Marcos overcame Italian Andreas Seppi in a rain-interrupted second round clash at Wimbledon in three sets, 6-4 7-6(4) 7-5 on Thursday. Despite the rain delays, Marcos maintained a good rhythm to set up a tantalising third-round match with in-form Novak Djokovic.
Marcos continued his excellent play from the previous round and broke early to go 2-0 up and subsequently clinched the opening set. A rain-interrupted second set ebbed and flowed, with both players exchanging a break of serve to leave it rested at 5-5. However, just as Marcos grasped the initiative with a break to lead 6-5, the rain poured down on Wimbledon and the momentum of the Cypriot.
The rain delay allowed Seppi to collect himself, resulting in an immediate break of serve. However, Marcos showed exemplary mental strength to close out a tight second set on a tie-break.
Another rain delay in the third set only delayed Marcos for a short amount of time, as he impressively dispatched his opponent. His focus will now turn to Novak Djokovic, who has been in outstanding this season, losing his first match of 2011 to Roger Federer at the French Open semi-final stage. However, Marcos can face the Serb full of form and confidence.
Novak has improved a lot since then while Marcos is still pretty much a head case... tragic thing is that Marcos said in a press conference to the Cyprus media a couple of months ago ( www.cyprustennissociety.com/Prosopo-me-prosopo/Synenteyxeis/Markos-Pagdatis-THa-paixo-Nteibis-Kap-to-kalokairi.html ) that he wants to win the gold medal at the London Olympics next year. please Marcos, stop talk pure nonsense! you sound so delusional! since Wimbledon will host the 2012 Olympics tennis event and Novak's, Roger's, Rafa's and Andy's game on grass stands head and shoulders above the rest, no one else stands a chance to win the gold medal but them. those four guys are the only valid contestants vying for the Olympics gold medal next year.
as for tomorrow's match, well, words of fire deeds of blood, Marcos.
Marcos Baghdatis has returned. Or if that is too premature a statement, then he definitely appears to be on his way back. The Cypriot won a hard-fought straight sets victory over Andreas Seppi to advance to the third round at the All England Club for the first time in three years and revive memories of his glorious Wimbledon summer of 2006.
The 6-4, 7-6(4), 7-5 victory sends Baghdatis into a third-round showdown with in-form second seed Novak Djokovic and - on the strength of Baghdatis's performance - that promises to be a shotmaking spectacle.
Baghdatis reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2006, part of a career-best season that also saw him advance to the Australian Open final and peak at eighth in the world rankings. But since then he has been plagued by injuries, a lack of fitness and inconsistent results, and has never scaled the same heights.
Perhaps intent on getting back there, Baghdatis was zoned-in from the opening game, breaking serve to immediately gain control. Looking trimmer than he has in recent years, the Cypriot's improved fitness was on display in the third game as he nimbly chased down a wide shot from Seppi and hooked a running crosscourt forehand for a winner. He maintained his break advantage to take the first set.
After a lean season in which he had won just nine matches out of 22 - only finding a consistent run of form in reaching the semi-final on grass at last week's event in s'Hertogenbosch - Baghdatis continued his fine form on the lawns in the second set, breaking serve in the third game to lead 2-1.
His game besieged by errors, Seppi flung his racquet in frustration after losing the first point of the sixth game, and was soon 4-2 down when Baghdatis landed a series of powerful first serves that the Italian could not control.
Seppi certainly did not look like the player who had triumphed at last week's Eastbourne tournament. But he started to show that that victory was not a fluke, breaking back in the eighth game as part of a run of three consecutive games. Leading 5-4, it was the first time that he had been in front for the entire match.
The match went with serve until the 11th game, which was a torrid affair. Another rash of errors handed Baghdatis the break before rain briefly suspended play, yet when the match resumed his concentration had clearly been affected and he failed to serve out the set. But Baghdatis dominated the ensuing tiebreak, celebrating vociferously with the animated spectators when he clinched a two-set lead.
The third set followed a conventional storyline, on serve until the ninth game. Here, Seppi gained a crucial break on his third break point, and served for the set to get right back in it.
But the Italian was not up to the task. Harking back to the first set, Baghdatis smacked an impressive running crosscourt forehand to force an error from Seppi, leveling the set at 5-5. Two games later - and on his third match point - the Cypriot prevailed.
Baghdatis beamed widely and crouched to kiss the lawns. He is clearly happy to be back, and seems to be playing once again like the player who made that exciting run to the Wimbledon semi-finals all those years ago.
Novak Djokovic survived an emotional rollercoaster against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus on the Centre Court, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round. The experience will have done him no harm and he now meets Frenchman Michael Llodra.
Baghdatis saved two match points in the final game in a match that lasted three hours and 15 minutes. But on the third Baghdatis finally cracked to bring to an end the most memorable men's contest of the first week.
It had its roots in their five-set quarter-final in 2007, which Djokovic also won. But the seeds had been sewn and by the time they came together the crowd was more than ready for a repeat. So, too, was Baghdatis, who was on fire from the start and drew on the fans for inspiration. They did not let him down, helping to ensure that Djokovic, the second seed, didn't have everything his own way.
Djokovic won the first set in 48 minutes thanks to one break of serve in the ninth game. He soon realised that the 26-year-old Baghdatis was not going to fade away and, with the crowd getting nosier in the sunshine, the Cypriot found some inspired form.
Djokovic saved two break points in the first game of the second set, missed three break points in the next game and then lost his serve for what turned out to be the only time in the next game to trail 2-1.
Baghdatis drove on and slowly but surely, Djokovic, who came into the European summer on the back of a 43-match winning run, began to struggle and Baghdatis levelled the match
Baghdatis tried hard to keep the momentum going but he was beginning to tire and in the third set Djokovic broke to lead 3-1. He never looked like losing that advantage and he served a love game to take that set.
In the fourth set, Djokovic managed to keep his nerve in the face of real pressure, breaking in the fifth game and he eventually held his serve in a magnificent 10th and final game.
Marcos lost at Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic in four sets today in what was the most entertaining match of the Championships so far. Marcos played to a brilliant level, spurred on by the Centre Court crowd. Indeed, he hit more winners, less unforced errors and more aces than his opponent, but in the end, Djokovic had just enough to pull through to the fourth round, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Marcos thrived on centre stage, and although he lost the first set, he leveled up the tie as the sun shone brightly onto the turf. The game was played at an incredibly high intensity throughout, with the players trading winners. However, Marcos only managed to capitalize on one of his break point chances, largely because of Djokovic’s excellent play.
Nevertheless, the match went right to the wire, Djokovic took over ten minutes to serve out the match at 5-4 in the final set, with Marcos forcing two break-points. Marcos smiled right until the end, and appeared to relish gracing the greatest stage in tennis once more. He was by no means outplayed by his opponent.
The Centre Court crowd arose to acclaim both players at the end, though the majority of the cheering was directed at Marcos Baghdatis, celebrating the way he played the game, and the spirit he played it in.
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World No. 2 Novak Djokovic needed four sets to get past No. 32 seed Marcos Baghdatis Saturday at Wimbledon, winning their third-round clash 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and 15 minutes.
Baghdatis played the cleaner match, hitting 40 winners and 22 unforced errors, compared to 38 winners and 33 unforced errors from Djokovic's racquet. But the Serbian saved four of five break points against his serve and broke the Cypriot three times to reach the fourth round or better at The Championships for the fifth time. He increased his undefeated record against Baghdatis to 5-0 with Saturday's victory.
"Considering my game, I don't think I've played on top, played the way I played in the first two rounds. I was moving really bad. I didn't feel great on the court," said Djokovic. "But all the credit to him for playing well. Couple of points really decided the winner. I think I won because I was hanging in there and fighting. That's obvious. It was an exciting match to be part of."