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Safin wants nightmare to end

Safin wants nightmare to end
From correspondents in Paris
01nov06
IN ONE month's time Russia will contest the Davis Cup final against Argentina in Moscow, but Marat Safin would rather be anywhere else.


Safin is expected to take a leading role in the final from December 1-3, just as he did in September's semi-final victory over the United States.

Possibly in preparation for the Davis Cup, Safin is even teaming up with compatriot Dimitry Tursunov in the doubles at the Paris Masters.

But the three-time winner of the Paris title is far from happy after a year dogged by injury and poor form, which once saw his ranking slump to No.104.

And he is hardly in the right frame of mind to be leading Russia's Davis Cup tilt.

"I don't have any expectations from this year," he said after a three-set second-round victory over Sweden's Robin Soderling today.

"It has been a terrible year for me. Disappointments following disappointments.

"I just want to stop. I want to get over this year and just continue a New Year from the start because, really, this has been terrible."

Winning a Davis Cup is often considered as the pinnacle of any player's career, alongside winning a grand slam.

Most people would think the prospect of a Davis Cup final would be enough to lift anyone's spirits. But not Safin's.

"Yeah, but who cares?" moaned the big Russian.

"Just for my personal career I think it was a disaster year. It is not even half okay."

The former world No.1 started the year ranked 12th thanks largely to winning the 2005 Australian Open, but fell to outside the top 100 before climbing back up to his current 37th position.

"From the first day that I came on court this year I've been struggling, problems and completely unlucky in many ways and I'm just pretty sick and tired of this one," he added.

"I'm just trying to play my best tennis to finish on the right note and forget about this one."

He was far from his best in the first set and a half against Soderling, trailing 6-3 3-1 at one stage.

But a run of five straight games spearheaded an eventual 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory and kept alive his hopes of winning a fourth Paris title.

Next up for Safin is a third round clash against France's Richard Gasquet or Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.


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that's Marat. Love him or hate him, what you see is what you get.
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Another "i can't help myself" interview strike another pose, dude

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zzzz i see Safin is as happy and cheery as ever.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-01-2006, 06:57 PM
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lets be more positive. you can do it, marat.
i'm very happy that since he started working with volkov, he has clear goals. everything would be much more easier, if safin gets seeded for ao. good luck.

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marat very looks to getting far from nightmare,no?he's got back in a very bad shape at the mid-year but step by step is now getting back to the same marat as did beat roger in oz sf!
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Geez Marat!! Can we be a little bit more positive please??? Hopefully your talent will outshine your brain!
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Winning a Davis Cup is often considered as the pinnacle of any player's career, alongside winning a grand slam.

Most people would think the prospect of a Davis Cup final would be enough to lift anyone's spirits. But not Safin's.

"Yeah, but who cares?" moaned the big Russian.

"Just for my personal career I think it was a disaster year. It is not even half okay."

Marat is such a spoilt baby.
What did he think, that success would come back knocking on his door right away? He's already doing much better, he should be happy about that and continue working even harder, because things are only going to get more difficult as his ranking goes up.
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What did he think, that success would come back knocking on his door right away
he's always thought like that.
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