Marcos Baghdatis is a long way removed from the peak of his career.
Eleven year ago, in 2006, the Cypriot enjoyed a stunning season during which he reached his first – and to this day, only – Grand Slam final in Australia and cracked the top 10.
Only once since then, in 2010, has Baghdatis completed a season ranked inside the top 20. That was also the last year he won an ATP title – it came at the Sydney International in January 2010.
Now in his 14th year as a pro, he’s ranked 91st, having slipped outside the top 100 in September but recovering ground thanks to reaching the ATP final in Chengdu, China.
At age 32 and having been hampered by injuries in the years following that breakout 2006 season, Baghdatis believes he can return to the elite bracket of the game.
“I have a goal – I want to finish my career in the top 20,” Baghdatis told ATP World Tour Uncovered.
“(A) career is very long … unfortunately I had many injuries that stopped me from working 100 per cent some years.
“I’m improving the last three years a lot mentally and physically and tennis wise. I’m working on some things that I want to improve.
“I think that’s a great goal for me to achieve and I will achieve it, so that’s good.”