at Paris, France
Monday, May 26, 2008
Interview with Marcos Baghdatis
Q. Good morning, Marcos. Three sets against this
Italian player. Did you expect it to be all that
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No. Had I been expecting that I
wouldn't have come to play. But I have not played
for quite a while, so it was difficult for me to
But I was lacking practice and matches. I was not
making the appropriate choices at the right time.
And even though the result shows he had an easy win,
I think I had some opportunities in the first set,
also in the second set when I had a break point at
But that's the way it is. That's tennis. But this
guy, he played his match, and he played better than
I did today.
Q. So what are you going to do next?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Well, I don't know. I think I'll
go to Wimbledon. I'll talk about it with my coach
THE MODERATOR: Any other questions?
Q. It's a disappointment, losing here in Paris at
Roland Garros, a tournament that you like?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yes, of course it's a
Q. It wasn't easy for you to have that draw against
this player after such a long absence?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yes. But, you know, all players
play good tennis. Then, as I said earlier, I haven't
played enough so far, and even if the result is 6‑2,
6‑4, 6‑2 is hard, I had some opportunities in the
first and in the second set.
I made wrong decisions, and this is what made the
difference. He played more tournaments than I did so
he had confidence. He shot the ball very well. He
was fit. That made the difference, and this is why
today I lost.
Q. What is your next objective?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Go to Wimbledon. I don't know if
I'll play a Challenger next week, but I'll
definitely go to Wimbledon.
Q. But is it a good comeback for you anyway?
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Yes, I had good ‑‑ I felt good on
the court. I wanted to play, but the problem is I
didn't know what to do. Sometimes the ball was
arriving. I didn't know how to play it. So it's a
bit of a problem, you know, when you play at such a
level not knowing how to play a ball. It's a bit
Q. Is it for lack of matches or because of your
MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Both. I can't say I didn't do
anything. He played very well. He has a beautiful
forehand and he played a beautiful match. But as I
said, I had opportunities.
I was leading 30‑Love in the first set and I lost. I
was not aggressive enough, because I'm lacking
practice at the moment. But I'm not saying he didn't
play well. He played well.