"Fortune favours the brave" was the line used by the commentator when Safin staved off break points when serving at 4-5 and eventually managed to hold his serve and win the first set against Monfils 7-5 at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Before the Live coverage started on those Russian and French entertainers, the broadcasters showed the match point between Tommy Robredo and Taylor Dent, where the American seized the match with 7-5, 6-3 scoreline.
(As I type, I see the Russian stud threw the racket in the direction of the chair umpire which hit the base of the chair, when he could not break Monfils serve at 1-1 in the second set.)
Those were the days when I was waiting in anticipation to see if there could be anyone who could bring down the might of Sampras. Mark Philippoussis could not do justice to his potential since his debut in 1994 and another bloke with a big serve is Andy Roddick, came in 2000 could not make any inroads either.
And there was one guy on whom I immediately zeroed on because of his strong serve and tall stature, the 17 year old that time who turned pro in 1998 by name Taylor Dent.
Dent has a big serve and huge forehand before Gonzalez changed the definition of huge forehands by hitting the lines. The Florida resident playing style belongs to the old school mode-the serve and volley one.
Plagued by injuries all through out his career, Dent's most impressive performance came in 2004 Olympics where he reached the semifinals and was defeated by the eventual gold medalist, Nicolas Massu.
Monfils has a lucky net cord at break point and leads 5-3 in the second set.
His recurring back problems prevented him from playing top level ball and he went under the knife in 2007. He played a challenger tournament later and was given a Wild Card for his ATP tournament in more than two years in July 2008.
Unsure of his tennis career Dent has chosen to hold a mic in the commentary box for the US Open coverage for couple of years.
Safin breaks back immediately and holds his serve to level the score at five all.
Dent has registered his biggest win after his rehabilitation against Robredo at his home tournament in Miami to proceed to the fourth round.
Owner of the third fastest serve next to Karlovic and Roddick, Dent is mighty pleased for his win over the 15th seeded Spaniard.
He is sponsored by Adidas which has the tag line, "Impossible is nothing." He is up against a player in his next round who is sponsored by shoe-clothing apparel which has the tag line, "Just do it," marketed by a certain Swiss called Roger Federer.
Monfils hits two screaming winners in the 12th game of the second set and wins it 7-5. The match is having everything.
Being more of a Dent fan before I became a Federer fan, it would be a perfect comeback if the American finds his booming serve in and manages to win a set from the 13 time Grand Slam champion.
But he would be totally aware that Federer has got 80% of his first serves in against Keifer in his previous encounter.
Nonetheless, Taylor Dent would dearly love to see the italicized quotes in this article to atleast become half true if he has any plans to continue his re-run on the tennis courts after rehabilitation.
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