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Baghdatis loses out in Halle quarter finals

Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in action against Alexander Zverev of Germany

Marcos Baghdatis is out of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle after losing to young Alexander Zverev 7-6, 6-3 on Friday.

Zverev is regarded as one of Germany’s brightest tennis talents at just 19 years of age, but Baghdatis was the favourite going into the clash.

The Cypriot defied the odds to beat fourth-seed Tomas Berdych in the first round, before knocking out local fans’ favourite Dustin Brown on Wednesday.

NextGen star Zverev meanwhile, set up the third round match against Baghdatis with a 7-5, 3-0 win over fellow German Benjamin Becker, who was forced to retire from the match due to a back injury.

Baghdatis looked sharper in the opening exchanges, making fewer errors than in previous matches and keeping the youngster on his toes.

The world number 42 has been a tiebreak specialist in 2016, winning eight of his previous nine, and all three this tournament. However, he would be unable to make it four from four.

He was made to pay for missing five set points, eventually losing 11-9 (7-6).

The Cypriot triumphed in their lone previous encounter in Nottingham last year, but he would be unable to repeat the feat against a much improved Zverev.

It was an unhappy 31st birthday for Baghdatis. His anger at losing the first set was evident as he smashed his racket early in the second, before going on to be comfortably beaten 6-3.

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