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Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off before the 2005 Australian Open men's final and by playing the final at night under nice weather conditions? I think so. I think Safin needed the 2 days off to fully mentally and physically recover from his titanic and arduous 5 set semifinal win over Roger Federer. And I also think it would have been hard for Safin to muster the energy to win the final in the oppresive Australian daytime heat. But playing the final at night enabled Marat to get stronger and that match went on. And Safin's Federer like play in the fourth set was absolutely amazing with some of the best shotmaking I have ever seen!

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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

Yes! I totally agree. It was also super lucky that he played Dominik with the roof closed.

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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

not really....he's a high quality athlete, so I dont think the extra days made a difference

Sure, Lleyton mightve been the stronger if it were a long match in blistering heat, but I still think Marat wouldve still remaind strong and not let it get that long


What I do think Marat possibly benefited from is Lleyton having plans to propose apon winning the trophy......surely that mustve been going through his head when he was out on court.....really dont need that stuff creeping into your mind during your appearance in the centenary Australian Open final
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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

Auscon, it would be interesting to know what effect the planned proposal had on Lleyton during the match.
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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

yes he did. but i believe he would have won anyway. the only player who gets off on playing in the scorching sun is Agassi.

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Auscon, it would be interesting to know what effect the planned proposal had on Lleyton during the match.
maybe it inspired him to give his very best effort. for the first set and a half his tennis was incredible.

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You know, I'd be lying if I said I'm looking forward to practicing the next two days as opposed to playing here. That part is gonna suck...(2010 Aegon Championships)
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Auscon, it would be interesting to know what effect the planned proposal had on Lleyton during the match.
yeah, the more I think about it, the more I think that Bec cost Lleyton a win Then again, Lleytons got to be out of his effin' mind to have even been thinking about getting engaged with an Australian Open final in sight....a real dumb move imo.

Needed to have 100% focus......badly needed to get that serve going.....but couldnt. Maybe if he had that extra focus, he mightve got the serve going, and mightve held off some crucial breaks, and possibly weathered Marats mighty storm in the 3rd and 4th sets, if there was to ever be an end to the storm that is
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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

Yoko?

Yeah, when there was no pressure, Lleyton's serve held up. But, when I saw it start to break down, I thought Marat had the opening he needed. At the time I thought the serve broke down because Marat started pressuring him. Marat was probably a bigger factor than Bec.
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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

hardly............ the two day break cost Marat the 1st set and nearly the match
having 2 days off breaks your routine
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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

Good point JMP about how Safin benefited from having the roof closed in his quarterfinal match against Dominick Hrbaty.

TC, that's true about Andre Agassi enjoying playing in oppresive heat and making his opponenets suffer in that heat! But I think Lleyton Hewitt would have preferred to play Safin in a daytime final with much hotter conditions.

No to the Yoko Ono comparison, JMP. Let's not go that far.

It looks like you're in the minority Eggy. I think the 2 days off and playing the final at night in delightful weather conditions helped Safin stay strong for his 4 set win.

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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

I don't think Marat was benefit from having 2 days off....that's doenst make difference!

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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

Denise, if you don't think Marat benefitted from having 2 days off do you think he benefitted from playing the 2005 Australian Open at night in wonderful weather conditions?

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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

summing it all up-Safin benefited from having an unexperienced player in the 1st round, then having to play a player who was caught on drugs,then having erratic Mario in the 3rd round, then from having an opponent who was too small for him,then form hhaving the roof closed,then from facing an out-of-form Roger,and then from having 2 days off,night match and tired Hewitt. That lucky bastard!

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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

only a matter of luck...Third time is the lucky one.

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Re: Did Marat Safin benefit from having 2 days off and playing the '05 AO final at night?

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only a matter of luck...Third time is the lucky one.
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