Valencia R2: Robin Haase def. Marat Safin 2-6 7-6(9) 6-4 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Valencia R2: Robin Haase def. Marat Safin 2-6 7-6(9) 6-4

Art
04-17-2008, 04:06 PM
C'mon Robin:worship:

Mr Brightside
04-17-2008, 04:06 PM
Safin :retard: wasting MPs also:o
Well done Robin :yeah:

TheBoiledEgg
04-17-2008, 04:07 PM
Marat :( :mad: had MP in 2nd set TB

Sheva
04-17-2008, 04:07 PM
Great match! Lots of twists and turns but Robin won it in the end. Great fight!

Montego
04-17-2008, 04:07 PM
I thought that Safin was supposed to be so-called "clutch player". If clutch means shitting his pants in clutch moments - that's OK.

Voo de Mar
04-17-2008, 04:07 PM
Safin had 3 match points in the TB: 7:6, *8:7, 9:8.
He was leading 5:4 and 6:5 in games in that set.

Sunset of Age
04-17-2008, 04:07 PM
Fantastic, Robin!

:bounce: :worship: :bowdown: :clap2: :bigclap: :hatoff:

Haase = Giant Killa!!!

Safin... won 1st set, up a break in the second, three MPs... :smash:

Burrow
04-17-2008, 04:08 PM
This will hurt Safin, atleast not as bad as losing to Hidalgo Rome 2006 :help:

scarecrows
04-17-2008, 04:08 PM
disaster :(

marcelr
04-17-2008, 04:08 PM
Points made:
Haase 107
Safin 112

Now that's playing efficiently :devil:

m9m9m9m9m9
04-17-2008, 04:09 PM
didn't see the match but seems like Haase is becoming one hell of fighter

jonny84
04-17-2008, 04:09 PM
Well the wrong Safin did indeed show up today...........Good win for Robin, especially as he had such a fight and saved a matchpoint.

Sunset of Age
04-17-2008, 04:10 PM
didn't see the match but seems like Haase is becoming one hell of fighter

He's rather un-Dutchman-like in this regard. He's got some fighting spirit in him, this lad. :yeah:

TheBoiledEgg
04-17-2008, 04:11 PM
Marat's TB record in last few yrs has been pathetic :help:

Yappa
04-17-2008, 04:14 PM
Guess this proves how a win against Ferrero doesn't mean much these days. :(

Voo de Mar
04-17-2008, 04:14 PM
This will hurt Safin, atleast not as bad as losing to Hidalgo Rome 2006 :help:

I think today's loss is very similar to last year's defeat in Monte Carlo: Safin lost to Vliegen 6-0 6-7(8) 4-6 wasting 4 match points.

Burrow
04-17-2008, 04:14 PM
Thanks for reminding me :o :rolls:

RogiFan88
04-17-2008, 04:15 PM
congrats to Haase! nice win!

arm
04-17-2008, 04:16 PM
to be honest I didn't expect this result.

Anyway, well done Haase!

PS: did marat break any racquet during the match? I am sure he wasn't happy..

Ales_Alessandra
04-17-2008, 04:17 PM
At least is not MC yet!
:tape:

Byrd
04-17-2008, 04:18 PM
I knew Safin was going to lose in some dumb way or another, hoping he was going to prove me wrong, but I've been hoping for a while now.

luxsword
04-17-2008, 04:18 PM
Marat could have won 2 and 2. :fiery: http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Triste/triste-pluie-92752.gif http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Triste/ange-triste.gif

Burrow
04-17-2008, 04:20 PM
Please don't tell me he was a break up, I had to leave the house after the first set...:o

Marat, please stop doing this to yourself, atleast if you are going to lose just play crap and it'll be no surprise :o

FerrersLinda
04-17-2008, 04:24 PM
Very painful to follow the scoreboard.:awww:

Happy for Haase though.

Björki
04-17-2008, 04:29 PM
well done Robin :yeah:

Klaas_nalbandian
04-17-2008, 04:35 PM
:)great

finishingmove
04-17-2008, 04:42 PM
could not have gone the other way.

wurthluc91
04-17-2008, 04:42 PM
I have to say I went for a run, albeit silent, around my house at 2 am during the crunch of that 3rd set... Tried to literally shake of the nerves.
Needless to say, it didn't work and I'm quite pissed off so now I can't sleep :(

Xristos
04-17-2008, 04:48 PM
Marat will take afew steps back after this loss.

Shirogane
04-17-2008, 04:48 PM
crap i was looking forward to seeing him on tv tomorrow :(

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-17-2008, 05:06 PM
Safin is hopeless,he only rocks in DC! :o

anon57
04-17-2008, 05:41 PM
:yeah: Way to go Robin

FNT
04-17-2008, 06:25 PM
The guy is pretty hopeless.

Merton
04-17-2008, 06:26 PM
Nice fight from Haase, as for Marat, at least he played two matches here.

safinalium
04-17-2008, 06:38 PM
Let the bashing begin - "hopeless loser, mug, waste" :rolleyes: you should really learn to respect players, especially s.o. like Safin who's done so much for tennis. A player isn't great only when he wins you know....

Xristos
04-17-2008, 06:44 PM
Let the bashing begin - "hopeless loser, mug, waste" :rolleyes: you should really learn to respect players, especially s.o. like Safin who's done so much for tennis. A player isn't great only when he wins you know....

Exactly.

Sunset of Age
04-17-2008, 07:10 PM
Let the bashing begin - "hopeless loser, mug, waste" :rolleyes: you should really learn to respect players, especially s.o. like Safin who's done so much for tennis. A player isn't great only when he wins you know....

Moreover, I'd like to add that the insults to Safin are also insults to his opponent. Haase is NO mug player - in the past few months, he already beat Berdych, Ljubicic, Murray and Tipsarevic, just to name a few players... in other words, he might well be a threat to a lot of players, and Safin is no exception. Haase is a guy to watch.

TMJordan
04-17-2008, 08:20 PM
Yessssssssssss

Haase you fucking legend.

Marek.
04-17-2008, 08:51 PM
I think today's loss is very similar to last year's defeat in Monte Carlo: Safin lost to Vliegen 6-0 6-7(8) 4-6 wasting 4 match points.

I thought of that too. :o Well, at least he won a match here I guess. :shrug:

Burrow
04-17-2008, 08:59 PM
Let the bashing begin - "hopeless loser, mug, waste" :rolleyes: you should really learn to respect players, especially s.o. like Safin who's done so much for tennis. A player isn't great only when he wins you know....

You could say Safins career stemmed from 1997 to 2005, now that was the Safin I really loved. But the guy ended up with a serious knee injury. Clearly why his results have been as bad, he never moved from number 3 in the world to where he is now for just randomly decreasing in ability and form. People need to remember, he was an even bigger headcase when he was winning, the difference then though, was that he had belief, confidence, but he is stuck in a shell now. As they say, a shadow of his former self.

Santorofan
04-17-2008, 09:10 PM
Just got home from the tournament, here's my report of the match:

Robin Haase(NED) def Marat Safin(RUS) 2-6 7-6(9) 6-4

Marat meltdown No. 362. For fans this was a depressing spectacle to behold, but in it summed up everything Safin is and isn't as a player today. Up 6-2 4-2 and serving, Safin was in firm control of the match. But just a handful of points later, creeping doubts seemed to enter his head, haunting him, as he gradually started missing. He quickly went down 5-6 but managed to hang on to his serve, barely. In the tiebreaker Marat had his chances, even holding matchpoint at 8-7. It wasn't to be. He lost 4 of the next 5 points to lose the set and quickly went down 0-3 in the third. Again and again Safin set the point up nicely, running Haase side to side, stretching his opponent into sending back the typical weak reply, only to see Safin bludeon the final put away shot inches over the baseline. Regardless,Safin fought back one last time to level the match at 3-3, but that was essentially all he had left in his tank. At 4-5 the Russian double faulted at matchpoint and surprisingly didn't even react - as if he'd already accepted his pre-destined fate of defeat.

Voo de Mar
04-17-2008, 09:17 PM
At 4-5 the Russian double faulted at matchpoint and surprisingly didn't even react - as if he'd already accepted his pre-destined fate of defeat.

That's strange but... Marat is strange. He's completely unpredictable and maybe it's one of the reasons why he has got so many fans around the world.

Yves.
04-17-2008, 09:24 PM
Safin smashes his rackets and walks around the court like a moron. Never liked him.

KaiserChief
04-17-2008, 09:29 PM
Wll done Robin.
Robin is very good player on clay, believe me.

Yves.
04-17-2008, 09:30 PM
Robin can win from Korolev.

Tom Paulman
04-17-2008, 09:35 PM
Expected win for Haase :yeah:

Santorofan
04-17-2008, 10:16 PM
Expected? I was there. Haase didn't have a prayer until Safin self-destructed 2 holds away from winning the match. The Dutch player did little more than get the ball back at times, but in the last set that was enough. A shame Safin couldn't hang tough like he did the day before against Ferraro...

zicofirol
04-17-2008, 10:44 PM
saw it coming after marat wasted the break he had in the 2nd...

FedFan_2007
04-17-2008, 10:50 PM
Stick a fork in Safin. He'll be out of the top 50 pretty soon.

groundstroke
04-17-2008, 11:11 PM
No surprise here, Safin can never win 2 matches on the trot.

TankingTheSet
04-17-2008, 11:30 PM
Stick a fork in Safin. He'll be out of the top 50 pretty soon.

How time flies -- he is currently ranked 86 and looking to drop out of the top-100 :lol:

Although in fairness he is probably playing better right now than he has for a year.

Krikry
04-17-2008, 11:36 PM
Safin smashes his rackets and walks around the court like a moron. Never liked him.

This is certainly the most constructive critic I've ever read :rolleyes:

chris.chan92
04-17-2008, 11:52 PM
I never watch Safin play consistently in a match. Safin is generally erratic for a long period of time then in the blink of the eye, he produces the most amazing shot. Its weird to see him lose his mentality in a short period of time

ReturnWinner
04-18-2008, 01:34 AM
I never watch Safin play consistently in a match. Safin is generally erratic for a long period of time then in the blink of the eye, he produces the most amazing shot. Its weird to see him lose his mentality in a short period of time

many players are like that , but in his best moments he was consistent of course not kinda like Hewitt or Nadal or such players.

Turquoise
04-18-2008, 05:02 AM
The deciding moment in the match was when Safin was serving at 4-2 (40-30), 2nd set. He saw the finishing line and faltered, instead of making the final sprint.

Sad he lost this way, after showing flashes of his old self recently. Hope he has some good results in Monte Carlo.

Yves.
04-18-2008, 05:36 AM
This is certainly the most constructive critic I've ever read :rolleyes:

Do I hear sarcasm?

Rumour
04-18-2008, 05:59 AM
Another perplexing yet predictable loss from Safin... Actually the Vliegen match mentioned befre from last year was the turning point for me, when I finally realized that the Russian simply was not going to recapture enough of his peak form or even a semblence of consistency any time soon, if ever :sad:

Safin smashes his rackets and walks around the court like a moron. Never liked him.

This is certainly the most constructive critic I've ever read :rolleyes:

Do I hear sarcasm?
No, I think the poster was trying to get a speck out of his/her eye when writing that comment ;)

Seriously though, while I can understand disliking the racquet antics, please explain how exactly one "walks around the court like a moron." :confused: Does Safin put on an exaggerated swagger/jive walk, go over to his opponent's side of the net, put on clown shoes or something? :scratch:

Tommy fan
04-18-2008, 06:00 AM
Urrrggg Safin :o :mad:
Stop losing after being in winning positions!

morningglory
04-18-2008, 06:36 AM
Hehehehehehehe :rolls:

MariaV
04-18-2008, 08:19 AM
He's rather un-Dutchman-like in this regard. He's got some fighting spirit in him, this lad. :yeah:

I hope he'll have an excellent career ahead of him, seems to be progressing pretty nicely right now. I like him a lot. :D

Marat's TB record in last few yrs has been pathetic :help:

Tell me about it! :help: Where is his serve when needed? A DF on a match point. :rolleyes:

I think today's loss is very similar to last year's defeat in Monte Carlo: Safin lost to Vliegen 6-0 6-7(8) 4-6 wasting 4 match points.

Thanks for reminding. That has been pretty much the story this past year. Wasted opportunities... :o :o

Klaas_nalbandian
04-18-2008, 11:14 AM
Safin smashes his rackets and walks around the court like a moron. Never liked him.



I like him a lot and want to replace him for Davydenko in the top 5 allthough I have to give credits to davy who I never liked