At the beginning of September, we wrote about an interesting Czech veteran Tomas Fabian (but in the real sense of that word, as Karlovic and Stepanek can easily be his sons), born in 1960, who occasionally plays in the Futures qualifying events. This 55-year-old enthusiast has tried to make the Futures main draw on 5 occasions in the last two seasons, and he failed to win a game in any of them! In addition, he caught the attention of the tennis fans that follows lower-tier events a few weeks ago when he lost a match at $25,000 France F17 Futures in Bagneres-De-Bigorre without winning a single point (so-called Golden match), which is extremely unusual in professional tennis, as your rival have to win all 48 points of the match, without making any errors! This weekend, Fabian was again in the spotlight, losing to Joffrey De Schepper in the first qualifying round of the France F23 Futures in Rodez by 6-0 6-0, this time managing to somehow win one point, on his second serve, avoiding the second Golden match loss in just a few weeks. Joffrey, a younger brother of more successful Kenny De Schepper, is a 25-year-old player who never competed on a level higher than Futures, and who barely broke into Top 1000 this summer.
Still, even that was enough to sweep poor Fabian by winning 48 out of 49 points, in the match that lasted blistering 21 minutes! In the previous story against Fabian (that one lasted 24 minutes) we considered how tough is to win the match without a point lost, no matter how weak is the rival on the other side of the net, and this time we could try to reconstruct the course of this match and in what scenario it could have been over in such a short time.
Joffrey has won all 24 points on his serve, and we know that 18 of those were the aces. The match was played on the indoor hard court so it is safe to say that Frenchman had service winner in all 24 points, as Fabian probably couldn't make a successful return.
Breezing past through his 6 service games in no time at all has left the room to De Schepper to play a little longer rallies in Fabian's games. There were 25 points on Czech's serve, including 7 double faults, which was also a helpful fact for finishing the match in such a lightning fast time.
For De Schepper, it was all the same if Fabian is serving the first or the second serve, and he lost one point (it would be interesting to see how it went), barely missing the Golden match victory. The pauses between the games and the sets have also taken some time from those 21 minutes, and if we cut them there's a simple calculation they had to finish every game in between a minute and a minute and a half to end it at such a speed.
This is probably the minimum amount of time required to play a match with 49 points, and it seems impossible to make it go below 20 minutes mark. Still, maybe we will see that as well from Fabian if he continues to play qualifying matches for the Futures, as he is certainly not going to be any younger! ALSO READ: Nick Kyrgios gets sanctioned by ATP, season is finished for him!