Top Five Moments in Marcos Baghdatis’ Career

Published 06/26/2019, 8:10 AM EDT
Marcos Baghdatis

The only tennis player hailing from the Eastern Mediterranean island, Cyprus and to be ranked inside the Top 100 ATP Rankings, Marcos Baghdatis will be calling off his tennis career at Wimbledon Championships 2019. In his 16-year-old service to the ATP Tour, the former World Number eight, Cypriot has not just put his country on the map, but also proved to be one of the finest candidates on the ATP Tour.

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1. Finalist at Australian Open 2006

Marcos Baghdatis, Rod Laver and Roger Federer at Australian Open 2006 finals

His run to the Australian Open 2006 finals is pretty much revered by Marcos Baghdatis. The unseeded Cypriot dispatched the second seed, Andy Roddick, seventh seed Ivan Ljubicic, and fourth seed David Nalbandian before reaching his first ever major finals.

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He faced Roger Federer in the finals and had a head-start of being a set and a break up, however, it was Federer who pulled off his seventh Grand Slam title with a 7–5, 5–7, 0–6, 2–6 victory over Marcos Baghdatis.

2. The Only Player To Defeat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 2010 While They Were Ranked World Number One

Marcos Baghdatis defeated Roger Federer at Indian Wells 2010

In 2010, Marcos Baghdatis recovered from the injury setbacks of his previous season and re-entered the top 20 rankings. At Indian Wells, he conquered the biggest victory of his career by upsetting the World Number one and top seed, Roger Federer after saving three match points. Again on the American court, Baghdatis defeated Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of Cincinnati Masters.

It was the first win for Marcos Baghdatis over Federer and Nadal on the ATP Tour. Previously, he lost six successive times to both of them and managed to triumph over them in his seventh meeting against the ‘tennis gods’.

Seven is my lucky number,” he said after his win over Federer in California. Post that, the Cypriot couldn’t accomplish a win against Federer and Nadal later in his career.

3. The Night Session Third Round Match at Australian Open 2008

Marcos Baghdatis and Lleyton Hewitt

The former World Number eight, Marcos Baghdatis trounced upon the former Australian Open champions, Thomas Johansson and Marat Safin to set up a third-round match with Lleyton Hewitt at Australian Open 2008. Their match began at 11.47 pm (AEDT) on Saturday night and he lost 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-7(4) 6-3 to Hewitt.

The thespian night session showdown at the Melbourne major concluded at 4.33 am on a Sunday morning and the match continues to be the latest match to finish in the history of Australian Open. 

4. Andre Agassi’s Final Match Victory Came Against Marcos Baghdatis

Marcos Baghdatis and Andre Agassi

It was US Open 2006 and the third round match between Agassi and Baghdatis ended past midnight. Baghdatis’ 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 5–7 loss happened to be the last victory in the American legend’s 21-year-old career.

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And before the beginning of US Open 2006, Marcos Baghdatis hit the career-high ranking of World Number eight.

5. Flag Bearer For Cyprus in The Opening Ceremony of London Olympics 2012 

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Marcos Baghdatis Flag Bearer For Cyprus

His promising gestures on the ATP circuit persuaded the Cypriot Olympic Committee to select Baghdatis to carry the Cypriot flag at London Olympics. Over there he lost to the eventual Gold medalist, Andy Murray, but he was the only ATP man who could pull off a set against the Brit.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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