Cyprus star Marcos Baghdatis rolled back the years at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday, beating fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain to advance to the semi-finals.
The match went with serve until 4-4 in the opening set when the 30-year-old Cypriot, now ranked 57 in the world, broke his opponent to leave him serving for the set.
Despite wasting the opportunity by immediately being broken back, Baghdatis wasn’t disheartened and broke the Spaniard’s next service game to wrap up the opener 7-5.
Clearly buoyed, the Cypriot broke Agut’s serve in the first game of the second set and then went from strength to strength as he raced away with the set 6-0 to clinch a memorable win.
Baghdatis will now face Feliciano Lopez after the Spaniard went through to the semi-finals when world number one Novak Djokovic retired from their last eight clash. The Serbian told the umpire he was unable to continue after suffering from a problem with his right eye. He lost the first set 6-3