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Old 01-01-2009, 02:11 AM   #106
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its so great to see Baggy smiling again, hope he'll have lots of reason in 2009 to keep doing so

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

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Happy New Year, Thomas.

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

By Paul Malone
January 05, 2009 11:00pm




PAINED ... Marcos Baghdatis reacts during his first-round loss
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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.
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South Africa: Baghdatis to Bulk Up Court Time With Trip to SA Open

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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."
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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.
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In Greek: http://www.tennisnews.gr/index.php?o...-28&Itemid=116
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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:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/show...9&postcount=15

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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.

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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.
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In Greek- http://tennis24.gr/content/view/2321/88/lang,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.
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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.
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BAGHDATIS COMEBACK SINKS SODERLING



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.
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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.
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