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Come & cheer for Fab on the Tour

02-24-2007, 03:25 PM
As Lau suggested it some time ago, I have decided to create a specific thread where we will be able to post everything related to Fab when he's playing on the tour. That should limit the number of threads on this forum. It won't be very easy for someone who would want to read back what happened to Fab in previous tournaments, but I doubt those ones are numerous anyway. :)

Just in case you would be opposed to this sort of thread, just say so, and I will come back to the former system, ok?

Anyway, let's start with the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open, starting on Feb 26th.

Main draw singles available here:

Fab plays Robredo in the 1st round.

Doubles main draw available here:

Fab plays with Nenad. 1st opponents: Bjorkman/Haas

02-25-2007, 03:37 PM
Monday OOP:

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[WC]O Bahrouzyan (UAE) vs D Hrbaty (SVK)
[6]T Berdych (CZE) vs [WC]M Al Ghareeb (KUW)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1]R Federer (SUI) vs K Pless (DEN)
F Santoro (FRA) vs [4]T Robredo (ESP)

Haile Selassie
02-26-2007, 01:19 AM
Allez Fab!

Tought opener but you can beat him :p

02-26-2007, 04:41 PM
He started formidably well leading 4-0 and then got broken back 1st there and then at 5-3 when serving for the set and then at 5-5... :awww:

02-26-2007, 04:59 PM
Then Fabrice broke Robredo when he was serving for the 1st set to force a tie-break and during the tie-break, helped both by his oppenents' DFs (2, including one on Fab's first SP at 7-6 in the TB :tape: ) and great points, won the first set 7-6(6).

Very good effort! :worship:

But i doubt Robredo will play like that all match hehe...

Haile Selassie
02-26-2007, 05:19 PM
Robredo always will run and fight, c mon Fab win in two!

02-26-2007, 05:34 PM

Fabulous Fab won in two 7-6(6), 6-4. :worship:

The Magician :hatoff:

Fabrice Fan
02-26-2007, 05:35 PM
Fab won! Great job!!! :)

02-26-2007, 05:35 PM
Nice news!! Great win Fab. Thanks for the comments Delsa :)

02-26-2007, 08:50 PM
:woohoo: Great news!! :D
BTW, thanks delsa for the comments :yeah:

The next one, please :p

02-27-2007, 03:47 PM
Busy day for Fab tomorrow....Wednesday OOP:

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
G Simon (FRA) vs F Santoro (FRA)
F Serra (FRA) vs [WC]R Stepanek (CZE) or [5]T Haas (GER)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1]R Federer (SUI) vs D Bracciali (ITA)
I Andreev (RUS) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) or [2]R Nadal (ESP)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
R Soderling (SWE) vs D Hrbaty (SVK)
[6]T Berdych (CZE) vs M Youzhny (RUS)
[3]N Davydenko (RUS) vs O Rochus (BEL)
T Berdych (CZE) / P Pala (CZE) vs [4]Damm/Paes

COURT 3 start 4:00 pm
[Q]R Schuettler (GER) vs [7]N Djokovic (SRB)
[3]Santoro/Zimonjic vs Bjorkman/Haas - To be arranged
Bhupathi/Stepanek vs Hrbaty/Nieminen - To be arranged
[1]Knowles/Nestor vs Baghdatis/Simon (FRA) - To be arranged

02-28-2007, 09:00 AM
Gilles-Fabrice live on Eurosport 2 now. :yeah:

02-28-2007, 10:37 AM
Oh boy, poor match. Gilles wasn't into the match at all, he showed again today what a headcase he is. Fabrice even served for a bagel in the 2nd set.
He played OK, but really didn't need to do much.

02-28-2007, 03:52 PM
Fab & Nenad won against Haas/Bjorkmann 6-2 7-5.

02-28-2007, 04:27 PM
:dance: 2 victories in 4 sets in 1 day doesn´t look bad at all :yeah:

And just to keep it going....the next one, please :p ;)

02-28-2007, 04:30 PM
2nd QF of the year in singles, isn't it?

Well done Fab. Keep going! ;)

02-28-2007, 05:52 PM
Another busy day for Fab tomorrow.....Thursday OOP:

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
R Soderling (SWE) vs F Santoro (FRA)
O Rochus (BEL) vs [5]T Haas (GER)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1]R Federer (SUI) vs [7]N Djokovic (SRB)
M Youzhny (RUS) vs I Andreev (RUS) or [2]R Nadal (ESP)

COURT 3 start 4:00 pm
Bhupath/Stepanek vs Berdych/Pala
Rochus/Vliegen vs [2]Hanley/Ullyett

To be arranged
[3]Santoro/Zimonjic vs Allegro/Federer

Fabrice Fan
02-28-2007, 09:40 PM
:woohoo: Fab!!!!!!

03-01-2007, 11:19 AM
Soderling has been too strong for Fab. He lost 1-6 7-6 0-6.

03-01-2007, 03:01 PM
That´s bad :awww:
Good luck in the doubles match, Fab! :bounce:

03-02-2007, 08:40 AM
They won the doubles yesterday so here's today's oop:

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm

R Soderling (SWE) vs M Youzhny (RUS)

Bhupathi/Stepanek vs [2]Hanley/Ullyett

Not Before 7:00 PM

[1]R Federer (SUI) vs [5]T Haas (GER)

[1]Knowles/Nestor vs [3]Santoro/Zimonjic

03-02-2007, 06:54 PM
Fab & Nenad are in the final :banana: They defeated Knowles/Nestor 6-3 2-6 10-8 (match TB). They will play Bhupathi/Stepanek at 5PM tomorrow. Allez!! :bounce:

03-03-2007, 01:54 PM
:woohoo: They won the final!! :banana: They defeated Bhupathi/Stepanek 7-5 6-7 10-7 (match TB). Good job Fab & Nenad :yeah:

03-03-2007, 03:15 PM
Congrats :yeah:

If I remember well, it was their first title together since Halle last year.

03-03-2007, 04:03 PM
Félicitations! :worship: Good for their ranking! :yippee:

Fabrice Fan
03-03-2007, 05:21 PM
Excellent job Fab and Nenad!!!!! :D

03-03-2007, 10:11 PM
:woohoo: Congrats Fabrice and Nenad! :yeah:

03-03-2007, 11:09 PM
Well done Fab & Nenad :yeah: :woohoo:

03-20-2007, 07:49 AM
Fab didn't play at IW but he's in Miami. He's gonna play Christophe Rochus in the 1st round. Here's the complete draw:

BYE/(29)ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP
(19)FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP/BYE
BYE/(15)GASQUET, Richard FRA
(9)HAAS, Tommy GER/BYE

(23)CHELA, Juan Ignacio/BYE
MONTANES, Albert v CLEMENT, Arnaud
BYE/(14)BERDYCH, Tomas
GINEPRI, Robby v SPADEA, Vincent
BYE/(20)NIEMINEN, Jarkko
(27)MOYA, Carlos/BYE
ROCHUS, Christophe v SANTORO, Fabrice
MAHUT, Nicolas/VOLANDRI, Filippo

VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL v MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
BYE/(26)MELZER, Jurgen AUT
(18)HEWITT, Lleyton AUS/BYE
(32)SIMON, Gilles FRA/BYE

(8)BLAKE, James/BYE
BYE/(25)SAFIN, Marat
(22)HRBATY, Dominik/BYE
KOUBEK, Stefan v LLODRA, Michael
(16)YOUZHNY, Mikhail/BYE
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin v BJORKMAN, Jonas
(30)ROCHUS, Olivier/BYE
BYE/(2)NADAL, Rafael

Fabrice Fan
03-21-2007, 05:13 PM
Good luck in this tournament Fab! :)

03-22-2007, 07:10 AM
Thursday OOP:

Court 2: 10:00 AM Start
1. Men's Singles: 1st Round
Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) vs. Florian Mayer (GER)

2. Women's Singles: 1st Round
Emilie Loit (FRA) vs. Sybille Bammer (AUT)

3. Men's Singles: 1st Round
Christophe Rochus (BEL) vs. Fabrice Santoro (FRA)

4. Women's Singles: 1st Round
Gisela Dulko (ARG) vs. Iveta Benesova (CZE) Q

5. Men's Singles: 1st Round
Albert Montanes (ESP) vs. Arnaud Clement (FRA)

03-23-2007, 12:15 PM
Awww, I like both :D But, goooo Fab!! :bounce: of course :p
I think I like too many players :lol: I remember I once counted the amount of players in the singles draw that I liked for one reason or another and it was close to 40-50% :lol: :lol:

03-23-2007, 12:39 PM
I think I like too many players :lol: I remember I once counted the amount of players in the singles draw that I liked for one reason or another and it was close to 40-50% :lol: :lol:

I sometime feel the same. In those case i often end up staying neutral... :lol:

Best of luck in Miami Fab! ;)

03-23-2007, 04:50 PM
Fab won 5-7 7-5 6-2.

Fabrice Fan
03-23-2007, 05:17 PM
:woohoo: Fab!!!!

03-23-2007, 09:07 PM
:yippee: Nice fight.

03-24-2007, 06:26 AM
Saturday OOP:

Grandstand: 11:00 AM Start

1. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [15]

2. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
David Nalbandian (ARG) [11] vs. Vincent Spadea (USA)

3. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) [19] vs. Guillermo Canas (ARG) Q

4. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Carlos Moya (ESP) [27] vs. Fabrice Santoro (FRA)

5. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Amer Delic (USA) Q vs. Jose Acasuso (ARG) [31]

Not Before 5:00 PM
6. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Kevin Kim (USA) Q vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP) [6]

03-25-2007, 09:08 AM
Fab & Carlos are re-scheduled today:

Stadium: 11:00 AM Start

1. Women's Singles: 3rd Round
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Martina Hingis (SUI) [5]

Not Before 1:00 PM
2. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Carlos Moya (ESP) [27] vs. Fabrice Santoro (FRA)

3. Men's Singles: 3rd Round
Gilles Simon (FRA) [32] vs. Andy Roddick (USA) [3]

4. Women's Singles: 3rd Round
Maria Sharapova (RUS) [1] vs. Venus Williams (USA)

03-25-2007, 07:32 PM
Fab defeated Moya 7-6 6-2. Great win. Next, he'll play Ljubicic.

03-25-2007, 11:12 PM
Fab defeated Moya 7-6 6-2. Great win. Next, he'll play Ljubicic.

And Nenad & him beat Fyrstenberg & Matkowski 6-2, 6-4! :banana:

Good day. :)

Haile Selassie
03-26-2007, 01:16 AM
Allez Fab!

Nice win in two-singles and dobles- :cool:

03-26-2007, 04:42 AM
Monday OOP:

Grandstand: 11:00 AM Start

1. Men's Singles: 3rd Round
Alejandro Falla (COL) LL vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE) [24]

2. Men's Singles: 3rd Round
Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP) [6]

3. Men's Singles: 3rd Round
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) [23] vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE) [14]

4. Men's Singles: 3rd Round
Guillermo Canas (ARG) Q vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [15]

Not Before 5:00 PM
5. Men's Singles: 3rd Round
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) [7]

03-26-2007, 10:43 PM
Fabrice just won the 1st set 6-3! :woohoo:

03-26-2007, 11:27 PM
Fabrice just won the 1st set 6-3! :woohoo:

And lost the 2nd on the same score... :awww:

03-26-2007, 11:33 PM
And got broken right away on a DF in the 3rd. :sad:

03-27-2007, 12:18 AM
It was a very good fight from him (he saved 10 BPs out of 14), rebroke in that last set 2 times if i'm not mistaken etc... But he eventually lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

There's still the doubles now. ;)

Fabrice Fan
03-27-2007, 05:47 PM
Good luck to Fab in doubles!!!! :)

03-28-2007, 03:47 PM
Today's OOP:

Court 1: 2:30 PM Start

1. Men's Doubles: Quarterfinals
Fabrice Santoro (FRA)
Nenad Zimonjic (SCG) [5] vs. Paul Hanley (AUS)
Kevin Ullyett (ZIM) [4]

Not Before 4:30 PM
2. Women's Doubles: Quarterfinals
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Martina Hingis (SUI) WC vs. Mara Santangelo (ITA)
Bryanne Stewart (AUS)

03-29-2007, 06:36 AM
Fab & Nenad have won 4-6 6-3 (12-10), reaching the semis.

03-29-2007, 08:38 AM
Today's OOP:

COURT 1 Matches Start At: 12:00 PM

Martin DAMM (CZE)/Leander PAES (IND) vs Arnaud CLEMENT (FRA)/Michael LLODRA (FRA)
Not Before 2:00 PM
Zi YAN (CHN)/Jie ZHENG (CHN) vs Yung-Jan CHAN (TPE)/Chia-Jung CHUANG (TPE)
Not Before 4:00 PM
Possible Court Change

03-31-2007, 07:31 AM
They lost to the Bryans 5-7 2-6.

04-15-2007, 06:09 PM
Very strange decision for the WC in MC, I thought he didn’t get it because he didn’t want to play in singles for some reason, but not at all according to L’Équipe! Fab says they even interviewed him for the official tournament booklet and ask him in this interview how it feels to play his 17th tournament in MC, so he really thought he would get the WC, but they gave it to Serra and Tojo instead of him. :confused: The tournament director refused to comment their choice.
He'll only play in doubles.

Here’s the article in L’Équipe:
À trente-quatre ans, Fabrice Santoro s’apprêtait à établir un nouveau record de participations en simple au tournoi de Monte-Carlo (17 !), mais son classement au moment des inscriptions (57e) était à peine insuffisant (Mirnyi, dernier entrant, 55e…) pour intégrer directement le tableau du tournoi…« Je m’attendais à recevoir une wild-card puisque, il y a un mois et demi, un journaliste m’avait interviewé pendant une demi-heure pour le compte du programme officiel du tournoi, me demandant ce que ça me faisait, dix-sept Monte-Carlo… » Finalement, l’interview est bien dans le programme officiel, mais Santoro, pas invité en simple (le directeur du tournoi, Zeljko Franulovic, n’a pas souhaité commenter les choix du comité au sujet des wild-cards attribuées à Balleret, Mathieu, Serra et T. Johansson), ne disputera que le double en Principauté.

04-15-2007, 08:10 PM
Scandalous! :fiery:

04-15-2007, 08:49 PM

04-15-2007, 09:22 PM
Very stupid. And I imagine he was too late for qualification ?

04-15-2007, 10:21 PM
Yes, he hadn't entered the qualies. Serra had and would have played anyway even without the WC.

I'm so pissed by their decision, I e-mailed them about it, I needed to vent.
Possibly his last MC. And he missed the direct entry for 2 spots only. What a bunch of idiots.

04-15-2007, 11:20 PM
Stupid decision :rolleyes:

04-16-2007, 04:43 AM
Idiots!! That's all I will say. :(

04-17-2007, 03:42 AM
This decision really makes zero sense too me as Serra would have played qualies and I am pretty sure Santoro is more of a fan favorite than Serra, but I am not that sure about what happened with the DC and could that be part of the reason for WC for Fab?

:mad: :( :fiery: :sad:

04-18-2007, 06:27 PM
Pavel/Nieminen have defeated Fab & Nenad 3-6 6-0 10-8.

05-10-2007, 06:35 AM
Fab's in Rome. He plays doubles with Nenad.

Today's OOP:

Campo 6
starting at 15PM: (6) Santoro (FRA)/Zimonjic (SRB) c. Aspelin (SWE)/Fisher (AUS)
followed by
Blake (USA)/Fish (USA) c. (3) Damm (CZE)/ Paes (IND)

05-10-2007, 03:26 PM
And they've won 4-6 6-2 10-7 :cool:

05-12-2007, 05:36 AM
Fab & Nenad have defeated Ljubicic/Thomas to reach the semi (6-4 6-2).

They play Damm/Paes today.


Centre Court

start at 2 pm: Volandri (ITA) vs (6) Gonzalez (CHI)
followed by
(4) Davydenko (RUS) vs (2) Nadal (ESP)
followed by
(3) Damm (CZE)/Paes (IND) vs (6) Santoro(FRA)/Zimonjic (SRB)
followed by
(1) B.Bryan (USA)/M.Bryan (USA) vs (4) Knowles (BAH)/Nestor (CAN)

05-13-2007, 08:19 AM
Fab & Nenad reached the final, beating Damm/Paes 6-3 6-4. :banana:

They will play the Bryan brothers today at 13PM. :scared: Allez!!

Action Jackson
05-13-2007, 08:23 AM
Too bad they are breaking up as a team.

05-13-2007, 12:17 PM
Will this be their last tournament together? Would be a nice way to end if they could win this, like Fab and Mika winning the TMC in their last tournament

05-13-2007, 12:52 PM
And so they did, 6-4 6-7(4) 10-7 against the Bryans :yeah:

05-13-2007, 12:54 PM
Well done guys :yeah:

05-13-2007, 04:06 PM
From the ATP site:

Santoro & Zimonjic Snap Bryans' Streak to Win Rome

Sixth seeds Fabrice Santoro & Nenad Zimonjic snapped the 17-match winning streak of top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan to win the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-7 (Match TB) win.

Santoro & Zimonjic will jump to fifth from eighth in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race.

Santoro & Zimonjic were headed for a straight-sets win when they led by a set and a double break at 6-4, 3-0 before the Bryans hit back to force a Match Tie-break. The Bryans also rallied from 2-6 in the Match TB to level the decider at 7-7 before Santoro & Zimonjic won the last three points of the match to claim their second title (Dubai) of the year.

Santoro captured the 2005 Rome title with French compatriot Michael Llodra, when he also defeated the Bryan brothers. Santoro & Zimonjic avenged their semifinal loss to the Bryans earlier in the year in Miami.

Santoro said: "We are very happy to win our first Masters Series title together. Beating the Bryans is always something special because they are the No.1 team in the world. They are playing really well and to beat them you have to be at your best.

"At 6-4, 3-0 up we thought the match was over but it was not at all. The Bryans came back strong but in the end we were able to pull it out."

The Bryans, who were chasing their sixth title of 2007, suffered just their third loss of 2007 (29-3). But they extended their commanding lead at the top of the Stanford ATP Doubles Race. They slipped to 38-23 lifetime in ATP finals.

They had been on a 17-match winning streak, including consecutive ATP Masters Series titles in Miami and Monte-Carlo.

05-15-2007, 10:43 AM
Fab's playing San Remo this week. He plays Marc Lopez in the 1st round.

05-16-2007, 01:42 PM
Fab lost to Lopez 3-6 6-1 6-7. According to the site of the event, the match's been very long.

05-22-2007, 03:36 PM
I went to Hamburg at qualifying saturday and thought "Fabrice will arrive at sunday evening or monday". On sunday I heard that Fabrice has a wildcard for San Remo but it´s not sure if he take it. Monday Fabrice arrived in San Remo and lost next day.
I was sooo sad. I have never been to Hamburg without him! Never! I missed him :sad: and talked to Nenad what happened. (See News...)

xx Manja

06-09-2007, 12:21 PM
Next tournament for Fab: Halle, Gerry Weber Open.

06-09-2007, 04:24 PM
It's gonna be a qualifier 1st round.

06-11-2007, 01:35 PM
And it's W. Moodie.

06-12-2007, 06:35 AM
Today's oop:

Court 3 - 10:30 Start

- W. Moodie (RSA) vs. F. Santoro (FRA)
- S. Aspelin/J. Knowle (SWE/AUT) vs. M. Baghdatis/S. Wawrinka (CYP/SUI)
- R. Gasquet/O. Rochus (FRA/BEL) vs. T. Berdych/P. Pala (CZE/CZE)

06-17-2007, 07:52 AM
Fab lost to Berdych in singles pretty early in Halle, but, Nenad & him are in the final today, defending their title against Aspelin/Knowle. Good luck!! :)

06-18-2007, 04:19 AM
And they lost 4-6 6-7.

06-18-2007, 12:19 PM
Fab is now in the Netherlands for the Ordina Open. Today's oop:

Starting at 12 PM
Andreas SEPPI (ITA) vs Alexander PEYA (AUT)
Fabrice SANTORO (FRA) vs Kristof VLIEGEN (BEL)

06-19-2007, 06:46 AM
Fab retired.

"Belgian Kristof Vliegen also moved through to the second round after Frenchman Fabrice Santoro retired down 6-3, 1-1 with an upset stomach."

06-19-2007, 10:45 AM
In "L'Équipe" he says he actually retired because of personal problems, but doesn't want to tell more about it. He just hopes he will be able to play Wimbledon, it doesn't look sure yet:

"« J’ai abandonné en raison de problèmes personnels. » On voulut en savoir un peu plus : « Je n’ai rien à ajouter, si ce n’est que j’espère être rétabli pour Wimbledon. Il est trop tôt pour dire si je serai en état de jouer ou pas. »"

06-19-2007, 01:13 PM
^ Huhoh...

Play Wimby, Fabrice, please... :awww: :bowdown:

06-19-2007, 03:17 PM
I'm sorry to read about that. Never good when you have to pull out because of personal pbs.

06-23-2007, 03:17 PM
Time for Wimbledon. Fab plays Karlovic for the 1st round. I guess it's gonna be tough, given how confident Ivo must feel after his win in Nottingham. But good luck anyway!! Allez!! :bounce:

Fabrice Fan
06-23-2007, 03:59 PM
Good luck to Fab at Wimbledon!!!! I'm sooo glad he's playing! :)

06-26-2007, 10:52 AM
Today's oop:

Court 5 - 12.00 Start
- Richard Gasquet - Bohdan Ulihrach
- Gisela Dulko - Eleni Daniilidou (T/F 7:5, 3:6)
- David Nalbandian - Mischa Zverev
- Fabrice Santoro - Ivo Karlovic
- Sania Mirza - Yaroslava Shvedova

Please, no rain.....:rolleyes:

06-26-2007, 08:30 PM
Fab won 4-6 7-6 7-6 3-6 6-4. :banana:

06-27-2007, 04:31 AM
My Congrats to Fab on his win :) But I must admit I was somewhat surprised :eek:

06-27-2007, 04:37 AM
Time for the doubles today!!

Court 5 - 12.00 Start
1. Anna Smahsnova - Martina Muller
2. Laura Granville - Sybille Bammer
3. Santoro/Zimonjic - Childs/Delgado
4. Bamford/May - Ginepri/Parrott

06-27-2007, 07:52 AM
After the Karlovic match:
« J’avais un premier tour extrêmement difficile contre un joueur que je considère parmi les dix meilleurs mondiaux sur herbe. C’est la première fois de ma vie que je joue cinq sets sans avoir une seule balle de break avant le dernier jeu. C’est vraiment pas beaucoup d’autant que je suis plutôt considéré comme un bon relanceur. Mais contre un gars qui sert à 230 km/h (31 aces hier)… Il sait que l’adversaire va être frustré, c’est effectivement énervant mais ce n’est pas pour ça qu’il faut le lui montrer. Je suis resté calme et j’ai attendu mon heure qui est venue très, très tard… Quant au lob final, j’ai eu un dixième de seconde pour penser que c’était le coup juste à jouer. Si on compte ses 2,08m plus le bras, plus la raquette, plus la détente, on ne doit pas être loin des quatre mètres à passer. C’est pas loin des nuages ! Sur 10 lobs comme celui-ci, je n’en aurais pas réussi plus d’un… »

"I had a very tough first round against a player who is one of the 10 best players on grass imo. It's the first time in my life I played 5 sets without having a single break point until the very last game. It's really not much, all the more since my return is considered pretty good. But against a guy who is serving at 230 km/h (31 aces yesterday)... He knows the opponent will be frustrated. It is indeed annoying, but you must try not to show it. I kept cool and I waited for the occasion which came very, very late... Concerning the last lob, I had 1/10 of s to think about the right shot. If you add his 2,08 m, plus the arm, plus the racquet, plus the spring, you're not far from 4 m. Not far from the clouds! It's the kind of lob I pull off maybe once every 10 times."

His audio interview in French:
(J'aime bien comment il parle, ça paraît toujours si posé.)

06-27-2007, 07:54 AM
And he has a good chance in the next round since he has an excellent h2h against Kiefer. I saw Kiwi's match yesterday, he's playing pretty well for a guy who is coming back after such a long break, but it's definitely feasible for Fab. Allez! :rocker2:

06-27-2007, 02:48 PM
Yeah Fab!!! :dance:

So nice to see him win 5 setters like that (it seems he played beautifully according to the reports) but i hope he won't be to tired now.

Fabrice Fan
06-27-2007, 04:19 PM
Woo Hoo Fab! :D Keep it going! :D

06-28-2007, 05:12 AM
Thanks to the rain, big afternoon for Fab today.

Court Five - 11.00 Start
1. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Nicolas Lapentti
2. Baltacha/Cavaday - Foretz/Sfar
3. Robin Soderling - Sebastien Grosjean
4. Raymond/Stosur - Hradecka/Voracova
5. Santoro/Zimonjic - Childs/Delgado (T/F 6:2, 6:7, 6:6)

Court Eight - 11.00 Start
1. Nika Ozegovic - Katarina Srebotnik
2. Ji/Sun - Peschke/Stubbs
3. Nicolas Kiefer - Fabrice Santoro
4. Bamford/May - Ginepri/Parrott
5. Ditty/Kops-Jones - Laine/Martinez-Sanchez

06-28-2007, 05:12 PM
Fab was defeated in Singles today :sad: May be he was tired after his previous long match :crying2:

06-29-2007, 05:39 PM
Fabrice SANTORO (battu par Nicolas Kiefer, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4) : « C’est
rare chez moi, mais, après le match contre Karlovic, j’avais plein de courbatures.
Résultat : j’étais lent, pas très saignant en revers, mon chip flottait,
mon oeil était moins vif… Bref, j’étais moyen partout. À ce niveau-là, ça ne
pardonne pas. En plus, pour quelqu’un qui n’avait pas joué pendant un an, je
trouve que Kiefer a fait un match très solide, il m’a étonné.
Ici, je joue le double avec Nenad (Zimonjic) mais je ne sais pas si je vais
continuer avec lui. Quatre joueurs m’ont fait des propositions. Quatre
joueurs avec lesquels je peux nourrir de solides ambitions. Je prendrai ma
décision à la fin du tournoi. » –

After the Karlovic match, he was aching all over, which is unusual for him. So against Kiefer, he was slow, his BH was not "cutting", his slice was "dull", etc. Everything was average. You can't afford that at this level. And Kiefer played a very solid match too, it's surprising after such a long break.
He isn't sure to keep playing with Nenad after Wimby. He's got 4 very serious options, 4 players who'd like to play with him. He'll take a decision at the end of Wimby.

Fabrice Fan
06-30-2007, 04:44 PM
Thanks for the translation Truc! :)

07-12-2007, 07:06 AM
Fab's in Newport this week. He defeated Peya 6-4 6-1, and now plays Dancevic.

07-15-2007, 11:32 AM
Good luck for the final against Mahut, Fab! :worship:

Haile Selassie
07-15-2007, 02:15 PM
Vamos Fab!

07-15-2007, 06:20 PM
Good luck to Fabrice against Mahut today. I hope he can pull off the win. :bigclap:

Chris Seahorse
07-15-2007, 09:11 PM
Fab has won his 1st tournament in more than 5 years. This should be a great boost to Fabrice's confidence and the rest of the year could be a very good one for Fab. He has practically no points to defend from here on in either, except for the Moscow semi, so his ranking which will go up to 44 should continue to rise providing Fabrice can keep producing some wins. Fab really proved this week how good he can be on grass. Hopefully next year he will get an easier draw at Wimbledon. I still believe Fabrice can get to at least the 4th round there.

Anyway well done Fab and don't stop now. Keep the wins coming. :rocker:

07-15-2007, 09:42 PM
So happy for Fabrice. :)

The magician, you rock! :rocker:

07-15-2007, 10:05 PM
Someone has this final ....? I feel soo bad to not see this final ... this victory :sad:

07-15-2007, 11:19 PM
Fab :woohoo:

07-16-2007, 07:16 AM
Someone has this final ....? I feel soo bad to not see this final ... this victory :sad:It wasn't a good match, Mahut was pretty horrible, Fab just got the job done.
But his joy was so cute to see, it was great.
Santoro pulls magic act to win Hall title
Sunday, July 15, 2007 11:46 PM EDT

NEWPORT - Nicolas Mahut was merely seven years old when Fabrice Santoro began his professional tennis career in 1989. Mahut became Santoro's 430th victim on his nomadic journey to the tournament outposts on every continent.

Santoro continued his exhibition of two-fisted mightiness and his cunning craft of slice and spins with the tennis ball in dissecting Mahut for a 6-3, 6-4 championship victory at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships Sunday.

"I saw the musuem, I saw (Pete) Sampras, I played for a championship for the first time in front of my (six-year old) daughter and I have the trophy in my hands," said Santoro, who Sampras nicknamed "The Magician" after suffering one of his three career losses to the 34-year old Frenchman.

"Coming (the nickname in praise) from him was huge, it was the biggest compliment I've had," said Santoro, who won his fifth career title, but his first since 2002 at Dubai. "When you have not won in five years, you think maybe not (you won't win again), that's it," said Santoro, who pocketed $65,850 for winning five matches, four in straight sets.

"Everyone knows Fabrice well, he always plays the right shot at the right time," said Mahut, who double-faulted 10 times. "It seems like he know where I am going to play - when I pass, he puts it over my head."

That's why they call Santoro "The Magician," a veteran player that everyone respects, but nobody wants to play because of his two-fisted forehands and backhands, his skill at playing angles.

"Because of my style, you either like it or hate it - you can't be in between. My style is different from the way that the game is played today. I have nothing big... except my legs. I have to use the geometry of the court."

Mahut had won 10 of his last 12 matches on grass (6-11 on other surfaces) this season, but the 20-25 mph wreaked havoc with his service and his returns. "The conditions were really difficult, that was the main problem. It was not a good match.

"For me, my serve is my best weapon - today that was not the case. I didn't play at my best level."

Santoro won the first set by gaining a service break of Mahut in the seventh game, for a 4-3 lead. More impressively, Santoro lost just six points on his six service games in the first set, just one over his final three service games in the 37-minute adventure.

"It was very difficult for us to play a great match," said Santoro of the atmospheric conditions, ever more severe with the undecipherable bounces of the soft grass surface. "It was a big wind, the ball was moving a lot."

Santoro won three straight games early in the second set for a 3-1 lead, breaking Mahut's service (on a pair of double-faults at deuce) in the third game.

Mahut then reeled off three straight games, breaking Santoro's service in the sixth game to regain the lead at 4-3. Santoro then saved a break point in the eighth game to knot the score at 4-4.

Then in the ninth game, not only did Mahut double-fault to trail 0-30, he double-faulted again at break point.

"You try to play the ball he's not waiting for," said Santoro "He can serve many aces and today, he double-faults a lot. There are many times when you are playing well in a tournament, but sometimes you don't win.

"When you get a little bit older, you win your first match, your second match, then you play in the quarterfinals, it becomes more difficult physically." So that's why Santoro takes some shortcuts and plays the angles.

07-16-2007, 07:22 AM
Santoro wins 1st ATP title in 5 years

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Fourth-seeded Fabrice Santoro rode his two-handed style to the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships' title Sunday, beating fifth-seeded Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 6-4, in the first all-French final in the tournament's 31-year history.

Santoro, 34, won his fifth career ATP title, and his first since 2002 Dubai, to become the oldest player to win a tourney since Andre Agassi won in 2005 in Los Angeles at age 35.

"Every time you play a tournament you want to win," Santoro said. "But when you haven't won a tournament in five years, you think that's it for a career."

Santoro, who entered the week ranked 68th, showed why Saturday's Hall of Fame inductee Pete Sampras nicknamed him the "magician" five years ago after playing his style of two-handed forehand and backhand slices, cuts and lobs.

"It was one of the biggest compliments I've ever had," Santoro said of Sampras' comments. "Coming from him was huge for me."

With the match tied in the seventh game of the first set, Santoro used a pair of well-placed shots to frustrate Mahut en route to breaking his serve. Mahut hit a backhand long off his opponent's backhand slice, giving Santoro a 4-3 lead in the first set.

"He seems like he knows what I'm going to play," said Mahut, 25, who reached his second career final, both coming in the past month. "He's very difficult."

In the second set, Santoro went up a break in the first game, but Mahut broke back in the sixth game, evening it 3-all. Mahut double faulted twice in the ninth game, including the final point to give Santoro a 5-4 lead.

Santoro closed out the match with two-handed, backhand winner along the sideline and raised his arms to the air in triumph.

"It's just one of those weeks you'd like to have more often," he said with a smile.

Santoro collected $65,800 for his victory and Mahut earned $35,500 of the total $416,000 total payout.

07-16-2007, 12:00 PM
Congrats Fabrice :banana:

Awesome week :D

07-16-2007, 03:33 PM
Fab :worship:

07-17-2007, 01:23 AM
Torrent of Santoro/Mahut final is available:


07-19-2007, 09:00 AM
He's taking a break and his next tournament will be the US Open according to l'Équipe.

07-23-2007, 06:27 PM
Fab deserves a break but shouldn't he play a warm-up event before marching into the USO cold? :unsure: I'd like to see him do well at USO.

08-05-2007, 10:53 AM
He got a WC for a Challenger in Istanbul.

08-10-2007, 01:19 PM
He retired against Muller in the 2nd round, not because he's injured, but because he was mad at the umpire, apparently... Ays25 explains what happened here:

On a more positive note, he makes the cover of Tennis Magazine this month:

Haile Selassie
08-27-2007, 12:05 PM
Fab will play the us open
1st: Montañez

08-27-2007, 12:18 PM
I am surprised he isnt playing doubles with Nenad.
I thought they would play the US Open together.

08-28-2007, 05:33 PM
I don't think that's an option anymore for Fab.
Even in Rom and Roland-Garros, they looked like they didn't get along very well anymore.

Haile Selassie
08-29-2007, 11:47 AM
Fabrice beat Alberto Montañez and now will play against an american player James boring Blake. It will be a tought match but i belive in the smart and magic game of Fabrice.
Hopefully I will be able to see this match on television or by a livestream coz for sure it will be play it in a big court.

What a shame that Fab. dont play doubles with Nenad, it was(is) a very succesfull team. Anyone knows what happen?

08-30-2007, 08:59 AM
Blake-Santoro is the second match of the night session in Arthur Ashe, so it will be televised.

Night session starts at 7 PM East coast time. Shriekapova will first breeze by some nobody in straight sets so The Mother Of All Tennis Matches might start somewhere around 8.30 PM.

8.30 PM NYC time = 2.30 AM CET / 3.30 AM Eastern European time. Be prepared to wake up early :devil:

08-30-2007, 03:16 PM
In l'Équipe today:
Santoro : « Je me sens super jeune »
Fabrice Santoro, victime de crampes après son premier tour, pensait avoir
récupéré pour affronter aujourd’hui James Blake. « Après mon match
contre Montanes, j’avais des crampes partout, aux mollets, aux quadriceps,
aux ischios… Mais je savais que j’allais souffrir. Je dois être le seul
des 128 inscrits à ne pas avoir joué de l’été (unmatch et demi au Challenger
d’Istanbul).C’était une décision personnelle pour privilégier la famille
et les vacances scolaires ;mais ces six semaines de repos n’ont pas été des
semaines de chaise longue. Ceci dit, je me sens encore super jeune. On
n’est pas vieux à trente-quatre ans. Physiquement, pour affronter Blake,
j’aurai récupéré. Il est un des cinq ou six joueurs du tableau les plus durs à
battre pour moi : il est très, très mobile. C’est difficile de lui faire mal dans
l’échange. Est-ce que ce sera mon dernier match en Grand Chelem ? Estce
que je vais continuer un an de plus et battre le record des 61 tournois ?
Si je le bats, ça sera en Australie l’an prochain. Soit je le bats bien en
faisant une saison pleine, soit je ne le bats pas. Le tennis est une activité
que j’ai faite avec trop de sérieux pour jouer sans être prêt… Sportivement,
je n’ai aucune raison de ne pas continuer l’année prochaine. Tous
les voyants sont au vert. Le niveau de jeu est là, je suis aux alentours de la
40e place (44e) bien que j’aie joué peu cette année. La santé, ça roule.
L’envie de matcher, de me défoncer sur le court est intacte… » – Ph. B.
He was cramping after his first round match, but he means he will be fine for the Blake match. He knew he was going to suffer because he hasn't played at all this summer (apart one match in the Challenger in Istanbul). It was a choice in order to spend more time with his family. He still feels young though, 34 isn't old.
He says Blake is a bad match-up for him, one of the 5-6 most difficult opponents for him in the draw because he's very, very quick.
And he says again that he doesn't know if it's his last GS and if he will play the next season. But everything is looking fine so far, his game is OK, he's still ranked around #40 although he has played very few tournaments this year. He feels fine and he still has the desire to play, to give everything on the court.

08-31-2007, 03:07 AM
Allez Fabrice! :banana: This match of yours with Blake is brilliant, you are playing your heart out and you are handling the NYC crowd beautifully :worship:

08-31-2007, 12:59 PM
fab is fab! what an incredible match!

Haile Selassie
09-02-2007, 12:50 PM
What a match!
I watched and it was great.

09-18-2007, 05:08 PM
What's next on Fabrice's schedule?

09-18-2007, 05:40 PM
He played a little exhibition with Eysseric a few days ago in France, there are pics on the French website dedicated to him:
And he is in the entry list of: Mumbai, Metz, Moscow, Lyon (+ he will play Bercy, I guess)
He won't make the MD of Madrid with his actual ranking unless there are a lot of withdrawals and I doubt he will play the qualies.

Fabrice Fan
09-19-2007, 03:58 PM
Thanks for the information Truc! :)

09-26-2007, 08:47 AM
There is a little article about him in L'Équipe today and he confirms he will play all these tournaments at the end of the year, and even more since he wants to play a couple of Challengers after Bercy. (I don't get why he's playing so many Challengers, honestly.)
He's also looking for a new coach because Raymond and Planque are now working for the FFT.
So he never gives a clear answer to the question if he'll keep playing next year, but it sure sounds like he will.
He also explains that playing Mumbai is a way to test his real motivation, the conditions are really tough because of the climate, it's at the other end of the world while he could stay home with his family, etc.
Santoro se teste
Jouer en Inde dans des conditions climatiques compliquées : voilà pour le Français une façon de se rassurer.
2008 OU PAS 2008 pour Fabrice Santoro ? 2008, bien sûr, même si le Français de bientôt trente-cinq ans conserve encore pour lui l’officialisation de sa décision de poursuivre sa carrière la saison prochaine. Il n’y a en effet quasiment aucune raison d’imaginer que le rideau va tomber dans quelques semaines sur les performances de l’artiste. Et deux mobiles essentiels pour produire encore quelques jolies entourloupettes sur le circuit : 1. L’occasion de battre le record des participations à des tournois du Grand Chelem (61), qu’il codétient depuis le dernier US Open avec Andre Agassi. 2. Un niveau de jeu et une envie de tennis qui n’ont rien à envier aux jeunes loups du circuit. Le « 1 » ne tient qu’aux mathématiques quand le « 2 » est une notion beaucoup plus volatile, beaucoup moins quantifiable, que le tournoi de Bombay est justement censé rendre plus claire.
À la recherche d’un coach
« J’ai parfois besoin de m’imposer des difficultés, racontait Santoro hier après sa victoire en deux sets et deux jours – à cause de la pluie – contre Édouard Roger-Vasselin (6-1, 6-2). Et, pour moi, faire la démarche d’entreprendre le voyage jusqu’à Bombay, au lieu de rester tranquillement à la maison, et m’obliger à voir si je peux donner le meilleur de moi-même dans des conditions de chaleur et d’humidité extrêmes, c’est vraiment un moyen de me tester sur mon envie et ma motivation. En ce qui concerne mon implication dans la saison prochaine,madécision n’est pas encore prise à 100 %, mais disons que je trouve pas mal de réponsesaux questions queje peuxme poser. » Comprenez, entre les lignes, pas de ligne d’arrivée en vue. Mais en quoi venir à Bombay est-il si difficile et donc si révélateur ? « Attention, c’est vraiment un pays qui vaut le détour et ça n’est d’ailleurs que la troisième fois que j’y mets les pieds, mais ça n’est pas simple de s’entraîner ici, parce qu’il a plu presque tous les jours depuis que je suis arrivé. Et, quand il ne pleut pas, il fait très chaud et si humide qu’on dirait qu’il pleut quand même. Il faut changer de grip, voire de raquette plusieurs fois par match, car ça glisse trop des mains. C’est une vraie aventure. » L’aventure se poursuivra avec un deuxième tour largement à portée à Bombay – Devilder, 124e, ou Bopanna, 244e –, puis avec une fin d’année chargée : « Je vais beaucoup jouer, et continuer même après Bercy par quelques gros tournois Challengers. » Fabrice Santoro espère ne pas faire le chemin seul, mais il évolue à Bombay sans coach et est actuellement en pleine recherche, puisque Laurent Raymond, un de ses entraîneurs historiques, et Emmanuel Planque, qui l’accompagnait aussi assez régulièrement, sont aujourd’hui salariés de la FFT. « J’ai besoin de trouver quelqu’un qui m’aidera à travailler, et aussi pourquoi pas à progresser. Et, si je trouve cette personne pour la fin de l’année 2007, j’aimerais bien à ce moment-là que la structure reste en place pour 2008. Parce que, si je joue encore en 2008, ce sera à fond ! »

Haile Selassie
09-27-2007, 12:33 PM
What's next on Fabrice's schedule?

He is playing in India. I dont remember the name of the tournament i think it is Mumbai or something like that. Hopefully he won his first round match.

09-28-2007, 04:12 PM
Better than the 1st round match. He's gonna play the semis against Gasquet.

09-29-2007, 09:15 PM
He lost.. and what a victory it must have been for Richard to beat his hero!

At least he lost to a good player!

09-30-2007, 08:18 AM
Means he can head Metz where he's to play Andreev for the 1st round.

09-30-2007, 10:14 AM
He lost.. and what a victory it must have been for Richard to beat his hero!

At least he lost to a good player!I don't know where the ATP website gets this "child idol" story from, I know they're friends, yes, but I kind of doubt Fab was Richie's "hero" when he was a kid? In Tennis Magazine, he answered guys like Sampras, Stich, etc. when he was asked about his favourite players.

Have fun in Metz, Choupi!
But Fab has got a tough first round in singles and I was a bit disappointed not to see him in the doubles draw.

09-30-2007, 10:45 AM
Have fun in Metz, Choupi!
But Fab has got a tough first round in singles and I was a bit disappointed not to see him in the doubles draw.
Thanks!! True that Andreev is more than a serious opponent for a 1st round match. And I don't wanna have too high an expectation on that match. All I hope is that Fab can give all he can and that I can watch that match.

As for him not taking part to the doubles, well, he's had a long week and he's not 20 anymore, so I can understand the decision. True that the doubles contest won't be the same without him.

10-10-2007, 10:42 AM
You can vote for Fabrice to get a WC in Madrid:
He won't win, but never mind (and if they realize Lopez should never have been in this poll to begin with because he is an obvious WC for Madrid, maybe the 2nd ranked will get it, lol).

But in L'Équipe today, Fab says anyway he had no energy in his match yesterday (he lost agaisnt Lapentti after having won the first set) and means he will probably skip Madrid to recover.

10-12-2007, 06:03 PM
He doesn't need a WC anyway to enter the main draw of Madrid after all the withdrawals, he's in.
I hope he will play now...

10-15-2007, 05:23 PM
Allez Fabrice :bounce: He's the last seeded entry for Madrid. Will he play?

10-17-2007, 10:21 AM
He lost both matches, but he explains in L'Équipe today he had planned to take a break this week. The ATP called him on Friday evening to tell him he was entering the main draw, so he decided to come, but he wasn't really into it. He says he should be more motivated for Lyon and Bercy.

And the big news: he'll play another full season, it's sure now.

Does it work when I post the page with the interview as a pdf-attachment, can you download it and open it?

10-17-2007, 10:33 AM
It's mainly about his decision to keep playing. He explains the last weeks gave him the answer to a few important questions in that regard: the fact that he was still able to fight against Blake and his semi-final in Mumbai in difficult conditions, when it was a real effort for him to go there. His main concern was his motivation, not his level of game. If he keeps playing, he wants to play a full season even though he will have, of course, a lighter schedule to spend as much time as possible with his daughter. He will barely play in April-May, for example. He'll play a full season on grass, but not much on hard except the USO and maybe the Olympics. And he should play the indoors tournaments.
He's still looking for a coach, but should make a decision very soon. He still needs somebody to help him, for example to control his ball toss on serve. He also has a "challenge" for next year: he won't be allowed to play more than 3 sliced FH in a row. :lol: He knows he annoys his opponents a lot with this shot, but he has to run too much when he plays like that. So he'd like to change it.
He's very close to Richie and that was a factor too. He isn't his coach at all, but they talked about it with Deblicker when he was wondering if he was going to retire, and he likes being on the tour with them and giving them some pieces of advice when they ask him for help - even if it ends up with Richie spanking him 6-0 6-3 like in Mumbai.

10-17-2007, 11:04 AM
Does it work when I post the page with the interview as a pdf-attachment, can you download it and open it?

Perfectly, thanks. He is not the only one who "plays" tennis, but he is right, there are many who "work" it. Strangely enough, Fabrice does better against the "workers" than against the "players".

10-17-2007, 11:30 AM
Yep, that's a point he mentions when he is asked about the reasons for his longevity. The fact that he "plays" tennis while other players are more "tennis workers".

I just gave a rough summary of a few parts, he says other things in the interview, a real translation would have been better... The journalist asks him for example if his decision also depended on his other options for next year. At one time, he seemed to have an interesting "job offer" for next year which made him think about a possible retirement (I have no idea what the journalist is referring to here). Fab says that was not important, he already has some ideas for the time when he will retire, but he simply feels too competitive (#46 in singles and #10 in doubles) to retire now.

And he insists a lot on how he likes to help young players on the tour with his different perspective as a player – I hope Gaël asks him for help too, he doesn't mention him, only Richie... Since he plays against them, he sees other things about their game a coach can not see (and he isn't afraid to share his thoughts, even if it means he's going to lose like in Mumbai).

10-17-2007, 11:37 AM
Yep, that's a point he mentions when he is asked about the reasons for his longevity. The fact that he "plays" tennis while other players are more "tennis workers".

I just took this point up, because I think similarly, I even use the same words sometimes, distinguishing between tennis "players" and "workers", "runners" and "shouters" on the other side. No names given. :tape:

10-19-2007, 05:24 PM
Poor Fab, Roddick in the first round of Lyon...

10-19-2007, 07:38 PM
Poor Fab, Roddick in the first round of Lyon...

Are you sure that Roddick will come? I have my doubts. Now that he is qualified, he might skip the European tourneys and focus on Shanghai and DC. Just a theory, though, I have no sources.

10-22-2007, 04:40 PM
:shrug: I don't know, I've read somewhere he will get a late start on Wednesday, so I guess he will really play.

An interview of Fab in Le Progrès. Nothing new though. He talks again about his decision to keep playing in 2008 - "a tough decision to make".
He's fine with his draw, he likes this kind of matches.

10-25-2007, 09:12 AM
What a match against Roddick. :worship:

10-25-2007, 09:42 PM
Poor Fab, Roddick in the first round of Lyon...
Poor Andy had Fabrice in the first round. :lol:

I'm having a hard time finding any news or photos from this match but there is this short video on the Lyon site ( that shows Fabrice's diving stab volley at the end.

10-26-2007, 02:06 PM
Yes, the matchpoint was awesome.

He got injured during his match yesterday right at the beginning of the match (thigh injury), he said after the match he was hoping it wouldn't be too serious, but I see he has retired in doubles today.
I hope he will be fine for Bercy. :(

Anne Cheng
10-28-2007, 04:29 PM
who knows Fabrice can or cannot go to TMC?whom is Fabrice team with now?
(I'm sorry my English is poor.Do you understand?a friend of mine who is Fabrice's fan.I just help her.thank you.)

10-28-2007, 05:53 PM
I'm not a specialist, but he won't qualify anyway, they're ranked out of the top 8 and won't play together anymore, so they can't improve their ranking. Plus Clément-Llodra will qualify as GS winners although they are ranked behind them, so Fabrice won't play at the TMC. :shrug:
(I even doubt they would go if they were qualified as a team, honestly, looks like they've really completely parted ways.)

He's playing with Knowles next week in Bercy, but I think that's just for one tournament again, I don't know if there is anything new in that regard. He never talked about doubles in the recent interviews about the 2008 season.

10-30-2007, 06:40 PM
His leg was heavily strapped today, I was scared when I saw him, not used to see Fab injured!

In his audio interview here:, he doesn't mention his leg at all, I don't know how much it hampers him (he had a pretty rough start today). He says he hated Bercy at the beginning of his career, the venue, the people... And now he loves it and he's really looking forward to his match against Djoko tomorrow. He likes him, he's a very nice guy. The crowd loves players who are a bit different and so is Djoko.

The impressive strapping:

10-31-2007, 01:24 PM
:eek: What was this? A tank from Djokovic or great play from Fabrice? Anyway, I love this result. :D

10-31-2007, 01:26 PM
:eek: What was this? A tank from Djokovic or great play from Fabrice? Anyway, I love this result. :D

Let's say great play from Fabrice! Enjoyable match (for Fab fans).

10-31-2007, 01:38 PM
Well, no, it was a disgraceful tank of Djokovic (who wasn't even trying to hide it, it was surreal).
Fabrice could barely run today and really seemed in pain. He said before the match it was all about trying to manage the pain at the moment ("gérer la douleur").

10-31-2007, 02:19 PM
You're right he tanked, I guess I should have written: Let's "say"... to make my sarcastic point; but nonetheless, he won!

10-31-2007, 02:32 PM
Let's say great play from Fabrice! Enjoyable match (for Fab fans).

Enjoyable for Nole's fans,too!:)

Great performance from Fabrice! One man show! :hatoff:

I always enjoy watching him play!:)


10-31-2007, 03:10 PM
You're right he tanked, I guess I should have written: Let's "say"... to make my sarcastic point; but nonetheless, he won!Oh, I did get the "let's say", it was pretty clear - but I couldn't "enjoy" one minute of it, found it plain pathetic.

Apparently, Fab said after the match that his leg is getting better. It wasn't very obvious by watching him limping back to his chair at the end.

(And Djoko "tried to explain" and said he had wisdom teeth pulled out after Madrid and has lost weight and is exhausted and is only at 35% of his abilities blablablabla....)

Edit: Oops, sorry, one page later on the same website, he says he had surgery on his foot. Whatever.

10-31-2007, 06:29 PM
Nole had better watch it because Daveydenko is being officially watched.
And I have thought in the past some of Nole's play was questionable to say the least :ras: But I'm happy Santoro won :D And in another Tournament he defeated Roddick or did Roddick tank also? All tennis players need to be careful now because a lot of people are really looking at Tennis and I don't mean just to watch the Matches :aplot:

11-04-2007, 08:25 PM
The end of this video is funny... lol

11-07-2007, 11:27 AM
Don't know where to say this but this thread should be the more appropriated place.

Recently I was very surprised not to see Fabrice's wife at his matches and didn't know they hade splitted.
It seems he is now dating Astrid Veillon. (the source is Voici so I am not sure about the credibility :o )
The thing is she was at Bercy last week and a friend of mine even saw her in the metro to go there.

11-09-2007, 12:04 PM
He got a WC for a Challenger in Dnepropetrovsk next week...

11-09-2007, 06:11 PM
Don't know where to say this but this thread should be the more appropriated place.

Recently I was very surprised not to see Fabrice's wife at his matches and didn't know they hade splitted.
It seems he is now dating Astrid Veillon. (the source is Voici so I am not sure about the credibility :o )
The thing is she was at Bercy last week and a friend of mine even saw her in the metro to go there.

Tu plaisantes ?????? Il est pas avec sa femme ? Ca serait vraiment triste si c'était vrai, ils ont tellement l'air de bien s'entendre !
Astrid Veillon est souvent au tennis je crois, ds tous les cas j'ai du mal à le voir avec elle... :sad:

11-09-2007, 09:13 PM
The news he's separated with Chryslaure has been around for a few months already (not in the media, but on tennis boards) and I think it's true. She never is at his matches anymore, he mentioned personal issues a couple of times this year...

Astrid Veillon was in Lyon too, I remember she was mentioned somewhere on the GPTL website. She does follow the ATP circuit pretty closely lately. :p

11-16-2007, 08:19 AM
In l'Équipe today:Santoro le chasseur
On ne va pas à Dniepropetrovsk sans une bonne raison. Surtout pas en novembre, surtout pas quand les tempêtes de neige attaquent en rafales. Fabrice Santoro y est. Il dispute cette semaine ce tournoi Challenger en Ukraine quand, hormis bien entendu les maîtres de Shanghai, tout le monde prend ses congés d’automne, si possible loin de Dniepropetrovsk. Après avoir sauvé une balle de match au premier tour contre le Serbe Troicki (4-6, 7-6, 7-5 en 2 h 50’), il s’est qualifié hier pour les quarts en écartant l’Ukrainien Sergueïev, 323e, (6-3, 6-1) et défie aujourd’hui le Roumain Hanescu. Pourquoi s’est-il embarqué dans cet obscur combat d’arrière-saison ? « Pour trois raisons, répondit-il hier. D’abord, je ne suis qu’à quelques points d’une place de tête de série pour le prochain Open d’Australie (Santoro est cette semaine 37e). Symboliquement, ce serait bien de battre le record de participations en Grand Chelem (62) en étant tête de série. Ensuite, je pense aux Jeux Olympiques. Pour être sélectionné, il faut être dans les mieux classés. Enfin, l’organisateur me demandait depuis des années de venir ici mais je devais refuser puisque je jouais le Masters en double ou la finale de Coupe Davis. Cette année, j’ai pu lui dire oui. » Santoro a aussi dit oui à Arnaud Lagardère. Il vient de quitter le club de l’AS Patton Rennes pour rejoindre Gasquet, Simon, Benneteau, Mahut et Mathieu au Paris Racing. « Mais je ne jouerai pas les Interclubs cette année », prévient Santoro. Il ne lui reste plus qu’à trouver son futur entraîneur. – F. Be.
He’s having a hard time in Dniepropetrovsk, had to save a MP in the first round against Troicki. He is now playing Hanescu in the quarters.
The journalist asks him of course why he’s freezing his ass off in a Challenger when the season already is over. He says there are 3 reasons:
- he’s just a few points away from a seed at the AO (he’s #37)
- he needs to have a good ranking to have a chance to be picked for the Olympics
- the organizer has been asking him for years to play there
And he's still looking for a new coach.

11-16-2007, 05:29 PM
Well, he lost to Hanescu, so I'm not sure it was worth the trip, he gained something like 1 spot in the ranking. ^^
I don't understand his scheduling, he skips the whole American HC season and then he plays Challengers during the off-season.

01-01-2008, 08:20 AM
In l'Equipe today about his win over Seppi:
Pas prêt, pas pris
Fabrice Santoro a franchi le premier tour malgré son manque de préparation.
UNE AMORTIE RÉTRO a suffi hier à Fabrice Santoro pour remonter le temps. Trente-cinq ans depuis trois semaines, pro pendant plus de la moitié de sa vie et qualifié pour le deuxième tour à Doha. Hier, pourtant, le 37e joueur mondial est apparu encore un peu court question préparation pour 2008. Il n’a dû qu’à un départ catastrophique d’Andreas « Tu les veux les quatre premiers jeux ? Tiens, les voilà » Seppi (50e) de remporter la première manche 6-4. Il ne sauva que trois des onze jeux suivants. À 2-2 au troisième set, l’Italien obtint deux balles de break. Qu’il gâcha. Santoro conclut ce jeu d’une majestueuse amortie rétro en coup droit à deux mains qui vit la balle revenir chez lui bien avant que Seppi ne s’enferre dans le filet. Jamais l’Italien ne s’en remit (6-4, 1-6, 6-2). « Du 16 novembre jusqu’à ce dimanche, je n’avais fait que cinq heures de tennis », asséna Santoro, qui démarre une saison à laquelle il attribue : « De grandes chances d’être la dernière. Et physiquement j’ai aussi lâché l’affaire ces dernières semaines, alors je suis vraiment satisfait d’avoir réussi à “matcher” et à battre le 50e joueur mondial sans être prêt. » Prochain adversaire (si le Russe se débarrasse aujourd’hui d’un qualifié allemand) : Nikolay Davydenko ! – J. Re.He says he isn't ready at all yet, he only played 5 hours between the 16th of November and last Sunday. So he was very happy to be able to win that match.

Probably Davydenko next - even when he is in good form, he always hates playing Davydenko, so he will have a hard time in the next round because he didn't look very fit yesterday.

01-01-2008, 08:21 PM
Good of Fabrice to pull of that win and start off the new year right. :bigclap: Fingers crossed he can send Donkey packing.

Boo. Donkey beat the Fab 6-3 6-3 :o

Piccies attached. :)

01-07-2008, 05:10 PM
Fabrice got his revenge for the USO loss and beat James Blake in straight sets 7-6(4) 6-2 in Sydney. No three-peat for James :sad: but well done to Fab. :hatoff:

I am disappointed that he did not wear his famous candy striped shirt, though. (see attached photos)

Santoro rolls back the years against Blake in Sydney
January 7, 2008

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- James Blake's attempt to win his third successive Sydney International ended Monday after just one match.

France's Fabrice Santoro beat the third-seeded American 7-6 (4), 6-2, taking a 5-0 lead in the second set before Blake came back to win a pair of games. Blake broke Santoro with the Frenchman serving for the match, but then lost it on his own service two games later.

Blake won the Sydney International in 2006 and 2007, beating Carlos Moya in last year's final. He was trying to become the first man since Australian John Bromwich in 1940 to win the title three times in a row.

Blake, who helped the United States win the Davis Cup in November over Russia, said he had some problems adjusting to the new plexicushion surface -- the same surface that will be used in Melbourne at the Australian Open.

"Maybe it was him, maybe it was the court, but it seemed so slow it was tough for me to put balls away," Blake said. "I think I got a bit ahead of myself."

Blake admitted to being a little sluggish after his late 2007 season due to the Davis Cup.

"I would have loved to have had a longer offseason, but I'll trade that for a Davis Cup win anytime," he said.

Found this interesting tidbit:
35-year-old Frenchman Fabrice "The Magician" Santoro will break Andre Agassi's all-time record of appearing in 61 Grand Slam tournaments when he competes at the Australian Open in late January. "It's a great record to beat because it's Andre Agassi, who is one of the best tennis players ever," Santoro said. "I have a huge respect for him and this is the only record I'll ever take from him. It means I have been consistent at a high level for almost 20 years."

01-17-2008, 02:54 AM
Well so Fab lost in the 2nd Rd to Roger. I still think Fab is one of the most entertaining players to watch on Tour :)

01-17-2008, 08:42 AM
Well so Fab lost in the 2nd Rd to Roger. I still think Fab is one of the most entertaining players to watch on Tour :)

I agree, but today, there was nothing he could do. Roger simply too good, not allowing Fabrice to get into this match.

01-18-2008, 03:38 PM
I never get tired of seeing Fabrice holding that ice pack to his head. :lol:

03-30-2008, 05:55 PM
C'mon Fabrice!! :bounce: You knocked out Max & Jamie, but I'll forgive you if you beat Blake! :yeah:

03-28-2009, 08:20 AM
In L'Equipe today:
Santoro rate Federer

IL S’EN EST FALLU d’un point pour que Fabrice Santoro (50e) retrouve Roger Federer au troisième tour de Miami, quatorze mois après leur dernier affrontement, à l’Open d’Australie 2008.Mais son adversaire, l’Allemand Nicolas Kiefer (29e), joua cette fameuse balle de match (à 7-5, 6-5, 30-40) à la perfection : une deuxième balle longue et extrêmement kickée, boostée de surcroît par une saute de vent. « Bravo à lui, il a pris des risques, il en a été récompensé, a admis le Français. Le rebond a été inhabituel et je n’ai pas pu centrer mon retour. Mais je ne regrette rien : c’était dans l’esprit du jeu de tenter de prendre la balle tôt. » D’un calme olympien malgré les bourrasques, la malice de Santoro et le soutien sans faille du public au Français, Kiefer plaça alors un coup d’accélérateur et avala le tie-break qui suivit, puis le troisième set (5-7, 7-6, 6-2). C’est donc lui qui défiera demain l’ancien roi du monde.
Santoro quitte Miami rasséréné sur son niveau de jeu. Désireux de consacrer du temps à sa fille, il ne disputera qu’un challenger (à Johannesburg) avant de mettre le cap sur la terre battue et Roland-Garros à partir du 1er mai. Un tournoi qu’il préparera avec deux de ses coaches historiques. « Mon père et Laurent Raymond, explique-t-il. J’ai d’ailleurs décidé de disputer les derniers tournois du Grand Chelem de ma carrière avec les entraîneurs qui ont compté pour moi. À Wimbledon, ce sera Emmanuel Planque ; à l’US Open, Éric Deblicker. Ainsi, la boucle sera définitivement bouclée. »Kiwi played a perfect point when Fabrice had MP at 7-5, 6-5, 30-40, a long 2nd serve with a lot of kick and there was a gust of wind which made the return unplayable for Fabrice. Fabrice: "Congrats, he took risks and was rewarded." He has no regret, he had to try to take the ball early. Kiwi kept his focus then despite the wind, Fabrice's tricks and a crowd totally supporting Fab and stepped on it to earn the right to face Federer in the next round.
But Fabrice leaves Miami reassured about his level of game. He wants to spend time with his daughter and will only play the Challenger of Johannesburg until May.
He will work again with two of his historic coaches to prepare Roland-Garros then: his father and Laurent Raymond. He's decided indeed to prepare his last Slams with the coaches who've played a big part in his career. In Wimbledon, it will be Emmanuel Planque. For the US Open, Deblicker.

It doesn't make sense at all to me he plays Johannesburg, it's during the week of Monte-Carlo! I found a bit weird he didn't enter Monte-Carlo for his last year on the tour, but I thought it means he will take a break at that time of the year.

03-28-2009, 08:22 AM
I looked up on his forum and it says indeed he plans to play only the Challengers of Johannesburg and Bordeaux before Roland-Garros:

04-15-2009, 09:44 PM
His explanation for his decision to play the Challenger of Johannesburg rather than Monte-Carlo:
“I have played Monte Carlo nine times so there is nothing new. But SA is one country I have never been to and I really wanted to come here before I retired. I was supposed to come out for the South African Open but I was so tired after two really tough matches at the Australian Open that I had to withdraw. But when I saw Johannesburg on the calendar this week I decided to come. After this I will go on a safari.”

04-16-2009, 09:03 PM
:D It sounds like he's really enjoying his final season. I hope he wins Jo'burg challenger!
His explanation for his decision to play the Challenger of Johannesburg rather than Monte-Carlo:
“I have played Monte Carlo nine times so there is nothing new. But SA is one country I have never been to and I really wanted to come here before I retired. I was supposed to come out for the South African Open but I was so tired after two really tough matches at the Australian Open that I had to withdraw. But when I saw Johannesburg on the calendar this week I decided to come. After this I will go on a safari.”

04-18-2009, 05:59 PM
He's in final against De Voest. No surprise :devil:

He is on the entry list for Kitzbuhel before RG

04-22-2009, 01:17 PM
Fabrice won Jo'burg Challenger. Congrats!

08-24-2009, 02:24 AM
Good Luck Fabrice in New Haven!