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Safin Comeback Falters
October 7. 2003
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Marat Safin was frustrated again in his comeback return after a series of injuries for the second successive tournament when he lost 6-1 6-4 to doubles specialist Fabrice Santoro of France on Tuesday in the first round of the Lyon Grand Prix.

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."




Santoro Brings Down Struggling Safin
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Fabrice Santoro scored a popular win over Russian number seven Marat Safin in the Grand Prix de Lyon.
Safin, the former US Open champion 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 semi-finals of the Barcelona event in April.

"That's not the real Marat out there. He's been hurt and is lacking in confidence," Santoro admitted after his 6-1, 6-4 first round victory.

Safin said he was setting modest goals.

"My wrist is getting better and better. To win one match in the rest of the year would be good. I need to start from somewhere."

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Thanks for articles!!!
Santoro always says nice things about Marat.
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Santoro's comments are nice but a little depressing Marat is a shadow of his real self and it will take him a long to get back to the top

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oh well we have to be really patient. he needs his time ...

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Of course. Marat realizes it too.. he's setting modest goals and not putting pressure on himself. Hope he wins some matches before the year is over for his confidence's sake..

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at least one match
it`s good marat is puts not too much pressure on himself.

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here's an old interview from 2000 called 'Internet Interview' from the tgfr.com. Very entertaining as usual!

Marat Safin: I'm not an internet dunce!

Interview date: 2000
By Victor Khruschev





This conversation with Marat Safin took place with a correspondent of 'News of the Times' newspaper, on the courts of Olimpskiy Stadium, where the Kremlin Cup tournament is now held. Yesterday our chief player was presented to the public as the new face of Russian internet company Port.ru. [Marat is no longer associated with them - Ruth] Now according to his contract with this firm, the tennis player is responsible for not only submitting to the advertising, but also for making contact with the public and sports fans via the internet.



Q. Marat, how have your internet skills been up until now?

M. Generally speaking, I've been familiar with computers for a long time. And I was online when the internet was still only developing in Russia. In Spain, where I trained for a long time, I really missed communication in my native language especially in the beginning, so I gradually mastered Runet [Russian Internet - Ruth] and began surfing Russian sites. So I'm by no means a 'dunce'. [beginner]



Q. Is a computer a necessity for you in everyday life?

M. When I'm at home or in Valencia, then yes. But at the tournaments I sit at the keyboard only occasionally. The schedule of playing is so tight.





Q. A lot of foreign sites dedicated to you publish many frank photos of you. Are you shocked by this?

M. Well, there's nothing erotic there! [laughs] But usually, there are several photos taken from a domestic situation. [Everyday life, at home etc] How was this done? Well, journalists and photographers do interviews with me and as part of that, they ask me for some informal photos without my tennis racket. I rarely object. This is part of my work, and indeed, part of yours. But I like good photographs of me.



Q. You say you like to vanish, and not only behind a computer. You've been seen repeatedly in night clubs and bars in Moscow&ldots;&ldots;

M. I don't hide myself! The fact is I love to meet up with friends, listen to music, sometimes drink some good wine. The main thing is to keep yourself in check. And so far I seem to have succeeded. Yesterday I went for a walk till 3AM, but this doesn't mean I was boozing all night without any limits. Just a feeling that it was the right time to return home prompted me to leave.



Q. Maybe similar situations [i.e staying out late & drinking] have affected your game, like after brilliant victories you suddenly lose in the first round of the next tournament?

M. The loses have many reasons. But remember, I didn't pass the first round at Kremlin Cup last year, but I've already won one match here this year. I hate disappointing my fans, but failures happen. But I always leave court with a clear goal for victory, and this year, it's to be number one at the end of the year.



Q. What do you need to do to achieve this?

M. Concentration, quality practices and a good mood.



Q. By the way, about your practices, you're not being coached by Andrei Chesnokov and Alexander Volkov anymore?

M. It's the most popular question from journalists. I'm not going to speculate, Andrei and Sasha remain my friends, but our collaboration has been completed for the time being. They helped me greatly in the summer and autumn to prepare for tournaments. But now we're taking a break from each other! [laughs]



Q. The last part of the season will be a difficult time for you&ldots;.

M. Yes, everything focuses on the fight for world number one. I will play Stuttgart, St.Petersburg, Paris and Lisbon. I really hope in December I can return to being number one in the ATP Rankings.


Translated by Ruth (with help from Maria V)



Original source: http://www.marat-safin.narod.ru/info.../internet.html

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great and entertaining interview as always thanks

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M. Well, there's nothing erotic there! [laughs] But usually, there are several photos taken from a domestic situation. [Everyday life, at home etc] How was this done? Well, journalists and photographers do interviews with me and as part of that, they ask me for some informal photos without my tennis racket. I rarely object. This is part of my work, and indeed, part of yours. But I like good photographs of me.

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Thanks!!! Good interview!!!
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andrea, that was my favorite part as well

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hehehehe.

he always has the right answer.. aaaw marat!

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From Wertheim's mailbag. @the question

What happened to Marat Safin? Is he retiring? --Willow Andaya, Bacolod City, Philippines

Not by any stretch. Safin is slowly getting back into the swing of things. He even played last week in Madrid and is in action this week in in St. Petersburg, Fla. If a) you can find it and b) you speak French, L'Equipe did a terrific piece on Safin earlier this month. You might be able to locate it on the ATP Web site as well. (There's a priceless image of Safin fishing for his dinner in Yosemite National Park as well as the usual heaping of hilarious quotes.)

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LOL, Werthmein should get his facts right (about the image of Marat fishing)

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true sis

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article from tennisweek:


Defending Champ Safin Pulls Out Of Paris


Marat Safin's injury-shortened season is over. The defending BNP Paribas Masters champion pulled out Paris, which begins on Monday. The former No. 1 cited blisters on his right foot as the reason for his withdrawal. A wrist injury Safin sustained at the Australian Open in January has limited him to just 23 matches this season.



Former Australian Open finalist Arnaud Clement replaces Safin in the draw. French teenager Richard Gasquet, the 2002 Roland Garros and U.S. Open junior champion, will receive the wild card originally reserved for Clement.

Currently ranked 38th, Safin sat out three months of the season with torn ligaments in his wrist. He returned to tournament tennis in Los Angeles at the end of July only to aggravate the injury and retire from him his opening-round match against Prakash Amritraj, trailing 3-5. Safin was sidelined for another two months and made another comeback in his hometown of Moscow, falling to Wayne Black 4-6, 7-6(5), 4-6 last month.

In the aftermath of his 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 opening-round Madrid Masters loss to Jonas Bjorkman last month, Safin said the inactivity had left him feeling a little lost on the court.

"I've been out for a long time, for six months," Safin said. "So is difficult to come back and start winning matches because you lose everything. You lose the movement on the court, you lose the eye, you lose the confidence, you lose everything. Then when you come back, you start to picking up all these small things step by step. So for me at least I make three sets today, and I was very close to win the match. Unfortunately, because of my confidence, I'm a little bit too slow on the court, I don't see the ball, so that's why I problems, you know, like playing from the baseline, going to the net. I don't see the point. I cannot read the other player."

It is a disappointing end to a dismal season as Safin's season concludes the way it began — with a premature departure.

In January, the wrist injury forced Safin to withdraw from his scheduled third-round Australian Open match with Rainer Schuettler, who went on to reach the tournament final. Safin, who described the injury as "a small cut in the ligament" later sprained his ankle while training for Russia's first-round Davis Cup tie in February and was sidelined nearly a month.

When he returned, the 2002 Roland Garros semifinalist struggled to find his form in posting a 4-4 record prior to the Barcelona tournament on red clay. Playing his best tennis of the season, Safin crushed French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-4, 6-3 in the Barcelona semifinals in April. It would prove to be the last match Safin would win all season. The towering, temperamental talent was trailing Carlos Moya when he retired from the final citing fatigue.

Since that match, Safin skidded in a season-ending six match losing streak, stopping the slide by pulling out of Paris.

"It's difficult for me," Safin said. "It's coming too fast, so I have to take it easy. That's why I'm trying not to get upset too much when I lose, because is not magic, you know, to come back from injury, start away straight win matches. But I'm preparing myself for the next year. This year is definitely not my year. I was not lucky at all. With my injuries, my results, yeah, I had all these things."

It has been a disappointing descent for a player who appeared destined for dominance when he stormed through the 2000 season seizing an ATP-best seven tournament titles. Safin's delivered a dazzling display of championship tennis in crushing Pete Sampras to capture the 2000 U.S. Open crown as he became the youngest man to finish No. 2 since a 19-year-old Boris Becker in 1986.

Since that sustained season of brilliance, Safin has won exactly three titles in 34 months. In writing off this season, Safin remains hopeful he can script a comeback story in 2004.

"If I can find my game straightaway, if I will be able to get in a good shape, make the good pre-season program, get my confidence back, because I'm completely out of confidence. If I can get it back, I can be dangerous," Safin said. "But still, you know, it's the next year... I hope I'll be alive for next year."

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