2007 PARIS MASTERS    

SF     

          RAFAEL NADAL         v     MARCOS BAGHDATIS          

4-6 6-4 6-3      

World number two Rafael Nadal came from a set down to beat Marcos Baghdatis in the semi-finals of the Paris Masters.
The loss ended any hopes that Baghdatis had of qualifying for the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai.
Baghdatis said, "It's tough to lose a match when you're a set up, a break up, and everything's under control.
"You cannot say I made a mistake or something - the guy just upped his level."
Nadal said: "Marcos played really well but I managed to find the solution by being more aggressive and showing more initiative."
I said before the tournament that I just wanted to play good because my goal was to finish the season with good feelings," he said. "Today I started playing very good."
"Marcos started playing very well inside the court and I got a little bit behind the baseline," Nadal said. "I played a little bit shorter and Marcos all the time went inside the court and hit winners."
Baghdatis praised Nadal for playing at "500 percent" even though his opponent had already qualified for Shanghai.
"I respect him so much for all he's doing," Baghdatis said. "He's just concentrating on every point. He doesn't give a point. He just makes you fight for everything."
Since Baghdatis was playing for spot in the TMC in Shanghai, and Nadal always gives 110% effort, this was a match of tremendous intensity and superb tennis!

Nadal could have easily given up after going down a set and a break, but in his true competive spirit, he fired back to destroy Baghdatis' dream of going to Shanghai.

 


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