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Marcos Baghdatis reaches Marseille final February 17, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Tennis Squash.

Marcos Baghdatis has shown very little trouble playing from behind.

The seventh seed from Cyprus, Baghdatis rallied from a set down for the second day to reach the final of the Marseille Open on Saturday.

Baghdatis charged back for a 3-6 6-3 6-2 victory over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, winning his career-high ninth straight match and reaching the championship match for a second consecutive tournament.

In the quarter-finals on Friday, the Cypriot battled back from a slow start to post a 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-5 triumph over Russian Mikhail Youzhny. In his latest win, Baghdatis broke Nieminen six times and edged the Finn in total points, 80-78, en route to improving to an impressive 14-3 on the season. Coming off a win at Zagreb earlier this month, Baghdatis will aim for his third career title against France’s Gilles Simon. Simon advanced to his first final in close to a year by toppling Robin Soderling of Sweden, 6-2 7-6 (7-2).

Soderling was coming off an upset of sixth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Friday, but Simon went 5-of-8 on break chances against the Swede to secure a spot in the final for a local player. Simon lost his only previous appearance in a championship match at Valencia, Spain, last April.

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