Charismatic Marcos Baghdatis retires at Wimbledon - emotional scenes

Tennis - The Cypriot has decided to close a career just after turning 34, plagued with injuries and playing far below his best

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Charismatic Marcos Baghdatis retires at Wimbledon - emotional scenes

When the organizers at Wimbledon announced that Marcos Baghdatis had received the main draw wild card it was clear it could mean only one thing, the farewell tournament for the charismatic player and a former Grand Slam finalist and world no.

8. Ranked outside the top-50 since April 2017, Baghdatis has decided to call it a career just after turning 34, unable to compete on the highest level anymore and eager to spend more time with his family. The winner of four ATP titles from 14 finals (the last one in Sydney nine years ago), Marcos had the opportunity to make a professional debut at home in Cyprus back in 1999 at the age of 14, battling for his place under the tennis sun and cracking the top-200 in 2003.

Achieving some big things and getting his name right up there with the best players in the world, Baghdatis got the opportunity to wrap up a career at Wimbledon where he played in the semi-final 13 years ago. In the first round, the Cypriot took down Brayden Schnur in straight sets for the 349th ATP triumph before Matteo Berrettini halted him 6-1, 7-6, 6-3 in round two, ending Baghdatis' tennis journey after emotional scenes on Court 2.

The Italian fired 16 aces and hit 37 winners and 22 unforced errors, keeping the points on his racquet and losing serve only once. Marcos couldn't match the numbers of the young rival who gave him a lot of credit once the match was over, respecting the Cypriot and everything he has done on the Tour in the last 15 years or so, coming from a small tennis nation and shaping his way towards the pinnacle of men's tennis, scoring some notable wins and fighting for the biggest trophies.