You win one, you lose one—and then you call it a career. Following his second-round exit at Wimbledon, in which he competed gamely against No. 17 seed Matteo Berrettini but lost in straight sets, Marcos Baghdatis went gentle into that good night, so to speak.
But hey, we'll always have that ice-pack–bearing, chair-dancing moment at the 2018 US Open.
Here are five more reasons to never forget the Cypriot with the perpetually huge grin.
That 20o6 Australian Open final.
Baghdatis made an inspired run to the championship round in Melbourne, with his scalps along the way including No. 2 seed Andy Roddick, No. 4 David Nalbandian, and No. 7 Ivan Ljubicic. He would comport himself well in the final, losing in four sets to Roger Federer although holding a set-and-break lead early in the contest.
In 2012, he murdered four racquets in quick succession.
Some of Baghdatis's best work came Down Under, both inside and outside the lines of the court, as when he dismantled a quartet of battle axes in the midst of a second-round defeat to Stan Wawrinka. (He did some growing up, though, practically consoling Benoit Paire 12 years later in the midst of the Frenchman's own racquet-abusing meltdown.)
An inspired Wimbledon showing.
Some may forget, but that same year that he bagged an Aussie Open final, the Cypriot also made an inspired Wimble-run to the semifinals. Along the way, he topped opponents including future winner Andy Murray and 2002 Wimbledon champ Lleyton Hewitt before succumbing to Rafael Nadal.
In 2006—such a year for him—Baghdatis was the last player to lose to Andre Agassi.
Before Benjamin Becker ended the eight-time major singles champ's illustrious career at the US Open, Baghdatis dropped a dramatic five-set affair to Agassi that went into the wee hours in Queens. Baghdatis rebounded well, though, seizing his first-ever ATP title weeks later at the China Open.
He carried his country's flag in the Olympic opening ceremonies.
In London in 2012, Baghdatis waved the national flag of Cyprus overhead as his native contingent participated in the Parade of Nations. In the Games themselves, Baghdatis won two rounds before falling to eventual gold medalist Andy Murray, and he was the sole competitor to shave a set off of Muzz during the event.
That's all said and done now. Baghdatis turned 34 just three weeks ago—a relative cherub by today's pro tennis trends. Alongside Karolina Sprem, the former WTA player to whom he is married with a pair of daughters in tow, he harbors no shortage of things to do in his post–playing days.