Here is a preview of Marat's match tomorrow from rcatennis.com:
2-Marat Safin (Russia) VS. Stefan Koubek (Austria)
Marat Safin is something of an enigma on the tennis tour - he's got the goods to be the best player on the world, but seems to lack the consistency to get the deed done.
One day brilliant, one day not so brilliant - is that to be the legend of this Russian star.
It was only last week in Cincinnati when Safin fumbled in the first round to a capable Greg Rusedski. After the loss, Safin bared his soul to the media, admitting he has no idea what is going wrong in his game and therefore, has no concept as how to fix it.
Last year, Safin was playing for the world No. 1 spot in the season finale Tennis Masters Cup, but Lleyton Hewitt walked away with the honors.
Early this year, in the final of the Australian Open, Safin was so much the clear-cut favorite that no one really gave Swede Thomas Johansson a fighting chance. But Safin looked like a stranger in a strange land and Johansson became the first Grand Slam champion of the year. There's no denying that Safin needs to pick up the pace and a good showing here in Indy would work wonders. He feels comfortable here having been a semifinalist in 2001 and a finalist in 2000, so this would be the place to start pulling his game together.
His opponent Stefan Koubek is a qualifier at the event, but don't underestimate his abilities. The Austrian has had some success on the tour and if he senses an opponent is feeling vulnerable, he will go in for the kill.
Even if not on top of his game, Safin should see third round action with a straight sets victory over Koubek.