Clement vs Santoro

peter

Professional
#1
What a match!

4-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, 13-13 after 6 hours (4.5 yesterday, 1.5 todag).
And it still isn't over...

Btw, Santoro has a really strange forehand - it looks like he
likes to hit it doublehanded. Looks reallly strange.
 

peter

Professional
#3
baseliner said:
I'm at work and can't watch. Please post updates and score when over.
Neither can I... But I have the Real-Time Scoreboard Java applet
running in one corner of my workstation :)
 

peter

Professional
#4
peter said:
baseliner said:
I'm at work and can't watch. Please post updates and score when over.
Neither can I... But I have the Real-Time Scoreboard Java applet
running in one corner of my workstation :)
(I watched while they played the 4:th set yesterday though).

Santoro finally managed to win. 14-16 in the last set after first
having broken Clement's serve, almost being broken back
(was down 0-40) before taking 5 balls in a row to win the
match.

(Clement had a couple of match balls as well).

I know two players who'll be tired now :)

Final score: 4-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, 14-16
 
#6
Man, I sure hope ESPN doesn't show this match. Who wants to watch two guys play a two-day match that drags out to 16-14 in the 5th? I mean who needs the added stress of watching a match where the outcome is in such jeopardy? And with Fabrice Santoro, you never know what he's going to do next? The eye strain of trying to follow the ball really gets to be too much. Who needs that aggravation? And Clement's footspeed around the court really gets annoying.

Give me a first round women's match that lasts 48 minutes (including warm up) that I can watch during lunch any day. There's a whole lot less guesswork in a 6-1, 6-0 match any way. I just love watching two ball rallies crosscourt. Your eye can follow the ball sooo much easier.

Now, what you wanna bet ESPN shows us some really fine first round women's competition rather than some long, boring two-day first round men's match that ends 16-14 in the 5th?
 
#8
I watched almost all the mach. I wanted Clement to win :( Santoro wasn't alm,ost attacking at all, except some net attacks. Interesting thing. Those 2 short guys were so often at the net! Sick, especially for clay. And one more thing- I can give my left hand for their legs, lol They were so fast and conditioned!
 
#10
OOh Rabbit. I'm just waiting for the comments. You must be sexist from your comments. No objective observer could possibly prefer a 5 set match lasting 2 days over a first round blowout match for any reason other than sexism. To prefer a match where the combatants leave their heart and soul on the court over one where the 2 "athletes" barely break a sweat can be explained only by blatant sexism. Perhaps your required sensitivity training would be sentencing you to watching only women's matches today at Roland Garros. No wait! ESPN has already sentenced all of us to that!
 
#11
I was happy that ESPN actually showed the match or at least the last set it was very interesting to see which one would outdue the other Santoro hits crazy spin with the two handed forehand. He didnt seem to get that much power from it . His best shots were his BH, and his slices.
 
#12
baseliner, ROFL, thats awesome man :>

I agree, it was a great match, santoro's 2 handed forehand slice is one of the craziest shots i've ever seen. its NASTY!
 
M

Morrissey

Guest
#13
You probably had the two cheesiest players on tour right now facing one another on clay! These guys couldn't hit winners to save their lives. Just moonball down the middle of the court until someone just snaps and hits the ball out. This was clay tennis in the early 80's. I think they were using boredom as a tactic for victory. Neither of them could hit a serve past 110mph and you got yourself a 6hr 35min "slugfest". At least Santoro's fiancee made it worth watching, she gives Bridgette Wilson a run for her money. The torture she must have been through watching this match for all 6 hours and 35 minutes. God, she must really love him. Lucky guy. How did he get her?
 
#14
"Just moonball down the middle of the court until someone just snaps and hits the ball out. This was clay tennis in the early 80's."

Hey Morrissey! Are you blind?

"clay tennis in the early 80's" was nothing like what we saw between Clement and Santoro, watch a Vilas VS Wilander, or a Wilander VS Chesnokov, or a Thierry Tulsane VS Emilio Sanchez, or a Kent Carlsson VS Joachim Nyström just to refresh your memory.

More points played at the net by Clement and Santoro in only one match than a guy like Wilander played during all his victorious Rolland Garros (Stats from the French TV, during a 1/2 an hour special TV broadcast about the French open and the Clement VS Santoro match).
 
#16
Ha Ha Ha Ha!
Morrissey you must be kidding! Our two french "runners" got wonderful touchy shots!! OK they haven't got the punch of a Safin, but assuming this they got to use the whole tactics panel of the game to achieve their aim... take lesson man.
Why Sampras himself used to say about Santoro "this guy is a wizard"??
This match show us what is a FIGHT, and after the match the seeds of Santoro who is at 32' now near is retiring, was like a 17' CHANG vs Lendl in 89's RG... just a kid who just went at the end of himself.
 
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