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Hopman Cup

Marat, there was some trouble with your travel arrangements because you arrived late, can you tell us what happened there?

(Safin) Why are you bringing up this point to me now? (Laughs) Let's say they stole my passport.

Who stole your passport?

(Safin) I don't know who stole it. If I would know I would call him, I would call this person. Two days before I had to do some things and took all my stuff with me and then there was nothing. Basically there was a visa, but that's why I call to the Tournament Director (Paul McNamee) and he was nice to me. He understood this and he managed all the things. Basically I flew to Australia without the visa and I got the visa at the airport. Don't tell that to anybody. They treat me really well actually. Thanks to the people at the passport control, they were really nice. I had the visa but no computer. It was a problem for me that I was scared that first of all they would not let me leave the country, Russia, because I had to fly Russia (to) Frankfurt and then Frankfurt they might check the passports. I had a letter and if you have a difficult person in front of you it might be a problem, but no problem. In Singapore they checked my passport so I told them, listen, I get the visa here so they said okay, good luck! But I was scared to fly back another 20 hours.



Your down to #77 in the World you have been World #1 do you believe you can get back there?

I will try.. I mean I still have the year in front of me, I have no points to defend, but it depends how I start this year, I mean I need to get some confidence back and hopefully it will be ok



You have been described as brilliant and unpredicatble, how would you describe yourself?

Same as you said.

You think so?

Yeah I say compliment also! I take it.




Disappointing finish to the week, Marat?

(Safin) Why, why?why you so positive? (laughs)



Marat, how many are in your entourage ? you have your coach, you have Walter for fitness?who else do you travel with?

(Safin) How many people are you wanting me to travel with?

Are there any others?

(Safin) No, no, no ? it?s enough ? two persons is enough for me. I have no more power for more people. No, I think it?s really enough.



Australian Open

Q. About Kafelnikov, do you have news of him? Do you think he's going to come back on the tour?

MARAT SAFIN: No, quit. Guys, he quit. You will not see him anymore.

Q. Really?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, finished.

Q. He didn't announce it officially?

MARAT SAFIN: That's okay. He's Kafelnikov. He doesn't have to announce it.



Q. This is the best birthday gift you could have, or you're still hoping for something else?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I can't ask for anything else. Is probably the best birthday I ever had, especially when it's like 15,000 people that's standing in there, you know, singing the "Happy Birthday." I mean, it's really nice. And after especially the win, beating No. 1 in the world, it's really nice.

I'm really -- it was really nice.

Q. This is your best performance since when?

MARAT SAFIN: On my birthday (smiling)?



Q. What do you do when you have such a long match, not have much time? It would be tempting to sleep for 20 hours.

MARAT SAFIN: No, just have a little bit of massage, you know, just sleep. You definitely need a few extra hours to sleep. Have some beers, you know, for the muscles to relax, and for myself also. You really need that. I really do.



Q. You were all by yourself last summer?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. Me and my coach and his girlfriend.

Q. In a tent?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah.

Q. Where did you go fishing? Was it with Michael Chang and he taught you how to be patient?

MARAT SAFIN: No. Fishing like was great. We were staying like eight hours a day on a boat, you know, just sitting with our beers. We had everything. Whatever you catch, we cook and we eat.

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Indian Wells

Last year you got sick right?

Marat Safin:Last year I got sick. Not a really good tournament for me. (smiling)

Was it food poisoning?


Marat Safin: Yeah

Are you staying away from the cafeteria this year?


Marat Safin: I'm trying. I'm trying. I'm trying not to eat any fish. It's quite dangerous. So I'm trying to eat some pasta, take care of myself.



Do you get tired of hearing how much talent you have, what you should be doing, wins you should be getting?

Marat Safin: You know how many times I heard already? This is really bothering me.

You're sick of it?


Marat Safin: Kind of. You can't imagine. It they tell you all the time, "Thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you." You get sick of it. It's a little bit difficult. It's getting annoying.



Q. How do you feel about your luck in the tiebreaks this year?

MARAT SAFIN: I was really disappointed. This weather killed me a little bit today. At 3-1, then he had a few lucky shots. As I said before, just two volleys out of nowhere. That changed a lot.

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These are gems! Funny, funny Marat!

Hopp Rogi! Go Gonzo! Allez Gasquet!

Más vale maña que fuerza -- proverbio español
"Pero, con todos mis respetos para Rafa, Federer tiene más talento." - Marat Safin
"Pero para mí el mejor es Roger Federer. / For me, the best is Roger Federer." - D. Nalbandian
"He's the best sportsman, I think, in the world. He has a lot of humble." - Rafael Nadal
"He's so charismatic." - Marcos Baghdatis
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Miami

Q. You're more popular than a Ferrero. Spanish players in general have never been that popular, if you go back, in the States.

MARAT SAFIN: And? What's your point?


Q. I don't know.
MARAT SAFIN: But make your point. You don't know.


Q. Do you like to watch the Spanish play?

MARAT SAFIN: I will not even watch tennis if I'm not playing. I had enough with my own problems, and I have enough with my own tennis. I won't go to see the match of... I don't know...


Q. You were just talking about Andre before. Can you imagine playing as long as he is playing?

MARAT SAFIN: No. No.


Q. Why do you think he's having such success?

MARAT SAFIN: Because it's not like because he is Andre Agassi and he's the best of all times, blah-blah-blee, blah, blah, blah

Q. Do you have any recommendations to Patrick McEnroe as to whether Vince should be playing Davis Cup?

MARAT SAFIN: He's old enough to decide by himself (laughter).

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haha I love what he says, but some of his answers are total rubbish!

I don't know if he doesn't understand the question fully or just that his english speaking doesn't enable him to fully explain what he means.

But a legend all the same

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Monaco

Q. How tough was it for you to change another continent, to play on clay again? How difficult was it for you?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but on this continent I'm already for three weeks. I was playing.

Q. Oh, yes. Sorry, sorry.

MARAT SAFIN: Is not a question for me (smiling).



Q. You have a new coach. Why did you take this choice? What do you expect?

MARAT SAFIN: Because with Denis, it got to the point where you cannot just -- business and friendship does not go together at all, because I don't want to lose him as a friend. He's more important for me as a friend than as a coach. Every lose, you take it very personally, you get a little bit down, you know, like he is not really good - not communication , how you say? - Feelings. We playing little bit with the feelings of each other. Peter Lundgren, he's a professional tennis coach. He been traveling with Rios, he been traveling with Federer. He knows how to deal with it. Also, he can put me in -- he can explain to me a couple of things that probably I should know. And I want to try, I want to try to work. And if it will help me, it will be great. I am going to try until Wimbledon.

Q. You think that if he can deal with Rios...

MARAT SAFIN: If he can deal with Rios, he can deal with me, yeah, exactly (smiling).



Q. Are you going to the football tonight?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah.

Q. What do you think about the match? Give us your preview.

MARAT SAFIN: I'm for the football, I don't care who gonna win. I want to see beautiful football. But it's one of the matches you go to the stadium and the score is 0-0. So I don't think it's gonna happen tonight, otherwise, I will be really frustrated. But I hope they can show really good football. Of course Monaco has to win, but I got the tickets from the Chelsea so I have to support them also (smiling).

Q. From Mr. Abramovich?

MARAT SAFIN: Yes.

Q. Do you know him?

MARAT SAFIN: No, not personally. Friend of the friend of the friend of the concierge of the hotel where he is staying (laughing).



Q. You like to go on the ship, I mean...?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, go fishing. Just one week on a boat. I don't want to see anybody.

Q. On your own?

MARAT SAFIN: Not on my own, my friends. Somebody has to cook, right (laughter)?

Q. Only cook?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. What else I need?

Q. I don't know.

MARAT SAFIN: You are hot temper, like hot Italian man. You always think about one thing.

Q. The Italian and Russian are not very different.

MARAT SAFIN: No, because we have already too much of this. So already we get to another stage where sometimes you need to rest even from this (smiling).

Q. You become older, but he is not.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, he becomes younger (laughter). Is good...

Q. I have more appetite, you know.

MARAT SAFIN: Appetite coming with the food.



Q. Do you think the way you are in your head, it can work for you at one stage?

MARAT SAFIN: How I am in my head?

Q. In your favor, yes. I mean, being a little different.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but, darling, come on, I have quite decent career. For me, for myself, I had very good career. Of course, it's of course -- better is better than good. Yeah, I could be better if I will be improve, and I will be...

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Bea where are these coming from? Or do you just have a phenomenal memory ?

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Hamburg

Q: Do you think Grosjean is far from his good level?


SAFIN: You always have a couple of ups and downs through the year. He doesn’t play well, but for sure he will go up. He just needs some confidence and the only way to gain it is this kind of matches, like against me. It’s just play ugly, win ugly (laughs).

Q: Could you say the same about yourself?

SAFIN: Yes, I’m there. Winning ugly.


Q: You didn’t look that comfortable out there?

SAFIN: No, I didn’t feel like playing today.

Q: The weather conditions?

SAFIN: No, I just didn’t feel like being on the court. The hour they put me and all that together took over my motivation.

Q: What’s the remedy now?

SAFIN: Nothing. I will go home and enjoy my life a little.

Q: You were saying before that you were looking forward to this season.

SAFIN: Yes, but suddenly the weather conditions have changed, the balls are no good, the courts in Hamburg are soft. You get a lot of bad bounces. The balls are ridiculous. Everybody is complaining, but the ATP doesn’t do anything about it. It’s not only me who is complaining, I talked to several other players, also Haas is complaining. But the ATP doesn’t care.

Q: Where are you going from here? Back to Moscow?

SAFIN: Yes, I’ll go home and relax. And if I feel like playing I might go to France on Wednesday.

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Bea where are these coming from? Or do you just have a phenomenal memory ?

exact! I have a phenomenal memory! ...psst they're from Safinator.com

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Roland Garros

Q. Are you a masochist? You could finish in three sets and go home, have a nice dinner.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, I wish. But I couldn't. I couldn't. I really tried. I tried my best. Tried to make it short, but I couldn't just because he was playing great. I mean, I had to play all the time. I had to go a little bit for too much sometimes. Couldn't hold my serve a couple of times. That was a problem.


Q. In the history of Marat Safin crazy matches, this one is near the top?

MARAT SAFIN: Probably, yeah. The top one (smiling).


Q. The point at the net. You got a warning.

MARAT SAFIN: No, because I pulled my pants down.

Q. But you won the point.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, I won the point.

Q. You always win the point when you pull your pants down.

MARAT SAFIN: That's two points for that (laughter).

No, but really for me it was a big -- I mean, it was a terrible thing to do, just Carlos, also the supervisor on the court, Mike Morrissey. They just basically destroyed -- they tried to destroy the match. Just Bruno come there and just show that they are there sitting, doing nothing, which they have no clue about tennis. Try to show that they're above the tennis players, they put me a penalty point, which is a thing that is ridiculous.


Q. Some people play a point, stupendous point, raise their fist in the air. I don't think I've ever seen anybody pull their pants down to celebrate winning a point. What in your mind said, "Pull my pants down"?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, you see, that was the reason, so you guys will ask me five questions about the same thing, and I will give you all the time.

I don't know. I felt this way. I felt it was a great point for me. I felt like pulling my pants down. What's bad about it?

Q. Just confusing.

MARAT SAFIN: Confusing why? It's like, what, entertaining business. You try to make it fun. You try to make it -- you know, I am working my ass off on the court, it was full crowd, full stadium. We did a great job, I think. Was great tennis for four hours. Because of this incident, that's how we get treated by the people from ATP? You think it's fair? You think it's really fair?

Q. Did you talk to Mantilla in the locker room afterwards?

MARAT SAFIN: No. He wants to kill me probably, so...

About what?

Q. "Good match."

MARAT SAFIN: No. He said everything on the court. It was a great match. Unlucky.

Q. He said that to you?

MARAT SAFIN: No, he was unlucky. I told to him.

Q. What do you think the fine is for pulling down your pants?

MARAT SAFIN: I don't care. I doesn't really care. Has no price for this.

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Wimbledon

Q. Was it encouraging to have Boris Yeltsin there, or did you feel pressure?

MARAT SAFIN: No, just I didn't felt like -- playing, I didn't felt like -- I couldn't -- I didn't any like -- I didn't felt comfortable there.

Like I said, I don't like to play on this surface. I don't feel like I'm moving. I cannot move there. Every time, I don't know how it's gonna bounce. So it's like a really nightmare for me.

So after a while, just I get bored. I lost completely motivation, and I give up.


Q. Do you think you'll come back, or do you think you'll just give up on Wimbledon?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I give up on Wimbledon. Is definitely not the tournament for me. I give up on spending time on this courts. I give up on practicing before the tournament, just to prepare myself for better results.

I hate. I hate this. I have to admit it. I'm not really enjoying playing on this courts. So I just, you know, come like other people - Friday, Saturday before the tournament. Practice a couple of days, then I play. I'm not gonna spend my time, not gonna waste my time on that knowing, though, that I will not play well.

Q. Did your blisters heal?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, yeah. Perfect.

Q. Strange, wasn't it?

MARAT SAFIN: I don't know. Nobody knew what it was. I don't know.

Q. Could we see your hand?


MARAT SAFIN: No, it's perfect (showing hands).

Q. That's amazing.

MARAT SAFIN: Amazing blisters or amazing...

Q. No, it's an amazing recovery.

MARAT SAFIN: The recovery (smiling).


Q. Is there any chance this will be a very low moment and in the middle of August we'll see you with a gold medal around your neck in Athens?


MARAT SAFIN: Like I said many times, and I'm still insisting that the Olympics is not for tennis. Tennis doesn't need the Olympic Games. It's not my best -- it's not my goal in my life to win Olympic Games and say to everybody that I have Olympic gold medal.


Q. So why are you playing?

MARAT SAFIN: Why I'm playing?

Q. Yeah.

MARAT SAFIN: It's not because -- because I have to play for Russia. Because I have to. I have to do it. But is not my goal in my life to win the Olympic Games.

Ask Marc Rosset. He will tell you the same. He won it. He is not really proud of it, and just saying, "I won the Olympic Games. It's great. It feels unbelievable," and it's the best thing that will happen in his life.


Q. When you're playing Dmitry, are you playing a Russian or an American?

MARAT SAFIN: No, but he's from my club. He's from Russia and he will be Russian. It's just a little bit -- "Surfing Dude," we call him.

Q. You still love tennis, or do you tend to get bored with it?


MARAT SAFIN: No, I love tennis. I just don't like grass (smiling).

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TMS Canada

Q. What's the difference between the guy that won here four years ago and the guy sitting here today?

A. Older, experienced, used.

Q. Used? How used?

A. How used? Look at me. I've been everywhere. I've been injured. I've been -- everything happen to me. But nothing changes. Just the same person but a little bit improved.

Q. And what was the treatment for in the third set?

A. I felt like I pulled Achilles, the thing, you know, the tendon here.

Q. The Achilles?

A. Yeah. So, it was a little bit scared, you know. So, that's why I called the [inaudible]. I'm not young anymore.


The best quote of the year

Q. Kind of playing off Tom's question of how are you different from when you won here in 2000? When you're here in 2002 you seemed to be fighting yourself a lot. It didn't seem like there was as much of that today. You seemed a lot more playing within yourself. Where are you in relation to where you were then?

A. I'm not fighting with myself. Oh, my God. That's how I am. You know, the story of the hippo? The hippo comes to the monkey and said, listen, I'm not a hippo. So, he paint himself like a zebra. He said but he's still a hippo. He said but look at you, you're painted like a zebra but you are a hippo. So then he goes, you know, like I want be a little parrot. So, he put the colours on him and he comes to the monkey and said but, sorry, you are a hippo. So, in the end, you know, he comes and said I'm happy to be a hippo. This is who I am. So, I have to be who I am and he's happy being a hippo.

Q. I hadn't heard that story.

A. So now you know the story. I'm happy the way I am. That's me. That's my tennis. I'm not fighting anything and I'm just trying to play and I'm trying to have fun. Sometimes I have ups, sometimes I have downs. But I'm trying, you know, to make my life easier and enjoy it and it's a difficult job. You have to also understand it's not every day, you know, it's a great time and it's sunny and you play great tennis. You have difficult times. For example, today this loss, you know, it's like you run, you run for two hours and then in the end you lose. So, it's not so difficult and it really like makes you think, you know, like, what I have to improve and how to improve and if you five losses in a row, it's also difficult.

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Q. What kind of things did you do to occupy your time during that year? Was it hard to find something that interested you?

MARAT SAFIN: Anything except tennis (smiling). Anything.

Q. Was it hard to come up with things that interested you?

MARAT SAFIN: Believe me, there are very interesting things in life except tennis. I mean, tennis is great. But also there is -- is not the only thing in life that can a person have. And, believe me, there is much more things than that. Tennis is a part of your life, a major part of your life. But if you are not playing tennis, there is plenty of things to do.

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Sopot (interview with Nasty Nastya)

* What is the prize money from Russian Tennis Federation for Olympic gold medal?

AM - Prize money? I don't know...I don't think we know that. We are not playing for money for sure, the Olympics...

MS - Don't lie.

AM - I'm not lying! (laughing) I just don't know!

AM - Marat knows for sure!

MS - If I have a chance to win I will know it afterwards. If I don't win I think I don't deserve to have a prize. But I am sure it's gonna be good one, I'm sure.

* What do you think about Sharapova?

AM - We had good matches, I beat her last time just a week ago in San Diego. She's a tough girl, she's a good player. I think she's gonna have a good future. She has to pay more attention to what's going on in tennis life.

* How many raquest do you break every year? Do you talk about that with your psychologist?

AM - You think he has one? (laughing)

MS - I don't see a connection between breaking raquets and a psycholigist.
Well I broke plenty of them. Since I get the for free it's not a big deal. It doesn't mean you have to be crazy when you talk with psycholigist. Anyone can speak to him and when he does you listen to yourself. It's not like he's cleaning your brain and trying to improve something inside of you. You just listen to yourself, you listen to him, he listens to you and then you take the best out of it, But he's not going to change you. They get pay to listen. Basicly you speak but you listen to yourself and then you decide what you want to do in the future.


Athens


MARAT SAFIN: "Even when I lie I tell the truth"


US OPEN


Maybe you lost because you don’t show your emotions on court anymore?
(pretending he’s angry) First of all, whenever I try to show emotions, nobody likes it. When I don’t show emotions, nobody likes it. What the hell do you want me to do? Whenever I show emotions, everybody is criticizing me and complaining like ‘Why do you break so many racquets? Why you shout?’ Whenever I try to be calm, I try to be concentrated, is not good enough. So tell me how I should be please?

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Madrid

Q. What do you feel about the ball girls?

MARAT SAFIN: Great. For the people, like they have no clue about tennis, they're doing really, really good job. They know how to catch the balls. They're behaving well. They bring you the towels. So it's kind of nice. They are really doing a great job. You have to give them credit.

Q. You'd like to see more of it?
MARAT SAFIN: It gives you extra motivation.


Q. Just carrying on about the girls coming on, it's been said that part of the reason why we need ball girls, model ball girls, is because the game lacks enough quality or charisma amongst the male players, and we need something else on the side of the court to make it exciting. What is your opinion on that?

MARAT SAFIN: First of all, I think it's a good idea. You know that it has been around the world for all the week. Everybody is discussing all these things about the girls, like we treat the women the way they should not be treated. But it doesn't matter. Good publicity, bad publicity, they're still talking about tennis. It looks like tennis players are not exciting for the spectators. Every time I put CNN, every time they go, the first and fourth seed, withdraw from the tournament, the first seed Tim Henman lost to Ljubicic, like whatever, Agassi won, Safin won, that's it. So it's already a negative way of thinking about tennis, especially is not in a position -- is not in great position right now, tennis. So at least some excitement for tennis bringing out the girls. First of all, they get paid, so already it's a good job for them. And it's some excitement just for the people. Every time they show them on TV, the people from the stands, they like it. So it's kind of entertainment.

Q. Did Gerard run the idea past you first?


MARAT SAFIN: Yes. I thought it was great. This was really great idea. I'm totally just with this idea.

Q. What percentage do you think Lundgren has in your success?

MARAT SAFIN: Enough. Quite a lot. Most of it, I think. The most important part.

Q. Why?

MARAT SAFIN: What can I say? He explains things, he teaches, he tries to explain why, how, and what you have to do to reach the goal, small things that make a great difference when you play a match. He explains what the people like, what they don't like. Those main things, you see, that only a professional coach knows. He's worked with Federer, for instance, and has a lot of experience, and knows about it.


Q. Goran Ivanisevic used to say there were two Gorans, the good and bad Goran. Do you feel it's the same? Do you have to talk to yourself?

MARAT SAFIN: He's a little bit not the same way that I am. But in a way, like, probably we are both perfectionists, which it's difficult for the perfectionist to be on the court and just win the match no matter how, arguing with the frames. If you need to shout at the other guy to lose the match, to put him pressure, do you that. Just too nice. Whenever it didn't go our way, we just were getting lost. You know, we felt like we're not good enough for this game, we should be better, and you putting so much pressure. So that's why I think he understood it really late, and I understood it on time. Hopefully I can improve it a little bit. I'm satisfied the way my career is going, but you always want to improve. That is the thing. Get as close as you can to the perfect stage.

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Last edited by Bea; 12-08-2004 at 06:22 PM.
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