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Marcos Baghdatis advances in Marseille February 14, 2008

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Marcos Baghdatis served 10 aces en route to a straight sets victory over the Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the Open 13 tournament on Tuesday evening in Marseille.

The sixth seeded Cypriot broke the serve of the 2006 winner in each set to claim a well deserved victory in one hour and 19 minutes. Baghdatis will now face the winner of the match between the Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the second round which is scheduled for this afternoon.

Baghdatis never played against Karlovic at an ATP or Grand Slam main draw event, while he beat Feliciano Lopez in their sole meeting in the second round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2006 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

On the same day (Tuesday), the popular Cypriot was handed the third and final wildcard for next week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Baghdatis was one of the players who made a late withdrawal from last year’s edition, which was plagued by pullouts, so this decision could prove controversial.

“I felt uncomfortable about not being able to play last year, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to participate,” read a statement form Baghdatis.

However, the tournament director, Richard Krajicek, said that he took the decision after discussions with Baghdatis’ management.

Baghdatis coach quits after a year February 7, 2008

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The coach of Cypriot tennis star Marcos Baghdatis quit yesterday after less than a year on the job.

Yiannos Hadjigeorgiou, who will continue to coach the 17th-ranked Baghdatis as Cyprus’s Davis Cup captain, told the 2006 Australian Open finalist that he was stepping down due to personal reasons.

“This decision, taken after much thought, is clearly owed to family reasons. The decision I have taken is the most appropriate,” Hadjigeorgiou said on the Cypriot tennis federation’s website. “I impressed upon [Baghdatis] that I would always be by his side, as in the past, for whatever he may need.”

Hadjigeorgiou started coaching Baghdatis in May 2007. No replacement has yet been named.

Baghdatis beats Davydenko in Paris Masters November 7, 2007

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Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis, 22th in world men’s tennis ranking, beat today Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

The Russian player, 4th in world ranking, is a former winner of the Paris Masters men’s singles. Baghdatis beat Davydenko by 6-2, 6-2 sets.

Marcos passed into second round of Madrid Masters October 18, 2007

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Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis passed into the second round of the Madrid Masters Tournament on Monday, by beating Romanian Andrei Pavel, ranking 82nd, 2-1 set.

Baghdatis won the first set with 6-3, lost the second by 4-6 and won the third with 6-1.

In the second round, Baghdatis will be playing against Spaniard Rafael Nadal, 2nd in the world, who qualified without playing.