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Gamewatch: Hewitt v Baghdatis
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Wimbledon quarter-final result:

L HEWITT Aus 6 v M BAGHDATIS Cyp 18

1-6 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 2-6

GAME-BY-GAME UPDATES

By Ian Westbrook

Fourth set:

"He's a player with a lot of style and a great deal of substance to his game." Andrew Castle, BBC tennis commentator.

Hewitt 2-6 Baghdatis
It's all over and it's a sensational performance by Baghdatis who breaks Hewitt once again and clinches a famous victory with his first match point.

Dignified Hewitt waits for his opponent before leaving the court but it is undeniably Baghdatis' day and the Centre Court has a new hero to worship.

Hewitt 2-5 Baghdatis
One game away now and it is fever pitch in the crowd now. Baghdatis' name is ringing around the court from his fan club who are oblivious to the disappearance of the sun and are only concentrating on singing their man to victory.

"Baghdatis can win this if he keeps this level up. But let's not forget he was two breaks up in the second set and lost that. Having said that he now seems to have a second wind." John McEnroe BBC tennis commentator.

Hewitt 2-4 Baghdatis
Hewitt's not out of it yet - he grittily holds his serve again to keep the match alive.

Hewitt 1-4 Baghdatis
What a contrast Baghdatis is. At 40-15 he can only dink a soft lob into the net but seconds later he booms down yet another ace to close in on victory.

Hewitt 1-3 Baghdatis
Hewitt looks despondent as he drags a shot wide facing two break points and suddenly finds himself three games away from defeat.

"The new balls must look a bit brighter to TV viewers at home but at 2000 BST now there is enough light here to play for another hour or hour and a half." Andrew Castle, BBC tennis commentator.

Hewitt 1-2 Baghdatis
Serving with the new balls Baghdatis seems to have run the injury off and he comfortably holds.

Hewitt 1-1 Baghdatis
Trouble for Baghdatis as he seems to hurt an ankle running for a shot. Hewitt levels the set on serve to add to his woes.

Hewitt 0-1 Baghdatis
First blood to Baghdatis - he holds serve to 30.


Third set:

Hewitt 6-7 (5-7) Baghdatis
It's a nervous old tie-break. The first four points go to mistakes before Baghdatis hits the first winner to go 3-2 up. He has a 4-2 lead when they turn round. A fantastic rally featuring drop shots and returns at full stretch sees Hewitt cut the deficit to a point.

Hewitt then hits long in a rally to restore Baghdatis' two-point lead at 5-3 and although the 18th seed hits a shot out in the next rally, he wins the next point to earn two set points.

Hewitt brilliantly scoops the ball back in another lengthy rally to force Baghdatis to net and lose one of them but a brilliant service return from the Cypriot gives him the set - and isn't he delighted!!

Hewitt 6-6 Baghdatis
My prediction comes true! Baghdatis takes four points to set up the tie-break - this could well decide the match.

Hewitt 6-5 Baghdatis
Hewitt goes 40-0 up on his serve as usual - but then starts to wobble before finally winning to 30. Did I say there would be a tie-break - one game away now.

Hewitt 5-5 Baghdatis
Baghdatis seems in danger of letting another set slip away - but he is also proving a tough nut to crack and an overhead smash puts him 40-30 up and then a lob wins him the game.

Hewitt 5-4 Baghdatis
Hewitt holds again - this time to 15. The tie-break is looming.

"Hewitt is tough to beat. In eight of the last nine Grand Slams in which he has played, he has only been beaten by the eventual champion." Andrew Castle, BBC tennis commentator.

Hewitt 4-4 Baghdatis
We could be heading for the first tie-break of the match as Baghdatis holds his serve.

Hewitt 4-3 Baghdatis
The crowd are lapping this up now. There are screams of delight as the players send each other racing around the court during a rally at 15-15. Hewitt and Baghdatis look more serious about it thought - and not surprisingly with a semi-final place at stake. Eventually Hewitt holds to 30 and moves 4-3 ahead.

Hewitt 3-3 Baghdatis
Two careless shots from Baghdatis - a lazy-looking one into the net and a return which flies out - give Hewitt break point, this after Baghdatis was 30-0 up.

The Cypriot saves the point and then another - the sixth he has rescued from 10 in the match - before finally taking the game with two aces.

Hewitt 3-2 Baghdatis
Hewitt holds his serve to love again - he has been very consistent in recent service games - to move ahead in the match for the first time.

Hewitt 2-2 Baghdatis
Break point to Hewitt after the ball slips off the rim of Baghdatis' racket - and he takes it as Baghdatis nets. Game on! The first cries of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi" are heard from the crowd.

Hewitt 1-2 Baghdatis
A solid service game sees Hewitt hold to love to open his account for the set.

Hewitt 0-2 Baghdatis
It was a battle but Baghdatis has stopped the rot by holding his serve and establishing an early lead once again.

Hewitt 0-1 Baghdatis
Oh no, here we go again. This topsy-turvy match takes another turn immediately. Baghdatis goes 30-0 up, Hewitt levels but then serves a double fault and Baghdatis claims the game as a Hewitt return goes out.

It's going to be a long evening!


Second set:

Hewitt 7-5 Baghdatis
Hewitt is starting to dominate at the net and you can see his confidence has grown. Baghdatis is losing his way and when a shot drops behind the baseline the match is level - and Hewitt delightedly salutes the players' box with clenched fists.

Hewitt 6-5 Baghdatis
Hewitt is pumped up and audibly shouts "come on" to himself as he goes 30-15 up. Two points later and he leads for the first time in the set - amazing really considering he was 3-0 down at one stage.

Hewitt 5-5 Baghdatis
A false beep from the machine which judges line-calls amuses the crowd and Baghdatis but he quickly returns to the serious stuff. However it does not go his way as Hewitt breaks him for the second time in the set to draw level.

The crowd are loving it!! They are also loving the weather with the sun shining strongly over the All England Club and thoughts of rain far away now.

Hewitt 4-5 Baghdatis
The match is running much more normally now than in the first set. Hewitt serves out to love as it continues to go with serve.

A buzz goes through the crowd as the scoreboard rattles through the scores from other courts during the break. An incredible doubles match on Court Two - now the longest in Wimbledon history - has just finished with Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor beating Simon Aspelin and Todd Perry 23-21 in the final set. It lasted an incredible six hours, nine minutes and started on Tuesday afternoon.

Hewitt 3-5 Baghdatis
Baghdatis is still in control - clinching the game with another powerful forehand at the end of a long rally.

Hewitt 3-4 Baghdatis
But the recovery, or recovery when you think of the first set, continues as Hewitt holds to 30.

Hewitt 2-4 Baghdatis
Hewitt understandably shows anger by smashing a ball away as he again nets from close in to throw away a chance of making it 30-30 in the game. One point later he is 4-2 down.

Hewitt 2-3 Baghdatis
What have we here? Hewitt wins a service game to love. Is this the start of a revival for the Australian? Only time will tell.

Hewitt 1-3 Baghdatis
A glimmer of hope for Hewitt at last as he finally competes in a game. He hits back from 0-30 down to level and then forces deuce before setting up and converting his first break point of the set.

Hewitt 0-3 Baghdatis
Yet again Hewitt comes up short. He can't get the length of his shots right - either too long and over the baseline or too short and into the net.

Baghdatis by contrast can do nothing wrong and he marches to his chair, towel in hand, halfway to victory after another superb passing shot. Cue more cheering from his on-court fan club.

"The Hewitt camp is going to be pretty concerned right now - he just doesn't have it." John McEnroe, BBC tennis commentator.

Hewitt 0-2 Baghdatis
Baghdatis marches relentlessly on - another booming ace clinches the game. Hewitt would do well to look to the heavens now where some ominously dark grey clouds are hovering overhead - maybe his only chance of salvation for now.

Hewitt 0-1 Baghdatis
We are carrying on where we left off in the first set as Baghdatis immediately breaks Hewitt again. The way he clinches the game is slightly fortunate - as his shot clips the net and drops into Hewitt's side of the court - but he is still totally dominating the match.


First set:

"If you look at his results in Australia he beat a number of great players. That's why people regard Marcos Baghdatis as someone himself who could win Grand Slam events.

"I would still pick Hewitt to win this match but Baghdatis continues to play at this level he will be very tough to beat." John McEnroe, BBC tennis commentator.

Hewitt 1-6 Baghdatis
That's it - Baghdatis takes the first set in just 26 minutes. He has hit seven aces in that time and totally outplayed the 2002 champion and survived a break point in this game. At this stage he looks unstoppable and on course for a possible semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

Hewitt 1-5 Baghdatis
At last - Hewitt troubles the scorers. You can see the relief in his face as he finally breaks his duck.

"Hewitt does not want to get bagel-ed - he has too much pride for that. He also wants to serve first in the second set so he needs to hold his serve here." John McEnroe, BBC tennis commentator.

Hewitt 0-5 Baghdatis
Hewitt must wonder what he has to do to win a game here. Having gone 40-0 up on Baghdatis' serve he watches as the 18th seed reels off five points in a row to take the game and move within one of taking the first set.

Hewitt 0-4 Baghdatis
Hewitt is a gritty character and proves it in the nick of time by hitting back from 0-30 down to win the next three points. But Baghdatis is unruffled and a whipped forehand forces deuce, a fizzing return earns advantage and he takes the game when Hewitt nets from close in after a long rally.

The crowd are all firmly behind the Cypriot - cries of "Come on Marcos Baghdatis" echoed round Centre Court from a handful of fans at the end of the game.

Hewitt 0-3 Baghdatis
Baghdatis' family watch proudly on from the players' box as their boy continues his superb start - a fierce two-handed backhand along the lines to go 40-15 up the pick of his shots.

"It was not an upset that Baghdatis beat Murray the other day - this guy can play. He's quick too and has power off the ground." John McEnroe, BBC tennis commentator.

Hewitt 0-2 Baghdatis
Do we have early signs of a shock on the cards? Baghdatis spends the game thumping the ball back from the back of the court and takes the first of two break points to establish a clear advantage.

Hewitt 0-1 Baghdatis
A confident start by Andy Murray's conqueror Baghdatis, who hits back from 0-15 and 15-30 down to hold his serve as the sunshine begins to bathe Centre Court.

1730: Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis finally make their way on to Centre Court after waiting through rain delays for Roger Federer's match with Mario Ancic to finish.

They will be pleased it was all over in straight sets as a longer match would have increased the chances of their match going into Thursday - which given the weather is still possible anyway.

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