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Marcos Baghdatis wins Zagreb Open February 4, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Tennis Squash.

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis won his second career title Sunday by beating defending champion Ivan Ljubicic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 at the Zagreb Open.

Cypriot tennis star Marcos Baghdatis  Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus holds the trophy after defeating Ivan Ljubicic from Croatia in their final PBZ Zagreb Indoors ATP tennis tournament match in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, February 4, 2007.

The second-seeded Cypriot saved four break points in the opening set, one with an ace and two others with service winners. In the tiebreaker, Baghdatis took a 5-1 lead, but Ljubicic rallied to close the gap to 5-4.

“Ljubicic is a tough player to break, but I was concentrated and served well when I needed to,” Baghdatis said. “It’s not easy to beat Ljubicic in front of his home crowd in Croatia.”

Ljubicic, who lost in the first round of the Australian Open nine days after winning the Qatar Open, broke Baghdatis in the fifth game and won the second set.

“I missed some good chances against him, but he is a very strong player and it is not easy to turn the match around against someone of that quality,” Ljubicic said.

Baghdatis saved another five break points in the final set, including one in the opening game. After lobbing Ljubicic, Baghdatis hit a backhand that clipped the net on match point to secure the Cypriot’s third straight win over Ljubicic.

“I played well all week and my confidence is on the rise,” Baghdatis said. “Sometimes, like in the last point, you need a little bit of luck.”

Bravo Marcos! You made us proud again! Thank You!

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