2006 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Final

ROGER FEDERER v MARCOS BAGHDATIS

5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2

 

The miraculous run of Baghdatis seemed like it was going to continue, as Federer lost the first set and was down a break in the second set.

It was Baghdatis who set the pace as the match started and his huge hitting and impressive serve had Federer struggling.
The pair swapped breaks in games five and six but it was an edgy Federer who made the crucial mistake in game 12,

dumping two shots in the net as he lost the set.
Baghdatis showed the #1 player that his powerful passing shots and improved serve can cause even the champ a lot of problems. 

But Federer was able to turn his game around and he won 11 straight games. 

The Cypriot started to cramp from being nervous and possibly from his body being worn down from beating the #3, #4, and #5 players; Roddick, Ljubicic, and Nalbandian just to get to the finals.

Meanwhile Federer was getting stronger and was able to close out the match in 4 sets.

As the 2005 Wimbledon and US Open champion, Federer becomes the first man since Pete Sampras in 1993-94 to win three consecutive Grand Slam titles.

And after receiving the trophy from Rod Laver an emotional Federer broke down in tears, embracing the Australian who was the last man to win all four Grand Slams in one year.

That will now be the target for Federer, who will go for a first French Open crown in May.
And Baghdatis has now moved up to #26 in the world and his confidence is also high knowing that he compete with the best and beat them.  It will be of interest to follow his year to see how high he can get in the rankings.  An inspiring player that brought amazing energy to the Aussie Open.

 

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