying on the grass and seems to suffer from back pain.

I think he asked for medical assistance.

I hope is not major injury.

ok, now he is having a medical timeout.

Marcos is back on his feet. Lets' see.

athina7
06-28-2006, 04:34 PM
Oh no...

Choupi
06-28-2006, 04:34 PM
I hope it's not too serious for him.

hawk
06-28-2006, 04:44 PM
Ok bad luck. Marcos is again on the floor with right leg problem and he is having again medical assistance.

now he returns to game.

athina7
06-28-2006, 05:24 PM
Wow, they just showed a bit of Marcos and he was throwing up on the court. Poor guy. What is wrong? The good news is that he is up a break in the 5th.

hawk
06-28-2006, 05:58 PM
Well, Marcos show outstanding stamina and won the match 6-4 6-7(4) 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2.

Bravo Marcos :bigclap:

Get some rest for the 2nd round.

christos
06-28-2006, 06:14 PM
Well done Marcos!!! Finally won!

16681
06-28-2006, 06:53 PM
Congrats to Marcos on his win today :) But it certainly doesn't sound like he is in very good health right now :sad: I wonder if he will be able to continue on in the Tournament :unsure:

hawk
06-28-2006, 08:30 PM
Match Reports

Baghdatis Struggles Past Mackin


©ProSport / B. Mackness

Wednesday, 28 June, 2006


No.18 seed Marcos Baghdatis overcame a bout of vomiting as well as back and groin strain to defeat British wild card Alan Mackin in a five set match that lasted four hours and 20 minutes. The Cypriot prevailed 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-2.

On paper Baghdatis should have found the going easy against the British No.10. But he was put through his paces by Mackin, who produced one of the finest performances of his career. The Scottish player, who is ranked 367 in the world, produced a dazzling display of tennis and edged nail-bitingly close to earning his first career victory at tour level.

Indeed the match was always going to be a tall order for the 24-year-old Glaswegian, who was awarded a wild card from the All England Club having finished runner-up in the LTA Wild Card Play-offs.

Baghdatis made a whirlwind start to the year when he reached the final of the Australian Open, unseeded and ranked 54 in the world.

Mackin, on the other hand, has been scraping a living at satellite level and despite reaching one final and two semi-finals on the Great Britain Satellite Circuit in February, has failed to win back-to-back matches since.

Today, he looked set to turn his fortunes around. After losing the first set, Mackin was spurred by the home crowd and began matching Baghdatis’s power, rally for rally. He pocketed the second set in a tie-break and at 5-2 down staged a remarkable comeback to secure the third set in yet another nail-biting tie-break.

But then things started to go wrong for the Scot. Baghdatis, who has been hampered by injury since his successful run at Melbourne Park, called the medical trainer three times in the fourth set for what appeared to be back and groin injuries. The delays appeared to affect Mackin’s concentration and he lost the set 7-5.

At two sets apiece, the match could have gone either way. Mackin was visibly tired and was treated for cramp; Baghdatis, meanwhile, was ill at the side of the court. But the Cypriot refused to give up and it didn’t take long for him to break serve to take the match.

Written by Helen Gilbert

hawk
06-28-2006, 08:41 PM
Match Summary

Mackin (GBR) Baghdatis (CYP)

1st Serve % 129 of 192 = 67 % 108 of 189 = 57 %

Aces 8 24

Double Faults 10 4

Unforced Errors 68 60

Winning % on 1st Serve 81 of 129 = 63 % 89 of 108 = 82 %

Winning % on 2nd Serve 33 of 63 = 52 % 33 of 81 = 41 %

Winners (Including Service) 44 72

Receiving Points Won 67 of 189 = 35 % 78 of 192 = 41 %

Break Point Conversions 4 of 11 = 36 % 8 of 17 = 47 %

Net Approaches 17 of 32 = 53 % 12 of 17 = 71 %

Total Points Won 181 200

Fastest Serve 126 MPH 130 MPH

Average 1st Serve Speed 113 MPH 113 MPH

Average 2nd Serve Speed 104 MPH 90 MPH

PamposCypriot
06-28-2006, 09:15 PM
I saw the game... Very bad performance from marcos... especially before his injuries. If he continues like this he has no luck in wimbledon.

athina7
06-28-2006, 11:56 PM
Well, the good news is that he won. The bad news is that he is playing again tomorrow and with all the problems he was having today it doesn't look good. Plus, he's facing a much tougher opponent.

Court 3 12.00 noon Start
1 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Laura Granville (USA)vs Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[16]

2 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Anastasia Myskina (RUS)[9]vs Martina Muller (GER)

3 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andrei Pavel (ROM)vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]

sdimitri
06-29-2006, 06:17 AM
Lets hope he is in good health today and has nothing serious.
But if the opposite then it will be really hard today with him
playing with Andrei Pavel.
Good luck and be strong Marcos!

hawk
06-29-2006, 07:15 AM
The “top seeded” and match “favorite” Mackin couldn’t stand the defeat and he is accusing Marcos for pretending injury. Your comments?


Mackin hits at rival after defeat


ROB ROBERTSON, at Wimbledon

THE greatest match of Alan Mackin's career last night ended in defeat and claims of bad sportsmanship.
The Scot, who led 18th seed Marcos Baghdatis by two sets to one and 3-0 in the fourth set, alleged that the Greek Cypriot had exaggerated an injury in an enthralling Wimbledon first-round encounter.
Baghdatis took two medical breaks for treatment on a back injury and a groin strain during the match which eventually went to five sets. But Mackin questioned whether his opponent, this year's Australian Open finalist, was as seriously injured as he made out.Mackin, who is world ranked 367, some 351 places below the Cypriot, and had not won one of his previous 13 ATP Tour outings. Even so, the Scot, who earned a wild card into the event, pushed Baghdatis all the way before going down 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2.
The Scot worked his way to a two-sets-to-one lead and appeared to be on the verge of a famous triumph when he broke service at the start of the fourth set. Baghdatis went down with a back injury and a groin strain which disrupted the contest when Mackin had his first top-flight victory in his grasp.
Although Mackin effectively accused his opponent of gamesmanship, he admitted that the Cypriot had broken no rules and had called on all his experience to win the match.
"Plenty of people I have come up against have done that sort of stuff before," said the Paisley player. "I don't think he was really injured much at all. He is a clever player and knows exactly what he is doing.
"He has been involved in many five-set matches and used all the tools to get through that match. What he did doesn not leave a bad taste in my mouth, though, because you are allowed to do it."

kindablue
06-29-2006, 09:29 AM
I saw the game... Very bad performance from marcos... especially before his injuries. If he continues like this he has no luck in wimbledon.

Marcos wasn't feeling well.He had respiratory problems,he couldn't breathe properly.He didn't play better after his injuries , its just that Mackin got cramps and was very tired.
We have to accept that Marcos is not 100% healthy at Wimbledon
but he is fighting all he can. I 'm sure he will fight again today even with his problems and we can only hope he wins.
We are all supposed to be fans and we should stop complaining
everytime he loses or doesn't play as good as we want him to.
He is the world's no 16 player which is not bad at all.If you follow tennis, this (good days and bad) happens to nearly all
the players with the exception of Federer and Nadal and even
they have their bad days! So, people stop complaining, we are here to cheer for him.Go Marcos, it's revenge time for you today
against Pavel.You can do it!

PamposCypriot
06-29-2006, 09:29 AM
:) He took the first medical break when he made it 3-3 after loosing 3-0 and the second when he was winning 4-3. Why he didnt take them previously is he wasnt really injured?

hawk
06-29-2006, 09:40 AM
:) He took the first medical break when he made it 3-3 after loosing 3-0 and the second when he was winning 4-3. Why he didnt take them previously is he wasnt really injured?

Don’t know. Ask Mackin about that. :rolleyes:

PamposCypriot
06-29-2006, 10:15 AM
Poor Mackin... Marcos cheated and he stopped you from winning wimbledon. :)

Choupi
06-29-2006, 10:29 AM
Marcos wasn't feeling well.He had respiratory problems,he couldn't breathe properly.He didn't play better after his injuries , its just that Mackin got cramps and was very tired.
We have to accept that Marcos is not 100% healthy at Wimbledon
but he is fighting all he can. I 'm sure he will fight again today even with his problems and we can only hope he wins.
We are all supposed to be fans and we should stop complaining
everytime he loses or doesn't play as good as we want him to.
He is the world's no 16 player which is not bad at all.If you follow tennis, this (good days and bad) happens to nearly all
the players with the exception of Federer and Nadal and even
they have their bad days! So, people stop complaining, we are here to cheer for him.Go Marcos, it's revenge time for you today
against Pavel.You can do it!
I can't agree more with that post. Nothing to add. Apart from good luck Marcos for today. :)

hawk
06-29-2006, 02:57 PM
Pavel retired. :eek: He was behind Marcos 0-3 in the first set after 20 min of play.

athina7
06-29-2006, 03:38 PM
Wow, I wonder what happened. When I saw the scoreboard had stopped I thought there was something wrong with Marcos. Marcos can certainly use this extra time to recover from whatever was bothering him.

16681
06-29-2006, 07:14 PM
Wow, I wonder what happened. When I saw the scoreboard had stopped I thought there was something wrong with Marcos. Marcos can certainly use this extra time to recover from whatever was bothering him.
Yes :lol: if someone would have just told me there was a retirement in this Match I would have thought they were talking about Marcos :eek: But I'm glad Marcos got the easy win instead :D Pame Marcos ;)

sdimitri
06-30-2006, 06:06 AM
Bravo Marco!
Yes i thought too that Marcos had retired when i saw the scoreboard stop but
fortunately was the opposite.
Now Marcos has to get a good rest because his next opponent is Sebastien Grosjean(15).
As i can see from the schedule Marcos is not playing today.

kindablue
06-30-2006, 07:19 AM
Poor Mackin... Marcos cheated and he stopped you from winning wimbledon. :)

:lol:

hawk
06-30-2006, 03:59 PM
Nalbandian and Blake are out of the Wimbledon!!!

Dimitra
06-30-2006, 04:46 PM
Nalbandian and Blake are out of the Wimbledon!!!

I was...shocked when I learned about Nalbandian! :eek:

But..Blake..after such a comeback in the 3 set I expected him to do better.His 5-set record is now what..0-9..? :rolleyes:

PamposCypriot
06-30-2006, 08:21 PM
I watched the blake game from the second set... Won only 1 game in last 2 sets.. Shame

athina7
07-01-2006, 01:01 AM
Yeah, the 4th and especially the 5th set were pathetic from Blake. I'm really not that surprised that Mirnyi beat him. All credit to Mirnyi though, he played some excellent tennis.

athina7
07-01-2006, 01:50 AM
Marcos plays Grosjean tomorrow. Hopefully Marcos is physically well and can play some good tennis because Grosjean is a very good player. Good luck!!!!

Court 1 1.00 pm Start
1 Gentlemen's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)[5]vs Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)[27]

2 Ladies' Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)[1]vs Nicole Pratt (AUS)

3 Gentlemen's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)[15]vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]

hawk
07-01-2006, 05:14 PM
The Wimby officials change Marcos match from court 1 to court 2. He will play soon.

Pame Marcos!!!

athina7
07-01-2006, 05:53 PM
Thanks for the info hawk. I didn't know that.

Come on Marcos!!!!!

hawk
07-01-2006, 06:23 PM
The Wimby officials change Marcos match from court 1 to court 2. He will play soon.

Pame Marcos!!!

Marcos will play now at court 3.

Dimitra
07-01-2006, 07:05 PM
Oh no!!Sebastien just won the first set 6-4!:(

Dimitra
07-01-2006, 09:10 PM
Marcos won!!!:D
4-6 6-4 6-4 6-1 !!!
Bravo Marco!!!:D
Now next is Murray!!Who won Roddick!

athina7
07-01-2006, 09:36 PM
Well done Marcos!!!!!!!! I'm so happy. Grosjean is a very good player, so what a great win for Marcos!

kindablue
07-01-2006, 10:35 PM
I don't think Roddick will get that far :lol:

Told you so :lol:

Choupi
07-01-2006, 10:36 PM
That's great news. Great win for Marcos. :)

PamposCypriot
07-01-2006, 10:59 PM
Now his playing his buddy murray...

I bet they will play some foot volley before tha game starts :)

16681
07-02-2006, 01:21 AM
Congrats to Marcos on his win today :) Maybe Marcos is becoming a "footballer" :aplot:

hawk
07-02-2006, 08:28 AM
Bravo Marcos. :D Good play. What worries me thought is the injury he suffers which forced him to request the third medical timeout. Does anybody know anything more about that injury??

hawk
07-02-2006, 08:29 AM
Match Reports

Baghdatis Bags Grosjean

Saturday, 1 July, 2006

Before a ball was struck, the match between Sebastien Grosjean and Marcos Baghdatis had all the makings of a gritty, hard-fought encounter between two big-hitters.

In the end it was the newcomer who gained the upper hand in a contest that pitched the experience of the 28-year-old Frenchman against the 21-year-old Cypriot who burst onto the Grand Slam circuit this year when he finished runner-up at the Australian Open in January. Baghdatis prevailed in four sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

In this, their first meeting, both men moved swiftly around the court as each stretched the boundaries of the court with their strokes. At 4-4 Grosjean, seeded 15, worked his game sweetly to build up break points on the Baghdatis serve, approaching the net to volley a winner from his knees; then forcing his opponent to push one wide for the break. Serving for the set, Grosjean showed how he can angle his forehand sublimely at the last nanosecond, without giving the faintest sign of which direction the ball travel.

Eighteenth seeded Baghdatis has struggled with injury since reaching the final in Melbourne and his run at Wimbledon has continued in that vein. He had the trainer out in his opening match against Briton Alan Mackin, and again after his first set against Grosjean, for what appeared to be a gluteus maximus injury. This didn’t impede his progress and he needed just one opportunity to break the Grosjean serve for the second set.

Drawing the match level seemed to recharge Baghdatis’ batteries. He grew into the match, building angles, pace and control to take a commanding lead, as Grosjean’s unforced error count grew.

Baghdatis ran away with the fourth set and the match as the French resistance went into hiding. His next match is against Britain’s Andy Murray.

Written by Sally Easton

christos
07-02-2006, 12:53 PM
He'll win ! Go Marcos!!

kindablue
07-02-2006, 01:13 PM
This is his post match interview:

M. Baghdatis Interview - Day 6
Saturday, 1 July, 2006

Q. You must be very relieved to have got that match finished tonight. Were you worried about it? MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I was relieved to win it, first of all. Was not an easy match. Seb is a great player on grass. He's playing really good. I'm really happy to get through.

Q. Can you tell me about your injury. You seemed to be struggling. MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, the first ‑‑ I don't remember if it was in the first three, four games, Seb hit the backhand on the net and I run for it. And it come in, and I run for it and I felt a bit on the ‑ how you say ‑ butt. Felt a bit of pain on the butt. So that's all, I think. I don't really know what's wrong with it. Just maybe a strained muscle for the moment. That's what was, so.

Q. Was it similar to your first round injuries?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, no, not at all.

Q. So how are you looking forward to your match against Andy Murray?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't really know. I cannot think about this now. I'm very happy that I won today, and I'll just take time tomorrow and think about that.

Q. Has it been difficult since Australia, trying to get your head round what happened?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, it's not easy, you know. Lot of things happen from one day to another. I have to ‑‑ I have a lot of responsibilities now, and it's not so easy.

But, I mean, I have great people around me. My parents are helping me a lot. My team around me is great. So it's a bit of a struggle, but I'm getting through it.

Q. And will you be fully fit, do you think, for Monday?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I think so. I hope so.

Q. You are a sport hero for two countries, Cyprus and Greece. You have made too many people in two countries watch your tennis match. How do you feel about this?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, I'm happy to have all my country, two countries behind me. I mean, Cyprus and Greece, for me, it's the same thing. It's not one country, but it's the same thing.

So I have Greek blood in me. So it's great have having them around and giving me so much support and love. So it's been fun since I'm playing good. I mean, so many people behind me and giving me support.

Q. How will you prepare for your match tomorrow? You've got a day off tomorrow. What are you gonna do in the day?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't really know. Maybe go have a sleep tonight and then we'll see how it goes. I will speak with my coach later on. I don't know what time I'm playing on Monday, so it depends also what time I'm playing. Depends of a lot of things.

Q. Do you like playing on grass?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, yeah (smiling).

Q. Some players really don't like it.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: It's not that I like it, but this year ‑‑ last year I didn't like it, this year I do. So, I mean, I'm starting to have experience on grass, and it's a matter of time to feel good on it. So I'm starting to feel good on it. So I guess I like it. I start to like it.

Q. Were you surprised when you heard that Murray had beaten Roddick?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Surprised, no. Everybody can beat everybody today in tennis. So I wasn't surprised. He's a great player. He's young. I think he needs some time also to become a great player. It's a matter of time that he will become a great player.

sdimitri
07-03-2006, 07:01 AM
Pame Marco for today!
Just be your self and play the tennis you know!
It won´t be easy against Murray but on the other hand in tennis nothing is easy!
Hope Marcos is not injured and feels ok for the game.

kindablue
07-03-2006, 07:31 AM
Monday OOP.

Centre Court 1.00 pm Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 4th Rnd.
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[15]
vs Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)[3]

2 Gentlemen's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]
vs Andy Murray (GBR)
3 Gentlemen's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Roger Federer (SUI)[1]
vs Tomas Berdych (CZE)[13]

I would say they should start around 5:00 p.m. CET.
It won't be an easy match but it's winnable!
Good luck to Marcos!

kindablue
07-03-2006, 03:15 PM
Marcos won the 1st set 6-3. It's not easy though!

allase
07-03-2006, 03:52 PM
go marco go !!!!!!ante !!!!!!

allase
07-03-2006, 04:25 PM
yuhoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

Dimitra
07-03-2006, 05:39 PM
Marcos is really strong mentally when it matters wins 6:3 6:4 7:6 now take on Hewitt and then beat Nadal in the semis!:D

16681
07-03-2006, 06:58 PM
Congrats to Marcos on his win :) I think Marcos has been joking with us. I think he really is a "footballer" :lol:

Choupi
07-03-2006, 07:18 PM
Another good news. :cool: Marcos likes grass. He just needed some time to recognize it!! ;)

PamposCypriot
07-03-2006, 10:18 PM
Baghdatis (CYP) Murray (GBR)

1st Serve % 60 of 92 = 65 % 47 of 91 = 52 %
Aces 7 8
Double Faults 1 7
Unforced Errors 17 21
Winning % on 1st Serve 47 of 60 = 78 % 35 of 47 = 74 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 21 of 32 = 66 % 21 of 44 = 48 %
Winners (Including Service) 31 20
Receiving Points Won 35 of 91 = 38 % 24 of 92 = 26 %
Break Point Conversions 3 of 5 = 60 % 1 of 4 = 25 %
Net Approaches 18 of 27 = 67 % 13 of 22 = 59 %
Total Points Won 103 80
Fastest Serve 129 MPH 129 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 119 MPH 117 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 97 MPH 90 MPH


I take back what i said about baghdatis after his game against mackin :)

Anw.. what i noticed about marcos in wimbledon taking in mind what i saw in australia....

1) He has improved his dropshots... today he made some amazing dropshots

2) I had something in mind some hours ago but i forgot :)

3) I remember now :) He is fucking more stable at the net

And today he improved his first serve :)

athina7
07-04-2006, 03:24 AM
Well done Marcos:yeah: That was alot easier than I expected! From what little I saw of the match, Murray really didn't play well, but Marcos was solid and did exactly what he needed to do to win.

sdimitri
07-04-2006, 06:25 AM
Bravo Marco Bravo :worship: :worship:
He played well and got the winning despide Murray not playing that well.
Now the things get harder but if Marcos continues to play well then he can win Hewitt as well.
Pame Marco Pame! :)

kindablue
07-04-2006, 09:25 AM
Here is his post match interview:

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?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Why?

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?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Sorry?

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

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Today?

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?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Nothing.

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.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Sorry?

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?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Health.

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?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Not really.

Q. Have you seen any of his matches here?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Nope.

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?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Exactly.

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?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah.


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

I hope he doesn't srart copying Nadal with his no?

Or al least he can do it after he beats Rafa in the semis,no? :lol:

hawk
07-04-2006, 09:33 AM
:lol:

Choupi
07-04-2006, 10:01 AM
Thanks for that interview. It's a very interesting read. :)

kindablue
07-04-2006, 01:52 PM
Thanks for that interview. It's a very interesting read. :)

You are welcome Choupi! They are on the Wimbledon official site:

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/index.html

But i thaught that not many people know where they are,
so i decided posting them here was not a bad idea,no?

kindablue
07-04-2006, 04:33 PM
I also found this link:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/5141116.stm

There is some funny stuff there,the British can be so funny sometimes!
There is also a video interview.Definitely worth a visit!
I couldn't help noticing how Marcos has matured in the last month or so
soon after his birthday.Has anybody else noticed that?

hawk
07-04-2006, 04:56 PM
I also found this link:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/5141116.stm

There is some funny stuff there,the British can be so funny sometimes!
There is also a video interview.Definitely worth a visit!
I couldn't help noticing how Marcos has matured in the last month or so
soon after his birthday.Has anybody else noticed that?

Thanks Kindablue. I enjoy this very much. :)

Choupi
07-04-2006, 07:23 PM
You are welcome Choupi! They are on the Wimbledon official site:

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/index.html

But i thaught that not many people know where they are,
so i decided posting them here was not a bad idea,no?
This was a very good idea. :) Even if I regularly go on the tournaments sites, I always like to be able to find out quickly about an interview, without having to check the whole site of the events. So thanks again.

kindablue
07-04-2006, 07:47 PM
Monday OOP

Centre Court 1.00 pm Start

1 Gentlemen's Singles - Qtr. Finals
Roger Federer (SUI)[1]
vs Mario Ancic (CRO)[7]



2 Gentlemen's Singles - Qtr. Finals
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[6]
vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]


He is playing on court 1 tomorrow 3:00 p.m. Cyprus time.
I 've got good news and bad news for you.First the good news.
Marcos was talking tonight on a local TV station and said he feels
fine, he 's not tired, thanks to winning in straight sets on Monday.
He said he feels he is ready to face Hewitt tomorrow and he sounded optimistic.
The bad news is that the weather in England will change tomorrow
and there is a good chance for thunderstorms!What i am afraid of is that if it rains
and the court gets heavy it might help Hewitts game.But the again we all know that Marcos can adjust his game accordingly.Anyway good luck to Marcos for tommorrow!

Choupi
07-04-2006, 08:54 PM
Yes, good luck. I will be at work but I will think of him.

PamposCypriot
07-04-2006, 10:52 PM
Baghdatis (CYP) Murray (GBR)

1st Serve % 60 of 92 = 65 % 47 of 91 = 52 %
Aces 7 8
Double Faults 1 7
Unforced Errors 17 21
Winning % on 1st Serve 47 of 60 = 78 % 35 of 47 = 74 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 21 of 32 = 66 % 21 of 44 = 48 %
Winners (Including Service) 31 20
Receiving Points Won 35 of 91 = 38 % 24 of 92 = 26 %
Break Point Conversions 3 of 5 = 60 % 1 of 4 = 25 %
Net Approaches 18 of 27 = 67 % 13 of 22 = 59 %
Total Points Won 103 80
Fastest Serve 129 MPH 129 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 119 MPH 117 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 97 MPH 90 MPH


I take back what i said about baghdatis after his game against mackin :)

Anw.. what i noticed about marcos in wimbledon taking in mind what i saw in australia....

1) He has improved his dropshots... today he made some amazing dropshots

2) I had something in mind some hours ago but i forgot :)

3) I remember now :) He is fucking more stable at the net

And today he improved his first serve :)


Anyone to comment on this? :) I really need to see if the others agree with me :)

athina7
07-05-2006, 01:01 AM
He is playing on court 1 tomorrow 3:00 p.m. Cyprus time.
I 've got good news and bad news for you.First the good news.
Marcos was talking tonight on a local TV station and said he feels
fine, he 's not tired, thanks to winning in straight sets on Monday.
He said he feels he is ready to face Hewitt tomorrow and he sounded optimistic.
The bad news is that the weather in England will change tomorrow
and there is a good chance for thunderstorms!What i am afraid of is that if it rains
and the court gets heavy it might help Hewitts game.But the again we all know that Marcos can adjust his game accordingly.Anyway good luck to Marcos for tommorrow!
On the contrary, heavy and slow conditions don't help Lleyton's game at all. He likes the faster courts.

My two favorite players going at it tomorrow. On the one hand I'm exited, on the other, I'm sad that one of them will lose.

sdimitri
07-05-2006, 06:12 AM
Monday OOP

Centre Court 1.00 pm Start

1 Gentlemen's Singles - Qtr. Finals
Roger Federer (SUI)[1]
vs Mario Ancic (CRO)[7]



2 Gentlemen's Singles - Qtr. Finals
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[6]
vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]


He is playing on court 1 tomorrow 3:00 p.m. Cyprus time.
I 've got good news and bad news for you.First the good news.
Marcos was talking tonight on a local TV station and said he feels
fine, he 's not tired, thanks to winning in straight sets on Monday.
He said he feels he is ready to face Hewitt tomorrow and he sounded optimistic.
The bad news is that the weather in England will change tomorrow
and there is a good chance for thunderstorms!What i am afraid of is that if it rains
and the court gets heavy it might help Hewitts game.But the again we all know that Marcos can adjust his game accordingly.Anyway good luck to Marcos for tommorrow!


I think at 3 pm Cyprus time it will be Federer vc Ancic and Marcos game will propaply start around 6 Cyprus time.
Pame Marco lets win this game :) :)

kindablue
07-05-2006, 06:41 AM
I think at 3 pm Cyprus time it will be Federer vc Ancic and Marcos game will propaply start around 6 Cyprus time.
Pame Marco lets win this game :) :)

Sorry, my mistake, the first oop i saw had Marcos on court 1 :o

kindablue
07-05-2006, 06:13 PM
Marcos won the first set 6-1! Wow!!!

Dimitra
07-05-2006, 08:16 PM
And Bags takes it 6-1 5-7 7-6(7) 6-2! Great win !!:D
Marcos in the top 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hawk
07-05-2006, 08:35 PM
I cannot write more now. I am celebrating like mad.

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

PinkFeatherBoa
07-05-2006, 08:44 PM
I'm a bad Marcos fan, I should stop by here more often!

Just came to say "congratulations on a great win" and also to share my pictures from his 1st round match against Mackin. You can view them on http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v140/Madam_Kitten/wimbledon%202006-%20wednesday%2028th%20june/?start=20
the password is "tennis".

I think it's great that he's got this far, after watching him be physically sick on court in the 1st round, he put up a great fight to stay out there and pull through- and now he's in the semis!! I'm really pleased for him! :D

Choupi
07-05-2006, 09:07 PM
Congrats for this great win Marcos. I wish I could see him though. I get no coverage. That sucks!!

16681
07-05-2006, 10:20 PM
This is a wonderful win :) And for Marcos to be in the Top Ten :yippee:
He definitely has his old form back and I do believe that Marcos is actually a "footballer" :lol:

kindablue
07-05-2006, 11:34 PM
Here is his post match interview:
M. Baghdatis Interview - Day 9
Wednesday, 5 July, 2006

Q. Just about the time that people were starting to say, gee, was Baghdatis for real, where's he been, what's happening, you seem to be making a very big statement here. Can you analyze how that came about.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, I mean, playing finals in Australia, I got some experience. Had some doubts in the middle of the year, some small injuries. Then just getting confident again, feeling the ball good, playing good tennis. Here I am in the semis of a Grand Slam again, especially Wimbledon.

Q. You looked very emotional out there but your mother looked even more emotional on the cameras. Do you look up to her during the match?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, I mean, I look up to everybody in the box. There's my mother, coach, everybody that I'm working with. I mean, it's been tough for me, for my parents. Not tough, but, I mean, so many things came so quickly, and so many emotions and stuff. So I think nobody realize it yet, especially my parents, they don't realize what's happening. And it just needs time to cool down.

Q. Do you think your mother is actually enjoying watching you, or do you think she finds it a bit...

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't really know. Ask her. I don't really know. I'll ask her for you when I see her later.

Q. In Melbourne you seemed to have so many people that were excited to be along for the ride, supporters, Greeks and Cypriots. Were you a bit exhausted by the time you got to the final because it was such an emotional thing? Have you done things to keep things more low key going into this one?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, no, it's been great. Australia was great. There were really a lot of emotions, but it was the first time also. Now I have some more experience. I am more calm maybe on the court. Maybe after the match I'm more relaxed and try not to lose so much energy.

Q. Guess it was nice this time that the crowd were supporting you. Did that help?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah. It's always nice when the crowd supports you.

Q. You expressed such a tremendous joy out there. Do you think that's an asset? Do you think that helps your game out on the court?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I mean, that's the way I am. That's who I am. I mean, I love this game, I like playing this game. And, I mean, I just go in the court. I love playing in front of so many people. I enjoy it. That's all. That's the way I am and that's who I am.

Q. Did you feel that from your earliest days on the circuit, or is this something that's developed?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, no, I was always like this. I was always like this.

Q. How comfortable are you on grass courts now? What do you like and not like about them?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I mean, it's I like grass courts. It's pretty good to play on it. It fits to my game. I'm playing really aggressive and stuff. There's nothing I don't like. So I pretty like it.

Q. This has been such an incredible ride for you. What's been the best part? What's been the worst part?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I mean, the best part was getting to the finals in Australia, and the worst part was like not growing with my parents maybe, growing up with my parents.

Q. You talked about confidence earlier. Going into this match against Hewitt, who was a past champion, did you think that you had it to beat him? You had some advantages in the second set which you didn't see through. Were there any points where you had doubts?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I mean, in the beginning of the match I just went on the court believing that I can win, of course. I beat a lot of good players this year and the years before. But in the middle of the second set, I start realizing that I'm, like, beating Hewitt. I'm one set up and two breakpoints up against Hewitt and I'm in the quarters playing for the semis. So start thinking a bit there, start choking a bit. And, I mean, the most important thing is that I got through. And that's the most important thing, so I'm happy for today.

Q. You spoke about growing up away from your parents, it being a tough time. Could you recall those days for us.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Sorry?

Q. The times that you spent away from your parents when you were young, you said they were difficult times?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah, I left when I was 14 from Cyprus. I went to Paris to play tennis because it was not possible to do it in Cyprus. So I stayed there for seven years, so I didn't see much my parents. That's all.

Q. How difficult was it for you?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Very. I mean, it's difficult for a kid 14 years old to go into another country, doesn't know the language, alone, and just grow up in the family. So, I mean, you can imagine how difficult it is.

Q. Who helped you the most get through all those difficulties?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I mean, I had the French family that I was living with. They showed me so much love. And also a guy, Mouratoglou, he really gave everything to me and he helped me find so many solutions. He was one of the only guys who believed in me. So, I mean, it's been great. All the coaches I had believed in me so much and they helped me so much.

Q. Do you think you have a chance of winning this tournament now?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Why not? I mean, I'm in the semis of a Grand Slam. Everybody can beat everybody, that's what I think. Why not?

Q. How are you feeling about Nieminen and Nadal tomorrow?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Sorry?

Q. The match tomorrow, are you going to watch it?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Nieminen, they're playing tomorrow, yeah. I don't really know. I mean, I just took a shower and I don't know what's going on out there. I came here. So I don't really know.

Q. It was cancelled. They're going to play tomorrow. You're going to get an extra day of rest. Is that an advantage?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Extra day? Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's an advantage, of course. But, I mean, I don't know what to say.

Q. How important was that service return winner in the third set, the set point, you had a big return? You lost a few points on the tiebreak in the third set and then you had that one chance on his serve and you really hit a big return. How did it impact on the fourth set, and how was it for your confidence?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: It impact on the third set. I won the set because of that shot.

Q. The fourth set?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: The fourth set, nothing. It's not that point that change the match, I think. That's not the point that change the match.

Q. Which was it? What was the turning point in the match?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Every point. I mean, Hewitt is a great player. He doesn't give you a point. Today in the fourth, I don't know what happened to him. He got more tired and he gave me more points than usually. I took my chances and that's all.

Q. What adjustments have you made, if any, to grass courts and the type of bounce you have here, the kind of surface it is?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Nothing.

Q. You're playing the same exact game?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Just look at the ball.

Q. The doubles match that lasted six and a half hours, are you aware of that? It's a record.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yeah.

Q. What's the longest time you've ever spent on a tennis court?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I don't really know. Against Alan MacKin, I think it was 4 hours 30, 4 hours and a half. I don't really know.

Q. Six and a half hours would be a bit too long?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, I don't think so. I'm able to play six and a half hours, but it never happen (smiling).

PoderShileno
07-06-2006, 02:16 AM
Good Luck Marcos ¡¡¡¡

H_E_L_L_A_S
07-06-2006, 04:02 AM
MARCOS TO WIN WIMBLEDON

Nene
07-06-2006, 07:31 AM
one aim!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Puschkin
07-06-2006, 07:37 AM
I am not a particular fan of Marcos, and I did not jump on his band-waggon at the AO. But just to drop by and congratulate for an excellent match against Hewitt: great versatility, courage, beautiful winners. It was a pleasure to watch.

sdimitri
07-06-2006, 08:13 AM
Bravo Marco once again well done :worship: :worship: :worship:
This is how Marcos plays tennis and i hope he can keep it going.
Now everything is possible!
Go Marcos for the final!

nikita
07-06-2006, 09:56 AM
Gooo Marcoos

hawk
07-06-2006, 11:23 AM
Who would you prefer against Marcos, Nieminen or Nadal?? :confused:

hawk
07-06-2006, 12:06 PM
Who would you prefer against Marcos, Nieminen or Nadal?? :confused:

I just listened in a Marcos interview given to a Greek radio and he said that he prefers Nadal because it will be more challenging for him to face world No 2.

christos
07-06-2006, 01:03 PM
:yeah: :yeah: Marcos!!
Great win!

Papakori
07-06-2006, 06:01 PM
Good luck tomorrow Marcos against Nadal :)

Another player I really start to like this year :yeah: (My first post as a fan on here :lol:)

athina7
07-07-2006, 04:31 AM
Marcos plays 2nd tomorrow. Good luck!!!! Let's get to the final!!!!

Centre Court 1.00 pm Start
1 Gentlemen's Singles - Semis
Roger Federer (SUI)[1]vs Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)

2 Gentlemen's Singles - Semis
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[18]vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

sdimitri
07-07-2006, 08:36 AM
Good luck tomorrow Marcos against Nadal :)

Another player I really start to like this year :yeah: (My first post as a fan on here :lol:)

Its always good to see new fans of Marcos :D :D

Pame Marcos for today!
What ever happens you are a winner for us!

LostGlory
07-07-2006, 10:00 AM
Pame Marcos.....we have faith.....you can do it......

PamposCypriot
07-07-2006, 12:09 PM
I have mix feelings about the game... Sometimes im positive, somes im negative... Only 3 hours left... I dont see fed match lasting more than 1:45 :)

H_E_L_L_A_S
07-07-2006, 12:44 PM
MARCOS IN 4 TOUGH SETS

linus
07-07-2006, 07:40 PM
just finished watching this semifinal between Maros and Rafa, much better than Roger vs Jonas :worship:

interesting ;) though Marcos lost himself at so many key points, he did do so well :yeah:

this guy has a sunny character, lovely :D today the little girl as well :cool: his bro's daughter or not? she always excited herself to follow her mother(?) :lol:

Marine
07-07-2006, 09:17 PM
The daughter of the owner of his academy he said...maybe Morotoglou's daughter ?

perrygreen
07-08-2006, 04:25 AM
Hi it's my first time to post here. I watched the match and found it very exciting and interesting. Although Macros lost, the variety of the his game and his attitude on the court were just amazing. I think he will be top ten this year.

H_E_L_L_A_S
07-09-2006, 12:08 PM
Is Mouratogolou Greek cuz it looks either Greek or like a Greek Turkish surname maybe Pontiaco

sdimitri
07-10-2006, 11:31 AM
Bravo Marco for doing well in Wimbledon.
Now he is in top ten!!!

hawk
07-10-2006, 08:15 PM
Is Mouratogolou Greek cuz it looks either Greek or like a Greek Turkish surname maybe Pontiaco

Patrick Mouratoglou was born in Paris, to a Greek father and a French mother.