Marcos is a good guy who wears smile well. if only he could make practice like play and forget the scoreline, the set of lines, the chronometers… and embrace the triumph and the disaster at the same time… the line between them is wafer-thin after all, the inscription above the players entrance to centre court at Wimbledon says it all.
Third seed Marcos Baghdatis snapped a four-match losing streak as he came back to defeat American wild card Ryan Sweeting 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday at the Farmers Classic, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Los Angeles.
“It’s been a long time,” said Baghdatis, who won his last match at Roland Garros. “I didn’t win a match on grass. It’s been two months [since I won] a match. It’s a long time. It feels good winning a match, even without playing good. The positive attitude is there which is very important looking forward to the next one.”
Baghdatis, who advances to the Los Angeles quarter-finals for the first time in three event appearances, will take a 2-0 record into his next match against sixth-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.
Tipsarevic needed two hours and 13 minutes to defeat Indian Somdev Devvarman 7-6(9), 6-2 in his second-round match Wednesday. The Serbian, a finalist last month in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Stakhovsky), will be contesting his fourth quarter-final of the season.
match to start soon. i'm getting just a little bit worried cause Marcos in his 2nd round match was not moving well in any case. he seemed to be bothered by something... then again, i had fun and had a good laugh when Marcos realised the importance of regrouping and keeping momentum in the seventh game of the second set with Marcos being up 4-2 and ready to serve after the changeover. it was then when Marcos gave Sweeting a glare with an air of superiority. easy to decipher him, he was trying to send a message to his opponent: "i had it under control all the time, you young man." some fun stuff and good to see Marcos remain positive even when he might not be performing up to his expectations. just hope Marcos feel mentally and physically fit and ready to handle Tipsarevic.
Marcos lost 6-3 7-5 to Tipsarevic. during Marcos’ most vulnerable phase in professional life, this defeat is not that surprising. he has to stick with Guillaume for now and, on his way to Washington, he will start to sort things out with him.