In conjunction with Starbucks being sponsors at the Malaysian Open 2011, tennis star Marcos Baghdatis will be at our store! Tell us why you would like to have a Starbucks VIA moment of meet, greet & chat with Baghdatis. We will make that happen for you. Post your entry here. We will be picking 6 entries, so be creative. Each entry will be entitled to Starbucks gifts worth RM250, and a meeting with Baghdatis himself. Submission ends Saturday (24 Sept),12am. *photo extract from http://www.baghdatis.com*
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Chang Meei Yan I would love to have the opportunity to meet one of the living tennis legends as I look up to him and have utmost admiration for him. He taught me many valuable lessons through the tough matches...The most important one being " Aim fo the moon, because even if you miss, you will land among the stars''. I salute him and would love to grab this once in a lifetime opportunity to finally meet my sports idol! No doubt a perfect moment like that should be shared over a 5 Star beverage which the world loves! His empowerment is what keeps my spirit going on.I'd want to be able to share the moment and live these times to the fullest, cherishing the day. He should never miss out on an ice cold frappucino after the game, which I would love to present to him...Just to see the smile on his face would make my day!
Baghdatis upsets sixth seed Bogomolov to record 200th ATP Tour win
by Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7:38am
Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis moved into the second round of the Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011 when he brushed aside the challenge of sixth seed world No.40 Alexander Bogomolov Jr. in their first round match held here tonight on Centre Court, winning 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in 105 minutes.
In a game where both men were holding serve strongly, it was Baghdatis who managed to break his opponent in the first set tie-break and in the tenth game of the second set, which saw him take the win.
The 26-year-old Baghdatis, who made it to the 2nd Round of the 2009 edition of this tournament and went one better to reach the quarterfinals last year, is currently ranked 60th in the world, but has held a ranking as high as No.8 in 2006, but has since seen his ranking fall due to a series of injuries and loss of form.
The Cypriot, however, displayed strong accurate baseline strokes and great passion against the 28-year-old American to record his 200th ATP Tour match victory.
“You don’t think about it (getting the 200th win). It is the first round so you just go in and try your best. Alex played well tonight so I had to up my game a little. It was very even – but I managed to get that little bit of an edge over him to win,” said Baghdatis after his victory.
Marcos reached a career milestone on Monday evening in Kuala Lumpur as he defeated sixth seed Alex Bogomolov Jr., 7-6(3), 6-4 to record his 200th match win and reach the second round of the ATP World tour 250 tournament.
Marcos edged a tight first set on a tie-break, before breaking his American opponent’s serve once in the second set to clinch victory in one hour and 45 minutes. It was his second victory in two meetings with the 28 year old, having also beaten him when the pair clashed in Miami five years ago.
“I am very happy I won today,” said Marcos. “It was a tough fight; I was not feeling very comfortable on the court in the beginning because the balls and court were so heavy compared to Metz. I played great in the tie-break to win the first set and slowly, slowly was moving and hitting the ball better in the second.”
Victory for Marcos sees him even up his season match record to 22-22. He next goes on to face either Russian qualifier Mikhail Ledovskikh or India’s Somdev Devvarman.