in 2005, Baghdatis became the first qualifier and Cypriot to reach an ATP tour event final. He surpassed the World Number 2, Tommy Haas and the 2005 ATP World Tour Finals champion, David Nalbandian en route to this final in Basel. In 2006, he stormed into the Australian Open final where he lost to the eventual champion, Roger Federer 7–5, 5–7, 0–6, 2–6. At Wimbledon, he dispatched the 2002 champion, Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals. Interestingly, at the US Open Baghdatis was playing the American legend, Andre Agassi
. Their match ended post-midnight with Baghdatis losing 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 5–7, Agassi’s win against Baghdatis happened to be the final victory of his prolonged professional career. The Cypriot received his maiden ATP crown in the Chinese capital, Beijing. The following year his next title was picked up in the Croatian capital, Zagreb.
At the Australian Open 2008, Baghdatis toppled over the former Australian Open champions, Thomas Johansson and Marat Safin in the first two rounds and then progressed to the third round and encountered Hewitt. Their match commenced a few minutes before midnight and continued till half-past four in the morning. Despite, Baghdatis’ 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-7(4) 6-3 loss to the Australian tennis ace, he earned a huge amount of respect and regard from the tennis audience. Their match till date remains the latest match to finish in the history of the Aussie Open and the five-battle concluded at 4.33 am.
He kick-started his 2010 season by getting hold of the Medibank International ATP title in Sydney by overthrowing the Frenchman, Richard Gasquet in the finals. Also, at 2010 Indian Wells Masters he stunned the World Number one, Roger Federer, by saving three match points in the third round and remarked the biggest the win of his career. Later in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters, he dispatched the World Number one, Rafael Nadal
for the first time in his career. That season, Baghdatis was the only player to beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal while they were dwelling on the top-ranked position on the ATP list. During the 2012 London Olympics, he was the flag bearer of his country Cyprus in the Opening Ceremony. Though he lost to the gold medallist Andy Murray
in the third round, Baghdatis was the only player to win a set against the Briton.
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