• Baghdatis bombs out of Nice, Verdasco advances

    5/20/10 8:18 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Baghdatis bombs out of Nice, Verdasco advances No. 5 seed Marcos Baghdatis was defeated in quarterfinal action in Nice, but No. 2 seed Verdasco successfully advanced to the semis.

    Leonardo Mayer def. Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

    No. 5 seed Marcos Baghdatis engaged in a nearly 3 hour marathon match against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer before finally succumbing 4-6 in the deciding set. The match was a real grinder for both men. Baghdatis had a horrible serving day, which did not help his cause against the resilient Mayer. The Cypriot put in a dismal 46% first serves for the match.

    Even the first set was a battle for Baghdatis. The Cypriot was forced to fight off 7 break points on his own serve, and only secured the set-winning break against Mayer as the Argentine was serving to send the opener to a tiebreak.

    Mayer continued to blast away at the serve of Baghdatis. In the final two sets, Mayer earned a whopping 17 break points, of which he converted 3. In contrast, the Cypriot had 2 chances in the final two sets. Mayer will take on Fernando Verdasco in the semifinals.

    Fernando Verdasco def. Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4

    Fernando Verdasco’s win over Sergiy Stakhovsky was not significantly easier than Mayer’s. Though the Spaniard spent 2 hours and 20 minutes on court, he still needed 3 sets to dispatch of the Ukraine’s Stakhovsky. Verdasco should go into Friday’s semifinal the more rested of the two men.

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I think Fer'dasco is wearing himself out again before a GS. He did it last year when he beat Querrey at New Haven right before USO and both went out early there. He's played a lot this clay season and looked a bit gassed at Madrid last week. I would have really liked his chances had he not played so much. Will he ever learn?

chr18 , 5/20/10 9:57 PM

agree with you chr18
IT IS stupid for nando to wear him self out so badly, i think he is a contender for RG after rafa-roger and falls in the same league as nole this time. but why is he hurting his chances ?? :S

vamosrafa , 5/20/10 10:18 PM

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