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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

Marat Safin played a very grest tournament by winning the Australian Open and beating the (nearly) unbeatable Roger Federer.

If he continue playing like this he has a chance to become the number 1 at the end of the year!

What do you think?

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Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

I say no, but I think that he'll be the one to test Roger for the ranking.

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Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

you can win Grand Slam titles even you're not number 1
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Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

dont think so

i would like to see Marat fighting for no. 1 Spot but Federer is too strong u know

My prediction:
i think Fed will dominate the clay and grass season
well and a big Win in US Open for Safin

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Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

I love Marat but here's the reality:

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Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

No, Federer still the best ... but Safin will be the number 2 probaly :P

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Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

No, he won't. If he keep his game up like he has lately, he will challenge Federer like no one was capable of doing in the past year, but you have to remember that there's also room in Federer's game for improvement and if that happens, I don't see Safin reversing their H2H anytime soon.

I quite agree with Tennis Fool, but I don't think there'll be this huge gap between Federer and Safin/Hewitt. A comfortable difference for Roger? Yes, but not like he had last year with Roddick being #2.


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Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

No, Roger will remain number 1 at the end of the year

Maybe this will be a big turnaround for Marat in terms of consistancy, but I'm still not 100% sure of that....hopefully Lleyton will be able to dust himself off after this loss and sink his teeth into the rest of the season...I think it will be quite close between Lleyton, Safin and Andy in contesting the number 2 spot
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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.

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Its still a long road to go and #2 is good for him. Like everyone said, ROGER is still the BEST@@@@@

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I think to seriously challange for #1 Safin will need a good performance at Wimbledon, otherwise Hewitt's and particularly Federers consistency on all surfaces might be difficult to make up.
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No, he won't. If he keep his game up like he has lately, he will challenge Federer like no one was capable of doing in the past year, but you have to remember that there's also room in Federer's game for improvement and if that happens, I don't see Safin reversing their H2H anytime soon.

I quite agree with Tennis Fool, but I don't think there'll be this huge gap between Federer and Safin/Hewitt. A comfortable difference for Roger? Yes, but not like he had last year with Roddick being #2.
huge gap Remember Federer was beaten by Safin 2 days ago
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huge gap Remember Federer was beaten by Safin 2 days ago
There is still a gap between Federer and the rest (as the ranking points prove). Safin will need 1 or 2 more wins over Federer to prove that he is capable of beating him on a consistent basis. We will find out soon enough.
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Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

See my thread on whether Roger Federer will lose his number 1 ranking at nay stage this year. It has provoked much talk and criticism.
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Re: Will Marat Safin be the new number 1 at the end of 2005?

I'd love to see Marat vying for the number one spot, but I can't see him overturning Federer so easily. For sure if he has a good Summer at Wimbledon and the USO he has a fighting chance, (although only the USO is surely a 'viable' option here) but he certainly won't be having it all his own way come the 2005 Autumn Indoor Season, where he picked up so many points in 2004. If it does indeed prove to be such a close (or at least a closer) competitive season as so many are predicting, the big guns could all still be blazing away post-USO. In 2004 the top spot had been more or less signed and sealed; only the battle for attendance at TMC Houston was left between Safin, Agassi, Henman and even Nalbandian. Safin came into form, under ideal conditions for his style of play (which is so important with him, more than many I think), and with lesser competition or even determination from many of his competitors at that time. Luckily, and no doubt due to solid work and mental strength, he has carried this form through to great effect, although the AO is clearly one of his favourite surfaces, tournaments, overall comfort zones. It all makes for a very interesting season.
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