Baghdatis (2005 Australian Open)

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  1. tacou

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    So we all remember Baghdatis' fantastic 2006 AO run where he lost to Fed in a 4 set final, after beating some stiff competition along the way.

    However I totally forgot about his run the year before. Opposed to being unseeded, like in 2006, Marcos had to qualify. In the first round he beat fellow qualifier Federico Luzzi in 5 sets.
    In the second round he beat #22 seed Ivan Ljubicic in 4.
    In the third round he beat #13 seed Tommy Robredo in straight sets.
    Then in the 4th round he was beaten in straights by Roger, though the third set reached a TB.

    Marcos is the epitome of a flash in the pan. His 2006 season was excellent, but since 2006 Wimbledon he has played 21 slams and advanced to the 4th round only three times and a single quarter final (07 Wimbledon).

    His 2012 highlights are limited to smashing 4 rackets in a row.

    What is Marcos' ceiling for 2013? Top 20? He is ranked 33 now and 27 years old.
     
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  2. djokovic2008

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    His former coach Miles mcglaghan stated the games moved on too much for Marcos.
     
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  3. Mustard

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    The late Federico Luzzi. He was only 28 when he passed away, poor chap.
     
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    Perhaps he can cling onto those ephemeral moments when he still looks like a world beater, especially in his grasscourt matches with Murray this year.
     
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  5. vive le beau jeu !

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    i'm not sure this particular coach had a good influence on marcos' game...

    i still have hope in marcos... and i'm hoping for a good 2013 ! :)

    his 2005 AO run was good, indeed (and a confirmation of his good showing against roger at the previous USO)... too bad he injured his wrist (i think ?) soon after.
     
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    Could this have been from overuse of the forkhand?

    The guy has unbelievable potential but almost zero focus and/or motivation. He will always be dangerous, particularly on faster surfaces, but a consistent run through a stacked draw? Not so much.

    The one match I will hold on to with positive thoughts for Marcos was the epic USO contest with 'Dre. Even in defeat, I think it was more of a positive than any subsequent victory. He's had a big win or two since but never with a good follow-up run.
     
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  7. mattennis

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    Faster courts and faster balls benefited him greatly. Such compact strokes, he would have been much more dangerous in the 90s.
     
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    If they banned poly to tip the scales back to all around skill over fitness and endurance, Bags would be back in business.
     
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