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Andrei Pavel celebrates 35th birthday today, a couple days ago played probably his last match in professional career (lost 3rd round in Australian Open in doubles).
Here is an interview with him after his last singles match against Murray.

Former Top 20 player in both, singles and doubles. Beside Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac, the most high-profile of the Romanian tennis in history.
Pavel began his career promisingly, because as a 16 year-old was already 460 in ATP ranking (for example 16 year-old Hewitt was No. 550, Federer No. 700) but needed another 8 years to adavance to the Top 100! The player always very good to watch because of his technical skills, especially beautiful backhand, pillar of strength the Romanian Davis Cup team through the whole pro-career (played 62 matches in years 1991-2008).

Pavel serving in the famous match against Agassi at the US Open 2006.



Win/loss
Career Singles (Tour Level Only) 279 - 266 (.511)
Career Doubles (Tour Level Only) 141 - 136 (.509)

Career Singles (incl. ITF Challengers and ITF Pro Circuits) 427 - 357 (.544)
Career Doubles (incl. ITF Challengers and ITF Pro Circuits) 254 - 211 (.557)

Number of tournaments played:
- Main Tour (Grand Slams and ATP Tour): 255
- Challengers: 56
- Satellites: 13 *
- Futures: 0

* Played a little bit more tourneys but results before 1991 don't exist on the ITF website.

CAREER TITLES in singles: (3 ATP + 4 Challengers, 1 Satellite)
93 - Mexico 3 (Satellite)
96 - Montauban (Challenger)
98 - Tokyo-out. (29)
99 - Venice
00 - St. Poelten (83)
01 - Montreal (119)
04 - Dnepropetrovsk & Mauritius

Finalist: 6 ATP + 4 Challengers

The best GS results in singles:
Roland Garros (quarterfinalist 2002)
The best MS results in singles:
Miami (quarterfinalist 2002, 04)
Hamburg (semifinalist 2000)
Rome (quarterfinalist 2004)
Montreal (winner 2001)
Stuttgart (quarterfinalist 1999 & 00)
Paris (finalist 2003)


CAREER TITLES in doubles: (6 ATP + 5 Challengers)
94 - Prague (R.Sabau)
95 - Scheveningen (E.Ran), Prostejov (G.Cosac)
98 - Bucharest (G.Trifu)
99 - Brasov (G.Trifu)
04 - Mauritius (M.Youzhny)
05 - Kitzbuhel (L.Friedl)
06 - Auckland (R.Wassen), Munich (F.Mergea) & Gstaad (J.Novak)
07 - Barcelona (A.Waske)

Finalist: 5 ATP + 4 Challengers

The best GS results in doubles:
Australian Open (quarterfinalist 2005. w/G.Trifu)
Roland Garros (semifinalist 2006. w/M.Youzhny)

Career High Singles: 13 (25 Oct 2004)
Career High Doubles: 18 (30 Apr 2007)

Singles ranking history at the end of the year (1990-2008):
460 - 548 - 489 - 311 - 408 - 214 - 135 - 118 - 68 - 41 - 27 - 28 - 26 - 69 - 18 - 80 - 113 - 75 - 1142.

Prize Money: $5,216,831.

* Detailed singles statistic (including Challengers, Futures & Satellites):
5-setters: 8-10 (.444)
Tie-breaks: 167-165 (.503)
"Tight matches": 49-60 (.449)
TB's in the deciding set: 19-16 (.542)
The longest winning match: 3 hours 56 minutes; T.Suzuki 6-7 6-7 6-1 6-4 6-4 (Davis Cup 2007)
The longest losing match: 3 hours 47 minutes; M.Youzhny 7-6 6-7 6-1 6-7 2-6 (Roland Garros 2004)
The longest winning tie-break: A.Peya 6-1 7-6(11) (Davis Cup 2002)
The longest losing tie-break: (10-12) three times (R.Sluiter, A.Roddick, T.Robredo)
The most served aces: 36 - defeated Go Soeda in 4 sets (Davis Cup 2007)


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Jonas Bjorkman
Gustavo Kuerten
Felix Mantilla
Davide Sanguinetti
Joachim Johansson
Kenneth Carlsen
Tim Henman
Wayne Arthurs
Sjeng Schalken
Greg Rusedski

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Re: The statistical tribute to Andrei Pavel (1990-2009)

The most interesting matches in Pavels career in my subjective view:

Wimbledon 1997, 2R: R.Krajicek 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) 3-6 3-6

Pavel was hung between Challengers and ATP tournaments then, Krajicek was a defending champion, so 2-1 up in sets for the Romanian in his first match on a big arena was really surprising, however Pavel hadn't any chance to win the match

Santiago 1997, 1R: J.Burillo 4-6 7-6(8) 6-7(8)

The scoreline suggest Pavel saved at least one MP in the second set, and wasted at least one MP in the third, what's very unusual in tennis matches. The match lasted 2 hours 44 minutes, Pavel didn't convert any of 18 break points in the match.

Australian Open 1999, 4R: Y.Kafelnikov 3-6 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 6-3 4-6

Kafelnikov won Aussie Open that year, lost two sets only against the Romanian. It was the first time when I saw Pavel's whole match and I was impressed by his technical level. Pavel was two points away from winning second set, was 3:5 down in the tie-break of the third set. In the fifth set Pavel was 2:5 down but later two points away to level up at 5 games a piece.

Syndey - Olympics 2000, 1R: M.Norman 7-6(1) 3-6 8-10

Norman along with Kuerten was then the best player in the world... The Swede was serving to win first set at 5:4, in the third set was 4:2 up but later saved match point with an ace at 4:5. The match lasted 2 hours 45 minutes... Pavel as the only tennis player appearanced at 4 Olympic Games (1992, 96, 00, 04), always lost 1st round match.

Montreal 2001, F: P.Rafter 7-6(3) 2-6 6-3

The highlight of Pavel's career. In the QF beat Roddick, in the SF Haas... Pavel between 2nd set of the first round (against Malisse) and 2nd set of the final, didn't lose a service game (won 46 in a row, saving 16 break points)... Against Malisse had the same scolerline as in the final It was second ATP final between Pavel and Rafter, two years earlier Pavel lost to the Australian the final in s'Hertogenbosch 6-3 6-7 4-6 despite a match point at 7:6* in the tie-break

Miami 2002, 3R: T.Haas 7-6(6) 6-7(5) 7-6(6)

3 hours 3 minutes, no breaks of serve, Pavel in both winning tie-breaks was 4:6 down. It was his 133th tournament and according to my stats, first win after saving match point, so very late for this amount of tournaments. Pavel in his career on the main level played three all-tie-break matches, and won all (another two against Karlovic and Carraz).

Roland Garros 2002, QF: A.Corretja 6-7(5) 5-7 5-7

Absolutely extraordinary history is linked with that match. Had been suspended due to darkness on Tuesday (at 5:4* for Pavel in the 3rd set) and wasn't possible to contiunate it on Wednesday because of rain, Pavel despite playing one of the most important matches of his life, decided to go to Germany where his wife the same day gave birth of their second child. Pavel came back to Paris on Thursdays' morning (5 a.m.), slept only three hours on a couch in the players' lounge and enter the court to lose quickly three games to Corretja, and the match! More about this match.

Metz 2003, 1R: D.Hrbaty 4-6 6-4 7-6(3)

In 2003 Pavel had been struggling with right wrist and back injuries. It was his first victory after 9 defeats in a row within 11 months! Hrbaty was leading 4:1 in the third, had MP at 5:4*. A few weeks later Pavel notched one of three best results in tennis career, advancing to the final in Paris.

Davis Cup 2006, 1R: A.Roddick 6-7(2) 2-6 7-6(8) 6-2 6-4

The match lasted 3 hours 43 minutes. 32 year-old Pavel saved MP on return at 6:7 in the tie-break! Earlier in the tie-break, Roddick was 3:0* up. In the fifth set Pavel led 5:1*, later at 5:4 Roddick was two points away to level up. "Winning from 2-0 down, this is going to go in my record for sure, and in my good memories." said Pavel who won second time from 0-2 down (previously against J.Novak at the Australian Open '04).

US Open 2006, 1R: A.Agassi 7-6(4) 6-7(8) 6-7(6) 2-6

That match, playing in night session on Arthur Ashe stadium had amazing tenision because if Pavel won, it would have been Agassi's last match in a professional tournament. The Romanian had setpoint at 7:6 in the second tie-break, and led 4:0 in the third set. At 4:3 "won" point, a chair-umpire announced "5:3" but Agassi took a winning challenge and moment later was 4:4.

Davis Cup 2007, playoffs: T.Suzuki 6-7(6) 6-7(1) 6-1 6-4 6-4

Third and last comeback from 0-2 down, this time after the longest singles match in Pavel's career. Pavel wasted two setpoints at *5:4 in the second set but didn't collapse after two bad luck sets, and won another three easily and helped his native country back into 2008 Davis Cup World Group . 24-19 in aces for Pavel.

Wimbledon 2009, 2R: Pavel/H.Tecau def. E.Butorac/S.Lipsky 6-4 6-7(9) 3-6 6-4 15-13

Semi-retired Pavel, along with his compatriot Tecau saved 6 mini-match points in the final set to clinch the match with the only break of the final set in the 28th game... the match lasted 4 hours 2 minutes; the Romanian duo lost in the next round after 4 hours 1 minute (!) to "the tower pair" D.Norman/W.Moodie, 12-14 in the 5th set - Pavel finished the match with two double faults in a row (!) and broke the racquet with anger. He didn't play in singles a longer fifth set than 6-4 in 18 five-set matches...
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Nice. Are you able to do this for any player?

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Thanks a lot Voo, nice job as always.

Great story in the match against Corretja, didn't know that. Thanks for posting the report
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It's an error Pavel won that tournament along with Rogier Wassen.

Hanescu that week was playing in Sydney not Auckland.
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Amazing tribute to a great player, Voo.

That match against Suzuki was awesome: I followed every point of it, and I have the fondest memories - great time in my life.
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Awesome, thank you!

I loved Pavel's game, he just had every shot. I try to emulate much of his game in my own (not anywhere near his standard sadly!). He had one of the best backhands I've ever seen. Great player, and from what I know of him, great guy in person too.
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Sterling work as always Voo, I remember distinctly the match with Corretja, who afterwards had a go at the tournament organisers for the way the match had been scheduled and what Pavel had to go through as a result.

I have particularly good memories of the run to the Paris final at the end of 2003, which came out of nowhere - a great week for me, with an ideal pair of finalists. Pavel benefited from a walkover from Coria, but still had to beat Kucera, Mantilla, Schuettler and Novak to reach the final, that's an awful lot of rallying.

Then when he produced a string of good results early in 2004 he had the misfortune to run into Federer in tournament after tournament, and even said in Miami that other players had been making fun of him in the locker room about always getting the same draw.

I also found it quite amusing that his presence on the court seemed to induce vomiting in the Andys, judging by his five-set encounters with Murray (USO 05) and Roddick (DC 06).

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pavel and his wonderful backhand. one of the better single handers of his era.

great tribute voo!
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that match vs. agassi was amazing. he would've taken out most of the top 20 that night, simply amazing shotmaking from both sides. i remember agassi applauding him on court right after the match in the interview. with a bit more luck he could have won the match in straight sets. mind you, he even came back from an injury back then, if i remember correctly.
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he possessed one of the few single handers that could consistently challenge the agassi bh.
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Great great write up to one of the nicest players. This is so good I have made a copy and given it to my Romanian
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Great guy, did a lot for tennis in Romania and will do an outstanding job as Davis Cup captain. He will be also helping at the academy of his coach.

I remember his match against Jiri Novak at the AO, when he came back from 2 sets to 0 down and a break.

Excellent backhand, played good all court tennis, won a TMS and thanks for the memories.

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As always, a wonderful tribute. Thanks for that Voo.

It is nice to reminisce about great tennis careers when they finish and these tribute serve as way to do just that. Funny, the match at the AO against Kafelnikov was also the 1st time I saw Pavel play and I was blown away by how stylish he was and that flashy backhand was way cool. He's been a fav ever since.

So much of Pavel's career he seemed to be struggling with injuries and I don't think he ever quite had the career he could have but the way he always seemed to bounce back showed how much he loved playing. From all the accounts that I have read he was also a nice guy and a real family man too. Sad he won't be playing again but he will be an awesome Davis Cup captain.

I hope, as an elderstatesman of Romanian tennis he is able to also share his knowledge with the exciting group of young Romanian female players that are currently making such a promising inpact both on the WTA tour and in the juniors. Each one of them could benefit from the words of a wise man like Pavel.

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