Radu Albot vs. Marcos Baghdatis
|Date & Time||Friday February 8, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
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Radu Albot and Marcos Baghdatis meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Open Sud de France.
Radu Albot is coming off a three sets win over Ernests Gulbis that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Albot won 75 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Albot won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his 12 break points. Albot managed to push through a match that took over two and a half hours to complete, so while it’s an impressive win over a respected player, you have to question how much he has left in the tank. Albot hasn’t had a ton of recent success on the main tour, so this is a sight for sore eyes. Albot has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the second time in his last four tries. Albot has won five of his last six matches on indoor hard court.
Marcos Baghdatis is coming off a three sets win over Lucas Pouille that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Baghdatis won 77 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Baghdatis won 61 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 12 break points. Baghdatis entered this tournament in absolutely brutal form, so the fact he was able to beat a top-20 player and simply out work him in a marathon match says a lot. No matter how long Baghdatis can continue this run, this tournament has to be considered a success given what he’s gone through these last six months. Baghdatis has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since Saint Brieuc back in March. Baghdatis has won six of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.
These two met once, which was in 2014 challenger play (Geneva), a match Baghdatis won in straight sets. The match took 18 games to be decided.
We have two players in the quarterfinals who couldn’t buy a victory entering this tournament, so there’s no telling who can keep this going. Both guys are fresh off wins over quality players and they both had to work hard to prevail. I’m going to give the slight edge to Baghdatis based on the way he served in his last match.
This could certainly go either way, but Baghdatis should be able to power through.