Marcos Baghdatis

First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon 2016

June 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The day before the start of Wimbledon. Requests have already started to come in for my annual top five first round upset picks at SW19. After two successive years of 1-4 records in the prognosticating business I thought I’d give it a rest. Popular demand dictates that I can’t. […]

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Djokovic Retires from Dubai Quarterfinal Match Against Lopez

February 25, 2016

Top seed and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was forced to retire while trailing No. 6 seed Feliciano Lopez 3-6 in the quarterfinals at the Dubai Tennis Championships Thursday night. Djokovic’s streak of 17 straight finals will end falling one short of Ivan Lendl’s record of 18. “It’s an eye problem,” Djokovic said of his […]

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Marcos Baghdatis Ousts Alexander Zverev at Nottingham Open

June 24, 2015

Former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis schooled young gun Alexander Zverev in the intricacies of grass-court tennis Wednesday afternoon, defeating the 18-year-old German 6-3, 6-3 in the third round of the Aegon Open Nottingham. The ebullient and talented Baghdatis, ranked No. 59, appears to be rounding into top form with the Wimbledon fortnight beginning in […]

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Nalbandian Merits Comeback Player of the Year Props

December 5, 2010

David Nalbandian didn’t win ATP Comeback Player of the Year, but in my opinion the former world No. 3 Argentine was the most deserving of the four players nominated for 2010. The award, voted on by ATP players, was presented two weeks ago. Mardy Fish, Robin Haase and Kei Nishikori were the other nominees. Dutchman […]

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Nalbandian Defeats Baghdatis to Win Legg Mason Tennis Classic

August 9, 2010

It was 19 months since he last tasted victory. With shouts of “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole!” raining down from the upper grandstands at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Washington, D.C., yesterday afternoon, a jubilant David Nalbandian raised his arms skyward in triumph. The former world No. 3 Argentine defeated No. 8 seed Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, […]

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Nadal and Soderling Redux at the French Open?

May 25, 2010

Rafael Nadal is every bit le bete sauvage he was two years ago when he won his fourth straight French Open. Last year’s loss to Robin Soderling in the fourth round at Roland Garros was an anomaly for Nadal. It was his first loss ever at the French. Taking nothing away from the Swede, Rafa […]

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Cilic the Favorite at Indian Wells

March 11, 2010

Not sure if the Red Hot Cilic Peppers will be making the trek from Australia to the California desert, but if they do it’s a good bet they’ll have plenty to cheer about over the next 11 days. The BNP Paribas Open, the first of 2010’s nine Masters Series events, starts today at Indian Wells […]

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Djokovic Edges Youzhny at Dubai Championships

February 28, 2010

Tennis fans in Dubai certainly got their money’s worth watching defending-champion Novak Djokovic this past week. The No.2-ranked Serbian defeated Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships earlier today in a match lasting 3 hours and 21 minutes and spanning two days. Rain halted yesterday’s play with the Serbian […]

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Davydenko to Win Australian Open

January 17, 2010

The first Grand Slam of the new decade begins tomorrow in the Land of Oz. The Australian Open is often dubbed the Wide Open due to the uncertain level of fitness and form of players coming off a two-month hiatus and the sometimes inferno that can be early Melbourne summer. Upsets, injuries and exhaustion are […]

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Nalbandian Defeats Baghdatis to Win Copa Puegeot Argentina

December 21, 2009

The tennis year ended on a high note yesterday for Argentine David Nalbandian. Just seven months ago Nalbandian was hobbling around on crutches after undergoing season-ending hip surgery in early May. Last night the Cordoba native continued his remarkable comeback by defeating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-4 to cap a busy day and hoist the […]

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