's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlandsby ATP Staff | 17.06.2011
Fourth seed Ivan Dodig spoiled Marcos Baghdatis’ 26th birthday celebrations on Friday at the UNICEF Open as he defeated the fourth seed 7-6(4), 6-1 in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tennis tournament in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Baghdatis, who earlier in the day had won his quarter-final match against Denis Gremelmayr for the loss of just one game, looked to be in a commanding position in the first set against Dodig. The Cypriot broke his opponent’s serve in the 11th game with strong play, but when serving for the set committed two double faults as he surrendered his serve to love.
Dodig capitalised on the sudden swing in momentum to clinch the ensuing tie-break, and raced to victory in the second set by breaking Baghdatis’ serve three times as the Cypriot quickly fell away. Baghdatis won just five return points in the second set as Dodig prevailed in 88 minutes. The Limassol native was contesting his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the season.
Marcos’ campaign at the UNICEF Open came to an end when he was beaten by Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 7-6(4), 6-1 in the semi-finals on Friday in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
It was a busy 26th birthday for Marcos. After rain washed out his quarter-final match on Thursday, he returned early Friday to dismiss Denis Gremelmayr 6-1, 6-0 in an impressive performance to reach his first semi-final of the season.
However, he failed to convert an early lead against the fourth-seeded Dodig, who went on to claim victory in 88 minutes. Marcos had served for the first set in the 12th game, but was unable to close it out and Dodig capitalised by winning the ensuing tie-break, before breaking serve three times in the second set.
Marcos will now move on to Wimbledon, where he is seeded No. 32 and due to face American James Blake in the first round. Check out the full draw here.
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