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I was thinking how great and nice it would be if the Moscow crowd gave Marat a standing ovation when he walks on the court for his 1st round match. That would be a wonderful and heartening gesture on their part and it'd make up for that shameful booing incident a couple years back. It would make Marat feel soo good...but what are the chances of that happening??
slim to none
I don't think the russian fans feel that they did anything wrong, thus why would they do something (like a standing ovation) to make up for it.
If an ovation does happen I imagine that it would be because they are happy to see him, not because they feel bad about booing him 2 yrs ago.
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Thats what i meant... giving him a standing ovation because they were happy to see him and have him back playing again after such a long layoff. Sort of like them saying welcome back, Marat! And if they were to give him one they'd be redeeming themselves for booing him 2 yrs ago which as we all know hurt and upset him a great deal.

But you're right, the likelihood of it happening is slim to none.

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When they would do that (which is still unlikely ), it would be really great for Marat. That would definetly cheer him up

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ok, to make up for my oh so naughty thoughts in the other thread, i'll post something nice and clean, lol

Marat was awarded the 'Order of People's Friendship' in Moscow yesterday for his efforts in helping Russia win their first ever Davis Cup. Here is an article from tgfr.com.

The award ceremony celebrating the tennis players who have been playing for the national team in the Davis Cup was held today after the second ladies' semifinals at the Olimpiysky stadium. The actual trophy - the silver Davis Cup - was placed in the middle of the central court. The heroes of the Davis Cup ties stepped out on the court along with the captains who coached the national team of several generations, including such emeritus players as Sergei Likhachev, Vladimir Korotkov, Tomas Leyus, Alexander Ivanov, Teymuraz Kakuliya, Alexander Metreveli, Konstantin Pugaev, Sergei Leonyuk, Andrei Olkhovsky, Andrei Cherkasov, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Mikhail Yuzhny, Davis Cup captain Vadim Borisov (a former Davis Cup player himself) , and the two last captains - Anatoly Lepeshin and Shamil Tarpischev. The tennis fans could watch on a big screen selected episodes from Davis Cup ties featuring Soviet and then Russian players. The chairman of the Russian Sports Committee Vyacheslav Fetisov awarded the famous Russian player Yevgeny Kafelnikov with the Order of Honor and Marat Safin (who brought his team two winning points in last year's Davis Cup final) was awarded the Order of People's Friendship.

The most emotional moment of the event was the short speech by Russia's first president BorisYeltsin addressed to the veterans and the actual players of the Russian national team. Boris Yeltsin wished all the ceremony participants good health and wished every success to the members of the Russian national men's team whom he wants to win the Davis Cup in 2004 and also to play successfully at the Olympics in Athenes. Boris Yeltsin also wished success to the Russian national women's team in the Federal Cup semifinals vs France to be played in one month and a half in Moscow

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Congrats Marat!! I read he was very happy to receive the award.

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wow great Congrats Marat, you really deserve this award

thanks Jessi

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Hi Guys It's my first time posting here ...I'm Alex in Christine's forum... Just want to let you know I did a translation for Christine ..it's a pretty entertaining interview from L'équipe...you can read it on her board...
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Hi Alex great to see you here
i was just about posting the interview
Always, great interview Thanks so much for translating it

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I Missed Tennis
October 2003
L'Equipe
By Vincent Cognet
Translated by Catherine Rouland


Marat Safin became aware, in the last few months, that his life was also important while he is on a tennis court. Victim of a serious wound of his left wrist, Marat Safin was almost out of the circuit since spring. He will make his come back to the competition today, in Moscow, playing against Wayne Black. Yesterday afternoon, he confided himself in the player's lounge.. Always really relaxed but firm on his intentions: going back as soon as possible to the rank he really deserves.

From our special correspondent

Q: How is your wrist?

MS: Definitely better, but I still feel some discomfort. It is nothing like the pain I used to feel, before, It was like someone was stabbing my wrist. But all the discomfort I am feeling now is normal. I did not play for so long so my body needs some time to get used to effort. I did not play during six months, so everything seems to be going so fast for me. I lost some weight, I lost some muscles (he shows his biceps and his chest.) Look at that, someone would say I am a woman! (Laughter.) I tried to get back to the game in Los Angeles (at the end of July), but I had to give up after seven games. I was suffering too much. Over there, they put a plaster cast on my lower arm . I kept it for one month.

Q: Then you started rehabilitation?

MS: Yes, in Moscow, at the beginning of September. I had some acupuncture treatments, massages, etc. You see that? (he shows the innumerable puncture marks on his upper arm.) Here's what my therapy was, four hours of it every day. Then, I gradually start to train again. I will try to finish the year as well as possible to start the next one as best I can. But I have to start at the beginnig…I whish to be ready for Madrid and Bercy, just to show the others how dangerous I still am. It would be nice to finish the year in the top 50. But I hope 2004 will be MY year. I want to return to the top 10 and claim the number one spot.

Q: You never considered a operation?

MS: In Los Angeles, the doctors told me at first : `` One month out of the circuit if you rest, three months if you have the operation.`` Then, they decided to put a plaster cast on my wrist. They told me so much about this wrist that, now, I know as much as them on the subject. If you want some details on bones, ligaments, nerves and cartilages, you just have to ask me : I know everything about it! (Laughter.)

Q : What did you do during all these weeks out of the tour?

MS: After my withdrawal in Los Angeles, I spent one month in California. I had a medical exam every Wednesday. But, the rest of time I had some time off. Then my coach (Denis Golovanov) and I rented a car, bought a map and left to visit Yosemite Park. We did some camping, we fished in the river. Denis' girlfriend was with us, so in the evening, she cooked dinner for us. We cleaned the fish and she cooked it for us. We also went to Las Vegas. I spent three fantastic weeks.

Q: You also made a trip to New York?

MS: Yes, I stayed three days. I spent one day in Flushing Meadows to watch Dinara play, I also saw some friends and I went to a party organized by MTV. It was ok.

Q : Did you miss the tour?

MS: I miss Tennis. (He insists) Really. Each time I watched a tournament on T.V., I said to myself: `` You should be there, you should be the one winning this match.`` I played well at the beginning of the year, I beat Ferrero 6-4 6-4 in the semi-final of Barcelona, I was not bad at all when I arrived in Roma. But the injury messed up everything. For six months, ciao!...

Q: Morally, how do you feel?

MS: I feel an enormous motivation to return in the top.

Q: Do you have the feeling that this injury helped you to mature?

MS: I understood that I would not change my personality. I am what I am and that is it. Tennis is my life. Before the injury, I had the feeling of being stuck in a whirlwind. Everything was going so fast, everyday the same routine, matches, demande/sollicitations… You walk, and everyone is speaking around you at the same time. It is like a constant buzz. There, for six months, I did not receive one phone call. I had time to rest, to think on my situation, my objectives. To think on my life, in fact. The last time I had time to do that was three years ago, when I was losing all my matches in the first round of every tournement. I love tennis, the game gave me a lot of hapiness, but I want even more. Now, I know what I want.

Q: Did Ferrero's victory at Roland-Garros, Federer's at Wimbledon and Roddick winning the US Open contributed to increase your frustration?

MS: It is very difficult to see others players winning Grand Slams without being able to compete against them. If I lose in the first round, that is alright, because it is all my fault. But, there, I could not even compete…. From a certain point of view it hurt. I know I can play as well as them, perhaps even better than them. Of course they can beat me, but, at least, I am on the court. I understand now why certain players have so much difficulty to retire. The competition is part of our lives, we deeply need it . All this make life more exciting.



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Hi Guys It's my first time posting here ...I'm Alex in Christine's forum... Just want to let you know I did a translation for Christine ..it's a pretty entertaining interview from L'équipe...you can read it on her board...
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Great article!!!
Marat on MTV VMA's... really nice! He seems happy and motivated. This is good!!!
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Hola Alex! Welcome!!

Merci pour le translation.

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Thanks a lot guys for your welcome,,glad you liked the interview...Hope to see you all around!!

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Santoro Downs Safin; Ginepri Back to Winning Ways


Fabrice Santoro was at his cunning best on Tuesday night at the Grand Prix de Lyon, as he thrilled the home crowd with a straight sets win over Russian No. 7 seed Marat Safin. He improves to a 7-1 career head-to-head lead over his Russian opponent, whose power play was once again negated by the masterful Frenchman's beguiling tactics. Safin, who has been out with a wrist injury in recent months, has now gone over five months without a match victory, with his last win coming in the semifinals of Barcelona (d. Ferrero) in April.

American Robby Ginepri got his first victory of the ATP indoor season under his belt with a straight sets win over Raemon Sluiter of Holland. Ginepri, who spent two weeks away from the tennis court following his third round showing at the US Open (l. to Martin) -- his last tournament appearance -- said he was eager to get back to match play after several weeks of intense practice in preparation for the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon. Visited by actress-girlfriend Minnie Driver over the weekend, Ginepri even had some time to take in the sites on his first visit to this French city, known for its proximity to the Alps and French wine country.

Thomas Enqvist, who came through qualifying, won his fourth match in four days here in Lyon by taking a pair of tie-breaks over South Africa's Wayne Ferreira. In the process, he won his first encounter with Ferreira in seven head-to-head meetings. In other first round singles action, Hicham Arazi went the distance with Radek Stepanek winning a third set tie-break. Arazi saw a 5-2 lead in the tie-break disappear before winning the final two points of the tie-break, 7-5, to move into the second round.

In other matches, Fernando Vicente made it two wins out of two against Yevgeny Kafelnikov this year, having also defeated him in Doha earlier in the year. The Spaniard had little trouble seeing off the eighth-seeded Russian, advancing to the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 win. Meanwhile, Marc Rosset of Switzerland overcame Spanish wild card Alex Corretja in two tie-break sets to move into round two where he next faces Santoro.


WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Safin: "My wrist is getting better and better. It comes down to confidence. Basically, it is only my second tournament. It is difficult to get any kind of level back. I have three tournaments left this season. To win one match in the rest of the year would be a good. I need to start from somewhere."

"I just haven't had time to find my confidence. It doesn't matter who I would have played tonight, it could have been the worst player in the world and I would have still encountered the same problems. I didn't know what shot to play, when to come into the net, how to anticipate the next shot. I was always half a second late. I couldn't read the game. Every set I play, I am getting better. I start slowly and by the time I get to the second set, I know what to do but it is too late."

"I am not going to put any pressure on myself. I know I am getting there. It will come. It is like riding a bicycle, you never forget. Putting pressure on myself will only make matters worse. I just need some time. During my time off, I couldn't do much physical training and I lost seven kilos. I need to spend one month working on my upper body, lifting weights and rebuilding the muscle I have lost."

Santoro: "I can't compare this with my other wins over Marat. That's not the real Marat out there. He's been hurt and is lacking in confidence."

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Safin's comeback falters again in Lyon first round
Tue 7 October, 2003 21:55 BST


By Eric Saillot

LYON, France, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Marat Safin was frustrated in his comeback attempt for the second consecutive tournament when he lost 6-1 6-4 to France's Fabrice Santoro on Tuesday in the first round of the Lyon Grand Prix.

Beaten in the Kremlin Cup first round last week on his return from a series of injuries, the Russian seventh seed found Santoro too clever once again -- the Frenchman has now beaten him seven times in eight matches.

Safin was leading 4-2 in the second set and had three points for 5-2, but he could not make his advantage count. Santoro, however, took little satisfaction from his victory.

"Marat is very far from his best. It hurts me to see him like that. I think he will need a long time to get back to the top," he told reporters.

Safin, ranked third in the world at the end of 2002, had played only once since April before the Kremlin Cup. "From now until the end of the year I would like to eke out one victory, that's my short term aim," said Safin. "I am sure I can be competitive in 2004. Tennis is like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it."

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