In the biggest win of his career, the charismatic and popular Marcos Baghdatis finally defeated after seven tries World No. 1 Roger Federer in a tight match in the third round of the BNP Paribas Tennis Championships at Indian Wells 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4). Seemingly out of the match while facing two match points on his serve in the second set, Baghdatis stayed close with Federer to finally win his first ever match against a No. 1 player.
Although Baghdatis remained even with Federer during the match, it looked like the world No. 1 would take it after finding himself with two match points on the Cypriot’s serve. But a slew of unforced errors allowed Baghdatis to hang on and win the second set. In the third set, things stayed tight until Federer broke to go up 3-1, but on the next game, Baghdatis smoked a forehand down the line to get a break point while Federer dumped a volley into the net to get things back to 3-2. Continue reading
Novak Djokovic, the defending champion of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, has been doing it the hard way all week as he again won another tight three set match against the scrappy Marcho Baghdatis 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.
In an almost three hour affair, both men pushed each other with groundstroke rallies highlighted by usual displays of humor from both men. At one point early in the second set, Baghdatis broke his shoe chasing after a Djokovic drop shot and had to rely one of his training team to throw him their own shoes so he could continue. Continue reading
The end of the year injuries keep piling up. Now Robin Soderling, who was the heavy favorite to win his hometown Stockholm Open, has pulled out of the semifinal against Marcos Baghdatis with an elbow injury.
Soderling, who is currently in ninth place in the ATP Finals Standings, will have to wait for his next event in Valencia to try and pass by Fernando Verdasco who is now in eighth place in the standings.
But let’s also acknowledge the fine work of Baghdatis who after a long injury layoff has managed to get himself back into the top 100 again after winning several Challenger events this year.