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Marcos Baghdatis’ Final Words As A Tennis Player

This week marks the end of an era for one of the most well-known figures within men’s tennis.

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WIMBLEDON: Taking to the number two show court Marcos Baghdatis knew that this could be the end for him on Thursday.

 

Almost 15 years after getting his maiden main draw grand slam win at the 2004 US Open, the Cypriot elected to choose The All England club as the place to say goodbye. It was the first tournament he saw on TV, watching Andrew Agassi win his maiden grand slam title back in 1992. Something Baghdatis was unable to emulate as a player, but he did reach the 2006 Australian Open final. Becoming the first and only player from his country to ever do so.

“Every year I come here (to Wimbledon), it’s a beautiful memory.” Said Baghdatis.
“I felt it was time to stop, to give priority to other things in my life. I cannot thank enough the tournament for supporting me and giving me a wildcard. Giving me the chance to say good-bye to the fans and to the sport that I love in this great event.”

After defeating Canada’s Brayden Schnur in his opening match, the second round was much more difficult. His opponent was 17th seed Matteo Berrettini. 11 years younger than Baghdatis, the Italian has only ever lost two tour-level matches to a player ranked lower than him. Furthermore, Berrettini won all five of his meetings with wild cards heading into the match.

The evening match went according to paper with the Italian dropping serve only once on route to a 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-3, triumph. Nevertheless, the crowd roared and cheered the Cypriot on from the start until the very end.

“I didn’t want to leave the court. It was a nice farewell. It felt amazing. I want to thank everybody for staying and giving me that last emotion.”

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The loss denied the 34-year-old a chance to get his 50th win over a top 20 player before he retired. Nevertheless, Baghdatis’ achievements are ones that have inspired his entire region. Between 2003-2016 he won 36 consecutive Davis Cup matches. A benchmark that has been achieved by no other player in the history of the competition. At his best, he was ranked eighth in the world and finished 12 straight seasons ranked in the top 100. As for trophies on the ATP Tour, he claimed four titles in Beijing, Zagreb, Stockholm, and Sydney over a four-year period.

“Marcos is one of the most gifted, most positive people you’ll ever meet. He shows it on the court. He has this vibe where it kind of feels like life is more important than tennis, which I love to see.” Stefanos Tsitsipas said in a tribute.
“I believe he’s underrated. He deserved more. But things worked this way. The fact that he did semifinals Wimbledon, finals in Australian Open, was a big thing not just for him but also for his country. He came from a really small country, with zero history in tennis, with zero tradition in that sport.”

The ending of Baghdatis’ career on July 4th was on the 15th anniversary of one sporting event that inspired his career. A strange, but fitting coincidence. As he ventures into the world outside of professional tennis, the 34-year-old hopes his career will have an impact on those in his country.

The 4th of July, 2004, Greece won the European Championship in soccer, and that’s the impact that tournament gave me. The impact that I can believe in myself and I can achieve anything.’ He reflects.
“And I’m retiring on the 4th of July, 2019. And I think that says everything. I leave a legacy behind, the same legacy I got from the team of 2004 in Portugal, I leave this legacy behind to some kids in Cyprus or Greece.”

From next week, Cyprus will have one only one player with an ATP ranking. That is Petros Chrysochos, who is currently 506th in the world.

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Entry Lists For Hamburg, Atlanta, Gstaad LIVE

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The ATP summer tour continues with the tournaments of Hamburg and Gstaad in Europe and Atlanta in USA. 

 

The Hamburg European Open is an ATP 500 event (former Masters) played on the red clay courts of the Rothenbaum Tennis Center. In this year’s field, Dominic Thiem will be the first seed, followed by Alexander Zverev, who received a Wild-Card, Fabio Fognini and the defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili. Richard Gasquet, Benoit Paire and Philipp Kohlschreiber will compete as well.

Two ATP 250 events will take place in Atlanta and Gstaad. The BB&T Atlanta Open in Georgia (USA) has been played on hard courts since 2010, when Mardy Fish captured the first edition’s title. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has been the only non-American winner, in 2016. Five-time former champion John Isner leads the entry list; Alex De Minaur, Taylor Fritz and Pierre-Hugues Herbert have committed to play as well.

The Swiss Open Gstaad, held in the red clay courts of the Roy Emerson Arena, has one of the most beautiful views in the tour, inside the Swiss Alps. Roberto Bautista-Agut, Fernando Verdasco and Dusan Lajovic will be among the favourites, while the defending champion Matteo Berrettini will not play due to injury.

NEWS: Grigor Dimitrov has accepted a Wild-Card into Atlanta.

 

ATP 500 Hamburg (GER, Red Clay), entry list:
Thiem, Dominic (AUT)
Fognini, Fabio (ITA)
Basilashvili, Nikoloz (GEO)
Djere, Laslo (SRB)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Garin, Cristian (CHI)
Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)
Cecchinato, Marco (ITA)
Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
Cuevas, Pablo (URU)
Mayer, Leonardo (ARG)
Chardy, Jeremy (FRA)
Kohlschreiber, Philipp (GER)
Fucsovics, Marton (HUN)
Krajinovic, Filip (SRB)
Klizan, Martin (SVK)
Carreno Busta, Pablo (ESP)
Londero, Juan Ignacio (ARG)
Ruud, Casper (NOR)
Jarry, Nicolas (CHI)
Haase, Robin (NED)
Delbonis, Federico (ARG)
Rublev, Andrey (RUS)
(SE)
WC Zverev, Alexander (GER)
WC Zverev, Mischa (GER)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
1. Kovalik, Jozef (SVK)
2. Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)
3. Dellien, Hugo (BOL)

 

ATP 500 Hamburg, qualifying:
Dellien, Hugo (BOL)
Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)
OUT Maden, Yannick (GER)
Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)
Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP)
Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
Mager, Gianluca (ITA)
OUT Coppejans, Kimmer (GER)
OUT Molleker, Rudolf (GER)
OUT Brown, Dustin (GER)
OUT Otte, Oscar (GER)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
IN Kovalik, Jozef (SVK)
IN Domingues, Joao (POR)
OUT Marterer, Maximilian (GER)
IN Berlocq, Carlos (ARG)
IN Vatutin, Alexey (RUS)
IN Nagal, Sumit (IND)
OUT Marcora, Roberto (ITA)
OUT Benchetrit, Elliot (FRA)
1. Arnaboldi, Andrea (ITA)
2. Miedler, Lucas (AUT)

 

 

ATP 250 Atlanta (USA, Hard), entry list:
Isner, John (USA)
OUT Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
OUT Schwartzman, Diego (ARG)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Albot, Radu (MDA)
Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Herbert, Pierre-Hugues (FRA)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
OUT Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
OUT Millman, John (AUS)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
Ebden, Matthew (AUS)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
Copil, Marius (ROU)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Kudla, Denis (USA)
(SE)
(SE)
WC Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
IN Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)
OUT Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
IN Tomic, Bernard (AUS)
IN Klahn, Bradley (USA)
IN Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
1. Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
2. Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
3. Schnur, Brayden (CAN)

 

ATP 250 Atlanta, qualifying:
OUT Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Klahn, Bradley (USA)
OUT Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
OUT Tomic, Bernard (AUS)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Majchrzak, Kamil (POL)
Andreozzi, Guido (ARG)
Jung, Jason (TPE)
Gojowczyk, Peter (GER)
Kwon, Sun-Woo (KOR)
Harrison, Ryan (USA)
Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
OUT Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
IN Paul, Tommy (USA)
IN Stakhovsky, Sergiy (UKR)
IN Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
IN Bolt, Alex (AUS)
IN Mmoh, Michael (USA)
OUT Giron, Marcos (USA)
OUT Halys, Quentin (FRA)
1. Troicki, Viktor (SRB)
2. Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
3. Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
4. Young, Donald (USA)
5. Smith, John-Patrick (AUS)

 

 

ATP 250 Gstaad (SUI, Red Clay), entry list:
Bautista-Agut, Roberto (ESP)
OUT Pella, Guido (ARG)
OUT Berrettini, Matteo (ITA)
Lajovic, Dusan (ITA)
Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
Sousa, Joao (POR)
Carballes Baena, Roberto (ESP)
Munar, Jaume (ESP)
Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
Andujar, Pablo (ESP)
Gulbis, Ernests (LAT)
Darcis, Steve (BEL) PR
Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel (GER)
Istomin, Denis (UZB)
Lorenzi, Paolo (ITA)
Jaziri, Malek (TUN)
Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
(SE)
(SE)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
IN Fabbiano, Thomas (ITA)
IN Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
1. Daniel, Taro (JPN)
2. Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)

 

ATP 250 Gstaad, qualifying:
Novak, Dennis (AUT)
Daniel, Taro (JPN)
OUT Bachinger, Matthias (GER)
OUT Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
Hanfmann, Yannick (GER) PR
Baldi, Filippo (ITA)
OUT Bagnis, Facundo (ARG)
Trungelliti, Marco (ARG)
Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP)
Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
Napolitano, Stefano (ITA)
Arguello, Facundo (ARG)
Galan, Daniel-Elahi (COL)
Galovic, Viktor (CRO)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
OUT Vatutin, Alexey (RUS)
OUT Nagal, Sumit (IND)
OUT Marcora, Roberto (ITA)
IN Benchetrit, Elliot (FRA)
IN Arnaboldi, Andrea (ITA)
OUT Masur, Daniel (GER)
OUT Weintraub, Amir (ISR)
OUT Kamke, Tobias (GER)
OUT Rodionov, Jurij (AUT)
IN Moroni, Gian Marco (ITA)
1. Robert, Stephane (FRA)
2. Escobar, Gonzalo (ECU)
3. Pavlasek, Adam (CZE)

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The 22 Matches That Roger Federer Lost After Having Match Point

Ubitennis looks back at the times where the Swiss maestro was on the verge of victory before going out.

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On Sunday Roger Federer was twice a point away from winning his 21st grand slam title at Wimbledon. Taking on world No.1 Novak Djokovic, the Swiss player failed to convert two match points. Resulting in him eventually losing in the final set tiebreaker after five hours of play on Center Court.

 

It was the 22nd time Federer has lost after having match point opportunities and the sixth time he has done so in a grand slam tournament. 13 out of those 22 matches saw him have more than one chance to seal victory. The most notable of those took place back in 2010 at the Paris Masters. Playing France’s Gael Monfils, Federer failed to convert five match point opportunities as he lost 7-6(7), 6-7(1), 7-6(4).

The unfortunate outcome has happened to the 37-year-old at least once every year since 2013. Furthermore, since 2017 he has failed to win after having match points twice each season.

Djokovic is the only person to fight back against Federer on multiple occasions at grand slam level. Besides his recent triumph at Wimbledon, the Serbian also saved two match points to beat Federer in their US Open clashes in 2010 and 2011. Djokovic is the only player to have ever done this against Federer on three separate occasions.

Looking at the overall picture, those 22 matches represents only 0.83% of his total losses on the ATP Tour since turning pro (22 out of 265). Federer’s current win-loss record stands at 1222-265. Claiming a total of 102 titles, which is the second highest in the Open Era. Jimmy Connors is currently first with 1274 wins and 109 titles.

Since 2000, there has been five seasons where the former world No.1 hasn’t lost a match after being in prime position. They were in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

Here is a breakdown of those 22 matches:-

YEAR TOURNAMENT ROUND OPONENT
MATCH POINTS  WASTED
2019 Wimbledon Final Novak Djokovic 2
2019 Madrid Quarter-final Dominic Thiem 2
2018 Wimbledon Quarter-final Kevin Anderson 1
2018 Indian Wells Final Juan Del Potro 3
2017 Stuttgart Two Tommy Haas 1
2017 Dubai Two Evgeny Donskoi 3
2016 Stuttgart Semi-final Dominic Thiem 2
2015 Madrid Two Nick Kyrgios 2
2014 Rome Two Jeremy Chardy 1
2013 Dubai Semi-final Tomas Berdych 3
2011 US Open Semi-final Novak Djokovic 2
2010 Paris-Bercy Semi-final Gael Monfils 5
2010 US Open Semi-final Novak Djokovic 2
2010 Miami Two Tomas Berdych 1
2010 Indian Wells Third Marcos Baghdatis 3
2006 Rome Final Rafael Nadal 2
2005 Monte Carlo Quarter-final Richard Gasquet 3
2005 Aust. Open Semi-final Marat Safin 1
2003 Miami Quarter-final Albert Costa 3
2002 Rotterdam Quarter-final Nicolas Escudé 1
2002 Aust. Open Two Tommy Haas 1
2001 Paris-Bercy Two Jiri Novak 1
2001 Halle Quarter-final Pat Rafter 1
2000 Wien Semi-final Tim Henman  2

source of data – Simon Graf/derbund.ch

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Albert Ramos Vinolas beats Fernando Verdasco in all-Spanish clash in Bastad

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Albert Ramos Vinolas beat his compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-4 in one hour and 46 minutes to secure his spot in the quarter final at the Swedish Open in Bastad.

 

Ramos Vinolas fended off eight of the nine break points he faced. Verdasco broke for the first time in the match at 2-5 in the second set. Ramos Vinolas broke serve four times to build up a 6-2 5-2 lead and converted his seventh match point in the 10th game to secure his spot in his fourth quarter final in 2019.

Ramos Vinolas will take on his compatriot Roberto Carballes Baena, who knocked out Damir Dzumhur 6-1 7-6 (7-4). Carballes Baena saved eight of the ten break points and broke three times a row.

Dzumhur came back from 3-5 down in the second set to set up a tie-break, which Carballes Baena sealed 7-4.

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy beat top seed Christian Garin 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 44 minutes. Chardy broke in the fifth game of the first set after a double fault from Garin. Chardy served well in the next three service games to seal the first set 6-4 with a service winner in the 10th game. Garin broke serve at the beginning of the second set with a forehand down the line winner, but he was broken back at 3-1 when he hit his forehand into the net.

Chardy got another break in the seventh game with a forehand. The Frenchman sealed the win with a forehand winner at 5-4 to secure his spot in the quarter final.

Nicolas Jarry beat Mikael Ymer 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 41 minutes. Jarry wasted three set points at 5-4 before sealing the first set with a break in the 12th game. Both players traded breaks at the beginning of the second set. Jary dropped three points in the last four service games and broke serve at love in the eighth game. The Chilean player reeled off 12 of the final 15 points to reach his fourth quarter final of the season.

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