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Baghdatis bows out to Berrettini

Baghdatis bows out to Berrettini

Seventeenth seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy defeated Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets in the second round at Wimbledon, ending Baghdatis’ legendary career.

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It was the first meeting between the two players, and it was the Italian who got off to a good start early on, taking the first set 6-1. In the second set, Berrettini served for the set at 6-5, but was broken by the Cypriot, sending the set into a tiebreaker. The Italian prevailed 7-4 in the tiebreaker and went on to take the third set 6-3 to advance to the third round.

This marked the last match of Baghdatis’ career, as the 2006 semi-finalist announced that he will retire after this tournament. It was an emotional exit for Baghdatis, as the fans gave him a standing ovation when he left the court while handing out his rackets and other equipment to lucky fans in attendance.

Also in action on Thursday was Maria Sakkari. The Greek, teaming up with Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, won her first career Grand Slam doubles match. The duo upset 11th seeded Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia, 6-3 6-2. They will face the Russian-Chinese team of Anna Blinkova and Yafan Wang in the second round on Saturday.

Before that, Sakkari will take the court on Friday against world number eight Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. The two have never faced each other before, and the winner will advance to the round of 16. It is Sakkari’s sixth appearance at this stage of a Grand Slam, and should she win, it will mark her first time reaching the last 16.

 

by Andrew Stamas

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