The distress of a root canal easier than facing Santoro

A wily 20-year veteran, Fabrice Santoro has the same passion and determination he had as a 16-year-old neophyte. Wielding a textured mix of spin and tactics, the Frenchman is still more than capable of putting his opponents through agony.

Updated: July 23, 2008, 12:06 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

In most cases, a tennis player's legacy is best shaped by his or her results. Grand Slam wins, of course, carry the most impact, followed by notable efforts in Davis Cup, tournament titles and, to a lesser degree, compelling losses.

Then there's Fabrice Santoro. He is 35 years old and has never been ranked higher than 17 in the world. In 64 Grand Slam singles tournaments, only once has he made it to the quarterfinals. In 108 tries, he has only twice reached the semifinals of an ...

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