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Baghdatis ends career with defeat to Berrettini at Wimbledon

Marcos Baghdatis was sent into retirement by Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon on Thursday when the Cypriot was beaten in straight sets in the second round

Marcos Baghdatis’ retirement was confirmed by a 6-1 7-6 (4) 6-3 defeat to Matteo Berrettini.

The 34-year-old Cypriot announced his plans to call time on his career when his Wimbledon campaign ended, which came in round two at the hands of the Italian.

Baghdatis treated the crowd after the match ended, handing out equipment and even his shoes to the fans on Court Two.

Roger Federer, who beat Baghdatis in the 2006 Australian Open final, led the tributes.

He said: “I remember Marcos when I played him at the US Open in a night session match. He was still very young. He had super long hair. I don’t know, I think he took a set off me, too.

“You could see how good he could become because he had the speed, simple technique, forehand, backhand, which is always going to help you throughout the course of your career.

“He also had a winner mentality, liked the big stage. I think that’s also one of the reasons he did well here and also in Australia when the big matches came about.

“Off the court, he was always a lovely guy, always very funny, easygoing, good to be around with. So, yeah, I liked him on the court, off the court. I think for Cyprus, he did so much coming from such a small country and becoming, you know, a sporting superstar. I’m sure that was a big deal at home.

“You know, this is his last hurrah, but I hope he can go out in style, do it his way. He’s always been a joy to watch also for us players, so we’ll miss him once he retires.”

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