Bold Baghdatis Bows Out
Marcos Baghdatis’ Australian Open run ended in the second round after falling in four sets to Russia’s Andrey Rublev.
After dropping the first set 6-4, the Cypriot played some great tennis in the second set, and was able to break the young Russian’s serve to take a 5-4 lead. Despite Baghdatis holding a set point on serve, Rublev would break back immediately to level the set at 5-5. Baghdatis would break Rublev yet again, however Rublev would respond by saving another set point and breaking back to force a tiebreaker. Rublev raced out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak, however, it was the Cypriot who would rally from behind to take it 7-5 and level the match at one set apiece.
The talented Russian went on to take the third set 6-4, much to the disappointment of the partisan Greek crowd in Melbourne. Rublev would continue to carry the momentum into the fourth set, taking it 6-2 and therefore taking the match. Next up for the thirtieth-seeded Russian is Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, the world number three, in the round of 32.
Despite the loss, Baghdatis’ continued to sing and chant for him in Greek after the completion of the match. The 2006 runner-up, now ranked 123 in the world, successfully avoided a further freefall in the rankings by reaching the second round.