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.