Marat is the official ambassador for the Serbia Open? How come is that? Not that I'm complaining, just wondering.... Do you know what kind of relationshiop Nole has with him? are they good friends?
Safin can't wait to sample the Belgrade nightlife, I just hope he doesn't take Nole with him. Just imagine for a few seconds the scene of these two partying together....
Maybe not the best friends but they have known each other for a long time.
An interview from last US Open
Q. This may be Marat Safin's last Grand Slam. What will you remember about his career and what will we miss when he's not playing anymore?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: A lot of things. I mean, he's a unique guy. We gonna miss a lot of his talent, first of all. He's a fantastic player. I mean, with the way he was playing for couple of years that he was No. 1 and winning two, three Grand Slams, playing some of the best tennis that ever could play. He was all-around player. He had this strong personality. He was fearless.
And then we going to miss a lot of racquet throwing, screaming. I think the fans love him for that as well. But he's a fun guy. I talked to him. He said he wants to go mountain climbing I think somewhere in Argentina in January or something like that. So I might join him for a little preparation. No, I'm joking (smiling).
Q. You are very loose. Did you take any of his example when you started coming on and becoming a top player?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, he was one of my role models I think because we are still working with the same agent. He has same agent as I do, so we got to practice quite often, young ages when I was coming up. He helped me a lot.
For me, I remember the first time I hit with him, one of the first time I hit with him. I was warming him up for his match in Bangkok. It was like four years ago. It was only a 20-minute warmup. I had to change three shirts because I was so nervous. When you get to play with some of the idols, obviously you get nervous.
Q. His sister was in here and she said he's given her advice, but sometimes it's hard to understand what he says.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it's hard.
Q. Has he ever given you a great piece of advice or anything on how to handle the stress?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, yes, but not regarding tennis.
Q. What was it regarding?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: That's all I'm gonna say (smiling).
Q. This would be the most interesting part of the interview.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I know. If these cameras are off, you guys aren't writing, then maybe (smiling).
At Beijing Open
*Basically the same video but a few words from Marat around at 13:30
Interestingly Nole's very first GS match was against one of his idol, Marat.