Santoro gave prime Federer difficulty and leads the H2H against Safin. Also has over 40 Top 10 wins. Trickier than some might think.Assuming true, it's incredible how shit he had to play to give this mug a chance. Absolutely nothing on the balls he is giving back most times.
This, he was not tanking that match lol. He was still eating gluten back in the time so he was not as resilient as nowadays so santoro destroyed him with his tricksIt was said even before the match that Novak Djokovic was carrying a foot injury, so his movement was hampered.
He also lost in straight sets in every match at the Masters Cup thereafter.