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R?zvan Sab?u
Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Born (1977-06-18) 18 June 1977 (age 45)
Bucharest, Romania
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1993
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$714,904
Career record21-53
Career titles0
4 Challenger, 5 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 74 (26 September 2005)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (2006)
French Open1R (1999, 2006)
Wimbledon1R (2006)
US Open1R (2005)
Career record7-15
Career titles0
0 Challenger, 0 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 174 (27 February 2006)
Grand Slam doubles results
US Open1R (2005)
Last updated on: 17 September 2021.

R?zvan Sab?u (born 18 June 1977) is a Romanian retired 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. He is the coach of Patricia Maria ?ig.[1]

Tennis career


Born in Bucharest, Romania, Sab?u 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

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

Sab?u made his Davis Cup debut in 1994, when he posted his first two wins, against Jeremy Bates and Mark Petchey of Great Britain.

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. Sab?u won three Challenger titles in his career: Homestead in 2004, Ko?ice 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.

Sab?u 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 Sab?u. 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 Sab?u 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.

Sab?u 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.) Sab?u 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.

Sab?u 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.

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

Junior Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1993 Wimbledon Grass Venezuela Jimy Szymanski 6-1, 6-3

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 25 (9-16)

ATP Challenger (4-6)
ITF Futures (5-10)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-2)
Clay (8-14)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 1996 Bra?ov, Romania Challenger Clay Romania Dinu Pescariu 6-4, 2-6, 3-6
Win 1-1 Sep 1996 Budapest, Hungary Challenger Clay Hungary Attila Savolt 6-2, 6-2
Loss 1-2 May 1997 Curitiba, Brazil Challenger Clay Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 6-3, 4-6, 3-6
Loss 1-3 Apr 2002 Mexico F4, Guadalajara Futures Clay Austria Andreas Fasching 2-6 ret.
Win 2-3 Jul 2002 Romania F2, Bucharest Futures Clay Spain Esteban Carril 6-1, 6-3
Loss 2-4 Nov 2002 Réunion, Reunion Challenger Hard Argentina Federico Browne 0-6, 6-4, 5-7
Win 3-4 Jul 2003 Romania F5, Cluj-Napoca Futures Clay France Thomas Oger 6-4, 6-1
Loss 3-5 Aug 2003 Romania F8, Bucharest Futures Clay Romania Ionut Moldovan 4-6, 4-6
Win 4-5 Aug 2003 Romania F9, Bucharest Futures Clay France Nicolas Renavand 6-3, 6-0
Loss 4-6 Aug 2003 Romania F10, Brasov Futures Clay Romania Gabriel Moraru 4-6, 7-5, 1-3 ret.
Loss 4-7 Sep 2003 Bra?ov, Romania Challenger Clay Germany Daniel Elsner 2-6, 1-6
Loss 4-8 Oct 2004 Quito, Ecuador Challenger Clay Ecuador Giovanni Lapentti 4-6, 3-6
Win 5-8 Nov 2004 Homestead, United States Challenger Hard South Africa Wesley Moodie 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
Loss 5-9 Nov 2004 Puebla, Mexico Challenger Hard Mexico Miguel Gallardo-Valles 6-7(5-7), 4-6
Win 6-9 May 2005 Budapest, Hungary Challenger Clay Switzerland Jean-Claude Scherrer 1-6, 7-6(7-3), 6-3
Win 7-9 Jun 2005 Ko?ice, Slovakia Challenger Clay Poland Adam Chadaj 6-1, 6-2
Win 8-9 May 2008 Romania F1, Bucharest Futures Clay Australia John Millman 7-5, 6-3
Loss 8-10 May 2008 Romania F3, Pitesti Futures Clay Romania Victor Ionita walkover
Loss 8-11 Aug 2008 Romania F18, Brasov Futures Clay Romania Victor Ionita 4-6, 3-6
Loss 8-12 Jun 2009 Romania F5, Bacau Futures Clay Switzerland Alexander Sadecky 1-6, 1-0 ret.
Loss 8-13 Jul 2009 Romania F8, Medias Futures Clay Romania Victor Ionita 6-0, 4-6, 5-7
Loss 8-14 Jul 2010 Romania F6, Cluj-Napoca Futures Clay Spain Javier Marti 6-7(5-7), 7-5, 1-6
Win 9-14 May 2011 Bulgaria F3, Sofia Futures Clay Italy Enrico Burzi 6-2, 6-3
Loss 9-15 Sep 2011 Romania F9, Brasov Futures Clay Romania Teodor-Dacian Craciun 4-6, 6-1, 3-6
Loss 9-16 Oct 2011 Italy F29, Frascati Futures Clay France Axel Michon 2-6, 1-6

Doubles: 2 (0-2)

ATP Challenger (0-2)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Oct 2004 Grenoble, France Challenger Hard Germany Michael Berrer Italy Uros Vico
Croatia Lovro Zovko
2-6, 4-6
Loss 0-2 Apr 2005 Rome, Italy Challenger Clay Romania Victor Ionita Italy Manuel Jorquera
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
6-1, 6-7(4-7), 4-6

Performance timelines

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.


Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q2 Q1 A Q1 Q3 A Q2 Q1 Q1 1R A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
French Open A Q1 Q3 1R Q2 A Q1 A Q1 A 1R Q1 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Wimbledon A A A Q2 Q1 A Q1 A Q1 A 1R Q1 0 / 1 0-1 0%
US Open A Q1 Q1 A Q1 Q1 Q1 A Q2 1R Q2 A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-3 0-0 0 / 5 0-5 0%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A A A A Q2 A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Miami Open A Q2 A A A A A A Q2 Q1 Q1 A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Monte Carlo A A Q1 A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Rome Q2 A Q1 A A A A A A Q1 Q1 A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Madrid Not Held A A A Q2 A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Hamburg A A A A A A A A Q1 A Q2 A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Cincinnati A A A A Q2 A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Paris Masters Q2 A A A A A A A A Q1 A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 0 0-0  - 


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