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)~*~(.SAFIN`s record of winning close matches at AO is freakin UNBELIEVABLE.!!%><&



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Marat really does like to do it the hard way at AO
However when it goes the distance Safin`s record is pretty incredible
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# Safin has played 5-setters on 8-occassions at the AO & won everytime: 8/8 ~ 100% in these matches Down Under [incl wins over Federer, Agassi, Roddick, Haas]..

* Safin has played 4-setters on 12-occassions at the AO & won 11/12 ~ [incl wins over Sampras, Hewitt, Blake, Martin, Kuerten]..

# The only 4-or-5-setter that Safin has ever lost at the AO was the 2002 FINAL~ where he chocked against Johannson after the burly Russian led by a set

* All in all Safin is 19/1 in 4/5-setters at the AO = 95%



`@@`..Has any other player ever had such a good record as Safin in close matches at a major tourney
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Amazing record. What a player! If only he could be a bit more consistent. Apart from Federer, he is the best player on the tour (but does not have the second best results because he is such a headcase).
I really get the impression that he kind of needs to be in big trouble and get very irritated before he really can play his best tennis.

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Re: )~*~(.SAFIN`s record of winning close matches at AO is freakin UNBELIEVABLE.!!%><&

Oh WOW, 95% is sure impressive!
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Re: )~*~(.SAFIN`s record of winning close matches at AO is freakin UNBELIEVABLE.!!%><&

Marat is an amazing talent. But, he's lazy and doesn't care most of the time. This doesn't help his ranking.

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Amazing record.
But I hope he runs out of gas on Friday.
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Re: )~*~(.SAFIN`s record of winning close matches at AO is freakin UNBELIEVABLE.!!%><&

All his 5-setters in Melbourne (8-0):

1999: Kuerten 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-4
2002: Haas 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 3-6 6-0 6-2
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2004: Roddick 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-7(0) 6-4
2004: Agassi 7-6(6) 7-6(6) 5-7 1-6 6-3
2005: Federer 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6(6) 9-7
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2007: Sela 6-3 5-7 4-6 7-6(4) 6-0

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Amazing record. What a player! If only he could be a bit more consistent. Apart from Federer, he is the best player on the tour (but does not have the second best results because he is such a headcase).
I really get the impression that he kind of needs to be in big trouble and get very irritated before he really can play his best tennis.
the record is impressive,
however, imo, he is one of the most overrated player on tour... he is good and talented, but certainly not the 2nd best.... he maybe the 2nd best player or even the best player on a particular day, but he doesnt have the consistency... you cannot judge him on his best performances and say he is the 2nd best... he could be crappy as well....

anyway, i still like him....
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well, marat is special.

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# The only 4-or-5-setter that Safin has ever lost at the AO was the 2002 FINAL~ where he chocked against Johannson after the burly Russian led by a set

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Apart from Federer, he is the best player on the tour
Maybe the WTA tour... maybe.
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Re: )~*~(.SAFIN`s record of winning close matches at AO is freakin UNBELIEVABLE.!!%><&

Well stratch the win against Haas. He was completely gone before the rain saved his ass.

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the record is impressive,
however, imo, he is one of the most overrated player on tour... he is good and talented, but certainly not the 2nd best.... he maybe the 2nd best player or even the best player on a particular day, but he doesnt have the consistency... you cannot judge him on his best performances and say he is the 2nd best... he could be crappy as well....

anyway, i still like him....
what has overrated to do with Marat?

an overrated player cannot beat a fully concentrated Fed on any occasion.

an overrated player can not reach 4 GS finals.

he's just that streaky and very demanding. Balls are not good, sky is too blue, too windy, too tired, clouds are too grey etc...

He just cannot fully devote himself to the tennis, that's all. i would not call him even lazy but more sort of genetically defected (malisse is the same kind of thing).

but why would anyone call him overrated? i'd call him the greatest underachiver.

anyways even if the record looks impressive it's not because of marat's ability to pull through this matches but because he's just plain better than the other's, more pure talent.
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if those matches were played in 3 sets he would have lost 6 out of 8
that's really impressive and explains why he's not #1
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true, 2 GS is not enough for a guy talented like him.
he should have 5 GS at least

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