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04-24-2004, 01:35 PM
Marat will play Oscar hernandez

draw -- >

04-24-2004, 02:15 PM
Damn, in Coria's quarter! Well, match by match first of course. DAVAI!

(and with one less sloppy game he would still be in the running to beat Coria)

04-24-2004, 02:24 PM
he's playing? didn't he say he was taking a break next week? hmm.

04-24-2004, 02:26 PM
marat is going to be wrecked by the time he gets to RG!

04-24-2004, 02:26 PM
he might pull out of Barcelona!

04-24-2004, 07:31 PM
I kinda hope he does. Just some practising with his brand new coach! :cool:

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04-24-2004, 10:33 PM
if he does play, I just hope it doesn't make him to tired for RG

04-26-2004, 05:01 PM
Once and future King ?

Hot on the heels of his Monte Carlo success, Argentina's Guillermo Coria may be the man of the future, but don't overlook the once-and-future great Marat Safin. Although Coria beat Safin in the semis, the Russian showed glimpses of the form that made him world number one, writes Grégory Lanzenberg.

"I'll catch him another time," said Safin after his 4-6 6-1 3-6 loss to Coria on Saturday.

That other time just may well be at the French Open in Paris next month.

True, when you play an opponent who returns as well as Coria and who rallies better than a Michael Chang at his best, it takes a while to get used to the pace.

After losing the first set, Safin manage to serve & volley and overpower Coria from the baseline. He crushed the Argentine 6-1 in the second.

But the third set was typical Safin: Three perfect service game, then a misjudgment from the chair empire that rattled the Monaco resident enabling Coria to break and win the match.

Last season's wrist injury aside, you might say that Safin has never really recovered from crushing Pete Sampras at age 20 in the 2000 U.S. Open final.

The long list of opportunities offered in a silver platter include the 2002 Australian Open where Sweden's Thomas Johansson prevailed in a match Safin should have won and 2002 Roland Garros where Safin inexplicably gave up the ghost to Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets.


It's all the more inexplicable that Safin when he's focussed is unperturbable like in his US Open win over Sampras, or more recently his five-set epic victory this year over Andre Agassi at the Australian Open or his wins over France in Paris in the 2002 Davis Cup final.

Along with world number one Roger Federer, Safin - now 23 - remains the most gifted player on the tour . If the Moscow native played at full potential all of the time he'd be world number two just behind the Swiss.

So which Safin will show up in Paris? The good one, he promised.

"I'm really, really getting in shape."

"I'm optimistic about the French because my preparation has been good and it's in five sets, which gives me more time to correct my faults."

"I'm really, really getting in shape," he added, a repeat of the statement that was met with scepticism before this year's Australian Open, scepticism that was quelled with his brilliant wins over Agassi and Andy Roddick.

04-26-2004, 05:13 PM
looks like Marat will play Barcelona. But it will be interesting, because from now on the work with Peter will start. I`m really excited :)

He will only have the one week off before RG.

04-26-2004, 07:19 PM
well, Marat just withdrew from Barcelona!

I think its a wise decision to not overplay. He will play Rome next week, then Hamburg and then RG.

04-26-2004, 07:26 PM
i agree with Andy, it's best that he takes a break and gets ready for Rome and Hamburg, and hopefully he'll be able to gain the pts he'll be losing in Barcelona, shame though cos the draw wouldve opened up quite nicely for him....

04-26-2004, 07:31 PM
He defended all of his Barcelona points already last week during Monte Carlo because Barcelona starts a week later this year. This week he is goind to defend his Valencia points from last year which is nothing because he lost in the first round.
From now on Marat has absolutly N O T H I N G to defend for the rest of the year.
He is now 24 in entry rankings because of the points he gained in Monte Carlo.

04-26-2004, 07:36 PM
Thanks for keeping me updated andy, im so lost these days, i had no idea where he was ranked even.
and if thats the case then it was a very good move by him not to play 3 weeks in a row.

04-26-2004, 07:42 PM
but why did he withdraw so late and what reason did he give? surely he will be fined no?

04-26-2004, 11:06 PM
Marat :sad:! Come back stong:D!

04-27-2004, 04:59 AM
rest well marat! come back fighting next week!

04-27-2004, 11:53 AM
Reason is back injury. Well i guess its only a faked, you know, to give some reason.
but there was an interview last week where he was asked about his back and he said so many matches were a bit too stressfull for his back, so i really hope he is fine and just taking some rest.

04-27-2004, 12:04 PM
yeah...i think it's just an excuse. besides he needs a rest... two gruelling weeks back to back is no joke.