An interesting encounter between giant-slayer Dustin Brown and former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis is scheduled to take place in the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships. Both athletes are coming off some strong wins over the past few weeks on grass and will be looking to maintain that momentum at the Championships. This is the second time they cross paths on the professional tour, with Baghdatis leading the series 1-0 with a win in Munich two years ago.
After missing the entire clay court portion of the season, Cyrpus’s Marcos Baghdatis rebounded with some big performances in the UK. The former Australian Open returned last week with victory at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Nottingham, which was his first title in several years. He would move to London, where he rallied to defeat Bradley Klahn 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and 42 minutes. He would lose that momentum in the second round at Queen’s Club, where he was forced to retire to Stan Wawrinka in the second round.
Baghdatis also made it clear that he is motivated to continue playing, and aims to make a return to the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP rankings.
“I want to get back to where I was before—I’ve done it all before and it is a big challenge for me,” he said, adding he would like to play more big matches in big stadiums.”
In one of the more staggering upsets this season, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal lost his opening match at the Gerry Weber Open to Germany’s Dustin Brown, who beat the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1, and at one time won six consecutive games to lead 6-4, 5-0 in the second set. He would lose his following match to fellow countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber but it should certainly build up momentum for a potential run at SW19.
This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Baghdatis leading the head-to-head series 1-0 with a win on clay in 2012. This will be a tough match for the Cypriot, as Brown has proven that the serve and volley game is far from dead.
Prediction: Dustin Brown in Four Sets