One day after his disappointing first-round singles exit, Marcos teamed with Ivan Ljubicic for the first time to make a winning start in his doubles campaign at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and earn valuable match practice ahead of the French Open.
The Cypriot-Croatian duo held their nerve in a deciding match tie-break to defeat French pairing Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 2-6, 10-3 in 62 minutes. Victory also earned Marcos a degree of revenge for his defeat to Tsonga in the singles on Monday.
In the second round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament, Marcos and Ljubicic will face a stern test in sixth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach, who reached the semi-finals in Rome last year.
....... MONO ΛΙΓΟ ΚΑΙΡΟ ΞΑΠΟΣΤΑΙΝΕΙ, ΚΑΙ ΞΑΝΑ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΗ ΔΟΞΑ ΤΡΑΒΑ .......
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) vs M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) - ATP L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) / I Ljubicic (CRO) - ATP B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs M Knowles (BAH) / M Mertinak (SVK) - ATP
Marcos and Ivan lost 7-6(7) 6-4. didn't watch the match but it looks from the stats like they lost a very close battle in 1 h and 54 min. hope Marcos starts feeling his feet great on his least favourite surface and reveals his true clay-court potential soon.