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.
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.
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.