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Cypriot in top shape for Slam

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Marcos Baghdatis says he is in the best shape of his life heading into next week’s Australian Open. Baghdatis provided the feel-good story of last year’s championship when he rose from obscurity to beat top names and reach the final. The Cypriot was outclassed by Roger Federer in the decider but proved his grand slam run was no fluke when he made the semifinals at Wimbledon and finished the year ranked 12th. His run to last year’s final caught the imagination of Melbourne’s large Greek community and his image is featured on a giant advertising billboard welcoming visitors to Melbourne airport. «There is pressure but I’m just trying to live with it,» he said. «That’s just the way it is so I have to try and accept it and try and enjoy it. «Every time I go onto the court I just try to fight, to give my best, that’s the only thing you can do.»