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Nr 1 seed at the tournament he won twice, coming off a Masters series title. What's gonna happen next? I got no clue .

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Re: St Petersburg Open

btw Vass' words have become profetic. it's a long run, even with the supposed rest days around Moscow.

To play or not to play? To try to continue the momentum or to rest to recuperate?



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hope he can do well in St. Petersburg! It is a tough question whether rest is better for Marat or whether he should try and keep the momentum. Unfortunately he hasn't really had a choice lately because he has to/wants to play in Moscow, then there's a masters, then there's St. Petersburg (ie. another Russian tournament) and then another masters, so he can't really not play any of those and they're all consecutive...especially when there's a good chance of getting to Houston, he's going to want to try and get points wherever he can. Hopefully he won't tire himself out too much. Davai Marat!!!
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I can see him not playing in Bercy....
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I can see him not playing in Bercy....
Do you really see Marat voluntarily missing a TMS tournament?

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I do not think he will pull out from paris. it is his fav tournament. further more, it is important for him to guarantee the place of TMC.
IMO, he could be in semi in St Petersburg at most. then go to Paris! enough to take a rest and not bad in St petersburg.

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I do not think he will pull out from paris. it is his fav tournament. further more, it is important for him to guarantee the place of TMC.
IMO, he could be in semi in St Petersburg at most. then go to Paris! enough to take a rest and not bad in St petersburg.
You might be right.
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does Marat think in the same way? I wonder... it seems that he wants to maintain his form as long as possible. and again maybe the same as TO, he is somewhat over-serious I am afraid...

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is it possible for marat to get to #3 or top 5 in the entry rankings? I think he can if he wins st.petersburg, paris, and houston. But it will be a very tall task to win all that. He's just been playing amazing tennis recently. I think if he keeps this level of play up he could contend to win some majors next year.
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If Lleyton doesn't play and Marat wins St. Petersburg and Paris then theoretically I think it's possible. It's highly unlikely though.

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nr 4 tops I would think. but aren't we running ahead too much thinking like that?



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from the front page of atptennis:

Recent Masters Series Madrid winner and No. 1 seed Marat Safin will start action on Wednesday against qualifier Alexander Peya. He currently stands No. 6 in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race in front of Agassi, Henman and Nalbandian. The Russian is only 20 points away from the fourth place and will try to clinch a spot in the Tennis Masters Cup by repeating the title he won in St. Petersburg in 2001 and 2002.



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Re: St Petersburg Open

Points
1 Federer 1117*
2 Roddick 656*
3 Hewitt 613*
4 Moya 484
5 Coria 480
6 Safin 465
7 Henman 447
8 Agassi 393
9 Gaudio 383*
10 Nalbandian 355

*qualified for Houston
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is it possible for marat to get to #3 or top 5 in the entry rankings? I think he can if he wins st.petersburg, paris, and houston. But it will be a very tall task to win all that. He's just been playing amazing tennis recently. I think if he keeps this level of play up he could contend to win some majors next year.
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Re: St Petersburg Open

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I can see him not playing in Bercy....
I already bought my tickets for Paris Bercy!!!

Come here Marat...French people are always nice with you

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