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Hope so too. Thanks Jessi!

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Yes, very 'interesting' about the managers. Do they really have that much influence and sway over Marat as Andrei claims? I mean, i'm sure Marat knows who he wants to work with.. all the managers can do is suggest people who be good for him to work with but, ultimately, its Marat's decision. After all, its him who has to work with that person not his managers.
I don't know, Andrei sounds a little bitter to me and i think we should take his comments with a grain of salt.

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From John Werteim's mailbag. The 2003 Baggie Awards.


Quote of the Year, men: James Blake. The former Harvard undergrad had this take on sources of intellectual stimulation on the tour: "There are some pretty intelligent players out here, such as, well, Todd Martin and [pause]... Let me think of a few more."

Quote of the Year, men, runner up: Marat Safin. When asked whether he was disappointed at having to pull out of the Australian Open with a wrist injury, Safin replied: "Yeah. Kind of."


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Here is the link to the full article

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...12/15/mailbag/

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Thanks for the article Jessi!

About Chesnokov's comments... I don't know... I think Marat listen his manangers, but he takes the final decisions. Can't imagine Marat being so submissive.

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wow thanks for the article-im a bit surprised by Chesnokov's remarks- but im a bit unsure about Marat's managers, I know Gerard Tsobanian is one manager who is the other?not Amit is it? and if Denis is Marat's coach then what is Amit's role?Asst coach?Im confused!!
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Allon Khakshouri is the other manager. Not sure what Amit's role is but definitely not asst. coach to Denis. lol Atm, i think he's just a friend and confidant.

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@ Marat`s quote

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i agree. Marat knows what he wants. I think he listen to his managers but at the end he is the one who makes the decision.... He is a very strong charakter, in all ways.

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yep, yep

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9/7/2000
BY SANDRA HEWarT
[SIZE=3]Marat Safin has "it." [SIZE=3]

I'm sure that terminology doesn't escape anyone. Everyone knows someone who has "it" -- that indefinable little something extra that makes a person somebody to notice. At 20 years old, this Russian has all the goods that give him star quality: he's tall, he's handsome, he's talented, and he has PERSONALITY. And, of course, having money doesn't hurt, either.

Personality is a big one in the business of tennis, because without it, you can accomplish a great deal but never really become an anybody. Tennis has been craving a future celebrity, and Safin has the necessary credentials. Sure, his talent is still a little bit raw, but it's there all right.

Proof? You want proof? How about a first career Grand Slam semifinal berth at the US Open? How about his quarterfinal victory over none other than Pete Sampras at the Canadian Open last month? How about his taking home the trophy from that Canadian Open? How about Safin reaching the Indianapolis final two weeks after winning the Canadian Open? How about Safin winning three of his four titles just this year?

Safin has a theory to his success and the keyword is "AFRAID." "I think you have to be afraid, otherwise you going to the court, you think that you have to win," Safin said, after his 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 quarterfinal victory over Nicolas Kiefer of Germany. "You have to be afraid every time you going to the court. Otherwise you go to the court like you go to the beach."

Did I forget to say that Safin is funny, too?

Safin's biggest weakness has been that he hasn't quite figured out that you can't go after every ball like it's the last ball you might hit. Tempering his game to know when it might be prudent to play a little bit on the conservative side will certainly make him a far more mature player in the future. And there's no question that his desire to win is definitely a beneficial trait. "Semifinal is not enough, definitely," he said. "It's never enough, believe me."

It could bring a little excitement to the table if Safin comes through his side of the draw and Sampras comes through his end of the draw to meet in the finals come Sunday afternoon. According to Kiefer, who was a warm-up act for Safin, the Russian can take it all here at the US Open.

"The way he plays, I think his confidence is getting much bigger and bigger," Kiefer said, emphatically. "He played a lot of matches this year. He had a great season. For sure, he has a great chance to get in the final. He also beat Pete a couple weeks ago. I think he has a good chance, good chance for him to win."
Safin isn't running out to build a shelf for a US Open trophy just yet, accepting Kiefer's judgment as a compliment, but with a bit of a sense of humor: "It's only words. Can you believe it?" he asks, with an impish grin.

Kiefer stopped short of trying to compare Safin to Sampras, taking note that Safin is just another one of the young guns that the newest ATP Tour advertising campaign -- "New Balls, Please" -- is trying to push with the public. He also probably couldn't find the comparison, since Safin has no Grand Slam trophies, while Sampras displays a record 13 among his collection of 63 titles.

"He's (Safin) much younger," Kiefer said. "He didn't win so many Grand Slam tournaments. He's one of the 'New Balls, Please.'"

Safin first learned his tennis from his mother Rausa Islanova, who is actually having a good Open here with former students. Elena Dementieva, who pushed her way into a first Grand Slam semifinal (where she'll meet Lindsay Davenport), also counts Safin's mother as her first coach. Safin remembers the days when part of his training included practicing with Dementieva, and he doesn't have any inhibitions about saying way back then "she was bad."

While his mother taught him his tennis strokes, Safin credits his father with teaching him how to have a temper. That's why he is known as one of the up-and-coming racket smashing artisans. But he's been working hard to try to curb the bad habit, since it has become rather costly. "You know how much I paid already this year?" Safin said of his fines. "If you can pay my fines, it's okay -- I can break many (rackets). It's close to $7000, or even $10,000. Do you know what I can do with $10,000?"

Maybe build that shelf for a US Open winner's trophy?

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Interesting article! Thanks!

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Thanks helena! I love that article. Sandra Harwitt is a wonderful writer.

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thank you nelia

What a great article

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Marat talks about Tarpishev: "Shamil Anvyarovich is another father for me. He knows my parents for a long time. I doubt whether I could become a successful sportsman without his help and support, especially to overcome some difficul moments of my sport biography. He`s the best in finding words that can help in specific critical situation whether on court or in life. His moral support is very important for me, it makes me feel more confident. By the way, I think his contribution to last year DC was decisive."

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