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Baghdatis denied famous win by Tsonga comeback

Cyprus star Marcos Baghdatis had never previously lost a match after winning the first two sets

Marcos Baghdatis was knocked out of the French Open in the second round by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday after letting a two-set lead slip for the first time in his career in a thrilling match.

The French sixth seed got off to a shaky start but, backed by the Philippe Chatrier court’s partisan crowd, clawed his way back into the contest to eventually prevail 6-7 3-6 6-3 6-2, 6-2.

Baghdatis came into the clash in positive spirits after his opening round victory over Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller on Tuesday, and after both players exchanged a break of serve each, the first set went to a tie-break, which the Cypriot eventually won after saving a set point.

Tsonga broke Baghdatis’ serve at the beginning of the second set, but it was the Cypriot’s turn to peg his opponent back to 2-2, and he then kept his composure to seal the set 6-3.

In identical fashion to the second set, Tsonga again started with a break, only this time he would not let his advantage slip. Growing in confidence as the set wore on, the 31-year-old went on to level the match after taking the set 6-2.

With the crowd, and momentum, in his favour, Tsonga hardly faltered in the decider and wrapped up the match in comfortable fashion.

The world No.7, who became only the third Frenchman to win 100 Grand Slam matches, sent the Cypriot packing once again, just as he did in January in the first round of the Australian Open. He has now beaten Baghdatis in all seven meetings between the pair.

From Baghdatis’ perspective, his record at Roland Garros remains rather bleak, having now failed to get past the second round of the competition since 2010.

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