|Born||17 June 1985 |
Paramytha, Limassol District, Cyprus(age 26)
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career prize money||$3,920,892|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (August 21, 2006)|
|Current ranking||No. 25 (July 11, 2011)|
|Grand Slam results|
|Australian Open||F (2006)|
|French Open||4R (2007)|
|US Open||2R (2004, 2006)|
|Highest ranking||No. 93 (January 7, 2008)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2007)|
|Last updated on: October 14, 2010.|
Marcos Baghdatis (Greek: Μάρκος Παγδατής, ) (born 17 June 1985 in Limassol) is a Cypriot professional tennis player of Greek and Lebanese origin. He was the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open and a semifinalist at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships and reached a career-high ATP ranking of 8 in August 2006.
Baghdatis began playing tennis at age five with his father and brothers. He enjoys playing and watching football, and is a supporter of Apollon Limassol in Cyprus. He trained at the in Paris on an Olympic Solidarity Youth Development Programme Scholarship since the age of 13 and learned to speak French. He attended the Grammar School in Limassol.
On January 28, 2006, Baghdatis received an exemption from the otherwise mandatory Greek Cypriot national service so that he could concentrate instead on playing tennis. Had he not been exempted, he would have been required to serve 26 months in the military, as is required of all Greek Cypriot males upon reaching 18 years of age.
He also received the honor as the 2005 Cyprus Male Athlete of the Year for his accomplishments.
Baghdatis performed moderately throughout most of 2004. He picked up his form later in that year.
At the U.S. Open, Baghdatis played for the first time in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. He defeated Olivier Mutis in a first round match 2–6, 6–2, 6–1, 7–5. He was one of only two players who won a set from eventual champion Roger Federer (the other being Andre Agassi). Baghdatis then finished the year with two challenger tournament titles, in which he defeated many higher ranked opponents.
Baghdatis's 2005 season began with a first round loss in the Chennai Open.
In his next tournament, which was the Australian Open, as a qualifier Baghdatis defeated then-top-20 player Ivan Ljubičić in the second round and had a straight sets victory over another top-20 player, Tommy Robredo, in the third round before losing to Roger Federer in the fourth round.
Baghdatis suffered an elbow injury right after the Australian Open and was out of the professional tour until late April, when he entered a clay court tournament, the Estoril Open in Portugal. He held two match points in his first-round match against a resurging Juan Carlos Ferrero, but failed to convert them into a win.
Baghdatis kept playing challengers and qualifying for upper-tier ATP events for the rest of 2005 and found good form towards the end of the year. As a qualifier, he reached the final of the ATP tournament at Basel, defeating former world number 2 Tommy Haas, world number 40 José Acasuso, and the would-be 2005 Masters Cup champion David Nalbandian. But he lost the final to Chilean Fernando González 6–7(10), 6–4, 7–5, 6–4. Although he was not the first qualifier to reach an ATP tour event final, he was the first player from Cyprus to do so.
Baghdatis entered the Australian Open as an unseeded player, under the coaching of Guillaume Peyre, and produced an unexpected four-set (6–4, 1–6, 6–3, 6–4) victory over second-seed and world number three Andy Roddick of the United States in the fourth round. He then defeated the seventh-seed Croat Ivan Ljubičić in a quarterfinal 6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 3–6, 6–3, and in a semifinal, he came back from two sets down to defeat the fourth-seed Argentine David Nalbandian 3–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4. The vocal support he enjoyed from his local fans (consisting mostly of members of Melbourne's large Greek Australian community) throughout the tournament was considered one of the highlights of the tournament. In the final, Baghdatis started strongly (being a set and a break up with a chance to double break) but eventually lost to world number 1 Roger Federer 5–7, 7–5, 6–0, 6–2.
At Wimbledon, Baghdatis defeated British player Andy Murray in the fourth round in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, Baghdatis beat the 2002 champion and former world number 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6–1, 5–7, 7–6(5), 6–2. Baghdatis then lost to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals 6–1, 7–5, 6–3.
At the U.S. Open, Baghdatis defeated Alexander Waske of Germany in the first round 7–6(1), 7–6(7), 6–3. He played retiring U.S. player Andre Agassi in the second round, and in a long match that lasted past midnight, Baghdatis lost 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, 7–5. Although Agassi took a 4–0 lead in the fourth set, Baghdatis rallied to take the set. He overcame cramping in the fifth set, trying to push the set into a tiebreaker, but Agassi broke his serve in the last game.
He won his next tournament in Zagreb, defeating Ivan Ljubičić in the final 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–4. At the International Series Open 13 tournament in Marseille, France, Baghdatis advanced to his second consecutive singles final and the fifth of his career, where he lost to Frenchman Gilles Simon 6–4, 7–6(3).
At the French Open, Baghdatis defeated former semifinalist Sébastien Grosjean in the first round 6–3, 6–2, 6–4. He then beat Kristian Pless of Denmark 7–5, 6–3, 6–4 to advance for the first time in his career to the third round. There, he defeated Czech Jan Hájek 6–2, 6–2, and then Hajek retired. In the fourth round, Baghdatis lost to Russian Igor Andreev in four sets.
At the first grass court tournament of the season in Halle, Baghdatis reached his sixth career singles final by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the semifinals 7–6(1), 6–4. In the final, which took place on his birthday, he lost to Czech Tomáš Berdych 7–5, 6–4.
At Wimbledon, as the #10 seed (16th-ranked), he made it to the quarterfinals for the second straight year, defeating Ernests Gulbis, Nicolas Devilder, #23 seed (25th-ranked) David Nalbandian, and #6 seed (4th-ranked) Nikolay Davydenko, before losing to #4 seed (5th-ranked) Novak Đoković in a thrilling 5-hour match which Đoković won 7–6(4) 7–6(9) 6–7(3) 4–6 7–5. At the next Grand Slam, the 2007 U.S. Open, Baghdatis was defeated by #106 ranked Max Mirnyi, 3–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–7 in the first round. Baghdatis had a 1–5 lead in the last set tiebreaker but lost it 8–6.
At the 2007 Paris Masters, Baghdatis found good form. He reached the third round, where he crushed Nikolay Davydenko 6–2, 6–2, and then entered the quarterfinals and defeated Tommy Robredo 6–4, 6–4. Despite being up, one set to love and possessing an early service break in the penultimate set, Baghdatis was unable to post his first ever victory against the No. 2 seed, Rafael Nadal, losing to the Spaniard, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3. Had he won the tournament (and had Richard Gasquet lost in his semifinal match against David Nalbandian), he would have qualified for the 8th and final position in the Tennis Masters Cup event in Shanghai.
Baghdatis started his season on the 2008 ATP Tour at the 2008 Chennai Open in India. Seeded second, Baghdatis suffered a surprising loss to Robin Haase, who defeated him 6–3, 6–4 in the first round. However, Baghdatis and Marc Gicquel defeated singles world number two Rafael Nadal and partner Tomeu Salvà in doubles, 6–4, 6–4 . He was invited to his first AAMI Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, filling in for an ill Roger Federer on short notice, where he defeated top 10 players Nikolay Davydenko and Fernando González before falling to Andy Roddick in the final.
At the 2008 Australian Open, Baghdatis was dealt a tough draw, which pitted him against 2002 champion Thomas Johansson, and then 2005 champion Marat Safin. He managed to beat Safin in five sets. Baghdatis then lost in the third round to local favourite, and former world No.1, Lleyton Hewitt, in 5 sets 6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 7–6 (7–4), 3–6, in a match lasting 282 minutes, beginning at 11:52pm and finishing at 4:34am Melbourne time.
Marcos skipped the 2008 Miami Masters, 2008 Torneo Godó, 2008 Rome Masters, 2008 Monte Carlo Masters and 2008 Hamburg Masters because he had a problem with his ankle during the 2008 Davis Cup and the exhibition match. The day after the exhibition match, Marcos went to Paris where his doctor informed him that he should stay away from any tournaments because of the high ankle sprain. He then followed an intensive schedule of physiotherapy to be ready for the next Grand Slam, which was the 2008 French Open.
At the 2008 Roland Garros, the Cypriot didn't cope well, as he still had the high ankle sprain injury at the time. This caused him to lose in the first round of Roland Garros to Simone Bolelli in straight sets 6–2 6–4 6–2.
Baghdatis, keen to improve his 2008 season, and with the grass season on the horizon, entered a challenger event in Great Briton for preparation. The next week he entered the 2008 Halle Open in Germany, where he was the runner up in 2007, and was eventually knocked out by Roger Federer in the Quarter Finals.
At the 2008 Wimbledon championships, seeded #10, Baghdatis continued to show good form on grass, progressing to the fourth round, and dropping only one set en route. Baghdatis faced big serving Feliciano López in the fourth round, and ultimately ended up losing the match in 5 sets 5–7, 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(4), 8–6 on court 18. The match lasted 222 minutes, and was emotionally charged, with Marcos unable to convert 3 match points on the Lopez serve in the fifth set.
Entering 2009, ranked 96 (his best having been 8) and having not played since the ATP Paris Masters in late October 2008, Baghdatis entered the 2009 Brisbane International in preparation for the upcoming Australian Open, losing in the opening round to Jarkko Nieminen.
In the Australian Open, traditionally his best grand slam event, he began with a straight sets win over 48th-ranked Frenchman Julien Benneteau and followed that up by ousting 16th-seed Robin Söderling in four sets and 23rd-seed Mardy Fish in straight sets to set up a fourth-round clash with third-seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic. The fourth round encounter with Djokovic started poorly for Baghdatis, going down 6–1 in the first set. The second set went into a tie breaker, which Baghdatis lost 1–7. The third set went into another tie breaker, but Baghdatis earned himself three set points, lost two of them on his own serve, and then took the tie breaker on Djokovic's serve. After 3 hours and nearly 20 minutes, Baghdatis was unable to come back from an early break in the first game, as he missed two break opportunities and lost to Novak Djokovic 1–6, 6–7(1), 7–6(5), 2–6.
After the Australian Open, he then played in the SA Tennis Open tournament in Johannesburg and was the number 8th seed. He defeated Andrew Anderson 6–4, 6–2 in the first round and wild card Raven Klaasen 6–3, 7–5 in the second round. In the quarterfinals, he lost to David Ferrer 5–7, 2–6.
After getting a wildcard for San Jose, he drew 6th seeded American Sam Querrey in the first round, and lost in three tight sets; 3–6, 7–5, 6–7(5).
At the 2009 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Baghdatis defeated Ernests Gulbis 7–5, 6–2 in the first round and Dudi Sela 7–6(7), 6–3 in the second. He was defeated by Jérémy Chardy in the quarterfinals, 6–7(7), 6–7(3).
Baghdatis found some form at the Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch 250 tournament, beating 15th-ranked Tommy Robredo 7–5, 6–2 to move into the second round. In the second round he suffered a match ending knee injury when playing Raemon Sluiter.
Due to the knee injury suffered at 's-Hertogenbosch, he withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships.
Baghdatis returned to the ATP tour with a three set loss to Wayne Odesnik in Indianapolis. In Los Angeles, he progressed to the 2nd round after beating Frank Dancevic 7–6(4), 6–3, but was unable to maintain his form and was upset by John Isner in straight sets 3–6, 6–7(11) after holding a set point in the 2nd set.
Baghdatis won the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, a Challenger event in Vancouver. Victory over Xavier Malisse in the final 6–4, 6–4. The title is Marcos’ first at any level since triumphing at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Zagreb in February 2007.
Baghdatis failed to qualify for the Cincinnati Masters, losing to Robert Kendrick in the opening qualifying round.
Marcos won his second ATP Challenger Tour title of the season after defeating again Belgian's Xavier Malisse 6–4, 6–1 in the final of the Trophée des Alpilles in St. Remy. He won his opening match in the ATP 250 tournament in Kuala Lumpur, against Lu Yen-hsun 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(5), but was beaten by Mikhail Youzhny 2–6, 3–6 in the next round.
In the China Open; a ATP 500 tournament held in Beijing, he drew top seeded Rafael Nadal in the first round. He pushed him hard but was eventually defeated, 4–6 6–3 4–6. It was Nadal's 6th straight win over the Cypriot, which mean't that Marcos had failed to post a win over the Spaniard yet again after coming so close for the second time (previously coming close at the 2007 Paris Masters; again a three-set match).
At the 2009 If Stockholm Open, Baghdatis reached his first ATP final since 2007 at Halle. In the opening round he upset 3rd seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets 6–4, 6–2. He followed this up with crushing victories over Robert Kendrick 6–2, 6–2 and Arnaud Clément 6–4, 6–4. Top-seed Robin Söderling gave Marcos a walkover into the final, and drawn to meet Olivier Rochus of Belgium for the title match. Baghdatis went on to beat Rochus in the final 6–1, 7–5, to win just his third ATP title, which ended his two and a half year title drought.
This season saw Baghdatis return to form. He started off the year at the Brisbane International; one of the first ATP 250 tournaments of the season. In the first round he beat American Mardy Fish 7–5, 7–5 but he was soundly defeated in his second-round clash against hard-hitting Czech Tomáš Berdych, 0–6, 1–6.
He then entered the next Australian Open series tournament; the Medibank International ATP tournament in Sydney, worth 250 points. In his opening round, he looked rusty but managed to beat Australian wildcard Nick Lindahl 6–2, 7–5. In the second round, he beat the number 6th seed Viktor Troicki 7–5, 6–3. He then stunned the number 4th seed Lleyton Hewitt, rallying from a set and a break down in the 2nd set (at 4–6 1–2) to win 4–6, 6–2, 6–3 in the quarterfinals. Then he defeated American Mardy Fish in another heart-stopping 3 set win, 6–4, 6–7(7), 7–6(5) in the semifinals. In the final, he faced Richard Gasquet. After epic drama with a rain delay (at the start of the 2nd set) to add suspense, Baghdatis went on to triumph at the Medibank International in the final, beating Gasquet 6–4, 7–6(2). The win elevated his ATP ranking to 31.
At the 2010 Australian Open, Baghdatis beat Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the opening round 6–2, 6–4, 6–4, and defeated 17th seed David Ferrer in the second, 4–6, 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–1. This marked his second career victory after being down two sets to none, while suffering from leg cramping in the final game. He faced Lleyton Hewitt in the third round; a rematch of the same tournament and round exactly two years ago, when Hewitt won in an epic five-setter lasting 18 minutes short of five hours. This time, however, an alleged right shoulder injury forced Baghdatis to retire just 56 minutes into the match after trailing 0–6, 2–4. After this, his ranking dipped slightly to No. 34 (on January 1). After deciding not to defend his quarterfinal points (from last year) at the 2010 SA Tennis Open in Johannesburg, his ranking dropped 2 places to No.36 (on January 8).
His next appearance was at the 2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. There, he beat James Blake in a comfortable 6–4, 6–2 victory (in the 1st round). But he was beaten against in-form Nikolay Davydenko in the 2nd round 3–6, 2–6.
He then appeared at the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships, but came into the tournament with stomach cramps (due to food poisoning). Despite the handicap, he courageously beat Frenchmen no.8 seed Gilles Simon 7–6(3), 6–4 in the opening round. After a day rest (which benefited his stomach problems), he withstood a challenging 6–3, 3–6, 6–1 victory over Somdev Devvarman in the second round. In the quarterfinals, he defeated German Michael Berrer in straight sets 7–6(5), 6–1 (letting out no break point chances on serve in the process). In the semi-finals, after being a set and a break up, he lost a frustrating match against no.2 seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic 7–6(2), 3–6, 4–6.
He played at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, as the 27th seed. After receiving a bye in the first round (due to his seeding), he beat Arnaud Clément 7–6(7), 6–1 in the second round. In the third round, he went on to capture his biggest ever win to date, stunning World No. 1 and top seed Roger Federer 5–7, 7–5, 7–6(4) while saving 3 match points. By beating Federer for the first time in his career, he reversed a 6-match losing streak against him. However in the fourth round, he was unable to recuperate in time for his next match, losing out to Tommy Robredo 5–7, 6–0, 4–6 despite coming into the match with a 3–0 head-to-head lifetime against Robredo.
At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open after receiving a bye in the first round, he beat Juan Ignacio Chela 6–2, 6–4 in the second round. In the third round, he lost to #7 seed Marin Čilić in straight sets, 3–6, 4–6.
He had a disappointing start to the Clay court season; being eliminated in the first rounds of both the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the 2010 Rome Masters by Albert Montañés 4–6, 2–6 and Ernests Gulbis 2–6, 2–6 respectively.
He next played in the 2010 BMW Open, where he is seeded 5th. In the first round he was drawn against German qualifier Peter Gojowczk and prevailed in three sets 3–6, 6–1, 6–2. In the second round he took on Marco Chiudinelli, beating the Swiss in straight sets 6–3, 6–4. In the quarter finals, the 2007 Champion and 4th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber stood in the way, but with some superb serving, Marcos eliminated the home favorite convincingly 6–3, 6–4. For a spot in the final, Baghdatis took on No. 1 seed Marin Čilić. Despite taking the first set, Baghdatis was unable to close out the match, eventually losing in three erratic sets 6–3, 2–6, 3–6.
He then made a quarterfinal appearance at the 2010 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur as the 5th seed, where he was upset by Argentinian Leonardo Mayer 7–5, 3–6, 4–6 despite saving 21/24 break points in the match.
Baghdatis suffered a surprisingly poor run in the 2010 grass court season. He was dumped out in the 1st rounds in all three grass court tournaments he entered; Philipp Petzschner in Halle, Peter Luczak in s-Hertogenbosch, and to Lukáš Lacko at Wimbledon. It was the worst showing he has had in Wimbledon, and even more disappointing as he had a good history record in the past few years there.
However a reshuffle behind the scenes after the grass court season has resulted in Baghdatis once again working with Guillaume Perye.
Since then, he has reached the quarterfinals at the 2010 Farmers Classic tournament in Los Angeles where he lost to Janko Tipsarević for the first time in their 3rd meeting overall, and reached the final at the 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington where he lost to in-form David Nalbandian who marked his thorough comeback on the tour there.
At the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open in Cincinnati, he found decent form. In the first round, he beat Marin Čilić for the first time 6–4, 7–5. In the second round, he toughed out a 6–2, 4–6, 7–6(4) victory over Brazilian danger-man Thomaz Bellucci. Then in the third round, he stunned Tomáš Berdych 7–5, 6–4. In the quarterfinals after six heartbreaking losses against the Spaniard, he finally defeated Rafael Nadal for the very first time in his career 6–4, 4–6, 6–4. It was his second win over a World No.1 this year, having earlier defeated then No.1 Roger Federer at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Oddly, he defeated a World No.1 player on his seventh attempt again (previously against Federer in Indian Wells this year), as he stated back in March 2010 after beating Federer, "Seven is my lucky number". For only the second time, he made the semifinals of a Masters 1000 tournament since 2007 (in Paris) but here he could not beat Roger Federer again, as he succumbed to his in-form opponent 4–6, 3–6.
Just before his campaign at the 2010 US Open, he made an appearance at the last pre-US Open tuneup tournament; the 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. According to the tally of points, Marcos has a chance to win this years 2010 US Open Series if he wins this very tournament. Appearing as the top seeded player, he beat Igor Andreev for the first time 6–2, 6–4 and then came back from a set down to defeat Juan Ignacio Chela 1–6, 6–3, 6–2 to reach the quarterfinals. However, he lost to the eventual champion, Sergiy Stakhovsky 7–5, 1–6, 6–7(4) in the quarterfinals.
Baghdatis started the 2011 season by competing in the Brisbane International, losing in the quarterfinal to defending champion and second-seeded American Andy Roddick 2–6, 3–6. Baghdatis next tournament was the Medibank International Sydney, Baghdatis was the defending champion and second seed in this event, however he withdrew from the tournament, citing a groin injury. Baghdatis made it to the 3rd round in the Australian open before retiring mid-way through the 4th set against Jürgen Melzer.
Baghdatis's playing style is relaxed and smooth. His main strength is his powerful forehand and a natural talent for placement. He can make accurate and powerful down-the-line forehands and cross-court forehands on the run and often patiently constructs points to get in a position from where he can make outright winners with those shots. He also has one of the best backhands in the game, especially his two-handed backhand down the line. Baghdatis is noted for often playing high-risk tennis, attempting difficult shots which, depending on their execution, can pay off big or backfire. Unfortunately, these difficult shots have sometimes resulted in self-destructive losses.
He also has an exuberant and festive on-court presence that frequently rubs off on to the spectators. At many majors, it is not uncommon to also see a large band of Cypriot and Greek fans (especially at Wimbledon and the Australian Open) vocally supporting Baghdatis and lightly mocking his opposition in a similar manner to football fans. According to the Guardian, "Baghdatis is a wonderfully ebullient character who radiates immense enjoyment whenever and wherever he plays, and has acquired a loyal throng of fans who roar his every winning point."
2008 Australian Open controversy
Two days before his third-round match against Australia's Lleyton Hewitt at the 2008 Australian Open, a video posted on YouTube almost a year earlier made headlines in the local media. The video shows the 2008 fifteenth seed at a barbecue hosted by his Greek Australian fans in Melbourne in early 2007. In it, Baghdatis is seen holding a flare chanting, among other things, anti-Turkish slogans such as "Turks out of Cyprus" twice, with the , a group which was later at the centre of a clash with police. A representative of the local Turkish Cypriot community referred to the chant as a "racist attack" and a "straight-forward provocation of our community", and called for the player's expulsion from the tournament and Australia, though no such action was taken.
Supporters of Baghdatis said he was not calling for Turkish Cypriots to leave Cyprus, but rather an end to Turkey's military occupation since 1974. In a statement issued through his manager, Baghdatis said he was "supporting the interest of my country Cyprus, while protesting against a situation that is not recognized by the United Nations".
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Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (0–1)
Career finals (10)
Singles: 10 (4–6)
Doubles: 1 (0–1)
To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through to the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.
ATP Tour career earnings
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