Marcos Baghdatis

Marcos Baghdatis
Μάρκος Παγδατής
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Baghdatis at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Cyprus
ResidenceLimassol, Cyprus
Born (1985-06-17) 17 June 1985 (age 35)[1]
Paramytha, Limassol District, Cyprus
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro2003
Retired2019
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachPablo Perez
Juan Francisco Spina
Prize money$8,918,917
Singles
Career record349–274 (56.0%)
Career titles4 ATP, 11 Challengers, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 8 (21 August 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (2006)
French Open4R (2007)
WimbledonSF (2006)
US Open4R (2016)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (2012)
Doubles
Career record50–62 (44.6%)
Career titles1 ATP
Highest rankingNo. 93 (7 January 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2013)
French Open1R (2016)
Wimbledon1R (2007, 2016, 2017)
US Open2R (2016)

Marcos Baghdatis (Greek: Μάρκος Παγδατής; pronounced [ˈmarkos paɣðaˈtis]; born 17 June 1985) is a retired Cypriot tennis player.[2] He was the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open and a semifinalist at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships and reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 8, in August 2006.[3] In the latter part of his career, Baghdatis endured a series of injuries that impacted his play.

Personal life

Baghdatis was born in Paramytha, Cyprus, to a Lebanese father, Christos, and a Greek Cypriot mother, Androula[4][5]. He has two brothers—Petros and Marinos—and a sister, Zena, who was adopted by his family at just six months old. His father, a native Lebanese who follows Greek Orthodox Christianity, emigrated to Cyprus from Lebanon and owns a clothes shop. He began playing tennis at the age of 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 14 and learned to speak French[4].

Baghdatis received the 2005 Cyprus Male Athlete of the Year award. On 28 January 2006, he received an exemption from the otherwise mandatory Cypriot national service so that he could concentrate on tennis.

On 14 July 2012, Baghdatis married the Croatian former tennis player Karolina Šprem. They had their first child, a daughter Zahara, on 20 October 2012,[6] a second daughter, India, on 17 December 2015,[7] and a son, Zeus.[8]

Tennis career

Juniors

Baghdatis reached No. 1 in the ITF junior world singles rankings in 2003 and joined the ATP professional tour later that year.[9]

2004: First full year as professional

Baghdatis at the 2004 US Open

Baghdatis performed moderately throughout most of 2004. He picked up his form later in that year.

At the US 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.

2005: A rising star is uncovered

Baghdatis's 2005 season began with a first-round loss in the Chennai Open against Nicolas Devilder. In his next tournament, 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 No. 2, Tommy Haas, world No. 40, José Acasuso, and the eventual 2005 Masters Cup champion David Nalbandian. But he lost the final to Fernando González in four sets. Although he was not the first qualifier to reach an ATP Tour event final, he was the first player from Cyprus to do so.[citation needed]

2006: Australian Open final and entering top ten

Baghdatis at Indian Wells in 2006

Baghdatis entered the Australian Open as an unseeded player, under the coaching of Guillaume Peyre, and produced an unexpected four-set victory over second-seed and world No. 3, Andy Roddick, in the fourth round. He then defeated the seventh seed Ivan Ljubičić in the quarterfinals in five sets. In the semifinals, he came back from two sets down to defeat fourth seed David Nalbandian in five. 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 No. 1 Roger Federer in four sets.[citation needed]

"I think my coach will watch and I'll be sleeping with my girlfriend.

Marcos Baghdatis answering an interviewer's question if he would be watching his next opponent in the 2006 Australian Open.[10]

At the French Open, Baghdatis lost in the second round in five sets to Julien Benneteau. At Wimbledon, Baghdatis defeated Andy Murray in the fourth round in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, Baghdatis beat the 2002 champion and former world No. 1, Lleyton Hewitt. Baghdatis then lost to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals in three sets. At the US Open, Baghdatis defeated Alexander Waske in the first round. He played retiring Andre Agassi in the second round, and in a long match that lasted past midnight, Baghdatis lost 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 5–7. This was to be the final victory of Agassi's twenty-year professional career, as he lost to Benjamin Becker in the following round. At the China Open, an ATP International Series event, Baghdatis defeated Mario Ančić in the final 6–4, 6–0, for his first career ATP tournament championship.

2007: Second singles title

Marcos Baghdatis serving at the 2007 US Open

Baghdatis was the eleventh seed at the Australian Open but could not match his success from the previous year, losing a second-round match to Gaël Monfils in four sets. He won his next tournament in Zagreb, defeating Ivan Ljubičić in a three-set final. At the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, France, Baghdatis advanced to his second consecutive singles final and the fifth of his career, where he lost to Gilles Simon in two sets. At the French Open, Baghdatis defeated Sébastien Grosjean in the first round and Kristian Pless to advance to the third round. There, he defeated Jan Hájek. In the fourth round, Baghdatis lost to 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. In the final, which took place on his birthday, he lost to Tomáš Berdych. At Wimbledon, as the tenth seed, he made it to the quarterfinals for the second straight year, defeating Ernests Gulbis, Nicolas Devilder, David Nalbandian, and sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko, before losing to Novak Djokovic in a five-hour match. At the next Grand Slam, the US Open, Baghdatis was defeated by no. 106 ranked Max Mirnyi in the first round. At the Paris Masters, Baghdatis found good form. He reached the semifinals by defeating Nikolay Davydenko and Tommy Robredo. He then lost to second seed Rafael Nadal in three sets.

2008: Injury-plagued

Baghdatis started his season on the 2008 ATP Tour at the Chennai Open in India, where he lost to Robin Haase in the first round.[11] At the Australian Open, Baghdatis defeated 2002 champion Thomas Johansson and 2005 champion Marat Safin, before losing in the third round to 2005 runner-up Lleyton Hewitt, in five sets. This match lasted 282 minutes, beginning at 11:52 pm and finishing at 4:34 am.[12] At the French Open, he lost in the first round to Simone Bolelli in three sets. At the 2008 Halle Open in Germany, where he was the runner up in 2007, he lost to Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. At the Wimbledon Championships, seeded tenth, Baghdatis progressed to the fourth round, where he lost to Feliciano López in five sets. Baghdatis suffered injuries for the remainder of the season and did not participate in the US Open.

2009: Injuries restrict, ends season with title

Marcos Baghdatis at 2009 Delray Beach International

Entering 2009, ranked No. 96 (his best having been 8) and having not played since the ATP Paris Masters in late October 2008, Baghdatis entered the Brisbane International in preparation for the 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 1–6 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 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 of the last set, as he missed two break opportunities and lost 1–6, 6–7, 7–6, 2–6.

After the Australian Open, he played in the SA Tennis Open tournament in Johannesburg and was the eighth 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 in two sets. After getting a wild card for San Jose, he drew sixth seeded American Sam Querrey in the first round, and lost in three tight sets. At the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Baghdatis defeated Ernests Gulbis 7–5, 6–2, in the first round and Dudi Sela 7–6, 6–3, in the second. He was defeated by Jérémy Chardy in the quarterfinals in two tiebreaks. 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.[13] Baghdatis returned to the ATP Tour with a three-set loss to Wayne Odesnik in Indianapolis. In Los Angeles, he progressed to the second round after beating Frank Dancevic 7–6, 6–3, but was unable to maintain his form and was upset by John Isner in straight sets 3–6, 6–7, after holding a set point in the second set. Baghdatis won the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, a Challenger event over Xavier Malisse in the final. The title was his 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. He won his second ATP Challenger Tour title of the season, after defeating Xavier Malisse again, 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, but was beaten by Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets in the next round.

In the China Open, an ATP 500 tournament held in Beijing, he drew top seeded Rafael Nadal in the first round. He pushed him hard, but was eventually defeated 6–4, 3–6, 6–4. It was Nadal's sixth straight win over the Cypriot. At the 2009 If Stockholm Open, Baghdatis reached his first ATP final since 2007 at Halle. In the opening round, he upset third 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. Baghdatis 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.

2010: Return to top 20

During the 2010 season, Baghdatis was the only player to beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal while they were world No. 1[14].

The 2010 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 Mardy Fish 7–5, 7–5, but he was soundly defeated in his second-round clash against hard-hitting Tomáš Berdych, winning just one game. He then entered the next Australian Open series tournament, the Medibank International tournament in Sydney. In his opening round, he looked rusty, but managed to beat Australian wild card Nick Lindahl and in the second round, he beat sixth seed Viktor Troicki in two sets. Baghdatis then stunned the fourth seed Lleyton Hewitt, rallying from a set and a break down in the second set to win in a three-sets quarterfinal. Then he defeated Mardy Fish in another heart-stopping three-set win 6–4, 6–7, 7–6, in the semifinals. In the final, he faced Richard Gasquet. After a rain delay at the start of the second set, Baghdatis went on to a straight-sets victory, a win which elevated his ATP ranking to No. 31.

At the Australian Open, Baghdatis beat Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the opening round and 17th seed David Ferrer in the five-sets second round. 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 before. This time, however, a right shoulder injury forced Baghdatis to retire just 56 minutes into the match after trailing 0–6, 2–4.[15][16] After this, his ranking dipped slightly to No. 34 (on January 1). After deciding not to defend his quarterfinal points at the SA Tennis Open in Johannesburg, his ranking dropped 2 places to no. 36 (on January 8).

His next appearance was at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam where he beat James Blake in a comfortable two-sets victory in the first round. However, he was beaten by in-form Nikolay Davydenko in the second round. Baghdatis made a second-round appearance at the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, losing to eventual champion Michaël Llodra. He then appeared at the Dubai Championships, but came into the tournament with stomach cramps (due to food poisoning). Despite the handicap, he courageously beat No. 8 seed Gilles Simon 7–6, 6–4, in the opening round. After a day of rest, he gained a victory over Somdev Devvarman in the second round. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Michael Berrer in straight sets. In the semifinals, after being a set and a break up, he lost a frustrating match against No. 2 seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic, 7–6, 3–6, 4–6.

He played at the Indian Wells Masters, as the 27th seed. After receiving a bye in the first round, he beat Arnaud Clément in the second round. In the third round, he went on to capture his biggest win to date, stunning world No. 1 and top seed Roger Federer in three sets, while saving three match points. By beating Federer for the first time in his career, he reversed a six-match losing streak. However, in the fourth round, he was unable to recuperate in time, losing to Tommy Robredo, despite coming into the match with a 3–0 head-to-head lifetime against Robredo.

At the Miami Open after receiving a bye in the first round, he beat Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round. In the third round, he lost to seventh seed Marin Čilić in straight sets. Baghdatis had a disappointing start to the clay-court season, being eliminated in the first rounds of both the Monte-Carlo Masters and the Rome Masters by Albert Montañés and Ernests Gulbis respectively. He next played in the BMW Open, where he was seeded fifth. In the first round, he won against German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in three sets. In the second round, he took on Marco Chiudinelli, beating the Swiss in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, the 2007 champion and fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber stood in the way, but with some superb serving, Baghdatis eliminated the home favorite in two sets. For a spot in the final, Baghdatis took on first seed Marin Čilić. Despite taking the first set, Baghdatis was unable to close out the match, eventually losing in three erratic sets. He then made a quarterfinal appearance at the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur as the fifth seed, where he was upset by Argentinian Leonardo Mayer in three sets, despite saving 21 of 24 break points in the match.

At the French Open, Baghdatis was beaten by Britain's Andy Murray in the third round in four sets. He suffered a surprisingly poor run in the 2010 grass-court season. He went out in the first rounds in all three grass court tournaments he entered by Philipp Petzschner in Halle, Peter Luczak in s-Hertogenbosch, and Lukáš Lacko at Wimbledon. It was the worst showing he had 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 reached the quarterfinals at the Farmers Classic tournament in Los Angeles, where he lost to Janko Tipsarević for the first time in their third meeting, and reached the final at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, where he lost to in-form David Nalbandian, who marked his thorough comeback on the tour there. Baghdatis was ousted in the opening round at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, losing to Jérémy Chardy in three sets. At the Cincinnati Masters, he found decent form. In the first round, he beat Marin Čilić for the first time. In the second round, he toughed out a three-sets victory over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, followed by a two-sets victory in the third round against Tomáš Berdych. In the quarterfinals, after six successive losses against the Spaniard, he finally defeated Rafael Nadal for the first time in his career. It was his second win over a world No. 1 that year, having earlier defeated then-No. 1 Roger Federer at the Indian Wells Masters. Oddly, he defeated a world-number-one player on his seventh attempt again. 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, but here he could not beat Roger Federer again, as he succumbed to his in-form opponent in two sets.

Just before his campaign at the US Open, he made an appearance at the last tune-up tournament, the 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Connecticut. Baghdatis had a chance to win the year's US Open Series if he won this tournament. Appearing as the top seeded player, he beat Igor Andreev for the first time and then came back from a set down to defeat Juan Ignacio Chela to reach the quarterfinals. However, he lost to the eventual champion, Sergiy Stakhovsky on a final-set tie break in the quarterfinals. Arriving at the US Open, he lost in the first round in five sets to Arnaud Clément.

2011: Quiet but solid season

Baghdatis started the 2011 season by competing in the Brisbane International, losing in the quarterfinal to defending champion and second-seeded American Andy Roddick in two sets. He made it to the third round of the Australian Open, before retiring midway through the fourth set against Jürgen Melzer due to a finger injury. Baghdatis had a very quiet summer on the ATP tour, his most noticeable appearance was at the Wimbledon Championships where he was the 32nd seed and gave eventual winner Novak Djokovic a tough test in the third round, losing in four sets, during a point in the match Djokovic was unable to keep his cool on the Centre Court and at the end of losing a long rally repeatedly hit the grass court with his racket. As the match progressed, Baghdatis received a rapturous support from the home crowd, to the point where they were screaming every point he won.

Just before the US Series, Baghdatis teamed up with British coach Miles Maclagan. Baghdatis found some form in the Kuala Lumpur, where he was runner up to a determined Janko Tipsarević. In Tokyo, Baghdatis lost narrowly to Andy Murray in three sets. After the match Murray commented kindly that, "I think he played very well. At the end of the third set, we were both playing good tennis, but in the first two he was the better player. Marcos is a very, very good player. He might not have played his best tennis so far this year, but he has been close to the Top 10 before. He has a lot of talent, a big serve and has many ways to hurt you on the court."[citation needed]

2012: Promising signs

In the Australian Open, Baghdatis lost in the second round to Stan Wawrinka. During a change over Baghdatis smashed and broke four of his tennis rackets to vent frustration on how the match was unfolding. He was fined A$770 by the organization of the Australian Open for this behaviour.[17] Baghdatis played Andy Murray in the third round of Wimbledon playing under the closed roof until 11:03pm, eventually losing in four sets. In July 2012 Baghdatis was selected by the Cypriot Olympic Committee to carry the Cypriot flag in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games. In the interrupted first-round match on 29–30 August, against Go Soeda of Japan, he won in three sets before scoring an impressive straight-sets victory over Richard Gasquet in the second round. Although he lost in the third round to Andy Murray in three sets, Baghdatis was the only player who won a set off Murray on the latter's run to Olympic gold.

2013: Struggles with injuries and form

Baghdatis Serves at 2013 US Open
Marcos Baghdatis at the 2013 US Open

Baghdatis entered the Australian Open as the 28th seed. He defeated Albert Ramos in the first round and Tatsuma Ito of Japan in the second round. However, he was defeated by the 4th seed David Ferrer in the third round in straight sets. At the French Open, Baghdatis lost in the first round to the 24th seed Benoit Paire. At Wimbledon, Baghdatis was defeated in the first round by the 10th seed Marin Čilić.

After a poor run of form over the summer, Baghdatis found some rhythm at the Citi Open in Washington. He had impressive wins over Lukas Lacko in three sets and 11th-ranked and second seed Kei Nishikori whom he defeated with the loss of three games to reach the quarterfinals. There he was defeated by eventual finalist John Isner in a competitive three set match. At the US Open, Baghdatis defeated Tatsuma Ito in the first round. In the second round, he produced a convincing performance against the 17th seed Kevin Anderson, winning in straight sets and losing only six games. In the third round, he was defeated by an in-form Stan Wawrinka in four sets.

In his next two tournaments, he was defeated by Dmitry Tursunov at St. Petersburg in the first round, and was defeated by Wawrinka at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur in the second round. At the Japan Open in Tokyo, he was defeated in the opening round by top-seeded Juan Martín del Potro in three sets after a decent performance. At the Swiss Indoors in Basel, Baghdatis defeated Benjamin Becker in the first round before losing in the second round to top-seeded and eventual champion Juan Martín del Potro in two sets.[18]

2014: Finds feet on Challenger Tour

Baghdatis was not given a wildcard into the Brisbane International, although he did receive one for the Heineken Open in Auckland. In the opening round Baghdatis lost to American lucky loser Steve Johnson in three sets. Baghdatis entered the Australian Open, ranked at a low 109 in the ATP rankings. Despite recovering from 1–4 down in the second set and saving several match points in the third set, he was eventually bundled out by Denis Istomin in straight sets in the first round.

Due to a low ranking, he needed to qualify for his next tournament at the Zagreb Indoors. His poor run of form continued as he was defeated by 19-year-old Peđa Krstin from Serbia in the opening qualifying round. Over March, after Baghdatis split with his coach, Baghdatis had found some form again with a good run at the Sony Open in Miami, where he defeated Santiago Giraldo and Philipp Kohlschreiber in a three-set battle that ended with two tiebreaks. He had another memorable match in the third round against Tsonga, but he could not convert his chances and lost in three sets after more than two hours.

Baghdatis started the clay-court season with a first-round loss at the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Houston to Alejandro Gonzalez. After a tough period through injuries, Baghdatis opted to find his way up the rankings again through the ATP Challenger Tour. Baghdatis finished in the Top 100 for the tenth straight year with best results coming at Challenger level (22–2 record), winning four titles: Nottingham (d. Matosevic) in June, back-to-back in Vancouver (d. Dustov) and Aptos (d. Kukushkin) in August and Geneva (d. Przysiezny) in November.[19]

Baghdatis ended the year at No. 85 in the ATP rankings.[20]

2015: Resurgence on ATP World Tour; back into top 50

Sitting at No. 85 in the rankings, Baghdatis decided to begin his 2015 season on the ATP Challenger Tour, at the city of Onkaparinga. He made the final, before bowing out to American Ryan Harrison in straight sets. Baghdatis returned to the Australian Open, hoping to re-discover his best form. In the opening round, Baghdatis fought off Teymuraz Gabashvili 6–2, 6–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4. In round two, he upset 22nd-ranked David Goffin 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 6–0 with an impressive display of attacking tennis. Baghdatis's campaign ended in dramatic fashion in round 3 against Grigor Dimitrov. The Cypriot rode the abundant emotion and Greek chanting on showcourt 3 to twice lead by a set before Dimitrov found another gear to win 4–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3.[21]

After the match, Baghdatis stated his goal was to finish 2015 in the world's top 50, believing in 4–5 years he can reach the world's top 10 again.[22]

After a promising Australian summer, Baghdatis returned to Europe. He defeated Ivo Karlovic and Mikhail Youznhey on his way to the Zagreb semifinals (l. to Garcia-Lopez). At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Baghdatis defeated for the second time this season David Goffin 6–2, 7–5, before being forced to retire hurt in a final set tie-breaker against Borna Coric in the second round.[23]

At Roland Garros, Baghdatis stunned 25th ranked Ivo Karlovic for the second time this season, winning in three sets. However, he was defeated in the second round by Damir Dzumhur 4–6, 3–6, 6–4, 2–6.[24] Baghdatis's grass-court campaign began in Stuttgart, where despite losing, he showed encouraging signs in his loss to superstar Rafael Nadal, by 6–7, 7–6, 2–6. This promise was fulfilled in an incredible week of ball striking at Nottingham. Baghdatis stunned world No. 7 David Ferrer 6–2, 7–6, young gun Alexander Zverev and Simone Bolleli to his way to the semifinals. However, Baghdatis, with an early break ahead against Denis Istomin, was forced to retire hurt after feeling a 'pop' in his calf muscle. It ended a great week for the Cypriot, who obtained his first top-ten win in more than two years.[25]

At Wimbledon, his campaign was in doubt due to the calf injury suffered at Nottingham. However, he decided to participate, and with his left calf heavily strapped, he defeated Donald Young in four sets in the opening round. In round 2, Baghdatis, struggling with his calf injury and form, was trailing two sets and a break down against Australian qualifier John Millman. However, the Cypriot produced one of the most incredible comebacks in recent Grand Slam history to defeat Millman, 6–7, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4 in over three hours. Baghdatis ran out of gas in round 3, with David Goffin exacting revenge against the Cypriot with a comfortable 3–6, 4–6, 2–6 victory.[26]

Baghdatis's resurgence in season 2015 continued at the Atlanta Open to kick-off his US Open swing. Baghdatis, defeated Austin Krajicek, Sam Groth and Vasek Pospisil on his way to the semifinals. There, Baghdatis stunned Gilles Muller 6–7, 6–3, 7–6 to reach the final. In the final, Baghdatis obtained a right groin injury early in the match, severely hampering his performance in his 3–6, 3–6 loss to John Isner. It was Baghdatis's first appearance in an ATP World Tour final since 2011.[27]

Unfortunately, due to the groin injury suffered in Atlanta, Baghdatis was forced to pull out of the events following Atlanta, except for Winston-Salem (first round loss to Pierre-Hugues Herbert). At the US Open, Baghdatis was forced once again to pull out of the tournament in the middle of his opening-round match against Steve Darcis. He retired hurt again citing his right groin.[28]

Baghdatis was solid on the ATP World Tour over the coming months. He reached the round of 16 at St. Petersburg, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.[29]

His final tournament of the season was in Stockholm for the Stockholm Open. In the round of 32, Baghdatis defeated American Sam Querrey 7–6, 6–1. In the round of 16, Baghdatis shocked in-form Australian Bernard Tomic 7–6, 6–3. He defeated for the second time in 2015 Gilles Muller in the quarterfinals 7–6, 4–6, 6–3. However, Baghdatis's right groin injury again forced him to retire from a match, where he retired in the second set of his semifinal against top seed Tomas Berdych.[30]

The Cypriot enjoyed 11th straight finish in top 100. Improved to 63–13 lifetime in Davis Cup thanks to doubles win over Greece in July w/Chrysochos (d. Stergiou/Theodorou)...Posted 26 tour-level wins in 2015, four more than 2013–14 combined. Baghdatis ended the year at No. 46 in the ATP rankings and will hope to continue his resurgence in 2016.[29]

2016: Top 40 return, Dubai finalist

Baghdatis, due to the birth of his second daughter, began his 2016 campaign only a couple of days before the Australian Open at the exhibition Kooyong Classic where he had competitive matches with Pablo Carreño and Paul-Henri Mathieu.[31] At the Australian Open, where Baghdatis was unseeded, he drew ninth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in a match between two former finalists. Despite playing some vintage tennis in the second set his lack of match play showed in his four-sets defeat. Baghdatis reflecting on the loss, said "I played a good match. It was my first match of the year and I lack a bit of rhythm, especially under pressure. I had some chances in the third set but the lack of matches before the tournament made me make wrong decisions at those moments."[32]

Baghdatis next participated at the ATP 250 tournament, Open Sud de France. Seeded eighth, Baghdatis defeated Lukas Lacko in the opening round. In the second round, he saved seven second set setpoints against Taro Daniel, winning in straight sets. In the quarterfinal he was, however, beaten in two sets by top seed and eventual champion Richard Gasquet. Baghdatis next moved onto Rotterdam, where he competed at the ABN AMRO ATP-500-tournament. He was drawn against fourth seed David Goffin and achieved a three-sets victory, coming back from a 5–2 deficit in the third set tiebreak. He improved to 4–1 against Goffin in their head-to-head.[33] Baghdatis's run ended in Rotterdam after round two, with a two-sets defeat to eventual champion, Martin Kližan.[34]

Baghdatis further continued his incredible resurgence at the prestigious Dubai Tennis Championships. Baghdatis, stunned Viktor Troicki, Vasek Pospisil, Bautista Agut and Feliciano Lopez on his way to the final. He would succumb to second seed and superstar Stan Wawrinka in the final 6–4, 7–6, including a near 30-minute tiebreaker in the second sets. Baghdatis, re-entered the world's top 40 for the first time in three years, and hit form that was present from ten years ago. Baghdatis said after the final: "I didn't win the tournament this week but I won a lot more, I won my confidence back. I'm happy I'm back and playing this kind of tennis now. It's just to continue improving and play at this level throughout the year."[35]

Traditionally his worst surface, Baghdatis began his clay-court season in Houston. He recorded the first double-bagel victory of his career in the opening round against Diego Schwartzman, before stunning Fernando Verdasco 6–4, 6–3 to book a spot in the quarterfinals. He was defeated by eventual finalist Jack Sock 6–4, 6–4.[36] Baghdatis, however, struggled once again for majority of the clay-court season, recording first-round losses in Bucharest and Madrid, while pulling out of a number of other tournaments. At Roland Garros, Baghdatis recorded an impressive straight-sets win over Giles Muller, before despite winning the first two sets, bowing out in a thriller to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in five sets.[37]

Baghdatis produced solid, without spectacular results over the coming months. He made the quarterfinals in both Halle and Nottingham on grass, with his run in Halle en route to a straight sets victory over world No. 8, Tomas Berdych. He was disappointed at Wimbledon, ousted in straight sets to John Isner.[38] He extended his grass-court season in Newport, and made the semifinals before bowing out to eventual champion Ivo Karlovic.

Baghdatis was forced to pull out of the Olympic Games in Rio due an elbow injury. He stated "It is clear that unless I am 100 % fit and healthy to compete, I shall not participate at the Olympics because I would be doing injustice to my country."[39]

2017 and 2018: Decline

Baghdatis lost in the first round in seven out of the 15 ATP tournaments he played during the 2017 year. His continued struggle with form saw his year-end ranking fall outside the top 100—the first time since 2004. Similar results with numerous first round exits followed in 2018, with Baghdatis finishing the year ranked 125.

2019: Final match and retirement

He received a wild-card entry into Wimbledon singles draw and announced that it would be his last tournament on the ATP Tour. In the first round, Baghdatis defeated Brayden Schnur in straight sets before bowing out to Matteo Berrettini in the round of 64.[40]

Davis Cup

Baghdatis made his Davis Cup debut for the Cyprus Davis Cup team in 2000 as a 14-year-old. Upon making his debut Cyprus were competing in the lowest division of Davis Cup competition possible and fell one win shy of being promoted in 2000. In 2009, the Group II relegation play-off tie was held in Nicosia, Cyprus and Baghdatis led the team. They fell one match short of advancing to the Euro/Africa Group I, after leading two sets to love in the doubles against Finland, Baghdatis and Photos Kallias lost the rubber, and Cyprus lost the tie 2–3.

Baghdatis is one of the most successful Davis Cup players in the modern era. He has the longest winning streak in Davis Cup matches of all time with 36 consecutive singles victories, surpassing (in 2016) the previously-held record of 33 by Björn Borg.[41]

2008 Australian Open controversy

Two days before his third-round match against 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 Baghdatis 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, pro-Cyprus slogans such as "Turks out of Cyprus" twice, with the Hellas Fan Club, a group which was later at the centre of a clash with police.[42][43] 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.[44]

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.[45] 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".[46]

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up2006Australian OpenHardSwitzerland Roger Federer7–5, 5–7, 0–6, 2–6

ATP career finals

Singles: 14 (4 titles, 10 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–2)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–7)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–8)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (1–1)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (2–6)
Indoor (2–4)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Loss0–1Oct 2005Swiss Indoors, BaselInternationalCarpet (i)Chile Fernando González7–6(12–10), 3–6, 5–7, 4–6
Loss0–2Jan 2006Australian Open, MelbourneGrand SlamHardSwitzerland Roger Federer7–5, 5–7, 0–6, 2–6
Win1–2Sep 2006China Open, BeijingInternationalHardCroatia Mario Ančić6–4, 6–0
Win2–2Feb 2007Zagreb Indoors, CroatiaInternationalCarpet (i)Croatia Ivan Ljubičić7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–4
Loss2–3Feb 2007Open 13, MarseilleInternationalHard (i)France Gilles Simon4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss2–4Jun 2007Halle Open, GermanyInternationalGrassCzech Republic Tomáš Berdych5–7, 4–6
Win3–4Oct 2009Stockholm Open, Sweden250 SeriesHard (i)Belgium Olivier Rochus6–1, 7–5
Win4–4Jan 2010Sydney International, Australia250 SeriesHardFrance Richard Gasquet6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Loss4–5Aug 2010Washington Open, USA500 SeriesHardArgentina David Nalbandian2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss4–6Oct 2010Kremlin Cup, Moscow250 SeriesHard (i)Serbia Viktor Troicki6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Loss4–7Oct 2011Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur250 SeriesHard (i)Serbia Janko Tipsarević4–6, 5–7
Loss4–8Aug 2015Atlanta Open, USA250 SeriesHardUnited States John Isner3–6, 3–6
Loss4–9Feb 2016Dubai Tennis Championships, UAE500 SeriesHardSwitzerland Stan Wawrinka4–6, 6–7(13–15)
Loss4–10Oct 2017Chengdu Open, China250 SeriesHardUzbekistan Denis Istomin2–3 ret.

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0–2)
Indoor (1–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss0–1Jan 2008Chennai Open, IndiaInternationalHardFrance Marc GicquelThailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
4–6, 5–7
Win1–1Feb 2012Zagreb Indoors, Croatia250 SeriesHard (i)Russia Mikhail YouzhnyCroatia Ivan Dodig
Croatia Mate Pavić
6–2, 6–2
Loss1–2May 2013Bavarian Championships, Germany250 SeriesClayUnited States Eric ButoracFinland Jarkko Nieminen
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
1–6, 4–6

Team Tennis Leagues

League finals: 3 (3 championships)

Finals by leagues
International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) (1–0)
Champions Tennis League (CTL) (2–0)

Finals by club teams
Pune Marathas (1–0)
Punjab Marshalls (1–0)
DBS Singapore Slammers (1–0)

League table results
1st place (2)
2nd place (1)

Awards
Season MVP: 1 (2014 CTL)
Place   Date   LeagueLocation(s)Surface(s)TeamTeammatesOpponent teams
Champions
(1st SZ)
Nov 2014Champions Tennis League (CTL)IndiaHardIndia Pune MarathasAustralia Pat Cash
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
India Saketh Myneni
India
Delhi Dreams: Runners-up (1st NZ)
Mumbai Tennis Masters: 2nd NZ
Hyderabad Aces: 2nd SZ
Punjab Marshalls: 3rd NZ
Bangalore Raptors: 3rd SZ
Champions
(1st ZA)
Nov-Dec 2015Champions Tennis League (CTL)IndiaHard,
Hard (i)
India Punjab MarshallsUnited Kingdom Greg Rusedski
Ukraine Elina Svitolina
India Saketh Myneni
India
Hyderabad Aces: Runners-up (1st ZB)
Raipur Rangers: 2nd ZA
Nagpur Orangers: 2nd ZB
V Chennai Warriors: 3rd ZB
Mumbai Tennis Masters: 3rd ZA
Champions
(2nd)
Dec 2016International Premier Tennis League (IPTL)UAE,
India,
Singapore,
Japan
Hard (i),
Hard
Singapore Singapore SlammersAustralia Nick Kyrgios
Brazil Marcelo Melo
Spain Carlos Moyá
Germany Rainer Schüttler
Netherlands Kiki Bertens
India Indian Aces: Runners-up (1st)
Japan Japan Warriors: 3rd
United Arab Emirates UAE Royals: 4th
*(SZ): South Zone, (NZ): North Zone, (ZA): Zone A, (ZB): Zone B

Challenger and Futures finals

Singles: 18 (15–3)

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (11–2)
ITF Futures Tour (4–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (12–2)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1–0Apr 2003Greece F1, SyrosFuturesHardCzech Republic Petr Kralert6–4, 6–2
Win2–0May 2003Uzbekistan F4, NamanganFuturesHardSouth Africa Louis Vosloo6–1, 6–4
Win3–0Jun 2003Netherlands F2, AlkmaarFuturesClayArgentina Ignacio González King6–3, 6–1
Loss3–1Jul 2003France F12, Bourg-en-BresseFuturesClayFrance Jean-Christophe Faurel5–7, 6–4, 2–6
Loss3–2Aug 2003Bukhara, UzbekistanChallengerHardGermany Marc-Kevin Goellner5–7, 7–6(7–2), 6–7(4–7)
Win4–2Oct 2003Cyprus F1, NicosiaFuturesClayGreece Konstantinos Economidis7–6(7–5), 6–1
Win5–2Oct 2004Bolton, Great BritainChallengerHard (i)Netherlands Peter Wessels6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Win6–2Nov 2004Bratislava, SlovakiaChallengerHard (i)Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
Win7–2Jul 2005Córdoba, SpainChallengerHardColombia Alejandro Falla6–3, 6–3
Win8–2Aug 2009Vancouver, CanadaChallengerHardBelgium Xavier Malisse6–4, 6–4
Win9–2Sep 2009St Remy, FranceChallengerHardBelgium Xavier Malisse6–4, 6–1
Win10–2Oct 2009Tashkent, UzbekistanChallengerHardUzbekistan Denis Istomin6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Win11–2Jun 2014Nottingham, Great BritainChallengerGrassAustralia Marinko Matosevic6–4, 6–3
Win12–2Aug 2014Vancouver, CanadaChallengerHardUzbekistan Farrukh Dustov7–6(8–6), 6–3
Win13–2Aug 2014Aptos, USAChallengerHardKazakhstan Mikhail Kukushkin7–6(9–7), 6–4
Win14–2Nov 2014Geneva, SwitzerlandChallengerHardPoland Michał Przysiężny6–1, 4–6, 6–3
Loss14–3Jan 2015Happy Valley, AustraliaChallengerHardUnited States Ryan Harrison6–7(8–10), 4–6
Win15–3Mar 2019Shenzhen, China, P.R.ChallengerHardItaly Stefano Napolitano6–2, 3–6, 6–4

Doubles: 1 (0–1)

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures Tour (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss0–1May 2003Uzbekistan F3, AndijanFuturesHardSwitzerland Stéphane BohliSouth Africa Justin Bower
Switzerland Marco Chiudinelli
3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Performance timelines

Key
W F SFQF#RRRQ#APZ#POGF-SSF-BNMSNH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Tournament20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019SRW–LWin %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian OpenAA4RF2R3R4R3R3R2R3R1R3R1R2R2RQ10 / 1426–1465%
French OpenAQ31R2R4R1R1R3R2R2R1RA2R2R1R1RA0 / 1310–1343%
WimbledonAQ11RSFQF4RA1R3R3R1R2R3R1R2R2R2R0 / 1422–1461%
US OpenQ12R1R2R1RAA1R1R2R3R1R1R4R1R2RA0 / 139–1341%
Win–Loss0–01–13–413–48–45–33–24–45–45–44–41–35–44–42–43–41–10 / 5467–5455.37%
Olympic Games
Summer OlympicsNH2RNot HeldANot Held3RNot HeldANot Held0 / 23–260%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells MastersAAAQF2R3RA4R2R3R1RA2RAA4RA0 / 912–860%
Miami OpenAAA3R2RA2R3R2R2RA3R1R2RA1RA0 / 107–1041%
Monte-Carlo MastersAAAA1RAA1R1RAAAAAAAA0 / 30–30%
Madrid OpenAAA2R2RAA2R2R1R1RAA1R1RAA0 / 83–827%
Italian OpenAAA2R3RAA1R1R1R1RAAAAAA0 / 63–633%
Canadian OpenAAA1R3RAA1R1R2R1RAAAAAA0 / 63–633%
Cincinnati MastersAAA3R3RAQ1SF1R2R1RAA2RAQ2A0 / 710–759%
Shanghai MastersNot HeldA1RA3RAAAAAAA0 / 22–250%
Paris MastersAAAASF1RAAA1RAAA2RAAA0 / 45–456%
German OpenAAA1R1RANot Masters 1000 Series0 / 20–20%
Win–Loss0–00–00–07–711–91–21–18–81–77–80–52–11–23–40–13–10–00 / 5745–5644.55%
Career statistics
20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019Career
Tournaments0212212312172827252211192316173278
Titles000110110000000004
Finals0012301310001110014
Overall Win–Loss0–02–211–1237–2048–2214–1223–1643–2728–2735–2515–227–1126–1926–2318–1712–164–34 / 278349–27456%
Year-end ranking19715955121698422044368785463610212556.02%

Doubles

Tournament20062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019SRW–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open1R2RAAAAA3RA1RA2RAA0 / 54–5
French OpenAAAAAAAAAA1RAAA0 / 10–1
WimbledonA1RAAAAAAAA1R1RAA0 / 30–3
US OpenAAAAAAAAAA2RA1RA0 / 21–2
Win–Loss0–11–20–00–00–00–00–02–10–00–11–31–20–10–00 / 115–11

Wins over top 10 players

  • He has a 22–53 (.293) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019Total
Wins0025410411101101022
#PlayerRankEventSurfaceRdScore
2005
1.Argentina Mariano PuertaNo. 10Tokyo, JapanHard3R6–2, 6–7(11–13), 7–5
2.Argentina David NalbandianNo. 10Basel, SwitzerlandHardSF6–2, 7–6(7–3)
2006
3.United States Andy RoddickNo. 3Australian Open, Melbourne, AustraliaHard4R6–4, 1–6, 6–3, 6–4
4.Croatia Ivan LjubičićNo. 8Australian Open, MelbourneHardQF6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 3–6, 6–3
5.Argentina David NalbandianNo. 4Australian Open, MelbourneHardSF3–6, 5–7, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
6.Argentina Gastón GaudioNo. 8Indian Wells, USAHard3R6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2
7.Australia Lleyton HewittNo. 9Wimbledon, EnglandGrassQF6–1, 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–2
2007
8.Croatia Ivan LjubičićNo. 8Zagreb, CroatiaHardF7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–4
9.Russia Nikolay DavydenkoNo. 4Wimbledon, EnglandGrass4R7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5), 6–3
10.Russia Nikolay DavydenkoNo. 4Paris, FranceHard3R6–2, 6–2
11.Spain Tommy RobredoNo. 8Paris, FranceHardQF6–4, 6–4
2008
12.Russia Mikhail YouzhnyNo. 8Marseille, FranceHardQF7–6(7–2), 6–3
2010
13.Switzerland Roger FedererNo. 1Indian Wells, USAHard3R5–7, 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
14.Spain Fernando VerdascoNo. 10Washington, USAHardQF7–6(7–3), 6–4
15.Czech Republic Tomáš BerdychNo. 7Cincinnati, USAHard3R7–5, 6–4
16.Spain Rafael NadalNo. 1Cincinnati, USAHardQF6–4, 4–6, 6–4
2011
17.United Kingdom Andy MurrayNo. 5Rotterdam, NetherlandsHard1R6–4, 6–1
2012
18.Argentina Juan MónacoNo. 10Tokyo, JapanHard2R7–5, 1–6, 6–3
2013
19.France Richard GasquetNo. 10Rotterdam, NetherlandsHard2R6–4, 6–4
2015
20.Spain David FerrerNo. 7Nottingham, UKGrass2R6–2, 7–6(7–4)
2016
21.Czech Republic Tomáš BerdychNo. 8Halle, GermanyGrass1R7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–4)
2018
22.Austria Dominic ThiemNo. 7Wimbledon, EnglandGrass1R6–4, 7–5, 2–0 ret.

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External links

Olympic Games
Preceded by
George Achilleos
Flagbearer for  Cyprus
London 2012
Succeeded by
Pavlos Kontides