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Good luck Marat at the Aussie Open!... Please!!!

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Cris
01-17-2005, 11:55 AM
Ilhame, thanks for the report :hug:

Well done Marat! :yeah:

KCVH
01-17-2005, 12:10 PM
Very good job done only dropped a few games in a GS. :D

Shadow
01-17-2005, 12:47 PM
YAY Marat :yeah: 3 sets win!
I just came back from school, i taped the match and will watch it now! :D

Shadow
01-17-2005, 12:48 PM
thanks damita for the sms ;) :hug:

MariaV
01-17-2005, 12:51 PM
Well done Marat! Very concentrated, good movement, aggressive game, some really nice shots, good volleying - net points won 18/19! :yeah: He got the workout he needed, and in an evening match conditions! The serve and stability will come, you'll see!

Damita
01-17-2005, 12:53 PM
thanks damita for the sms ;) :hug:
you're welcome. Vass didn't want to let you in ignorance, which i understand ;)

maratski
01-17-2005, 01:20 PM
Safin shows no mercy
January 18, 2005

Marat Safin has demonstrated his Australian Open title credentials with a merciless straight sets destruction of Serbian teen Novak Djokovic on centre court last night.

Safin, who made the final last year despite being out of shape and on the comeback from injury, took just 74 minutes to dispatch the raw 17-year-old 6-0 6-2 6-1.

Despite the youth of his opponent, it was a performance of such authority that Safin would now be at short odds to reach the semi-finals and a possible meeting with his 2004 conqueror Roger Federer.

His cause had been helped by yesterday's early elimination of Carlos Moya, the leading rival seed in his quarter of the draw.

Djokovic had every right to be overawed in what was just his fifth ATP tour match, and his first since being eliminated in the qualifiers for the Adelaide tournament earlier this month.

Thrust onto centre court in prime time, Djokovic found himself a set down in just 19 minutes, having won a humiliating sum of eight points in that opening stanza.

Djokovic showed the gall to break Safin early in the second set, but from there on it was a rapid descent to elimination, but one he can chalk up to experience.

Safin won an impressive 93 per cent of points when he got his first serve into play, and demonstrated his adaptability by winning 18 of 19 net points.

"You have to be really careful with these up and coming players," Safin said on court after the match when asked to explain his lack of mercy.

"They have nothing to lose, they play a great match, go for it and can be dangerous.

"I wish all the best for this kid, he has great talent and great potential."

In a marked contrast, Safin will next play a tour veteran in Bohdan Ulihrach, ahead of a likely juicy third-round tie against big-serving Croat "Super" Mario Ancic.

AAP

Kiara
01-17-2005, 01:49 PM
I posted this on wx as well re the courier interview

The interview was so nice, he laughed alot, jim quivered with pleasure when Marat touched his arm :D

he spoke about how yuo have to be careful when playing qualifiers bec they have nothing to lose etc etc and he said "I wish him (novak) all the very best in the future he has great potential, i hope he does well, i wish great things for him" which earned him more applause from the crowd....eemm then he was asked bout peter, and Jim turned to where peter was sitting and M waved and said "hi peter" "there he is the, hansome man in his late 30's lol, heaped praise on peter, spoke about Rios and Federer and said hopefully I will have similar results with him as they did. was asked how many matches he won at hopman cup and answered "please dont embarass me in front of all these people"

lastly, jim told him "you're not as dumb as you look" and M cracked up and said thanx

Kiara
01-17-2005, 01:51 PM
he also said sth sth about night matches and said sth sth about hoping he'll be 3rd time lucky, and sth else but i really dont remember, he said alot. I wish id taped it :(

I strongly believe he will win this, he has that look in his eye, he wants this so badly

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 01:56 PM
i hope will gets the itw up on his website....*crosses fingers* i watched it too. it was HILARIOUS!

Kiara
01-17-2005, 01:57 PM
HIS WEBSITE???!???!? :confused: his website is UP?

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 01:59 PM
WILL..not marat ;)

Kiara
01-17-2005, 02:00 PM
Ilhame, I'll pm you Will's e mail address, if you dont have it already...

Kiara
01-17-2005, 02:01 PM
:lol: Jiat :hug: I read it wrong.....I almost over reacted huh? ;) :o :o

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 02:02 PM
erm...just a little teeny weeny bit kiara ;)

Kiara
01-17-2005, 02:04 PM
yes, I do hope Will will (so confusing :D) update his website, Ilhame and I plan to bombard him with e mails :D you can join us if you like :D

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 02:07 PM
i'll leave it to you girls. i've been bombarded with so many emails lately I think i'll get a nervous breakdown soon. and I think i'm already half way there

maratski
01-17-2005, 02:08 PM
I didn't have the adress, so thanks!

EternalFlame
01-17-2005, 02:10 PM
Everything seems to be in control. That was a solid win for Marat. I'm confident he won't OAF for some days :p

Kiara
01-17-2005, 02:16 PM
he doesnt have to play Karlovic so im happy :D

maratski
01-17-2005, 02:21 PM
Me too!

Shadow
01-17-2005, 02:36 PM
indeed solid win. I just finished watching and overall good match from Marat. I was impressed with his netplay today. Many brilliant volleys :yeah:

Shadow
01-17-2005, 02:36 PM
I posted this on wx as well re the courier interview

The interview was so nice, he laughed alot, jim quivered with pleasure when Marat touched his arm :D

he spoke about how yuo have to be careful when playing qualifiers bec they have nothing to lose etc etc and he said "I wish him (novak) all the very best in the future he has great potential, i hope he does well, i wish great things for him" which earned him more applause from the crowd....eemm then he was asked bout peter, and Jim turned to where peter was sitting and M waved and said "hi peter" "there he is the, hansome man in his late 30's lol, heaped praise on peter, spoke about Rios and Federer and said hopefully I will have similar results with him as they did. was asked how many matches he won at hopman cup and answered "please dont embarass me in front of all these people"

lastly, jim told him "you're not as dumb as you look" and M cracked up and said thanx

thanks Kiara

:haha: damm i want to see this interview too.

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 02:37 PM
i was impressed by the fact that he approached tghe net so often...even serve-volleying. and winning so many points at the net :D

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 02:37 PM
they didn't show the itw for u andrea???

Shadow
01-17-2005, 02:39 PM
they didn't show the itw for u andrea???

no, they cut it off :smash:

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 02:40 PM
:ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: stupid tv network....

Aurora
01-17-2005, 02:46 PM
I'm watching the stats and I'm impressed by the net percentage :yeah:. Seems like a steady perfomance against a not-so-good player. Well done, Marat, now try to get some serve rhythm!

MariaV
01-17-2005, 02:48 PM
Umm, NTV+ didn't show the itw, and I'm afraid Eurosport didn't either. :sad:

Shadow
01-17-2005, 02:50 PM
Umm, NTV+ didn't show the itw, and I'm afraid Eurosport didn't either. :sad:

yep, eurosport didnt either :mad:

ataptc
01-17-2005, 02:51 PM
that interview was hilarous :lol:

Meeek
01-17-2005, 02:53 PM
yep, eurosport didnt either :mad:

:shout: All I heard was the stupid Dutch commentator talking crap, and all I saw was the audience. Well done Eurosport! :rolleyes:

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 02:54 PM
yeah . itw was hilarious. evelyn, did u manage to tape it? cos i didn't match had started by the time i got home.

ataptc
01-17-2005, 02:57 PM
yeah . itw was hilarious. evelyn, did u manage to tape it? cos i didn't match had started by the time i got home.
I didn't :( my neighbour above me was renovating and they were spraying water to clear the cement in the kitchen and choked up the pipe, leading to a massive flood in my kitchen :sad: I only saw the last set

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 02:57 PM
WAAAAHHH did u complain!!!!

Meeek
01-17-2005, 02:59 PM
EVELYN!!!! :hug: You should hang around here more!!

Hope your kitchen is alright now...that sucks!

I did record the match :banana: A winning match, for a change!

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 03:01 PM
too bad about the interview though miek :sad:

Meeek
01-17-2005, 03:03 PM
Stop Jiat, don't mention it too much... :sad:

;)

(im not on msn cause i'm cleaning the comp. removed very much, have much more space now, pc should get faster very soon)

PennyThePenguin
01-17-2005, 03:07 PM
yaaaay miek! now we don't need to wait 1498340294 minutes for u to reply

Aurora
01-17-2005, 03:09 PM
anything else that caught your eye? I'm starving for some more info...

Meeek
01-17-2005, 03:10 PM
yaaaay miek! now we don't need to wait 1498340294 minutes for u to reply

Hehehehe :banghead:

JuanChuffy007
01-17-2005, 03:28 PM
Yaaaaaay! Good job Marat!!! :D :D

It was on Eurosport, but guess what: I was at school -_-.

ataptc
01-17-2005, 03:30 PM
WAAAAHHH did u complain!!!!
my mum went up to complain and the contractor came to our kitchen to try to undo the choke.. but he couldnt and we called the plumber.. the plumber couldnt do anything cos the pipes were blocked by our kitchen cabinets :o (stupid contractor who renovated our kitchen) and we have to wait till tomorrow when the workers continue their work upstairs so that the plumber can do something to the pipe there :mad:

ataptc
01-17-2005, 03:30 PM
EVELYN!!!! :hug: You should hang around here more!!

Hope your kitchen is alright now...that sucks!

I did record the match :banana: A winning match, for a change!
thanks meeek :hug: :)

ataptc
01-17-2005, 03:31 PM
yaaaay miek! now we don't need to wait 1498340294 minutes for u to reply
:lol:

Shadow
01-17-2005, 03:37 PM
Safin back in top form for start of Australian Open




MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - There's something about the Australian Open that brings out the best in Marat Safin.

The mercurial Russian, who began last year's Open ranked just 77th after an injury-plagued 2003, started his comeback to his current No. 4 spot here, reaching the final for the second time in three years before losing to Roger Federer.
Safin then opened 2005 with an 0-6 record in singles at the Hopman Cup in three singles and three mixed doubles matches. But he suddenly turned things around again just in time for the start of the year's first Grand Slam, schooling 17-year-old Serbian qualifier Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 Monday night in just an hour and 14 minutes.

"I find myself comfortable here," Safin said. "The court suits me. I love the stadium. It's a great city. Basically, you have a good time."

There was also a very real purpose to the quick drubbing. Safin played 27 sets in six matches spanning more than 18 grueling hours last year before the final. He had little energy left for Federer and was ousted in straight sets.

"I try to spend less time on the court," Safin said. "It's better to be fresh."

Taking the court a few hours after his 18-year-old sister Dinara Safina won her opening match, he looked fresh from the start on a chilly night before a near-capacity crowd, allowing Djokovic only eight points in the first set. He ran off five straight games to end both the second and third sets, and had stretches of 16 and 11 points in a row.

While Safin is a crowd favorite here - a half-dozen Russians shouted encouragement and a trio of women held up signs proclaiming their love for him - the fans switched to the underdog Djokovic, led by about a dozen Serbs waving their national flags, tooting whistles and honking a horn.

Safin said he enjoyed the energy and the soccer stadium-like atmosphere.

"It's really good for tennis," he said. "It's entertainment."

Safin gave his rival's fans little to cheer about, though, allowing Djokovic, ranked only 188th, just four winners. One of the biggest ovations of the night came after Djokovic held serve for the first time to start the second set.

But mostly, Djokovic's 190 km/h (120 mph) serves came zinging back even faster. Perfect position at the net only meant cross-court passes from Safin at seemingly impossible angles. After one went zipping by, Djokovic - already given to muttering to himself - buried his head in his arm on the net.

Three necklaces dangling constantly, Safin had an answer for everything, mixing powerful serves with nasty spins and deft volleys. Soon, even the people who had been cheering for Djokovic to extend the match were applauding Safin's shot-making skills.

By the time it was over, he had piled up 83 points to just 24 for Djokovic.

"You have to be careful with these young players," Safin explained of his no mercy approach. "They have nothing to lose."

As they shook hands at the net, Djokovic apologized for not being more competitive, Safin said.

"The guy tried everything," Safin said. "I just told him he's going to be a great player."

TaTaaa
01-17-2005, 04:27 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :clap2:
I'm so happy for him!!!!
pity i dont have the coverage!! :sad:
wish him all the best on this 2 weeks!!!!
cmon Marat u can do it!!!! :yippee:

maratgirl
01-17-2005, 05:46 PM
Yaaaaaay! Good job Marat!!! :D :D

It was on Eurosport, but guess what: I was at school -_-.

same here and becasue I didn't know when he would play I taped it from 13.00 till 15.00 and he played 11.35 but I will tape the summary of eurosport
so hopefully I will see a bit :D

RogiFan88
01-17-2005, 06:27 PM
Yay, Marat!!! Well done, easy match!!! Vamos! Will they show him today on ESPN at 2pm at all or just Baldy? blahhh

gabnouwop
01-17-2005, 07:40 PM
keep like that Marat :)

chrissiej
01-17-2005, 09:48 PM
nice one marat :bigclap:
saw last two sets....and fell in love with djokovic...seriously, i almost wanted him to win more than marat, and then marat played that wonderful FH off djokovics serve and i remembered who i was supporting ;) :cool:
net play was ace, 1st serve needs some work though....but a bagel in the first round...made me happy after that icky english exam

and steph, i can't thank you enough for smsing me the result so i had it the second i walked out of the exam hall :worship:

Damita
01-17-2005, 10:07 PM
lol chrissie! glad you finally remembered who you were supporting! :)
and no thanks, i like smsing good news! ;)

Kiara, thanks for reporting the on-court itw! :kiss:

MariaV
01-17-2005, 11:13 PM
Yay, Marat!!! Well done, easy match!!! Vamos! Will they show him today on ESPN at 2pm at all or just Baldy? blahhh

Hi RogiFan!!!! Fed was just :worship: :worship: as usual lately! Watched the whole match vs Santoro! Marat was good to watch too, I didn't even have to get nervous at all! :D

junekidd
01-18-2005, 03:37 AM
it was a great day for Marat! keep it up boy~~~~~~~~~! :cool:
but I got mad yesterday! no live, no tape, no itw, even no INTERNET!!! :banghead:

thanks for all of your reports. :kiss:

PennyThePenguin
01-18-2005, 12:28 PM
WOW! maria. u didn't get nervous? and to think u were a bundle of nerves on sunday ;) hopefully, you didn't scare the kids :hug:

Kiara
01-18-2005, 12:50 PM
Marat plays the last match on the vodafone arena :fiery: why does Haas get to be on RLA? i hate it when Haas is on my tv :ras: Oafette is up first on vodafone so I wont get to see that match either :(

PennyThePenguin
01-18-2005, 12:58 PM
yeah kiara........ at about the time marat hits the courts...i'll be staring into a microscope..seeing nothing but my absurdly long eyelashes, trying to find bacteria

maratski
01-18-2005, 01:26 PM
Marat plays the last match on the vodafone arena :fiery: why does Haas get to be on RLA? i hate it when Haas is on my tv :ras: Oafette is up first on vodafone so I wont get to see that match either :(

I'll start taping before going to bed as usual and hopefully I'll be lucky when I wake up. I'm feverish so no chance of me staying up for it. I might wake up early though like this morning. ;) I took an aspirin at 6.30 and quickly saw who was playing and what was on the beginning of my tape.

Kiara
01-18-2005, 01:29 PM
:hug: so sorry you're ill, get well soon :hug:

you have not-so-hot mail btw ;)

maratski
01-18-2005, 01:37 PM
It was HOT mail! you're pretty Kiara! :)

Kiara
01-18-2005, 01:42 PM
thanks but not really, those were really ugly pics :ras:

maratski
01-18-2005, 01:45 PM
I watched irakli's match today and in a way he reminded me of Marat. The guy's got a bit of the same temper, but he's a good shot maker. If he could be calmer on the important moments, he would be ranked higher i think.

I also noticed that he would probably be carrying Marat's ass in doubles. ;)

Kiara
01-18-2005, 01:49 PM
He is isnt he, his shots are so solid esp off the forehand :eek: he does have an aweful temper, but he's also pretty funny

yes I think he might be carrying Marat's ass and about 10 other people's asses as well.....he needs to lose weight, he's fatter than Dave and NOT in a sexy way :tape: he needs to work on his fitness, tennis wise he's a much better player than his ranking might suggest.

Wednesday Addams
01-18-2005, 01:50 PM
Ilhame :hug: Get well, kay?

Hey, just wanted to tell U guys I saw the match. It was good. I was particularly impressed by his net-game. Very good! :yeah:
Serve......... yeah, weird..... only one ace and the average speed was low. Guess he's taking it easy :D
He looked very confident and took it seriously (even the comentator said so.....). He DID send his brain for a walk a couple of times (like when he got broken :rolleyes: ) but his overall performance was good. And encouraging, I would say.
I can't wait for the next one! :bounce:
BTW, he looked great! :D

maratski
01-18-2005, 01:56 PM
I noticed the fat. Fat bellies are sexy imo, but the legs are too big. :tape:

I laughed when he just received a warning and started swearing again. :haha:

I noticed the good fh as well. He so could have won the first set if he took it easy, but he lacks the experience.

I'm off for a nap now, the computer is making me dizzy. ;)

Thanks for the hugs and will be back later. :kiss:

Crystal702
01-18-2005, 02:03 PM
I think I've finally discovered a secret about ESPN coverage:

If the ticker at the bottom of the screen shows the results of any particular match or matches, you can forget about seeing the coverage shown at that time. I was hoping they would show Marat's match yesterday afternoon, but they showed Agassi and Sharapova instead. At the same time, the ticker at the bottom of the screen showed match results (including Marat's), but didn't show the results of Agassi or Sharapova!

Darn ESPN! :mad:

Vass
01-18-2005, 02:08 PM
Marat plays the last match on the vodafone arena :fiery: why does Haas get to be on RLA? i hate it when Haas is on my tv :ras: Oafette is up first on vodafone so I wont get to see that match either :(

Which oafette did you have in mind? Dinara or Momo? :)

PennyThePenguin
01-18-2005, 02:12 PM
i think it's dinara vass......to complement her brother ya know...

PennyThePenguin
01-18-2005, 02:23 PM
was going to post this little info...but somehow forgot...

safin lounge will have new clips soon!

PennyThePenguin
01-18-2005, 02:24 PM
actually, let's edit that post....VIDEOS ARE UP ON SAFIN LOUNGE!!!!!

http://home.iprimus.com.au/beethoven2001/marat/

Wednesday Addams
01-18-2005, 02:55 PM
Thanx, Jiat!!!!! :kiss:
New avvy, I see...... NICE!

PennyThePenguin
01-18-2005, 03:06 PM
u're welcome dora...no new avvy i see ;)...BOOOORRRIIINNNNGGG ;) :p

jujst kidding

Wednesday Addams
01-18-2005, 03:08 PM
Hey, I haven't touched the comp in more than a week! Give me a break! :ras: ;)

erica
01-18-2005, 03:10 PM
Thanks for the link, Penny!
The interview is just hilarious! :D

Aurora
01-18-2005, 03:37 PM
ow yay! nice to see some points, impressive play at the net. now I'm craving for more of course, damn I hope I get to see some of him next week. that interview is hilarious!

round of applause for Will! :hatoff:

Aurora
01-18-2005, 03:39 PM
Which oafette did you have in mind? Dinara or Momo? :):lol: good point! Mom definitely oafette, let's give Dina some time to prove she isn't. :scratch: I can't remember that much big choker losses from her, just some "might have won" matches. But then again, I don't see her play that often.

Shadow
01-18-2005, 03:53 PM
ah great!!! now i could see the interview with Jim too!

Will updated his site at the right time :yeah:

maratski
01-18-2005, 04:25 PM
Will is back in action :banana: and without me emailing him. :o

Kiara
01-18-2005, 04:25 PM
Which oafette did you have in mind? Dinara or Momo? :)

Dinara ;) Oaf and Oafette :D

Kiara
01-18-2005, 04:27 PM
Will is back in action :banana: and without me emailing him. :o

I know same here ;) I think I will mail him and thank him though

maratski
01-18-2005, 04:31 PM
I'll do that as well in the coming days

Bibir
01-18-2005, 05:31 PM
Thank Jiat for the link...Thanks Will for the interview and all the highlights! :hug: :hug:

Who's this guy? How do you know him? :silly:

MariaV
01-18-2005, 05:44 PM
My thanks to Will too! The interview w Courier is just SOOOOOOOOO GREAT!!!!!!!!! That's why I'm a Marat fan! :angel: :inlove: :kiss:
But ppl! I am like sooo disappointed! NTV+ won't show the day session live tonight bc of some maintenance, can you imagine! :rolleyes: And on Eurosport probably no Marat so... My NTV+ promised to show the video tomorrow afternoon. So hopefully I get to see the thing then. Hopefully it won't be too difficult match for Marat!

maratski
01-18-2005, 05:47 PM
Bea Will used to post here about a year ago, but I guess he doesn't have time for it anymore.

Kiara
01-18-2005, 05:50 PM
If they do they'll show it just before the night session, like they did with the Venus/Danilidou match, I hope they do. Speaking of venus, wtf was she wearing?

maratski
01-18-2005, 06:33 PM
I hope the matches on RLA are over fast or that the matches on Vodafone take long. I want Marat on tv!!!

I love pink, but the combo with black/white was hideous. Looking at the colour of her skin she should have gone for all pink. The colour suits her.

Bibir
01-18-2005, 06:36 PM
Bea Will used to post here about a year ago, but I guess he doesn't have time for it anymore.
ok. Thanks. :)

beautiful site! :yeah:

erica
01-18-2005, 07:12 PM
maria , I see NTV, but I guess it´s a different thing than NTV+..? Just checking.. :D

I wish Eurosport will broadcast it. It´s early in the morning my time, so I can watch it before I go to school. hopefully :)

sol
01-18-2005, 11:48 PM
Thanks for the link Jiat! :yeah: :kiss:

Go Marat! :banana: Good luck! :D

PennyThePenguin
01-18-2005, 11:50 PM
i'll have it on tv if RLA is fast and vodafone is slow...at least, that's what i'm guessing....but whta't sthe use...i'll be stuck in a lab.

RogiFan88
01-19-2005, 02:41 AM
Will we ever see Marat on ESPN??? duh...

DAVAI, MARAT!!

Keep winning, and easily!! VAMOS!

Nice hair btw... and other things...

Kiara
01-19-2005, 03:34 AM
No only is Haas winning, he's trying to do it in 5 :rolleyes: at this rate all the matches on Vodafone are going to be over before the matches on Laver...

Go Masha and Andre in straight sets and Jarkko in 5 :devil:

way to go oafette for taking a set off Mom

Haas is cramping due to the heat, I hope Marat is careful

Kiara
01-19-2005, 03:38 AM
I love pink, but the combo with black/white was hideous. Looking at the colour of her skin she should have gone for all pink. The colour suits her.

the skirt is ugly it looks a like a chequred flag, it doesnt go at all, she looks silly.

I cant believe im up so early to follow scores :( Kirilenko is losing badly :sad:

junekidd
01-19-2005, 03:52 AM
Haas has lost to Beck just now. what should we expect now? :p

C'mon Marat! seize this opportunity! :bounce:

Shadow
01-19-2005, 07:12 AM
Marat wins 6-4 6-1 6-3 in 1 hour, 20 minutes :yeah: Yay marat!

Anyone saw the match? PLEASE REPORT.

Vass
01-19-2005, 07:20 AM
Great match it seems. His game was incredibly clean from second set it seems. Lots of winners and not many UEs...
Ulihrach didn't win a point in the last set until after 3-0.
Also: Marat was great at the net, having won 22 of 30 net approaches. That's 73%.

Only worries of the match: 20 UEs in first set. After that he cleaned the game up, having 6 in second and 5 in the last. His second serve win% was only 20% in the second set, but first serve % was 73.

papa_papped_a_lop
01-19-2005, 07:23 AM
He is really working on his net game. He approached so many times and won so many free points through volleying. Marat has really changed and improved his game, and Ulilarch actually played a decent game but Safin is playing extraordinary tennis right now, nothing resembling the Hopman cup matches.

EternalFlame
01-19-2005, 07:31 AM
Well Done Marat. :banana:
I wish I watched it but eurosport is showing the Andre- Rainer match :sad:
But from what you said, everything seems fine.. I'm very happy :)
Good Luck against Mario Ancic now... :D ;)

junekidd
01-19-2005, 07:31 AM
thanks a lot vass. :worship: I agree with you.
I did not get the coverage. but I felt that he was finding his shape at the beginning of the match. it could explain why he made so many UEs in the 1st set. if he does the same when he play with top players, no one knows the result. so he has sth to do on this issue.

EternalFlame
01-19-2005, 07:34 AM
Haas has lost to Beck just now. what should we expect now? :p

C'mon Marat! seize this opportunity! :bounce:

Yeah, both Moya and Haas are out now... :eek: That's good news.. :D I was a bit worried about Tommy. I'm still shocked he lost.

junekidd
01-19-2005, 07:44 AM
yeah, Tommy's out shocked me too. now after passing Mario, Marat will get a bright future. :)

chocc0
01-19-2005, 07:49 AM
Marat is playing Great tennis!
GO MARAT!!!

Cris
01-19-2005, 08:33 AM
Well Done Marat! :yeah: :banana:
Thanks for the report, Vass :hug:

novanora
01-19-2005, 08:57 AM
Haas has lost to Beck just now. what should we expect now? :p

C'mon Marat! seize this opportunity! :bounce:
congrats to the hippo! :bigclap: who is the next opponent? Mario?
June, you'd better give up your nintendo for one day

junekidd
01-19-2005, 09:09 AM
thanks nova! :kiss:

LOL. yeah, I know that. luckily, I am not obsessed in Super Mario very much. ;)

Meeek
01-19-2005, 09:26 AM
The match was good. The Dutch reporter kept praising Marat's game!! Saying how this was a great example of how tennis should be played, and how complete his game was.
And it was very good. Everything worked and he was very confident. Looks good!!! Keep it up :banana:

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-19-2005, 09:30 AM
A happy day in the Hippo land! And I even saw 1st and 3rd sets (in repeat) - the first time I saw Marat this year, and he looked fine (as usual).

First set was somewhat of a stinker - too many UEs, forehand not working. Thank God Ulihrach couldn't really capitalise, but against more serious opponents it will cost dearly. From 4-2 in the first Marat pretty much rolled. Second straight-sets win in a row - am I dreaming or what?

MariaV
01-19-2005, 09:50 AM
What is it with Marat & volleying now? :eek: :eek: Something he & Peter worked on? Sounds just great! I can't wait to get home and see some of the match! :) The stats look really good! Way to go Marat! And yeah, the draw has opened up nicely till the semis! :lol:

sol
01-19-2005, 10:47 AM
Well done, Marat! :yeah: :banana: Great work! :D

Thanks to everyone for the reports!.

Eruwen
01-19-2005, 10:51 AM
:woohoo: Great match Marat! :yeah: He was playing really good, hope he can keep it up!

Roger... be warned :devil:

Shadow
01-19-2005, 11:02 AM
Eurosport showed Marats match after the agassi schuettler match (i was in school then. Will watch the tape now.

From the reports it seemed great! :D

Aurora
01-19-2005, 11:21 AM
enjoy, Andrea, I'm looking forward to your full and extended report!

I'm really :eek: and :bounce: at the results! :yeah: to the low number ue's and excellent netplay!

Yeah, both Moya and Haas are out now... :eek: That's good news.. :D I was a bit worried about Tommy. I'm still shocked he lost. well, there's still this little guy from Belgium. IF Olivier Rochus beats Beck and Marat beats Ancic, then we could be in for a tough match. (and :bounce: I get to see him!).
I'm pretty sure if you'd ask Marat who he'd like to play, he'd even prefer Moya over Olli!
Although rebound ace is an advantage for Marat, Olli's crafty hands (and recent confidence) can always hurt him.

But this is all talk of an uncertain future and Marat is in brimming form, so no worries!
[I'm just praying that that match will happen, so I get to see him ánd this wonderful match-up! :)]

PennyThePenguin
01-19-2005, 12:17 PM
i like oli...i'm glad he won today...

PennyThePenguin
01-19-2005, 12:18 PM
Safin, Agassi Raise the Bar
by Paul Gough
Wednesday, 19 January, 2005


The Australian Open men's championship might not go all Roger Federer's way after all.

As the world No.1 prepared for his night clash against Japanese Takao Suzuki where he will aim for his 23rd consecutive victory, the man he beat to win the title last year and the man who has already triumphed at Melbourne Park on four occasions showed on Day Three they will take some stopping in this year's centenary championship.

Russian Marat Safin, the 2000 US Open champion who was runner-up to Federer here last year and also runner-up in the 2002 Australian Open, was in devastating form in his second-round match crushing Czech Bohdan Ulihrach 6-4 6-1 6-3 in less than one hour and a half.

And this after dropping just three games during his first-round demolition of Novak Djokovic.

Safin is seeded to meet Federer in the semi-finals and will now be heavily favoured to do so particularly with the next highest ranked player - No.5 seed Carlos Moya - having already being eliminated from his section of the draw.

And no sooner had Safin laid down his title credentials than the oldest man in the field - 34-year-old four-time Australian Open champion Andre Agassi - produced a similarly devastating performance.

Agassi, again showing no signs of the hip injury which hindered him at Kooyong, destroyed German Rainer Schuettler 6-3 6-1 6-0 in a match which was just as lop-sided as the 2003 final between the pair.

The performances of Safin and Agassi came on a day when the men's seeds generally struggled for the first time in the tournament.

After only three of the 32 men's seeds failed to make it past the first-round, some of the leading men's players found the going much tougher on Wednesday as the heat hit Melbourne Park for the first time in the tournament.

No.16 seed and dual Australian Open semi-finalist Tommy Haas departed as did No.22 seed Ivan Ljubicic and No.27 seed Paradorn Srichaphan while No.10 seed Gaston Gaudio, No.20 seed Dominik Hrbaty, No.30 seed and 2002 winner Thomas Johansson and No.13 seed Tommy Robredo all endured tough matches before advancing to the round of 32.

Haas, playing his first Australian Open since 2002 after two shoulder injuries, looked in control against Slovakian Karol Beck when he won the first two sets as the temperature hit the mid 30's in Melbourne.

But as Haas began to struggle with cramp, the 22-year-old Beck - ranked No.42 in the world - relished the oppressive conditions to pull off a remarkable 5-7 2-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 victory in three hours and 35 minutes of grueling tennis.

Beck, who eliminated Australian Todd Reid in the first round, will now face Belgian Oliver Rochus in the third-round.

Rochus' passage through the second-round could not have been more contrasting as he thrashed up-and-coming French teenager Gael Monfils - winner of the junior Australian, French and Wimbledon titles last year - 6-1 6-3 6-3.

Ljubicic's 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 6-7 (7-2) 6-2 loss to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis - ranked No.153 - was probably the shock of the tournament so far and the 19-year-old was soon joined in the third-round by another little-known player in American Kevin Kim - who ended last year ranked No.99.

Kim thrashed Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez - the first round conqueror of Moya - 6-2 6-4 6-2.

Meanwhile, Baghdatis, will now face Robredo, who needed four sets to beat Czech Tomas Zib 6-4 2-6 6-2 6-4.

Gaudio also needed four sets to down American Mardy Fish before winning 2-6 6-4 7-5 7-6 (7-4) - and he will next play Hrbaty, who also needed four sets to beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-2 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 7-5.

And Johansson was taken the distance before eliminating Argentine Augustin Calleri 6-4 5-7 6-3 2-6 7-5.

However Srichaphan, Asia's best male tennis player, wasn't so lucky as he was thrashed by Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Other players to advance to the third-round on Wednesday were No.29 seed Taylor Dent, No.28 seed Mario Ancic and No.24 seed Feliciano Lopez.

Shadow
01-19-2005, 12:42 PM
Keeping it in the Family
by Luke Buttigieg
Wednesday, 19 January, 2005


For any youngster arriving on the world tennis scene, surviving - let alone being successful - on the international circuit can be a daunting prospect.

For some players, things can be made that little bit easier by either the presence of a sibling who is dealing with the same pressures at the same time, or being able to draw on the experiences of an older sister or brother who has already negotiated the same hurdles.

From years gone by with the likes of John and Patrick McEnroe, Andrei Medvedev and Natalia Medvedeva and Helena Sukova and Cyril Suk, to today with the likes of Serena and Venus Williams and Marat Safin and Dinara Safina, there are countless examples of siblings in the game.

Interestingly, Russians Marat Safin and his younger sister Dinara both played their second-round singles matches at Australian Open 2005 on Vodafone Arena on Day Three.

Introduced to the game as youngsters by their tennis coach mother, they are often in each other's company on tour with Marat helping Dinara any way he can.

"Yeah, we are always together," Dinara said after bowing out in very warm conditions in the second-round. After a great start Safina was unable to maintain her momentum against Amelie Mauresmo, with the French No.2 seed recovering to win 3-6 6-1 6-0.

But while Marat has provided some wise advice that has been heeded, Dinara is also more than aware of the success her brother has had as the 2000 US Open champion and a two-time Melbourne Park finalist.

"He (Marat) only tells me you have to enjoy what you are doing, that's the most important thing, and it's true," she added.

"But it's a little difficult because sometimes I feel a little bit of pressure because I also want to do well. I'm not doing as well as he does, so maybe I put a little bit too much pressure on myself because I want to do well."

Apart from the Williams sisters and Safin and Safina, the family connection is also alive and well throughout the rest of this year's tournament.

American twins Mike and Bob Bryan return to try to win the doubles title after making last year's final, and Zimbabweans Wayne and Cara Black have entered the men's and women's doubles respectively.

Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek and American Mashona Washington - the younger sisters of 1996 Wimbledon finalists Richard Krajicek and MaliVai Washington - are both entered, while Australians Evie and Daniella Dominikovic have teamed up for the women's doubles.

Shadow
01-19-2005, 12:43 PM
In-form Safin offers Safina some brotherly advice
Wed Jan 19, 2005 09:28 AM GMT
(recasts, adding quotes)

By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Marat Safin moved into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday before offering younger sister Dinara some brotherly advice -- grow up.

The fourth seed swiftly bludgeoned his way past Czech Bohdan Ulihrach with a 6-4 6-1 6-3 win before turning his sights on his sister.

Safina, who won the first set against second seed Amelie Mauresmo before succumbing in three, must work harder if she's to compete at the top, Safin said.

"She has to make a lot of changes to be able to compete with all these kind of players.

"And to be able to do that, she needs to have a character and she needs to be a little bit of a grown-up woman.

"Of course, she is little bit young (18), and I know everything everybody is saying to her, 'she is still young, she has big future in front of her.'

"But I'm sorry, if you don't really understand yourself what's going on, it's a little bit difficult for somebody to fix it and explain it.

"Nobody's going to tell her what to do, she has to decide for herself, you know? It's my duty to help her, but if she doesn't want to listen..."

World number 44 Safina reached the third round in Melbourne last year, but though she has won two WTA Tour titles and has been ranked as high as 29, Safin said she should follow the example of her more illustrious and higher-ranked compatriots.

"She has to grow up, be a little bit responsible for the things that she is doing and the decisions that she is taking," he said.

"For some reason she cannot make any decisions; she needs somebody to explain her everything.

"It's a little bit sad to watch because I can see that she has great potential. She has a game, but she doesn't have this character like (Maria) Sharapova has and (Svetlana) Kuznetsova, (Elena) Dementieva, (Anastasia) Myskina, all the Russian girls.

"They're great players. What they are good at is that they have a character of fighters, of wanting to achieve something."

Safin also said he would not be playing mixed doubles with his sister at any time in the foreseeable future.

"There is no more charity for my sister. She has to learn the hard way. I think it's the way that everybody understands, I guess.

"(There is) no hard feeling. Of course, she's my sister.

"It's just a little bit sad to see, to watch the train pass. And then she has to run away when I told her already 'take this train, you know, like before it's gonna be too late.'"

Shadow
01-19-2005, 12:44 PM
STROLL FOR SAFIN


Russia's Marat Safin is enjoying taking things easy as he targets a second straight Australian Open final appearance.

Safin was on court for more than 21 hours during the championships last year, playing a record-equalling 30 sets in two weeks before losing out to Roger Federer.

The fourth seed is finding things considerably more straightforward in 2005, dropping just three games in his opening match and easing past Bohdan Ulihrach in straight sets in the second round today.

The 24-year-old, who completed a 6-4 6-1 6-3 victory with his 10th ace, will take on Croatian Mario Ancic in the last 32. Ancic, who beat Tim Henman in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year, beat Germany's Bjorn Phau in the second round.

Safin is enjoying his best start to a grand slam after finally putting into practice everything he has learnt from his erratic career.

"I think this is my best start. I am playing well I worked hard in pre-season and I am ready," said the former US Open champion, who was ranked 86th in the world at the start of last year's event after an injury-plagued 2003.

"Also I get older a little bit, I have more experience, I know what to do. I try to be a little bit more focused on what I'm doing and it's working.

"I have a good coach (Peter Lundgren) and I've been learning from my mistakes for a long time and now is the time to take advantage from it.

"Last year I was coming from the injury and had a lot of time off and I was fresh, nothing to lose and no pressure whatsoever.

"This year it's a different story because we finished the year late in December and we only have one month to rest. Basically I am continuing from last year."

Shadow
01-19-2005, 12:47 PM
Eurosport just showed the first and third set ( they left out the second because the set was too fast and dominant from Safin :rolleyes: )
Anyway not much more to say like already has been mentioned. After a slow start Marat was in control in every part of the match. His groundstrokes are there, his netgame is very good, just some pointless errors.
Marat was calm and serious all the match.

Kiara
01-19-2005, 01:46 PM
Bravo eurosport :yeah: still moving well and vollying well....kept his head, well done a comfortable win and a nice scoreline

now Mario :scared:

maratski
01-19-2005, 02:59 PM
This watching tennis at weird times is getting to me. I'm tired now :lol:

Marat played well and it's scaring me. Everyone's talking about his form, even Roger! In a way it gives hope, but I refuse too look further then the next match. It's Marat after all.

I wish I could read his interview cause I'd like to know more about what he said regarding Dinara. He sounds like the brother who wants his sister not be like him.

Vass
01-19-2005, 04:02 PM
now Mario :scared:
Expecting trouble? Marat will definitely have a tie-break in this one. Perhaps only one... He should win this quite easily, but the question is: will it be in 3 or 4 sets? I'm unusually confident somehow and I doubt that there will be a 5th set.

Bibir
01-19-2005, 05:17 PM
in 3 sets Marat! Keep the momentum!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/smileys/b_legless.gif

KCVH
01-19-2005, 05:38 PM
Another comfortable straight sets win. :D

erica
01-19-2005, 07:36 PM
Didn´t see this match either :/ But Luckily my friend taped it, and promised to borrow it to me today. but the then he skipped training, so I didn´t get the tape. bohoo!

But it seems that he played good, I hope he can keep up with the good game! :)

Aurora
01-19-2005, 10:40 PM
Expecting trouble? Marat will definitely have a tie-break in this one. Perhaps only one... He should win this quite easily, but the question is: will it be in 3 or 4 sets? I'm unusually confident somehow and I doubt that there will be a 5th set.:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: Vass is optimistic! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:


:angel:
I just hope Marat is prepared and willing for a battle just in case Mario has a Superday.

Damita
01-19-2005, 10:43 PM
Expecting trouble? Marat will definitely have a tie-break in this one. Perhaps only one... He should win this quite easily, but the question is: will it be in 3 or 4 sets? I'm unusually confident somehow and I doubt that there will be a 5th set.
yeah i think there will be one TB, and i'm not sure he can do it in 3 sets (even if he wins the TB). ah well, we'll see. Mario will be a good test...

Damita
01-19-2005, 11:11 PM
This watching tennis at weird times is getting to me. I'm tired now :lol:

lol, me too. Went to bed at 3:30am after Dina's match and slept only for a few hours before getting up for Marat... evil Russian siblings :devil: ;)

Aurora
01-19-2005, 11:20 PM
aaah... the joys of no coverage and a good night's sleep! :)




no, actually :sad: :sobbing: :bigcry: :crying2:

Damita
01-19-2005, 11:44 PM
Lilly, the thing is i don't even have coverage! :lol: (i wish i had! :sad: )
I was online last night when Dinara's match started and found a link to a free video live of the match on wtaworld, and was too happy to be able to see it (plus Dina was winning!). And for Marat's match i was just staring at the scoreboard, still being in a daze :p

onion
01-20-2005, 01:41 AM
Can I just say GO MARAT! (or go THE RAT! lol, julia)
I really hope he wins the whole thing this year. It's too mean to lose in the final twice!

Jennay
01-20-2005, 02:14 AM
Marat :yeah: :banana:

It was on way too late here so I didn't get to see the match :( Hopefully next time :D

Kiara
01-20-2005, 06:24 AM
Expecting trouble?

yes I am, Ancic is on fire. but I like how Marat isnt making waves here, not beating any high profile players but creeping through the draw without a fuss really impressively,it's his quarter to lose...I dont expect him to lose but im afraid he might be peaking too early..save your best tennis for when you need it Marat ;)

If he makes it through this, it's a stroll to the semis for him.

Kiara
01-20-2005, 06:34 AM
Everyone's talking about his form, even Roger!

what did Roger say?

MariaV
01-20-2005, 07:18 AM
Hi Kiara! I'm taking it one match at the time. Learned my lesson with Marat. He's still totally unpredictable.

The OOP is out. Marat's up 2nd on the Rod Laver Arena, followed by Fed the God.

Rod Laver Arena Start Time 11.00 AM
Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Ana Ivanovic (SCG) vs. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)[2]

followed by
Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Marat Safin (RUS)[4] vs. Mario Ancic (CRO)[28]

Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] vs. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-20-2005, 09:00 AM
I jinxed Misha the other day, so I'd better keep my mouth shut on this one. Fingers crossed.

Good luck Hippo-boy!

EternalFlame
01-20-2005, 09:52 AM
I better sleep early and get up before Marat's match, otherwise I won't have the energy to watch the match without sleep...
It must be at around 3.00 cet right?

Aurora
01-20-2005, 10:58 AM
mmm, with that new internet link on GM I might get to see it too! :woohoo: *fingers crossed* and momo against the teenage sensation! damn, I'm gonna be thrilled if that's gonna happen!

maratski
01-20-2005, 12:32 PM
what did Roger say?

On Eurosport he said that Marat is the biggest threat in his half of the draw. He watched Marat's 1st round when being in the lockerroom and was impressed.

PennyThePenguin
01-20-2005, 01:44 PM
i think i've got it live tomorrow.....:D :woohoo:

Wednesday Addams
01-20-2005, 02:19 PM
Bleah..... didn't see the match..... It was too early in the morning..... :(
But I'm happy abt the fact that his net-game is improving!

Ancic.... dunno. He could be dangerous...... so I'm not jinxing.

Crystal702
01-20-2005, 06:45 PM
Since Marat's match is second on Rod Laver Arena, maybe I'll get a chance to see it tonight on ESPN2. Of course, Roger's match is third and we know how much ESPN loves Roger.

Good luck, Marat!

JuanChuffy007
01-20-2005, 07:03 PM
Good luck Marat!! I really don't want to wake up tomorrow and see this: Marat Safin's defeated.
COME ON MARAT!

darika
01-20-2005, 07:20 PM
Marat vs. Mario. Definitely it's a match of two hottest guys in tennis. Marat come on !!! :worship:

Vass
01-20-2005, 08:04 PM
Marat vs. Mario. Definitely it's a match of two hottest guys in tennis. Marat come on !!! :worship:
No it isn't. Hottest would be Marat (who has shaven and had a haircut <to medium lenght>) vs. Juan Carlos

darika
01-20-2005, 08:31 PM
i don't find Ferrero hot at all. The case of different tastes :wavey:

Meeek
01-20-2005, 09:31 PM
I'm going to get up for the match, in the middle of the night. I'm nuts. :yawn:
Well...I'm assuming ES will show the match. :unsure:

RogiFan88
01-20-2005, 10:23 PM
Davai, Marat! I wish we could see your matches on TV... ESPN sucks...

Since I'm weird, I'd like another match of the hot Marat vs. the hot Rogi!

So there... hee hee...

Bibir
01-20-2005, 10:46 PM
Since I'm weird, I'd like another match of the hot Marat vs. the hot Rogi!

So there... hee hee...
And the hot Marat will win this time? :D

sol
01-20-2005, 10:52 PM
Good luck Marat! :yeah:

Safin primed by coach to give Federer a sterner test

Stephen Bierley in Melbourne
Thursday January 20, 2005
The Guardian

An astonishing running forehand, scooped around the post for another stupendous winner, was the highlight of Roger Federer's 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 second-round victory over the Japanese qualifier Takao Suzuki. The win leaves all his opponents in the top half of the Australian Open draw wondering how they can cope when their time arrives.
Russia's Marat Safin, defeated by Federer in last year's final and seeded to meet him in next week's semi-finals, at least believes he is now benefiting from the advice of Peter Lundgren, Federer's former coach. "He explains to me what I have to do. I have been learning from my mistakes. Now is the time to take advantage of it."

Safin still tends to bridle when it is suggested he has underachieved, having, as a 20-year-old, thrashed Pete Sampras in the final of the 2000 US Open. However, a smile is never very far from his lips. "With all respect, I have been No1 in the world and have won 14 tournaments, five of them Masters Series events. If you look at my portfolio, it's not such a bad career that I'm having. And two more finals of a grand slam also . . . sorry, I forgot."

And yet his supporters, of whom there are many, remain frustrated because on his day he has a game to rip apart all but Federer. He could be excused for losing to the Swiss last year, having just won two matches of epic proportions in the quarter- and semi-finals against Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi respectively, but the big disappointment was falling to Sweden's Thomas Johansson in the 2002 final here.

Safin has certainly made an impressive start, having dropped only 11 games in his two opening matches, including yesterday's 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic. Tomorrow he plays the dangerous 20-year-old Croat Mario Ancic, the last player to defeat Federer, at Wimbledon in 2002.

This year sees a slimline Agassi. "It's just a by-product of my training. The strength-weight ratio was sort of what I was focused on. My strength kept going up and the weight went down," he said.

The hip problem that troubled him much of last year and recurred in the build-up to the Australian Open appeared a thing of the past during his second-round match against Germany's Rainer Schüttler. It turned out to be a reprise of the 2003 final, the last of Agassi's eight grand slam victories and his fourth in Australia, except that this time he allowed Schüttler only four games compared with the five here last time.

Agassi is drawn to meet Federer in the quarter-finals. "Well, it would be nice to play against him because that means a couple more matches I would have won. And then it would be nice to be in a fifth set because that means I'm only one set away from beating him," the American smiled.

And as to winning, Agassi knows exactly what it would take. "You play a perfect match." The trouble is, that is what Federer keeps doing.

Bibir
01-20-2005, 10:56 PM
Russia's Marat Safin, defeated by Federer in last year's final and seeded to meet him in next week's semi-finals, at least believes he is now benefiting from the advice of Peter Lundgren, Federer's former coach. "He explains to me what I have to do. I have been learning from my mistakes. Now is the time to take advantage of it."
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/smileys/b_invisable.gif

onion
01-20-2005, 10:58 PM
If we're talking about hotness, I don't find too many tennis players THAT attractive. I like Ferrero, Robredo and occasionally Safin - but then again, compare them to Jude Law or Orlando....hmmm, I prefer the actors!!

Crystal702
01-21-2005, 04:35 AM
Hmmm....

I used to like Orlando.....but he looks so much like a girl!

Btw, after seeing the last couple of games of Marat's match on ESPN2 tonight, I've decided that I love Marat's curls!

Good luck in the Round of 16, Marat!

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-21-2005, 04:59 AM
I'm going to get up for the match, in the middle of the night. I'm nuts. :yawn:
I did just that an dalmost had a nervous breakdown. But it was worth it!

Vass
01-21-2005, 05:03 AM
He won 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4

Sorry guys, I'm not good with match summaries, so here are my comments:
Not a good performance at all. He had 15 UEs in the first set, with a slow start, but that was his best set in the match in my opinion. He was aggressive there atleast. Went for all his shots.
In this match nothing realy worked well. Most of the match his volleying was bad. Only in the last ste it improved to 64% ( match net approaches were 23/36).

THe number of winners (37) is very good, but the number of unforced errors is very alarming (44).

His serev was okay all match, except for the last set where it totally went astray (only 40% first serevs in). Btw. he doesn't seem to shoot for aces anymore (in this match he has an excuse, because Ancic is 6'5").

His foot work was not that good in the first and maybe second set. Then it improved... Btw. he was wrongfooted at 2-1 in the last set and and something happend with his ankle. He fell on the ground and then took a medical time-out. They tapped it and gave him a painkiller. He was okay after that. No visible change after one or two points.

To conclude: Marat needs to improve a lot for the next match. He was lucky against Mario, because the dude didn't play that good. It could have been a 5 setter and he could have lost. Nothing was certain right till the end.

Note: I'm a pessimist, so maybe it wasn't all that bad. Although safinator.com posters with whom I wathced the match weren't too thrilled either.

erica
01-21-2005, 05:17 AM
I agree with Vass, he didn´t play especially good. But he won, isn´t that the main part?
I wasn´t that concentrated on the match, tho, since I woke up about 3 am. I think I actually fell asleep during the match, even when I tried not to.. :D

junekidd
01-21-2005, 05:22 AM
thanks vass. :worship:
luckily, I am not as pessimistic as you are. ;)
yeah, his UEs are too many. esp in the 2nd set. :( furthermore I am not satisfied with his 1st serving all the match. his BH is just so so. the volleys are not well enough too. while his FH is not bad. (I know you have a high demand on his FH. the same with me on his BH. ;) )
wish his right ankle is OK. it scared me when he fell. :eek:
IMO, he should improve his returning in next match. sure you can say that Mario has a good serving. but Marat's returning is as good as before too. still reduce his UEs and be aggressive all the match!!!
his next opponent is Rochus. I am a little bit more optimistic on him than on Mario.
God bless you Marat. :)

Vass
01-21-2005, 05:27 AM
I agree with Vass, he didn´t play especially good. But he won, isn´t that the main part?

He will not win if he faces a tougher opponent and keeps on playing like this. I hope he raises his level soon enough.
He has one match to do that.

onion
01-21-2005, 05:50 AM
Good luck Hippo-boy!

I know this is a bit late but I only just recently heard the hippo story!! Made me laugh soooo much!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) He's so silly! :p

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-21-2005, 07:12 AM
I agree with most of what you said Vass. Marat's performance wasn't too bad overall, but way, waay too erratic. He seemed to keep drifting in and out of the match. The fall was scary, but seemingly not very hurtful. Ankle re-taping was more of a pre-cautionery measure.

Serve started to suck in the fourth set. Serving for the match, Marat put only 1 first serve in in the entire game. Volleys were actually pretty ok, I think - some spectacular ones and some easy misses. I think also that he was quite successful in mixing his shots, often throwing Ancic off track. But the UE rate was ugly. All in all, Marat did just enough to win, losing minimum. And he was actually fighting on in the 2nd, and managed to re-break; after 0-4 I totally expected him to tank the set.

Still I hope that Peter will have a wor or two with him after that match.

MariaV
01-21-2005, 08:01 AM
And he was actually fighting on in the 2nd, and managed to re-break; after 0-4 I totally expected him to tank the set.


LOL Tanya, it's the NEW Marat, remember! ;) But yeah, he was a good boy for keeping on fighting.

Cris
01-21-2005, 09:04 AM
Marat! :yeah: Thanks everyone for the reports! :hug: Hope his ankle is ok.

Meeek
01-21-2005, 10:03 AM
I did just that an dalmost had a nervous breakdown. But it was worth it!

Pfff...I could not get my lazy ass out of bed, so I recorded it. :yawn: Will watch later.

sol
01-21-2005, 10:37 AM
:yeah: Marat!. :D I didn't watch because we had Gaudio-Hrbaty. Thanks for the reports!

junekidd
01-21-2005, 11:21 AM
woohoo~~~~~ sol, you got the gaudio vs hrbaty one? that must be amazing! they showed a great match! :yeah:

EternalFlame
01-21-2005, 11:54 AM
I was impressed at the way he fighted back from 0-4 in the second set. He choked in the second set but came back in the third. He showed emotions after such a long time. But he dealed with that. He controlled himself well.
Just too many unforced errors and few volleys in the first 2 sets. He forgot it or what?
I hope he does something about the UE's before the Ollie match.
Overall he wasn't that good or that bad...and I'm still optimistic ;)

thelma
01-21-2005, 01:33 PM
YAY... Marat! :yeah: :banana:

Aurora
01-21-2005, 01:44 PM
Olli's gonna make Marat play waaaay waaaay more. His returning is awesome, in the Monfils match he made Gael look like a poor server. Rochus is brimming with confidence, his game is totally there. If he shows up making no errors, mixing it up and returning like a little devil, it is all gonna be up to Marat. Marat can make it a 3-set blow-out (New Marat) as much as a 5-set thriller (Old Oaf), I expect somewhere in between: an exciting 4setter would be nice. Olli is tired though; the longer it takes, the less chance he gets. He'll be fighting untill he drops dead though. But I'm sure Marat is prepared and if he's a tiny bit worried about Olli, I'm pretty confident he'll bring his A-game.

can't wait :bounce:

JuanChuffy007
01-21-2005, 02:03 PM
"With all respect, I have been No1 in the world and have won 14 tournaments, five of them Masters Series events. If you look at my portfolio, it's not such a bad career that I'm having. And two more finals of a grand slam also . . . sorry, I forgot."

:haha: He forgot :haha:

No it isn't. Hottest would be Marat (who has shaven and had a haircut <to medium lenght>) vs. Juan Carlos

Oh yeah!
Thanks for the report!
His ankle his ok now right???

Shadow
01-21-2005, 02:36 PM
yay Marat. :D Although it wasn´t a very good match from Marat, the most important thing is that he won and Ancic was the first "real" though opponent for Marat.
He definetly has problems with playing in the midday heat, everytime he has to play then, somewhat he can`t find his rythm and his body looks tired, his game is tired, he can`t place his shots well.
Today his netgame wasn`t working well at all.

Very scary moment when he twisted his angle in the fourth set, it looked really bad and when he couldn`t really walk after ..."oh myyy.." luckily the trainer came and he could continue, i hope his ankle is ok.

Shadow
01-21-2005, 03:03 PM
Word according to Marat

Marat Safin endured a four-set, third-round win over Mario Ancic at the Australian Open on Friday, then shared his detailed preparation for the match. Or not.

Asked if he enjoyed playing in the heat of the afternoon or at night, Safin, who has been finalist here in two of the last three years, didn't need to think too long about his reply.

"In the afternoon, you wake up, have breakfast in bed, come out and play tennis," replied Safin, adding "life is too short" not to make the most of such opportunities. Only Safin, known for his wisecracking, carefree quips, could get away with referring to a sleep-in and breakfast in bed as a missed opportunity.

A few other Safinisms from Friday:

Do you feel yourself getting smarter?: "I'm getting older. I'm going to be a quarter of a century in this world. This will be my seventh year on the tour, you have to learn something."

Safin, who turns 25 next Thursday, was also asked if he regretted his reputation as an often tempestuous guy on the court and a free spirit off it.

"I have to live with that," he said. "I don't regret anything what I did before. Nothing, zero, because it had to happen to be here. If it would be a different way, I might not be here at all."

thelma
01-21-2005, 03:11 PM
http://foxsports.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,5001,411242,00.jpg

Saf-fan
January 20, 2005

Love your work ... fans of Russian star Marat Safin stretch desperately for a signature from the No.4 seed. Safin has lost just 11 games on his way through to the third round.

Shadow
01-21-2005, 03:51 PM
Meet the more laid-back Marat


No broken racquets, no Safinettes. Marat, it seems, is wising up, Jake Niall reports.

At the French Open last year, Marat Safin dropped his pants. At Wimbledon a few weeks later, he dropped his bundle, saying he had given up during his first-round loss and that the Safinator wouldn't be back. "I give up on Wimbledon," he said, a statement borne of rage that he retracted the next day.

Having shown the French his derriere and given Wimbledon a whack, one wondered what weirdness Marat had in store for Melbourne Park. Safin has serious form here, remember. He's been twice a finalist and conquered Andre Agassi in an epic semi, but was also fined for tanking in the first round of 2000.

In 2002, he acquired a bevy of blonde Russian Safinettes for his Melbourne entourage; 12 months later, the only Russian female in the Safin camp was his mum.

And in Melbourne, as elsewhere, he has dazzled everyone with his deadpan wit and eccentric take on life. Tennis boring? Not while irreverent, moody Marat is serving it up.

And so it is with sadness, speaking from an entertainment perspective, that we announce the passing of mad Marat and his replacement with mature Marat. Having entered his middle 20s, with tennis mortality - and freakish Roger Federer - staring him in the face, he has decided to knuckle down and try to become the player that his talent demands.

Safin has subdued his erratic ways. Good news for tennis, in terms of what happens between those painted lines, but an unfortunate development for the theatre that surrounds the game. The man who broke 68 racquets in one year (2000) has decided he can't afford to "go crazy" any more, though thankfully, he remains champion of the after-match soundbite, an Oscar Wilde in broken English.

his year, there's no entourage, none that we can see anyway, besides his coach Peter Lundgren. When this is pointed out to him, he replies: "I told you - I've grown up."

Yesterday, we saw further evidence of the new, subdued Safin when the Russian was caught in a struggle with another large, big-serving fellow from beyond the old Iron Curtain, Mario Ancic (Croatia). At a crucial juncture in the fourth set, with a break in hand, Safin twisted his troublesome right ankle.

He limped off and called for the trainer. The bandages on the dodgy ankle were re-taped, he swallowed some pain-killers and promptly headed back to the court. There were no yelps, bouncing racquets, anguished expressions - just a calm acceptance and a resolve to get through the set. "I played quite a good game afterwards."

Safin says losing the plot is not an option for the quieter, gentler Marat. "I'm trying," he told The Age. "It's really helping me to be able to control myself on court, to be able to think better on the court and I'm not going crazy because once you go crazy, you can't really see what a point is doing."

The impression of some circuit insiders is that Safin might have toned down his off-court activities, too - a suggestion Safin scotches, on the grounds that he was never really a party boy anyway. He calls this perception "bullshit" and he wonders aloud why he developed this persona. A hint, Marat: you had four Russian blondes in your courtside box one year.

"I never did anything crazy, I think, going out and stuff like that. Just for some reason, people start to speak this way. I don't know. But I never, ever had the chance to choose between pleasure and business. I always choose business. That's what I'm doing. I would never do anything crazy . . . to waste my time in business."

A critical platform in the creation of the new model Marat has been the arrival of his coach, Lundgren, Federer's former mentor, who became the key adviser for Team Safin in May last year.

"The years before, I didn't have a proper coach," said Safin, who chewed up several coaches, including Mats Wilander. "It was difficult for me to find a good coach, to be able to support me in a way. I had no other choice. I had not enough experience.

"He (Lundgren) made a huge difference in my career. He knows what he's doing . . . You listen to him because he has experience. I listen to him, that's why the results are here."

It goes without saying Lundgren's predecessors weren't given the same hearing.

He's working harder than before, but not just mindlessly bashing balls for hours on end. "Yeah, I'm working pretty hard. (But) it's not the quantity, it's the quality . . . because otherwise you can make five hours of shitty training."

Safin has not stopped making comments that would be considered outrageous if they came from the mouth of any other present-day professional, including an apparent dissing of his sister Dinara, whom he said would "miss the train" if she didn't get serious about work.

He thinks too much was made of this, though he hasn't spoken to Dinara since the comments. "I'd never say anything bad, anything to hurt the feelings of my sister, especially with my family." Women, he says, "are very delicate people".

Safin, who was ranked in the 60s during his 2004 nadir, didn't find focus in the fear that he might also find himself stranded at the station. "No . . . at the age of 20, I already achieved everything what I wanted to achieve, to be No.1 in the world. I won a grand slam. It would never happen that a train went by and I didn't jump on it."

That said, he welcomed the comparison with Agassi, the once-wayward kid and wastrel who, about Safin's age, felt time's winged chariot at his back and abruptly matured. "I pray for this," he said of Agassi's example. "I really hope so."

The Age

Shadow
01-21-2005, 03:57 PM
Temper is Safin sound ... for now
Bruce Matthews
22jan05

FOR a player renowned for racquet-smashing rampages, Marat Safin has so far been as meek and attentive to the job as a choir boy.

That's not to say the smouldering Russian volcano won't blow a fissure at Melbourne Park . . . but not if Marat can avoid it.
Three strength-sapping five-setters reduced Safin to Federer fodder in last year's Australian Open final and he's determined to conserve energy during this title campaign.

So he was pleased it required less than three hours to ease past talented young Croatian Mario Ancic 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 yesterday to reach the fourth round.

"I'm much more comfortable right now than I was last year. I'm playing a little bit smarter," Safin said.
"Whenever I have the opportunity, just keep it as short as I can because it's a long tournament and there's no need to waste energy on something that you don't have to.

"I'm saving myself, trying to keep myself calm on the court because against these players, like Ancic, you go crazy and you might never come back.

"He will feel straight away that I'm not there, so he will take his opportunity and he can win this match.

"So basically I'm saving my energy, my power, try to stay calm and think properly what I have to do to beat him."

Ancic, the 28th seed, was a potentially fatal foe if the old Safin had turned up with a wandering mind and penchant for racquet abuse.

But the only hiccup for the world No. 4 this time was an ankle scare at the end of the third game in the fourth set.

It seemed Safin was in trouble when he toppled face down on centre court and he called for a tour trainer after limping to his chair.

He took a three-minute injury timeout to have the right ankle heavily strapped -- and his supporters were relieved to watch him sweep through the next game to love with his heavy serve and unhindered movement.

"I've had a lot of problems with this ankle before. I wanted to be a little bit safer, so I asked for it to be taped more and he gave my some pills, painkillers, because it was really painful. I played quite a good game afterwards and it will be OK," the fourth seed said.

Safin, who turns 25 next week, didn't shy away from his temper tantrums in the past, explaining them as part of the development into the improved player now pressing to build on his 2000 US Open crown.

"You have to pass through this stage. I think I just passed it and I'm much calmer. I don't regret anything I did before because it had to happen (for me) to be here. If it had been a different way, I might not be here at all," Safin said.

What hasn't changed is Safin's blunt honesty. He blasted little sister Dinara two days ago and this time he turned his attention on Russia's young male players.

He agreed the group of high-ranked women players had garnered far more attention at home than the men.

"But it hasn't been any wake-up call to the guys, to the juniors. They don't get it. It's just sad to see," he said.

"It should be a wake-up call for the upcoming guys, to see what's going on. They choose the easier way, you know, like easy life for some reason."

Herald Sun

Shadow
01-21-2005, 04:08 PM
Safin Savours Less Court Time


In a stark warning to his rival title contenders, Russian Marat Safin admits he is feeling 'much more comfortable' this year at the Australian Open after cruising through the first three rounds compared to the torturous path he took to last year's final.

The No.4 seed lost the final in straight sets to world No.1 Roger Federer and it was hardly surprising considering Safin played a staggering 27 sets - three four-setters and three five-setters including the quarter-final against Andy Roddick and a semi-final against Andre Agassi - just to reach the final.

In fact the total number of sets Safin played at Melbourne Park last year (30) equalled the record set by Harold Solomon at the 1976 French Open for most number of sets played at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era as Safin spent a staggering 21 hours and six minutes on court.

But Safin's path to the business end of this year's centenary tournament could hardly have been smoother - he dropped his first set on Day Five during his third-round win over Croatian No.28 seed Mario Ancic but still ultimately cruised home 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4.

And this after losing a total of just 11 games during his first two victories!

And Safin, who was also runner-up at Melbourne Park in 2002, has no doubt this will hold him in good stead as he bids to add a second Grand Slam title to his 2000 US Open crown.

"I'm much more comfortable right now than I was last year because (then) I had a lot of tough matches in the first week and this week has been a little bit easier," Safin said.

"I'm playing a little bit smarter and I'm just trying to save my time on the court and try to be focused from the first point and try to keep it short."

"I just want to keep it as short as I can because it's a long tournament and there is no need to waste the energy on something that you don't have to."

Safin's bid to save as much energy as possible for the all-important second week of the tournament has also extended to his on-court behaviour and there has certainly been no sign so far this week of his famously fiery nature.

"Basically I'm trying (to stay calm) and I'm saving my energy, my power and trying to stay calm and think properly about what I have to do."

However when asked whether that meant his racquet throwing days were over, Safin jokingly replied: "It will come soon."

"If you are asking me for it, I will do it."

Safin is seeded to meet Federer in the semi-finals but admits he is not yet thinking of another match-up with the world No.1 and the reigning Australian, Wimbledon and US Open champion.

"It's still a little bit too far (away)," Safin said.

"I mean of course in the back of your mind you're still thinking a little bit further than the third or fourth round but there is still a lot of great players (left in the tournament).

Safin will next face tricky Belgian Olivier Rochus, who at 165cm is one of the shortest players on tours, in a match the big Russian described as 'a tough one'.

"He's not so tall but he is very dangerous," Safin said.

"He's really tough to beat and he has all the talent in the world."

KCVH
01-21-2005, 04:51 PM
Very good win vs. the dangerous serve & volleyer M. Ancic :D

Kiara
01-21-2005, 05:01 PM
OMG look what I found :bounce: this is soooooooooooo hilarious !! sorry if this has already been posted http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/interactive/tv/20050116.html

Kiara
01-21-2005, 05:03 PM
Did Marat make a LOSER sign at that guy :rolls:

Vass
01-21-2005, 06:43 PM
Did Marat make a LOSER sign at that guy :rolls:
No. It was more like a "short guys have long..." sign.

Btw. I hate that guy. :rolleyes: Marat handled him very well in the end: "because of people like you". Plain and simple.

Shadow
01-21-2005, 07:33 PM
new eurosport video interview

http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/v4/l0/s57/playermultimedia_lng0_rub9_spo57_ven19193.shtml


so funny with Ollie (he did grew up but in a different way :lol: ) :) :D Marat seems to admire Ollie a lot, he is always praising him and saying what an impressive player he is.

thelma
01-21-2005, 07:41 PM
Calmer, more mature Safin lowers the volume as he nears age 25

By PAUL ALEXANDER

Marat Safin pondered the question: Could he tame himself like Andre Agassi, a former wild child who became a family man while maintaining the drive to win?

"I really pray for this," Safin said after his 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 third-round victory over Croatia's Mario Ancic at the Australian Open on Friday. Then he laughed. "Life you cannot take too serious," he said. "It's just a sport, at the end of the day."

Safin's temper was once unrivaled. During the 2000 season he smashed 50 rackets during competition. He was asked one time at Wimbledon if rackets are tougher to break on grass.

"They break very fast, believe me, on any surface," he replied.

But the Russian who won the U.S. Open in 2000 and reached No. 1 in the rankings two months later clearly has lowered the volume on his temper. He turns 25 on Thursday and says he has matured, though there's no sign he is ready to give up the bachelor life that over the years has featured an entourage of any number of women.


An injury-plagued 2003, when his ranking plummeted to 66th, provided time for reflection while refuelling his desire to be the best.

"I'm getting older," he said. "Soon I am going to be a quarter of a century in this world. At least I have to learn something. I don't regret anything what I did before, nothing, zero, because it had to happen to be here. You have to pass through this stage. I think I just passed it and I'm much calmer."

He still bears his emotions, making primal screams after errors or burying his face in his hands. But so far, he has broken no rackets on court this year.

"I'm trying to save myself as long as I can, try to keep myself calm on the court also because against these kind of players, like Ancic, you go crazy and you might never come back," he said. "Basically, I'm trying and I'm saving my energy, my power, try to stay calm and think properly what I have to do to beat him."

Unlike last year, when he came into the season-opening Grand Slam as an unknown quantity, then surged into the finals - where he lost to Roger Federer - Safin is among the favourites again, seeded fourth.

He looked tight while just missing the lines early against Ancic, but broke the 2004 Wimbledon semifinalist in the fifth game. He finished off the first set with a pair of aces after squandering a 40-0 lead.

Both players became increasingly irritable as their unforced errors piled up, muttering to themselves or yelling in anguish at missed opportunities. Safin often hung his head or stared at his racket. At one point, he rapped his head with his knuckles, trying to regain focus.

"It's a wake-up call," Safin said. "Sometimes my head goes away and doesn't come back - I have to get it back here."

After going up 2-0 in the fourth set, Safin tried to go for a backhand, rolled his right ankle and went down as Ancic held to pull within 2-1. Safin already had the ankle taped, as he has over the last two years. A trainer reinforced the wrap during the changeover.

Earlier in his career, he might have used the injury as an excuse to lose. Not this time.

The injury "took all the pressure a little bit from me in the match because I was a little bit uptight," he said. "When I twist my ankle, I just kind of stopped a little bit thinking about the way I'm playing. And I played quite good game afterwards."

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Tennis/AustralianOpen/2005/01/21/k012110A.jpg
Marat Safin of Russia, fourth seed, serves to Mario Ancic of Croatia, 28th seed, during their third round match at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday. (AP/Rick Stevens)

Jennay
01-21-2005, 10:23 PM
Yaay Marat :yeah:

maratski
01-21-2005, 10:35 PM
I've seen the match and am glad Marat got a test on court. Getting easy first rounds sometimes leads to not being match tough when it matters so it's all good imo.

I've read the interview and the muslim in me detects some nice things. Marat always says that he doesn't even know if he'll still be alive at a certain point (when journalists refer to the future). He doesn't say Inshallah (if allah wants to), but his words sometimes have such a meaning.
He also says things like whatever happened or happens has a reason. I as a muslim believe that too. There's a reason why he has underachieved (if that's the term you want to use) and there are reasons why he has matured now.
He may not fast, pray, etc. but deep down inside he definitely has some muslims traits and I like that.

Onto Rochus now. ;) I think Marat can handle him easier on Rebound Ace then on other surfaces and I've got faith in him. :)

BTW I was once again awake all night, but didn't turn on my tv. ;)

Damita
01-21-2005, 11:47 PM
New clips on Safin Lounge :p (from the match vs Ancic)
http://home.iprimus.com.au/beethoven2001/marat/

Shadow
01-22-2005, 11:08 AM
I've read the interview and the muslim in me detects some nice things. Marat always says that he doesn't even know if he'll still be alive at a certain point (when journalists refer to the future). He doesn't say Inshallah (if allah wants to), but his words sometimes have such a meaning.
He also says things like whatever happened or happens has a reason. I as a muslim believe that too. There's a reason why he has underachieved (if that's the term you want to use) and there are reasons why he has matured now.
He may not fast, pray, etc. but deep down inside he definitely has some muslims traits and I like that.

I`ve always noticed these things too and found it very interesting. But I didn`t know it has to do with muslims traits... I always thought its just his mentality. (its still, of course). Thats nice to know, thanks.

mer
01-22-2005, 11:15 AM
I dare say this has nothing to do with Marat beeing a muslim. It's because of him beeing Russian. Most of russians are used to thinking the way Marat does.

maratski
01-22-2005, 12:34 PM
I just noticed it and the fact that all muslims are like that. Don't know much about russians, but you could be right.

Belgian tv will show live tennis at 5.30am, but I don't know yet whether to wake up or not and which channel to tape tennis on. I might tape on two channels I think. ;)

EternalFlame
01-22-2005, 03:08 PM
Marat's match is the 4th match at the Vodafone Arena. Before that there are two doubles matches which may be long matches, and Sharapova's match. And the 4th match in Rod Laver Arena is Serena's match. The question is if Eurosport will show Marat's match or not?

thelma
01-22-2005, 03:10 PM
Go Martat! :banana:

Good luck! :yeah:

Vass
01-22-2005, 06:00 PM
I dare say this has nothing to do with Marat beeing a muslim. It's because of him beeing Russian. Most of russians are used to thinking the way Marat does.

They do? hmm. I should speak to Russians more often.

MissFairy
01-22-2005, 06:05 PM
good luck safin
go get him :bigclap:
i just put some money on your behind, dont let me down :) :) :)

sol
01-22-2005, 07:03 PM
The wit of Safin
By LEO SCHLINK
23jan05

MARAT Safin brooks no fools.

The most quotable man in tennis after the sadly departed Goran Ivanisevic, Safin contrives the impression humour is as important to the cossack as grand slam excellence.
It is an invention many of his admirers -- and detractors -- believe to be a protective device.

Turning 25 on Thursday, Safin enters the tennis equivalent of middle age accused of failing to capitalise on a rare talent.

He bristles at the suggestion, with a smile.

"With all respect, I have been No.1 in the world and have won 14 tournaments, five of them Masters Series events," the 2000 US Open champion said.

"If you look at my portfolio, it's not such a bad career that I'm having. And two more finals of a grand slam also -- sorry, I forgot."

Safin is having a good Australian Open, producing the title-winning form that makes a nonsense of the supposed importance of the Hopman Cup exhibition in Perth, where he lost six matches in succession.

Since arriving at Melbourne Park, the wins have flowed as rapidly as the post-match jokes.

Novak Djokovic, Bohdan Ulihrach and Mario Ancic have all tried to dismantle the turbulent Safin game, only to be steamrolled by the Russian juggernaut.

Twice beaten in Australian Open finals, by Thomas Johansson and Roger Federer, Safin is a seriously good player with a penchant for the outlandish.

"We are just tennis players -- who cares about us?" he once said before trying to further debase his standing with a broader observation.

"You don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, so it's OK.

"One day, I will die. I don't mind. I cannot wait for something bad to happen all the time.

"I cannot be scared in case something's going to happen to me tomorrow.

"I live my life. I like the way I'm living. I don't need a bodyguard. I'm not the president. I'm just here to play tennis and make some money.

"I try to win a tournament. I try to make people happy and see them smile.

"That's my job."

And then, by way of contradiction, he declares: "It would be a pity to spend probably the best years of my life just living with tennis. It would be the biggest mistake of my life."

It is, of course, a blind.

To watch Safin agonising over a dropped set against Ancic in the third round was to appreciate the intensity of man who would prefer the world to believe he does not care.

He will today face Belgian Olivier Rochus in a familiar battle of Little and Large. Rochus stung the towering baseliner with a four-set Wimbledon victory in 2003, a defeat that rocked Safin.

Having reconsolidated a place among the sport's elite with a tremendous 2004 season, Safin has surged back to contention since teaming with Federer's former coach Peter Lundgren.

"He explains to me what I have to do," Safin said.

"I have been learning from my mistakes. Now is the time to take advantage of it."

The main gain, however, has been psychologically.

"I have to be a little more selfish," he said.

"You cannot be hard on yourself. It's already enough to play against the opponent, that he is trying to beat you.

"Just try to be positive. If it doesn't go your way, so what are you going to do? Can't fight it.

"I'm getting older. Soon I'm going to be a quarter of a century in this world. That's a big number.

"At least, I have to learn something. Years and years and after years and years, you learn something here."

Mats Wilander, who coached the Russian in 2001, believes part of the perception Safin has not done justice to his talent stems from his hammering of Sampras in the US Open final.

"He was never going to play a match like that again," Wilander once said. "Yet he could be extremely critical of himself because he felt he should be able to play like that all the time.

"I would say nobody has a better all-round game than Safin. Roger Federer is obviously very close, but these are the two most natural players of the past 10 years.

"It was thanks to his talent that Safin won the US Open title over Sampras. He was one of the best juniors in the world because of his talent and he remains one of the best because of his talent.

"Of course, he has more than just talent. He is very accomplished tactically and has excellent court smarts.

"Safin gets frustrated -- and the frustration comes from being too talented.

"Often, Safin shows that frustration on the court by smashing his racquet or getting down on himself for long periods.

"He's also known for making entertaining comments at news conferences. He's seen as being a little mad. He's just mad on the outside."

And have no doubt, smart where it counts.

I won't be online to post here because I'm going to mu parent's home this evening. Good luck, Marat! :yeah: :angel:

EternalFlame
01-23-2005, 06:42 AM
They are showing Serena vs. Nadia Petrova... :sad:
And Marat is broken in the first game I guess... :confused:
Well Good Luck Marat ! :)

Cris
01-23-2005, 10:21 AM
Marat won :yeah: 4-6 - 7-6(1) - 7-6(5) - 7-6(2)
3 TB in a row :eek: Can't wait to read the reports and interview :)

Vass
01-23-2005, 10:25 AM
Horribe horrible!

66Ues! He has 78 winners, but the match was realy about the errors. His break point conversion needs a liitle improvement. I know that 1/18 is satisfactory, but it's not good either... He asked the umpire how many break points he lost when he lost his 15th.

Ollie was incredibe at time, but realy... It would have been 3 easy sets if Marat played without the errors.

Weird thing: he couldn't even ace Oli properly for a long time1 His second serve winning % was so low, although I can only imagine Oli returning it at the hight above his head.

anyway, i didn't see the match and no one saw the complete match... I might be wrong. Maybe he played amazing tennis.

the only thing I think about at this point is this: how will he play against Agassi (who had no UEs lately at all) or Federer, ofcourse if he ever gets there.

mer
01-23-2005, 10:26 AM
Oh my! I almost got a heartbreak watching this match. Marat, please have a mercy for us next time!!!

Shadow
01-23-2005, 10:32 AM
oh my... what a match. luckily he did it. I was dying in front of the tv. (eurosport only showed the third and fourth set)
Anyway there was a lot of oafing from Marat, Ollie just drives him crazy... and whenever he had breakpoints u knew he would waste them :rolleyes: 1 from 18 :o :rolls: It would have been a totally different story... anyway, Ollie is really though, he played some great tennis and u really have to FIGHT HIM DOWN.
Marat had 29 aces, 78 winners, 66 UE ( :mad: ). if he just wouldn`t have those errors...
He served VERY well the last 2 sets and especially in the fourth set.
I had the feeling after he smashed the racket very hard, and could get his anger out he got a bit more relaxed and could play more free. He was 95% dominating the rallys, but it ended either with an error or a winner.

Next is Hrbaty.

Shadow
01-23-2005, 10:40 AM
oh yeah and Peter was so much into this match. Everytime they showed him he was screaming to marat, fistpumping, standing up etc.

junekidd
01-23-2005, 10:42 AM
thanks for your reports andrea and vass. :hug:

I got no coverage. but from the statistic... it is very clear. I just want to :rolleyes: so many UEs and wasting so many BP!!! :mad:

well, the win is the win. I am very happy today not only cos he survived the tough match but also I survived the exams. so I am in the best mood now. :bounce:

still, 3 TB win for Marat, can we say it is a kind of improvement from him? ;)

Meeek
01-23-2005, 10:44 AM
My God, what a horror!!

First 2 sets we're awful. Marat went nuts and broke his racket. Smashed it about 4 times.
Argues with the ump because he got warned for swearing. He said it wasn't swearing but he was just talking to himself. "I play a shitty game" he said.
He made LOTS of UE's...so frustrating. 18 BP's...he only grabbed one.

He has been saying that he calmed down, but that definitly didn't show today.

He won, but that's more luck than wisdom, as we say in Dutch ;) He really needs to get his head together and come up with a better game against Hrbaty.

Shadow
01-23-2005, 10:46 AM
Vass the match wasn`t horrible nore ugly, it was a very entertaining match. at least what i saw in the third and fourth set. I dont know about the first 2. Yes he made lots and lots of errors, but there were many amazing rallys, beautiful tennis finished with great shots, Ollie just brought everything back and that frustrated Marat to hell and he made the error. Kudos to Ollie too.
Of course it was NOT an amazing match of Marat, but it was a great test for him and he got through.

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-23-2005, 10:46 AM
Horribe horrible!
Disagree. Marat's UEs were, in fact, mostly caused by Rochus's play. He played freaking unbeliveable. I saw the last two sets, Marat played well, but Rochus was on fire. He run down everything. He played like he's a top10 at least. Shots that could be winners against anyone else, he put back, and aggressively at that. Marat was constantly trying to go for the lines to breach Ollie's defence somehow, hence more errors.

That's not to say that Marat's play doesn't need improvement. His footwork was subpar, sometimes he just looked heavy out there. Netplay was atrocious. And he broke a racket, naughty boy! But he hung up there and won 3 tie-breaks back to back. Proud of him, way to go!

Cris
01-23-2005, 10:46 AM
Thanks Vass, Andrea and Myke! :hug: Still too many UE's and wasted chances. It's terrible to follow Marat's matches on scoreboards, specially when he plays 3 TB. I hate ESPN! :fiery:

Shadow
01-23-2005, 10:58 AM
That's not to say that Marat's play doesn't need improvement. His footwork was subpar, sometimes he just looked heavy out there.

yeah he definetly was moving badly out there. I hope it isn`t because his ankle is still bothering :(



And he broke a racket, naughty boy!

i think it was needed. after he broke the racket and could let out his anger, he played better and was pretty calm until the end, so it wasn`t that bad. Because if he lets his anger inside, he can`t play freely and it will explode when its already too late.

EternalFlame
01-23-2005, 11:09 AM
I'm so glad he survived this match. At one moment I thought it was gone, when he threw his racquet and was a break down in the third set. (he broke it in three attempts :p) But he knew he was gonna win. He never thought of tanking any of the sets.
The break points won are less then 6% :eek: :eek: It was frustrating indeed.
The serve was very good in the last two sets. (I didn’t see the first two)
Just too many UE’s. But Ollie pushed him a lot too. You know he runs a lot and Marat had to go for the lines.
Also Marat and Ollie had a great communication between them. They had a lot of respect. At the change in the third set, Marat changed his shirt, all the girls were yelling. Then Ollie changed his shirt too and the girls were yelling again. Marat looked at Ollie with a big grin on his face. Ollie smiled too. That was too funny. :lol:. And Marat was too sweet. :hug:
Overall, it was a good fight by Marat against a very tough player. It could have been easier if he played beter at the bp’s.
Well Done and good luck against Hrbaty :D

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-23-2005, 11:09 AM
i think it was needed. after he broke the racket and could let out his anger, he played better and was pretty calm until the end, so it wasn`t that bad. Because if he lets his anger inside, he can`t play freely and it will explode when its already too late.Possibly. I just don't like it when he does that. It gives me bad flashbacks. But maybe Lundgren is also coaching him on how to vent productively? God bless you, Peter!

Shadow
01-23-2005, 11:11 AM
Possibly. I just don't like it when he does that. It gives me bad flashbacks. But maybe Lundgren is also coaching him on how to vent productively? God bless you, Peter!

well, Ollie smashed his racket, too, in the fourth set. I guess he is also a naughty boy.
Peter is definetly trying to do this.

Shadow
01-23-2005, 11:12 AM
Also Marat and Ollie had a great communication between them. They had a lot of respect. At the change in the third set, Marat changed his shirt, all the girls were yelling. Then Ollie changed his shirt too and the girls were yelling again. Marat looked at Ollie with a big grin on his face. Ollie smiled too. That was too funny. :lol:. And Marat was too sweet. :hug:

oh yes, You can see that they admire each other. Both are so sweet guys.

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-23-2005, 11:17 AM
well, Ollie smashed his racket, too, in the fourth set. I guess he is also a naughty boy. Definitely.

Vass
01-23-2005, 11:24 AM
Disagree. Marat's UEs were, in fact, mostly caused by Rochus's play.
UNFORCED errors. Come on!

Don't tell me that Rochus can outplay Marat when Marat is playing well!

Shadow
01-23-2005, 11:28 AM
UNFORCED errors. Come on!

Don't tell me that Rochus can outplay Marat when Marat is playing well!

No. But he gets everything back whereas against another player Marat already would have had the winner and so it causes errors.

Kiara
01-23-2005, 11:39 AM
Marat! way to have 2896923846928364928364923649236492 breakpoints and convert...one :rolleyes:

Nonetheless that was a GREAT match from both players :worship:, Oli :hearts: :hearts: he has SO much heart, I hope this is a sign of great things to come from him. Both players showing tremendous respect for each other :worship:

Marat's serve kept him in that match, good to see him approach the net and be agressive a lot more, gutsy moves by him.( eventually it will pay off Marat ;) )

some stupid errors on the Rochus' second serve, but mostly Oli playing percentage tennis, drawing errors from Marat.

Marat played better after chucking that racquet :D :yeah: to productive venting! :D I hope he wont be so sluggish against hrbaty :scared: Marat/Hrbaty matches are always entertaining, hard to top this one though. Marat showed alot of fight out there, proud of him. :hearts:

BelgianWaffle
01-23-2005, 11:42 AM
it was a greatly entertaining match. Marat played good. Not spectacular but definitely not as "shitty" as he himself said ;)
Ollie -> :hatoff:

:lol: at the striptease moment, that was hilarious

mer
01-23-2005, 11:47 AM
Marat played better after chucking that racquet

I really think it's a mistake for Safin to try to stay calm. He can't cahnge his nature and holding back his frustration can be destructive.

Kiara
01-23-2005, 11:52 AM
UNFORCED errors. Come on!

Don't tell me that Rochus can outplay Marat when Marat is playing well!

:shrug: most of those ue's were due to Marat trying to hit the ball too hard or go for too much, or losing his patience with Oli who was keeping the ball in play all the time. Marat should be more patient and wait form his opportunities instead of going for high risk low% shots to keep points short :( Cunning little Oli ;)

Vass
01-23-2005, 11:53 AM
I really think it's a mistake for Safin to try to stay calm. He can't cahnge his nature and holding back his frustration can be destructive.
I don't think it's bad in general. It's good.
I also have the same emotion oncourt when I'm playing. I usually can't or DON"T WANT to let anything go... If I'm mad I almost want to stay mad. I focus on it.

I'm not saying that Marat has to bottle his emotions up.. He must not focus on the anger, that's all... That helps. Bottling up means that you stay angry but don't show it. What marat has to do is stop being angry quickly.

Kiara
01-23-2005, 11:54 AM
:lol: at the striptease moment, that was hilarious

:rolls: :drool: nice to see Oli get some love too :yeah: he's definitely :lick:

thelma
01-23-2005, 12:07 PM
Yay Marat! :yeah: :smooch: .. Olli :drool:

:zzz:

mer
01-23-2005, 12:09 PM
What marat has to do is stop being angry quickly.

Sure. But i'm afraid he can stop being angry only after letting it out, smashing his racket or smth like that.
But anyway I would be only happy if I'm wrong here :-)

JuanChuffy007
01-23-2005, 12:12 PM
:yeah: to Marat!!
:yeah: to Rochus too :worship: He's good...... the ball was like in all the time.....

:lol: at the striptease moment, that was hilarious

:haha: yeah!

Kiara
01-23-2005, 12:15 PM
This open is seriously fucking up my sleeping patterns :(

Bibir
01-23-2005, 12:15 PM
at least his ankle seems ok! :D

oh, time to change my sig. :p

Bibir
01-23-2005, 12:20 PM
This open is seriously fucking up my sleeping patterns :(
Me too. :hug:

It's almost 1:00 pm in Paris...and I'm going to sleep. :lol:

:zzz:

Kiara
01-23-2005, 12:29 PM
It's half one here, I cant sleep :sad:, I have to study and I have classes tomorrow :( :fiery:

Tonite I will have to stay up to watch Hewitt for Nadal, and Myskina for Dechy :( :zzz:

I dont know which Argie to cheer for, I like them both. Luckily Andy has been moved to vodafone tomorrow, thank god.

Vass
01-23-2005, 12:48 PM
This open is seriously fucking up my sleeping patterns :(
It does that almost to everybody. But it's fun!
I even prefer matches for which I have to get up realy early because there would be no onw hogging the computer or telling me to get off immediately.

Shadow
01-23-2005, 12:50 PM
Safin battles Belgian and temper to reach last eight


MELBOURNE -- Marat Safin's dark side reared its head but the racquet-smashing Russian kept his cool -- just -- to book his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals here on Sunday.

Fourth seed Safin had been on his best behaviour throughout the early rounds of the tournament and revealed he had been working to curb his famous temper.

But flashes of the old Safin were back on show before he steadied himself to down Belgium's world No.53 Olivier Rochus 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/2) in a gruelling 3hr 42min contest.

It was a display that showcased the best and worst of the Russian, a beaten finalist here in 2002 and 2004 who will now play Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty in the last eight.

A stream of 78 winners was offset by 66 unforced errors and a powerful service game that saw him uncork 29 aces was countered by his failure to convert only one of 18 break point opportunities.

After growing increasingly frustrated with his error-strewn form, it all got too much for Safin in the third set as he squandered four opportunities for a break that would have cut
Rochus' lead to 2-3.

Instead Rochus held serve after being 0-40 down and took a 4-1 lead. Safin cracked his racquet on the court to earn a code violation and then made sure of smashing it completely by thrashing it against the drinks cooler.

"I was a little bit upset," Safin said afterwards.

"He just didn't let me play. I kept getting so many break point opportunities but I just couldn't take them and that was irritating because I knew that it could be important. I let some anger out."

Safin's blow-up had followed several exchanges with Swiss chair umpire Andreas Egli, who had gently warned the 24-year-old to watch his language. – AFP

Aurora
01-23-2005, 01:03 PM
You guys have said it all. A few remarks.

Movement should definitely improve, it's the foundation of good tennis and it always irritates me how sloppy he can get at it. You can just see him think "I've got this ball", if he isn't perfect on it and it isn't a clean winner, the result is either an error or a retrieval by the opponent, ending in frustration by the hippo himself.

I was happy to see Marat vent the anger in a very concentrated way, it was building up too much and blinding him. He played better afterwards, didn't he?

I guess I was looking forward too much to this match, and I found myself a little apathic watching it. I guess Marat wasn't able to perform really well and also Oli was a bit off, not as near-perfect as the matches before.



:scratch: I think I'm gonna go to bed early and get up at 5:30 like I did today to see Nadal and the Argentinean duel. Myskina will trash Dechy, I'll see her in the quarters! :wavey:

KCVH
01-23-2005, 01:40 PM
Into QF as expected :)

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-23-2005, 02:08 PM
UNFORCED errors. Come on!

Don't tell me that Rochus can outplay Marat when Marat is playing well!From what I've seen of Rochus, he's a bit like Myskina in this regard. Every time she wins against a big hitter, there are talks about her opponents having an off day and hitting too many errors, while in truth she draws those errors from them with her retrieveing and tactical play. I think that may be the partial reason why Marat was playing "poorly" - Ollie forced him to play so. Kudos to him for still coming through.

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-23-2005, 02:10 PM
Instead Rochus held serve after being 0-40 down and took a 4-1 lead. Safin cracked his racquet on the court to earn a code violation and then made sure of smashing it completely by thrashing it against the drinks cooler.

"I was a little bit upset," Safin said afterwards.
Understatement of the day.

junekidd
01-23-2005, 02:17 PM
have a good dream all! :wavey:
another reason why I love AO is I need not to stay up for its all matches! that is really unusual for me. only these two weeks can I get both the great tennis and great sleep. :yeah:

thanks for all your reports again. :worship:

maratski
01-23-2005, 02:17 PM
Marat should be grateful for having a good serve cause it saved his ass once again. Kudos to Ollie for playing such a good match and he's the new Belgian #1. :)

I loved the striptease as well. Marat just looked at Ollie and laughed his ass off. :lol: I've always liked the racket smashing and Marat needs it. I'm afraid of what will happen if Marat lets his anger inside for TOO long (meaning when he won't break rackets at all). That thought scares me. ;)

I don't worry about the errors cause Marat is no Martina Hingis who plays smart tennis and waits for the opponents to make errors. Many winners, many errors and a good serve, that's a good Marat match imho. I'm glad Marat is getting tested like this cause I'm sure it'll help him stay focused. Dominik can give him hell in the next match, but I'm sure Marat will do well then.

Aurora
01-23-2005, 02:42 PM
I'm such a goofball. I don't remember seeing that stripmoment at all. I must have used my one bathroombreak at the totally wrong time. :smash:

Aurora
01-23-2005, 02:43 PM
Dominik can give him hell in the next match, but I'm sure Marat will do well then.gonna bet all your vCash on him again? ;)

maratski
01-23-2005, 03:06 PM
No betting on him then!!!!

Last night I put 1300 something on him. ;)

Kiara
01-23-2005, 03:06 PM
Myskina will trash Dechy

I can see that coming too, :sad: :sad: I hope it wont be too ugly. Please fight Nat :bounce:

Kiara
01-23-2005, 03:07 PM
good thing Marat sleeps at 10.30 he will need to conserve all his energy for the Dominator ;)

Aurora
01-23-2005, 03:08 PM
No betting on him then!!!!

Last night I put 1300 something on him. ;) I noticed. Made me think "why the heck not" and I reeled in a big load too :).
I'm getting so addicted to that. Yesterday I was on the train home and I actually pondered on my betting strategy. :o
luckily I'm too scared to try it with real money.



oh wait, I don't have any money.

Vass
01-23-2005, 03:10 PM
I can see that coming too, :sad: :sad: I hope it wont be too ugly. Please fight Nat :bounce:
I'm hoping for a quickest match possible because I I leave to school at 7:30 and it will start at about 6 my time...

maratski
01-23-2005, 03:12 PM
good thing Marat sleeps at 10.30 he will need to conserve all his energy for the Dominator ;)

Call me crazy, but I sometimes can't help but think Marat had some wild sex nights in Melbourne in 2002 and was therefore slow at the start of matches. :o :o :o

It's good to hear he's having quiet nights in Melbourne. He's on a mission as we know, but I hope that in case he won't win the AO he won't be too disappointed. I mean Marat has put a lot of work and all in his preparations and in case that doesn't pay out the way he wants it to, he can give up the new approach and oaf again.

maratski
01-23-2005, 03:15 PM
I noticed. Made me think "why the heck not" and I reeled in a big load too :).
I'm getting so addicted to that. Yesterday I was on the train home and I actually pondered on my betting strategy. :o
luckily I'm too scared to try it with real money.



oh wait, I don't have any money.

I'm not into real betting, but when I'm almost 100% sure I'll win the bet, I do it.

Real money. I've got enough to pay bills and clothes and all, but that's it. Actually it's enough for me right now. There really is no motivation to find a job. ;)

Kiara
01-23-2005, 03:23 PM
Call me crazy, but I sometimes can't help but think Marat had some wild sex nights in Melbourne in 2002 and was therefore slow at the start of matches. :o :o :o

:lol: I prefer to blame it on the heat :angel: but yeah whatever/whoever he did during that tournament, he's still paying for it, everyone still casts that up to him all the time, when he was asked about it in that interview he suddenly went silent and sullen even though he covered it up with a joke, im sure if he could take anything back it would be inviting the boobs to watch his match.

It's good to hear he's having quiet nights in Melbourne. He's on a mission as we know, but I hope that in case he won't win the AO he won't be too disappointed. I mean Marat has put a lot of work and all in his preparations and in case that doesn't pay out the way he wants it to, he can give up the new approach and oaf again.

good point, lets hope it doesnt get to that.

Kiara
01-23-2005, 03:25 PM
I'm hoping for a quickest match possible because I I leave to school at 7:30 and it will start at about 6 my time...

im sure you'll get to see it,all of it. I hope it will be a respectable loss at least :(

Aurora
01-23-2005, 03:31 PM
I'm hoping along with you two, but let's hope he gives it his best and can't blame himself too much; you know, like running into Jesusfed and get buried under the pile of fish & bread he magically makes appear. :angel: But of course I'm hoping Marat can take on the role of David for once and slay the Goliath of tennis (it's sunday, I can make biblicial references ;))

but first up: Hrbaty. I haven't seen him play, but the reports have been impressive, especially about his fitness in the Gaudio-match. Davai Marat!

thelma
01-23-2005, 03:57 PM
http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,12029575-23869,00.html

Safin of old scrapes through
January 23, 2005

MARAT SAFIN's dark side reared its head but the racquet-smashing Russian kept his cool - just - to book his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals today.

Fourth seed Safin had been on his best behaviour throughout the early rounds of the tournament and revealed he had been working to curb his famous temper.

But flashes of the old Safin were back on show before he steadied himself to down Belgium's world No.53 Olivier Rochus 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/2) in a gruelling 3hr 42min contest.

It was a display that showcased the best and worst of the Russian, a beaten finalist here in 2002 and 2004 who will now play Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty in the last eight.

A stream of 78 winners was offset by 66 unforced errors and a powerful service game that saw him uncork 29 aces was countered by his failure to convert only one of 18 break point opportunities.

After growing increasingly frustrated with his error-strewn form, it all got too much for Safin in the third set as he squandered four opportunities for a break that would have cut Rochus' lead to 2-3.

Instead Rochus held serve after being 0-40 down and took a 4-1 lead. Safin cracked his racquet on the court to earn a code violation and then made sure of smashing it completely by thrashing it against the drinks cooler.

"I was a little bit upset," Safin said afterwards.

"He just didn't let me play. I kept getting so many break point opportunities but I just couldn't take them and that was irritating because I knew that it could be important. I let some anger out."

Safin's blow-up had followed several exchanges with Swiss chair umpire Andreas Egli, who had gently warned the 24-year-old to watch his language.

Yet just as it appeared Safin was about to hit the self-destruct button he rediscovered a semblance of composure.

He held serve and then broke Rochus to make it 4-3 before holding to level. The remainder of the set went with serve but Safin shaded the tie-break to take a crucial 2-1 lead.

The fourth set again went with serve to force another tiebreak. Again though, Safin raised his game when it mattered.

[Edit] ;)

thelma
01-23-2005, 04:01 PM
Last Update: Sunday, January 23, 2005. 11:13pm AEDT

http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200501/s1287339.htm

Safin overcomes demons to reach quarters

http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200501/r38998_98200.jpg

Fourth seed Marat Safin of Russia overcame his inner demons and a stubborn opponent in Olivier Rochus to beat the Belgian 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2) to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

The Russian, twice a runner-up at Melbourne Park, received a warning after smashing his racket in anger at missing a succession of break points but battled hard to squeeze into the last eight.

After dropping the first set, Safin pulled level by snatching the second.

The Russian's frustration boiled over in the fifth game of the third when, having missed three chances to break, he smashed his racket and was given a warning by the chair umpire.

Safin finally broke the Rochus serve for the first time on his 16th opportunity before capturing the third set in another tie breaker.

He repeated the feat in the fourth to set up a meeting with 20th seed Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia.

Twelve months ago, Safin won back-to-back five-setters on his way to the final, only to run out of steam against Roger Federer.

Safin said he was feeling good this year heading into the second week.

"It's actually better to have one match like this because if you are winning very easily, once you have a tough match, you might not find yourself in a very comfortable situation," he said.

Aurora
01-23-2005, 04:07 PM
nice adding of cricket news ,Thelma ;). now there's a sport I know absolutely nothing off. not even the rules. seems a bit like baseball in small version, but the scoring and the length of the matches are full of mystery for me!

Aurora
01-23-2005, 04:08 PM
"It's actually better to have one match like this because if you are winning very easily, once you have a tough match, you might not find yourself in a very comfortable situation," he said.you see Ilhame, he agrees with you! ;)

thelma
01-23-2005, 04:11 PM
nice adding of cricket news ,Thelma ;). now there's a sport I know absolutely nothing off. not even the rules. seems a bit like baseball in small version, but the scoring and the length of the matches are full of mystery for me!


OK... done ;)

[Edit] ;)

Aurora
01-23-2005, 04:18 PM
lol, thanks for mentioning the edit, otherwise everyone here would think I'm even more starkraving mad than I already seem ;)

Aurora
01-23-2005, 04:19 PM
starkraving mad ... did I just make that up? :scratch: sounds a bit like something I've heard before. :confused: :help: