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Expect the unexpected???

Expect the unexpected, the phrase that says it all about Marat. Does it really? I mean I think I can say with Marat you can expect the expected. A good run in Melbourne, a letdown after that, a reasonable till good clay season, a Wimbledon disaster, a so and so American hardcourt summer and a good indoor season to end the year with. I don't see it changing, no matter who's coaching him, no matter who his opponents are in the tournaments he plays. Will we be able to expect the unexpected in the future and see Marat actually do well in more then ten tournaments a year?

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clay should be good for him but with Marat he'll probably lose to Mardy Fish on the stuff :retard:
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That would have to be some display of OAFishness for that to happen, TBE.

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clay should be good for him but with Marat he'll probably lose to Mardy Fish on the stuff :retard:
hey hey mardy is a master on clay

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I agree...Marat can be very predictable sometimes...even boring.

The same interviews..the same excuses...the same mental problems

One thing is sure, Marat always rises from the ashes...we only need to know his returning date...before RG please!

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clay should be good for him but with Marat he'll probably lose to Mardy Fish on the stuff :retard:
If that happens then I really hope Marat just retires.

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I agree...Marat can be very predictable sometimes...even boring.

The same interviews..the same excuses...the same mental problems

One thing is sure, Marat always rises from the ashes...we only need to know his returning date...before RG please!
Wasn't his returning date supposed to be before USO 2004? How wrong we were so...

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If that happens then I really hope Marat just retires.
No, if that happens, he'll need another amulet...bling, bling, bling, bling.

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Seriously, from the interview after the Labadze match it seems as though he has accepted that he cannot do well at certain events and resigned himself to his fate at events like IW, Miami and Wimbledon. It's not the attitude of a no. 1 player, and it'll certainly make it difficult for this rivalry with Federer that the ATP are longing for to actually emerge, but Safin himself has said that he'll never have the consistency of someone like Federer and, as we've all heard, you can't change a happy hippo's spots. He says that his game is high-risk and when the confidence is not there then he ends up missing too much and not feeling comfortable on court, but other players must go through similar lulls - yet they manage to battle through most of the time.

Safin's really too much of a perfectionist for his own good, ranting at his own mistakes but also at well-played points from his opponent; it's as if he believes the hype about himself that he should be controlling everything on court since he has such a dominant game, but it's obvious from the humility of his interviews that he doesn't think of himself like that. Federer had similar problems with being a perfectionist a couple of years ago, and has only really developed the capacity to "win ugly" over the last year or so.

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Wasn't his returning date supposed to be before USO 2004? How wrong we were so...
Don't you remember Ilhame?...We ordered a new improved Safin this year..but delivery failed.

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Safin's really too much of a perfectionist for his own good, ranting at his own mistakes but also at well-played points from his opponent; it's as if he believes the hype about himself that he should be controlling everything on court since he has such a dominant game, but it's obvious from the humility of his interviews that he doesn't think of himself like that. Federer had similar problems with being a perfectionist a couple of years ago, and has only really developed the capacity to "win ugly" over the last year or so.
good point.

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Don't jump the gun here, remember the start of the year? I can hardly believe someone in the other thread is already saying that Safin is overrated, that's the bandwagon effect for you. He didn't beat Federer and win the AO by accident, although it's fair to say that his game has a few more weaknesses to it than Federer's does, even disregarding the mental side.

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Don't you remember Ilhame?...We ordered a new improved Safin this year..but delivery failed.
Marat's being managed by incompetent people so of course delivery failed.

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This loss was actually very predictable. I would've been very surprised if he won this. Saifin needs a good start to his clay court season or else we may not see him until the U.S. Open. Sad really.
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Don't jump the gun here, remember the start of the year? I can hardly believe someone in the other thread is already saying that Safin is overrated, that's the bandwagon effect for you. He didn't beat Federer and win the AO by accident, although it's fair to say that his game has a few more weaknesses to it than Federer's does, even disregarding the mental side.
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