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Marcos Baghdatis reaches Marseille final February 17, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Tennis Squash.
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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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