Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?
He has a great chance to move up later in the year considering the total absence of points he has to defend from Wimbledon and the US Open, in contrast to Federer's two titles and Roddick and Hewitt's finals respectively. In fact, apart from Estoril, Monte Carlo and RG he has no significant points at all to defend until the autumn. His best opportunity to take the no. 1 spot would be right after the US Open, which would be when all Federer's GS points from last year would have come off (obviously he'll defend the majority of them) and Safin would have his highest total of points. That said, it'll be tough to end the year no. 1 given the massive number of points he has to defend in the indoor season - around 1200, I think, from Madrid, Paris and the TMC, compared to Federer's 750. That should make for a close finish in the rankings, possibly coming down to the last couple of tournaments.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.