Marcos Baghdatis made it clear early in his career that he would be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. In his first main-draw Grand Slam appearance, at the 2004 U.S. Open, he was one of only two players to take a set from Roger Federer when they squared off in the second round. He took great strides at his next major—the 2005 Australian Open—beating Top 20 players Ivan Ljubicic and Tommy Robredo before again falling to Federer, this time in the fourth round. He reached the final of the 2006 Australian Open—again losing to Federer—and ascended to No. 8 in the world after winning his first career ATP tournament in Beijing. In 2010, he took down two world No. 1s and finally broke through against Federer, at Indian Wells. He also defeated Rafael Nadal in the Cincinnati quarterfinals that season. Baghdatis is one of the greatest Davis Cup competitors of all time. In 2016, he broke Bjorn Borg’s record of 33 consecutive Davis Cup victories.
In the 2006 Australian Open semifinals, Marcos Baghdatis came back from two sets down to beat David Nalbandian: