Join Date: May 2007
Dancevic lays it all out there, in vain
An unbelievable match at the Open de Rennes Challenger in France Saturday, a semifinal between Canada's Frank Dancevic and Stephane Bohli of Switzerland.
Dancevic had already spent more than 2 1/2 hours on court Friday to beat top seed Arnaud Clément in the quarterfinals, a match that included two consecutive medical timeouts to have both his ankles taped.
The finish was not to be believed.
Dancevic did get perilously close to the net on what he thought was match point. He did the Dancevic dance to try to avoid touching it, but it went on for an eternity, and it's hard to say whether he was successful or not.
The important thing was that the chair umpire didn't think he was; a pretty gutsy call by the guy on a match point, so he must have been pretty sure.
Bohli didn't know what happened. He thought the match was over.
Even afterwards, in his on-court interview, he really didn't know what went on. The interviewer had to tell him.
Once he realized it wasn't, he had to go back to his chair and get another racquet, since he snapped the one he had been playing with in disgust at that point (he had blown three match points at that point).
It clocked in at about three hours.
Dancevic did a serious number on his racquet afterwards; it was so loud, you could actually see Bohli flinch, as if a gun had gone off.
Meanwhile, Marc Gicquel won the other semifinal 6-1, 6-2 in about an hour.
Given Bohli had some cramping issues in his calf and leg late today, we're thinking the final will also probably last about that long.
For Dancevic, who will probably be sore for a week, it certainly has been an encouraging 10 days in France.
We don't remember ever seeing him pour it out like that, for so long. He was running on fumes for probably the last hour (they both were).
The only thing missing to get the win, really, was a big serve on a match point, which he wasn't able to come up with.