Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis won his first ATP World Tour title since February 2007, after defeating Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-1, 7-5 at the If Stockholm Open on Sunday.
After struggling for a few years on the tour without any great results, the Baghdatis was delighted to win 250 ATP Worldtour points and cash in €93 000.
"I played really well in the first set," said Baghdatis. "It was important to get a good start, but then in the second set Olivier stepped it up. I was a bit lucky to win in two sets in the end. I wanted to win this so badly. It was my chance to win another title and I managed to find the solution to win. It's been a long time since I won an ATP tournament," admitted Baghdatis. "The last one was in Febuary 2007. I'm so happy right now. It's been a tough couple of years and this title came when I least expected it, so it's even better. I'll work hard in the off-season so I can start the year strong next year and try and be more consistant and play a full year. It's been a tough last two weeks for me - I've played 10 matches and won all all of them so of course I am a bit tired now. I'm going to rest for a few days before playing my last tournament, a Challenger in South Korea."
I am really glad that Baghdatis is back, he is one of my favourite players on the tour. I always liked his aura on the court and the way he plays is great. I hope this could be the start of a great comeback for him as he has the game to be atleast a solid top15 player.