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Marcos Baghdatis bites his racket July 7, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Tennis Squash.
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Marcos Baghdatis bites his racket during his five-set defeat by fourth seed Serbian Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon quarterfinals yesterday. Cheered on by a vociferous group of fans, the Cypriot battled back from two sets down but lost the final set 7-5.

Marcos Baghdatis’s Wimbledon adventure is over, but there is no doubt the All England Club will be a less colourful place without him. Baghdatis’s heroic quarter-final fightback against Novak Djokovic fell just short as he lost in five sets in the longest singles match of the 2007 tournament.

But the epic five-hour match was as memorable for the small group of Greek Cypriots, including pop star George Michael among their number, who brought a vivid splash of colour and noise to the traditionally staid atmosphere.

London has a large community of Greek Cypriots and dozens made the journey across the capital to support their compatriot. Such was their enthusiasm that it took a gentle word from the police to calm them down. But Baghdatis admitted the backing from his blue football shirt-clad legion of fans was much appreciated as he battled back from two sets down before finally losing 6-7 6-7 7-6 6-4 5-7.

“They were lovely, they were great,” he said. “I want to thank them a lot for coming. I know there is a lot of Greek Cypriots here in London, especially in north London. I want to thank them again for coming. I don’t really know how they get in. They must buy their tickets. Maybe they steal them!”

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1. andrikosv - July 8, 2007

Wimbledon will not be the same without Marcos Baghdatis. Lets hope better results next year for Marcos.

2. grhomeboy - July 8, 2007

Andrikos, you are certainly right.

It’s a pity that Marcos after such a hard work did not make it. As some news titles put it “Colourful Baghdatis bows out with a bang” or elsewhere “Baghdatis the showman”.

But. let’s not be pessimistic. The game is a ball and balls always are round, meaning next time, you’ll never know who’s going to be the winner. We all wish the best of success to Marcos, and hey, we will not miss his show, we’ll be there next to him, next time!

Bravo and than you Marco for making us proud again!


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