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Why does Marat Safin play doubles?

Hopefully, it has not been discussed, otherwise a certain poster will be very very mad at me...

Now back to the question.

Here is his record starting Jan 2004:

2004
Marseille, France
Partner: Nicolas Escude (FRA)
R16Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)W6-1 6-2
QFPaul Hanley (AUS)Nenad Zimonjic (SCG)Lw/o

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Partner: Olivier Rochus (BEL)
R16Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)Feliciano Lopez (ESP)L4-6 2-6

Miami, Florida, USA
Partner: Mark Philippoussis (AUS)
R32Tomas Cibulec (CZE)Leos Friedl (CZE)L6-4 3-6 2-6

Estoril, Portugal
Partner: Irakli Labadze (GEO)
R16Frantisek Cermak (CZE)Leos Friedl (CZE)L6-7(2) 5-7

Monte Carlo, Monaco
Partner: Nicolas Escude (FRA)
R32Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)Nicolas Massu (CHI)L2-6 2-6

Rome, Italy
Partner: Mark Philippoussis (AUS)
R32Lucas Arnold (ARG)Sargis Sargsian (ARM)W3-6 7-5 6-4
R16Bob Bryan (USA)Mike Bryan (USA)L7-6(3) 5-7 3-6

Toronto, Canada
Partner: David Nalbandian (ARG)
R32Jonathan Erlich (ISR)Andy Ram (ISR)L6-4 1-6 2-6

The Olympics at Athens, Greece
Partner: Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
R32Bob Bryan (USA)Mike Bryan (USA)L1-6 2-6

Bangkok, Thailand
Partner: Robin Soderling (SWE)
R16Justin Gimelstob (USA)Graydon Oliver (USA)L5-7 3-6

Moscow, Russia
Partner: Max Mirnyi (BLR)
R16Bob Bryan (USA)Mike Bryan (USA)W7-6 6-7(8) 7-6(4)
QFLeos Friedl (CZE)Radek Stepanek (CZE)Lw/o

Madrid, Spain
Partner: Andy Ram (ISR)
R16Bob Bryan (USA)Mike Bryan (USA)L2-6 4-6

St. Petersburg, Russia
Partner: Irakli Labadze (GEO)
R16Mardy Fish (USA)Graydon Oliver (USA)W7-5 6-4
QFNenad Zimonjic (SCG)Julian Knowle (AUT)L3-6 4-6

2004 Win/Loss: 4/10

2005

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Partner: Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
R16Cyril Suk (CZE)Pavel Vizner (CZE)L4-6 5-7

Indian Wells, California, USA
Partner: Thomas Johansson (SWE)
R32Cyril Suk (CZE)Pavel Vizner (CZE)L4-6 2-6

Miami, Florida, USA
Partner: Thomas Johansson (SWE)
R32Taylor Dent (USA)Robby Ginepri (USA)L3-6 3-6

Win/Loss: 0/3


Money? To practice? To work on certain shots? Why?
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Re: Why does Marat Safin play doubles?

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Money? To practice? To work on certain shots? Why?
to socialize
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Re: Why does Marat Safin play doubles?

Just to have a bit of fun with the players, and a bit of match practise, too. He doesnt take doubles too serious.
For him doubles is generally more fun, because he hasnt pressure.

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Re: Why does Marat Safin play doubles?

so that he chalks up enough matches to make shamil T pick him for DC dubs duty...though even if he didn't he'd still get picked for DC dubs duty


and of course i'm kidding...

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Re: Why does Marat Safin play doubles?

To give his poor stressed out fans, more opportunities to see him play!? The guys that he's lost against... a lot of them are very skilled doubles specialists.

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Re: Why does Marat Safin play doubles?

To have the possibility to break more racquets

I think it's a combination of socializing and match practice, like someone said.

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Re: Why does Marat Safin play doubles?

he does have a dubs title to his name u know

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Re: Why does Marat Safin play doubles?

I happened to sit down during his recent loss to Dent/Ginepri, and it was a real poor effort, to say the least...

the only one with a slight idea of doubles court coverage was Taylor Dent, whose well placed volleys and aggressive poaching were making Safin's life miserable out there...Marat and Thommas were playing doubles like two singles players slapped together, and were being constantly caught out of position or even clashing onto each other trying to chase the same ball. .. but it was also clear that Marat was enjoying the moment and just having fun, besides having dozens of female expectators scream at his every good shot...
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Re: Why does Marat Safin play doubles?

does he get paid a specail appearance fee at small tournaments if he plays doubels as well?
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he does have a dubs title to his name u know
with some good player.. cant remember his name...

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he does have a dubs title to his name u know

when ? where? who did he partner with?
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with some good player.. cant remember his name...

yep!!!! wonder how they won too!

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yep!!!! wonder how they won too!
marat wasnt that bad but the other guy... pfff he will never achieve anything he was so bad that he doesnt play dubs anymore

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when ? where? who did he partner with?
in 2001, Gstaad with Roger.

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in 2001, Gstaad with Roger.
oh I see... I wonder how could they win a title... I mean, c'mon, between 2 of them they hardly have enough talent to win a club tournament...


btw, since Roger has bee mentioned in this thread, I think we have to move it to somewhere else out of GM before MTF police comes
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