The late start of his second round match due to rain didn't seem to perturb 5th seed Marcos Baghdatis. In a match which he dominated from start to end, Baghdatis overcame the assaults of world n°61 Simon Greul of Germany 6-3 6-2. In the quarterfinals, his opponent will be Argentina's Leonardo Mayer who defeated Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci.
World No. 29 Marcos Baghdatis reached his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year Wednesday as he cruised past German Simon Greul 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the inaugural Open de Nice Côte d’Azur, an ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament.
The fifth-seeded Cypriot converted three of five break point chances and was strong on serve, surrendering just nine points on his delivery to seal victory in 66 minutes. The win was Baghdatis’ 24th of the year, surpassing last year’s total of 23. He won his fourth ATP World Tour title in Sydney (d. Gasquet) and has posted semi-final showings in Dubai (l. to Djokovic) and two weeks ago in Munich (Cilic).
For a place in the semi-finals Baghdatis will face Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who broke serve three times to oust fourth-seeded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and 31 minutes. World No. 59 Mayer, who lost to Bellucci three weeks ago in Rome, is through to his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season.
Markos is in Cyprus this weekend - He was seen playing cards, beach volley, etc. at Limasol beach. He is planning to attend the cyprys football cup final later tonight. His favorite team Apollon is playing. Probably he will travel to Nice tomorrow or Monday
Marcos’ two-day visit to his homeland holds great significance to him. he feels a bit of cool air coming through every time he steps on the soil of Cyprus and his senses are bathed in the deepening pulsation of that longing for renewal…
Leonardo Mayer has qualified for the semifinals of the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur by beating Marcos Baghdatis, number 5 seed, 5-7 6-3 6-4 in 2h54.
The match can be resumed by one number : 24. It's the number of break points in favor of Mayer during the nearly three hours spend on court. Normally when you have 24 break points, the score is usually close to 6-0 6-0. But not when you only convert 3.
In the first set, he messed up 7 opportunities. Up 6-5 and returning, Baghdatis capitalized on only is third break point, all of which were obtained in this same game. At this moment one says to himself, it's the experience that allowed the man from Cyprus to be tough in the clutch. However with a major 1st serve breakdown (45% overall) the pain was only starting.
At 3 apiece in the second, Mayer finally broke. Ok it was his 15th opportunity, but at this point in time who's counting? He consolidates at love and breaks again to tie the match at one set all.
The 1st serve crisis does not stop for Baghdatis. On almost every service game the 29th player in the world needs to defend break points. On the other hand Mayer serves out consecutive love games. The match ends on a break (only the third of the match), of course! How symbolic!
In the semis, Mayer will need to do a lot better against the winner of the Verdasco-Stakhovsky match.