|Born||18 June 1977|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 |
4 Challenger, 5 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 74 (26 September 2005)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2006)|
|French Open||1R (1999, 2006)|
|US Open||1R (2005)|
|Career titles||0 |
0 Challenger, 0 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 174 (27 February 2006)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|US Open||1R (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.
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.
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.
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.
|Loss||0-1||Sep 1996||Bra?ov, Romania||Challenger||Clay||Dinu Pescariu||6-4, 2-6, 3-6|
|Win||1-1||Sep 1996||Budapest, Hungary||Challenger||Clay||Attila Savolt||6-2, 6-2|
|Loss||1-2||May 1997||Curitiba, Brazil||Challenger||Clay||Gustavo Kuerten||6-3, 4-6, 3-6|
|Loss||1-3||Apr 2002||Mexico F4, Guadalajara||Futures||Clay||Andreas Fasching||2-6 ret.|
|Win||2-3||Jul 2002||Romania F2, Bucharest||Futures||Clay||Esteban Carril||6-1, 6-3|
|Loss||2-4||Nov 2002||Réunion, Reunion||Challenger||Hard||Federico Browne||0-6, 6-4, 5-7|
|Win||3-4||Jul 2003||Romania F5, Cluj-Napoca||Futures||Clay||Thomas Oger||6-4, 6-1|
|Loss||3-5||Aug 2003||Romania F8, Bucharest||Futures||Clay||Ionut Moldovan||4-6, 4-6|
|Win||4-5||Aug 2003||Romania F9, Bucharest||Futures||Clay||Nicolas Renavand||6-3, 6-0|
|Loss||4-6||Aug 2003||Romania F10, Brasov||Futures||Clay||Gabriel Moraru||4-6, 7-5, 1-3 ret.|
|Loss||4-7||Sep 2003||Bra?ov, Romania||Challenger||Clay||Daniel Elsner||2-6, 1-6|
|Loss||4-8||Oct 2004||Quito, Ecuador||Challenger||Clay||Giovanni Lapentti||4-6, 3-6|
|Win||5-8||Nov 2004||Homestead, United States||Challenger||Hard||Wesley Moodie||5-7, 6-2, 7-5|
|Loss||5-9||Nov 2004||Puebla, Mexico||Challenger||Hard||Miguel Gallardo-Valles||6-7(5-7), 4-6|
|Win||6-9||May 2005||Budapest, Hungary||Challenger||Clay||Jean-Claude Scherrer||1-6, 7-6(7-3), 6-3|
|Win||7-9||Jun 2005||Ko?ice, Slovakia||Challenger||Clay||Adam Chadaj||6-1, 6-2|
|Win||8-9||May 2008||Romania F1, Bucharest||Futures||Clay||John Millman||7-5, 6-3|
|Loss||8-10||May 2008||Romania F3, Pitesti||Futures||Clay||Victor Ionita||walkover|
|Loss||8-11||Aug 2008||Romania F18, Brasov||Futures||Clay||Victor Ionita||4-6, 3-6|
|Loss||8-12||Jun 2009||Romania F5, Bacau||Futures||Clay||Alexander Sadecky||1-6, 1-0 ret.|
|Loss||8-13||Jul 2009||Romania F8, Medias||Futures||Clay||Victor Ionita||6-0, 4-6, 5-7|
|Loss||8-14||Jul 2010||Romania F6, Cluj-Napoca||Futures||Clay||Javier Marti||6-7(5-7), 7-5, 1-6|
|Win||9-14||May 2011||Bulgaria F3, Sofia||Futures||Clay||Enrico Burzi||6-2, 6-3|
|Loss||9-15||Sep 2011||Romania F9, Brasov||Futures||Clay||Teodor-Dacian Craciun||4-6, 6-1, 3-6|
|Loss||9-16||Oct 2011||Italy F29, Frascati||Futures||Clay||Axel Michon||2-6, 1-6|
|Loss||0-1||Oct 2004||Grenoble, France||Challenger||Hard||Michael Berrer|| Uros Vico
|Loss||0-2||Apr 2005||Rome, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Victor Ionita|| Manuel Jorquera
|6-1, 6-7(4-7), 4-6|
|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||-|