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NO MORE RACKET BUSTING: Has fatherhood changed Marcos Baghdatis? No racket rage this year. No record-long matches.

Baby Zahara was born Oct. 20, shortly after Baghdatis married Croatian tennis player Karolina Sprem in July.

“Everything is good” on the baby front, said Baghdatis, who is 27 years old and ranked 28th. “I miss her when I’m away for so long.”

Baghdatis will be able to return home soon. He lost his third-round match to No. 4 David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

The spirited Cypriot said that he regretted last year’s outburst.

“Everybody does some stupid things in their life. Mine was last year when I broke those four rackets,” he said, adding that fatherhood has little to do with this year’s perspective on racket abuse.

“I don’t think it’s because I came a father that I didn’t do it this year,” he said.


CELEBRITY COACH: Li Na’s new coach has been the talk of the tournament _ and she fears other members of her team are getting jealous.

The former French Open champion hired Carlos Rodriguez, Justine Henin’s former coach, after Wimbledon last year to help raise her game. The Chinese star hasn’t reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event since her breakthrough win at Roland Garros in 2011.

The new partnership has brought immediate results: Li has won two titles and amassed a 28-8 win-loss record.

She’s also into the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-1 on Friday, and hasn’t dropped a set at this year’s tournament.

Li is happy with her new celebrity coach, but is tired of fielding questions about him. So tired, in fact, she invited Rodriguez down to the court after her victory to answer questions himself in her post-match TV interview.

“After he was (coaching) me, every time in the press conference, ask about Carlos. So Carlos, you should stand here and answer some questions,” she said.

Rodriguez, however, had already slipped out of Rod Laver Arena. “He’s just gone, I can’t even see him,” Li said, laughing.

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