Vintage Marcos Baghdatis! He showed the masterclass he is capable of. Like back in the day of Australian Open. Full of confidence, constantly went for the winners.
Fresh from finishing his Quarter Final match, which was interrupted due to rain, the Cypriot started the match with Guido Pella in full power. Baghdatis dictated the rhythm of the match and was going for the lines and for the winners continuously. Pella stood his ground and could push the first set close to the tie-break. But a few unforced errors from Marcos put the Argentinian in advantage. Guido won 7-5.
The second set was a different story. Marcos didn’t repeat the mistakes made in the first and went for the kill. Pella could barely keep this rhythm and was caught in rallies which the Cypriot bossed. Baghdatis controlled the contest from the baseline and kept changing the corners and the speed. The balls that in the first set were barely going out, now were in. Even though he didn’t close the set at 5-2, he managed to do it when served at 5-4. Not without emotions though.
Marcos received medical attention after the second set, his back being the issue.
The third set was a complete demolition. The Cypriot dictated every aspect and crushed his opponent. Pella really looked overwhelmed and without solutions.
Marcos won the match, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. He is going to play in his 14th Final of his career. He won 4 titles until now. He will meet Denis Istomin.
The things that kept Baghdatis from reaching the higher performance were his health and speed. He is rather slow and a bit overweight. But Istomin is not that fast. The issue is that the Cypriot’s health is again a big question mark. Will he be able to get in shape until tomorrow? Only healthy he can have a shot at the title.