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- - Ferrer wins on a strange point. He challenges a ball that was called out, and as Hawkeye shows it went in the umpire calls the match.
- FERRER 6-4 6-2 6-3 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Ferrer overdoes it on the forehand and it goes down the tramlines. He pumps a huge forehand down the line, much to the disappointment of the crowd and bounces ahead 30-15. Baghdatis swoops on the net and he’s making the Spaniard run from side to side and he’s on the back foot as he flicks it back with disdain. But Baghdatis plonks it down into the net.
- - FERRER 6-4 6-2 5-2 - Baghdatis has the crowd behind him and perhaps knows his campaign here is nearing an end, so he brings out the big guns, serarching for that winner. He doesn't quite find one but he does what's important now. He hangs on. Ferrer steps up to serve for the match.
- - FERRER 6-4 6-2 5-2 - And he gets ever so close, sprinkling forehands across the court and finding a winner. It’s 40-30 but he doesn’t have the goods and Ferrer yanks a backhand out of reach.
- - FERRER 6-4 6-2 4-2 – Baghdatis holds serve to love. It’s crucial that he breaks in the next game.
- - FERRER 6-4 6-2 4-2 - Ferrer is in control now and utilising a whopping first serve. The Cypriot pumps a nice volley at angle but it's not enough.
- - FERRER 6-4 6-2 3-1 - Ferrer forces a break point at 30-40 in a close game and Baghdatis but shoots long.
- - FERRER 6-4 6-2 2-1 - BREAK! Just when I was about to say Ferrer was outclassing Baghdatis he does the unthinkable, and breaks the Spanish stallion right back. Ferrer shovels a backhand too wide and loses it. Marcos just doesn't know when he's beaten. Could he grab a handle on this set?
- - FERRER 6-4 6-2 2-0 - BREAK! And in for the lob Ferrer goes. Baghdatis has decided to try out some more action at the net, but the ball floats over his head. He bangs the next one out, and is smiling somewhat incredulously at his mistake. It’s 0-40 and looking like a bagel-win on this game until Ferrer sends one long. Ferrer is up a gear though and swats down Baggy's right, who tried to change direction quickly but falls to one knee.
- - FERRER 6-4 6-2 1-0 - Ferrer shoots off with guns blazing and goes up 30-0, but Baghdatis is waiting to pounce. He before running in to the net thread a sublime forehand that fizzes over to Ferrer’s right out of reach. Ferrer returns the favour with a powerful forehand of his own and the score settles on deuce, before the Spaniard quickly, in a silent-yet-deadly fashion, closes in.
- - FERRER 6-4 6-2 - BREAK & SET! The Spaniard breaks without even dropping a point. The thing about Ferrer is he's a quietly consistent achiever, pinging away shots and finding the scoreboard without anyone quite realising what's happening. Let's call it silent but deadly. Bet you've heard that one before.
- - FERRER 6-4 5-2 - And just as you think it's not going to happen, Baghdatis claws his way back from 40-15 to deuce. No matter, Ferrer claims the game with his fourth ace and a sparkler of a forehand. This match may not go on for as long as we thought.
- - FERRER 6-4 4-2 - A simple hold of serve for Baghdatis, as he rushes ahead to attempt that elusive break back.
- - FERRER 4-1 - The Spaniard is working on momentum now and springs ahead 30-15, but his Cyprion counterpart gains two break points via a smart backhand into the corner pocket. He saves one with a strong serve, and then wins out on stamina in a 27-shot rally - the longest of the match - punctuated by a flurry of strong, deep shots. It's soon deuce. Baggy chockes on a drop shot and sends the next wide. Ferrer remains in control.
- - FERRER 6-4 3-1 - BREAK! Baghdatis falls behind on serve, despite a sublime baseline winner after a long rally. It's 15-40 and Ferrer wraps it up with a beautiful rally, getting out all the ingredients as he moves around the court and baking his cake to perfection with an almighty smash.
- - FERRER 6-4 2-1 - Ferrer keeps serve easily, only giving away one point and finishing with an ace down the T.
- - FERRER 6-4 1-1 - Another fantastic rally sees Ferrer try to give him a taste of his own medicine but what he gives in ambition he lacks in accuracy here and lobs too far. Finally Baghdatis has held serve.
- - It's crucial Baghdatis holds his serve here if he wants a look-in for this set. It's all on course at 40-15 and a long baseline rally breaks out, mostly consisting of neither-here-nor-there swipes to the centre area. Who will crack first? Baghdatis plonks the ball into the net. One point later and it's deuce. The scoreboard shows deuce twice, all points courtesy of overcooked drives, before Baghdatis approaches the net and shows off with a gorgeous slice.
- - FERRER 6-4 1-0 - Ferrer bangs down an ace that clocks 172km/h, before showing clear frustration as he bends one too far to the left. 30-15. Baghdatis botches a couple that shortens the game. This is good tennis.
- - FERRER 6-4 - SET! Some tremendous baseline play ensures an unbelievable rally. Doink. Doink. Doink. Then the ball is called long and Baghdatis challenges, only to be overruled. He takes revenge with a forehand winner not dissimilar to those Ferrer specialises in. The Cypriot is getting some real depth in his drives here and showing some real sophistication. Baghdatis dumps a forehand into the net and that's that.
- - During the break, Operation KIA is going on as officials apply tape to the damaged sponsor sign.
- - FERRER 5-4 - They’ve both stepped up the pace now with an urgency to reign supreme. Baghdatis challenges a serve he thought he went long, and has a laugh as he gesticulates to say it only went a little bit long. It has caught the outside of the line though, and Ferrer wins the point via an over-the-head lob the Cypriot can’t get back over. He smashes the next serve into oblivion and Ferrer wins his service game to love.
- - BAGHDATIS 4-4 - Baghdatis has ensured he is well and truly back in the set, and sprints to 30-0 on serve and snatches the game from 40-15 to level the scores.
- - FERRER 4-3 - BREAK! A smoking serve from Ferrer gives him a weakish return to play with. You can almost feel Baghdatis's indecision as he punts on which way to run. He goes left, and woooosh, the ball flies down to his right. No matter, he follows up with some beautiful shots, a lucky-net cord swipe and a stunning overhead lob. A fine volley gets him a break point and Ferrer gives in by hitting the net.
- - FERRER 4-2 - Baghdatis flies up 30-0 and Ferrer nets to hand him three game points. They trade swipes into the mesh and Ferrer toes the line to serve.
- - FERRER 4-1 - Baghdatis is pouncing now, his cheeky grin replaced by pure concentration is accelerates, and forces Ferrer to fight for every point. It's neck-and-neck and the Spaniard can't quite get his accuracy right and he finally seals the game off 40-30.
- - FERRER 3-1 - BREAK! There's that backhand drive again from Ferrer. He has a knack for whipping that shot down court then doing something a little more creative with the back-footed return. This time it's a smart backhand slice that lands shallow to grab a break point at 30-40. Baghdatis swats the ball out and challenges, but Hawkeye never lies. First break of the match.
- - FERRER 2-1 - The sleeping Spaniard awakens, and steps it up a gear to produce a sublimely deep forehand from the back right across court. Credit to Baghdatis, he is sending his shots the right targets and it is a tough ask to get past the Ferrer defence. But it is more Ferrer's fault that he is botching some shots than it is winners from Baghdatis. A nice off-spinning volley sees him hold serve.
- - BAGHDATIS 1-1 - Some excellent speed from Baghdatis, who scrambles for a low-flying drive at the service-court line, gets his racquet to it and manages to flick it back over for Ferrer to dump into the net. The No. 4 seed is dictating most of the rallies so far, conserving energy as he makes the Cypriot work for each shot. But he’s also overcooking a few would-be winners. Deuce. Ferrer hits out twice again. Game.
- - FERRER - 1-0 - Ferrer pulls ahead 30-0 courtesy of two botched shots from Baghdatis, one wide of the back left sideline and another into the net. He grabs the next point, before a Ferrer thwacks down a powerful wide serve that Baggy backhands off his back foot and the Spaniard slices a tiny drop shot just over the net. What a beauty.Baghdatis's next shot into the net hands Ferrer the game, and the KIA sponsor sign. Oops.
- - Baghdatis one the toss, by the way, and has elected to receive. Here we go ...
- - As per usual Baghdatis has the adoring support of the Cypriot crowd here in Melbourne, which should spur the smiley 27-year-old along. It usually does. Get comfy though, this match could go on for hours.
- - Ferrer is a runner, there’s no doubt about that, and he can return serve like lightning. Though he doesn’t have a signature winning shot, consistency is his forte and he often wins by making his opponents take that extra shot. He’s also known for his defence – often referred to as ‘The Wall’ – so Baggy will need to paint the lines if he’s to break through it. He’s had plenty of time on court to practice thus far, with five and four-set wins over Albert Ramos and Tatsuma Ito respectively.
- - They begin warming up after some friendly banter at the net during the coin toss. Pf the pair’s four meetings in seven years, it’s Ferrer who holds a 3-1 advantage, but it must be said that Baghdatis claimed his one win at this Slam in 2010 when he clawed his way back from two sets down to win in five.
- - But Rod Laver Arena is where we are going to stay for tonight, as we wait for David Ferrer and Marcos Baghdatis to wind there way through the corridors and head out onto court.
|Date of Birth||02/04/1982|
|Date of Birth||17/06/1985|