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Watch: Player destroys 4 rackets at Aussie Open

Marcos Baghdatis destroyed four of his rackets between sets at the Australian Open, Jan. 18, 2012.
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On his website, tennis player Marcos Baghdatis lists "Gladiator" as one of his favorite movies. Wednesday night at the Australian Open, the star from Cyprus channeled his inner gladiator by obliterating four of his rackets between sets.

The tantrum came after Baghdatis had lost the first two sets to No. 21 Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-6, 6-4. Apparently the technifibre racket demolition worked as Baghdatis won the next set 7-5. Alas, he would lose the fourth set 6-1 and with it, the match.

Though currently ranked 44th in the world, the 26-year-old Baghdatis had fared well at this Grand Slam before. He reached the finals of the Australian Open in 2006, where he ultimately lost to Roger Federer.

Baghdatis may have lost last night's match but as you can see in the video, he clearly won over the crowd with his emotional outburst. No word on whether Russell Crowe - the Aussie gladiator himself - was on hand in Melbourne to see the player's courtside warrior rage.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com