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The statistical tribute to Andrei Pavel (1990-2009)

Voo de Mar
01-27-2009, 02:13 PM
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 (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-20/200901201232417132140.html) 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.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=113670&d=1172278641

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)

The other tributes:

Jonas Bjorkman (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=130286&highlight=bjorkman)
Gustavo Kuerten (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=124201&highlight=kuerten)
Felix Mantilla (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=120967&highlight=Statistical)
Davide Sanguinetti (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=119396&highlight=tribute)
Joachim Johansson (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=116965&highlight=johansson)
Kenneth Carlsen (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=111739&highlight=carlsen)
Tim Henman (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=108551&highlight=tribute)
Wayne Arthurs (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=104420&highlight=tribute)
Sjeng Schalken (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=100578&highlight=tribute)
Greg Rusedski (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=99403&highlight=tribute)

Andrei :wavey:

Voo de Mar
01-27-2009, 02:16 PM
The most interesting matches in Pavels career in my subjective view:

:o 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

:o 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.

:o 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.

:o 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 :D 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).

:o 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. (http://www.iht.com/articles/2002/06/07/t18_10.php?page=1)

:) 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).

:o 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.

:) :o 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...

Henry Kaspar
01-27-2009, 02:19 PM
Nice. Are you able to do this for any player? :confused::worship:

Voo de Mar
01-27-2009, 02:31 PM
Nice. Are you able to do this for any player? :confused::worship:

Of course, for all active players with valuable achievements.

Caio_Brasil
01-27-2009, 02:42 PM
Thanks a lot Voo, nice job as always.

Great story in the match against Corretja, didn't know that. Thanks for posting the report :yeah:

Voo de Mar
01-27-2009, 02:52 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=191080&d=1233071649

It's an error :o Pavel won that tournament along with Rogier Wassen.

Hanescu that week was playing in Sydney not Auckland.

GlennMirnyi
01-27-2009, 03:05 PM
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.

Bernard Black
01-27-2009, 03:34 PM
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.

Sjengster
01-27-2009, 04:02 PM
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).

crude oil
01-27-2009, 04:05 PM
:worship:

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

great tribute voo!

Stensland
01-27-2009, 04:07 PM
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.

crude oil
01-27-2009, 04:11 PM
he possessed one of the few single handers that could consistently challenge the agassi bh.

cobalt60
01-27-2009, 04:17 PM
Voo you are a star and a gem;)
Great great write up to one of the nicest players. :yeah: This is so good I have made a copy and given it to my Romanian
co-worker. :worship:

Action Jackson
01-27-2009, 04:20 PM
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.

Chris Seahorse
01-27-2009, 05:40 PM
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.

EnriqueIG8
01-27-2009, 06:11 PM
Thanks Voo. Great tribute and of course kudos to you for doing an amazing job as always.

JBdV
01-27-2009, 07:20 PM
Great tribute for a great player :yeah: Loved watching Pavel play and his BH in full flow was awesome. Good luck to him in whatever he decides to do from here.

acionescu
01-27-2009, 09:20 PM
Nice tribute for a great player and a very nice guy :yeah: I still remember that Corretja match and thinking then how foolish he was. Now I'm wiser and know better and he did the right thing.
Great matches also against Kafelnikov at AO and Agassi at USO :worship:
He'll be a great captain for our DC team, with what players remains to be seen :'unsure:

dijus
01-27-2009, 11:01 PM
Amazing tribute to a great player.

second that :worship:

Kolya
01-27-2009, 11:35 PM
Fantastic job again Voo :yeah:

Pavel was a good player I've watched for many years, a true fighter.

Ferrero Forever
01-28-2009, 04:00 AM
I didn't really know much about him until this Australian Open, but he's a great guy with a good sense of humour, and for me it was a privledge to watch his final doubles matches:) He'll be missed.

TMJordan
01-28-2009, 04:29 AM
:worshop:

Arkulari
01-28-2009, 04:54 AM
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Voo de Mar again.

:worship: :worship:

~*BGT*~
01-28-2009, 05:02 AM
I remember that Roddick DC match. Amazing comeback from Andrei :)

Peta Pan
01-28-2009, 05:15 AM
I cried after I spoke to him after the match against Murray.
I cried as he walked off court after the doubles loss and now I've become teary for the 3rd time in just over a week :o :lol:

Thank you Voo for providing this lovely tribute to the player that will forever be the most special to me. Still have trouble coming to terms with the fact I won't see him play again :sad:

Over the last few years Andrei has been the most amazing person to me. So obviously appreciative of my support and chatting or joking with me whenever he saw me.

He will make a fantastic Davis Cup captain and I wish him all the very best with that adventure and hope to see him out here in future years with some young Romanian players.

Seneca
01-28-2009, 06:14 AM
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.
That's an interesting match to point as a highlight from Pavel's career but sure, it was a joy to watch. Two wily old veterans at the twilight of their respective careers slugging it out for a last hurrah. Felt gutted for Suzuki but it's never bad to see Pavel win.

Actually, come to think of it, the whole tie was insanely entertaining, dramatic, and of surprisingly high quality.

Thinking of Pavel brings back those highlight backhand winners but also some goofy antics, which remind me of Stepanek or Ivanisevic a bit. In some GS match five years ago he nalbandianed himself against the courtside cooler/fridge while chasing a drop shot and hid himself in it afterwards. After a few seconds, Pavel emerged from the cooler, kept the lid open, and asked "Ice cream?" from the midcourt camera while gesturing towards the cooler. The crowd got a good laugh out of that.

CooCooCachoo
01-28-2009, 08:02 AM
Thanks for that. Andrei definitely deserves it; a great player who will be missed a lot. Loved his attitude, his passion for the game and his game in both singles and doubles.


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


Montbaum would be Montauban ;)

CooCooCachoo
01-28-2009, 08:07 AM
:o 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. (http://www.iht.com/articles/2002/06/07/t18_10.php?page=1)

I remember this, and I think it sums Andrei's attitude to the sport up perfectly. The man is a dedicated athlete, who is nevertheless not obstinate about tennis; it is a game, and he will not lose track of the more important things in life. There is no way he would have missed his wife giving birth.

Voo de Mar
01-28-2009, 08:09 AM
Montbaum would be Montauban ;)

Thanks, corrected, at this amount of information is extremely tough to avoid misprints :)

ClaudiuS
01-28-2009, 02:04 PM
Great tribute to Pavel, Voo :yeah:

I still remember a match from Pavel specially, beside the one against Agassi in the USO. I remember one where he was playing against Rios in Monte Carlo in 1999. The scoreline was 0-6 6-4 7-6(6) for Rios, a total nailbiter, with awesome points in that final set TB, it was tennis of the highest order.

ChinoRios4Ever
01-28-2009, 05:21 PM
Great tribute to Pavel, Voo :yeah:

I still remember a match from Pavel specially, beside the one against Agassi in the USO. I remember one where he was playing against Rios in Monte Carlo in 1999. The scoreline was 0-6 6-4 7-6(6) for Rios, a total nailbiter, with awesome points in that final set TB, it was tennis of the highest order.

Me too, Pavel played incredible tennis in the 1st 2 sets, he was 6-0 and 4-1* up or something like that and Marcelo cameback, also Pavel had a break up in the 3rd and Marcelo cameback again, was a fantastic match. :D

Voo de Mar
01-28-2009, 06:01 PM
Pavel lost twice dramatic matches to Rios. I saw that match in Monte Carlo too, Pavel saved double match point in the tie-break, and at 6:6 served first double fault in the match! :o

One year later in Barcelona where Rios beat Pavel 6-3 4-6 7-6, the Romanian had two match points at 6:5*. I didn't see that match though.

ChinoRios4Ever
01-28-2009, 10:35 PM
Pavel lost twice dramatic matches to Rios. I saw that match in Monte Carlo too, Pavel saved double match point in the tie-break, and at 6:6 served first double fault in the match! :o

One year later in Barcelona where Rios beat Pavel 6-3 4-6 7-6, the Romanian had two match points at 6:5*. I didn't see that match though.

Rios owned Pavel, but they had many close matches. The only time that Andrei beat Marcelo was in Auckland 99 when El Chino was really injuried and still managed to win the 1st set and he retired in the 2nd. :sad:

After Pavel won Montreal in 2001 he lost to Rios in USO 2nd round, that was a surprise to me cause Marcelo was coming back from a long injury and Andrei was on fire and playing his best tennis.

Thanos
01-28-2009, 10:48 PM
i wasn't aware that pavel retired? end of era

Henry Chinaski
01-28-2009, 11:00 PM
He won't play Bucharest?

Anyway, very exciting player to watch with that erotic backhand. He'll be missed.

jitterbug
01-28-2009, 11:02 PM
I didn't really know much about him until this Australian Open, but he's a great guy with a good sense of humour, and for me it was a privledge to watch his final doubles matches:) He'll be missed.

Seconded :yeah:

Such a great person, I'm glad I managed to watch his final professional matches. I'm sure he'll do an excellent job as the Romanian DC captain :)

Thanos
01-28-2009, 11:03 PM
He won't play Bucharest?

Anyway, very exciting player to watch with that erotic backhand. He'll be missed.

i was actually thinking of davis cup but yeah it would make sense to finish his career in his home town.

Peta Pan
01-29-2009, 12:09 AM
i was actually thinking of davis cup but yeah it would make sense to finish his career in his home town.

He was told last year by doctors to retire because of his back. He was supposed to be finishing this year with 8 tournaments with his protected ranking, playing for fun while being DC captain at the same time... but he hurt his back pretty bad again during that match with Murray and has said that it will be his last tournament afterall.

I was pleasantly suprised he managed to continue with doubles here and he and Horia did very well to make the 3rd round... on the day before that 3rd round loss he was also having a lot of work done on his serving shoulder during practice - that shoulder problem was big contributor to the loss I believe as he had been serving pretty well in previous matches and was noticably worse in that match.

Voo de Mar
06-30-2009, 05:22 PM
Pavel after his "retirement", at this year's Wimbledon played for the first time in career two more than 4-hour matches :lol:

Action Jackson
09-23-2009, 10:56 AM
Pavel played his last match at Bucharest losing to Cuevas 6-3 7-6.

He can continue on with the DC captain job, spending more time with the family.

Great win in Montreal over Rafter, fun to watch with an excellent single hand backhand.

Voo de Mar
09-23-2009, 10:58 AM
Tough first round draw :( albeit decent scoreline.

Voo de Mar
09-24-2009, 04:32 PM
Pavel lost today in doubles probably definitely last match in his long career ;) His last matches in singles and doubles were against Pablo Cuevas.

"I have no regrets and am very proud of my career,” said 35-year-old Pavel, after losing to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay on Wednesday. “I was surprised at my performance, having been Davis Cup captain indoors in Sweden last week. I didn’t practise as much as I would have liked beforehand, but I enjoyed it. It will be nice not to chase rankings points anymore.”

"I had two beautiful moments in my career,” he said. “I enjoyed Davis Cup and also clinching the Masters [1000] title at Montreal in 2001, beating the top guys there [d. Rafter in final]. When I played Davis Cup in France, I carried the flag and received a five-minute standing ovation.”

“I have moved my family [wife Simone, daughter Caroline Elena and son Marius] over to the United States and I will try to open a tennis academy with a very good friend of mine,” he said. “At the same time I will also help to develop Romanian tennis, which is not an easy job, but there is a lot of talent and hopefully we can manage it and give them experience at an earlier age.”

Pavel was ok but his last two years on the tour were painful to watch, hasn't won a singles match since Bucharest 2007 :o At least this year had two good tournaments in doubles (Kitzbuhel & Wimbledon), this + 1st rounds in singles Grand Slam tournaments (thanks to protected ranking), gave him another 200.000 dollars :D

:wavey:

dijus
09-24-2009, 04:38 PM
Pavel will be missed for sure :sad:

Julio
09-24-2009, 04:39 PM
Gl Pavel !!!

.-Federers_Mate-.
09-16-2010, 09:25 AM
The most interesting matches in Pavels career in my subjective view:

:o 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

:o 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.

:o 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.

:o 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 :D 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).

:o 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. (http://www.iht.com/articles/2002/06/07/t18_10.php?page=1)

:) 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).

:o 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.

:) :o 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...


good job. You missed his match vs nico lappentti @ wimby 02. I was there!, epic match

Voo de Mar
09-16-2010, 09:32 AM
good job. You missed his match vs nico lappentti @ wimby 02. I was there!, epic match

Saved for Lapentti's thread ;) I write "in my subjective view", because I know that others would have chosen different matches or erased some of those which I've included. But I ensure you that I look at all scorelines of someone's career (at least all singles matches from all levels) before I create these threads.

.-Federers_Mate-.
09-16-2010, 09:50 AM
Saved for Lapentti's thread ;) I write "in my subjective view", because I know that others would have chosen different matches or erased some of those which I've included. But I ensure you that I look at all scorelines of someone's career (at least all singles matches from all levels) before I create these threads.

i look forward to reading that

ciprianned
12-25-2010, 01:51 PM
Very nice thread !

:worship::worship::worship:

Miami (semifinalist 2004; quarterfinalist 2002)

quarterfinalist - not semifinalist :)

Voo de Mar
12-25-2010, 04:44 PM
Very nice thread !

:worship::worship::worship:

Miami (semifinalist 2004; quarterfinalist 2002)

quarterfinalist - not semifinalist :)

Thx :yeah: Fixed.

Hurley
12-25-2010, 05:05 PM
Did anyone else see on the Tennis Channel ticker that he is going to start coaching Jelena Jankovic? :eek:

Or was I hallucinating? (I've been on pseudoephedrine this week.)

Also that ticker is wrong A LOT.

Deathless Mortal
12-25-2010, 06:04 PM
How long was that match against Suzuki?

Voo de Mar
12-25-2010, 06:47 PM
How long was that match against Suzuki?

I don't know but less than 4 hours for sure.

Action Jackson
12-25-2010, 08:42 PM
Did anyone else see on the Tennis Channel ticker that he is going to start coaching Jelena Jankovic? :eek:

Or was I hallucinating? (I've been on pseudoephedrine this week.)

Also that ticker is wrong A LOT.

No, it's true.