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Seb in St. Petersburg

10-23-2002, 09:33 PM
Sebastian Grosjean def. S. Sargsian 6-4, 6-4

:bounce: on to the next round... get some revenge on Andre this week. ;)

10-24-2002, 07:10 AM
good luck seb against Zabaleta Mariano tonite!

10-24-2002, 07:30 AM
i saw on tv highlights from Seb's match and also a little interview.Seb said he likes to play there!He was frozen...there is lots of snow in St Petersburg now! :eek:
btw Good Luck for ur next match! :kiss:

10-24-2002, 05:23 PM
Seb beat Zabaleta 6-3 6-1! :D
He was asked why he was playing St Petersburg and not Basel and he said "I have never been here so i wanted to visit a new town" :)

10-25-2002, 12:59 AM
great win for Seb. with Yevgeny, Marat, and Agassi all out today, i think Grosjean has a great chance to go ALL THE WAY in St. Petersburg. :)

and glad to hear he likes to visit new places and try new things :)

keep going Seb :bounce:

10-25-2002, 10:20 AM

10-25-2002, 09:34 PM
Seb beat also Zabaleta!he has a great chance to make final and win this! :)

10-25-2002, 09:54 PM
yeah, Seb is playing like a man on a mission. in the semis for a 2nd straight week, and now has a good chance to reach his first final of 2002...


10-26-2002, 12:27 AM
aww goooooo sebbbbb!! he's having a great end of year again :D
vale- was he speaking in english or french?
he wanted to visit a new town? hehe he's such an individual :P

10-26-2002, 09:37 AM
he was speaking french :p but i got translation in italian! ;)
about his match against Zabaleta he said he didnt serve well in first set,and he didnt find his rythm on the second and third set he played his best tennis and Zabaleta couldnt do anything (he said this!).
Good Luck for today against Kucera! :D

10-26-2002, 09:53 AM

10-26-2002, 12:54 PM
Grosjean just made his first final of the year! he beat Karol Kucera 6-3, 6-2! :bounce:

10-26-2002, 01:07 PM
wowwwww :D :D :D well done Seb!!!!!!

10-27-2002, 01:00 AM
ohh i'm so happy for him!!! winning 6-3 6-2 to get into the final- how good is that?!! c'mon seb u can beat Youzhny!! :bounce:

10-27-2002, 01:24 PM
Seb won is first title of 2002!!!!!! :D :D :D
He beat Youzny 7-5 6-4!!!!!! :bounce:

CONGRATS SEBASTIEN!!!!!!! :kiss: :cool:

10-27-2002, 02:57 PM
awesome win, Seb! congrats on your first title win of 2002! :bounce: :bounce:

10-27-2002, 02:59 PM
any pics? :confused:

10-27-2002, 03:06 PM

Grosjean took down Russian Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-4 in a heated battle to win the first title of the season for the young Frenchman from Marseille.

Next week, Grosjean defends his Paris Masters title next week as the men's tour bandwagon reaches the last stop before Shanghai.

The draw at the $2,328,000 event has a grand slam look, and with six spots in the prestigious Masters Cup still up for grabs, the stakes could not be higher.

This year's event in Bercy will be full of the kind of intrigue the ATP aimed to produce when it launched the Champions Race in an attempt to make men's tennis more interesting.

Gone are the days when players wound down their seasons at low key indoor events in some of Europe's favorite cafe destinations.

The mechanics of the race mean that at least 10 players arrive in Paris with a shot at qualifying for the Shanghai showdown, while the battle for the top spot is a duel between Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, who are seeded to meet in next Sunday's final.

An early exit for either in the Palais Omnisports in Bercy could prove decisive, although the likelihood is that only in Shanghai will Hewitt know if he has ended top of the pile for the second year running.

While Agassi and Hewitt booked their places in China weeks ago, the remaining places will be decided next week.

Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero and Russia's Marat Safin are both virtually assured of their spots.

The bludgeoning groundstrokes of Safin, Paris champion in 2000, appear ideally suited to the Bercy surface and the third seed will be a strong contender for the title.


Both Ferrero and Safin have tricky draws, however.

The Spaniard could meet one of the game's emerging talents in the second round, Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan, while Safin faces a potential second-round clash with surprise Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian of Argentina.

Britain's Tim Henman will need a strong showing in Paris to cement his place and will not relish facing fit-again Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten in the second round, should the 2000 race winner come through his opener against a qualifier.

Henman, who said at the start of the year that qualifying for the Masters Cup was his target, has been inside the top seven virtually all season but has come under pressure recently from the likes of Carlos Moya, Roger Federer and Jiri Novak.

Now would be an ideal time for Henman to break his Masters Series duck, although he has rarely shone in Paris and suffered first round defeats in the past two years.

Germany's Tommy Haas and Andy Roddick are also in contention for a place in the Masters Cup, although the young American will have bad memories of his last visit to Paris in September when he lost both rubbers in the Davis Cup semi-final against France.

Friday's quarter-final defeat in Basel by Federer has left the 20-year-old probably needing to reach the final in Bercy.


While no French players are in contention for the Masters Cup, home interest will be high, particularly with the Davis Cup final against Russia being held at the same venue next month. Defending champion Grosjean, fresh from winning the St. Petersburg Open, is seeded seven and was saved from the prospect of a second-round meeting with in-form Paul-Henri Mathieu when his compatriot withdrew from the tournament on Sunday with a stomach muscle injury.

Shotmaker Fabrice Santoro will also be a French threat, particularly after his return to form in Madrid where he reached the semis.

A final sub-plot will be the tussle between Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson and French Open winner Albert Costa.

With the eighth Masters Cup place going to the highest ranked winner of a grand slam tournament not already in the top seven, Costa is in the driving seat. But the Spaniard's dislike of fast, indoor surfaces does not bode well for a long stay in Paris.

Johansson, on the other hand, has been troubled by injury and, perhaps more significantly, is in Agassi's quarter of the draw.

10-27-2002, 03:59 PM
CONGRATS SEBASTIEN!!! :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

And thanks for the article Leo. :)

10-27-2002, 04:03 PM

10-27-2002, 10:14 PM
thanks for the pic, LF. good to see Seb lifting up another trophy :)

10-28-2002, 02:35 AM
CONGRATS SEB!!!!!!!!!:wavey::bounce:

10-28-2002, 06:06 AM
He didnt look that happy in most of the photos during the some of them he was but yeah...wonder why. oh well i'm so happy he won!! i checked the scores this morning at 7:30am and was smiling all day! hehe

10-28-2002, 06:09 AM
during ceremony

10-28-2002, 06:14 AM

"I'm really happy to win my first title of the year, especially the way I played this week. It was not easy today as Mikhail is a good player who wanted to win in front of his crowd.

"After I won the first set, he had a chance to break me at the beginning of the second but he did not take it. Maybe he was a little bit nervous as he badly wanted to win. I just played the same way from the beginning to the end. I played a solid match like all week here."

"I now go to Paris for the (BNP Paribas) Masters with a lot of confidence. It's very important to go into such a big event with a few wins under your belt. I had a good week in Madrid and I won my first title here. In Paris I will play on Wednesday, so I have a couple of days to rest."

"I came here alone so I don't know how to celebrate. Maybe another room service. My wife and kids are in France to see the family, they went to EuroDisney to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Maybe they'll come to St. Petersburg next year."

AWW how sad is that?? he's like...'my whole family's together but i'm not with them' type thing :sad:

a happy pic:

10-28-2002, 10:39 AM
poor guy misses his family :sad:

10-28-2002, 05:40 PM
awww poor Seb :sad: but congrats for the win! and he's with his family in France now that's for sure :)

10-28-2002, 05:47 PM
Thanks folks for all the news and pix.

Another one from Sunday:

Good win for Seb, not that the draw was too difficult but nice that he will have won a tournament this year, like the previous years, and first of all, that's great news for his ranking! :)

10-29-2002, 04:31 AM
4th in the world~!!!!!
:D good luck for bercy seb