to avoid opponents' radars at Wimbledon, Marcos was to fly very low to the ground in Halle and Rosmalen. well, the flight was hair-raising, as inspiratory manoeuvres were performed to avoid navigational and stability problems.
one match at the time, but i couldn't resist a look at Marcos' draw. the more Marcos advances, the harder his opponents get. his volleying skills, return of serve, passing shots, lobs will be tested. he must also get a lot of free points on his serve, if not a plethora of aces, then a lot of unreturnables... fighting spirit is always there.
Marcos' name is nowhere mentioned in the previews. here's, for instance, Jon Wertheim and Steve Tignor. hehe, no one will be distracted watching Marcos...
Wimbledon: A work of art on the TV roof.
... well, that's nice. this way he can go quietly deep into the draw. he's a formidable player anyway.
Slovakia's Lukas Lacko won the baseline battle with Marcos Baghdatis as the the No.24 seed crumbled in the fourth set, losing 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
The 22-year-old Lacko came out the more assertive player, breaking the opening Baghdatis serve which was enough to take the first set.
It was only in March this year that Cypriot Baghdatis had made the "biggest win of his career'', beating top-seeded Roger Federer in the third round of the Indian Wells event, having lost all six of their previous encounters. So, on paper, he should have cruised past today's opponent..
He asserted his form in the second set, immediately breaking the Lacko serve despite being made to work the baseline in a gutsy display. But Lacko, the No.1 Slovakian player who moved into top 100 for the first time after winning the Seoul Challenger in November 2009, had moments of deft delicacy for a powerful baseline player.
When Baghdatis, wearing the Cypriot flag proudly on his bandana, lost the eighth game in the third set, Lacko needed no further invitation. The Slovak continued with his superior form, breaking Baghdatis' opening serve of the fourth set with an unreturnable smash from the net. At this point Baghdatis was also beginning to show his bewilderment at finding no way through in his first meeting against the man ranked No.75 in the world.
More shots went wide and long, as he was broken to love in the third game, fumbling a net volley straight to the ground. Cradling his head in his towel during the break, rethinking his strategy, was to no avail as the Slovak rushed through his own service for a 4-0 lead. Baghdatis quickly found himself serving to stay in the match at 1-5, but he crumbled, fluffing a risky drop shot to give Lacko two match points.
to inject some optimism into this thread , here's what Marcos posted on his facebook yesterday:
OK everyone, time to look ahead to the US hard-court season after the disappointing first-round loss for Marcos at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Up first is the Atlanta Tennis Championships beginning on 19th July. Anyone going? Check back later for the full summer schedule.
As promised, here is the full summer schedule for Marcos: Atlanta, LA, Washington DC, Toronto, Cincinnati, New Haven, US Open.