D. Hrbaty def. M. Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 to clinch the Hopman Cup for SVK [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

D. Hrbaty def. M. Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 to clinch the Hopman Cup for SVK

au_sports_opinion
01-09-2009, 03:05 PM
:worship::worship::worship:

Labamba
01-09-2009, 03:06 PM
wonderful match :worship:

Hrbaty is coming back to Top 100 for sure :hatoff:

also don't remember the last time I saw Safin move this well

gusman890
01-09-2009, 03:07 PM
Excellent match from both men. Hrbaty is going to have a great year and return to the top 100 if he keeps playing like this.

goldenlox
01-09-2009, 03:08 PM
Marat was broken twice at the end of set 2 and wasted 4 break points at 21* in set 3.
He hits with no power except for 1st serve.

Burrow
01-09-2009, 03:08 PM
wonderful match :worship:

Hrbaty is coming back to Top 100 for sure :hatoff:

also don't remember the last time I saw Safin move this well

:lol:

Voo de Mar
01-09-2009, 03:09 PM
Good match with hard-flat shots from both sides :yeah:

Hrbaty and Safin have very interesting H2H. They have played 16 matches (8-8) since 1998. According to my stats Hrbaty has won in his long career only 3 matches after saving MP but two of them against Safin! What's more interesting Hrbaty has beaten Safin three times 7-6 in the third, I can't colligate any other H2H with the same outcome.

BTW, Safin has lost 6-7 in the final set the most times in tennis history.

flexeter
01-09-2009, 03:11 PM
Exhibition or not, this was a great match and reminded me of the old times, when they used to play a lot together. Great serving from Safin, but even better fighting from Hrbaty. Top 100 can´t be far away if he keeps playing like this. Good luck in the AO qualy!

mickymouse
01-09-2009, 03:12 PM
Great finale to the tournament. It's been a long time since I saw such intense and hard-fought matches in the Hopman Cup.

Snoo Foo
01-09-2009, 03:15 PM
:worship: totally :worship: freakin :worship: awesome :worship:

(and cibulkova too :yeah:)

aussie_fan
01-09-2009, 03:27 PM
Fun match. A lot hard shots with a lot of long rallies makes for fun tennis. Hrbaty will be climbing up the ranks easily with that sort of tennis

Xristos
01-09-2009, 03:35 PM
Expected.

Experimentee
01-09-2009, 04:41 PM
Fantastic match from both players, they definitely were pumped and both wanted the match badly. Hrbaty just played the important points better.

Dominik kept up some good form for the whole week, he is definitely coming back to the top 100. Apparently he is accepting a MD WC into Auckland, hopefully he will still be able to contest the AO quallies.

Byrd
01-09-2009, 04:43 PM
Expect to see Cibulkova dating Hrbaty after this...

Juanes
01-09-2009, 06:05 PM
:woohoo:

ChinoRios4Ever
01-09-2009, 07:04 PM
Great match. :yeah:

schorsch
01-09-2009, 08:03 PM
Expect to see Cibulkova dating Hrbaty after this...
even though it probably was meant as a joke...
A) she's with melzer
B) his soon to be wife was in the stands

:spit:

slovakia was awesome this week and really wanted it badly :eek: cibulkova was unbeaten in singles and mixed doubles and hrbaty fought hard, too.

au_sports_opinion
01-10-2009, 12:37 AM
Yes the Slovakian's really showed respect to the tournament.

malisha
01-10-2009, 01:08 AM
Hrbaty was always a huge fighter and sport

Igaarg
01-10-2009, 01:15 AM
Very Deserved.

Kolya
01-10-2009, 04:36 AM
True Dominator form.

green25814
01-10-2009, 04:51 AM
gutted for marat, but i have to admire hrbaty here. Good win for him.

jole
01-11-2009, 02:20 AM
After his rough last two years I am so damn happy for Dominik! I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the whole match and I have not seen him hit his forehand so well in ages!

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view/20090110-182601/Hrbaty-proposes-after-Hopman-win

Good article there as well. :)