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A trauma on the shoulder stopped Baghdatis from further participation in Australian Open

24 January 2010 / 09:01:00  GRReporter
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A trauma on the right shoulder was the reason for Markos Baghdatis to leave ingloriously the Open championship of Australia. During his game with Lleyton Hewitt he fought for two sets which he lost from his opponent with 0:6 and 2:4, results which speak for themselves showing the overworking of the tennis player. During the second set Baghdatis tried to outplay Hewitt by changing his game, however he didn’t manage to make up for the loss. Even before the set started the Cypriot asked for the help of his physiotherapist. Even after he took pain killers he was not in the condition to continue the game. Baghdatis apologized and announced he cannot continue…

The retreat pf Baghdatis was a surprise for the audience, but not such a big surprise for the player himself. Until recently he was treated from traumas and his number one goal for the new year was his health. In previous statements regarding the Australian Open championship he was saying that he will try to have as good as possible results, however for him the most important thing will still be the hard practices. It was not by accident that the plan of the tennis player for 2010 was focused mainly on improving of his physical condition. The dream of Baghdatis was after 5 or 6 years to qualify among the best tennis players in the world – something for which it is not yet too late. In Australian Open Baghdatis reached to the third round by outplaying the Italian Pailo Lorenzi and the Spanish David Ferrer (in a dramatic game which lasted 4 hours, during which Baghdatis turned the result in favor of him in the third set). A kind of comfort for the ambitious player is the cup he won in the International tennis championship in Sydney, when he managed to outplay (again in a dramatic game) the French Richard Guasquet.

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