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Good luck Marat in Houston!

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Bibir
11-09-2004, 03:01 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
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MissPovaFan
11-09-2004, 03:03 PM
DAVAI MARAT!!!! :D :worship:

maratski
11-09-2004, 03:03 PM
Thanks Bea :kiss:

The draw will be out tomorrow I think :)

junekidd
11-09-2004, 03:10 PM
thanks bea! ;) :kiss:
keep it up in Houston Marat! :bounce:

PennyThePenguin
11-09-2004, 03:13 PM
DAVAI MARATIK!!!!

make mattress mac want to suffocate in his mattresses....

Bibir
11-09-2004, 03:15 PM
Let's go Marat! Texas is yours! :hatoff:

http://home.no.net/tindir/toturials/cowboy/cowboy5.jpg

Denise
11-09-2004, 03:28 PM
VAMOS MARAT!!!!!!! :rocker2:

So cuttie the draw bea!!!!! You rock :D take ur hat MARATIK! And show them why you won two ms titles ;)

Smash them baby!!!! yayaya :smash:

Aurora
11-09-2004, 10:55 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

chocc0
11-09-2004, 11:07 PM
GOOOOOOOO MARAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go for four!!!!!!! (as my maths teacher once told me....if i am able to achieve this we will soon know lol)

-sOfia-
11-10-2004, 12:32 AM
Let's GO MARAT! :bounce:

PennyThePenguin
11-10-2004, 12:58 AM
Let's go Marat! Texas is yours! :hatoff:

http://home.no.net/tindir/toturials/cowboy/cowboy5.jpg

awww cute...freckly maratik...

Fedex
11-10-2004, 03:54 AM
Vamos Marat! :) :bounce:

Jessi
11-10-2004, 05:32 AM
thanks bea! :smooch:

Houston is now in the bag! ;)

chocc0
11-10-2004, 05:34 AM
thanks bea! :smooch:

Houston is now in the bag! ;)

I hope so!!!!!

Five
11-10-2004, 05:46 AM
Давай Марат ;)

Jessi
11-10-2004, 05:49 AM
Roger :o :scared:

http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20041109/tennis_55554.jpg

chocc0
11-10-2004, 06:02 AM
coria looks like a bird in the poster!

Jessi
11-10-2004, 07:39 AM
haha...tweet tweet!

merle
11-10-2004, 08:30 AM
УДАЧИ МАРАТ!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :banana: :bigclap: :bounce:

Lalitha
11-10-2004, 09:11 AM
Come on Marat! - Repeat Paris & Madrid.

Elam
11-10-2004, 09:30 AM
Good Luck to Marat!

~EMiLiTA~
11-10-2004, 11:30 AM
DAVAI MARAT IN HOUSTON!!! :bounce: http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/sport/cheer01.gif http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/sport/0864.gif

knock 'em flat and win this title as well!!! http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/sport/1.gif

PennyThePenguin
11-10-2004, 11:43 AM
with beijing, madrid and paris all already in the bag, i think marat is going to need a bigger bag! (:


DHL might want to help. ;)

Wednesday Addams
11-10-2004, 01:46 PM
Go, Marat!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :banana: :banana: :banana:

Win it for Mattress Mac!!!!! :devil: ;)

sol
11-11-2004, 01:00 AM
Blue Group:
(2)Andy Roddick,
(4)Marat Safin,
(6)Guillermo Coria,
(7) Tim Henman.

Go Marat! :D You can reach semis! :yeah:

Carolinita
11-11-2004, 01:22 AM
he has good chances...VAMOS MARAT :bounce:

chocc0
11-11-2004, 02:01 AM
YAY go Marat! Kick roddick' henman and coria's ass!

Fedex
11-11-2004, 04:09 AM
Roger :o :scared:

http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20041109/tennis_55554.jpg
What's wrong with Roger?? He looks perfectly normal. That picture of Coria is bad, and Rodddick looks like an idiot, but nothing has changed there, anyway. ;)

User ID 4783
11-11-2004, 04:52 PM
Thanks for creating this thread! Now I'm even more confident Marat will play well :yeah: :silly: ;)

brazuca5copas
11-11-2004, 10:15 PM
SCHEDULE Masters Cup Houston 2004 :

Monday, November 15

Starting at 1 p.m.
(1)R Federer (SUI) vs (8)G Gaudio (ARG)

Starting at 7 p.m.
(3)L Hewitt (AUS) vs (5)C Moya (ESP)

Tuesday, November 16

Starting at 1 p.m.
(4)M Safin (RUS) vs (6)G Coria (ARG)

Starting at 7 p.m.
(2)A Roddick (USA) vs (7)T Henman (GBR)

brazuca5copas
11-12-2004, 12:19 AM
No problem for me , here in Brazil will be 5 pm

PennyThePenguin
11-12-2004, 01:37 AM
it'll be :eek: 3am :eek: for me... pffffffffffftttttttttttttt

chocc0
11-12-2004, 01:42 AM
crap i'll be asleep
hopefully i'll be waking up to good news!!!
Go Marat:)!!!

Jessi
11-12-2004, 02:53 AM
Yay! I'm getting Marat's match :yippee: TSN is only broadcasting day sessions so here's hoping they schedule Marat's matches during the day...Roddick can have the night matches ;)

The only thing i'm not looking forward to is hearing P.Mac and Cliffy commentating :yawn: :zzz:

Jessi
11-12-2004, 02:57 AM
What's wrong with Roger?? He looks perfectly normal. That picture of Coria is bad, and Rodddick looks like an idiot, but nothing has changed there, anyway. ;)


nothing's wrong with Roger. I've just never seen him look so pumped up before.
Of course you think Roddick looks like an idiot, you hate his guts :p I've seen worse pics of Roddick :devil:

~EMiLiTA~
11-12-2004, 12:43 PM
chocco...do you know if we get coverage on free to air tv?

Aurora
11-12-2004, 12:49 PM
Good to start against Coria ... somewhat warming up.

Am I right Houston has a 7 hours time difference with Central Europe Time? would make it 8 o'clock in the evening here, quite perfect. If anyone with coverage is able and willing to give some online info, :kiss:!

junekidd
11-12-2004, 01:47 PM
it'll be :eek: 3am :eek: for me... pffffffffffftttttttttttttt

me too jiat! :o
always I do nothing but sleep then! wish I could get good news when I wake up and tape of match in daytime. :angel:

lucky girls, lilly and jessi! ;)

ataptc
11-12-2004, 01:55 PM
me too jiat! :o
always I do nothing but sleep then! wish I could get good news when I wake up and tape of match in daytime. :angel:
me three!! :sad: I think I'll sleep early and wake up for the match...

brazuca5copas
11-12-2004, 02:36 PM
matchs :
Houston 1 pm = Paris 8 pm
Houston 7 pm = Paris 2 am

PennyThePenguin
11-12-2004, 03:35 PM
me three!! :sad: I think I'll sleep early and wake up for the match...

me too...sigh... i might do the same thing. or i'll just tape it. i stocked up on tape. is it best of 3? or best of 5?

ataptc
11-12-2004, 03:37 PM
I need to stock up on tape.. I have 16 and all except one and half are used up :( My mom's grumbling though.. I want a graphics card so I can put it onto DVDs :) It should be best of 3

PennyThePenguin
11-12-2004, 03:42 PM
no DVD recorder for penny :sad:

Aurora
11-12-2004, 04:43 PM
me too jiat! :o
always I do nothing but sleep then! wish I could get good news when I wake up and tape of match in daytime. :angel:

lucky girls, lilly and jessi! ;)

me not lucky, me no coverage

junekidd
11-12-2004, 04:51 PM
me not lucky, me no coverage

luckier than me. ;) I even could not get up to follow the score... :(

loeliepoelie
11-12-2004, 05:29 PM
Great news that Marat will play at 1 pm, that's 8 pm my time! Thanks to eurosport I can watch it, and I don't even have to get up in the middle of the night! :banana:

I'd be happy to do point by points or updates or whatever for people who can't watch it :)

maratgirl
11-12-2004, 05:39 PM
I can watch it too :D :wavey: where in the Netherlands are you from :) I'm from noord-brabant

Jessi
11-12-2004, 07:34 PM
Good to start against Coria ... somewhat warming up.

Am I right Houston has a 7 hours time difference with Central Europe Time? would make it 8 o'clock in the evening here, quite perfect. If anyone with coverage is able and willing to give some online info, :kiss:!


Sorry Hanneke, but i'll be in school during the match...i'm taping it. Hopefully, some kind souls with coverage will provide online info in the tournament forum. :)

Hope i come home to good news! GO MARAT! :bounce:

Jessi
11-12-2004, 07:35 PM
I can watch it too :D :wavey: where in the Netherlands are you from :) I'm from noord-brabant


hey stranger! Long time no talk :wavey:

Aurora
11-12-2004, 07:56 PM
loeliepoelie :kiss:

June :hug: there isn't much point in following the score, you only wear out your heart ;)

maratski
11-12-2004, 08:44 PM
I'm going to miss the first 15 minutes, but won't be online. I still need to decide which tv I'll be watching the match on. Probably my brother's ;)

Carolinita
11-13-2004, 04:28 AM
HEY EVERYBODY!!!!...if is true that Chile's TVN channel will show all matches, you can see it on line in www.tvn.cl (link "señal en vivo")...if somebody is interesting, I can keep you informed about matches schedule in this channel...really I don't know if this is true, but at least in MC website they say TVN will show all matches ;)

junekidd
11-13-2004, 05:05 AM
so many exciting news! TV coverage, and online video now! :bounce:
but... for me... I have to sleep then though... that is not coverage issue but time issue for me... :sad:

I am looking forward to a 7:00pm Marat's match... can I? :unsure:

*Marat BigFan*
11-13-2004, 07:12 AM
PFFF 2AM my time!

Aurora
11-13-2004, 09:43 AM
Thank you for letting us know that, Carolinita!
I did some research with the wonderful http://wwitv.com/portal.htm which lists all internet stations. I'm gonna try them all monday and tuesday evening I think!

AmericaTV, an Argentine channel has Safin-Coria mentioned on the front page, but I can't make out if they're gonna broadcast it.
http://www.americatv.uolsinectis.com.ar/

Perhaps someone who understands Chinese could help to find out if CCTV1 (http://www.cctv.com/) or 4 (http://www.cctv-4.com/2003/timetable.asp) is broadcasting. CCTV9 isn't it seems (http://www.cctv-9.com/2003/schedule/schedule.htm).

A very good picture and connection with HTV7, let's hope that is the Ho Chi Minh City TV that the TMC site is referring too.
http://www.vtc.com.vn/user/vn/index.jsp

I don't know if this is a useful post for some people. I'm crossing my fingers for the wonders of internet to work.

PennyThePenguin
11-13-2004, 10:04 AM
actually, my dear hanneke, if u pop over to the official masters cup page, they show ALL the stations that will be broadcasting the matches!!!! hang on, i'll get hte list for u...

2 M Morocco(Soread) Morocco Semis & Final
BBTV Thailand Final & Highlights

CCTV China All Matches
Enjoy Sports/America TV Argentina All Matches
ESPN USA All Matches
ESPN International South America /NZ All Matches
ESPN Star Sports Pan Asia All Matches
Eurosport Europe All Matches
FoxSports Australia All Matches
Gaora Japan All Matches
Ho Chi Minh City TV Vietnam All Matches
RDS Canada All Matches
Sportv Brazil All Matches
SRG Switzerland Federer Matches
Supersport International Pan Africa All Matches
TSN/Netstar Canada All Matches
The Tennis Channel USA Doubles
TVN Chile All Matches

PennyThePenguin
11-13-2004, 10:05 AM
oh i forgot to mention. CCTV is usually CCTV5.

~EMiLiTA~
11-13-2004, 10:24 AM
Foxsports in Australia :( that means we won't get it on free to air tv :sad:

Bibir
11-13-2004, 10:39 AM
Let's go Billy "Marat" the kid! :smoke:

http://www.beau-dacious.addr.com/boot.gif

junekidd
11-13-2004, 10:46 AM
thanks lilly and jiat. :hug:
CCTV-5 is our sports channel. it has all the matches but we could only get delayed and part of them for free. :sad:

JuanChuffy007
11-13-2004, 11:02 AM
Good Luck MARAT SAFIN!!

He'll win :D :D.

Alisa
11-13-2004, 12:13 PM
Good luck marat!!! wish u victory)
but first good luck 2 u in match with coria. wow! can't wait till it begin) i'm really hoping it will be amazing match)

*Ljubica*
11-13-2004, 01:23 PM
Haven't been over here for a while, - so just stopped by to say Good Luck to Marat in Houston. My friend is there at the moment - she says that he has been practising with Gaston Gaudio and seems to be happy and having fun :) We get good Masters' TV coverage here on Eurosport - the "night" matches will be far too late for me (starting at about 1.00am!), but their afternoon matches will start just when I get home from work - so I'll be glued to the TV screen on Tuesday hoping Marat beats Coria!! Bye for now :wavey:

ataptc
11-13-2004, 02:15 PM
i dont have a DVD recorder too jiat.. but DVDs last longer than tapes.. :) i can only watch DVDs on my com though cos I dont have a DVD player..

ataptc
11-13-2004, 02:33 PM
Hi Rosie :wavey: Will your friend be able to tell us of her experience in Houston after the tourney ends? :)

maratski
11-13-2004, 03:03 PM
Thanks Rosie :) I envy your friend! I also won't have time to watch the night matches, but will keep my vcr ready.

PennyThePenguin
11-13-2004, 03:03 PM
i've got a dvd player. but no recorder...fat load of good ah well...tape then...

ataptc
11-13-2004, 03:16 PM
i want a graphics card.... maybe i can get one for christmas :)

*Ljubica*
11-13-2004, 04:51 PM
Hi Rosie :wavey: Will your friend be able to tell us of her experience in Houston after the tourney ends? :)

Well she's not a member of MTF but I'm sure I can post any information that she tells me! And I envy her too - but then she does live in the States so it's easy and not so expensive for her to get there. Actually she went there last year too and hated it and vowed she would never go again :p , - but she's a huge Gaudio fan so she couldn't miss the opportunity of seeing him play there.

Bibir
11-13-2004, 05:13 PM
Thanks Rosie "and the friend of Rosie" for the news! :hug:

I see that spies are working for you Rosie all around the world. ;) :worship:

User ID 4783
11-13-2004, 05:21 PM
now it's my turn to wish Marat good luck in Houston:
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OAF! :kiss:

:help:

maratgirl
11-13-2004, 05:42 PM
hey stranger! Long time no talk :wavey:

hey :wavey: yeah I know busy, busy but never to busy to support marat ofcours ;)

*Ljubica*
11-13-2004, 06:17 PM
Thanks Rosie "and the friend of Rosie" for the news! :hug:

I see that spies are working for you Rosie all around the world. ;) :worship:

:p Oh yes - I have my "spies" everywhere!!!!!

sanell
11-13-2004, 08:56 PM
Opening Ceremony - Marat Is sooo Sexy :)
http://www7.online.rtlklub.hu/forumkepek/4442481.pict
http://www7.online.rtlklub.hu/forumkepek/4442483.pict

*Ljubica*
11-13-2004, 09:01 PM
Thanks for the pics Sanell........and I'm going to be very English now and say I'm really happy to see Tim Henman in that line-up :) He has waited a long time for his chance and he won't have many more chances at his age - so I'm so happy for him. It's only a shame that Lucy (his wife) can't share the moment with him, but she's expecting a baby in a couple of weeks so they won't let her travel. So Good Luck Tim - and Marat of course :)

Carolinita
11-13-2004, 10:32 PM
Good pics Sanell...thanks :hug:

maratski
11-13-2004, 10:44 PM
Marat looks so relaxed on that photo :hearts:

I'm also glad to see Tim in Houston. He was so close every year and now he's finally there.

RogiFan88
11-14-2004, 01:02 AM
Marat, Carlos looking good!!! Rogi's short do, OK I guess, I miss the long tresses... I'll get used to it...

In the process of watching the Paris Final [which we got but from 63 34... duh! better than nothing I s not complain... ] but Marat was in a funny mood... doesn't hurt his hot looks tho... in fact perhaps enhances them...

Cris
11-14-2004, 01:16 AM
Thanks Sanell and Rosie! :hug:

We have coverage, but Marat's matches will be around 4pm here and I'll be working :sad: Maybe I won't be in the office either. So I'll have to check the results when I come back home.

Good Luck Marat! :yippee:

ataptc
11-14-2004, 04:25 AM
sanell and rosie :hug:
i like fed's new haircut :)

brazuca5copas
11-14-2004, 05:38 AM
Pic

brazuca5copas
11-14-2004, 05:54 AM
more

Jessi
11-14-2004, 07:53 AM
where are the cowboy hats??? Darnit! I was really looking forward to making fun erm...i mean seeing the lads in it..espcially Timmy :lol:

Marat and Carlos!! :hearts: :drool:

love Roger's new do! He looks cute! :kiss:

Jessi
11-14-2004, 07:54 AM
oh, thanks Sanell and brauca5copas for all the pics :kiss: :smooch:

Jessi
11-14-2004, 07:56 AM
Rosie - thanks very much for the Marat news :hug:

Jessi
11-14-2004, 07:57 AM
hey :wavey: yeah I know busy, busy but never to busy to support marat ofcours ;)


:yeah:

maratski
11-14-2004, 09:21 AM
I can see Lleyton hasn't bought new shoes since Shanghai. ;)

~EMiLiTA~
11-14-2004, 10:47 AM
http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/geschockt/div276.gif at Marat and Carlos!!!

Aurora
11-14-2004, 11:05 AM
Gotta love a row of fit men in suits.

Marat is the tallest in the top 10 :eek:

Like Roger's haircut, still hate the greasy stuff lying on Lleyton's head :tape:.

For the first time in a looong time I like Duck's playfullness again.

Aurora
11-14-2004, 11:08 AM
I can see Lleyton hasn't bought new shoes since Shanghai. ;)

:lol:

Give they guy a break, probably the second time he's wearing them. He was saving them for another occasion, but now's that canceled, he thought "what the heck, let's bring out the good shoes again" :o

tall_one
11-14-2004, 11:16 AM
Pic
:rolleyes: nice shoes Andy

sol
11-14-2004, 11:21 AM
here the pic of Lleyton from the Andy's forum: ;)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=903146&postcount=990

Shadow
11-14-2004, 11:57 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v290/MaratFan/houston_6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v290/MaratFan/houston_7.jpg

Shadow
11-14-2004, 12:04 PM
http://web.wireimage.com/images/thumbnail/3862704.jpg
http://web.wireimage.com/images/thumbnail/3862661.jpg
http://web.wireimage.com/images/thumbnail/3862660.jpg

*Ljubica*
11-14-2004, 12:38 PM
I can see Lleyton hasn't bought new shoes since Shanghai. ;)

You're so cruel Ilhame :)

PennyThePenguin
11-14-2004, 12:52 PM
thanks for the pics andreaaaa!!! :hug:

junekidd
11-14-2004, 01:13 PM
thanks for the pics, all!!! :hug:
the business suit-gym shoes match makes Andy very modish. ;)
Marat's stature makes him always in the middle of the pics! that is really the right position for him! :yeah:

~EMiLiTA~
11-14-2004, 02:05 PM
omg! http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/geschockt/w00t.gif more sexy pics of Marat! he looks great!!!

loeliepoelie
11-14-2004, 02:28 PM
Marat looks so yummie!!! :drool:

I can't wait to see his match tuesday!!! Sol, I'll add you to msn :D
I'll be your scoreboard! ;)

btw i never posted in the marat forum cause I posted on safinator instead, but the conversations here are very amusing!!!! haha :wavey:

junekidd
11-14-2004, 03:08 PM
oh... safinator... it reminds me a grievous thing... its forum is shielded by our country... I have never accessed it... :sad:

ataptc
11-14-2004, 05:10 PM
thanks for the pics! :drool:
Gotta love a row of fit men in suits
:yeah:

TaTaaa
11-14-2004, 06:35 PM
i love their necktie!! :D

BlackSilver
11-14-2004, 07:14 PM
Thanks Sanell and Rosie! :hug:

We have coverage, but Marat's matches will be around 4pm here and I'll be working :sad: Maybe I won't be in the office either. So I'll have to check the results when I come back home.

Good Luck Marat! :yippee:

Do it like me

Record the match

Denise
11-14-2004, 07:45 PM
OMG! Marat looks gorgeous with green/blue tie!!!!! so sexy with suit! :drool: yummieee!!! thx for all the pics :kiss:

maratski
11-14-2004, 07:55 PM
You're so cruel Ilhame :)

It's the first thing I noticed when seeing the photos :o

tall_one
11-14-2004, 10:07 PM
oh... safinator... it reminds me a grievous thing... its forum is shielded by our country... I have never accessed it... :sad:
you can't get to Safinator?!? what is on there that is so bad the government has banned access to it? :confused:

Aurora
11-14-2004, 10:25 PM
It's weird, because when I access, I always get asked to install a Chinese language pacquet.

Jessi
11-14-2004, 11:02 PM
:ras: @ Marat for not shaving. Would it have killed him to pick up a razor and shave? He still looks great but he'd look even HOTTER clean shaven!

Aurora
11-14-2004, 11:13 PM
a slight longing for younger, more innocent and (perhaps most importantly) neatly shaven times, Jessi?

:o although there was no chance of growing much back then, huh? I vaguely remember some tries with just plucks of lamb's wool on his cheeks. at least now it looks like human hair :rolleyes:

Jessi
11-14-2004, 11:52 PM
lets just say the droolfactor isn't as high with the facial hair...although Ilhame might disagree with that ;)

Aurora
11-14-2004, 11:57 PM
you can drop the "might" ;)

I like the freshly shaven look also better, but I adore the man more than the boy.
But he could turn into a gnome as far as I'm concerned, if he wins the Masters!

Jessi
11-15-2004, 12:01 AM
yes, i also prefer the older, more experienced Marat ;)

:lol: yeah, he can look like a caveman for all i care...as long as he wins the Masters!

sol
11-15-2004, 12:15 AM
yes, i also prefer the older, more experienced Marat ;)


Me too!..:drool:. Perhaps, because I'm a older woman ;) :angel:

Jessi
11-15-2004, 12:17 AM
Lets Go Marat! Beat Coria! http://home.grandecom.net/~kimmber/smilies/couch.gifhttp://home.grandecom.net/~kimmber/smilies/couch.gif

Jessi
11-15-2004, 12:21 AM
Me too!..:drool:. Perhaps, because I'm a older woman ;) :angel:


I was talking about experience on the tennis court...what are you talking about? ;) :angel:

Cris
11-15-2004, 12:25 AM
Thanks Andrea and Brazuca for all great pics! :kiss:
Marat and Carlos :hearts:

Do it like me

Record the match

Hi BlackSilver :wavey:
I'll do it ;)

sol
11-15-2004, 12:26 AM
I was talking about experience on the tennis court...what are you talking about? ;) :angel:

about experience on the tennis court ..and the current look ... :p

Jessi
11-15-2004, 12:29 AM
about experience on the tennis court ..and the current look ... :p


suuuurrreee :p

Jessi
11-15-2004, 12:31 AM
i'd like to think of myself as the one on the right, able to bounce into the air from a position of sitting on my butt... (:


:lol:

Jessi
11-15-2004, 01:19 AM
Marat's studio portraits :o

SHAAAAVEEEE!!!!!!! :smash:

RogiFan88
11-15-2004, 04:25 AM
just beat guille, marat

Jessi
11-15-2004, 04:26 AM
Marat quotes from Houston:

"It would be great for me to do well here. It would be the perfect end to this year to build up confidence to start next year."

"I want to finish the year really well. You have to play well all year to fight for number one. At the start of this year I was 89th and I will finish fourth. Whatever I do here I will be very happy."

"Hopefully next year I will be more stable all year. That's the most important thing."

RogiFan88
11-15-2004, 04:26 AM
marat looks like a magician in these pix... he's so funny and cute without knowing it sometimes...

chocc0
11-15-2004, 05:51 AM
How adorable is marat in those pics!!! he's soo cute!
You know who's looking good Rogi!!! i was like wow a hair cut can make a lot of difference! and coria looks like even more of a bird! A miget bird!

ataptc
11-15-2004, 06:10 AM
i prefer if he shaves too.. but as long as he's playing well :)
yeah rogi looks good with his new haircut!

chocc0
11-15-2004, 06:27 AM
yes, i also prefer the older, more experienced Marat ;)

:lol: yeah, he can look like a caveman for all i care...as long as he wins the Masters!

Jessi your killing me! i can't stop laughing! and ur reply to sol was also classic!

*Ljubica*
11-15-2004, 08:14 AM
How adorable is marat in those pics!!! he's soo cute!
You know who's looking good Rogi!!! i was like wow a hair cut can make a lot of difference! and coria looks like even more of a bird! A miget bird!

LOL! It's a good job you don't say that over on GM - I have had loads of BadReps recently for saying I don't like Coria - and that's without even mentioning his appearance. They're a funny bunch - the Coria fans :devil: :devil: Very judgemental and unforgiving!! So go on Marat - shoot down the midget bird tomorrow!!!!

maratski
11-15-2004, 08:52 AM
I :hearts: the facial hair ;)

Marat shouldn't pose for pics ;)

I read all those discussions Rosie. The chick is sick! When she bad repped me she also started to talk about the # of posts I made and the fact that I don't have a life,....:rolleyes:

loeliepoelie
11-15-2004, 09:05 AM
Marat shouldn't pose for pics ;)

I agree!!!! :haha:

Jessi
11-15-2004, 09:51 AM
Marat shouldn't pose for pics ;)


Oh, shouldn't he? These posed fotos look alright to me! :angel:

http://www.theguyfromrussia.com/photogal5/spf.jpg http://www.theguyfromrussia.com/photogal3/47maratsuit.jpg http://www.theguyfromrussia.com/photogal/reiko5.jpg http://www.theguyfromrussia.com/photogal/dunlopadbw.jpg http://www.theguyfromrussia.com/photogal/domesticmarat.jpg http://www.mostbeautifulman.com/gossip/images/marat_01.jpg

maratski
11-15-2004, 10:31 AM
Those are a few exceptions ;)

Marat's forced smile on some photos made me say he shouldn't pose for pics ;)

*Ljubica*
11-15-2004, 11:10 AM
I :hearts: the facial hair ;)

Marat shouldn't pose for pics ;)

I read all those discussions Rosie. The chick is sick! When she bad repped me she also started to talk about the # of posts I made and the fact that I don't have a life,....:rolleyes:

Thanks for your support Ilhame. Yes - she is definately not "all there" as we say in England! I've put her on IGNORE now anyway - haven't got the time or energy for her stupidity! Btw - completely off topic - do you know if Marat is going to Rotterdam next year? Only asked because David is going for the first time ever and I wondered who else I like would be playing :)

maratski
11-15-2004, 11:18 AM
Marat hasn't committed to R'dam yet. So far I only know about Fed and David being there. He might decide at the last moment whether he'll play there or not. I heard this year he refused the WC he got offered. I hope he plans his schedule better then this season and will make it to R'dam. I will go to R'dam once or twice I think, depending on whether I'll have a job at the time or not.

*Ljubica*
11-15-2004, 11:32 AM
Marat hasn't committed to R'dam yet. So far I only know about Fed and David being there. He might decide at the last moment whether he'll play there or not. I heard this year he refused the WC he got offered. I hope he plans his schedule better then this season and will make it to R'dam. I will go to R'dam once or twice I think, depending on whether I'll have a job at the time or not.

Thanks for the info. I'm hoping to go, but my work won't officially let us book leave for 2005 until January :devil: so I can't plan anything definate, -although I don't think any of my colleagues want time off at that cold time of year so it should be OK! I read on our BBC Teletext this morning that Marat wants to be consistent throughout the year and plan his schedule differently - so hopefully he may play next year :) .

maratski
11-15-2004, 11:39 AM
I'm sure that even in January you might find cheap flights over here. I don't know about prices for accomodation though. The Park Hotel, where the players stay, is expensive. The tournament always has a very strong field soI'm sure you'll enjoy it there. Marat has played there in the past, so he might return :) I also liked the fact that there were free internet facilities in the promo village ;) I might get a free ticket or two again next year. *fingers crossed* for that.

A lot of negative things have been said about Marat in the past years. Some of it was legitimate, some wasn't imo. He has kind of wasted his talent for a while, but it was also combined with times when he was injured. Imho I think Marat got his game back at Bercy in 2002, but was never able to prove it cause he got injured a few months later. He's healthy, confident, motivated AND has a very smart man by his side so I believe he can be consistent next year.

Eruwen
11-15-2004, 11:49 AM
Marat hasn't committed to R'dam yet. So far I only know about Fed and David being there. He might decide at the last moment whether he'll play there or not. I heard this year he refused the WC he got offered. I hope he plans his schedule better then this season and will make it to R'dam. I will go to R'dam once or twice I think, depending on whether I'll have a job at the time or not. I'm probably going to Rotterdam next year as well, hope he'll be there too! :yeah:

Aurora
11-15-2004, 11:50 AM
Your last sentence made my soul jubilate, Ilhame! :yippee:

Eruwen
11-15-2004, 12:04 PM
LOL! It's a good job you don't say that over on GM - I have had loads of BadReps recently for saying I don't like Coria - and that's without even mentioning his appearance. They're a funny bunch - the Coria fans :devil: :devil: Very judgemental and unforgiving!! So go on Marat - shoot down the midget bird tomorrow!!!! Omg I read those... they're taking it way too far :lol: So what if someone else doesn't like your fav... big deal! I always say, good, more left for me :lol:

*Ljubica*
11-15-2004, 12:47 PM
Omg I read those... they're taking it way too far :lol: So what if someone else doesn't like your fav... big deal! I always say, good, more left for me :lol:

Well sooner or later the trolls will get banned I think. CoriaFan4Ever's latest post about me is actually sexually offensive and I have reported her :devil: We all do our fair share of baiting and attacking each other sometimes on MTF - but she goes too far. So all I want to do now is forget about her. Yes it would nice to meet up in Rotterdam - and thanks for the info. Ilhame. I've read some very good reports about the Rotterdam tournament and I really hope everything comes together next year, though David is facing a lot of opposition in Argentina about his decision to go because his presence there means he probably won't be able to play in Buenos Aires so who knows what may happen. And I agree totally with what you say about Peter Lundgren - he is a wonderful, calm person who led Roger to great things - and I think he can help Marat to even greater things in 2005. Wow - it's nice to come over here to great people and some normality after GM!!!

juligen
11-15-2004, 12:52 PM
how can someone not love Marat, he is sooo adorable!

~EMiLiTA~
11-15-2004, 12:57 PM
lol @ his houston individual pics...he looks drugged! but that one of him by the pool!!! now that IS nice!

EternalFlame
11-15-2004, 01:02 PM
Good Luck to Marat against Coria. Finally I'll get to see him playing. Eurosport is showing the match !!! ;) :D

Eruwen
11-15-2004, 01:19 PM
Good Luck to Marat against Coria. Finally I'll get to see him playing. Eurosport is showing the match !!! ;) :D :woohoo: Finally some ATP on tv!!

PennyThePenguin
11-15-2004, 01:31 PM
i'd like to think of myself as the one on the right, able to bounce into the air from a position of sitting on my butt... (:

manda dear..that's soooo waaaayyy out of point..then again... that might win u a medal at the next olympics... butt jumping.

junekidd
11-15-2004, 02:05 PM
you can't get to Safinator?!? what is on there that is so bad the government has banned access to it? :confused:

sorry, myabe I made some mistakes. I could get to Safinator. but cannot get to its forum. only can I do is reading and looking. no communication with others on its message board. that is really suck! :(

finally we got the solo pics of Marat! the best always comes at last! ;) :drool:

tall_one
11-15-2004, 03:07 PM
ahhhh ok :)

Bibir
11-15-2004, 05:39 PM
"Here come the Men in Black...The galaxy defenders..."...Will Smith :dance:

http://img9.exs.cx/img9/135/51740630.jpg

loeliepoelie
11-15-2004, 05:54 PM
Rosie, Ilhame and Eruwen I'm also going to Rotterdam again. I haven't heard anything about Marat coming, but I'll see what I can find out! ;)

Rosie, if you want a cheap flight you should book as soon as possible. The player's hotel is really expensive, the cheapest single room is 159 euros a night!!! That's without breakfast, dinner etc! So if you're going to stay somewhere else, Rotterdam has pretty good public transport (tube, tram, bus, train etc) Hope this helps a little! :)

User ID 4783
11-15-2004, 05:57 PM
"Here come the Men in Black...The galaxy defenders..."...Will Smith :dance:
:lol: but there's a little difference: the real men in black don't wear green ties... :rolleyes: ;)

Bibir
11-15-2004, 06:16 PM
:lol: but there's a little difference: the real men in black don't wear green ties... :rolleyes: ;)

he's a hippo...he has to make the difference! :)

Anik
11-15-2004, 06:32 PM
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/t/p/2004-11-15/U354P6T12D1251083F44DT20041115152127.jpg

maratski
11-15-2004, 07:20 PM
Well sooner or later the trolls will get banned I think. CoriaFan4Ever's latest post about me is actually sexually offensive and I have reported her :devil: We all do our fair share of baiting and attacking each other sometimes on MTF - but she goes too far. So all I want to do now is forget about her. Yes it would nice to meet up in Rotterdam - and thanks for the info. Ilhame. I've read some very good reports about the Rotterdam tournament and I really hope everything comes together next year, though David is facing a lot of opposition in Argentina about his decision to go because his presence there means he probably won't be able to play in Buenos Aires so who knows what may happen. And I agree totally with what you say about Peter Lundgren - he is a wonderful, calm person who led Roger to great things - and I think he can help Marat to even greater things in 2005. Wow - it's nice to come over here to great people and some normality after GM!!!

I read David's forum so read the huge discussion on BA. Imho he needs to play the big tournaments at the moment. It's very sad for the argentine people, but he needs to climb the rankings and show that he can compete with the big guys. It's also a good preparation to go to Dubai and then onto the TMS events in the USA.

If the troll keeps using offensive words, she's gone in no time :cool: ;)

There's many people going to R'dam next year :)

tall_one
11-15-2004, 07:25 PM
it is too bad that this photo doesn't come in a bigger size so I could put it in my calendar :sad:
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/t/p/2004-11-15/U354P6T12D1251083F44DT20041115152127.jpg

Eruwen
11-15-2004, 07:27 PM
There's many people going to R'dam next year :) :woohoo: Actually, there's a 'plan' to get a big group of mtf people together there! It's in the Dutch thread in the Dutchies forum... Although I have no idea on what page :lol: I think somewhere around page 188, if I remember correctly...

Vass
11-15-2004, 07:35 PM
"Here come the Men in Black...The galaxy defenders..."...Will Smith :dance:

http://img9.exs.cx/img9/135/51740630.jpg

"We don't have green berettes here, so we use green ties..."

maratski
11-15-2004, 07:35 PM
I read it ;)

Personally I'd like to stay out of the spotlight so I'm gonna be the cool girl dressed in a normal way ;)

Vass
11-15-2004, 07:37 PM
Marat! Davai! Play well tomorrow in Houston.
be very confident and go for lines... Or else Coria will run down all your shots and return them. Go to the net as well because Coria is arguably as good as you from the baseline...

*Ljubica*
11-15-2004, 08:15 PM
Just hope they get to play this match. According to our TV commentators, the weather forecast is even worse in Houston for tomorrow and Federer/Gaudio have only managed one and a half games so far because of the rain tonight

maratski
11-15-2004, 08:48 PM
We're in for a long evening then tomorrow! I hope I can be in control of the tv for that long then ;)

Bibir
11-15-2004, 09:00 PM
"We don't have green berettes here, so we use green ties..."

yeah..."green ties...the symbol of excellence...the mark of courage...the fight for freedom!..." ;)

merle
11-15-2004, 09:10 PM
Yeah well girls, doesn't look good for tomorrow. :sad: Wonder what they'll do if it'll rain all day.

chocc0
11-15-2004, 09:18 PM
i hate the rain!
it always floods my backyard

gabnouwop
11-15-2004, 09:40 PM
nice pics :yeah:
VAMOS MARAT VAMOS
suerte :wavey:

maratski
11-15-2004, 09:59 PM
Marat is the ATP one to watch this week :help:

Bibir
11-15-2004, 10:16 PM
The curse....booo...booo!...I still believe in my lucky thread...a little bit :scared:

Jessi
11-15-2004, 10:32 PM
i'm watching Fed/Gaudio right now and boy, does Roger look good! :hearts:

Fingers crossed the rain stays away tomorrow for Marat's match..

Jessi
11-15-2004, 10:37 PM
Gaston is giving a good account of himself in this match...fighting hard in the second set. Very entertaining match.

Jessi
11-15-2004, 10:39 PM
Roger looking a little shaky...unable to convert break points

Jessi
11-15-2004, 10:51 PM
Roger wins it 6-1, 7-6. Good effort, Gaston! :yeah:

Jessi
11-15-2004, 11:54 PM
Here is Marat's interview from Houston. Its VERY long!


2004 TENNIS MASTERS CUP
HOUSTON, TEXAS

November 13, 2004

MARAT SAFIN

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. First round loss in the US Open. Nobody can beat you since. What changed?

MARAT SAFIN: Just the fact that I was working the same way, I was doing the same thing, the same kind of things. And just for some reason I didn't really -- couldn't find the confidence and I couldn't do the breakthrough, because it was -- I was trying, I was trying, I was trying. I had like bad losses for two months in a row. That's why I couldn't get the confidence. Then all of a sudden I arrive to China. It changed everything.

Q. When you left New York, were you angry, depressed?

MARAT SAFIN: I was a little bit angry, I was a little bit pissed at myself that I couldn't really do well in such a big tournament. For me, it was a huge thing and I had a lot of expectations. But then I decided, okay, whatever. I have to really understand the situation. It's not my time right now, but I do was working, I was doing the right things.

Q. So you never felt like quitting? You didn't say, "That's it, this year was terrible"?

MARAT SAFIN: No, no, no. Because it's already -- I'm old enough to understand that this is part of my job, it's my way of living.

Q. I didn't mean quitting tennis. I just thought, "The year's shot," not at all?

MARAT SAFIN: But then it's difficult. The more time you take off, the more difficult it is to come back.

Q. Was there a match in China, was there one match where things then suddenly clicked for you?

MARAT SAFIN: Middle of the week. I didn't really play incredible tennis but I was fighting, I was there, I was trying. That's why I started to get better and better.

Q. It's been said that the only two players with a temper that really worked for them were Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. Do you feel your temper works to your benefit on court in ways?

MARAT SAFIN: Not really often (laughter). Not really often, but thanks for comparing me for Connors and McEnroe. I'm still a little bit too far away from them. But still, I think it helps.

Q. If it is not working to your advantage, then why not control it?

MARAT SAFIN: I'm trying to control it. That's why I'm starting to win matches, because I start to control it.

Q. That's been a pattern this fall? You have stayed under control?

MARAT SAFIN: Yes.

Q. What are you doing to do that?

MARAT SAFIN: Having a good coach. Having a good coach who is controlling me, trying to explain to me and try to make me not realize, but try to keep me quiet.

Q. Inside, you're doing things psychologically though...

MARAT SAFIN: I'm not (inaudible) just I like to win. If I have to be quiet and I have to shut up in my matches to be able to win, then, yeah, I will do that.

Q. Have your racquets survived a little better this fall than maybe other times in your career?

MARAT SAFIN: Definitely.

Q. What's your best win during this run, the one you felt the best about in terms of the way you played? Is there any one win that sticks out?

MARAT SAFIN: All in general. Even playing badly, you have to win, also. Not every time you have to play really good to be able to win. Just you need to fight, you need to be there, take your chances. You know, of course, if you will be able to do that, then your confidence comes, then you play much, much better and everything comes much easier.

Q. Is there any one thing that you have done better technically this fall, or has it more just been confidence?

MARAT SAFIN: More mentally. More mentally.

Q. You probably weren't thinking about the Masters Cup when you left New York?

MARAT SAFIN: Not really because there was a lot of people in front of me that were playing much better, were closer to the Masters.

Q. This is not a major, but a win here would be a rather smashing finish for your career?

MARAT SAFIN: That would be great. If I would be able to do well here, it would be one of the perfect endings of the year, because you really want to end well the year to be able to start with the confidence the next year.

Q. Which you started the year with apparently. You had a great run at the Australian Open.

MARAT SAFIN: I had a good start.

Q. First visit to Houston?

MARAT SAFIN: Yes.

Q. Any first impressions?

MARAT SAFIN: I didn't expect what I saw.

Q. Too big, bigger than you expected?

MARAT SAFIN: Bigger than I expected and a little bit too much, too high-tech city. I thought it was going to be maybe a little bit character, you know.

Q. Doesn't remind you of any European cities probably, right?

MARAT SAFIN: Not even close.

Q. What about the club, quarters?

MARAT SAFIN: Perfect. Great facilities. Great courts. Great locker rooms. Unfortunately, it's a little bit too cold.

Q. Weather-wise, yeah?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah.

Q. How will that affect the tennis, in your opinion, the weather?

MARAT SAFIN: Not much. Just a little bit more uncomfortable to play in this kind of weather than when it's hot. When it's hot, it's just easy to play well. Just everything, atmosphere.

Q. I think it will warm up.

MARAT SAFIN: I hope so. But the rain is coming.

Q. You get the rain first. A roof would be nice.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah.

Q. Does the name Barbara Winn (phonetic) mean anything to you?

MARAT SAFIN: Yes.

Q. We have some footage of you.

MARAT SAFIN: When I was young, yeah. When I was small and cute (smiling).

Q. What do you eat before a match?

MARAT SAFIN: Whatever they serve me. I mean, nothing special.

Q. You don't load up on...

MARAT SAFIN: I'm not crazy about food.

Q. You're not a...

MARAT SAFIN: Do I look like that?

Q. Are you a vegetarian?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I'm not. I eat everything.

Q. You eat anything?

MARAT SAFIN: Yes.

Q. How much time before you eat and then play?

MARAT SAFIN: It can be one hour, half an hour. It depends if I'm hungry, if I'm not hungry. I don't have anything like, I'm eating two hours before, like a lot of people do. I'm more relaxed about that.

Q. How do you feel since Paris? What did you do?

MARAT SAFIN: Nothing.

Q. Are you too tired?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I went to Moscow, had four days off. Flew here and started to practice yesterday.

Q. How do you feel about the conditions here? Slow? Much slower than Paris?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, it's slower than Paris. Cold. A little bit windy. But it's the conditions we have to play, so I'm not complaining.

Q. Not as cold as Moscow?

MARAT SAFIN: That's why when we played for that part of the year we played indoors.

Q. Are you still in a good mood of Paris or do you feel tired?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I want to finish up the year very well. Have basically no pressure, because I did my job. I was, like I said, I started the year 89 and finished the year -- have a chance to finish No. 4. So it's a great season. So no matter what I do here, I'll be happy. There's no pressure. It's a good sign.

Q. Have you been surprised at all with Tim's season? He had the shoulder, he came back, and he came back so quickly to the Top 10 this year. He's had his best year at Grand Slams. It's not always what you would expect from someone as they're getting older.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but, you know, I think he really did what he -- the best what he could do. I mean, it's really, for him, it's really difficult to play in Wimbledon because there's a lot of pressure. On clay, he's not really -- it's not his best surface. Australia probably is a little bit too slow. So US Open, the same kind of -- it doesn't really fit his game.

Q. Might as well give up then if that's the case.

MARAT SAFIN: That's the thing, that he never give up, he tries his best. He has a very good tennis career, I have to admit. I really feel sad for him because he gets so much bad comments in his home country. The guy's really trying. He's really trying and he really suffers. I really feel -- every time I see him in Wimbledon, I think just for him it's a nightmare.

Q. But he enjoys Wimbledon.

MARAT SAFIN: That's what he says, but I don't think he really feels this way because he wants to do well. Everybody wants him to do well. And then that kind of thing doesn't turn out good to him.

Q. What about as a player, when you play against him, what are the particular things that he brings?

MARAT SAFIN: Before, he improved a lot on the baseline the past couple of years. Before he couldn't play from the baseline at all. He was serving and volleying. Just the thing was to keep him on the back and that's it. Basically the job was done. But now, he can play from the baseline, he can go to the net, he can put you pressure. He knows, he has more experience. He's older. He knows how to play, what to do, how to run, where to run, all these kind of things. So he's much more dangerous than he used to be before.

Q. It's quite unusual, though, for someone to have their best Grand Slam year in the year they turn 30. I mean, you've obviously achieved things from the time you were 22 that Tim hasn't. I mean, can you imagine what it's like to sort of develop all that time? Obviously, it takes a lot of patience to be able to do that.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, it is. But for every person, it's a little bit different. Some people, they open up very quickly. Some, like Rafter, he open up himself at the age of 27. Some people, they realize, they start to play well at the age of 30; I don't know. But then he plays very good, very decent player. He didn't really achieve "spectacular" win, like he didn't win a Grand Slam. But he was always there. The people always expect him and he always has been treated like a Top 10 player, with a lot of respect. He is just a really, really tough player. Every time you play against Henman, no matter what ranking he is, you have to play really well. I think he's really stable career. Top 10, basically all the time was Top 10 or a little bit close, a little bit down.

Q. But a question about yourself: I remember in Melbourne this year, even that first, second round, and by then you were sort of 80 in the world, you were saying, "My goal is to get back to No. 1." A lot of people were saying that it would be difficult. Do you feel you've made strides towards that?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but was a little bit difficult for me. Straight after Australian Open, I little bit lost -- I had a couple of bad losses and then I lost a little bit more my confidence. I start to play well a little bit -- I start to play better in French Open. All of a sudden I find myself with a blisters, all these problems. Then my game was completely destroyed. I didn't, I couldn't find my game until Beijing, basically. I didn't really play great for five months, and you have to play well during all the year to be able to fight for No. 1. Hopefully for next year I will be able to be more stable, more - how you say - more regular during all the year. That's why I change the coach. The things are working out quite well. Hopefully, I will be able. That's the most important thing, you know, for me to be stable during all the year. Sometimes I can play great tennis. Sometimes it's just ridiculous how bad I'm playing. So it's just to make the level of playing bad a little bit higher.

Q. Do you think that's something that you will improve as you get...

MARAT SAFIN: Get a little bit more experienced. The coach is very important. He can explain to you, try to make you calm down, try to calm down you or make you quiet. Sometimes you're not really feeling you're playing well, so he explains to you. You know, you keep on working on things, not stopping. Of course you will have one or two bad losses - always. But not to give up. Keep on working, keep on working until it comes back. That's why you need a coach, in order to bring your best tennis faster. When you're playing bad, you play good in a term of one, two weeks. You cannot just spend two months playing shit, basically, then all of a sudden you play great tennis. You basically lost the months. These two months can be your most important tournaments.

Q. And this particular tournament, you had a chance to be No. 1, it didn't quite work out. How has your relationship been with this tournament?

MARAT SAFIN: From coach?

Q. With the Tennis Masters Cup.

MARAT SAFIN: Oh, no, I just -- just important tournament. Doesn't really decide for me anything this week. Just basically you're playing for the prize money, for the fact that you finish the year really well. Just a couple of wins, you'll be able to have enough confidence to start the next year in good shape, have good feelings. So basically if I would be fighting for No. 1, it would be completely different story. It would be a lot of pressure for some other guys and for me. But in my case, I have nothing to lose.

Q. So you're more relaxed and able to enjoy it.

MARAT SAFIN: Yes.

Q. Presumably, you can enjoy this. You're only playing against the best players. That's what you want to do?

MARAT SAFIN: It's okay, yeah. You can enjoy it. The fact that you're already in the Masters is already great. Another thing, I begin the year 89; now I'm 4. So it's also a huge improvement. So I can't be any better. I can't really finish No. 3 in the world. Then I have to go in unpredictable way that I have to win. Lleyton, he doesn't have to win a match. But, still, 3, 4, it's not No. 1 in the world.

Q. I've just spoken with Roger. I watched his Wimbledon final this year. He steps up and plays bigger in the bigger points. Example, at the Australian Open, when he was down 15-40 against Nalbandian and came back and had to win and hit four aces in that last game, Federer plays the bigger points better probably than the rest of you guys. But you've improved lately this year. Do you think that's one of the main areas, you're playing bigger points better? The match can turn basically on one or two points?

MARAT SAFIN: That makes the bigger player even bigger is to play well on the bigger points, not to choke, not to make stupid mistakes and be smart, be patient, go for it, risk it. You have to see it, you have to have it in the glove. It can come also with the confidence, but mainly you have it or not.

Q. Let's say you're not serving, it's a big point, do you go more for hitting a winner on those bigger points or are you trying to force a winner?

MARAT SAFIN: Also depends against who you're playing. You see the other guy, if he's choking, he's not choking, he's scared, he's not scared, what style he's playing, he's playing serve and volley, he doesn't play serve and volley, he's a baseliner, if he's a baseliner, you have to do something, something to force him. And like it depends of the tools of the player.

Q. Do you ever watch tape matches of your opponents to scout them, figure it out? It's huge in American football over here.

MARAT SAFIN: No.

Q. You've never done that?

MARAT SAFIN: No.

Q. Do you think that would be a benefit?

MARAT SAFIN: No, for that you have a coach. He should check and he should see. That's his job, to see and to explain to the player how to play against your opponent. What was the weak points, what he's good at it, what is bad, try to play him this way to be able to beat him.

Q. If we were sitting here next Sunday and we're talking to you after you won this event, what would you give credit, what part of your game, physically, mentally, emotionally, would you give credit to, you think it's going to be the contributing factor?

MARAT SAFIN: Mentally. Mentally and physically.

Q. Can you talk more about that, about the mental side for you especially.

MARAT SAFIN: Because my main problem, for me it's a little bit difficult to play well during all the year. You have ups and downs. For me to finish the year this way and to be consistent for two months ago, it's a huge improvement.

Q. Has it worn you out already?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I can manage to stay one more tournament and to be awake and to play my best, just to finish my year great, in a great way.

Q. These conditions, it's going to be windy probably this week, it's going to be cold. Do you have certain tactics, to serve and volley more, attack the net more, when it's gusty, or do you tend to stay back?

MARAT SAFIN: Different opponent. Same thing, different opponents, we see how it's going to go. Windy, it's going to be cold, it's going to be... we'll see. It depends, it depends on the situation.

Q. In the last week you have had much success. How do you feel at the moment?

MARAT SAFIN: I'm feeling good. Great. Happy. This is last week. I'm looking forward to be able to finish the year a little better than I am right now.

Q. Why are you in such good shape at the moment?

MARAT SAFIN: A lot of work. A lot of months of tough work.

Q. Your trainer is Peter Lundgren, former from Roger Federer. I know him very well. What do you think about Peter?

MARAT SAFIN: He's a great professional tennis coach. He did a great job with Roger and a great job with myself. He knows how to coach the people. He explain -- he's a professional coach. That's really a big plus for him.

Q. What does it mean for you at the end of the season to be here at the Masters Cup, one of the very attractive tournaments?

MARAT SAFIN: It means a lot. I mean, just the fact to be in the best, top eight players, and be part of it, finish the year this way, it feels great, it feels good. It's nice. It's nice to be part of it.

Q. You had a big injury, but you came back now. Why was it important for you to come back and play the world's best tennis?

MARAT SAFIN: Because I really thought that I have a lot of things to achieve and it was too easy, too fast, too early to quit tennis.

End of FastScripts….

chocc0
11-16-2004, 01:52 AM
Thanx Jessi coolness interview

ataptc
11-16-2004, 02:35 AM
thanks Jessi :kiss:

Sol your ninja is the cutest!

RogiFan88
11-16-2004, 02:36 AM
MARAT SAFIN: When I was young, yeah. When I was small and cute (smiling).

lol! Marat, you're still cute, but big...

DAVAI, MARAT!!!

Hope he gets to play his match tomorrow at the allotted time... this rain is ridiculous...

Q. Doesn't remind you of any European cities probably, right?

is this guy being facetious or what??? nice answer fr Maratski tho.

Jessi
11-16-2004, 05:00 AM
i sure hope they'll be able to complete the Hewitt/Moya match tonight...i wanna see Marat's match tomorrow :(

ataptc
11-16-2004, 05:31 AM
me too... grrr i hate the rain.. and now it's raining the heaviest today :(

maratski
11-16-2004, 08:50 AM
I loved the parts about european cities and food!

Kiara
11-16-2004, 09:07 AM
pffffffttt! where the frick are the gauchos?!?!?! Im so gutted they're not wearing cowbow hats this year :bigcry: I so badly wanted to see Marat in that hat.....heh and Tim :D

Memo to Roger : :yeah:

ataptc
11-16-2004, 11:39 AM
:yeah: Marat, the nija of the blue group ;) http://www.activistsandiego.org/wwwboard/images/smiles/ninja.sml.gif :angel:
:haha: I so wanna rep you but I need to spread the love around first :(

maratski
11-16-2004, 11:56 AM
pffffffttt! where the frick are the gauchos?!?!?! Im so gutted they're not wearing cowbow hats this year :bigcry: I so badly wanted to see Marat in that hat.....heh and Tim :D

Memo to Roger : :yeah:

:hug: Kiara

I actually wanted to see that too. Who knows they might give a cowboy hat to the winner ;)

maratski
11-16-2004, 12:06 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=908563&postcount=1

No Marat on tv today :sad: :sad: :sad:

*Ljubica*
11-16-2004, 12:23 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=908563&postcount=1

No Marat on tv today :sad: :sad: :sad:

How long is Eurosport's coverage? Won't we get to see some of it if Lleyton/Carlos finish quickly? British Eurosport were scheduled to show at least 2 hours last night.

maratski
11-16-2004, 12:29 PM
They show an hour and a half of tennis before switching to boxing and in the meantime it might rain so I'm not getting my hopes up.

PennyThePenguin
11-16-2004, 12:31 PM
actually, i'm already going to the risk olympics, can i compete in two categories? (:

oh, and that men in black thing is hilarious! (:

what's ur other event! and i prefer the other portrait pic... that one looks more natural lol...

*Ljubica*
11-16-2004, 12:35 PM
They show an hour and a half of tennis before switching to boxing and in the meantime it might rain so I'm not getting my hopes up.

Oh - OK :sad: Hope Eurosport lose the TMC contract next year and someone better gets it - they are diabolical :devil:

PennyThePenguin
11-16-2004, 12:36 PM
I loved the parts about european cities and food!


yeah! the food part... eats anything (ok, we know that).... not hungry...(that'll be the day...) :haha: :haha: and not crazy about food. suuuurrrreeeeeeeeeeeee. maratik me dear..u can't fool us.

maratski
11-16-2004, 12:45 PM
Oh - OK :sad: Hope Eurosport lose the TMC contract next year and someone better gets it - they are diabolical :devil:

That's easy to say for someone who's fortunate enough to have Sky Sports ;)

Eurosport is all we have. Tennis coverage of the slams is ok on dutch channels, but other then that we get nothing.

*Ljubica*
11-16-2004, 12:52 PM
That's easy to say for someone who's fortunate enough to have Sky Sports ;)

Eurosport is all we have. Tennis coverage of the slams is ok on dutch channels, but other then that we get nothing.

Yes - sorry Ilhame - I couldn't do without my Sky Sports, but I didn't know whether it was available where you are or not. I know they have it in Italy (as Sky Italia) and in France too, and I also saw some Sky Sports coverage on a cable channel in Spain when I was in Madrid recently.

Eruwen
11-16-2004, 03:34 PM
They show an hour and a half of tennis before switching to boxing and in the meantime it might rain so I'm not getting my hopes up. They do have live coverage starting at 2 am... all night through. Not a very pleasant time to watch though :lol:

Eruwen
11-16-2004, 03:36 PM
Eurosport is all we have. Tennis coverage of the slams is ok on dutch channels, but other then that we get nothing. Mmm... I don't really agree with that, about the dutch channels... Sure, they show all the grand slams on a dutch channel, but they usually only show matches from either dutch players, or the top 5 seed... and often those matches are already on eurosport as well :rolleyes:

maratski
11-16-2004, 03:54 PM
Yes - sorry Ilhame - I couldn't do without my Sky Sports, but I didn't know whether it was available where you are or not. I know they have it in Italy (as Sky Italia) and in France too, and I also saw some Sky Sports coverage on a cable channel in Spain when I was in Madrid recently.

We don't have sports packages here. You can get Channel Plus, but I doubt they show tennis. We don't have Sky unfortunately. It's great, especially the interactive thing you have. I think I need to move to a tennis loving country. ;)

maratski
11-16-2004, 03:56 PM
Mmm... I don't really agree with that, about the dutch channels... Sure, they show all the grand slams on a dutch channel, but they usually only show matches from either dutch players, or the top 5 seed... and often those matches are already on eurosport as well :rolleyes:

It depends on which players you like to see I think. During the slams I check several channels cause most countries only show "their" players.

Denise
11-16-2004, 04:23 PM
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/t/p/2004-11-15/U354P6T12D1251083F44DT20041115152127.jpg


Nice pic! thx... wow!!! :hearts: very elegant! :kiss:

Denise
11-16-2004, 04:28 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=908563&postcount=1

No Marat on tv today :sad: :sad: :sad:

Are you sure?! :sad: :sad:

*Ljubica*
11-16-2004, 05:31 PM
We don't have sports packages here. You can get Channel Plus, but I doubt they show tennis. We don't have Sky unfortunately. It's great, especially the interactive thing you have. I think I need to move to a tennis loving country. ;)

You're welcome here in England anytime Ilhame :) You do have to put up with lots of Tim Henman on TV though!!!

Bibir
11-16-2004, 05:55 PM
Thanks for the very long interview Jessi! :hug:

That's funny! he used the word "coach" ten times in this interview...Peter is a great coach...Coach helps me a lot...na na na...

I remember his quotes two years ago: "No, No...I don't need a coach..."....or from last year..."Denis is doing great job!".:lol:
Thanks to Peter, he can feel the difference now! ;)

Bibir
11-16-2004, 05:57 PM
You're welcome here in England anytime Ilhame :) You do have to put up with lots of Tim Henman on TV though!!!

I thought England was a football loving country! ;)

*Ljubica*
11-16-2004, 06:04 PM
I thought England was a football loving country! ;)

Football is definately our Number 1 sport - yes Bibir - but we're generally a very sport loving country, and tennis, cricket and rugby are all very popular here. We have several cable channels designated purely for sporting events so I guess I'm very lucky and spoilt for choice!

Bibir
11-16-2004, 06:30 PM
lucky girl Rosie! :)
England invented lots of games: football,tennis, rugby, cricket...
France invented cycling and game of bowls (pétanque):o

maratski
11-16-2004, 07:40 PM
You're welcome here in England anytime Ilhame :) You do have to put up with lots of Tim Henman on TV though!!!

I like Tim and follow his Wimbledon run every year on the BBC. Sue and the gang are nice :)

EternalFlame
11-16-2004, 08:50 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=908563&postcount=1

No Marat on tv today :sad: :sad: :sad:

You were right. There is boxing instead of Tennis after Lleyton-Moya match :sad:

RogiFan88
11-16-2004, 09:51 PM
We aren't getting Marat either but actually I'd rather see him pummel Pandy instead... fingers crossed!

GO, TIM!!!

Shadow
11-16-2004, 10:27 PM
way to go. !!

how was Marat playing, sol?

Eruwen
11-16-2004, 10:33 PM
:woohoo: Congrats Marat! :yeah:

Cris
11-16-2004, 10:34 PM
Marat :woohoo: Great win! :yeah:

Crystal702
11-16-2004, 10:40 PM
No offence, but....

I hope the Roddick-Henman match suffers the same fate the Hewitt-Moya match did. If so, tonight, ESPN can show Marat's match against Coria instead.

Dux
11-16-2004, 11:03 PM
On Latin America we watched the Marat vs Coria match live, I loved the way Marat played with his backhand today.

Good luck on your next match Hippo :)

Crystal702
11-16-2004, 11:07 PM
ESPN shows 2 two-hour blocks during the day and night. The day matches are live and the night matches are tapes. Today, they showed the continuation of the match between Hewitt and Moya and it lasted nearly the entire block, save for the ceremony held for Federer.

We all know how much ESPN loves Andy, so unless his match gets delayed by rain, I doubt I'll get to see Marat's match tonight on tape-delay.

junekidd
11-16-2004, 11:24 PM
:woohoo:
Congrats, Marat! keep it up! :yeah:
thanks for the details, sol! :)

junekidd
11-16-2004, 11:28 PM
I will get the delayed some hours later. I do not know if I can watch Andy's match. but I am sure I could watch Marat. cos after china open, he is the most popular player here. and furthermore, our commentataor(a middle-aged aunt) loves him very much. :devil:

Fergie
11-17-2004, 12:00 AM
Well done Marat, great match :yeah:

tall_one
11-17-2004, 01:41 AM
No offence, but....

I hope the Roddick-Henman match suffers the same fate the Hewitt-Moya match did. If so, tonight, ESPN can show Marat's match against Coria instead.
lol, nice to know i'm not the only one hoping for this :lol:

PennyThePenguin
11-17-2004, 02:40 AM
MARATIIIIKKKKKKKKKKIIII!!!:hug:

-=Safinette=-
11-17-2004, 03:34 AM
:bounce: :bounce:
That was a great win against Guillermo!
:kiss: :kiss:

Good luck in the next round.

msmsed
11-17-2004, 04:23 AM
i got pissed that espn didnt show marat's match...or did they and i missed it? cause the only match i caught was the hewitt one

drf716
11-17-2004, 05:30 AM
i got pissed that espn didnt show marat's match...or did they and i missed it? cause the only match i caught was the hewitt one
you most probably did miss it. marat's match was after hewitt and moya's.
i saw it live thanks to star sports!!! about 5 30 am here.

ataptc
11-17-2004, 05:44 AM
i have all the matches live on star sports too but I couldnt wake up in time so it's on tape :) a job well done marat!

Kiara
11-17-2004, 05:52 AM
looked like Marat didnt have any problem to adjusting to outdoors, hitting the ball very sweetly.
He's playing so incredibly well (that coupled with the fact that Coria was playing so incredibly badly) made it a good win for him, good for his "confidence". He only had a little trouble when coria started dropshotting him, fortunately for Marat, Coria only remembered how to hit a dropshot during the last few games of the match. :D

I dont think I'll be watching any more coria matches in houston, that was painful,but both players were very relaxed, they were fun to watch, when coria hit his first (and only) ace of the match he pumped his arms,looked up to the sky and started jumping around in glee and was like "yes yes yes yes" he was like an excited little kid and marat had a good laugh at that. good times.

Jessi
11-17-2004, 05:52 AM
YAY MARAT :yippee: http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/happy/1/happy65.gif Nice and easy win! He'll play Roddick next. Cmon Marat, time to turn the tide and beat Andy again! :D

Kiara
11-17-2004, 05:54 AM
Jessi!!! hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :wavey:

Jessi
11-17-2004, 05:55 AM
i got pissed that espn didnt show marat's match...or did they and i missed it? cause the only match i caught was the hewitt one


nope, they didn't show it :( They said at the beginning of the broadcast they would show it time permitting but unfortunately, the hewitt/moya match went to three sets and took up all the alotted time :mad: Damn rain!!! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

Jessi
11-17-2004, 05:57 AM
Kiara :bigwave: :hug: :smooch:

are you back at home?

Kiara
11-17-2004, 05:57 AM
both Roddick and Henman are playing aweome awsome tennis, that was one hellava match, hope Marat/Roddick will be as explosive.

Jimbo was at Marat's match looking gloomier than the weather :ras:

Kiara
11-17-2004, 06:00 AM
Kiara :bigwave: :hug: :smooch:

are you back at home?

no im back in spain, in school, suckzzzzzzzzz :(

Bibir
11-17-2004, 07:17 AM
both Roddick and Henman are playing aweome awsome tennis, that was one hellava match, hope Marat/Roddick will be as explosive.

Jimbo was at Marat's match looking gloomier than the weather :ras:

Kiara<<< :bigwave: Good luck for school!

Jimbo<<< http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/travesmilies/smilie_finger1.gif

Marat<<<< http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/tiere/nilpferd.gif

Jessi
11-17-2004, 07:21 AM
:haha:


GOOOOO HIPPOOOO!!!! :rocker2: :rocker2:

junekidd
11-17-2004, 07:40 AM
you have so many funny smilies, bea! :lol:

Jessi
11-17-2004, 07:54 AM
http://www.masters-cup.com/local_images/picture_gallery/images/pic-16-11-04-n09-g.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20041116/capt.txdp11911162253.masters_cup_txdp119.jpg

junekidd
11-17-2004, 08:12 AM
thanks, jessi! :worship: here are more. ;)

Vass
11-17-2004, 08:52 AM
I think Marat should bring up his tennis for the match against Roddick. he had too many unforced errors and the serve wasn't too good in the second set.

Wednesday Addams
11-17-2004, 09:09 AM
I saw the match too, but not live....... Anyway, it was pretty good and Marat was VERY focused :worship: (that really impressed me). His serve was a bit off in the sec set, but I personally think it was because of the balls...... they were soft and damp. Plus, right after they were changed, Marat served two aces with the new balls, sooooooo...... :p :)

ataptc
11-17-2004, 09:19 AM
and more.. :)

Kiara
11-17-2004, 09:55 AM
Marat didnt need to bring out his best tennis against Coria the way he was playing he could have easily gotten by playing average tennis.

Coria had a higher serve % than Marat lol, but when you're spinning them in it's not hard to have 80%. In the second set Coria started to pick Marat's serve better thats all but true he'll have to raise his game for the next match, the way roddick was hitting backhand winners all over the place was scary

Kiara
11-17-2004, 09:59 AM
what was the deal with the balls? he started serving for the match with new balls and then had them changed or sth I liked how coria was sitting on the floor crosslegged taking in the sights while Marat sorted the problem out :D

Wednesday Addams
11-17-2004, 10:27 AM
what was the deal with the balls? he started serving for the match with new balls and then had them changed or sth I liked how coria was sitting on the floor crosslegged taking in the sights while Marat sorted the problem out :D

No, the old balls were getting too wet and didn't have good air-pressure, so Marat took them to the Ump to show him and asked for them to be replaced, which they were, and after that he served two aces with the new balls, so everything was beck to normal :) And Coria did go to see what was up after a few seconds of "taking in the scenery" :D ;)

Shadow
11-17-2004, 10:40 AM
Eurosport showed the a replay of Marat vs Coria at night (AT LAST :) ). Marat played ok, played what he had to do, good at big points, tho too many UE but it was enough for the first match. Very agressive, the backhand was great today, most of all. Coria was quite good in the second set, considering his condition.
When Coria did hit his first ace, Marat applauded and smiled to him. very sweet. The handshake was nice too. Marat asked Coria if he was ok and Coria complimented Marat for the match.

Yep, some of the balls at the end were wet and too "soft". Marat was right about to complain, Graf noticed it too and said them to change them. after some time Coria came, Marat explained it to him.

Aurora
11-17-2004, 12:03 PM
Thanks for all the reports, gals and guys! :wavey:

he'll have to raise his game for the next match, the way roddick was hitting backhand winners all over the place was scary:eek: r u serious??!!

:angel: Marat will show what a real backhand looks like :devil:

~EMiLiTA~
11-17-2004, 12:25 PM
thanks for all the nice photos etc ppl...I'm relying on you guys since I get NOTHING here http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/boese/zeter01.gif

Vamos Marat against Roddick...hope he kicks his arse!!!

Denise
11-17-2004, 01:09 PM
Marat<<<< http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/tiere/nilpferd.gif

LOL! :lol: The hippo dancing!!! that's so cuttie bea, thanks ;)

DAVAIIIIII MARAT! Shake your body!

PennyThePenguin
11-17-2004, 02:05 PM
i have all the matches live on star sports too but I couldnt wake up in time so it's on tape :) a job well done marat!


OHMIGSOH!!!! TAPE! DID U SAY U HAVE IT ON TAPE! LIKE REAAAALLLYYY!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH

EVELYN!!! SAVIOUR!!!!!!!!!!!

i waited the entire BLODDY DAY to catch a glimpse of marat
they showed lleyton THREE TIMESSS!!!! THREEE FRIGGGIN TIMEEESSS!!! and roger getting that trophy TWICE
then they showed andy TWICE!!! TWWWWIIICCEEE!

marat NEVER APPEARED :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

yesh..i'm upset...VERY VERY UPSET.

PennyThePenguin
11-17-2004, 02:09 PM
i saw a bit of andy. he was sparying winners everywhere. tim played good but not enough. and the crowd helped of course. marat will need to keep focussed and step up his level, according to what i've heard from u guys.

junekidd
11-17-2004, 02:44 PM
I got the replay this afternoon. Marat had 20 UE. too many for him! he cannot win andy if he does the same! his FH and BH were not bad. but I think it is cos Coria did not played aggressively and was less strength. andy is another style. he should take care!

Bibir
11-17-2004, 05:07 PM
I think Marat should bring up his tennis for the match against Roddick. he had too many unforced errors and the serve wasn't too good in the second set.

Don't worry Vass! Marat always bring out his best tennis against top players! slowly but surely as a Diesel ;)

I'm just worried about the score...something like 7/6 6/7 7/6 :scared:

Davai Hippo!

http://www.ue-ei-sammelei.de/JahrIdx_D/WK972/97205.jpg

maratski
11-17-2004, 07:36 PM
I still haven't seen Marat's match. They were suposed to show it this afternoon, but showed the duck and he's on again now :sad:
I knew I should have taped at night instead of in the afternoon :(

Meeek
11-17-2004, 09:32 PM
Oh goody, oh goody, I got to see 20 seconds on CNN World Sport :ras:

tall_one
11-17-2004, 09:37 PM
sorry Miek and Ilhame :hug: I didn't get to see any of it either :sad:

Jessi
11-17-2004, 11:25 PM
:angel: Marat will show what a real backhand looks like :devil:


hee! I was thinking the same thing :angel:

Jessi
11-17-2004, 11:27 PM
Marat/Andy should be a cracker and i'm sure Jimbo will be in Andy's box cheering wildly for his boy :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Hope Marat wins and gives him something to worry about. Be afraid Mac, be very afraid! :devil:

Bibir
11-17-2004, 11:47 PM
Jessi you devil! :hug:

I hope that George Bushette will be there too, next to Jimbo http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/teufel/devil-smiley-029.gif

Jessi
11-18-2004, 12:04 AM
Don't worry Vass! Marat always bring out his best tennis against top players! slowly but surely as a Diesel ;)

I'm just worried about the score...something like 7/6 6/7 7/6 :scared:

Davai Hippo!

http://www.ue-ei-sammelei.de/JahrIdx_D/WK972/97205.jpg


bea... you're killing me with all the hippo pics :haha: :haha:

merle
11-18-2004, 01:51 AM
Marat/Andy should be a cracker and i'm sure Jimbo will be in Andy's box cheering wildly for his boy :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Hope Marat wins and gives him something to worry about. Be afraid Mac, be very afraid! :devil:

LOL Jessi! I hope that too! :devil: