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the adventures of the hippo at USO 2004

Bibir
08-21-2004, 01:13 PM
good luck Marat :wavey: and no hippo excuses this time ;)

I know...it's not "yet" a work of art but I was inspired this morning even if my scanner is near to death..."because we're worth it !!!"

PennyThePenguin
08-21-2004, 03:30 PM
aww bea!!!!!!!!!!!! brilliant work there! i can't do drawings....haha

merle
08-22-2004, 10:38 AM
AWESOME, Bea, just AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! :yeah: :angel:

Alisa
08-22-2004, 11:14 AM
:haha: great! and so true)

yea, and good luck marat in uso!

Denise
08-23-2004, 04:53 AM
lol....that's so cuttie!!! I loved it!! u're really criative ;)

Tennis Fool
08-23-2004, 05:10 AM
Nice work, Bea :D

junekidd
08-23-2004, 04:04 PM
woohoo! u're so smart, bibir! great drawing! ;)

Bibir
08-24-2004, 11:07 AM
Thanks everybody!!! :hug: :hug:

this is a quote from SI - Jon Wertheim:

The intrigue surrounding Marat Safin's "hippo story" continues. Mariya of New York writes: "It was actually a loose retelling of a Russian fable. I believe it was written by Ivan Krylov, who was a 19th century Russian writer who mostly penned fables, writing many famous ones. As I recall from reading the press-conference transcript, Safin didn't claim to make the story up -- he asked the journalist whether he knew it. It's a relatively famous one in Russia. So, he stole it, but definitely not from Along Came Polly.

merle
08-24-2004, 11:42 AM
:lol:

ytben
08-24-2004, 11:51 AM
I have never posted here before, usually only lurking for Marat's piccies ;)

Just want wish Marat good luck in USO! :bounce:

Shadow
08-24-2004, 01:03 PM
UDACHI MARAT


thanks for that, bea!

PennyThePenguin
08-24-2004, 02:54 PM
thanks bea...i haven't read wertheim for a while

CassL
08-25-2004, 04:15 AM
Good luck, Marat! He must do well here. He has to.

alesya
08-25-2004, 07:33 AM
ha ha , fabulous work and good luck to Marat! :)

PennyThePenguin
08-25-2004, 12:42 PM
marat's seeded 13th this time round...

Shadow
08-25-2004, 12:51 PM
full list of seeds:

1. Federer
2. Roddick
3. Moya
4. Hewitt
5. Henman
6. Agassi
7. Ferrero
8. Nalbandian
9. Gaudio
10. Massu
11. Schuettler
12. Grosjean
13. Safin
14. Gonzalez
15. Srichaphan
16. Pavel
17. Chela
18. Robredo
19. Kiefer
20. Kuerten
21. Dent
22. Hrbaty
23. Spadea
24. Ljubicic
25. Novak
26. Fish
27. Ancic
28. J Johansson
29. Canas
30. Lopez
31. Santoro
32. Bjorkman

junekidd
08-25-2004, 03:57 PM
what can I reckon on him this time? it has been the last GS this year... no time left, marat! :smash:

|-Safin_Coria-|
08-25-2004, 06:21 PM
com'on Marat! you can dooo ittt

Shadow
08-25-2004, 07:11 PM
the us open draw is out! here is marat`s quarter:


Juan Carlos Ferrero ESP (7)
v.
Qualifier

Stefan Koubek AUT
v.
Alex Bogomolov Jr. USA

Rajeev Ram USA
v.
Jan-Michael Gambill USA

Yen-Hsun Lu TPE
v.
Joachim Johansson SWE (28)

Vincent Spadea USA (23)
v.
Luis Horna PER

Jurgen Melzer AUT
v.
Gregory Carraz FRA

Michael Llodra FRA
v.
Gilles Elseneer BEL

Qualifier
v.
Rainer Schuettler GER (11)

Marat Safin RUS (13)
v.
Thomas Enqvist SWE

Qualifier
v.
Bobby Reynolds USA

Wayne Arthurs AUS
v.
Arnaud Clement FRA

Nicolas Escude FRA
v.
Tommy Robredo ESP (18)

Guillermo Canas ARG (29)
v.
Qualifier

KJ Hippensteel USA
v.
Filippo Volandri ITA

James Blake USA
v.
Rafael Nadal ESP

Scoville Jenkins USA
v.
Andy Roddick USA (2)






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full draw:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ms/r1s1.html

Shadow
08-25-2004, 07:12 PM
the first round vs. Thomas is already though.

maratski
08-25-2004, 07:21 PM
I'll look at it round by round ;)

I've got no expectations for the US Open. I might have had them a few months ago, but they've vanished :o

sol
08-25-2004, 07:56 PM
Enqvist can be a though rival for Marat, since the one takes advantage of the balls that arrive to him with high power, and that is our dear Hippoís way of play.. Nevertheless, if he has got a good % of 1st serves, and doesnít loss the focus, can take advantage in this match, because Enqvist is not playing his best tennis these days. If Marat manages to overcome his 1st round, maybe his dangerous rivals would be CaŮas / Robredo, Nadal and Andy. Good luck to him! :D http://www.smiliegenerator.de/smiley-flag/smiley-2347.png http://www.harrythecat.com/graphics/E/hippo3.gif

Bibir
08-25-2004, 10:52 PM
Safin vs Enqvist
"impossible is nothing !!!"

http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/natur/nature-smiley-019.gif

Cris
08-26-2004, 12:16 AM
so true Bea! With Marat we never know what will happen ;)

Vamos Marat!! :banana:

li'l red
08-26-2004, 09:04 AM
tough.... but if marat wants it, he's going to win it... ;)
so let's just hope our hippo would be determined and focused....

goodluck marat!

junekidd
08-26-2004, 03:35 PM
I have no saying. in fact, I have not had any expection on him at USO. now we are seeing another tough draw ... maybe we can look forward sth...as u guys said, no one knows what will happen on marat!

Billabong
08-27-2004, 12:36 AM
Marat :worship:!

sol
08-27-2004, 01:01 AM
Marat is a big player. Enqvist is a dangerous player because takes advantage of the power of balls from his opponents. Thomas has been a though rival to players like Agassi and MoyŠ, who construct their game on the base of the power of their shots as Marat. Nevertheless, Enqvist has been erratic these days; Marat only needs to be focused. If the 1st match is long and Marat manages to win it, this will help him to be fitting his blows.
http://www.harrythecat.com/graphics/E/hippo3.gif

Go Hippo! http://diggastyle.net/images/10-9-03/purple%20hippo.gif

-sOfia-
08-27-2004, 03:00 AM
Cmon Marat :bounce:

Shadow
08-27-2004, 12:36 PM
from people who are in new york, from wtaworld

But we saw Marat, signing autographs and heading into the stadium with Peter Lundgren(sp) to practice.


Moon forgot to tell you that...I BOMB-RUSHED Marat....!! LOL, he's one of my favorite male players along with Agassi, Blake, Fish and Moya. I ran up to him and said, Yo, I just want to shake my "Favorite Players Hand!"...he grabbed my hand as Moon took out her camera and he paused to pose...but she is a Little SLOW with focusing. LOL...Love you Moon.

--- good sign, Peter is still with Marat :)

merle
08-27-2004, 01:59 PM
Oh, thanks for the info Andrea! :kiss: (I don't hang ard in the wtaworld.) Yeah, good to know Peter is still with him. :angel: I feel pretty positive all of sudden again, LOL!

maratski
08-27-2004, 02:37 PM
Thanks Andrea

Bibir
08-27-2004, 03:17 PM
Marat is seeded 13th at USO...and he's the 13th choice of Jon Wertheim...strange...strange ;) ...read his quote about Marat, it's quite funny :lol:
13 is my lucky number...I hope it will bring luck to Marat too




U.S. Open men's seed report


Men's report (Nos. 1-16)

1. Roger Federer, Switzerland: After a dominant eight months, Federer comes in having lost two of his last three matches. Still he's our (admittedly, less than daring) pick to win his third Major of the year -- something no one has done since 1988. More fodder for making him a beyond-obvious pick: He's won 12 of his last 13 finals.

2. Andy Roddick, United States: He doesn't enter on quite the wave he was riding at this time last summer. Not to mention that he still needs to solve the Federer Riddle. Plus he could play Rafael Nadal and Marat Safin in the first week. But with his titanic serve and homecourt advantage, he stands a good chance of living up to his seeding.

3. Carlos Moya, Spain: Stamina? Check. Experience? Check? Monster forehand? Check. Aptitude on concrete? Check. Nice draw? Check. It's all there, but for some reason the Spaniard seldom puts it all together when the stakes are the highest.

4. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia: The '01 champ has been lost in the Federer-Roddick-Andre Agassi hype, but he's quietly returned to the top five and comes to New York on a roll. If he can catch the hard-servers on off days, look out. And if he falls to the eventual champ, he will complete a "Grand Slam" of sorts, having lost to the eventual winner in each of the Majors this year.

5. Tim Henman, Great Britain: Nothing like a first-rounder against Ivo Karlovic to ease your way into a tournament. Still, if Henman survives the serving barrage, we like his chances to reach the semis.

6. Andre Agassi, United States: On the one hand, his summer includes losses to guys with names like Nenad [Zimonjic], Jerome [Haehnel], Jurgen [Melzer] and Gilles [Muller]. On the other hand, he beat a murderer's row of colleagues to take the TMS Cincinnati title. Say this, if Agassi gets some momentum he'll do to the '04 Open what Jimmy Connors did in '91. Just a shame he's in Federer's quarter.

7. Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain: A finalist here last year, Ferrero is, on paper anyway, a real contender. Unfortunately, he has been hampered by injuries all year and has never really gotten traction. With only two wins post-Wimbledon, it's hard to see him surviving Week 1.

8. David Nalbandian, Argentina: See Ferrero. We know what he's capable of doing, but even with his squishy draw, it's hard to drum up much enthusiasm for a guy who hasn't won a match since Roland Garros.

9. Gaston Gaudio, Argentina: The French Open champ faces talented countryman Juan Monaco right off the bat. If he wins that match he likely gets Thomas Johansson. If Gaudio lives to see Labor Day it will be an achievement.

10. Nicolas Massu, Chile: If the gold medalist has anything left in the tank -- and if he doesn't, it's totally understandable -- he could continue his hot summer.

11. Rainer Schuettler, Germany: The Germanator has endured some bad losses and hasn't played well at the Slams this year, but he can't gripe about his draw. Don't be surprised if he grinds his way to the quarters.

12. Sebastien Grosjean, France: The scrambling Frenchman has had a quiet year, but he has a decent chance at the quarters.

13. Marat Safin, Russia: He makes Courtney Love look like a model of stability. That said, he's as capable of losing his first match to Thomas Enqvist as he is of winning the whole thing.

14. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile: The bronze medalist in Athens. It's hard to sustain his swing-for-the-fences game for seven matches. But, man, is he fun to watch.

15. Paradorn Srichaphan, Thailand: The game is there, but Srichaphan has generally been a nonentity at the Slams.

16. Andrei Pavel, Romania: He's quietly scaled the rankings, but don't be surprised if he falls to Jarkko Nieminen in Round 1.

Seeds to watch (Nos. 17-32):
17. Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentina: He may well be the last Argentine standing.

19. Nicolas Kiefer, Germany: He's a PTP'er, Baby! He's on my all-Sauerbraten Team! Provided Dick Vitale stays out of the broadcast booth, Kiefer ought to continue his hot summer play for a few rounds.

21. Taylor Dent, United States: All those sessions with Jaden Gil Agassi will pay off eventually. A first rounder against Younes el Aynaoui could be must-see TV.

23. Vince Spadea, United States: Vinny, Vidi, Vici?

26. Mardy Fish, United States: He's still looking for that breakthrough at a Major. What does he take away from Athens? Five solid wins or the squandered gold?

27. Mario Ancic, Croatia: He's always a threat with that serve.

28. Joachim Johansson, Sweden: He's an up and comer who is due.

30. Feliciano Lopez, Spain: This flashy lefty has lots of game.

31. Fabrice Santoro, France: He may not survive his first-round match against Todd Martin, but we'll never pass up a chance to call attention to his unique game.

Dark horse nation
Todd Martin, United States: For old time's sake.

Igor Andreev, Russia: This Russian has big upside, but he has a tough first rounder against Fernando Verdasco.

Thomas Johansson, Sweden: Far better player than his ranking would indicate.

Cyril Saulnier, France: A shoo-in for the "player most often called 'underrated' by his peers" award.

Tommy Haas, Germany: Top-10 talent, body willing.

Rafael Nadal, Spain: Probably the best player in the draw after the top 15 seeds.

James Blake, United States: All he has to do to reach the final is beat Nadal, Roddick, Guillermo Canas, Safin, Ferrero and Hewitt. Then he faces Federer, and who knows?

First round matches to watch
Federer vs. Albert Costa: The top seed won't lose, but the '02 French Open winner could make him work.

Martin vs. Santoro: Do you think this might go beyond three sets?

Jiri Novak vs. Radek Stepanek: It's not often that doubles partners face off in the first round of the singles draw.

Dent vs. el Aynaoui: Two players who are fun to watch.

Nadal vs. Blake: Not a bad tournament final.

Semifinal matchups
Federer vs. Henman

Roddick vs. Hewitt

Final
Roddick v. Federer

Winner: Federer

maratski
08-27-2004, 03:38 PM
The comment is funny, but for the past three years I've read pretty much the same things from Wertheim on Marat. He needs to come up with something new ;)

RoddickBabe10
08-28-2004, 02:26 AM
Hi everyone! :wavey: I am a big fan of Marat's, but I haven't visited/posted on his forum. I would just like to wish him the best of luck at the USO and hopefully he'll rock :rocker2: And prove everyone that doubts him wrong ;) I know he could do it, so, GO MARAT! :woohoo:

Denise
08-28-2004, 07:22 AM
thankss ;)

Bibir
08-28-2004, 01:09 PM
Hi everyone! :wavey: I am a big fan of Marat's, but I haven't visited/posted on his forum. I would just like to wish him the best of luck at the USO and hopefully he'll rock :rocker2: And prove everyone that doubts him wrong ;) I know he could do it, so, GO MARAT! :woohoo:


Welcome RoddickBabe! :wavey: ...and I hope too !!! :hug:

Bibir
08-28-2004, 01:24 PM
The comment is funny, but for the past three years I've read pretty much the same things from Wertheim on Marat. He needs to come up with something new ;)

yeah!..yeah!...you're right..his predictions are not very risky ...and concerning Marat I think he is just clueless...anyway I liked the comparison with Courtney Love :lol:

PennyThePenguin
08-28-2004, 02:42 PM
The comment is funny, but for the past three years I've read pretty much the same things from Wertheim on Marat. He needs to come up with something new ;)

know what? u're right. the only thing new abt this report is the courtney love part.

Bibir
08-28-2004, 04:58 PM
давай марат !!!

http://www.sovsport.ru/imgNews/2004/2/1/text-142269-13775-Untitled-2.jpg

RoddickBabe10
08-28-2004, 10:59 PM
Welcome RoddickBabe! :wavey: ...and I hope too !!! :hug:

Thanks, Bibir! :wavey:

Shadow
08-29-2004, 07:53 PM
order of play for monday is out. Marat won`t play.

Shadow
08-30-2004, 01:35 PM
thanks Vlad.

First of all Marat's news:
I saw him practicing today at about 12pm on practice court 4 with Thomas Johannson. He chose the worst possible location to practice because the closest I could I could get to see him was about a mile away on the top of the bleachers from the court 4 or something...
I think he played a set after some warm ups... He played OK but still missing few balls. He didn't like something (could be a little bit of wind or the planes from La Guardia airport) so he wasn't in the best of moods. He was a little bit sluggish I thought, although he broke Thomas once at 0 I remember. His serve was working more or less but his ground game was not the best I've seen. I don't know the exact score but I think he won 6-4.. and Thomas didn't play well either..
That's about it about Marat.. oh one more thing I asked Walt (I saw him couple of hours later) about Marat briefly he said he is doing alright and will be playing Tuesday and already went to hotel, so he had just one practice i guess.

Bibir
08-30-2004, 02:13 PM
Thanks Andrea and Vlad...well...practising will never be his thing...too bad!!! that helps !!! ;)

Shadow
08-31-2004, 11:44 AM
Marat's match is second on Arthur Ashe.

UDACHI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cris
08-31-2004, 02:05 PM
Thanks Vlad and Andrea :kiss:

Vamos Marat!! :yippee:

sol
08-31-2004, 07:28 PM
Marat is losing 6-7 4-6 *1-3.. Bye Hippo! :sad: ŅHow is playing?.. Anyway..

Dux
08-31-2004, 08:28 PM
Marat lost :rolleyes:

Let's hope for a better showing at the China Open :D

Shadow
08-31-2004, 08:44 PM
This is just SAD. I wish I hadn`t watched this match.
Since 5-3 in the first set it was just a disaster. He served twice for the set and he complety wasted it. He has 0% confidence in his game, finds no rythm, he plays simply stupid and ends with stupid errors, moves bad and he looks like he doesn`t know how to play anymore and he doesn`t believe to win at all. There are no signs of his REAL game.
In the third set from 1-3 to 6-3 he suddenly had a good period and he looked like he may find back but in the fourth set it was the same story all over again. Its really awful to watch this. Marat looked sad and somehow careless (yes he was mumbling to himself, screaming several times, broke a racket), but i think he tried but somehow couldnt. Terrible and sad performance.

Also have to say Thomas played a great match, took his chances and played smart, but Marat helped him as much as he could. :o

red Jennifer
08-31-2004, 09:55 PM
I can understand all of your feelings, I remembered that after Athens loss i felt so upset that i really want to give up him. but now i've used to it. not to his loss but this experience. i want to say, i'll support him although he'll not get back to his top, and i believe in him still.

maratski
08-31-2004, 10:40 PM
He was beyond pathetic :rolleyes:

Shadow
08-31-2004, 10:55 PM
..
I was there, and Idon't know, what to say!! My opinion is that Marat got some serious issues in life. He is not happy . So, I don't want to judge anybody and I am not sad that he lost. He should find himself. Don't expect from him too much, coz it's relly hard to deliver. I like him as it is, with pluses and minuses. Time will show everything.
By the way., at his box I saw: Amit, Willander, Rausa, Dinara, the guy with a grey hair, and another 3 girls (blond, red hair and another brunnet was sitting just next to them, looks like Dasha, but I don't know)

Shadow
08-31-2004, 11:01 PM
Safin suffers earliest U.S. Open exit

Marat Safin's bid for a second U.S. Open title lasted just two hours, 37 minutes as he lost 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-3 to Thomas Enqvist of Sweden in the first round on Tuesday. The 13th-seeded Russian, winner of the title in 2000, hit 17 aces but was outplayed and made his earliest exit in six visits.


The 13th-seeded Russian, who won the 2000 U.S. Open, hit 17 aces but was outplayed by the 30-year-old Swede on the way to his earliest exit from the tournament in six visits.

Having reached the Australian Open final in January on a similar surface, Safin was considered one of the favourites for the title.

But after twice failing to serve out the first set, Safin lost it on a tiebreak and Enqvist took the second set thanks to one service break.

Safin gave his supporters hope of a comeback when he came from 3-1 down to win the third set, but after missing a breakpoint in the opening game of the fourth set, he then lost his serve in the next game and Enqvist served out for victory.

"I've not got enough confidence to beat these guys at the moment, coming to a tournament like this without any confidence is a little bit tough," said a gloomy Safin.

"To be honest I'm not feeling very happy with myself."

Enqvist will face Alexander Peya in the second round, after the Austrian defeated Bobby Reynolds of the United States 2-6 6-3 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-4.

maratski
08-31-2004, 11:04 PM
:rolleyes:

Bibir
08-31-2004, 11:07 PM
Thanks Andrea...well...I think everything is said

http://www.toonart.co.uk/assets/clipart/main%20clipart/coffin.gif

Shadow
08-31-2004, 11:11 PM
some interesting things from safinator board:

Ami:
Marat HAS to know how poorly he did today. I used to think he was extremely smart. I still think that. At some point in time he will get tired of running away from reality and will have no choice but to face it and deal with it. I don't know if that revelation is going to be too late in coming. May be it already is. He is not happy. That is not how a happy person plays. Maybe Tennis is not making him happy but I am not sure it is the Tennis. i have a feeling he might be equally unhappy being a nightclub owner in Moscow. Maybe it is the Russian melancholia. He needs a shrink to sort things out. Unfortunately he is too much of a hard head to give one a chance.

Maryann:
The match was running away from him and he couldn't do anything to stop it. An article I read said, he looked confused, and IMO he did. And sad, and about to give into the idea that he doesn't seem to know how to play tennis anymore. Or it could be something else troubling him, or his lifestyle, but he was not himself on the court today. He didn't even have the will to toss a racket or rage at himself, and I find that very troubling. I have no answers or suggestions; all I know is that I saw a sad figure bashing balls out of the court and flailing around for 2 hours. And it's not Marat who needs a shrink. It's each of his fans who's been dutifully following him since his USO 2000 win, and even earlier. ī


Thats what I saw too. Laterly he is so sad on the court, especially today and it was not the real Marat out there. Something really seems to be bothering him. There need something to happen...

Shadow
08-31-2004, 11:36 PM
Open and Shut: Enqvist Stops 13th-Seeded Safin


C.Lum/Wire Image.com By Richard Pagliaro
09/01/2004

Slapping a final forehand into the net, Marat Safin trotted to the net after tumbling out of the U.S. Open. The man who raised the U.S. Open title trophy four years ago bowed out in the opening round today, falling to 30-year-old Swede Thomas Enqvist, 7-6(5), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.


It was the second straight first-round exit from a major for Safin, who succumbed to compatriot Dmitry Tursunov in the opening round of Wimbledon in June.

"I am terribly disappointed. I really am," said Safin, who was sidelined from the Open last year with a wrist injury. "I had a lot of expectations for the tournament. I feel bad. To be honest, Iím feeling not really happy with myself. But itís already past, so I cannot change it."

The 13th-seeded Safinís departure opens the bottom quarter of the draw for defending champion Andy Roddick, who plays Atlantaís Scoville Jenkins in his opening-round match tonight.

The match between former Australian Open finalists was a case of hit and miss tennis as both men alternated between pounding powerful winners and misfiring on ambitious errors. Enqvist hit 44 winners and made 56 unforced errors, while Safin struck 40 winners and 54 unforced errors. The extreme exchanges offer little time for either player to establish a rhythm.

The 59th-ranked Enqvist, who had not taken a set off Safin in their two prior meetings, gained confidence as the match progressed and continued to go for his shots to overcome 12 double faults.

The hard-hitting, slow-footed Swede was slightly better on break points, converting five of 11 break-point chances, compared to Safin who broke four times in 13 chances. But Safinís willingness to trade heavy shots down the middle and his inability to exploit Enqvistís immobility ultimately cost him the match.

"If I would like to myself, I would say it is Thomasí fault," Safin said. "But I donít want to lie to myself. A part of it, a huge part of it, is my fault because I let him play well. He took a chance and heís experienced enough to take this advantage."

Down an early break in the fourth set, an oddly flat Safin failed to summon the spirited emotion heís shown in past Open matches. Safin, whose entertaining post-match press conferences sometimes seem to be a combination of stand-up comedy and sit-down psychotherapy, spoke like a man whose emotional spectrum rivals the Richter scale in its explosiveness.
"First of all, whenever I try to show emotions, nobody likes it. When I donít show emotions, nobody likes it," Safin said. "What the hell do you want me to do? Whenever I show emotions, everybody is criticizing me and complaining like ĎWhy do you break so many racquets? Why you shout?í Whenever I try to be calm, I try to be concentrated, is not good enough. So tell me how I should be please?"

A Grand Slam season that began with so much potential concluded with Safin facing familiar questions about his unfulfilled promise. In January, a rejuvenated Safin showed signs of a renewed commitment to tennis. Hardened by a rigorous off-season training regimen, Safin outlasted Grand Slam champions Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi in succession to reach the Australian Open final where he fell to Roger Federer.

Early season commitment has degenerated into late season complacency. The six-foot-four Safin looked soft in practice sessions last week what was lacking between the ears led to struggles between the lines today.

"Itís not enough confidence," Safin said. "Not enough confidence to beat these guys. The best results I made this summer on hard courts was the quarterfinals in Cincinnati. Just coming here without confidence, itís a little bit tough."

Once one of the worldís most feared hard-court players, Safin slumped to 14-10 on hard courts this year. Since his run to the Australian Open final, Safin struggled to put successive wins together, recording his only consecutive hard-court victories in Cincinnati. Four years ago, Safin led the ATP Tour with seven tournament titles and finished No. 2 in the world after stomping Pete Sampras to hand the Grand Slam king his first straight sets loss in a major final.
In the aftermath of Safinís spectacular performance to win the U.S. Open, Sampras selected him as his potential successor, saying "Youíre going to be hearing a lot from Marat Safin in the future." But that victory seems like a distant memory as the man with a world of talent seems simply world-weary now.

"I had no fear. I had nothing to lose basically," Safin said of his lone major title. "And I was coming here full of confidence. I broke through and I won the tournament. So these kinds of matches you have to win. But right now wasnít my day. Just not enough. I didnít play good enough to beat this guy."

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depressing stuff.

tall_one
09-01-2004, 12:13 AM
the audio of his interview, not that you can understand half of it

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2004-08-31/200408311093992210353.html

Bibir
09-01-2004, 04:24 PM
his interview is realistic....he blames the right person this time...himself:


"I am terribly disappointed. I really am," . "I had a lot of expectations for the tournament. I feel bad. To be honest, Iím feeling not really happy with myself. But itís already past, so I cannot change it."

"If I would like to myself, I would say it is Thomasí fault," Safin said. "But I donít want to lie to myself. A part of it, a huge part of it, is my fault because I let him play well. He took a chance and heís experienced enough to take this advantage."


"Believe me, I'm trying," he said. "I'm trying for myself, not for anybody else. I really feel bad when I'm not getting to the finals. The opinion of society really bothers because everybody is expecting me to win, because in 2000 I was No.1 and won the US Open. I'm fighting, and pushing myself, but it's costing me."

tall_one
09-02-2004, 07:01 AM
Eurosport video, it's called Crash, Bang, Wallop! and Marat's part starts about 1:43 into it

http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/V4/L0/multimedia_Lng0.shtml

maratgirl
09-02-2004, 10:57 AM
I watched the match too and I noticed that he wasn't trying to chear himself up when he made a good point or even when he won the third set.

Shadow
09-02-2004, 02:23 PM
Magic is gone
2000 Open winner Safin exits meekly with loss to Enqvist, raising more questions about his fall from ranks of game's elite

BY ARTHUR STAPLE
STAFF WRITER

September 1, 2004


He has all the talent, outspokenness and smarts in the tennis world. But Marat Safin has no confidence, and that makes days like yesterday's four-set, first-round loss more likely than his miraculous run to the 2000 U.S. Open crown.

"That was a different story then. I had no fear," Safin said after his latest major tournament flameout, a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 loss to Thomas Enqvist at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I had nothing to lose basically [in 2000]. And I was full of confidence. Coming here now without confidence, it's a little bit tough. I didn't play good enough to beat this guy."

Safin has had the major-talent/head-case label since he broke through as a 20-year-old in Flushing Meadows and dethroned Pete Sampras in a straight-set spanking. Safin finished that year No. 2 in the world and was poised for greatness.

On the way to greatness have been too many days like yesterday, though usually with more racket-smashing and umpire-dissing. He reached the Australian Open final in January, displaying some terrific tennis in beating Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi. He reached the fourth round at the French Open, but he is 5-7 since. He withdrew from last year's U.S. Open because of a wrist injury, and lost in the second round the previous year. He is with his sixth coach in four years, Peter Lundgren, a former pro who coached Roger Federer up until two years ago.

Safin twice served for the first set yesterday before dropping a tiebreaker, but rallied to win the final five games of the third set to give himself some hope. Enqvist, who was a top-10 player when Safin was king of the hill four years ago but has struggled with shoulder problems, broke Safin in the second game of the fourth set and never let Safin, the No. 13 seed, back in the match. Safin kept his volatile temper in check so much that he even was questioned as to why he didn't let loose more.

"First of all, whenever I try to show emotions, nobody likes it. When I don't show emotions, nobody likes it. What the hell do you want me to do?" he said. "So tell me how I should be pleased ... If I would lie to myself, I would say this [loss] is Thomas' fault. But I don't want to lie to myself. A huge part is my fault because I let him play well."

Safin had another amusing exchange yesterday with a reporter who insisted Safin is the most talented player on tour.

"You're really killing me," Safin said. "OK, let's put it this way: Other people are also very talented. Federer, Roddick, Ferrero, yes. Hewitt. Moya." Safin?

"Safin is No. 13 still," he said with a wan smile. "Yes, I'm part of it. Thank you very much. But I still have to fight."

maratski
09-02-2004, 03:10 PM
The pressure seems to be killing him. Doesn't it come down to his management to help him deal with such matters?

Bibir
09-02-2004, 03:39 PM
Yeah...right...I thought Peter would helped him with that...too bad

Ilhame, I dream or you really can't stand his management team? ;)

maratski
09-02-2004, 03:47 PM
I can't stand them Bea. They just don't come across as serious people ;)

Shadow
09-02-2004, 04:07 PM
Marat was always like that. No one can help him with that ;)

PennyThePenguin
09-03-2004, 01:45 PM
I can't stand them Bea. They just don't come across as serious people ;)

:haha: yeah...... that's why marat's still with them!

Aurora
09-03-2004, 09:00 PM
Don't know about the management but I bet every second journalist that speaks to him says something along the likes of "all the talent ... why not winning everything ... USO 2000 ... mental problems". Not helping of course. But what can?
As a belgian I have frontrow view on the same -on a lesser level- happening to Xavier Malisse, and that dude didn't have the big win.

sol
09-06-2004, 01:34 AM
Our dear Hippo before and after his USO's defeat ;) :tape:
http://www.vegsource.com/harris/common/Hippo.GIF:hug::love:

PennyThePenguin
09-06-2004, 02:46 AM
SOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that's AMAZING!!! hahahaha

tall_one
09-06-2004, 03:01 AM
:haha: :lol: :haha: :lol: :haha: :lol: :haha: :lol: :haha: :lol: :haha: :lol:

maratski
09-06-2004, 09:59 PM
:haha:

Vass
09-06-2004, 11:52 PM
:haha:

Wednesday Addams
09-07-2004, 12:12 PM
BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!! :haha: :rolls: :lol: :haha: :rolls: :haha: :lol:

TOO funny, just TOO funny! :worship: