2006 PACIFIC LIFE OPEN

QF

          RAFAEL NADAL   v   MARCOS BAGHDATIS

Baghdatis got a first hand glimpse of what it will take to rise to the top of the men's tennis tour when he went on court against the "Raging Bull", Rafael Nadal.  Baghdatis was able to keep up in the first set but you could see he was not comfortable with the high bounces that the Spaniard produces with his extreme western grips. 

Baghdatis played the ball safely and seemed content to try to outrally the French Open champ from the baseline.  

After the match was tied at 5-5, Nadal proceeded to win the next 8 games. 

Baghdatis seemed tired and defeated after having his serve broken at the start of the second set.  

But when Baghdatis was playing for pride in the last game to avoid the bagel, he produced some magnificent shots. 

The game went back to deuce countless times and Marcos could only laugh at how much competitive spirit Rafael has to not let him win a game.  Nadal ran down shot after shot to ensure he did not have to serve again. 

The Spanish bull won this matchup, but the bullfighter from Cyprus said that he had learned a lot from this match and would have a strategy lined up for the next time they played.

 

USA ORDERS:

$12.00

NON-USA ORDERS:

$16.00