Re: Todd Martin Cheering Thread!!!
Another of the old school, Todd Martin, exited the open on his own terms yesterday, to wit, over five long sets. His conqueror was Marat Safin, and when they were done there was a long exchange of salutations at the net. A man can get to know his opponent well over 3 hours, and Safin, frankly, looked a little sorry to see Martin go.
The odd part about yesterday was that there was no tie-breaker set. Martin had played five tie-breakers in his first two matches, and won the lot. Martin likes to stay close to his opponents. He lost the first set yesterday, won the next two but lost the fourth 6-0, a most un-Martin-like score.
The last set was a classic. Safin said both players knew that the smallest mistake could end it but neither was inhibited.
It needed three screaming returns of serve by Safin to break the deadlock at the end and win 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5.
Reviewing his position, Martin said he felt he was still a match for anyone on the circuit but knew that everyone was now a match for him. "I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this is my last year," he said.