Q. They said that when you were younger you practiced a lot with Safin. Do you follow his matches at all or not?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I didn't practice a lot with him.
Q. Another miss --
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No, I was -- we were raised like in the same club and we were always on the same courts hanging out and from the -- from like six years old and we were just there all day from like 9 o'clock in the morning our parents would drop us off there until like 9 at night. We would always hit with everybody. There were a group of kids.
Q. You don't necessarily follow his matches?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No, I do. He is a very nice person and as long as I have known, he would always play with me even though I am a girl and --
Q. They said you beat him.
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Yes, that is true. Before he was, you know, he used to cry a lot. No, I am just kidding. No, he was really nice. We always played. It didn't matter that I was a girl or I was playing worse than him or better. We were just playing and we did a lot of physical activities together.
Q. Could you see him being a top player, No. 1 some day? Do you think he has it?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: He has got a great game. As long as I can remember, he was hitting the fence because he was always like playing very -- he was -- all the juniors before were keeping the ball in play and just trying to win that tournament or point or whatever. He was always trying to hit the ball and I think that helped him a lot, that he got those big strokes and he is playing really relaxed. I love the technique that he has got and I think that it helped him a lot that he moved to Spain because like we know in Russia it is very difficult to practice. I think that he should be a great player.
Q. Anna Kournikova yesterday was talking about remembering how she was playing with you when you were very young. She remembers it as a very nice time, that she enjoyed playing with you. What do you remember from those times?
MARAT SAFIN: She enjoy, for sure, because she beat me all the time (laughter).
Q. Was she a nice winner?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. It's normal that she beat me, I think, in this age. It was nice game we played. We spend a lot of time playing matches. It's really nice.
Q. She remembered that you used to hit the ball hard and hit the fences a lot. Were you always a big hitter, even when you were young?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. But before I didn't have so much power. All my balls was going not so fast. So she get easy, for her it was easy.
Q. Was it difficult for you as a boy to lose to a girl, or she was so good then it didn't matter?
MARAT SAFIN: No, for sure. When you are losing to a girl, I say, "What are you doing? It's not normal." But it happens in this age.
Q. How old were you?
MARAT SAFIN: I was just 12 years old --
Q. Were you teased a lot about it?
MARAT SAFIN: What's being teased?
Q. People joked about it, made fun.
MARAT SAFIN: One more time?
Q. Did they make fun of you?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, for sure. It's normal. Everybody telling me, "How can you lose to this girl? I mean, it's not normal." But I was losing the next day again, so.