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AO R2: Santoro def. Kohli [32] 5-7 7-5 3-6 7-5 6-3

EnriqueIG8
01-21-2009, 09:17 AM
The magician strikes again. Match lasted 4+ hours.
He seemed really tired at the end but produced some fine winners again :worship:

Santoro: 51 winners 34 UE's - 8/29 BP's
Kohli: 94 winners :eek: 69 UE's - 7/19 BP's

Kolya
01-21-2009, 09:18 AM
Santoro is God :worship:

Unbelievable...

marifline
01-21-2009, 09:18 AM
Well done for the Magician !

SloKid
01-21-2009, 09:19 AM
Very entertaining match.

Fabrice cramped up right at the end, just before the final mp.

habibko
01-21-2009, 09:19 AM
yessssssssssssssssss :banana: :banana: :worship: :worship:

what a legend the magician is, he totally killed Kohli with his slicing and dicing, a true joy to watch, Santoro was pushed to his limit physically but he came out on top :worship:

Santoro stats:
W/U: 51/34
break points won: 8/29
net points won: 55/72

Kohli stats:
W/U: 94/69
break points won: 7/19
net points won: 72/97

Blarghman
01-21-2009, 09:19 AM
Magic :worship:

Just spectacular from Santoro, especially since he seems like he has cramped up horribly now the match is over.

Or Levy
01-21-2009, 09:19 AM
Santoro in pain, cramping right now.

CooCooCachoo
01-21-2009, 09:21 AM
This will be one of the most entertaining and also best matches of the AO. Such a great fight, many great points. Of course that is to be expected, as both guys have a very entertaining game style that also works well together.

Fabrice almost collapsed, got a time violation on his fourth MP, but chip-and-charged to close it out. Some amazing stuff. I was supporting Kohli, but I can never be sad when Fabrice wins. He is a true legend.

EnriqueIG8
01-21-2009, 09:21 AM
Too bad Roddick will probably blow him away Friday, assuming that Roddick will make it against Malisse.

dr.Damir
01-21-2009, 09:22 AM
what a legend, the last romanticist of modern tennis.:worship:

Machiavelli
01-21-2009, 09:23 AM
Chapeaux to monsieur Santoro, amazing stuff once again.....

reggie1
01-21-2009, 09:23 AM
What a match, Philip could not believe it, the look on his face as he walked back to the locker room! Great win for Fab, really pleased for him. Looks like it will be Roddick next as he's two sets up against Malisse.

HeretiC
01-21-2009, 09:24 AM
Le Magician having an anxiety attack after the MP, he could not breathe. Abracadabra - again.:worship:

malisha
01-21-2009, 09:24 AM
Deda:worship::worship::worship:

azza
01-21-2009, 09:24 AM
omfg i wanna see final game :(

Fabrice neva retire plz <3

seljanin
01-21-2009, 09:24 AM
:worship: Fabrice :worship:

Fabulous. Just fabulous. These slices and touch.. magic :) It was so entertaining to watch. Great match!

HoistDaColors
01-21-2009, 09:25 AM
i really wanted to say this was a great game. But it was overshadowed by some absolutely ugly ugly UEs by philipp. almost 100 winners but still lost. it was his match to win or lose and he lost it. two players with tons of court craft battling it out was amazing to see but again, it was disgusting to watch how unclean this match was.

i like santoro and especially his girlie hops. i was bothered by him going to get a drink of water at match point. WTF?:mad: Good luck next round. Your tennis is never boring.

Blarghman
01-21-2009, 09:26 AM
The last game of the fourth set was epic, it seemed like it took longer than the first set of Malisse-Roddick (though obviously it didn't). I didn't count he points, but it certainly felt like there were double-digit deuces :cool:

I fear I won't see a more entertaining match over the rest of the two weeks, too many highlights to keep track of, as is seemingly always the case with the Magic Man :worship:

Stensland
01-21-2009, 09:26 AM
so weird to see santoro's game still win matches. you'd think average top 100 players would blast him on a regular basis yet here he is, defeating one of the most versatilep layers in the top 40 these days. just mind-boggling.

Nathalia
01-21-2009, 09:26 AM
Got to love the Magician. Legend.

Voo de Mar
01-21-2009, 09:27 AM
Fab(ulous) Santoro and his neverending slices :worship:

Interesting process in this match between two players who won the longest sets in Roland Garros history :)

1st set: Kohli saved triple setpoint at 4:5
2nd set: Kohli had double BP at 5:5 (40-15) what could have given him 2-0 up in sets
4th set: Kohli *2:0, later mini-MP at 4:3 (40-30); 12th game of the set was won by Santoro after 8 deuces on 6th SP
5th set: Kohli saved triple match point in a great style but Santoro took another and suffered the cramps... probably the German would have won the set 7-5 and the match if Santoro lost his 4th MP :crazy:

green25814
01-21-2009, 09:27 AM
One word: Legend :worship:

If fab hadnt got that last mp he'd have lost for sure btw.

Blarghman
01-21-2009, 09:30 AM
i was bothered by him going to get a drink of water at match point. WTF?:mad: Good luck next round. Your tennis is never boring.

What else would he do? He knew he was cramping, and if he lost the MP, he might not have gotten another. Well worth a time penalty. Maybe not the most sporting move, but certainly one most players would make in that position. :cool:

Crazy Girl
01-21-2009, 09:30 AM
Santoro is God :worship:

Unbelievable...Cmon' Kolya.....:)Don't trouble God!:spit::spit::spit::spit::spit:

JMG
01-21-2009, 09:31 AM
I was bored with this match to be honest. Just too poor from Kohlschreiber when I was watching.

Unfortunately, this result is bad for tennis, if we look at the 3rd round match. Santoro has already tanked one match against Roddick, please not another.

luzkoz
01-21-2009, 09:31 AM
The magician strikes again! :-D

Crazy Girl
01-21-2009, 09:32 AM
what a legend, the last romanticist of modern tennis.:worship::worship::worship::worship:

green25814
01-21-2009, 09:34 AM
I was bored with this match to be honest. Just too poor from Kohlschreiber when I was watching.

Unfortunately, this result is bad for tennis, if we look at the 3rd round match. Santoro has already tanked one match against Roddick, please not another.

:lol: your guy got santoro'd

seljanin
01-21-2009, 09:34 AM
Unfortunately, this result is bad for tennis, if we look at the 3rd round match. Santoro has already tanked one match against Roddick, please not another.

Maybe he will play Malisse.

Puschkin
01-21-2009, 09:35 AM
Fabrice, how many springs for you? :D

Ferrero Forever
01-21-2009, 09:35 AM
I didn't go to this match, but everyone should know that Santoro is on fire!!! I couldn't believe the performance he gave against Ferrero, and its great to see that he could back up that good form today. I hope he does well against Roddick (possibly)

habibko
01-21-2009, 09:37 AM
:lol: your guy got santoro'd

:haha: :drink:

brief
01-21-2009, 09:38 AM
Santoro said he worked hard on his game after his defeat to Rafa. It's paying off in spades. :worship:

Deivid23
01-21-2009, 09:38 AM
Fabulous stuff from Fab :yeah:

JolánGagó
01-21-2009, 09:43 AM
Boring to death. UE feast. Can Santoro hit a non-sliced forehand? What a mug this Kohli is to lose in such a fashion to Mr Slice :rolleyes:

duong
01-21-2009, 09:43 AM
Santoro has already beaten Roddick, but he might be too tired.

FedererBulgaria
01-21-2009, 09:45 AM
legend:worship::worship:

Crazy Girl
01-21-2009, 09:48 AM
:hatoff:Fabrizio, how "stoic"!!!:hatoff:

EnriqueIG8
01-21-2009, 09:51 AM
What a match, Philip could not believe it, the look on his face as he walked back to the locker room! Great win for Fab, really pleased for him. Looks like it will be Roddick next as he's two sets up against Malisse.

Roddick wasn't up two sets to love by the time you posted this. Actually it's 1-1 and the 3th set is far from over.

green25814
01-21-2009, 09:52 AM
Boring to death. UE feast. Can Santoro hit a non-sliced forehand? What a mug this Kohli is to lose in such a fashion to Mr Slice :rolleyes:

Why must everyone play the same? Different styles clashing is what makes tennis interesting for me.

EnriqueIG8
01-21-2009, 09:56 AM
Boring to death. UE feast. Can Santoro hit a non-sliced forehand? What a mug this Kohli is to lose in such a fashion to Mr Slice :rolleyes:

40% of this 5 set match ended with a direct winner so I don't know what your talking about...I've seen matches with worser statistics.

flexeter
01-21-2009, 10:01 AM
nice match, Kohli again might win the trophy for the most entertaining match at the Aussie Open after last years battle with A-Rod :)

malisha
01-21-2009, 10:01 AM
40% of this 5 set match ended with a direct winner so I don't know what your talking about...I've seen matches with worser statistics.


he prefer topspin forehand...he will learn when he matures;)

Chris Seahorse
01-21-2009, 10:11 AM
Tennis players come and go. Some achieve great success and make a lot of money and collect a lot of trophies. But hardly any leave such a unique impression on their sport that they live in the memory of all those who have seen them for the rest of their lives. I have no doubt stories and details and descriptions of Fabrice's matches and his skills will be passed from generation to generation. Many years from now people who haven't even been born yet will look at videotapes of matches such as this one featuring the tennis player known as the magician and watch it in amazement.

All of us who are here now lucky enough to see Santoro perform his magical artistry while he is still able to should consider ourselves quite privileged. Yes, he is a legend.

Beat
01-21-2009, 10:16 AM
santoro... always good for a surprise :yeah:

Or Levy
01-21-2009, 10:19 AM
I can't understand why he was never ranked any higher than what? Top 40? Top 50? His ranking is always the same, it boggles the mind.

Voo de Mar
01-21-2009, 10:24 AM
Tennis players come and go. Some achieve great success and make a lot of money and collect a lot of trophies. But hardly any leave such a unique impression on their sport that they live in the memory of all those who have seen them for the rest of their lives. I have no doubt stories and details and descriptions of Fabrice's matches and his skills will be passed from generation to generation. Many years from now people who haven't even been born yet will look at videotapes of matches such as this one featuring the tennis player known as the magician and watch it in amazement.

All of us who are here now lucky enough to see Santoro perform his magical artistry while he is still able to should consider ourselves quite privileged. Yes, he is a legend.

Great post :worship:

shotgun
01-21-2009, 10:35 AM
Wasted opportunity for Kohli, he could have gone far here.

Watch Santoro score four games at best against Roddick.

Chris Seahorse
01-21-2009, 10:35 AM
I can't understand why he was never ranked any higher than what? Top 40? Top 50? His ranking is always the same, it boggles the mind.

Fabrice did actually spend some time in the top 20 back in 2001.

But yes, generally his ranking has not reflected his greatness as a player. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the type of game Fabrice has takes an awful lot out of him. He has to do a lot more running to win a match than do most players. There have been a lot of Grand Slams over the years where Fabrice put together an amazing 5 set victory only to be too exhausted to perform at his best for the following match.

Over the last 20 years, Fabrice has shown he can beat anyone in the world on his day. But putting together 3 or 4 such matches against the best players in the world back to back, has most of the time sadly proved to be too much for him.

For this reason while Fabrice has had notable victories against virtually every great player of the last 20 years, he hasn't won that many titles or gone as deep in Grand Slams (in singles at least) as one would think a person of his skill and heart could. This also explains why Fabrice's ranking has generally been in the 30 to 70 range and not higher.

duong
01-21-2009, 10:36 AM
I can't understand why he was never ranked any higher than what? Top 40? Top 50? His ranking is always the same, it boggles the mind.

he was near to 20 (best 17) several times when he was younger,

but his game needs a lot of energy, and he didn't have enough, even when he was young (also when he was very young he had a totally different game : he changed his game when he realized he lacked power and he needed to save energy)

Also a smaller reason is that he spent a part of his carreer for doubles.

federernadalfan
01-21-2009, 10:43 AM
kohli...
well done santoro at the gs :hatoff:

Bashak
01-21-2009, 10:53 AM
It's great to see Santoro playing 3rd round in his 66th grand slam appearance. he has played more grand slam tourneys than Agassi. I am very happy he made it past Kohlschreiber.

gjr
01-21-2009, 10:59 AM
i was at this match. I love watching Fabrice play. He's scheduled to play doubles tomorrow but not sure how he will come up after this. Took him about 10 mins before he went off court.

JMG
01-21-2009, 11:14 AM
:lol: your guy got santoro'd

:retard:

WTF? Please don't indicate that I'm a fan of Kohlschreiber.

green25814
01-21-2009, 11:20 AM
:retard:

WTF? Please don't indicate that I'm a fan of Kohlschreiber.

Well your clearly not a fan of fab, so i assumed since you bothered to watch the match :p

muniu
01-21-2009, 11:30 AM
Kohli :woohoo: great match :oo
I can't understand how he managed to lose this match :shrug:

JolánGagó
01-21-2009, 11:49 AM
Tennis players come and go. Some achieve great success and make a lot of money and collect a lot of trophies. But hardly any leave such a unique impression on their sport that they live in the memory of all those who have seen them for the rest of their lives. I have no doubt stories and details and descriptions of Fabrice's matches and his skills will be passed from generation to generation. Many years from now people who haven't even been born yet will look at videotapes of matches such as this one featuring the tennis player known as the magician and watch it in amazement.

All of us who are here now lucky enough to see Santoro perform his magical artistry while he is still able to should consider ourselves quite privileged. Yes, he is a legend.

Oh FFS :rolleyes:

Nathaliia
01-21-2009, 11:53 AM
Santoro will need these points to get some paid WCs to challengers where he can not bother at all and lose in some first rounds, so then he could bitch to French federation again they're not giving him WCs to French ATP events he would like.

Kohli, whatever :rolleyes:

superslam77
01-21-2009, 12:01 PM
unexpected :worship:

petar_pan
01-21-2009, 12:04 PM
magic stil run with 36 on his back.wow

scarecrows
01-21-2009, 12:09 PM
this guy is a genious, I didnt expect him to do so well here
go for more

Labamba
01-21-2009, 12:09 PM
Fabulous Fab :worship: :worship: :worship:

Age is just a number for the Magician :cool: Can't believe how well he defended on some of those points and the lob was on fire.

the best match by far this year :yeah:

duong
01-21-2009, 12:32 PM
Santoro will need these points to get some paid WCs to challengers where he can not bother at all and lose in some first rounds, so then he could bitch to French federation again they're not giving him WCs to French ATP events he would like.

I've already read that, but I'm quite surprised about that, since I've seen Santoro's results in challengers last year, and they seemed good to me actually :confused:

When did he do something like that and how often ?

aussie_fan
01-21-2009, 12:47 PM
Santoro :worship: What a legend

Ivanatis
01-21-2009, 01:53 PM
:worship::worship::worship:

Crazy Girl
01-21-2009, 02:03 PM
Tennis players come and go. Some achieve great success and make a lot of money and collect a lot of trophies. But hardly any leave such a unique impression on their sport that they live in the memory of all those who have seen them for the rest of their lives. I have no doubt stories and details and descriptions of Fabrice's matches and his skills will be passed from generation to generation. Many years from now people who haven't even been born yet will look at videotapes of matches such as this one featuring the tennis player known as the magician and watch it in amazement.

All of us who are here now lucky enough to see Santoro perform his magical artistry while he is still able to should consider ourselves quite privileged. Yes, he is a legend.:yeah:

Chiakifug
01-21-2009, 03:38 PM
Kohli being a sore loser. A journlist said to Santoro about him "He said you have no chance in the next round. He would have easily won if you had played best‑of‑three sets."

Glad he lost. :o

Venle
01-21-2009, 03:41 PM
Kohli :(

Nice one for Santoro, he's much fun to watch :)

GlennMirnyi
01-21-2009, 03:50 PM
Kohlschreiber reaffirming what a joke of a player he is. :)

Nice from Fabrice, though.

RickDaStick
01-21-2009, 03:51 PM
Kohli being a sore loser. A journlist said to Santoro about him "He said you have no chance in the next round. He would have easily won if you had played best‑of‑three sets."

Glad he lost. :o

but it's true.. he has no chance in the next round :wavey:

tangerine_dream
01-21-2009, 03:58 PM
Fabrice :woohoo: Wow, what a win! :worship:

Kohls http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-laughing021.gif What a fluke. He should be thanking his lucky stars Fab did him a favor before Roddick got a hold of him.

Dougie
01-21-2009, 04:16 PM
Fabrice did actually spend some time in the top 20 back in 2001.

But yes, generally his ranking has not reflected his greatness as a player. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the type of game Fabrice has takes an awful lot out of him. He has to do a lot more running to win a match than do most players. There have been a lot of Grand Slams over the years where Fabrice put together an amazing 5 set victory only to be too exhausted to perform at his best for the following match.

Over the last 20 years, Fabrice has shown he can beat anyone in the world on his day. But putting together 3 or 4 such matches against the best players in the world back to back, has most of the time sadly proved to be too much for him.

For this reason while Fabrice has had notable victories against virtually every great player of the last 20 years, he hasn't won that many titles or gone as deep in Grand Slams (in singles at least) as one would think a person of his skill and heart could. This also explains why Fabrice's ranking has generally been in the 30 to 70 range and not higher.

Good post. He has always have to work hard and grind, and he´s never really had a weapon that he could rely on for easy, short points in the crucial moments. If he was taller and had a bigger serve, for example, he might have been higher in the rankings. Then again, I think Santoro has always been kinda happy to be the underdog that no one ever considers as a heavy favorite. Anyway, a great player!!

ORGASMATRON
01-21-2009, 04:22 PM
Santoro is a legend. Period.

docking34
01-21-2009, 04:23 PM
hopefully roddick takes it easy on him and magician can advance to play federer. thatd be so much more interesting. anyone know of any place to see this match?

scarecrows
01-21-2009, 04:24 PM
hopefully roddick takes it easy on him and magician can advance to play federer. thatd be so much more interesting.

did you watch last year's match in Aus Open :o

Angle Queen
01-21-2009, 04:53 PM
so weird to see santoro's game still win matches. you'd think average top 100 players would blast him on a regular basis yet here he is, defeating one of the most versatilep layers in the top 40 these days. just mind-boggling.Yep, I'm with you on this thought. I very much enjoy watching him play and am fortunate that he continues to perform for us. But I'd would have thought his overall style of play would be too passe...and get him blown off the court. Glad it doesn't. :)

Anyone know if this match will be replayed/showed/streamed anywhere?

JMG
01-21-2009, 04:55 PM
I've already read that, but I'm quite surprised about that, since I've seen Santoro's results in challengers last year, and they seemed good to me actually :confused:

When did he do something like that and how often ?

His effort was pathetic against Beck in Besancon and I also remember a match in Istanbul, where some people said he retired for no reason.

His tank job against Roddick last year was also pathetic, but at least he didn't get appearance money for that.

fabolous
01-21-2009, 04:59 PM
Kohli being a sore loser. A journlist said to Santoro about him "He said you have no chance in the next round. He would have easily won if you had played best‑of‑three sets."

Glad he lost. :o

some of kohlis statements after the loss:

"i think it's a torture to play best-of-five here. for me it makes no sense"

"today i lost because it was best-of-five, which makes me very mad"

"a guy like federer laughs at lower-rankes players, because he plays only 80 minutes"

"top ranked players don't want to play best-of-three because they say "let the idiots play 4 hours, i need only 2""

"santoro will not win anything more here"

:retard: how dumb is it to make such statements when you have just been outplayed and outfought by a 36-year-old?

calvinhobbes
01-21-2009, 05:12 PM
Fab is the master of the impossible tasks, as Don Quixote has been for 400 years.
I´ve never expected him to win. But when he wins, I and my friends end all in joyful tears.
This is the measure of a true artist.

scarecrows
01-21-2009, 05:12 PM
"a guy like federer laughs at lower-rankes players, because he plays only 80 minutes"

"top ranked players don't want to play best-of-three because they say "let the idiots play 4 hours, i need only 2""


what a tool :haha:

duong
01-21-2009, 05:19 PM
His effort was pathetic against Beck in Besancon and I also remember a match in Istanbul, where some people said he retired for no reason.

Thanks. It's exactly the example I had already heard :

it confirms me that in this fans' small world, you get an image attached on you for nothing.

just one day you did that and then ...

I had this impression for many other players.
Like the image which has been put on Cipolla after his problem with Wawrinka ... and seems to be wrong.

Somebody told me the same example, whereas I had all the stats of Santoro in challengers the same season.

I don't want to defend him, only to know the truth, but I'm always reluctant at giving an image after only one story.
Not my style.

BaselineSmash
01-21-2009, 05:36 PM
Well, Kohlschreiber seemed like he was trying to reinvent the cold fish handshake when he met Santoro at the net. The Magician is never averse to wearing his injuries on his sleeve, and this isn't the first time he's put an opponent's nose out of joint through stumbling about like the walking wounded. At least Kohli didn't accuse Santoro of faking in his post-match interview, but he's managed to condemn himself via just about every other thing he commented on. What, in his abhorrence of the 5-set format, is he asking for Etienne de Villiers to come back? Is Kohli the only top player who didn't want Mr. Disney's head on a plate?

I'm really happy for Santoro, and if he got himself on a UV drip straight after the match, and if the organizers come through for him (last match on Hisense, for example), he might just be able to acquit himself well against Roddick. I'd hate for Roddick to just railroad him.

Chiakifug
01-21-2009, 05:58 PM
but it's true.. he has no chance in the next round :wavey:

Doesnt stop him being an idiot. He should take the defeat, hes only looking like a bitter fool saying that.

Vida
01-21-2009, 05:59 PM
this does it...

wta > atp

Arkulari
01-21-2009, 06:07 PM
Fabrice is a friggin' legend, what a match! :woohoo:

the whole bitching was pathetic, let's see how fit Kohli is when he's Fabrice's age :rolleyes:

ChinoRios4Ever
01-21-2009, 06:36 PM
legendddddddddddddddddddddd

:worship:

biological
01-21-2009, 06:39 PM
Nicely done MagicMan :worship:

Kohli's comments are ridiculous. What a joke.

HoistDaColors
01-21-2009, 06:40 PM
This is what Truc posted on Philipp's thread. I too would like to see a video of the words actually coming out of his mouth. Not saying he didn't say it because I know he's an arrogant prick but this journalist seems a bit bias.

Looks like he gave the most embarrassing interview of the last decade:
http://de.eurosport.yahoo.com/21012009/73/australian-open-kohli-schlechter-verlierer.html?page=1&order=date#co
It's so silly that I don't really get his point. He means they shouldn't play best of five in Melbourne (or in Slams in general? I don't even understand what he means) and he's sure he would have won today if they had played best of 3, blablabla.

Is there a video of it somewhere? I almost have trouble believing he said that. It's the same journalist who published the story about him wanting more money than the others in DC, so she might make it sound particularly ridiculous too.

Stensland
01-21-2009, 06:44 PM
the quotes are all over the newspapers now, i don't think it's the journalist exaggerating here. he must've really said that.

Yappa
01-21-2009, 06:48 PM
Can't decide whether I should be overjoyed that Fabrice won or unbelievably sad that Kohli won't be able to play against Roddick again.
I have yet to watch any of the match, but will probably do later.

I just hope that the frenchman will be able to give Roddick a decent fight. Very unlikely, I know.

anutam
01-21-2009, 07:17 PM
Happy for Fabrice! :woohoo:
Hope this match will be uploaded... :worship:

anutam
01-21-2009, 07:20 PM
Happy for Fabrice! :woohoo:
Hope the match would be uploaded... :worship:

Deboogle!.
01-21-2009, 07:30 PM
He must've said it, it was mentioned in Santoro's press conference:

Q. He said you have no chance in the next round. He would have easily won if you had played best‑of‑three sets. What are your comments?
FABRICE SANTORO: I can't say I have no chance at all for the next round. It's going to be tough for sure. I will see Friday morning when I wake up how good is my body, how bad is my body.
Then we'll see. But once again, even if I'm tired Friday, even if I can't play my best tennis, I will give everything on the court.

meihaditalab
01-21-2009, 07:35 PM
He's a magician :)Lets pray he can pull a miracle and defeat Andy.

dodoboy
01-21-2009, 08:40 PM
I lost so much money :crying2:

Someone loan me some vCash!

KarlyM
01-21-2009, 10:03 PM
The Magician does it again! :woohoo: Fabrice is a legend! :bowdown:

The ATP site says Fabrice is the oldest man to win two matches at AO since 1978. :)

I hope his next match against Roddick is more exciting than the one at the USO last year. ;)

PiggyGotRoasted
01-21-2009, 10:08 PM
Santoro for surprise finalist

Dini
01-21-2009, 10:12 PM
To beat Roddick will be a big ask. He will struggle to read his serve big time. Add also that Fab has had a tough match going to 5 sets, which really must have a bearing on his physical fitness. If he pulls it off, which seems very very very unlikely to me, that would be MIGHTY impressive.

JMG
01-21-2009, 10:14 PM
Well your clearly not a fan of fab, so i assumed since you bothered to watch the match :p

I didn't watch much of it. My tv was on but the match didn't catch my attention. I would like him to beat Roddick, but the match will be boring as hell I fear.


@ChrisSeahorse
I'm surely not the loser of this match, you fucking asshole.

ORGASMATRON
01-21-2009, 10:14 PM
Santoro is a legend, just love the guy.

BaselineSmash
01-21-2009, 11:44 PM
To think that Santoro complimented Kohli in his press interview, only for the German to insult him! As recompense, Kohlschreiber should have to play a best-of-seven set (give him a break, he hates best-of-five after all) match on mud. Against Nadal. Proceeds from the exhibition match could go to a charity of Santoro's choice.

Corey Feldman
01-21-2009, 11:45 PM
damn i wish i coulda seen this match

well played Fabs

docking34
01-22-2009, 04:19 PM
To think that Santoro complimented Kohli in his press interview, only for the German to insult him! As recompense, Kohlschreiber should have to play a best-of-seven set (give him a break, he hates best-of-five after all) match on mud. Against Nadal. Proceeds from the exhibition match could go to a charity of Santoro's choice.

exactly.. this is a must for kohli. i bet santoro would get lots of mula.

scarecrows
01-22-2009, 04:32 PM
@ChrisSeahorse
I'm surely not the loser of this match, you fucking asshole.

did the eriet bad rep you?

Fumus
01-22-2009, 04:40 PM
Does anyone have Kohlis entire post match interview?

fast_clay
01-22-2009, 04:51 PM
so weird to see santoro's game still win matches. you'd think average top 100 players would blast him on a regular basis yet here he is, defeating one of the most versatilep layers in the top 40 these days. just mind-boggling.

i think its a great example of how many levelling facets there are still to the game of tennis. while many moan on how technology killed the deft touch and creativity, the truth is that in this decade technology has had little to do with any change in the game.

no... a win like this is a great nod to a sport that can produce a glitch in the system like santoro...

unfortunatley... such talent and feel for a game is killed off at a young age as national systems and coaches strive for world's best practice... creating robots that resemble someone else...

...losing the unique identity that may have seperated them from the pack...