Marcos Baghdatis was embroiled in a strange match with Santiago Giraldo last night at the Sony Open. Down a set after suffering a 6-1 "breadstick" to start, he righted his ship and took the second set 6-2. Then, early on in the third and final stanza, he thwacked a backhand down the line that nearly landed outside the doubles alley.
Only it did not land outside the court. Here's what happened:
That's so tennis, no?
As ridiculous as Baghdatis's shot is, Giraldo basically deserved its outcome: His inside-out forehand approach off a ball that landed inside the service box was meek and mild.
Giraldo appeared to be getting the last laugh, however; he served for the match at 5-2. But Baghdatis, who was two points from being eliminated at 30-0, went on to break his opponent. The Cypriot, forever spunky, started the next game with consecutive aces, just his second and third in a match that was almost three sets old. He followed with a service winner and held at love for 5-4 in just one minute.
Then he had to break Giraldo's serve again. So he did. The Colombian's shots couldn't find the stadium court's purple interior, landing feet out at times.
At 5-all, Baghdatis stormed out to a 40-0 lead on the strength of another timely ace. He would hold at love for a 6-5 lead, winning 16 of the previous 18 points.
And Bagh it up: At the end, Baghdatis was triumphant, eliminating Giraldo, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Although, if we're honest with ourselves, Bagdhatis' performance had nothing on Kim Clijsters' incroyable fortune one time at the French Open:
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