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Baghdatis reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon July 6, 2007

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Baghdatis faces Djokovic after beating world number four Davydenko

Cyprus’ tennis star Marcos Baghdatis reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the second year running on yesterday, beating Russian grinder Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 7-6 6-3.

The Cypriot was roared on by a raucous bunch of fans out on Court 13 and the 10th seed obliged with some swashbuckling tennis in the delayed fourth-round clash. Baghdatis came from 5-3 down in the first set tiebreak to get on top and he again showed the greater adventure when it mattered to get through the second set tiebreak.

Sixth seed Davydenko, one of the most durable players on the circuit has enjoyed his best showing at Wimbledon this year but try as he might, he could find no way back in after dropping his serve early in the third.

Baghdatis set up a match point at 5-3 when he won a rally despite slipping over during the point. Davydenko saved that with a volley, but Baghdatis made no mistake on his second opportunity, belting away a backhand winner.

Baghdatis, who lost in the semi-final last year to Rafael Nadal, will face Novak Djokovic in today’s quarter-final. The Serbian came through a tough four set battle with former champion Lleyton Hewitt. Djokovic, who beat Baghdatis in their only encounter at the Rome Masters, believes he will face a tough task trying to make his first Wimbledon semi-final.

“Marcos Baghdatis is a great guy and a fantastic player, very talented,” said Djokovic. “Last year he made it to the semis, so I expect a very interesting and difficult match.”

The young Serb also played down any injury fears after a slip during his match with Hewitt which required a medical time-out. “The injury is not that bad, nothing serious. I just used the medical time-out to free up the tension I was feeling in my back after my slip,” admitted Djokovic.

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