Marcos Baghdatis shone in his early part of the career but in the past few years has fallen out of the limelight & down the rankings. Could Wimbledon be the tournament he rises back to prominence?
Baghdatis had blistering form in his early part of his career. The Cypriot went far in many tournaments. In 2006 he got to the final of the Australian Open and the semi finals of Wimbledon.
His sportsmanship throughout the year gained him a strong following of loyal supporters and he was crowned the people's champion at the Australian Open.
After this breakthrough many thought the Cypriot would push on and win a Grand Slam - this is still yet to happen. In 2007 Baghdatis lost his form and was knocked out in early rounds of the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. However, he did show a glimpse of his true form at Wimbledon where he reached the quarter-finals.
In 2008 Baghdatis started suffering from injuries. He failed to get past all the early rounds of the big Grand Slams and did not even participate in the US Open because of injuries, which ruled him out for the rest of the year.
Baghdatis suffered a serious injury in 2009 and so he was ruled out of Wimbledon. He was knocked out yet again in the early rounds of the major Grand Slams.
The Cypriot did show some good form in the ATP Series ending his title drought by winning the Stockholm Open - this was his third ATP title.
In 2010 Baghdatis really showed what he could do. The 28 year old finally beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal where at the time both players were world no.1 when they faced the Cypriot. These are his biggest scalps to date. In the past few years Baghdatis has been relatively quiet.
Baghdatis has shown in his tennis career that he does indeed have the talent to win a Grand Slam. He is currently no.40 in the rankings with his previous highest ranking being eighth.
The Cypriot has beaten top players in previous matches such as Nadal, Federer, David Nalbadian, David Ferrer, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt and current world number two Andy Murray. He has the ability to cause an upset.
Baghdatis begins Wimbledon with a first round draw against Marin Cilic so will have to be on his game from the beginning. If he can replicate his form shown in 2006 and beat the top players as he has in the past he can possibly win Wimbledon and break the big four's dominance.
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