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Santoro's 20th anniversary, quick 1st round exit

Voo de Mar
05-26-2009, 07:48 PM
It's pathetic that in 2009 at French Open hasn't light at least at the two biggest courts. I hate situation when a match is suspended near the end due to bad light :mad:

BTW, Rochus and Santoro are among 16 players who have been playing this year's tournament and participated here 10 years ago; other players are: Safin, Hewitt, Calleri, Martin, Lisnard, Lapentti, Clement, Pavel, Kiefer, Gaudio, Koubek, Haas, Federer & Schuettler.

20 years ago in Paris played obviously only Fabrice :angel:

out_here_grindin
05-26-2009, 07:50 PM
No lights is bullshit. My joke courts down the road from my house with cracks all over them, where come to play with jeans have lights.

meihaditalab
05-26-2009, 07:54 PM
Stupid french people. Its not that hard to install lights...

MacTheKnife
05-26-2009, 07:55 PM
It is absurd not to have lights and any ATP tournament. It's even more pathetic not to have them at a GS.

Ivo#1Fan
05-26-2009, 07:56 PM
Lisnard? That must be a bunch of wild cards.

shotgun
05-26-2009, 07:58 PM
Even the traditionalists at Wimbledon have set up lights and a retractable roof. I guess the FO organizers are just lazy. :shrug:

GlennMirnyi
05-26-2009, 08:06 PM
They just trust the fact that there is natural light there up until 9 pm. Maybe if they started the matches at 10 am and not 11, they'd have finished the matches today.

CooCooCachoo
05-26-2009, 08:06 PM
Lisnard? That must be a bunch of wild cards.

The fact that he played RG ten years ago is completely unrelated to him getting a bunch of wild cards.

Voo de Mar
05-26-2009, 08:07 PM
Santoro's amazing record of match duration is also connected with lack of lights. His match against Clement was suspended at 5:5 in the 5th. Rather impossible that they would have played 16-14 set after almost 5 hours of play at 5:5 in the 5th without the break they got :o

anutam
05-26-2009, 08:10 PM
Come on Fabrice, turn the match around! :worship:

Har-Tru
05-26-2009, 08:13 PM
Congrats Fabrice! :yeah:

Arkulari
05-26-2009, 08:16 PM
Fabrice is the fucking man!! :D
please don't lose to Rochus, please? :unsure:

Renaud
05-26-2009, 08:29 PM
Lisnard? That must be a bunch of wild cards.
:rolleyes:

Raquel
05-26-2009, 08:54 PM
Hope Fabrice can turn this around. That was a very convenient time for them to stop though as 5-3 would not be a change of ends ;) How did Rochus take the referee's decision?

mr_burns
05-26-2009, 10:27 PM
really bad score to interrupt

hope fabrice can turn in around

Henry Chinaski
05-26-2009, 10:27 PM
very entertaining match. there won't be another one like it this year.

theexpress
05-26-2009, 10:30 PM
No way Fabrice will loose this, he will come out serve, break back and take 4th on a tie break, and then win the 5th in a close contest. He is far too clever and way too talented to loose to Rochus. Mark my words.

theexpress
05-26-2009, 10:32 PM
I just think Fabrice is getting too old, but I love he never gives up. His game reminds me of Federer's a lot.

Voo de Mar
05-26-2009, 10:34 PM
I think Santoro has still good chance to win it but he has to win first two games tommorow firstly. Good for him, serves as a first player tomorrow. If he's going to do it, the advantage is on his side with huge support of the Parisian crowd :yeah:

Henry Chinaski
05-26-2009, 10:55 PM
Well there's always a chance Rochus will see Santoro's odds on betfair tonight and find it a little too tempting. But he can't win a single baseline rally. He started to make it more competitive in the 3rd by coming to the net on virtually every point but in the 4th Rochus started to find his rhythm on the passes and began to dominate once again.

docking34
05-26-2009, 11:24 PM
if hes gonna do it, hes got to do it (get those 2 games) then run for the money and your life. i know santoro can do it.. comomnn if you read this fabrice... remember what i said sir!!!!! the french love you mate1!!!!!

Chris Seahorse
05-27-2009, 12:24 AM
I hope Fabrice can find a way back into this match but I was never at all optimistic about this one. Fabrice can still play effectively on hard, on grass and indoors but at 36 playing on clay just ain't easy and Fabrice's clay game has been on decline in recent years far more rapidly than Fab's games on any other surface. Chris Rochus has also been playing well over the last year or so.

Tomorrow either Fabrice's clay court tennis career will come to an inglorious end (at least in singles) or Fabrice will pull one more magical rabbit out of the hat. I'm hoping for the latter but I'm keeping my expectations very low.

Chiseller
05-27-2009, 06:27 AM
Tough luck, he just broke back and then this..

azza
05-27-2009, 06:31 AM
The 3 bite rule and then oh sorry im full

Voo de Mar
05-27-2009, 03:10 PM
Fabrice didn't manage to turn around this match :sad: He finished his Roland Garros adventure with rather poor record (17-20) but will have some nice memories, he defeated on the Centre Court many good players: Wilander (1991), Rusedski and Safin (2001), M.Norman (2002), and also won that epic match with Clement on Suzanne Lenglen court (2004).

During his 20 years journey didn't play in Paris only in 1996 when he had really bad year, the worst in the 90's.

:wavey:

Bad Religion
05-27-2009, 03:18 PM
Glad Santoro lost , one of biggest clowns in ever pick up a tennis racquet

Venle
05-27-2009, 03:20 PM
Having no lights is indeed mindless.

Shame that Fabrice lost, his matches are always entertaining. :sad:

Voo de Mar
05-27-2009, 04:35 PM
Lost also 4-6 4-6 in doubles to Vemic/Zverev playing with Llodra :(

Along with Llodra reached final here in 2004, and with the only non-Frenchman as a partner - Zimonjic, semifinal in 2007.
His other partners in Paris: Pioline, Raoux, Champion, Simian, Solves, Forget, Delaitre (2x), Boutter (2x) and Gicquel.

Raquel
05-27-2009, 10:34 PM
Lost also 4-6 4-6 in doubles to Vemic/Zverev playing with Llodra :(

Along with Llodra reached final here in 2004, and with the only non-Frenchman as a partner - Zimonjic, semifinal in 2007.
His other partners in Paris: Pioline, Raoux, Champion, Simian, Solves, Forget, Delaitre (2x), Boutter (2x) and Gicquel.
A shame he lost in doubles 1R also :(

I am glad though he managed a French Open title during his years playing in Paris, the mixed doubles in 2005 with Hantuchova. He would maybe have rather won the 2004 mens final with Llodra, but at least he has a title here :)

philosophicalarf
05-27-2009, 11:55 PM
Hope Fabrice can turn this around. That was a very convenient time for them to stop though as 5-3 would not be a change of ends ;) How did Rochus take the referee's decision?

He called them, and I quote, "assholes".

Guess who's not getting a wildcard next year then? :-)

HighDesertTennis
05-28-2009, 01:08 AM
I've seen Fabrice play a couple times at L-M Classic in DC. He's a gentleman!! He'll be missed, his magic REALLY made the game fun to watch when he took the court! dk

docking34
05-28-2009, 02:11 AM
i wonder if he'll still play newport during july. should be interesting, i remember last yr he took out vincent rapper spadea (cousin vinny)