By Rick Limpert/Special to BB&T Atlanta Open
It’s been a long road back for the popular 30-year old from Cyprus. Many tennis fans may not realize that Marcos Baghdatis hasn’t finished in the top 50 of the ATP Tour World rankings since 2012 and he was playing ATP Challenger events as recently as June.
So playing No. 2 seed Vasek Pospisil in the quarterfinals of the 2015 BB&T Atlanta Open was something Baghdatis was going to relish and savor. Showing emotion and jumping out to a 5-1 lead showed just how important this match was to the former world top-10, in fact, it was so important that Baghdatis felt some undue pressure.
“I got very defensive and very negative, but I found a way to win,” explained Baghdatis in the post-match interview.
Holding on for a 6-4 7-6 (5) win, it puts the Cypriot in his second ATP World Tour semi of 2015 (Zagreb). Baghdatis spent some of the changeovers with a towel over his head and talking to himself.
“If you don't talk to yourself you are pretty crazy,” smiled Baghdatis. “I just try to stay focused and win the first point of the game- it is the most important point.”
Next up for “Bags” is 2012 finalist Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Muller defeated Go Soeda 7-5 6-1 thanks to his 16 aces and winning 100% of the points when putting in play his first serve.