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Marcos Baghdatis kicks off Wimbledon campaign June 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Tennis Squash.

Marcos Baghdatis, the Cyprus’ tennis star, kicks off his Wimbledon campaign next week against Ernests Gulbis after the draw was announced yesterday.

Baghdatis beat the Latvian, ranked 84 in the world, on the only previous occasion that they have met in Sydney earlier this year, and he could face Lleyton Hewitt, Tomas Berdych, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who are all in the bottom half of the draw, should he progress deep into the tournament.

The 22-year-old seems to be in good form on one of his favourite surfaces, only losing in the final of the Halle warm-up event last Sunday to Berdych. Baghdatis played superbly at SW19 last year, beating former champion Hewitt and British hope Andy Murray on his way to the semi-finals, where he lost in straight sets to world number two Nadal.

His performances were even more remarkable considering the fact that he lost in the first round in Halle a couple of weeks before the start of Wimbledon, stating: “Grass is for playing football”. Following his heroics, he changed his tune. “I like grass courts and it fits my game playing really aggressive,” he said. “There is nothing I don’t like about it now.”
His style of play backed-up his words as he treated the fans to a delightful mixture of searing ground strokes and audacious drop shots.

When compiling their seedings, the All-England Club usually breaks with tradition by taking past performances on grass into account rather than sticking with the latest rankings.

Baghdatis seems to be the main beneficiary of the system this year on the men’s side and has been seeded number ten, six places above his ATP ranking.

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