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Marat Safin is the first tennis player ever 6'4" tall to win more than 1 major!

I've been waiting more than 3 long years to write this thread. Congratulations to 6'4" tall Marat Safin on becoming the first tennis player in the history of tennis 6'4" tall or taller to win more than 1 grand slam singles title! It took Safin a few years to win his second grand slam singles title and he did it in dramatic and clutch fashion.

If people are wondering about tennis greats Stan Smith and Boris Becker they were listed as being 6'3" tall.

Brad Gilbert thinks Safin is 6'5" tall and he may be. But the statisctics show Safin as being 6'4" tall so I'll go with that.

And there has never been a great tennis player 6'4" tall or taller and I hope Marat becomes the first great tennis player at such a height.

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Re: Marat Safin is the first tennis player ever 6'4" tall to win more than 1 major!

I thought becker was 6´4"

schocking how good his movement is with that height

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Re: Marat Safin is the first tennis player ever 6'4" tall to win more than 1 major!

Officially, Becker and Kuerten are at the same height of 190cm/6'3"
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I think the combination of his size and movement are so awesome. In the US you see great athletes in basketball and American football who are large and mobile. It's really spectacular to watch them compete.
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Marat's movement is incredible for a man 6'5" tall. I was going to say he moves like a Bolshoi Ballerina but I'll save that for Anastasia Myskina or Maria Kirilenko. But Marat does move very well and his movement and power makes for a great comination as JMP pointed out.

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Guga isn't far from 6'4"!

Very interesting stat! Marat you rock!

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That is an interesting stat. Go Marat!

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Thanks. And I bet Marat is 6'5" tall as Brad Gilbert says. But we'll never know for sure unless someone like JMP measures him.

As for the rest of 2005 I hope Marat avoids playing too much and avoids injuries. If he stays healthy he could have a great year.

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Don't tempt me, the cat!
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That's really interesting. Thanks for that bit of info!

Commentators usually mention how Safin can move so easily around the court. It really is amazing!

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Very interesting...

I always thought Bill Tilden was much taller then what he really was.

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I read that Marat says he is 6'5".

We were having a conversation about true heights of players a while back because of this photo:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/atta...chmentid=28827

Have a look at Safin in comparison to 6'1" Henman or Federer or 6'2" Roddick.

The average height of the men's top 20 is 1/4 inch over 6' 0" so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense when people call Agassi or Hewitt "short" when they are not that much below that.

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That is an interesting stat.

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Hm, I've never thought of that. Very interesting.

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