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Santoro defeats Henman in London

11 December 2012 06:37

Fabrice Santoro marked his 40th birthday by beating home favourite Tim Henman to win the ATP Champions Tour final on Sunday.

The Frenchman, known as the 'Little Magician', proved he hadn't lost the old trickery, winning 7-5 6-3 at the Royal Albert Hall.

The next leg of the ATP Champions Tour starts next Monday in Rio de Janeiro.

"Today is a special day for me because I just turned 40, and I had my family in the crowd, and my friends came from Paris and I just had some great moments," Santoro said.

"For me tennis is a big part of my life, I played tennis since I was six years old and I will always be happy to be on a tennis court."

A pragmatic praised Santoro for his unpredictable style.

"It's not really like you can practice against anyone else to get a rhythm for the way Fabrice plays because he's unique and plays two hands on both sides and with such variety," Henman said.

"I think for me the biggest surprise was how well he served, I didn't really feel like I had too many opportunities on his serve."

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