US Open!

08-25-2002, 07:11 AM
You can win it Marat! :bounce: :drool: :D :)
Go get it... :wavey: :lick: :hearts: :p

08-25-2002, 09:04 AM

08-25-2002, 09:11 AM
GO MARAT! WIN IT ALL!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

08-25-2002, 09:33 AM

08-25-2002, 10:04 AM
PLEASE bring your 'A' game Marat!!!

08-25-2002, 02:14 PM
I hope if he win they will spell his last name correctly

08-25-2002, 02:30 PM
Go Mr. September! :D:D

08-25-2002, 08:04 PM
Mr. September! I love it! :D

GO Marat! This is your time to SHINE!

08-25-2002, 09:07 PM
bring you head marat ;)

King Aaron
08-26-2002, 08:37 AM

Good luck Marat!!

08-26-2002, 10:14 AM
Hey any sighting of Volkov with Marat, he is said to be with Marat for this US Open. It will be a tremendous help to Marat if he is, I still remember USO 2000! :D :D

08-26-2002, 10:37 AM
:wavey: I just watched an interview with Marat on SkySports and he said that he is back with Volkov (He was sighted training with Marat on friday) & that he's always played well when he's around :) So hopefully he'll do well :)

08-26-2002, 10:43 AM
That is such good news!:D:D:D
Gooooooo Marat go kick some butts!

08-26-2002, 10:51 AM
Yes the studio panel and the commentators all agree that it's great move by Marat and it shows a new found determination and it could be a significant turning point leading to a sucessful US Open. Amit Noar is gone :D

08-26-2002, 11:01 AM

08-26-2002, 11:35 AM
You are truly unpredictable Marat, just when I thought that you're a lost cause do something, for a lack of better word, unexpected?

No matter who you are with, we'll support you all the way!!! :D :D

08-26-2002, 02:01 PM
Good news...
Damn, Im so tempted to comment on a posible second round clash!.. But I wont. Last time it was screwed. :(
Just beat Kiefer. Than we see what we can get. :D

08-26-2002, 02:05 PM
Marat Safin, Gustavo Kuerten, Mr Dinkins and Owen Davidson

08-26-2002, 08:53 PM
Originally posted by Lleyton's_Chick
Yes the studio panel and the commentators all agree that it's great move by Marat and it shows a new found determination and it could be a significant turning point leading to a sucessful US Open. Amit Noar is gone :D

WOOHOO!!! This is great news! :D :D :D

Thanx for sharing the info with us, Lleyton's_Chick! :)

08-26-2002, 08:55 PM
Thanks for the pic hitman! :)

08-26-2002, 10:20 PM
Originally posted by Jessi

WOOHOO!!! This is great news! :D :D :D

Thanx for sharing the info with us, Lleyton's_Chick! :)

Anytime :)



08-27-2002, 04:22 AM
Marat is first up on Arthur Ashe tomorrow.

GOOOOOOOO Marat!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

King Aaron
08-27-2002, 09:10 AM
Good luck Marat!!

the cat
08-27-2002, 09:32 PM
Marat won 7-6(4) in the fifth set against a game Nicolas Kiefer. It was a physically and mentally draining marathon match that took 4 hours and 28 minutes to play! :eek:

Unfortunately, a draining match like that probably cost him any chance of winning the title. Because he's going to have a very difficult second round match, too!

Udachi Marat! :bounce:

08-29-2002, 12:18 AM
Best wishes for Marat!!!
C'mon you can do it

Marat looks a lot better than couple of months ago....he needs our support and posotive energy...
Go Marat
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Kick some big butts:bounce: :bounce:

King Aaron
08-29-2002, 11:01 AM
Hopefully Marat plays better against Guga!!

08-29-2002, 07:22 PM
I would love to see marat in the finals against hewitt,... but guess that's still far away,
he would be so happy to win this one...:cool:
and of course, more time to:drool:

08-30-2002, 02:04 AM
And they didnt get a night match. Sampras did. Oh well... At least they are on Arthur Ashe. Stupid scheduling this tournament has. :mad:

08-30-2002, 06:51 AM
Go Marat!
Best of luck against Guga.

08-30-2002, 06:15 PM
Oh no....
Marat lost 1st set....6-4


08-30-2002, 08:18 PM
Gustavo Kuerten def Marat Safin 6-4,6-4,7-5

Watching the match Marat got broken in game 1 and that set the tone. His performance was fatigued and tired. Guga was agressive from the start and Marat had no answer. Guga served unbelievably well and Marat could make no inroads on his serve. He missed several easy volleys and I think that's a part of his agme he needs to work on with Volkov. I think a misjuged smash where his jumped in the air to smash it and the ball flew over his head and bounced in for a winner 4 Guga summed up his day.

the cat
08-30-2002, 08:21 PM
What a dissapointment! :( Having Bronchitis 2 weeks ago didn't help him. Nor did having to play Kiefer in the first round and Kuerten in the second round. That's unbelievable! :eek: And Marat was not up to the task.

Mrs. B
08-30-2002, 08:39 PM

08-30-2002, 10:10 PM
:sad: poor Marat

08-30-2002, 10:23 PM
Marat:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Oh well! I guess it just wasn't meant to be!

08-30-2002, 10:31 PM

6-4, 6-4, 7-5

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Are you surprised at how much he dominated you today?
MARAT SAFIN: He played -- I think he played one of his best matches. He came back. He was playing fast, he serve well. He was much better today than me, definitely.

Q. He gave you what, two breakpoint opportunities today?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. I had small opportunity in second set. I had 15-30 and I missed backhand return by five, six centimeters. If I would make it, I think would be different match.
And then he, of course, he got confident. He was playing great afterwards in the third set. He was just -- I had no chance to return his serve.

Q. If you didn't know he had had hip surgery, would you have known that he was coming back from an operation? He played that well today.
MARAT SAFIN: He played -- I mean, I think he's hungry. He wants to come back, he wants to win matches. Just only match he played well, because he had the opportunity to play in Toronto and he lost in the first round to Pavel. Of course, today he played well. But let's see if he can play this way during all the two weeks, you know?
You can make a good match, but then you have to -- let's see how consistent he will be.

Q. Do you think part of what happened today was you were a bit surprised he could play that well? He hasn't played, nobody's heard about him.
MARAT SAFIN: Also withdraw from Indianapolis. I still have some problem with my rib. I cannot move fast to the forehand. For example, on the return, I cannot move fast to the sides because I have little bit of pain in the right rib. It's bothering me all the time.
But I don't think is the case. But just, you know, the guy, he played well today. He was inspired. He was everything. Even with a frame, everything was inside the court. Even the last game he broke me, it was like the return from the backhand was amazing. He hit with the frame, it was like perfect. What you can do about it? You cannot do nothing about it. Just I played my match, I tried. Just wasn't my day.

Q. What exactly is the rib?
MARAT SAFIN: They told me that I have a crack there, yeah.

Q. A crack in the bone?

Q. Not good.
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, I know that (smiling). It hurts (smiling). But I try to play because it was okay for the moment. I didn't play for a week.
Then, against Kiefer I had to -- I start to have pain a little bit. Then I hit the other day, the next day straightaway. I had a pain. I thought to make it little bit tough injections, like painkillers. But then I thought that maybe it's like, you know, maybe I can survive like this, you know?
I should have done. I should have done.

Q. What was your reaction when you saw the draw and saw Kiefer, former Top 10er in the first round, now here?
MARAT SAFIN: It's the draw. You cannot complain. It's the draw that, you know, of this year and maybe next year it will be easier or more difficult. But just you have to beat all these guys to get into the -- if you want to win this tournament, you need to beat the good guys. You not be able to beat them, is not your year, is not your tournament.
So is like -- so, it wasn't my year.

Q. When you're having the conversations with yourself on the court, are you being critical of yourself or are you trying to get yourself more psyched up?
MARAT SAFIN: What you can say to yourself? Is just, you know, all the good things and all the bad things you can say. Just, you know, try to react, try to maybe to help, but it didn't help today. It was so clean. It was 4, 4 and 5. He played great match. I didn't break him once. I don't think it's a great match for me, because normally I don't have such a bad return.
Normally, I should have break him a few times. Even I had opportunities that sometimes I had to take, you know, I have to be more aggressive. But I was waiting for his mistakes, and that was a mistake.

Q. The way Guga is playing, how deep do you think he can get into the tournament?
MARAT SAFIN: Is difficult to say. The guy didn't play for a long time. I mean, he played great match today but you never know how, you know when I was injured, I also had few good matches. Then I lost the next day to somebody you never lose.
So, it depends how confident he will get after this match, after today's match, how much confidence I give him. And see what he can do.
I mean, everybody wants to win here. Everybody's like, is in good shape. So it will be tough draw, but he's playing really good now.

Q. When you first won the US Open and went up in the rankings, how did you deal with the extra pressure that kind of came along with all that, the expectations?
MARAT SAFIN: To be honest, is really difficult. Because every year you come here and every year you're playing Grand Slam. Doesn't matter if it's US Open. US Open, of course, is more special because I won here two years ago.
But still, in big tournaments you have a lot of pressure because you want to win it or you want to make good result. But of course you coming to win. It's like really difficult. It's really difficult to, you know, to pass these difficult matches, for example, against Kuerten or Kiefer. It's really tough.
Because if you are coming, you are young junior coming, you have nothing to be afraid of. You just trying and you just playing your tennis and just have fun, yes, of course it's easy. Nobody expect from you, anything.
But when you are already Top 10, so everybody thinking that you should have done much better than you did, you know.
But it just -- that's life. You have to learn these things. I hope it will be good lesson for me.

Q. You missed a couple of overhead smashes that you would normally put away easily. Did you feel like your timing was a little off today?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, you don't find the time in one lob, you find the timing in the way you serving, the way you moving, the way you hitting the ball from the baseline. You can miss a few smashes. Is not so difficult to miss them. Maybe because you're not, you know, like in the perfect position. Maybe you didn't -- I just -- I missed a few. You're not concentrate enough. Maybe you're not, you know, you don't see where the guy is, so you try to put the ball, you know, just closer to the lines. That's why you miss.
I don't think it's the timing. Timing, you see the timing, if you comfortable or not, at the beginning of the match on the practice before the match. If you feeling great or not.
But I was feeling okay. I was warm up okay. I played -- I don't think I played such a bad match. But just I could have done much better, that's for sure.

Q. Your kid sister had a tough night the other night in her match. Was there anything you were able to say to her to ease the pain?
MARAT SAFIN: Come on, she's 16 years old. When I was 16, I was playing satellites in Spain. I was staying in a hotel for $15 a night. I had breakfast like, I don't know, like normal kids. Every 16-year-old guy is just starting to play satellites, not even close. They're playing national tournaments, which is -- it's the lowest thing in the world.
Yeah... And she's playing 16 years old, playing Serena, No. 1 in the world, center court and the people are watching. You play satellites, the people, they don't even watch. They have no lines men even.

Q. Did you tell her that?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, of course. She was pissed because of, I don't know, she could have done much better and all this. Of course, she's really ambitious, but, you know, you have to calm down. You have to come back to reality. She start the year, she's 400. Now she's Top 100. She's complaining. Is not normal.

Q. Last year you saw how Pete Sampras could get on a roll here. Do you think he has a chance to win this thing?
MARAT SAFIN: Everybody has a chance, especially Pete. Of course a lot of people, they are saying that maybe he should retire, he should retire. But I mean, Jim Courier, the other night, he said the right thing. If the guy, he wants to play, why you want him to leave? The guy is enjoying to play tennis. If he is thinking he gonna win another Grand Slam, so let him do it, no? Let him at least try. You don't have to -- it doesn't take so much.
He has a chance, of course, if he will serve well and if he will be prepared mentally and, I mean, physically. I think he can do it. Why not?

Q. We're eight months into the season. After all this time, virtually every player out here has some sort of pain or minor injury of some kind. Every player deals with pain in a different way. Tommy Haas is out there with a bad shoulder, Tim Henman has a bad shoulder. How do you think, compared with other players, you deal with pain? Can you fight through pain as well as other players out there?
MARAT SAFIN: Pain is the worst thing. I mean, if you have just something is bothering you, some part of your body, is difficult to play because you all the time thinking about this muscle, this blister, about all this, you know, small things.
It's, of course, you cannot just -- all the time you are thinking about, all the time, all the time, all the time. Of course, if you have a shoulder problem or foot problem or you have some muscle is bothering you, is, I mean, it's difficult to play. It's difficult to push yourself because you are forcing yourself, you are forcing all the body to, you know, to give another, you know, like pushing all the time.
So, one day you just -- you have to take time out, you know? Of course you cannot take time out on the US Open, but just the week after, you have to rest. Your body need time to rest. You cannot run all the time. You cannot run 365 days a year. It's just not normal. Especially now that the tennis is getting faster and stronger, you need to be clever in the schedule, the way you, you know, the schedule is. Because you play two weeks, three weeks, then you need to take a rest. Because the body cannot anymore.

Note: The above is a partial transcript.

08-30-2002, 11:35 PM
even though Marat lost I could see he has improved.... he seems to be more comfortable on court...
oh well, it doesn't time he will win...
not to worry about!!

Keep it up Marat:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

the cat
08-30-2002, 11:38 PM
Thanks for posting the interview, Jessi! :wavey:

This has been a lost year for Marat! :( If Russia doesn't win the Davis Cup, the year will really be a disaster for Marat! :eek:

08-31-2002, 02:26 AM
Disaster year for Marat? Are you outta your mind, cat???
He is f***ing world NUMBER TWO, for crying out loud.
He is almost into the Masters Cup already. He can do a lot of damage on indoor carpet. HE played some of the best matches this year. He is getting his mind back to the game.

If Marat Safin loses ALL the matches he plays the rest of the year, still it wont be a disastrous one. Please...

King Aaron
08-31-2002, 09:11 AM
Marat :(

08-31-2002, 12:33 PM
We love you!!!!!!

the cat
08-31-2002, 02:53 PM
Hitman, a player of Marat Safin's ability is measured in the history of tennis by the number of grand slam titles he wins, not the number of Master's Cups or St. Petersburgs Open's he wins.

And Hitman, Safin has now lost in the second round of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That's a disaster any way you look at it.

How many titles has Safin won this year? None! :eek:

Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker are remembered for the grand slam titles they won. That's how they achieve their greatness. Because he has tremendous talent, Marat safin will be held to a higher standard of excellence than most outstanding players. I mainly care about grand slam titles and the Davis Cup. So do the histoty books. But it is alarming that he hasn't won a title this year. Especially since he's the #2 player in the world.

Stefan Edberg was my favorite men's player before Marat Safin. And I judged his career by the number of grand slam titles her won. I saw all his grand slam wins, and they thrilled me! But I judged his career by the number of grand slam titles he won. he won 6. But he was unlucky to not win more. I'm going to look at Safin's career the same way I viewed Edberg's career. I hope Marat has a Hall Of Fame career, too!

The only other thing I'll say Hitman is we disagree on this subject Hitman. I want to see Marat achieve greatness. Don't you? And that's done with grand slam titles.

08-31-2002, 03:13 PM
I want him to accheive greatness, yeah. And for that, many dogfights with Guga. :D
They are my two fave players. (Marat took the second spot since Rafter "retired").
As for him reaching it, all I want people to realise is that he had a HUGE mental setback last season. He was an underdog untill he won the US Open. He had no pressure over him. Now, all your rambling proved what he said himself: the standards to evaluate his performances is TOO HIGH.
He had what I consider as a serious injury last year. Not a physicall injury, like Guga, a MENTAL INJURY. His life changed and he couldnt handle it. Therefor, he could NEVER MORE get back in track. He has a huge catch-up to do.
If you consider all those factors, this was not at all a bad year. He reached the final four in two Grand Slams. He played bad matches there. But please, you can talk disaster if this all happens again next year. If not, he is doing pretty well to go back to the top.
1999 - He was a top twenty, thirty or something like that. He was settling his way to the top.
2000 - He was number on untill Guga had that perfect run to the Masters Cup title. He finished number two and the second hottest player of the year.
2001 - THAT was the disastrous year. The sudden fame cracked his head. He fell to the easy life of relapse. It settled a long way for him to get back to his way.
2002 - In my opinion, this should be the key year for his career. He had three ways:
a. Repeating the 2000 season, clinching the number one and winning everything.
b. Getting some wins, go back to the top ten and reaching consistently late rounds.
c. Repeating the 2001 season and getting definitely out of the way for good.

If you consider the risk of option c, he had an ok year. Not even close to disastrous. Now lets wait till the end of this and the other seasons and we talk again. Thanks for the attention. :wavey:

the cat
08-31-2002, 06:39 PM
Hitman, my rambling? :sad:

I think Marat Safin has the ability to be an all time great player! He has more ability than Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander had! :) I find it hard to believe that he has not won a title this year. I know he has his ups and downs. But Safin, unlike my other favorite tennis players, has the ability to be great! :bounce: And that's what makes being a big fan of his so frustrating. I like him just the same whether he wins or loses. And I think Marat is a great guy! I know he financially helped out the heartbroken families of the deceasst Russian sailors who perished in the Kursk Submarine tragedy 2 years ago. His kindness is one of the reasons I like him so much. And he's a great interview, too! But I am dissapointed in his play. :( I hope Marat plays well in the Davis Cup. Winning the Davis Cup this year would be important for him. The opportunity is there. I hope Marat can come through under the greatest pressure of all! :eek: Davis Cup pressure.

Bye Hitman! :wavey:

11-03-2002, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by hitman

2002 - In my opinion, this should be the key year for his career. He had three ways:
a. Repeating the 2000 season, clinching the number one and winning everything.
b. Getting some wins, go back to the top ten and reaching consistently late rounds.
c. Repeating the 2001 season and getting definitely out of the way for good.

If you consider the risk of option c, he had an ok year. Not even close to disastrous. Now lets wait till the end of this and the other seasons and we talk again. Thanks for the attention. :wavey:

NOW we can talk again. :D
I told you I wouldnt forget to bump this up.
Doesnt look like a disaster right now. ;)

11-05-2002, 03:08 AM
You talk so much sense Hit ;):D

11-05-2002, 03:11 AM
Originally posted by Martin
You talk so much sense Hit ;):D

Indeed. ;) :D

11-05-2002, 03:19 AM
Originally posted by saff76ar

Indeed. ;) :D

That should have been indeed HIT! :p

11-05-2002, 08:34 PM

Im glad I was right...
Marat CANT stay a whole year without a title. :eek: