The fiery Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis had his heyday in the mid-2000s, and there’s never been any doubt about his talent. In 2006, he broke into the top 10 to reach his highest-ever singles ranking of 8th, managing to reach the finals of the Australian Open that year.Entering unseeded, he blazed his way to the finals, going down eventually to then-World No. 1 Roger Federer, who defeated him from a set down.Playing for the Punjab Marshalls at the Champions Tennis League this year, Baghdatis has shown the temperament and skill that made him one of the best players in the world. This, of course, is the second successive season that Baghdatis has proven to be unstoppable; he took the Pune Marathas all the way to the title in the league’s inaugural 2014 season.Here are 5 reasons why he’s such a great player, and such a huge success in the CTL:
#1 His fiery nature
Baghdatis is known for being a character on-court and off it. Extremely passionate about his game, the 30-year-old channels that passion into his shots, often playing aggressive tennis against opponents higher-ranked than himself.
Facing Roger Federer a number of times in his career (including when the Swiss was World No. 1), he’s even managed to force him to drop a set despite eventually winning.
At the 2008 Australian Open, playing an in-form Stan Wawrinka, the angry Baghdatis unleashed his fury and frustration on four rackets as he struggled against the Swiss.
The Cypriot has used his passion to fuel his game at the CTL, and has been a source of inspiration for all of his teammates with his fiery spirit.