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Răzvan Sabău

Răzvan Sabău
Country 23x15px Romania
Residence Bucharest, Romania
Born (1977-06-18) 18 June 1977 (age 38)
Bucharest, Romania
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Turned pro 1993
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $708,886
Career record 21–53
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 74 (26 September 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2006)
French Open 1R (1999, 2006)
Wimbledon 1R (2006)
US Open 1R (2005)
Career record 7–15
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 174 (27 February 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 1R (2005)

Răzvan Sabău (born 18 June 1977) is a Romanian professional tennis player. He reached the semifinals of Bucharest in 2003 and Gstaad in 2005, achieving a career-high singles ranking of World No. 74 in September 2005.

Tennis career


Born in Bucharest, Romania, Sabău trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in his junior years and in 1993 he won the Wimbledon junior singles title, finishing the year as the No. 2 junior in the world. He ranked No. 1 for four months that year.

Pro tour

Sabău turned pro in 1993, at age 16, and the next year he reached the doubles semifinals of the Bucharest Open (with Andrei Pavel)

Sabău made his Davis Cup debut in 1994, when he posted his first two wins, against Jeremy Bates and Mark Petchey of Great Britain. Sabău continues to be a member of the Romanian Davis Cup team.

When he made his first appearance at a Grand Slam tournament, at Roland Garros in 1999, he lost in the first round.

After a series of injuries between 2000 and 2002, he had to start from the bottom of the ATP rankings, and played mostly in Challenger Series tournaments. Sabău won three Challenger titles in his career: Homestead in 2004, Košice and Budapest in 2005.

His biggest achievements in the ATP Tour are reaching the semifinals twice, at the Bucharest Open in 2003, where he lost to Nicolás Massú and at Gstaad in 2005, where he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka.

Sabău got his best ATP Singles Ranking in September 2005, reaching World No. 74. Later that year, he played for the first time at the US Open, but lost in the first round to Andre Agassi.

In 2006, he made his first appearance at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and his second at the French Open but failed to advance past the first round in any of the three.

2007, by contrast, was a poor year for Sabău. Playing the ATP Challenger Series, he did not advance beyond the second round in singles in any events, losing in the first round fourteen out of eighteen times. In seven tournaments in doubles, he only advanced beyond the first round once.

His poor results the previous year meant Sabău was relegated to the ITF Men's Circuit for 2008. He captured one title, Romania F1 Futures tournament, and reached two other finals. His ranking rose from World No. 630 at the end of 2007 to No. 460 by the end of 2008.

Sabău played far fewer events in 2009 – twenty compared with thirty-one in 2008. He reached two Futures finals but failed to win a single main draw match at Challenger level, in four events played. (The previous year he won just one Challenger main draw match in ten tournaments entered.) Sabău finished 2009 ranked World No. 627 in singles. For the second year in a row he competed in just two tour doubles events, both Futures, reaching the semi-finals in one.

Sabău competed in sixteen events in 2010, all in Romania, Italy, and France, and all but three ITF Futures. He reached one final and four semi-finals, and won a Challenger main draw match for the first time in two seasons. His ranking climbed a hundred spots, to finish the year World No. 527.

Sabău has been busier in 2011, competing by early June in more events than he had in all the previous year. All but one have been Futures tournaments. He has won one title, Bulgaria F3, and lost in the first round just once. His singles ranking has climbed to be in the middle 400s.

ATP Challenger Tour singles finals: 7 (3–4)

Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0)
ATP Challenger Series /
ATP Challenger Tour (3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1)
Grass (0)
Clay (2)
Carpet (0)

Wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 7 November 2004 23x15px Homestead, USA Hard 23x15px Wesley Moodie 5–7, 6–2, 7–5
2. 21 May 2005 23x15px Budapest, Hungary Clay 23x16px Jean-Claude Scherrer 1–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3
3. 12 June 2005 23x15px Košice, Slovakia Clay 23x15px Adam Chadaj 6–1, 6–2

Runner-ups (4)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 28 October 2002 23x15px Réunion, France Hard 23x15px Federico Browne 0–6, 6–4, 5–7
2. 1 September 2004 23x15px Braşov, Romania Clay 23x15px Daniel Elsner 2–6, 1–6
3. 10 October 2004 23x15px Quito, Ecuador Clay 23x15px Giovanni Lapentti 6–4, 6–3
4. 21 November 2004 23x15px Puebla, Mexico Hard 23x15px Miguel Gallardo-Valles 6–7, 4–6


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