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

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maratski
01-23-2005, 03:23 PM
you see Ilhame, he agrees with you! ;)

I'm located inside his brain, of course he agrees with me. ;)

thelma
01-23-2005, 03:26 PM
lol, thanks for mentioning the edit, otherwise everyone here would think I'm even more starkraving mad than I already seem ;)


Hey, swirlingblacklilly!.

I wanted to edit that article. This was not for by your suggestion ;)

Jennay
01-23-2005, 03:35 PM
Well done Marat :D

sol
01-23-2005, 03:43 PM
Well done, Marat! :yeah:

I didn't watch the match :mad: :sad:

Aurora
01-23-2005, 03:45 PM
I'm located inside his brain, of course he agrees with me. ;):scratch: you're inside of him, but you still want to marry him? what's up with that? trying to make the relationship formally recognised?

;)

Denise
01-23-2005, 04:02 PM
Congrats MARAT! :rocker::kiss:
I didn't watch the match as well Sol, Espn sucks only showed Federer's match :mad:

Shadow
01-23-2005, 04:06 PM
Safin finds Rochus a handful
By Dan Oakes
January 24, 2005

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Russian Marat Safin broke his racquet but found it hard to break his rival's serve during his match of attrition against Belgium's Olivier Rochus.
Photo: Vince Caligiuri
Giant-Killing is a term often used in sport, but when Belgium's Olivier Rochus seemed to be marching towards a famous win over Marat Safin last night, it was seldom more appropriate.

Safin eventually clawed the match back, winning 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), and will meet Dominik Hrbaty in the quarter-finals, but for a while it looked as if the fourth seed would be out-muscled by a man 28 centimetres shorter and 30 kilograms lighter than him, not to mention 49 places below him in the rankings.

Rochus had reached the semi-finals in Adelaide and the final in Auckland already this year. He served notice in the first game that Safin was not going to bully him, ripping a breathtaking backhand pass down the line and going on to break the two-time Open runner-up.

The match then became one of attrition, the 1.65-metre Belgian running down every ball, forcing Safin to go for his shots and unveiling the odd winner of his own to demoralise the Russian.

There has been much written about the new, more mature Safin, but when the shoulders slumped, the head dropped and the muttered self-recriminations began, it was a flashback to the days of yore.

By the end of the match, Safin had 18 break points against Rochus, converting only once. And in the fifth game of the third set, Safin delighted the crowd by reducing his racquet to its component parts.

"I couldn't break him. I didn't go for the break points, I was waiting for his mistakes," Safin said. "I was upset about that."

Safin said the 53rd-ranked Rochus was a very underrated player who should be at least in the top 20.

"I knew that it would be a tough match. A lot of people underestimate him (but) he can cause you a lot of problems and he's a really tough player," Safin said.

maratski
01-23-2005, 04:26 PM
:scratch: you're inside of him, but you still want to marry him? what's up with that? trying to make the relationship formally recognised?

;)

I'm everywhere. ;) Sometimes I'm in his head, sometimes I'm with him, sometimes I'm hidden under his shirt,....everywhere. Do you really think Marat pulled his own pants down at RG? That was my work of art! I shrunk and was hiding in his pocket. After that great shot I started pulling the pants and Marat finished it. Team work! ;)

:o :o :o Yes I'm bored, pathetic and a loser ;)

tall_one
01-23-2005, 07:15 PM
starkraving mad ... did I just make that up? :scratch: sounds a bit like something I've heard before. :confused: :help:
nope it is an expression that gets used in the US :)

tall_one
01-23-2005, 07:17 PM
I'm everywhere. ;) Sometimes I'm in his head, sometimes I'm with him, sometimes I'm hidden under his shirt,....everywhere. Do you really think Marat pulled his own pants down at RG? That was my work of art! I shrunk and was hiding in his pocket. After that great shot I started pulling the pants and Marat finished it. Team work! ;)
:haha: :haha: :haha:
:o :o :o Yes I'm bored, pathetic and a loser ;)
no you aren't Ilhame! You just have a really good imagination! :lol:

RogiFan88
01-23-2005, 07:36 PM
Well, VAMOS, Marat! Get rid of that annoying Hrbaty... please!!! I want a Fed-Saf SF!!!!!! Battle of the gifted!

sol
01-23-2005, 08:42 PM
Good luck against Hrbaty, dear! :yeah:

Hrbaty was playing great the last two matches. Be careful ;) :hug:

Safin through to Australian Open last eight after Jekyll-and-Hyde show

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/imagegallery/store/AFP/SGE_DYO62_230105165639_00_quicklook_161x245.jpg

MELBOURNE, Australia : 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.



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.

His 28th ace of the night earned him four match points and he sealed victory with his 29th to the delight of his fans.

_____

Safin finds Rochus a handful
By Dan Oakes
January 24, 2005

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/24/wbsafinthrow_narrowweb__200x270.jpg

Giant-Killing is a term often used in sport, but when Belgium's Olivier Rochus seemed to be marching towards a famous win over Marat Safin last night, it was seldom more appropriate.

Safin eventually clawed the match back, winning 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), and will meet Dominik Hrbaty in the quarter-finals, but for a while it looked as if the fourth seed would be out-muscled by a man 28 centimetres shorter and 30 kilograms lighter than him, not to mention 49 places below him in the rankings.

Rochus had reached the semi-finals in Adelaide and the final in Auckland already this year. He served notice in the first game that Safin was not going to bully him, ripping a breathtaking backhand pass down the line and going on to break the two-time Open runner-up.

The match then became one of attrition, the 1.65-metre Belgian running down every ball, forcing Safin to go for his shots and unveiling the odd winner of his own to demoralise the Russian.

There has been much written about the new, more mature Safin, but when the shoulders slumped, the head dropped and the muttered self-recriminations began, it was a flashback to the days of yore.

By the end of the match, Safin had 18 break points against Rochus, converting only once. And in the fifth game of the third set, Safin delighted the crowd by reducing his racquet to its component parts.

"I couldn't break him. I didn't go for the break points, I was waiting for his mistakes," Safin said. "I was upset about that."

Safin said the 53rd-ranked Rochus was a very underrated player who should be at least in the top 20.

"I knew that it would be a tough match. A lot of people underestimate him (but) he can cause you a lot of problems and he's a really tough player," Safin said.

Hrbaty extended his winning streak over 2002 champion Thomas Johansson to six matches. Johansson has not beaten the 20th seed for almost six years, and yesterday lost 7-5, 6-3, 6-1.

maratski
01-23-2005, 08:49 PM
We're so glad that Marat is playing that we totally missed the latest gf rumours. Walt was seen with a blonde woman and ...you know what follows.

Bibir
01-23-2005, 09:00 PM
We're so glad that Marat is playing that we totally missed the latest gf rumours. Walt was seen with a blonde woman and ...you know what follows.
No, what?....something like : "Walt presents his family...a bunch of torrid blondes". ;) :lol: (AO 2002 transcripts)

sol
01-23-2005, 09:01 PM
:lol: Ilhame ;)

http://specials.rediff.com/sports/2005/jan/23pic1.jpg

Russia's fourth seed Marat Safin shows his frustration during his match against Olivier Rochus of Belgium during day seven of the Australian Open at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday.
Safin overcame a stiff resistance from Rochus as he won 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 to reach the quarter-finals.

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.

"I was a little upset about it (the missed break points) because every break point is very important against him," said Safin. "Then, I couldn't break him and it was psychological and he was taking advantage. He didn't let me play

maratski
01-23-2005, 09:08 PM
Th funny thing is that people blindly believe such stuff. There are like 500 players in total entered in the various AO draws. All of them and their coaches, family, whatever have players passes. The pass gives you full access to every place on the park. She can sit wherever she wants during the AO, thus she can be a total nobody. Besides, Walt likes to talk to everyone so I don't read much into it. ;)

Bibir
01-23-2005, 09:18 PM
Yes, you're right! and we all know that Marat is all about Peter now! ;)

Plus, he has no time for women as he goes to bed at 1O:30 pm. :)

Bibir
01-23-2005, 09:20 PM
I remember last year...Dasha was supposed to be Denis ' girlfriend! :lol:

maratski
01-23-2005, 09:58 PM
I remember that too :haha:

Action Jackson
01-23-2005, 09:59 PM
It's Lundgren's daughter.

maratski
01-23-2005, 10:05 PM
Thanks for the info and have a great day! :kiss:

Don't forget to tell Marat to come and see me in Rotterdam this year!

Action Jackson
01-23-2005, 10:07 PM
Well if I get the chance I will, but since he is a "star" again it's not as easy to say these things.

maratski
01-23-2005, 10:10 PM
Tell him just before he leaves Melbourne, that way he'll have a year to forget about you before appreciating you again in 2006. ;)

Can I post on safinator that she's Peter's girl?

Action Jackson
01-23-2005, 10:11 PM
I was joking about it being Lundgren's girl. His family is a lot younger than that lady, but I can found out who it is.

maratski
01-23-2005, 10:14 PM
oops :o

I think I need to sleep now. ;) Have fun today!

maratski
01-23-2005, 10:15 PM
Rumours on fan forums are annoying so the sooner we know, the sooner tennis will be the main focus on the boards again.

Action Jackson
01-23-2005, 10:16 PM
Very true

Bibir
01-23-2005, 10:19 PM
She's probably denis' girlfriend too. :silly:

This guy is so popular.

Bibir
01-23-2005, 10:21 PM
I forgot the most important!..... I'm not very polite I know. ... :wavey: GWH!

Liberty
01-24-2005, 02:03 AM
How do you guys know that Marat goes to bed at 10.30 p.m?

Kiara
01-24-2005, 02:53 AM
what rumors? :confused: please tell me, i dotn want to go to tgfr or safinator to find out. Hi GWH :wavey: say hi to Rafa from me :D

tall_one
01-24-2005, 03:54 AM
what rumors? :confused: please tell me, i dotn want to go to tgfr or safinator to find out.
there was a blonde sitting next to Walt (pic here) (http://img161.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img161&image=blonde.jpg) and everyone is in fits trying to find out who she is :rolleyes: Christine says she is wearing a press pass, not a pass that Marat gave her :shrug: I don't know the difference, just repeating. so it could be some random person that was talking to Walt :o

Aurora
01-24-2005, 07:56 AM
Marat is third on Rod Laver tomorrow, after Kuzzie-Sharpy and Serena-Momo. :fiery: now I gotta watch the webfeed. but I guess 2 men's matches at night could last too long. :devil: especially with Mr Fitness against Mr Oaf.

onion
01-24-2005, 08:11 AM
Kinda weery about this match against Hrbarty. Hrbarty is in great form and didn't he thrash Safin at the Hopman Cup? Hopefully Safin can pull out some tricks tomorrow cos it's going to be tough. He's going to have to be on top of his game, no doubt! Good luck to him anyway. He has to has to has to has to get through and stop Federer!!!

And erm, don't bite my head off, I'm kinda behind on the news but........what happened to Dasha?

maratski
01-24-2005, 08:52 AM
Lord knows where Dasha is. The rumour though is that she's studying Medicine in the US.

I've got to tape Marat's match, but I don't have time to watch it. I've got a driving lesson at 8am, the exam at 9am and at 11.30am I've got to work. I'll be tempted to check the score in the morning, but then I won't enjoy watching the match. How I'm going to make it through the morning without knowing the score, I don't know. :(

PennyThePenguin
01-24-2005, 11:58 AM
dasha's doing medicine now? hmm...if she can do medicine..how come i'm not doing medicine...:scratch: :haha: :haha: :haha:

okok...sorry..it's the fever getting to me...brains getting addled

Shadow
01-24-2005, 12:21 PM
Rumours on fan forums are annoying so the sooner we know, the sooner tennis will be the main focus on the boards again.

the "rumours" started somewhere, but then some people have to take them to other boards, too, so it gets worse.

Shadow
01-24-2005, 12:27 PM
Randy Moss pretends to drop his pants and receives a $10,000 fine from NFL officials. Last year, Marat Safin actually did the deed at the French Open against Felix Mantilla and was not penalized for that action. Instead, Safin was fined $500 for racket abuse.

"You don't remember [the score]," Safin said. "You remember I dropped the pants. Let's put it this way, John McEnroe, you remember what he did on the court, not what was the score. I'm not saying everybody should do that....But these things, they might help tennis a little bit. I'm not trying to defend myself at all."

His musing followed a win against Olivier Rochus of Belgium in the fourth round Sunday. Safin lost the first set and won the next three, all in tiebreakers. He joked about funding the ATP with his actions.

"They fine me ... enough times I can be also sponsor of the ATP at the time," Safin said.

Shadow
01-24-2005, 12:28 PM
Safin hits a little turbulence
By Mark Hodgkinson in Melbourne
(Filed: 24/01/2005)



Maybe Olivier Rochus should pick on someone his own size. Rochus is, at 5ft 5in, the smallest man in the Australian Open and can barely look any of the ball boys squarely in the eye, but yesterday he had his opponent, some 11 inches taller, totally exasperated and mangling racket frames on the court like the fiery-eyed Marat Safin of old.

Safin has a powerful serve and ferocious groundstrokes, a game that on its day is good enough to destroy anyone in the draw apart from Roger Federer, but he struggled against the greater invention and touch of Rochus. For a set or three, it appeared that Safin, last year's finalist, was in serious trouble against a little fellow who admits that his childhood ambition was "to be tall".

The Rod Laver Arena delighted in this little-and-large fourth-round match, mostly because it killed the thesis that Peter Lundgren, the Russian's coach, has ushered in a period of self-control, that Safin now refrains from eating the handle of his rackets or cracking the frame. He blew up at the start of the third set, hitting the frame with such force that it splintered at both ends.

Up in the players' box, Lundgren smiled as his player was warned. The Swede, Federer's old coach, had anticipated a few uncomfortable moments. This was the third occasion at a grand slam that Safin had encountered problems against Rochus, losing to him on the Wimbledon Centre Court in 2002, and requiring five sets to advance in the French Open the same year.

Rochus knows that he will never have the biggest of serves – he managed one ace to Safin's 29 – but he scurries around the court with incredible energy, and makes his opponent play one more ball than he would have wanted. But he walked tall at the end, pleased with the account he had given of himself in Safin's 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory. Safin meets Dominik Hrbaty, of Slovakia, in the quarter-finals.

Federer extended his winning streak to 25 matches by beating Marcos Baghdatis, a spirited Cypriot qualifier, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 to reach his quarter-final with Andre Agassi. It was the first time in the tournament that Federer, the defending champion, had been made to play a tie-break.

Juan Ignacio Chela has been fined £1,000 after spitting in the direction of Lleyton Hewitt during their fractious third-round match, in which the Argentine had become increasingly irritated by the Australian's cries of "C'mon". When Chela missed an easy volley and heard Hewitt's celebration, he spat at his opponent as they moved to change ends.

Chela, who slammed a ball at Hewitt in the next game, apologised for the incident later but admitted that he "hated" the way that the third seed pumps himself up during matches. Hewitt won in four sets.

Serena Williams was on the way to a comfortable fourth-round victory after taking the first set in 22 minutes, but Russian Nadia Petrova kept the American, the 2003 champion, on court far longer than expected. Williams claimed that Petrova was receiving courtside coaching, which hardly improved the atmosphere for the third set.

Williams eventually won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 and will play Amelie Mauresmo, the second seed, in the quarter-finals. The other quarter-final in the bottom half of the draw will be between Svetlana Kuznetsova and fellow Russian Maria Sharapova, who defeated Italy's Silvia Farina Elia 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Telegraph UK

Shadow
01-24-2005, 12:31 PM
Angry Safin Finds Way Through

Combined Reports MELBOURNE, Australia -- Fourth seed Marat Safin 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 quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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.

"He's a really tough player," the former U.S. Open champion said.

"A lot of people underestimate him and he can cause you a lot of trouble. He reads the game well, he is very fast and has a great forehand."

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 umpire.

Safin finally broke the Rochus serve for the first time on his 16th opportunity.

"I was a little upset about [the missed break points] because every break point is very important against him," said Safin.

"Then, I couldn't break him and it was psychological and he was taking advantage. He didn't let me play."

Having regained his concentration, Safin captured the third set on another tiebreak and 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.

This time he said he was feeling good 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.

PennyThePenguin
01-24-2005, 12:41 PM
still no interview transcript....hmph.

Aurora
01-24-2005, 01:28 PM
. How I'm going to make it through the morning without knowing the score, I don't know. :( ;) you'll be plenty busy it seems. imagine Dominik forfeited and there's nothing of worth on your tape .

thelma
01-24-2005, 01:41 PM
Hot-head Safin keeps cool, defeat Rochus

Australia - 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 quarterfinals here 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."

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

RogiFan88
01-24-2005, 02:28 PM
Davai, Marat! Win on my birthday! Make it to YOUR birthday!

Rostov61
01-24-2005, 05:15 PM
Vpered Marat! It wont be easy to dominate "the dominator", but you can do it! :yeah:

*Ljubica*
01-24-2005, 06:51 PM
Hi guys :wavey: - it's been really ages since I came over here (blame too much work and too many sleepless nights watching tennis),- but just thought I would pop into say Good Luck to Marat tonight.

maratski
01-24-2005, 07:30 PM
:wavey: Rosie

Thanks! We're also glad to see David is doing so well now. The AO is hard and when you have to work and have sleepless nights, it's hard to stay up to date everywhere.

chocc0
01-24-2005, 08:33 PM
OMG i hope Marat can kick Hrbarty's ass!!!!!!!!!
should be a good match!!!

Damita
01-24-2005, 10:00 PM
"They fine me ... enough times I can be also sponsor of the ATP at the time," Safin said.
:haha: :haha: :haha:

:wavey: Rosie

Crystal702
01-24-2005, 11:12 PM
Here's to another night of hoping for some live coverage of Marat's match!

Btw, if anyone is interested, ESPN2 will be showing the Fed-Agassi match LIVE at 3:30 am EST early Tuesday morning.

the cat
01-24-2005, 11:37 PM
Tonights the night for Marat to exact his revenge on Dominick Hrbaty who beat Marat in 4 sets in the fourth round of the 2001 Australian Open. Need I say more than Safin in 4?

junekidd
01-25-2005, 05:23 AM
thanks for all articles everyone. :worship:

chocc0
01-25-2005, 05:24 AM
wooohooo marat won in three
great match for marat playing really well!

junekidd
01-25-2005, 05:26 AM
and well done today, Marat~~~~~! :yeah:

hrbaty did not play his best today. too many UEs from him. while Marat did not bad, esp in the key point. his Break Point Conversions is 75 % today. compared with last match, it is really amazing. :lol:

Keep it up Marat!!! :bounce:

Damita
01-25-2005, 05:38 AM
:woohoo: well done!!!

now me going back to:zzz:

Puschkin
01-25-2005, 05:51 AM
Congratulations. A good win, even if Hrbaty did not offer to much resistance, it was Marat who did not allow him to. Looking forward to the birthday match;)

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-25-2005, 06:02 AM
I didn't expect this, I admit. Hrbaty looked like an amateur out there.

Congrads, Marat! Good luck in the semis.

drf716
01-25-2005, 06:15 AM
yes i didn't expect this either.
i mean i set the vcr to record 5hrs of play expecting it to be a tough five-set match.
but great win marat!

EternalFlame
01-25-2005, 07:37 AM
Well, Hbraty didn't play that well. But Marat also played some amazing shots. He did really well. He just struggled a bit in the 2nd set when he was up 4-0, he got broken. But well, I can't wait for the semi-final.
Go Marat !
Btw: I think I just saw Dasha at the end of the match... :scratch:

Cris
01-25-2005, 07:47 AM
Well Done Marat! :yeah: :banana:

junekidd
01-25-2005, 07:57 AM
today's interview:
M. SAFIN/D. Hrbaty

6‑2, 6‑4, 6‑2

Q. Were you happy when you heard they would close the roof?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah (inaudible) .

Q. You said on court that you and Dominik were actually talking about that, you were talking in the locker room about whether it would be closed?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, we were waiting actually because we knew the rule has been changed. Because, yes, if the temperature reach to 35, they gonna close the roof. So basically it was 12:30 and it was almost 35. So basically I thought like it was supposed to be 35.

We were discussing. I said they're gonna close the roof. I said actually I saw that he really wanted to play with the heat. But actually I think it's advantage for him. Really honestly prefer to play against him in the indoors. It's much, much better.

Q. What was his reaction when you found out?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, I suppose I didn't really ask him what you think about that, and how do you feel right now about this, that tournament director came and said that we're gonna play with the closed roof. It looks like he wasn't really happy with that.

Q. Did you ever feel so confident coming into the quarterfinals at any Grand Slam?

MARAT SAFIN: I wasn't really so confident and so comfortable in the beginning of the match because I knew anyway if it's indoors, outdoors, it's really tough match, especially that he's playing really well. He came into the quarterfinals beating some great players. He's in good shape. He's really fit. He's working hard. He's a tough guy to play, especially in quarterfinals where he has even more confidence and he has basically nothing to lose playing against me. I'm little bit higher ranked and basically ‑ supposedly ‑ I'm the favorite, of the numbers. It's also easier for him to compete against me this way. I was really happy that I started the match this way, with a break and it was actually good.

Q. Do you feel this was the easiest match against him?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, in a way. Yeah, because then after the first couple of games that I was a little bit tense, I found out myself, and I discovered how to play against him, what I have to do. That is why it looks a little bit so easy. But on the court is completely different. You feel differently because the way he plays, he plays really fast, flat balls. If you gonna rally and try to beat him, his game, it's really difficult. So basically you have to change something, try to play little bit slice. If you change, if you play smart against him, yeah, of course it was easy by the numbers.

Q. Davydenko is still in the game. How do you feel the men here from Russia can do better than woman?

MARAT SAFIN: Once in a while, we can. But I'm glad that Davydenko, that he's ‑‑ to be honest, no matter what, he is from my country, there is vanity, whatever you call it. Like, for example, two people, couple of them on the same side of the draw, they get to the last rounds of the draw, so basically you know there is a competition. But between us, there is no competition. I'm happy that he's doing well, really honestly happy that finally we have a couple of players in Top 20. It's basically it's a good thing also for Davis Cup. We have pretty good team.

He's doing well. He's working hard. He deserve to be here. He's a hard worker, so good luck. He has a tough match and I think he can give a surprise.

Q. Do you feel this was the best you played so far in the tournament?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, probably.

Q. Is it a good sign for the semifinal?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, it's the second week and you better play well if you want to be somewhere around the final. You have to play well and you have to really be comfortable and confident about your game, otherwise there is no chance. Because the further you go, the more difficult matches you will have. There is no more easy matches. But other round is Federer or Agassi.

Q. Any preference?

MARAT SAFIN: None (laughter). Well, it's depends. It depends.

Q. Will you be looking for anything out of that match tonight? Will you be watching that?

MARAT SAFIN: I would watch it because I just ‑‑ I think it's gonna be great match. But no matter who gonna win, is gonna be tough match for me as well as for them. I just ‑‑ I will just watch, as I respect both of the players. First of all, Andre achieved a lot. He's a good player. It's gonna be experience against the talent basically. It's gonna be great match, I think. We gonna see a good quality of tennis.

Q. Talking about great matches, that match you had with Roger in Houston was as good as they get. Do you think that was one of the greatest matches in your life that you've lost?

MARAT SAFIN: Thank you, by the way (laughter). No, no, no, from the first part of the question, thanks. Let's put it this way. The second set, yeah, I was really happy, I had my chances. I really felt that if I can win the second set I would have a chance in the third one. I was even break up. I started to play well.

I really felt that first time in my ‑‑ in how many matches we play against each other, even the score 6‑1, the first time I really felt I can beat him and there is a chance for me and I'm not so far away as I was seeing myself before, you know, from him. I was really close. In the tiebreaker I had so many chances. It was ‑‑ I think it was great quality. Really I played well. I don't regret at all that I lost, but I prove myself also that I was really close.

Q. You can take positives out of that?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, of course. I mean, of course. You start to learn little bit more. You start to look what he likes, what he doesn't like, what you can do against him. I really felt that I can give him trouble. Because last year, not many people, they could give him trouble. Whenever he was playing well, there is nobody even had a chance. So for me, it was great to see that I have a chance.

Q. Do you feel that you're peaking at the right time now and you're going to face a challenge against either Agassi or Roger in the semifinal and get to the final?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, what do you mean? Reconstruct your question, can you please.

Q. I mean, do you have a preference of playing one or the other, and how good do you feel at this stage?

MARAT SAFIN: It doesn't ‑‑ to be honest, it doesn't really matter. Probably you can also ‑‑ only can expect that Andre will win this match in five sets and he will get tired. He is not any more 25. He is 35 or 34, he is. I have a chance because he will be tired.

Q. Variables.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but there's also little bit of dreaming. But it doesn't really matter who gonna win because if the person gets to the semifinal, it means that he's in great shape. And if Andre got into the quarterfinals, beating good players, he must be in good shape. So it doesn't really matter who gonna be on the other side of the net in the semifinals because they're coming with confidence and they will fight until the end because it's getting closer to the final. And there is a huge chance to win the tournament for any of them.

Q. For a possible matchup with Roger, is it an advantage for you that you have his coach, his former coach?

MARAT SAFIN: But coach cannot go on the court and play. Just he can give you advice, advice that everybody knows. But nobody can do anything against ‑‑ everybody knows basically how to play against Roger, but nobody can manage him to get any closer to that, even get into the three sets ‑‑ I mean five sets, you know, make him at least be even. It's like 6‑2, 6‑2, 6‑1 or 6‑1, 6‑2, 6‑2. It's like a little bit he's just toying with everybody. So it basically doesn't really matter. You have to be really hundred percent of yourself and try to be as confident as you can, just not to be scared of anything. Also it's little bit easier for me because I'm not losing anything.

Q. How are you planning to spend the next two days before the semifinal?

MARAT SAFIN: Try to have some rest today. I think I deserve it. Take a good treatment, because it's second week. You need to rest and be prepared mentally and physically because even though that I didn't play so many tough matches, but every match takes a lot of energy, mentally and physically, because you're a little bit tense, because you are nervous, because sometimes you are not feeling really good. So I need to recover, I need to be fit. You need to take care of yourself.

So tomorrow I try to hit a little bit for half an hour, just to feel the ball, and then it's enough, I think.

Q. What about entertaining yourself a bit?

MARAT SAFIN: I'm going to watch a match today, Federer‑Agassi. I think it's enough. It's enough.

Q. Just on today again, you mentioned on court hitting with Dominik. You hit with him this week?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, we hit like three or four times. I hit also with him in Perth. I really like to play ‑‑ to practice with him because he gives you really good rhythm, goes really fast, he doesn't miss any balls, he works hard. It's just he's good practice partner.

Q. Do you try and beat someone when you're hitting with him?

MARAT SAFIN: No, it's not about beating him. You little bit think about yourself to find the rhythm, find the timing. It's all about it. Doesn't matter ‑‑ many guys, they beating you 6‑1 in the practice, 6‑0. Then you go on the court, it's completely other way around. For example, the juniors, any junior can beat you in the practice 6‑1, 6‑Love. Then it's like when you go on the court, it's completely other way around. But in practice, everybody can play well.

That's why I'm saying you need to feel the ball. Practice is all about feeling the ball, timing, groove, feel comfortable with the shots, we'll work maybe on something, little bit something is missing.

Q. Could you give some comment on the trend in sports that male athletes pay more and more attention to the way they look. Do you find that happening in tennis?

MARAT SAFIN: I don't think it's an issue. What's an issue? What's the question? Can you repeat it?

Q. I mean, like what was your comment about a male sports star paying more and more attention to the way they look.

MARAT SAFIN: Like who?

Q. I mean like, okay, like in soccer, David Beckham, for example.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but he is ‑‑ first of all, he is great athlete. He is the best in the ‑‑ probably he is the best in the world. So if you don't play really good and if you're not a good player, doesn't matter how you look.

Q. I mean, do you think that happened in tennis, like is happening in tennis, too?

MARAT SAFIN: No, it doesn't. It doesn't. I don't think so.

MariaV
01-25-2005, 08:16 AM
Thanks for posting the transcript June!!!!
BTW, if you don't visit tgfr.com, the gossip for you - Dasha was there. They showed her at the end in the back row. Gerard, Peter and Walt have been there all the time but I hadn't seen Dasha before. Maybe she flew there for the 2nd week! And maybe she doesn't like to be in the limelight any more, or she doesn't want to embarrass Marat or Marat asked her not to embarass him with her disinterest in tennis. Anyway, she was there to support him, good! :)

Oh, and I didn't see any blondies there. I must re-check it later though. But the blondie probably is some journalist then or....

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-25-2005, 09:02 AM
Seems like it's Federer in the semis.

Kiara
01-25-2005, 09:14 AM
Phenomenal Marat, really really ....great!

The need to close that damn roof on thursday :bounce:

maratski
01-25-2005, 09:16 AM
He won :banana: I woke up at 6.30 and saw the match from half way through the 2nd set. I'll watch the rest later today.

I saw Dasha in the end as well and it's cool that she flew over. He's so focused on his tennis this year that it's nice that he can relax with her at the end of the day. :)

*Ljubica*
01-25-2005, 09:25 AM
Congrats to Marat - he played really well. And congrats on getting your driving licence Ilhame :worship:

Kiara
01-25-2005, 09:35 AM
I saw her too, it's really great that they're still together and her support obviously means alot to him so it's nice that she came all the way, it's also nice that she didnt jinx him or anything :yeah:

Shadow
01-25-2005, 09:44 AM
yay Marat! That was a very solid win :D :yeah:

It was very good for Marat that the roof was closed. He has always problems in the heat.

Kiara
01-25-2005, 10:03 AM
Marat makes it to his birthday!!! :woohoo: I hope they close the roof for the occasion ;)

Bibir
01-25-2005, 10:04 AM
Congrats Ilhame! :banana:

I don't know why but I have mixed feelings...I'm happy because he won...and I'm a little sad because I don't want him to lose the day of his birthday...but he's against JesusFed. :sad:

hope...hope...hope!

I saw her too, it's really great that they're still together and her support obviously means alot to him so it's nice that she came all the way, it's also nice that she didnt jinx him or anything :yeah:
I can't help but I find her boring...and obviously non interested in tennis...Don't attack me please...The first time I said that...people asked me if I was a regular tgfr poster. :lol:

ah! the mysterious love life/box of Marat Safin. ;)

Aurora
01-25-2005, 10:15 AM
A job well done, marat! :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:


I know what you mean, Bea. I saw Roger play for the first time since USO today and damn, it's gonna be hard.


;) a reminder:
Hippo, if you want to challenge Roger, you have to :shout::
strengthen your FH
learn how to volley
keep the stable 1st serve
maintain the outstanding BH
do not hesitate at the crucial points
seize any opportunity once it appears
always remember, TB is not the lottery
bring your brain when you leave for the court
be confident that you are the best player in the worlda few things of these are already way up to standard and some need to go better. the serve didn't seem thát impressive from the stats today (49% 1st serves), 14 aces though. But it's gonna have to be impressive. *sigh* gotta have a superday. DAVAI MARAT!

Vass
01-25-2005, 10:24 AM
Marat, you might want to borrow one of these Su-37 jet engines for the match against Federer... Just to be a little more powerful. They also add maneuverability, having thrust vector control and all

http://www.belotreti.host.sk/SU-37/text.h1.jpg

Where you'll insert it is the whole other question...


This 'smart' cockpit- to control your power and weapons

http://www.belotreti.host.sk/SU-37/text.h2.jpg


THis 'smart' pilot's helmet to wear in the cockpit and keep you protected from Fed's shots.
http://www.sci.fi/~fta/helmet3.jpg



And.. pfff you'll have to use you're old Marat's head to fit into the helmet. Let's hope it's not going to spoilt it... :)

http://i.cnn.net/si/2004/tennis/specials/australian_open/2004/01/28/bc.ten.australianopen.ap/p1_safin_ap.jpg

Bibir
01-25-2005, 10:25 AM
Too bad! my mother doesn't have a book of shadows. :sad:

I have to do something...magic spells...incantations...Nicki please help!

Shadow
01-25-2005, 10:25 AM
no one knows what Dasha thinks and if she is interested in tennis or not, if she is boring or not.. :) :rolleyes:
I`m happy she is there, if it makes Marat happy.






Oh God, the semifinal against Roger... Let`s hope Marat will leave out his mental block and play freely, and then he has a possibly real chance.
Maybe he can make himself another birthday present. (MAYBE MAYBE)

Kiara
01-25-2005, 10:26 AM
Vass, whatever that is it looks like a red x to me ;)

Molik and sharapova will make the finals :(

Kiara
01-25-2005, 10:35 AM
Andre playing like he did would have creamed anybody else today, Roger is mean he didnt have to be so brutal :(

Marat's serving and vollying is a sign of confidence i hope he can keep it up, he can outplay Hrbaty from the back of the court but not Roger no matter what Rogi says he was dominating the baseline rallies not Andre. Marat's return game was sooo good today he read Hrbaty's game well, i hope he can be this self assured on thursday!


Davai!

sol
01-25-2005, 10:36 AM
Well done, Marat! :yeah: :clap2: Good luck against Roger, Please!


...
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20050125/all/t1321175.jpg

Safin, twice runner-up in the past three years, combined a powerful service game with aggressive ground strokes to defeat Hrbaty 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 and move closer to joining 1999 champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov as Russian winners of the men's title.

"I played the best tennis I could,'' said Safin, the 2000 U.S. Open champion.

Fourth-seeded Safin sent down 14 aces and hit 33 winners to complete victory in 90 minutes as organizers cranked up the air conditioning at Rod Laver Arena. The pair had been tied 6-6 in head-to-head before today.

Safin said Hrbaty, whom he'd practiced with four times this week, had been hoping to play the match outdoors to take advantage of his superior fitness.

"I wasn't happy,'' Hrbaty said. "His game stepped up one or two levels when he found out that we play indoors.''


.....

Safin too hot for Hrbaty ;)

Marat Safin earlier cruised into the semi-finals with a straight sets victory over Dominik Hrbaty.

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/dataspo/20050125/08/1809406654.jpg

Soaring temperatures in Melbourne meant the roof on the Rod Laver Arena was closed for Safin's match with Hrbaty, although the women's quarter-finalists had not been so lucky earlier in the day.

And Safin clearly enjoyed the perfect indoor climate as he disposed of Hrbaty 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 in just 90 minutes.

]"It helped me a lot to play indoors," [/B] admitted Safin, the fourth seed and last year's beaten finalist.

"Dominik wanted to play outdoors but at the last minute the tournament director said they were closing the roof.

"I played the best tennis I could today. I knew we were going to meet in the quarter-finals so I practised with Dominik three times last week!"

Safin and Hrbaty had each won six of their previous 12 meetings, Hrbaty coming out on top in both grand slam clashes, including in the fourth round here in 2001.

But the Slovakian world No27 was never in contention on this occasion, losing his serve twice in each set and making 29 unforced errors.

Safin never had to get out of second gear but still served 14 aces, the fastest clocked at 137mph.

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20050125/all/t1321161.jpg



....

Safin sails past Slovak
January 25, 2005

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DOMINIK Hrbaty complained the other day that Marat Safin liked to make fun of him for practising so much.

He found out why on Rod Laver Arena today.

Hrbaty, who is renowned for his devotion to training, went out of the Australian Open in straight sets to Safin, who is renowned for his devotion to everything except training.

The Russian fourth seed beat his Slovakian opponent 6-2 6-4 6-2 in a quarter-final that took less time than Hrbaty's warm up.

"I played my best today," Safin said.

"There was nothing he can do."

The summing up was as concise as Safin's play.

Safin easily rolled to a 3-0 lead and won the first set inside 30 minutes.

Hrbaty's grim approach to his preparation seemed to accompany him into the match as he diligently trudged back to the service line, producing the same tactic only to be broken time after time.

The Slovak is an outstanding athlete and a fine player, but he often has trouble injecting character into his game, which isn't lost on other players.

"A lot of guys they sometimes smile, you know, or laugh on you that you are practising so much," Hrbaty said after he beat Gaston Gaudio in the third round.

"Like Safin, he doesn't practice that much but he always say this to me."

Hrbaty went on to point out that his long hours on the practice court had been repaid in his hard-fought, five-set defeat of Gaudio.

He had little explanation for his defeat today, although he might have made more of a match of it had the centre court roof been left open.

Officials closed out the 37C day with the retractable roof after consulting the players and then invoking its heat policy.

Safin said he had been all for turning the match from an outdoor to an indoor one, but his opponent had been keen to play in the tougher conditions under the sun.

"He really wanted to play with the heat," he said.

"He was hoping until the last minute to play outside.

"I wanted to play indoors."

Hrbaty said he wasn't happy with the decision but had still been confident of giving Safin some reasonable opposition.

"But his game stepped up one or two levels when he found out we were playing indoors," Hrbaty said.

Another reason Hrbaty would have preferred to stay out in the heat is that his eyesight suffers indoors.

Many of his worst defeats have been indoors or at night.

Despite the apparent advantages he possessed, Safin said it had been his attention to detail that had ensured the win.

"He can be a dangerous player, he plays fast and hits the ball flat," he said.

"But I know this and I understand, that's why it looked so easy.

"If you play smart against him it's easy."

Not so straightforward is Safin's next match, a semi-final against world No.1 Roger Federer.

The pair met in last year's Australian Open final, with Federer winning in straight sets.

If they are to meet again in the semis, a similar result would be on the cards, except perhaps if the roof is closed.

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20050125/all/t1321155.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20050125/all/t1321153.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20050125/all/t1321152.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20050125/all/t1321147.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20050125/all/t1321140.jpg

Bibir
01-25-2005, 10:37 AM
no one knows what Dasha thinks and if she is interested in tennis or not, if she is boring or not.. :) :rolleyes:
I`m happy she is there, if it makes Marat happy.
I was just giving my opinion...silly...stupid opinion...I have nothing against her..."I" just find her boring. :shrug:

junekidd
01-25-2005, 10:42 AM
you borrowed my sig Hanneke? ;)
I am a little bit worried abt semi. Roger had a great serving today. Andre got no chance at all. if his serving goes on like that, I don't know what will happen in semi. :shrug: even cannot touch the ball, that will be cruel! :(

Vass
01-25-2005, 10:42 AM
I was just giving my opinion...silly...stupid opinion..."I" find her boring. :shrug:

How can anyone find a person boring when he/she only saw that person on TV?

junekidd
01-25-2005, 10:49 AM
luckily, I did not see Dasha. :p
bea, I have the same feeling with you last year, but now I have no feeling on her. if Marat loves her and be happy, that's OK. :) he needn't to have a girl loves tennis like us. cos he won't play tennis all his life. he has to find more enjoyment after he retires or just besides tennis. ;)

Shadow
01-25-2005, 10:52 AM
I was just giving my opinion...silly...stupid opinion...I have nothing against her..."I" just find her boring. :shrug:

i know, sorry, its ok. everyone has their opinion.

i just find it strange that people say dasha is this or that, when they only see her on tv for some seconds.
NO ONE KNOWS DASHA, and how she is, what she thinks. Expect if u have talked to her or whatever.
I hope now everybody knows Dasha is there, the crazyness of the girls will not begin again. hope the fans can all focus on this, Marat is in the semifinals and plays against Roger at his birthday.

Bibir
01-25-2005, 10:55 AM
How can anyone find a person boring when he/she only saw that person on TV?
I can...totally subjective and personal judgment.

I'm not Saint Beatrice...sometimes I judge by appearances.

Shadow
01-25-2005, 10:57 AM
luckily, I did not see Dasha. :p
bea, I have the same feeling with you last year, but now I have no feeling on her. if Marat loves her and be happy, that's OK. :) he needn't to have a girl loves tennis like us. cos he won't play tennis all his life. he has to find more enjoyment after he retires or just besides tennis. ;)

who knows if Dasha is interested in Tennis?
Even if someone says she looks "not interested" during matches (whoever said it, i never noticed it), its still just an impression and no one knows what she thinks.
there could be many reasons for her looklike that... she can be a quit person and not show big emotions, but be very nervous inside... or she does it for Marat, because he doesn`t want her to go crazy because of him, ETC, ETC...
the important thing is what Marat thinks, anyway.

junekidd
01-25-2005, 11:07 AM
who knows if Dasha is interested in Tennis?
Even if someone says she looks "not interested" during matches (whoever said it, i never noticed it), its still just an impression and no one knows what she thinks.
there could be many reasons for her looklike that... she can be a quit person and not show big emotions, but be very nervous inside... or she does it for Marat, because he doesn`t want her to go crazy because of him, ETC, ETC...
the important thing is what Marat thinks, anyway.

yeah, no one knows. what we can see is her appearance. maybe some hold that she is nervous with Marat's match. while others hold that she is not interested in tennis. if she doesn't say, no one knows. and she never said. sure she does not have to say. but at the same time, we cannot prevent anyone judging her by her face... now I prefer to believe that she is too shy to say anything to public. that's her style. I respect her and only reserve my opinion in my mind. :angel:

Bibir
01-25-2005, 11:13 AM
i know, sorry, its ok. everyone has their opinion.
ouf! :hug:

i just find it strange that people say dasha is this or that, when they only see her on tv for some seconds.
NO ONE KNOWS DASHA, and how she is, what she thinks. Expect if u have talked to her or whatever.
I understand, but It depends of what we say...I never said she is boring...I said "I" find her boring..I don't want to defend myself because I never said something bad...nothing insulting...I was giving my own impression. :silly:

I hope now everybody knows Dasha is there, the crazyness of the girls will not begin again. hope the fans can all focus on this, Marat is in the semifinals and plays against Roger at his birthday.
Hope you know that I'm not one of those crazy girls...I never talk about marat's love life usually...But I always express my feelings about everyting...And I have a lot of feelings. ;)

Anyway, I don't want to make a fuss...I mean who cares?....It's not like everybody has to listen Bea's opinion! :lol:
Stop talking Bea! :smash:

Cris
01-25-2005, 11:29 AM
Thanks everybody for the pics, reports and interview! :hug:
Good Luck against Roger! :yeah:

Shadow
01-25-2005, 11:52 AM
I understand, but It depends of what we say...I never said she is boring...I said "I" find her boring..I don't want to defend myself because I never said something bad...nothing insulting...I was giving my own impression. :silly:



the problem is just, how can u find a person boring you dont know and just saw on tv for some seconds. I mean she didnt do anything, she never talked to you or said anything at all (in public), she just sits (or stands) in the public, so no one can judge her.

thelma
01-25-2005, 11:58 AM
Yay Marat! :yeah: :bounce:

Vass
01-25-2005, 12:01 PM
I can...totally subjective and personal judgment.

I'm not Saint Beatrice...sometimes I judge by appearances.
I also judge by appearance... THat happens a lot.

Sometimes I think that sh'es nice, but quite often I doubt it and think that she's not too nice, rather the opposite.
I don't think that she's boring. And I don't care if she is. I only care about her influence on Marat. I hope it's good.

Vass
01-25-2005, 12:09 PM
the problem is just, how can u find a person boring you dont know and just saw on tv for some seconds. I mean she didnt do anything, she never talked to you or said anything at all (in public), she just sits (or stands) in the public, so no one can judge her.
Andrea! Don't forget that there's also subconscious feeling. Your brain says that a person is great, but somehow you don't feel so. Your brain tell you that you don't knopw a thing about a person, but your subconscious tells you otherwise...

junekidd
01-25-2005, 12:14 PM
I don't think that she's boring. And I don't care if she is. I only care about her influence on Marat. I hope it's good.
how can you know if there is any influence on Marat from Dasha? and if there is, what can you do?

User ID 4783
01-25-2005, 12:25 PM
I also judge by appearance... THat happens a lot.
who doesn't? And what else can you do when watching TV? Everyone judges by appearance, at least mostly

maratski
01-25-2005, 01:34 PM
I only care about her influence on Marat. I hope it's good.

That's important what you say there. Marat's hapiness is the most important thing.

We can only judge Dasha's looks and bodylanguage. I don't mind talking about her looks or the way she "seems" to act while sitting in the stands, but when I read things regarding her intelligence and all. :eek: :retard: :o

Kiara
01-25-2005, 01:49 PM
I can...totally subjective and personal judgment.

I'm not Saint Beatrice...sometimes I judge by appearances.

:haha: :yeah:

so do I :p

Kiara
01-25-2005, 01:57 PM
i know, sorry, its ok. everyone has their opinion.

i just find it strange that people say dasha is this or that, when they only see her on tv for some seconds.
NO ONE KNOWS DASHA, and how she is, what she thinks. Expect if u have talked to her or whatever.
I hope now everybody knows Dasha is there, the crazyness of the girls will not begin again. hope the fans can all focus on this, Marat is in the semifinals and plays against Roger at his birthday.

the problem is just, how can u find a person boring you dont know and just saw on tv for some seconds. I mean she didnt do anything, she never talked to you or said anything at all (in public), she just sits (or stands) in the public, so no one can judge her.

get a grip.

Bea never said Dasha was boring for a fact, she said "I still find her boring" ("I find" being the operative words here..) which is the exact same thing I said in the cht thread...so stop with the patronizing posts please. Bea can damn well hate on whomever she pleases without having to be lectured by you. :(

Kiara
01-25-2005, 01:58 PM
Dasha is averting all the attention away from Marat :( :ras:

Shadow
01-25-2005, 02:39 PM
Andrea! Don't forget that there's also subconscious feeling. Your brain says that a person is great, but somehow you don't feel so. Your brain tell you that you don't knopw a thing about a person, but your subconscious tells you otherwise...

yeah. i see.

Shadow
01-25-2005, 02:51 PM
Safin gives Hrbaty a tennis lesson
January 25, 2005 - 7:39PM

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Dominik Hrbaty complained the other day that Marat Safin liked to make fun of him for practising so much.

On the Rod Laver Arena he found out why.

Hrbaty, who is renowned for his devotion to training, went out of the Australian Open in straight sets to Safin, who is renowned for his devotion to everything except training.

The Russian fourth seed beat his Slovakian opponent 6-2 6-4 6-2 in a quarter-final match that took less time than Hrbaty's warm up.

"I played my best today," Safin said.

"There was nothing he can do."

The summing up was as concise as Safin's play.

In the first set he rolled to a 3-0 lead before Hrbaty got on the scoreboard and had taken a one-set-to-love lead inside half and hour.

Hrbaty's grim approach to his preparation seemed to accompany him into the match as he diligently trudged back to the service line, producing the same tactic only to be broken time-after-time.

The Slovak is an outstanding athlete and a fine tennis player, but he often has trouble injecting character into his tennis, which isn't lost on other players.

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Advertisement"A lot of guys they sometimes smile, you know, or laugh on you that you are practising so much," Hrbaty said after he beat Gaston Gaudio in the third round.

"Like Safin, he doesn't practice that much, but he always say this to me."

Hrbaty went on to point out that his long hours on the practice court had been repaid in his hard-fought, five-set defeat of Gaudio.

He had little explanation for his defeat, although he might have made more of a match of it had the centre court roof been left open.

Officials closed out the 37 degree day with the retractable roof after consulting the players and then invoking its heat policy.

Safin said he had been all for turning the match from an outdoor to an indoor one, but his opponent had been keen to play in the tougher conditions under the sun.

"He really wanted to play with the heat," he said.

"He was hoping until the last minute to play outside.

"I wanted to play indoors."

Hrbaty said he wasn't happy with the decision, but had still been confident of giving Safin some reasonable opposition.

"But his game stepped up one or two levels when he found out we were playing indoors," Hrbaty said.

Another reason Hrbaty would have preferred to stay out in the heat is that his eyesight suffers indoors.

Many of his worst defeats have been indoors or at night.

Despite the apparent advantages he possessed, Safin said it had been his attention to detail that had ensured the win.

"He can be a dangerous player, he plays fast and hits the ball flat," he said.

"But I know this and I understand, that's why it looked so easy.

"If you play smart against him it's easy."

Not so straightforward is Safin's next match, a semi-final against either Andre Agassi, the eighth seed, or world No.1 Roger Federer.

The pair met in last year's Australian Open final, with Federer winning in straight sets.

If they are to meet again in the semis, a similar result would be on the cards, except perhaps if the roof is closed.

Kiara
01-25-2005, 02:53 PM
thanks

Another reason Hrbaty would have preferred to stay out in the heat is that his eyesight suffers indoors.

:eek: I didnt know that

if thats the case it's a bit unfair that they closed the roof, I understand why they did it but if one player is at a distinct disadvantage because of it, it's not right . Marat clearly shines indoors and im glad they did but poor Dominator :sad:

Shadow
01-25-2005, 03:05 PM
another article

Federer, Safin Simply Stunning
by Damian Glass
Tuesday, 25 January, 2005


Roger Federer and Marat Safin have set up a semi-final showdown at Australian Open 2005 after both dominated their quarter-finals on Day Nine at Melbourne Park. Federer was simply awesome in defeating four-time champion Andre Agassi 6-3 6-4 6-4 in balmy conditions for the night session on Rod Laver Arena.

It has been 26 matches since Federer lost a singles match and at no stage during his clash with Agassi did the American look like he was going to break the world No.1's winning streak.

Right from the start of the match a familiar pattern emerged with games going on serve until the sixth game of the first set when Federer broke Agassi's serve for the first time to take a 4-2 lead.

With a first serve percentage of 66 for the match - including 22 aces - Federer's serve was near impenetrable all night. The only time it appeared vulnerable was when Federer served for the first set, but Agassi was unable to take advantage of four chances to break back.

These were the only chances Agassi had all night to break serve and Federer eventually claimed the first set 6-3.

In contrast, Agassi's serve was only broken three times in the match but, significantly, Federer was able to put pressure on him by breaking serve in the first game of the second and third sets.

Federer controlled the match at every level and although he made 11 more unforced errors than Agassi (31 to 20), he accumulated 46 winners compared to 13 for Agassi.

If the Swiss was impressive in defeating Agassi, No.4 seed Safin was not far behind him in defeating Dominik Hrbaty in straight sets, 6-2 6-4 6-2

Playing under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena in the afternoon, Safin took just 90 minutes to dispose of Hrbaty.

Despite a relatively low first serve percentage of 49, the big Russian powered down 14 aces and hit 33 winners to completely outplay the Slovakian.

In the past, Hrbaty had troubled Safin in with the pair sharing the honours in 12 matches. The last time they met in the Australian Open was 2001 and it was Hrbaty who recorded a comfortable straight sets victory in the fourth-round.

However, in 2005 Safin appears to be peaking at the right time and after his win, the Russian admitted that the victory over Hrbaty was the best he has played in the tournament.

Although the scoreboard made the match look relatively easy, Safin also revealed that the secret to his success was changing the way he played Hrbaty.

"After the first couple of games that I was a little bit tense, I found out myself how to play against him, what I have to do," Safin said.

"That's why it looks a little bit so easy. But on the court is completely different. You feel different because the way he plays, he plays really fast, flat balls."

"If you're going to rally and try to beat him, his game, it's really difficult. So basically you have to change something, try to play with more slice, if you change, if you play smart against him, of course it was easy by the numbers."

Perhaps the biggest catalyst for Safin's victory came before the match as the temperature hovered around the 35-degree mark and the tournament's Extreme Heat Policy was enacted, ensuring the roof would be closed.

It was a decision that Safin believed favoured him more than Hrbaty, who is regarded as one of the fittest and hardest working players on the men's tour.

"We were discussing it (in the locker room)," Safin said. "I said, 'they're going to close the roof'. I could see that he wanted to really play with the heat. But playing in the heat is an advantage for him. Really, honestly, I preferred to play against him in indoors, it's much better."

Kiara
01-25-2005, 03:06 PM
From Roger's pc:


Q: Who do you feel are your toughest opponents at this time?

I have the feeling Safin is playing really good. You know, the other Top 10 guys, you always know on a given day they can upset you any time.
So I'm really looking forward to the contest with Safin, you know. I have the feeling he's playing good again and he had a great finish last year, good start again. So it's going to be a really hard match.

Q. Does he have different weapons to attack you?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, he's got the bigger serve. That's going to make it maybe more difficult maybe to break. But, again, we only will see after the match what happened.
I think also the record here for him speaks for itself, how much he likes this surface. Of course, it's an even more interesting match just because of who's coaching him. But I'm happy I'm through that, that I played him, I got that match away in Houston. So for this reason I can really concentrate on the match itself and not thinking about who's sitting in his corner, you know.
But I expect a tough one, yeah. That's clear. He's playing well. He had good matches so far.

thelma
01-25-2005, 03:20 PM
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Slovakia's Hrbaty returns the ball during his match against Russia's Safin at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, returns the ball during his quarter-final match against fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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Slovakia's Hrbaty wipes his face between games during his match against Russia's Safin at the Australian Open in Melbourne
Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, wipes his face between games during his quarter-final match against fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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The roof of the Rod Laver Arena is closed as temperatures hit the mid-30s at the Australian Open in Melbourne
The roof of the Rod Laver Arena is closed as temperatures hit the mid-30s (degree Celcius) before the match between fourth seed Marat Safin of Russia and Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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Russia's Marat Safin races to return a forehand to Slovakia's Dominik Hrbat at the Australian Open in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin races to return a forehand to Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the 20th seed, during their quarter-final match at the 2005 Australian Open in Melbourne, January 25, 2005. Safin defeated Hrbaty in straight sets 6-2 6-4 6-2 to advance into the semi-finals. REUTERS/Adrees Latif


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Russia's Safin serves during his match against Slovakia's Hrbaty at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Fourth seed Marat Safin of Russia serves during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne


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Russia's Safin returns the ball during his match against Slovakia's Hrbaty at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Fourth seed Marat Safin of Russia returns the ball during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne


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Russia´s Marat Safin serves to Slovakia'ss Dominik Hrbaty at the Australian Open in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia'ss Marat Safin serves to Slovakia'ss Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, during their quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, January 25, 2005. Safin defeated Hrbaty in straight sets 6-2 6-4 6-2 to advance into the semi-finals. REUTERS/Adrees Latif


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Russia's Safin returns the ball during his match against Slovakia's Hrbaty at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin returns the ball during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne


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Russia's Safin waves after winning his match against Slovakia's Hrbaty at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin waves after winning his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne


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Russia's Safin returns the ball during his match against Slovakia's Hrbaty at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin returns the ball during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne


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Russia's Safin hits a forehand during his match against Slovakia's Hrbaty at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin hits a forehand during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne


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Russia's Safin eyes the ball during his match against Slovakia's Hrbaty at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin eyes the ball during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne


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Russia's Safin kicks the ball during his match against Slovakia's Hrbaty at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin kicks the ball during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Stuart Milligan


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Russia's Safin prepares to hit the ball with a necklace in his mouth during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty at the Australian Open in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin prepares to hit the ball with a necklace in his mouth during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won the match 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/David Gray


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Russia's Safin chases to return the ball during his match against Slovakia's Hrbaty at the Australian Open in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin chases to return the ball during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/Stuart Milligan


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Russia's Safin shakes hands with Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty after their quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin (L) shakes hands with Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, after their quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won the match 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/David Gray


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Russia's Safin hits a backhand during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty at the Australian Open in Melbourne
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin hits a backhand during his quarter-final match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, the number 20 seed, at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2005. Safin won the match 6-2 6-4 6-2. REUTERS/David Gray

Vass
01-25-2005, 03:45 PM
thanks

Another reason Hrbaty would have preferred to stay out in the heat is that his eyesight suffers indoors.

:eek: I didnt know that

if thats the case it's a bit unfair that they closed the roof, I understand why they did it but if one player is at a distinct disadvantage because of it, it's not right . Marat clearly shines indoors and im glad they did but poor Dominator :sad:

Oh. So how does Hrbaty play night matches?

He has night blindness? Or his vision is just not very good and that's why he likes more light?

Kiara
01-25-2005, 03:55 PM
read the fucking article before posting smart alec remarks :rolleyes:

Many of his worst defeats have been indoors or at night.

Turkeyballs Paco
01-25-2005, 03:57 PM
good luck Marat ag. Federer! that should be a great match to see.

Kiara
01-25-2005, 04:03 PM
Oh. So how does Hrbaty play night matches?

He has night blindness? Or his vision is just not very good and that's why he likes more light?

if being a sarcastic smart alec wasnt your intention and you meant this as genuine concern, then i duly apologise for being rude, if not...then :rolleyes:

Bibir
01-25-2005, 04:08 PM
Of course, it's an even more interesting match just because of who's coaching him. But I'm happy I'm through that, that I played him, I got that match away in Houston. So for this reason I can really concentrate on the match itself and not thinking about who's sitting in his corner, you know.
But I expect a tough one, yeah.

wowww...Ninja is still thinking about Peter.

ATP tennis soap opera <<<< ;)

Roger broke up with Peter one year ago but has still feelings for him...now Peter is happy with the sweet Marat...but how long will it last?
next cliffhanger episode 27 january! :p

Kiara
01-25-2005, 04:29 PM
.but how long will it last?

longer than sweet Marat's previous relationship with Denis I hope ;)

RogiFan88
01-25-2005, 04:51 PM
Spasiba, Marat [and Rogi] for giving me a cool birthday present by winning your QF matches! Woo hoo! Still to see them at 2pm today... did they show Marat's match at all on ESPN??? Hope so!

Now for Marat to take on Rogi on HIS birthday! DAVAI, Marat! [Hopp, Rogi!] I am torn once again...

thelma
01-25-2005, 05:42 PM
Spasiba, Marat [and Rogi] for giving me a cool birthday present by winning your QF matches! Woo hoo! Still to see them at 2pm today... did they show Marat's match at all on ESPN??? Hope so!

Now for Marat to take on Rogi on HIS birthday! DAVAI, Marat! [Hopp, Rogi!] I am torn once again...


Happy birthday! :aparty: :hug: http://www.pitracer.com/ubbthreads/images/birthday.gif http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-25T111630Z_01_MEL64D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-25T065509Z_01_MEL45D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg

KCVH
01-25-2005, 07:08 PM
Happy Birthday and job done at the AO. :D

EternalFlame
01-25-2005, 07:59 PM
wowww...Ninja is still thinking about Peter.

ATP tennis soap opera <<<< ;)

Roger broke up with Peter one year ago but has still feelings for him...now Peter is happy with the sweet Marat...but how long will it last?
next cliffhanger episode 27 january! :p

Bea :haha:



I don't know what to think about Thursday's match. I think we should just wait and see. Rogi seems to be in great form. But our Marat can surely make some damage to him on his b.day. I'm hoping for a big fight.
Go Marat ! :worship:

Shadow
01-25-2005, 08:07 PM
Marat Safin beat Dominic Hrbaty in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

Here's the post-match interview with Jim Courier:

JC: Well you kinda dominated that match. But you guys have had 12 matches up until this one and it was 6-6, and so you guys were even. Why today was it because you didn't have to suffer in the heat? We know that you're terribly out of shape. (laughter) Was that helpful?
MA: Uh, yeah you know I knew that we are going to play quarterfinals here against each other since the first day we came here. So I practiced with him three times at least. (smiles)
JC: Smart. Very, very heavy.
MA: And um that was a great match for me. I played the best tennis I could play today and uh there was...it was nothing he could do.
JC: Well, what about the weather? It's hot out there. You had warm up outside today. Were you happy, were you sad that they closed the roof? What's your thoughts?
MA: To be honest, Dominic wanted to play outdoors.
JC: So, how did you get the roof closed?
MA: Well I managed to have 35 degrees today. (smiles) So that was really, it helped me a lot to play indoors. And he was hoping until last moment to play outdoors and we were just uh, deciding whether to close the roof or not and then the tournament director came inside the locker room and said, We're gonna close the door-- close the roof, sorry, and I said "Yesss!" (laughter) That's my chance. (smiles)
JC: You're in really good form this year. Last year you made it all the way to the finals. You played Andre Agassi and Roger Federer along the way. Federer beating you in the final and the epic semi with Agassi. How much of that match are you going to watch? Do you care who wins? What do you think?
MA: Um, I will because it's going to be a classical one. I think it's gonna be a great match and I'd really love to watch it. To be honest, I'm a tennis player. I don't really care against who play against who, what the results are. But this match I will watch because I would really enjoy it.
JC: So, who's gonna win?
MA: Uh, tough question. But Federer of course is the favorite. But no respect to Andre, Andre has a lot of experience, a lot of Grand Slams on his back so I guess he's gonna come outside and play his best tennis and for sure, he have his chance.
JC: Okay, last question, you played Federer in Houston in the Master's. You guys played a tie-break 20-18, uh Federer got you in the end in that tie-break. How did it feel to choke that badly with that many setpoints? (laughter)
MA: That was- that was choking. You're right. But of course when you play against Federer, he's number one in the world, he won three grand slams last year.. And he's just full of confidence. It's difficult to do anything regular to beat him. You have to do something an extra to be able to have the chance to beat him. Set points, I had six of them and I couldn't take one. But I was close.
JC: Well, you're close again. In the semifinals, Marat Safin. Playing beautifully. Well done Marat.

Damita
01-25-2005, 08:17 PM
Thanks a lot for the transcript Andrea :worship:

maratski
01-25-2005, 08:43 PM
I hope Will has this one too on his site. :)

Damita
01-25-2005, 08:58 PM
I hope Will has this one too on his site. :)
exactly what i was thinking!! :bounce:

|-Safin_Coria-|
01-25-2005, 09:51 PM
aww! Marat seems so happy! thats awesome :yeah:
seems like a brand new Marat this year

Bibir
01-25-2005, 09:51 PM
woow great interview! Thanks a lot Andrea for the transcript. :banana:

Jennay
01-25-2005, 11:02 PM
Best of luck to Marat :D :D :D :hug:

sol
01-26-2005, 12:33 AM
Good luck Marat! :yeah:

Thanks for the interview, Andrea! :D


Safin sets test for sublime Federer
By Gerard Whateley

Like everybody else it seemed Marat Safin could not get away from work quick enough.

He wanted to leave himself enough time for a shower, a massage and a meal before settling in for the night's entertainment uninterrupted.

Even for the elite of the sport Andre Agassi v Roger Federer in a grand slam quarter-final is compulsory viewing.

On his way out the door Safin stopped to remark: "It'll be a classic match. I would really enjoy it."

The 15,000 or so people to whom he addressed the comment were in overwhelming agreement.

You could not walk anywhere at Melbourne Park on Tuesday without picking up fragments of conversation: "I think Agassi can take a set" or "Federer is just too good".

Safin made a case for both combatants and declared he did not care who won. He left unsaid the bit about it going five marathon sets.

It made you wonder if either Federer or Agassi had taken a moment to catch a glimpse of the man who awaits the victor.

If they had, they would have seen a contender.

Safin needed just 90 minutes of near flawless tennis to move through to his third semi-final at the Australian Open.

The Russian was in rare form not only thrashing Dominik Hrbaty but also clearly enjoying himself in the process. He smiled; playfully kicked balls around and when he tried something a little unorthodox it seemed to inevitably come off.

For a man who seems tortured by his art, this was as good as a day at the office gets. A perfect evening entailed a couple of beers and the chance to indulge his love of tennis as a spectator.

What we knew before the first serve was struck was Agassi had so far avoided the inevitable decline of age while Federer was on a 25-match winning streak.

The American had not beaten the Swiss for almost three years but when last they met at the US Open it went to five sets.

Agassi had proven the bona fides of his form here with wins over Taylor Dent and Joachim Johansson. Federer had played nobody and at times appeared quite human.

It had all the trimmings of a classic.

As so often happens with much-hyped events it was never a contest. Simply because Federer never let it get to that point.

If you needed proof that Federer is the best there is with the potential to become the best there ever was, this was it.

There were moments to be remembered.

In the sixth game of the first set Federer made a backhand volley that defied belief from a full-blooded Agassi drive. It led to the first break of serve.

When Federer came to serve for the set in the 10th game he was challenged. The number one seed faced three break points. Twice he served aces. The other was a forehand winner courtesy of a well-struck serve.

He served two more aces to set up game points.

It was shades of Pete Sampras.

Agassi held one other break point for the evening. Federer served an ace.

At times in the second set Agassi wiped beads of sweat away in a gesture that looked remarkably like he was scratching his head.

It was the right metaphor. The crowd was ready to stand in Agassi's corner if he could mount some form of counter-attack. In truth he was helpless - a legend at the mercy of the new giant.

The only trouble Federer had came when he tried to remove a bug from the baseline without harming it. It was a momentary interruption to his ritual squashing of Agassi.

The match was over in 98 minutes and straight sets.

Agassi politely waved to the crowd and blew one kiss. It did not feel like a permanent farewell. Yet you had the feeling the Las Vegan has probably won his last major.

Federer served 22 aces, nearly all at vital moments.

"I just really hope I'm going to make my first serve," the all-too-modest Federer offered when quizzed on the subject. "There's no secret. I walk to the baseline and have no idea what I'm going to hit.

"It's roulette, I have no idea. But I seem to keep picking the right numbers."

The semi-final in the top half of the draw will be a rematch of last year's final.

Right now it is a fair bet Marat Safin wishes he had never turned the TV on.

darika
01-26-2005, 02:02 AM
i think Marat wins the semis while he can not lose at his birthday. As he gets in the final he can not lose in the final for the third time without winning it. So my conclusion: Marat Safin should win Australian Open 2005 :)))

onion
01-26-2005, 02:17 AM
Lord knows where Dasha is. The rumour though is that she's studying Medicine in the US.

Hey, I saw Dasha in Marat's box today. She looks exactly the same as last year lol. Wearing the same jacket as well! But it was like 50 degrees!!!

-sOfia-
01-26-2005, 03:37 AM
Goodluck Marat! :bounce:

Aurora
01-26-2005, 05:41 AM
to say it in Fox Mulder's way:

http://xfiles.wearehere.net/images/office.jpg

Shadow
01-26-2005, 10:30 AM
Safin's dilemma: How to stop Federer


Wednesday, 26 January , 2005, 09:50

Melbourne: Marat Safin knows how to beat Mr Invincible Roger Federer in their semi-final on Thursday at the Australian Open, it's just that he has to execute the game plan.

The Swiss master left nobody in any doubt he is the man to beat in the year's first grand slam tournament with a masterclass straight sets victory over four-time champion Andre Agassi in their quarter-final on Tuesday.

Federer was at another level to the ageing eight-times grand slam champion in an all-too-brief 99 minutes. Now it's Safin's turn to try and stop the runaway 'Federer Express'.

Two-times Australian finalist Safin has the big serves and groundstrokes to match it with Federer, but the Swiss ace hasn't lost to a top-ten player in 24 matches since October 2003.

"Everybody knows basically how to play against Roger, but nobody can manage him to get any closer to that, even get into the three or five sets to make him at least be even," Safin said after beating quarter-final opponent Dominik Hrbaty.

"It's like he's just toying with everybody."

The maverick Russian lost to Federer in last year's Australian final in three sets after an opening set tiebreaker, but Safin pushed the world number one to the limit in their semi-final at the ATP Masters Cup in Houston last November.

Federer denied Safin on six set points but needed eight match points of his own before escaping with a tension-packed 6-3, 7-6 (20/18) triumph.

"The tie-breaker was very special," Federer said. "I've never played a tie-breaker like it. That was really fun, going back and forth, all big points, match points, set points, and the level of play was high too. We were pushing each other to the limits."

Safin recalled: "In the tiebreaker I had so many chances. It was great quality. I really I played well. I don't regret at all that I lost, but I also proved to myself that I was really close.

"You start to learn little bit more (about Federer). You start to look what he likes, what he doesn't like, what you can do against him.

"I really felt that I can give him trouble. Because last year, not many people could give him trouble.

"Whenever he was playing well, there is nobody even had a chance. So for me, it was great to see that I have a chance (in Houston)."

So it's little wonder that Federer ranks Safin's challenge above those of the other top-tenners.

"I have the feeling Safin is playing really good. So I'm really looking forward to the contest with Safin," Federer said.

"He's got the bigger serve and that's going to make it more difficult to break. "His record here speaks for itself and how much he likes this surface." Adding spice to the contest is that Safin has hired Federer's ex-coach Peter Lundgren, while Federer, after going through last year coachless, has employed Australian Tony Roche, the former mentor of world number ones Ivan Lendl and Patrick Rafter.

"Of course, it's an even more interesting match just because of who's coaching him," Federer said.

"But I'm happy I'm through that, that I played him, I got that match away in Houston. So for this reason I can really concentrate on the match itself and not thinking about who's sitting in his corner."

Overall, Federer leads Safin 6-1, with the only loss coming in Moscow in 2002.

Wednesday Addams
01-26-2005, 12:42 PM
Damn, it's been too long.....
And now I have to catch up. I hate that!

Anywayzzzzz....... I saw all the matches. But I'm not gonna start ranting abt them. I'm happy he won easily against Hrbaty. I was afraid it'd be a five-setter..... :( Thank God this time he had his brain with him. The match was very good. :yeah:

So. FedEx next, huh? Lord, I feel sick just thinking about it.
I want Marat to win. Badly. He deserves it. Hell, WE deserve it!!!

JuanChuffy007
01-26-2005, 01:40 PM
i think Marat wins the semis while he can not lose at his birthday. As he gets in the final he can not lose in the final for the third time without winning it. So my conclusion: Marat Safin should win Australian Open 2005 :)))

Nice theory! I so hope you're right! :D

*Ljubica*
01-26-2005, 01:58 PM
Just wanted to wish Marat luck tomorrow. I am still devastated and a bit tearful after David's loss today - 8-10 in the 5th set - how close can you get :sad: So Marat has GOT to cheer me up and win tomorrow.

Love,

Rosie

Meeek
01-26-2005, 02:02 PM
Just wanted to wish Marat luck tomorrow. I am still devastated and a bit tearful after David's loss today - 8-10 in the 5th set - how close can you get :sad: So Marat has GOT to cheer me up and win tomorrow.

Love,

Rosie

Awww... I'm upset about it too! Couldn't watch it till the end, but I felt good about David's chances to win when I stopped watching. :sad:
So yes, go Marat! And maybe he can kick Hewitt's ass in the final.

Wednesday Addams
01-26-2005, 02:16 PM
Hey, anybody think Hewitt can kick Roddick's ass? I sure hope so......

*Ljubica*
01-26-2005, 02:18 PM
Hey, anybody think Hewitt can kick Roddick's ass? I sure hope so......

So do I actually.I would much rather that David lost to Hewitt than Duckboy :devil:

Meeek
01-26-2005, 02:25 PM
Match starts at 19.30 Aussie time...that be 9.30 here right?? Europe...Holland, Germany, France, etc...

*Ljubica*
01-26-2005, 02:28 PM
Match starts at 19.30 Aussie time...that be 9.30 here right?? Europe...Holland, Germany, France, etc...

Yes - 9.30am. I'll have to follow it from work unfortunately :sad: I took the day off sick to watch David today :devil: and I can't do that again in a hurry!

thelma
01-26-2005, 02:28 PM
SAFIN EYES BIRTHDAY WIN

Marat Safin celebrates his 25th birthday tomorrow faced with the unenviable task of halting Roger Federer's seemingly unstoppable march to Australian Open glory.

In a repeat of last year's final, Safin and Federer clash in the first men's semi-final in Melbourne, but with one crucial difference from 12 months ago.

Last year Safin lost 101 games in reaching the semi-finals, compared to just 60 this year.

After beating top seed Andy Roddick in five sets in the quarter-finals, he then lost 28 games in a five-set semi-final victory over Andre Agassi.

His total of 129 games dropped en route to the final is the most for any man in the open era, and the Russian also played a record-equalling 30 sets in spending 21 hours and six minutes on court.

It therefore came as no surprise when Federer enjoyed a comfortable 7-6 6-4 6-2 victory in the final, the first of three grand slam titles he won in a stellar 2004.

In contrast Safin has dropped just two sets in his five wins so far, although he was driven to distraction by Belgium's Olivier Rochus in the fourth round, smashing his racket to bits after missing yet another break point.

That was a rare glimpse of the Safin of old, who used to leave a trail of broken rackets at tournaments around the world, and much of the credit for the 'new' Safin has gone to his coach Peter Lundgren.

Lundgren of course formerly worked with Federer but Safin is not expecting any inside knowledge to prove too useful against the world number one.

"A coach cannot go on the court and play, he can just give you advice that everybody knows," said Safin.

"Everybody knows how to play against Roger, but nobody can manage to get close, to even get into the sets. It's like he's just toying with everybody a little bit.

"You have to be 100% yourself and try to be as confident as you can, not scared of anything."

Federer enjoyed a surprisingly easy quarter-final win over four-time champion Andre Agassi and is yet to drop a set, but is expecting a tough battle against Safin.

The pair's last meeting in the Masters Cup in Houston saw Federer win in straight sets, but only after a second set tie-break which finished 20-18.

"I'm really looking forward to the contest with Safin," said Federer.

"I have the feeling he's playing good again and he had a great finish last year, a good start this year. It's going to be a really hard match.

"I think his record here speaks for itself, how much he likes this surface. Of course, it's an even more interesting match just because of who's coaching him.

"But I'm happy I'm through that, I got that match out of the way in Houston. I can really concentrate on the match itself and not thinking about who's sitting in his corner."

Bibir
01-26-2005, 02:29 PM
Rosie! :hug:

Bad luck at the end! :sad: But David is back! really back! :hug:

and he fought until the end...You can be proud of your boy. :D

Meeek
01-26-2005, 02:32 PM
I agree, David really is back!! :D

And thanks for confirming the right time Rosie. Too bad you can't do that trick twice in a row indeed ;)

Bibir
01-26-2005, 02:33 PM
I will be at school tomorrow! :sobbing:

junekidd
01-26-2005, 02:38 PM
Just wanted to wish Marat luck tomorrow. I am still devastated and a bit tearful after David's loss today - 8-10 in the 5th set - how close can you get :sad: So Marat has GOT to cheer me up and win tomorrow.

Love,

Rosie
I watched the match. David did so great! always fighting even he lost the first 2 sets. I admire his mentality! :worship: :worship: :worship: and he had many chance to win. while Mr. Potato was more fast finally... I hold that both of them are winners of this match! :yeah: so not being so sad. :hug:

User ID 4783
01-26-2005, 02:46 PM
I will be at school tomorrow! :sobbing:
so will I! I feel so sorry for myself :sobbing:

Meeek
01-26-2005, 02:46 PM
I will be at school tomorrow! :sobbing:

Awww...poor thing :hug:

thelma
01-26-2005, 02:47 PM
Many happy returns

27jan05

Federer's serve is booming but birthday boy Safin plans for ...


EVEN considering that big Russian Marat Safin doesn't lack self-confidence, he must have squirmed on the hotel sofa two nights ago.
Safin planned to settle in to watch Roger Federer and Andre Agassi duel for the right to play him in tonight's semi-final.

And the world No. 4 knows better than to seek out Agassi for a 25th birthday gift today on what he must do to snap a three-match losing run against Federer.

"I would suggest that his next opponents don't look to me for advice. That would be my advice," Agassi quipped after being despatched in straight sets by Federer in their quarter-final.

User ID 4783
01-26-2005, 02:51 PM
shall I bet on Marat?
no, I'm too superstitious to do that :o I never bet on him

thelma
01-26-2005, 03:02 PM
Wednesday January 26, 09:45 PM

PREVIEW-Tennis-Open-Federer wary of Safin in semi-finals

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Roger Federer's seemingly unstoppable march towards another Australian Open title meets its biggest hurdle yet when he faces Marat Safin in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Federer is one of the hottest favourites in history to win the opening grand slam of the season but the Swiss master is wary about Safin even though the odds are heavily stacked in his favour.

Federer beat Safin in last year's Australian Open final and has won six of their previous seven clashes, including their epic battle in the semi-finals of last year's Masters Cup when he won a second-set tiebreak 20-18.

The world number one has also won his past 24 matches against players ranked in the top 10 and has yet to drop a set in the tournament after demolishing Andre Agassi in the quarter-finals. He insists he is taking nothing for granted against the big-serving Russian, however.

"I'm really looking forward to the contest with Safin," Federer said.

"I have the feeling he's playing good again and he had a great finish last year, good start again. So it's going to be a really hard match."

Safin was too exhausted to mount any real challenge to Federer in last year's final after surviving a series of five set matches but has dropped only two sets so far this year.

"There are no more easy matches," Safin said. "Everybody knows basically how to play against Roger but no-one can manage to get closer than three sets."

*Ljubica*
01-26-2005, 03:02 PM
Thanks June, Bea, Meeek and everyone for your kind words :hug: And don't worry - I'm not tearful anymore - just very proud of David as you all say - and I'll be checking live scoring as much as I can tomorrow and cheering on Marat quietly from behind my desk!!!

Bibir
01-26-2005, 03:06 PM
shall I bet on Marat?
no, I'm too superstitious to do that :o I never bet on him
I don't bet on Marat anymore...since the US Open debacle!...and it works. :D

And for the moment I'm quite lucky...Hippo plays well when I start a tournament thread. ;)
Hopefully, I didn't start Hopman cup thread! :lol:

Who knows? :silly:

Wednesday Addams
01-26-2005, 03:06 PM
Many happy returns

27jan05

Federer's serve is booming but birthday boy Safin plans for ...


EVEN considering that big Russian Marat Safin doesn't lack self-confidence, he must have squirmed on the hotel sofa two nights ago.
Safin planned to settle in to watch Roger Federer and Andre Agassi duel for the right to play him in tonight's semi-final.

And the world No. 4 knows better than to seek out Agassi for a 25th birthday gift today on what he must do to snap a three-match losing run against Federer.

"I would suggest that his next opponents don't look to me for advice. That would be my advice," Agassi quipped after being despatched in straight sets by Federer in their quarter-final.
:scared:
Like I said, I feel sick just thinking about it.....

thelma
01-26-2005, 03:13 PM
:scared:
Like I said, I feel sick just thinking about it.....

here the same...:scratch: :p

erica
01-26-2005, 03:24 PM
Oh. I have to go to shcool tomorrow, so I wont see the match. And our video recorder doesn´t work.. :rolleyes: Luckily my dad´s work-friends promised to tape it for me.. :D (I felt a bit pathetic for asking them to do it :D )

..so, what I wanted to say: GOOD LUCK!

Chachou
01-26-2005, 04:16 PM
Last year, on january 27, Marat beat the number one (at this moment), Andy Roddick. It was his birthday. So, why not this year ??

Bye and GOOD LUCK MARAT !

RogiFan88
01-26-2005, 04:16 PM
Rogi has a lot of respect for Marat... also Marat has PL... a big plus for him... hope it's a competitive match, whoever wins.

Just as long as the winner takes it all, that's all I care! More talent on this side of the draw, that's for sure.

RogiFan88
01-26-2005, 04:21 PM
Thanks Thelma for the birthday wishes! Now for Marat's birthday! Can he do it this time?? I'll be anticipating this match...

User ID 4783
01-26-2005, 04:43 PM
Just as long as the winner takes it all, that's all I care! More talent on this side of the draw, that's for sure.
definitely :lol:

Meeek
01-26-2005, 04:57 PM
Last year, on january 27, Marat beat the number one (at this moment), Andy Roddick. It was his birthday. So, why not this year ??

Bye and GOOD LUCK MARAT !

:lol:
Agreed, why not this year? :)

thelma
01-26-2005, 05:39 PM
Good luck, Marat!

Open-Penpix of men's semi-finalists at Australian Open
Wed Jan 26, 2005 06:07 PM GMT

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Following are brief biographies of the semi-finalists in the men's singles at the Australian Open (prefix number denotes seeding):

1-Roger Federer (Switzerland) v 4-Marat Safin (0830 GMT Thursday)


Federer - age: 23

Lives: Oberwil, Switzerland

Plays: Right-handed

Grand slam titles: Four (Wimbledon 2003, 2004, Australian Open 2004, U.S. Open 2004)

Record at Australian Open: 2004-champion, 2003-fourth round, 2002-fourth round, 2001-third round, 2000-third round.

The winner of three grand slam titles and a perfect 11-0 in finals last year, Federer is an overwhelming favourite to retain his title at Melbourne Park.

The Swiss, good from the front and back of the court and with a range of shots beyond his opponents, finished the 2004 season unbeaten (18-0) against other top 10 players.

There is no debate over his status as the world number one, only where he will eventually rank among the all-time greats.

Results at 2005 Open: First round - beat Fabrice Santoro (France) 6-1 6-1 6-2 Second round - beat Takao Suzuki (Japan) 6-3 6-4 6-4 Third round - beat Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 6-3 5-2 - retired Fourth round - beat Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-4) Quarter-finals - beat 8-Andre Agassi 6-3 6-4 6-4


Safin - age: 24

Lives: Monte Carlo

Plays: Right-handed, double-handed backhand

Grand slam titles: One (U.S. Open 2000)

Record at Australian Open: 2004-runner-up, 2003-third round, 2002-runner-up, 2001-fourth round, 2000-first round, 1999-third round.

Twice a runner-up here, Safin loves the carnival atmosphere of the Australian Open and the slowish pace of the Melbourne Park hard courts.

A giant of a man -- no player on the tour hits the ball as powerfully as Safin, nor can they intimidate opponents the way the Russian can, when the mood strikes.

Sublimely brilliant one moment, tortured artist smashing rackets the next, it is anyone's guess which Safin will step onto the court.

Seems destined to add to his lone grand slam crown and his form over the years in Australia suggests the breakthrough could come here, but probably not this year with Federer in the way.

Results at 2005 Open: First round - beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia and Montenegro) 6-0 6-2 6-1 Second round - beat Bohdan Ulihrach (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-1 6-3 Third round - beat 28-Mario Ancic (Croatia) 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 Fourth round - beat Olivier Rochus (Belgium) 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-2) Quarter-finals - 20-Dominik Hrbaty (Slovakia) 6-2 6-4 6-2

maratski
01-26-2005, 05:54 PM
:hug: rosie

I watched about half the match and honestly thought he would lose in three sets, but what a way to turn around a match! It's sad to see he lost, but he can take a lot of positive things from this year's tournament. He's one of the best and can keep up with them. I hope he'll play this well in Rotterdam this year.

Turkeyballs Paco
01-26-2005, 06:33 PM
Finally I get to see a Safin match on ESPN! Go Marat!

*Ljubica*
01-26-2005, 07:44 PM
:hug: rosie

I watched about half the match and honestly thought he would lose in three sets, but what a way to turn around a match! It's sad to see he lost, but he can take a lot of positive things from this year's tournament. He's one of the best and can keep up with them. I hope he'll play this well in Rotterdam this year.


:hug:

It won't let me Rep you again :sad: - says I've got to spread my Reps around again first - but thanks and a big :hug: for you anyway.

Damita
01-26-2005, 08:56 PM
please http://smileys.******************/cat/17/17_1_10.gif please http://smileys.******************/cat/17/17_1_10.gif please http://smileys.******************/cat/17/17_1_10.gif

gabnouwop
01-26-2005, 11:21 PM
mucha suerte Marat :)

Wednesday Addams
01-27-2005, 05:06 AM
please http://smileys.******************/cat/17/17_1_10.gif please http://smileys.******************/cat/17/17_1_10.gif please http://smileys.******************/cat/17/17_1_10.gif
EXACTLY the same feeling....... *gulp*

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-27-2005, 06:50 AM
Less then a hour to go. Davai, Marat!

Please.

Wednesday Addams
01-27-2005, 07:03 AM
Abt 30 mins now..........
I'm scared.....
I want him to win.
I don't want to jinx.
He can do it.
Please.

sol
01-27-2005, 10:32 AM
:awww: The current score is very tough for Marat!. At least he’s 2sets-1 down against the God of the tennis, and also broke back in the 4th. :shrug: I am not disappointed. : Great match anyway, Marat! :hug:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-27T111743Z_01_MEL46D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-27T101655Z_01_MEL41D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-27T100859Z_01_MEL40D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-27T094503Z_01_MEL37D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-27T094018Z_01_MEL36D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg

Well it's not over yet! ;)

sol
01-27-2005, 11:05 AM
Good luck in the 5th set, Marat! :yeah:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-27T112909Z_01_MEL50D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-27T112607Z_01_MEL49D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg

sol
01-27-2005, 11:11 AM
Thanks June, Bea, Meeek and everyone for your kind words :hug: And don't worry - I'm not tearful anymore - just very proud of David as you all say - and I'll be checking live scoring as much as I can tomorrow and cheering on Marat quietly from behind my desk!!!

:hug: Rosie :smooch:

sol
01-27-2005, 11:49 AM
Please, Marat! hold..


Marat psychs up for Roger
By Bruce Matthews
January 27, 2005

BIG Russian Marat Safin doesn't lack self-confidence, but he must have been squirming on his hotel sofa two nights ago.

Safin planned to settle in to watch Roger Federer and Andre Agassi duel for the right to play him in tonight's Australian Open semi-final.

And the world No.4 knows better than to seek out Agassi for a 25th birthday gift today on what he must do to snap a three-match losing run against Federer.

"I would suggest that his next opponents don't look to me for advice. That would be my advice," Agassi quipped after being dispatched in straight sets by Federer in their quarter-final.

Still, Safin is primed for a genuine shot at the undisputed world No.1 tonight, even protected from the searing heat under a closed roof for his straight-sets canter against normally dogged baseliner Dominik Hrbaty in the quarters.

But the birthday boy is aware the tempo steps up a couple of notches against Federer, who is in rare form in pursuit of a successful Open defence.

"He's just toying with everybody," Safin said.

"You have to be 100 per cent of yourself and try to be as confident as you can, just not be scared of anything."

The powerful Russian does have Federer's former coach Peter Lundgren in his corner and he's buoyed by a close match with the Swiss ace at the Masters Cup in Houston in November.

"I had my chances. I really felt that if I had won the second set I would have a chance in the third one," Safin said. "I really felt that for the first time in how many matches we play against each other that I can beat him.

"I don't regret at all that I lost, but I proved to myself also that I was really close. You start to learn a little bit more.

"You start to look at what he likes, what he doesn't like, what you can do against him. I really felt that I can give him trouble.

"Whenever he was playing well, there is nobody even had a chance. So for me, it was great to see that I had a chance."

On Lundgren's influence, Safin said: "The coach cannot go on the court and play. He can just give you advice that everybody knows. Nobody can do anything, everybody knows basically how to play against Roger, but nobody can manage to get any closer."

Federer beat Safin in straight sets in last year's final at Melbourne Park and he will be prepared for a quick start to ensure the Russian doesn't get on a roll.

"He's got a bigger serve [than Agassi]. That's going to make it maybe more difficult to break," Federer said. "I think also the record here for him speaks for itself, how much he likes this surface.

"Of course, it's an even more interesting match just because of who's coaching him. But I'm happy I'm through that, that I played him and got that out of the way in Houston.

"So for this reason I can really concentrate on the match itself and not think about who's in his corner."

sol
01-27-2005, 12:13 PM
Marat wasted several MPs. :rolleyes:I hope the luck leans of his side. C'mon, please.. broke now..

tall_one
01-27-2005, 12:24 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

sol
01-27-2005, 12:25 PM
Done! :yeah: :bigclap: Congrats! :kiss:

tall_one
01-27-2005, 12:26 PM
wahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 5/7 6/4 5/7 7/6 9/7

tall_one
01-27-2005, 12:26 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

Shadow
01-27-2005, 12:28 PM
OMG! YAY! YAY! YAY HE DID IT! i still cant believe it.

after all those matchpoints wasted (i was throwing things).

JuanChuffy007
01-27-2005, 12:29 PM
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaYYYYY YYYYYYYYYYYYY OMG OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE OMG HE WONNNNNNN!!!

brazuca5copas
01-27-2005, 12:29 PM
:bounce: Yes Marat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :crazy: :yippee: :yippee: :bigclap: :clap2:

tall_one
01-27-2005, 12:29 PM
yeah i nearly had a heart attack with all those wasted match points

Platinum Panda
01-27-2005, 12:29 PM
Congrats Marat!! :rocker2:

junekidd
01-27-2005, 12:31 PM
:woohoo:
Marat, you are soooooooooooooooooooooo great!!!! :yeah: :banana: :banana: :banana:

JuanChuffy007
01-27-2005, 12:31 PM
that tiebreak omg man i was so nervous.... man he wonn!!!!!!!!

Shadow
01-27-2005, 12:31 PM
i try to be as calm as i can, because the final will come... !!!! one mission to go.

Aurora
01-27-2005, 12:32 PM
marat.

Aurora
01-27-2005, 12:32 PM
:bowdown:


no words.

Cris
01-27-2005, 12:34 PM
Bravo Marat!!! :woohoo: :banana:

Aleksa's Laydee
01-27-2005, 12:35 PM
INCREDIBLE!!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU, YOUR THE BEST MARAT :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

sol
01-27-2005, 12:35 PM
:clap2:
SUPER SAFIN STUNS FEDERER
Marat Safin beat Roger Federer after an epic tussle to reach the Australian Open men's final.

.....:yeah:

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-27-2005, 12:37 PM
HE WOOOOON! WOO-HOOOOO!!!!

Happy birthday!!!

sol
01-27-2005, 12:37 PM
He was correct :yeah:

Confident Safin ready to give Federer a tough time
27 January 2005
Marat Safin believes he can push Roger Federer to the limit in their Australian Open semi-final clash.

Federer is on a 26-match winning streak but Safin came closest to breaking it at the Masters Cup when he lost a second-set tiebreak 20-18.

The Russian said: "In the tiebreak I had so many chances. It was great quality. I really played well. I proved to myself that I was really close.

"I felt I could give him trouble. It was great to see I have a chance."

However, though Safin believes he knows how to beat Federer, he admits it is a tall order with the Swiss in his current form.

"Everybody knows basically how to play against Roger, but nobody can manage to get any closer to that, even get into the three or five sets to make him at least be even," Safin said.

"It's like he's just toying with everybody."

sol
01-27-2005, 12:40 PM
:yes...


Safin ends Federer's 26-match winning streak

Associated Press

Melbourne, Australia — Marat Safin ended top-ranked Roger Federer's 26-match winning streak, outlasting him 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 9-7 in a classic match Thursday to advance to the Australian Open final.

The fourth-seeded Russian, aiming to regain the No. 1 ranking that he held briefly after winning the U.S. Open in 2000, overcame an unusually jittery Federer, who hadn't dropped a set in five previous matches here, including a quarter-final domination of American Andre Agassi.

The Swiss star received treatment for elbow and back pain in the fifth set, then saved six match points before Safin broke him with a forehand into an open court as Federer watched from his knees. The match took four hours 28 minutes and ended at 12:25 a.m. Friday local time.

Safin will play either second-ranked American Andy Roddick or No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia.

mandy7
01-27-2005, 12:45 PM
i had trouble breathing! :D

JuanChuffy007
01-27-2005, 12:46 PM
:yes...

oh yeah!!!! :yeah:

WELL DONE MARAT!!! (i'm a bit calmed down now hahaahha)

sol
01-27-2005, 12:47 PM
:yeah:

Safin downs Federer in epic
Russian gets revenge for last year's Australian Open final defeat
Paul Doyle
Thursday January 27, 2005

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Fourth seed Marat Safin brought a crashing end to Roger Federer's 26-match unbeaten run by beating the defending champion in an epic Australian Open semi-final today.
Safin survived match point in a fourth set tie-breaker to come back and clinch the match 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-7, after four hours 38 minutes, thereby exacting his revenge for his humiliating straight-sets defeat to Federer in last year's final. The Russian will now meet either Andy Roddick or local favourite Lleyton Hewitt in Sunday's title decider.

Federer, who picked up three grand slam titles last year, had cruised to the last four of the tournament and looked likely to progress to the final as he surged into a two sets to one lead and held matchpoint in the fourth-set tie-breaker.

Safin, however, recovered to win that set before breaking in the fifth set when the Swiss double-faulted at 3-2 to concede a crucial break of serve. However Federer, who several times in the match sought treatment for a sore back, then showed his determination to cling on to his crown by saving two match points at 3-5 down and breaking back.

Federer wasn't finished there either: he survived three further matches point at 5-6 and 6-7, and rescued another two games later, until a simple forehand brought Safin a brilliant and ultimately deserved victory.

snoop
01-27-2005, 12:48 PM
Marat :yeah: and happy bday!


:wavey: Safinettes and Safinous :o
was this Dasha in his box? didnt know they are still together, but good for them!

Wednesday Addams
01-27-2005, 12:50 PM
Two words.
Heart. Attack.
I was basically crying, but without tears........
Marat, I love U! I KNEW U could do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yeah: CONGRATS, BABY!!!!!!!!!! :kiss:

Girls, we have to get drunk tonite!!!! :drink:

Nickiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, where are U???????????????!!!!! We need U and Ur smilies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sol
01-27-2005, 12:50 PM
:yeah:

Safin takes epic to dethrone Federer
Sportal

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Marat Safin has celebrated his 25th birthday in fine style by advancing to his second successive Australian Open final, and his third in four years, with a pulsating five-set defeat of defending champion Roger Federer.

The Russian No.4 seed twice trailed Swiss world No.1 Federer by a set in the rematch of last year's Melbourne Park decider, and found himself down a match point in the fourth set, but fought back brilliantly to carve out a 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 9-7 win in 266 minutes.

Safin had beaten Federer just once previously in seven career meetings, but not only did he make it 2-6 with the triumph, he also ended Federer's run of 25 successive wins against all opponents and 24 consecutive victories against fellow top 10 players.

Safin's reward for finally triumphing past midnight the day after his birthday is a match-up with either local hope and No.3 seed Lleyton Hewitt or a clash with second-seeded American Andy Roddick, who he beat on the way to reaching last year's Australian final.



Having ousted the defending champion for the second year in a row, after 12 months ago eliminating Andre Agassi, Safin has a 5-5 career record against Hewitt and a 2-3 head-to-head record against Roddick.

After a tight opening set Federer managed to take it out by breaking in the 12th game - at his third opportunity - but Safin broke in the third game of the second set and saved a break back point in the eighth to level the match at a set all.

Having never previously dropped a set in four Grand Slam semi-finals before facing Safin, Federer quickly raced to a 3-0 lead in the third, only for Safin to hit back, before in a repeat of the first set, Safin gave up the decisive break in the 12th game.

Both players cruised through their first few service games in the fourth set, and a tie-breaker was inevitably needed to separate them, but after Federer led 5-2 and had a match point at 6-5, Safin chased down everything to again level the match after 186 minutes.

Before the final set got underway Federer had treatment on his arm and neck, and later had assistance in stretching his back, and Safin grabbed a break in the sixth game that allowed him to serve for the match in the ninth game.

But despite facing two match points in that ninth game, Federer refused to give up and broke back before saving another match point in his next service game, as well as two more in the 14th game from 15-40.

Safin again had match points at 15-40 in the 16th game, and after Federer saved the sixth with a powerful ace, Safin sent Federer scurrying out wide to chase down a ball, and hit the decisive winner into an open court after Federer lost his footing making his last shot.

sol
01-27-2005, 12:53 PM
:yeah:

Safin ends Federer's winning streak

Thursday, January 27 2005 1:46

Marat Safin gave himself the perfect birthday present by scoring a stunning upset over world number one Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final today. :aparty:

Swiss ace Federer, the overwhelming tournament favourite, saw his hopes of a third consecutive grand slam title dashed as Russian fourth seed Safin twice fought back from a set down to win 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8/6), 9-7.

Safin, celebrating his 25th birthday, will now play either second seed Andy Roddick or Australian hope Lleyton Hewitt in Sunday's final after securing a thrilling victory in 4hr 28min on the Rod Laver Arena.

It was a dream performance from Safin, who had been trounced in straight sets by Federer in last year's final, and was also a losing finalist at Melbourne Park in 2002. The Russian saved a match-point in the fourth set tie-break and then put his fans through the shredder when he squandered six match-points amid unbearable tension in a marathon fifth set.

But Safin finally clinched a sensational win on his seventh match-point, when an exhausted Federer stumbled out wide leaving the Russian to send an easy forehand into an open court to win.

The Russian's victory ended Federer's 26-match winning streak, a run stretching back to his defeat in last August's Athens Olympics.

sol
01-27-2005, 12:57 PM
:yeah:

Safin Beats Federer at Australian Open
7 minutes ago

By PAUL ALEXANDER, Associated Press Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia - Marat Safin ended top-ranked Roger Federer's 26-match winning streak in a classic Australian Open (news - web sites) semifinal, outlasting the defending champion 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 9-7 in a dazzling 4 1/2-match.

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Safin, the No. 4 seed trying to regain the No. 1 ranking he held briefly after winning the U.S. Open in 2000, overcame an unusually jittery Federer, who hadn't dropped a set in five previous matches here, including a quarterfinal domination of Andre Agassi.

Federer received treatment for elbow and back pain in the fifth set, then saved six match points before Safin broke him with a forehand into an open court as Federer watched from his knees as the match actually ended Friday morning at 12:25 a.m.

Safin next meets the winner of Friday night's semifinal between second-ranked Andy Roddick and No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt.

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Natasc
01-27-2005, 12:57 PM
Hello guys, here i'm, back ;)

OH GOD!!
i'm so glad that I recorded that match in my tape!!
Yesterday I was in shop when I remenber of buy a tape for this match
GOD!!
AN AMAZING MATCH
Sometimes the players "choke" but it's difficulty close a match, and is more difficulty when you are facing the "robot #1"
God, what a match :eek:
Even the commentator said that will be difficulty a final be better then Marat/Federer and Hewitt/Nalbandian

GOD, why I have to have so many favs!!
Marat was very close to kill me today, I was with a flu and some throat problem but now it's worse after so many "yes" and "como on's" for Marat
I think that after that I need watch a romantic movie for be more clam :lol:

God, this tape with that match can kill!!
It's worse than that one form "The ring" :haha:

Congratulations Marat!! and happy birthday :kiss:

Wednesday Addams
01-27-2005, 12:58 PM
Thanx, Sol, sweetieeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! :kiss:

OMG, I want to rep everybody, but I can't..... :ras:

GROUP HUG, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MARAT DESERVES THIS AND SO DO WEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hug:

Five
01-27-2005, 01:00 PM
Marat :worship:

thelma
01-27-2005, 01:01 PM
YAY Marat!!! :worship: :worship: :worship: :bowdown:

Damita
01-27-2005, 01:01 PM
Two words.
Heart. Attack.
I was basically crying, but without tears........
Marat, I love U! I KNEW U could do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yeah: CONGRATS, BABY!!!!!!!!!! :kiss:

Girls, we have to get drunk tonite!!!! :drink:

Nickiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, where are U???????????????!!!!! We need U and Ur smilies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
heart attack here too. i can't breath anymore, my hands keep trembling, my heart's racing...omg!

:worship: congratulations Marat!!!!!!!!! :worship:
so good!!! http://smileys.******************/cat/23/23_31_2.gif

sol
01-27-2005, 01:08 PM
:worship:

Birthday boy Safin shocks Federer to storm into Australian Open final

5 minutes ago Top Stories - AFP



MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) - Marat Safin ended world number one Roger Federer's all-conquering run with a sensational come-from-behind victory to storm into the final of the Australian Open

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The big Russian fourth seed clawed back winning the last two sets to upset the defending champion 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8/6), 9-7 in a classic semi-final in 4hrs 28min that ranked as one of the greatest matches in Australian Open history.

Federer had been the raging favourite to carry off his third straight grand final crown after winning Wimbledon (news - web sites) and US Open last year.

Instead Safin will be playing in his third Australian Open final on Sunday against either Australian third seed Lleyton Hewitt or second seeded American Andy Roddick who play their semi-final on Friday.

The victory, rapturously received by the capacity crowd on Rod Laver Arena, ended Federer's unbeaten 26-match run stretching back to last August.

It was the also first time a top-10 player had eclipsed the world's premier player after 24 straight wins since he last lost to former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero in October 2003.

And it all came on Safin's 25th birthday as he turned things around with a dramatic fourth set tiebreaker, pulling back from 2-5 to level the match at 8-6 in tiebreaker.

Safin claimed the final spot on his seventh match point in a see-sawing final set where Federer fought furiously to stay alive after he held one match point at 6-5 in the fourth set tiebreaker.

Safin will be attempting to win the Australian Open crown at the third attempt after losing to Federer in last year's final and to Swede Thomas Johansson in 2002.

The crowd sang Safin 'Happy Birthday' as he was interviewed on court after his stupendous victory -- his second against Federer in eight meetings.

Federer last lost a match to Czech Tomas Berdych in the second round at the Athens Olympics last August.

Federer had been bidding to become the first player to win three consecutive grand slam tournaments since American Pete Sampras in 1993-94 and the third man to do so along with Australian great Rod Laver in 1969.

The opening set looked headed for a tiebreaker before Federer broke Safin's service in the 12th game on his third break point when the Russian's backhand was long.

But Safin hit back breaking the Swiss in the third game of the next set after two backhand errors.

Safin staved off a break point in the eighth game and served out the second set for Federer's first set loss in a grand slam tournament since the quarter-finals of the US Open last September.

Federer broke the fourth seed after having him down 15-40 in the second game of the third set, but Safin broke Federer for a second time on his second break point with a mighty forehand.

Federer fought off two break points in the ninth game, but Safin could not fend off the Swiss ace who got to 15-40 triggering the Russian to slam his racquet into the court in anger.

He sought a replacement racquet before resuming but an overhit forehand gave Federer the third set in 56 minutes to edge ahead in the absorbing struggle.

The fourth set developed into an absolute thriller in the tiebreak.

Federer surged to a 5-2 lead but in an amazing turnaround Safin powered back to 5-5. The Swiss had one match point at 6-5 on serve but Safin nervelessly won the point with a lob that Federer raced back and hit between his legs into the net.

Safin got to set point and levelled the match when Federer shanked a backhand well out of the court.

There was high drama when Federer called for the trainer complaining of a twinge in his lower back and received a medical time-out for treatment.

Safin was looking more dangerous and he got the vital breakthrough in the sixth game when Federer double-faulted on break point to put the maverick Russian on the cusp of victory at 4-2.

Safin attempted to serve out for the match and held two separate match points but Federer broke back on his second break point when Safin sent a backhand wide.

Federer was again down a match point in the next game but he held on featuring a brilliant rally at the net as the Swiss stood his ground.

Again Federer stared down the barrel fighting off two more match points in the 14th game before levelling at 7-7.

Safin kept pressing and brought up two more match points in the 16th game. Federer saved one with an ace but on the seventh match point Safin had an open court to volley home after Federer stumbled on to the other side of the court.

Vass
01-27-2005, 01:10 PM
Whoohoo! My emotions are back! I was afraid that I was cold to tennis, but theyt woke up in the second game of the first set.

THank You Marat! Congratulations Marat!.

Aurora
01-27-2005, 01:11 PM
I'm so freaking happy!!!!

Damn, I had such a hard time keeping quiet. I had to, because my brother was going nuts besides me as he couldn't move from the couch and was so goddamn annoyed with that "stupid endless tennis match"! lol, but I saw most of it, that's what matters! *lets out a Björklike shriek on the inside*

now who do we want to win tomorrow? :shrug: I have no clue who would be best for Marat, but my personal preference goes to Hewitt. But he can't win of course. No.

Tennis Fool
01-27-2005, 01:12 PM
Marat! Kept the OAF out of reach for the most part ;) Hope the 3rd times the charm :D

sol
01-27-2005, 01:12 PM
:worship:

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Eruwen
01-27-2005, 01:15 PM
Way to go Marat!!! :worship: Great match, great win! :yeah:

Wednesday Addams
01-27-2005, 01:16 PM
MARAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!! Thank you, sweetheart! :hug:
Can't stop smiling.... called my mom..... she's happy too..... and my sis..... we watched it together...... and my grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

sol
01-27-2005, 01:16 PM
:worship:

Safin through to final
January 28, 2005

IT took seven match-points and he had to save one along the way but Marat Safin has slayed the tennis world's dragon, beating Roger Federer to book a spot in the Australian Open final last night.

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Safin staved off a match-point against him in the fourth set and faltered on six match-points of his own before winning 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 9-7 in what could be regarded as one of the greatest grand slam semi-finals of all time.

On Sunday, Safin plays the winner of today's Lleyton Hewitt-Andy Roddick semi, when he will attempt to become the first man since Stefan Edberg in 1985 to win the title here after surviving a match-point.

In the meantime he will bask in the satisfaction of defeating the man that no-one thought could be beaten.

Federer had won 24 successive matches against top ten opponents entering last night's encounter, and had won 30 straight against all comers (including three matches at Kooyong), with his last loss at the Athens Olympics.

The Swiss had developed an air of invincibility rarely, if ever, witnessed in the men's game.

He had not only won all his previous four grand slam semi-finals, he had never dropped a set in any of them.

Perhaps only an iconoclast, a convention-breaker, like Safin could have believed he could win last night and could have maintained that faith when he went behind two sets to one.

Surely none of Safin's 24 previous birthdays, or many more to come, could have brought a present as welcome as this one.

The gift-wrapping would be an Australian Open final win at his third attempt, having been upset by Thomas Johansson in 2002 and beaten by Federer last year.

The first set was tight, with Safin at times exposing Federer's mortality, but it was the Swiss who took it by forcing the first break of the set in the last game.

The Russian broke early in the second set and never relaxed his grip, levelling the match at a set apiece.

It was the first set Federer had dropped since the Masters Cup last year.

Safin's last-game jitters struck again in the third set, dropping his serve in the 12th game to decide the set.

He faced the same predicament at 5-6 in the fourth set, but this time held and forced the tiebreak.

Federer had match-point at 6-5 in the tiebreak, and rushed the net only to see Safin execute a lob that was as well-timed as it was audacious.

The Swiss scrambled back to reach the ball but played a less than pragmatic between-the-legs shot into the net.

Having lost the tiebreak, Federer had an injury time-out, with particular attention to his back, with occasional treatment during the next set.

Safin had cause for confidence entering a fifth set, knowing he had won all five of his five-setters at Melbourne Park while Federer had lost all of his three.

That confidence would have soared when he broke to go 4-2 up in the fifth set and at 5-3 served for the match.

He had two match-point opportunities but butchered both with wide ground strokes.

Having got back on serve, there was no time for Federer to relax, with Safin immediately setting up match-point at 30-40, but again could not convert.

On Federer's next service game - at 6-7 - there were another two match-points against him, the first through an over-exuberant Safin return and the second with a big serve.

In the final game, Federer saved a sixth match-point but not the seventh as Safin claimed an unforgettable win.

An emotional Safin said it was almost impossible to express in words what it meant to beat Federer, who cast such an imposing psychological presence over his opponents.

"To be honest, it's difficult to tell the people what I'm feeling right now," Safin said.

"I think we played the best we could and I can't give much more than that."

The Russian said he went for broke when he pulled off the volley winner on Federer's match point.

"At this moment of the match, you don't really think. You just go for it," he said before explaining why it took him six match points to kill of the Swiss.

"He puts you under so much pressure. It doesn't matter how many match points you have, you have to be careful.

"To be honest, I couldn't believe it (when I got to match point)."

crimson
01-27-2005, 01:17 PM
:wavey: I wanted to come over and say congratulations to Marat and everyone here. :) It was a difficult match for me because I really like both Roger and Marat, and I was very sad for Roger, but I feel happiness for Marat at the same time, and I always hoped that the winner of this match, whoever it turned out to be, would go on to take the title. Best of luck in the final to Marat, I hope he can win it. :)

sol
01-27-2005, 01:22 PM
...
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-27T141129Z_01_MEL119D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-27T141027Z_01_MEL118D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg

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Aurora
01-27-2005, 01:22 PM
:kiss: crimson!

Natasc
01-27-2005, 01:23 PM
So, some pics here

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Natasc
01-27-2005, 01:24 PM
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Ok to many....that's enought,,,to many pics, this will never over :lol:
do you want more? I dont think so :haha:

*Ljubica*
01-27-2005, 01:28 PM
WOW! Words cannot describe how happy I am for Marat and for all you guys here :) I'm at work and I've been in a meeting for the past 3 hours - when I went into the meeting, Marat was 2-1 sets down. Then I checked the Net 10 minutes ago and he had won! OMG - I am really, really happy for him on his Birthday and for all my friends here :hug: He has GOT to win this tournament now - it's Fate. Yesterday I was crying with sadness for David - now I am crying with happiness for Marat and for all of you.

I'm so happy for you. Love you all :)

Natasc
01-27-2005, 01:28 PM
just a few more :rolleyes:

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ok, now is to many :haha:
enjoy ;) :lol:

erica
01-27-2005, 01:28 PM
YESS!!! I only saw the last 3 games, and was so exited.. I don´t know what would happend, If I would´ve seen the whole match! (got a heart attack, probably) :D But I´m so happy he won. I just keep smiling all the time.. :)
And on Sunday my friends are coming here to watch the final, and we´re gonna have a small party for Marat :)

thelma
01-27-2005, 01:34 PM
Safin Says He Almost Buckled Under Pressure

7 minutes ago

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Marat Safin said he almost buckled under the pressure before beating world number one Roger Federer on his seventh match point in an extraordinary Australian Open semi-final on Thursday.

Safin reached his third final with the 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-7 win over Federer, the man who beat him in last year's final.

"You have to understand I'm not playing against just a simple player, it's the number one player in the world, Roger," a relieved Safin told reporters.

"For some reason I found the power to fight, to wait for my opportunities and eventually they came," said Safin, who was also beaten in the 2002 Australian final by Swede Thomas Johansson (news).

"It's too much pressure even when you have a match point because you really have to build a point to win it,"he said.

"Normally he toys with all the other players with all respect to everybody. It's incredible what type of game he can play," Safin said.

the Russian will play either third seed Lleyton Hewitt (news) of Australia or second seed Andy Roddick (news) in the final.

Safin himself saved one match point in the fourth set tiebreak with an audacious lob. Federer was left with no option but to attempt a forehand between the legs in a mad scramble to get the ball back.

"I was lucky to be honest. I had no other choice but to just lob him, the only chance he had to play was between the legs," Safin said.

"After that I couldn't take my match points and to come back to still fight to win, it's a little bit difficult," he said.

"Hopefully I'll have enough energy in the final to be able to fight," Safin said.

"Roddick is in great shape. Hewitt, he's going to play with his home crowd, so it's not going to be easy at all," he said.

Five
01-27-2005, 01:37 PM
what a great day ! :)
I'm so happy :)
Thanks Marat :wavey:

Lley
01-27-2005, 01:39 PM
F*CK!! It's NOT FAIR!! Roger fall down!!! ANYWAY Roge's the BEST!!

Aurora
01-27-2005, 01:40 PM
thank you for sharing that Lley ;)

thanks for the pics and articles! can't wait to see the interview...

Natasc
01-27-2005, 01:42 PM
F*CK!! It's NOT FAIR!! Roger fall down!!! ANYWAY Roge's the BEST!!
Hey, i like Federer too
But I think you came to the wrong place :( :o :rolleyes: , go cheer for Fed in his thread, no confusion or anything here

tall_one
01-27-2005, 01:48 PM
Nickiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, where are U???????????????!!!!! We need U and Ur smilies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lol what smileys did you need?

jazz_girl
01-27-2005, 01:48 PM
What an amazing match!!!! Even my parents were cheering for Marat! LOL!!!
I sooooooo want him to win the whole thing!
Vamos David!!!! You can do it :yeah:
Congratulations to all of his fans for this win! :hug:

Lley
01-27-2005, 01:49 PM
OK, SORRY

thelma
01-27-2005, 01:50 PM
Congratulations to all of his fans for this win! :hug:
Thank you! :hug:

Lley
01-27-2005, 01:50 PM
OK, sorry...

darika
01-27-2005, 01:52 PM
What a wonderful day!!!!! Marat :wavey: Happy Birthday, honey !!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship: Wish you all the best in the final!

Natasc
01-27-2005, 01:53 PM
What an amazing match!!!! Even my parents were cheering for Marat! LOL!!!
I sooooooo want him to win the whole thing!
Vamos David!!!! You can do it :yeah:
Congratulations to all of his fans for this win! :hug:
here i was watching alone :sad:

But my ant (and the rest of the family) come ask me why or what was those yellings :lol:
"YESSS", "YEAHHH" and "COME On's" for all over the house!!

I'm with a throat problem and now my throat isover after all that match and yellings, i'm done :lol:

thelma
01-27-2005, 01:54 PM
Thursday, January 27, 2005

Federer win streak ended by Safin upset

The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Marat Safin today ended top-ranked Roger Federer's 26-match winning streak in a classic Australian Open semifinal, outlasting the defending champion 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 9-7 in a dazzling 4 1/2-hour match.
Safin, seeded fourth and trying to regain the No. 1 ranking he held briefly after winning the 2000 U.S. Open, overcame an unusually jittery Federer, who hadn't dropped a set in five previous matches here, including a quarterfinal domination of Andre Agassi.

Federer received treatment for elbow and back pain in the fifth set, then saved six match points before Safin broke him with a forehand into an open court as Federer watched from his knees. The match lasted 4 hours and 28 minutes.

Safin next meets the winner of tonight's semifinal between second-ranked Andy Roddick and No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt.

Safin against Federer was pure crowd-pleasing tennis between two of the game's most gifted all-around players. Every point was a struggle as they punished weak shots and swapped stinging groundstrokes and drop volleys.

"It's like a brain fight against ... Roger Federer," Safin said. "I think we played the best we could and I couldn't give any more than that."

Safin was exhausted going into last year's final - which he lost to Federer - after six matches that averaged three hours. Demonstrating the skills that took him to No. 1 after his only Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, he was much fresher this time - and he needed to be.

While serving at 5-6, he mis-hit a forehand, then sent a backhand long to give Federer the first set. Frustrated, the mercurial Russian tossed his racket high in the air and missed the catch.

Federer then lost his first set of the tournament, showing the first real signs of tension in 11 days. Usually unflappable, Federer committed an uncharacteristic 14 errors in the set to just five for Safin. Clearly frustrated, he shouted at himself.

Federer also played in pain, calling in trainer Paul Ness to massage his right forearm and elbow, and later to stretch out his back as he lay on the court.

jazz_girl
01-27-2005, 01:57 PM
here i was watching alone :sad:

But my ant (and the rest of the family) come ask me why or what was those yellings :lol:
"YESSS", "YEAHHH" and "COME On's" for all over the house!!

I'm with a throat problem and now my throat isover after all that match and yellings, i'm done :lol:
You know, my family is not a tennis fan, but when I'm watching it they put up with it and enjoy it with me. And not many times they stick around and watch it, and they only did it twice this year: Nalbandian vs Hewitt and Safin vs Federer. My dad even left later for work cause he wanted to know if Safin could make it or not! LOL
After David's match, I'm glad to know that at least he could see Marat win :)

zoltan83
01-27-2005, 02:10 PM
:worship: Marat :worship:

His match was awesome. :bowdown:
What a tie-break :eek: and so many match points but he won. :cool:

crigazzio
01-27-2005, 02:11 PM
CONGRATULATIONS MARAT!!!! iS A GREAT JOB!!!
I love David, but I love the great tenis and today Marat was the best!!!!
I hope that he can make it in Australia!!!!
I´m glad for you guys!!!! Enjoy it!!! ;)

Aurora
01-27-2005, 02:12 PM
thanks for your support, Zoltan and crigazzio!

Mrs-Safina
01-27-2005, 02:19 PM
Congrats Marat!

What a wonderful birthday gift for yourself and us sweetie.

You just proved that you are indeed the best.

Very wonderful match.

PS: Roger was pretty good himself

Love U Marat

PennyThePenguin
01-27-2005, 02:20 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

my classmates...who were writing off marat this morning..couldn't believe their eyes when i messaged them to say marat had won. ;)

thelma
01-27-2005, 02:22 PM
Safin stuns Federer in epic semi

Marat Safin ended Roger Federer's 26-match winning streak to reach the final the Australian Open.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40766000/jpg/_40766937_safin203.jpg

The Russian fourth seed, celebrating his 25th birthday on Thursday, overcame the defending champion 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 9-7 in four hours 28 minutes.

Federer never found his best form and received treatment for elbow and back pain at the start of the deciding set.

He battled back from 5-2 down in the fifth and saved six match points, but Safin won it on the seventh.

"It doesn't matter how many match points you have, you have to really win it," said Safin, who was runner up in the last two years of the event.

"It's like a brain fight against each other. It's Roger Federer, so already psychologically it's really difficult. He puts you under pressure, no matter how many match points you have.

"I have lost to him seven times and he's just so good. It's a little difficult to explain what I am feeling right now"

Federer had looked on course to retain his title when he won the first set with just one break of serve.

But some uncharacteristic errors saw Safin take the second - the first Federer had lost in the tournament.

Federer had one match point of his own at 6-5 in the fourth-set tie-break but Safin produced a superb lob that the world number one could not return.

The Swiss star then saved two match points at 3-5 in the deciding set, another at 4-5 and recovered from 15-40 down at 6-7.

It was a similar story at 7-8 and, although Federer hit his 22nd ace to save the first, Safin manoeuvred his opponent out wide on the forehand and came to the net to fire a forehand winner into the empty court.

Safin will play the winner of Friday's second semi-final, between second seed Andy Roddick and third seed Lleyton Hewitt, in Sunday's final.

_____

Safin ousts Federer at Australian Open
WebPosted Thu, 27 Jan 2005 08:41:07 EST
CBC Sports
World No. 1 Roger Federer saw his 26-match winning streak snapped in Thursday's Australian Open semifinal in Melbourne.

The Swiss player and defending champion lost a five-set classic to fourth-seeded Marat Safin, 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 9-7 in a contest that will go down in history as one the best in the history of this tournament.

Safin outlasted Federer, who hadn't lost a set in five previous matches in the Open, in a match that lasted four hours and 28 minutes. Safin was down and facing match point in the fourth set but he battled back, despite blowing six match-point opportunities of his own, to pull of the upset.

"It's like a brain fight against ... Roger Federer," Safin said. "I think we played the best we could and I couldn't give any more than that."

Safin also avenged a straight-set loss to Federer in last year's Australian Open final.

The Russian now advances to the final where he will face the winner of Friday's semifinal between second-ranked American Andy Roddick and No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia.

Federer battled injury problems in the match, as he was treated for elbow and back pain in the fifth set.

In the fourth-set tiebreaker, Federer was up 5-2 before losing three straight points, the first two on his serve. Federer hit a shot into the net at 6-5, then lost the next two points to give Safin the set.

In the fifth set, Safin saved two break points at 1-1, then broke Federer in the sixth game after the Swiss player double-faulted at 30-40. Serving at 5-3, Safin squandered two match points and Federer converted his third break point of the game after the Russian hit a backhand wide.

In the next game, Federer jumped out to a 30-0 lead before giving up three straight points. On match point, Federer hit a volley winner before taking the next two points for 5-5.

Safin saved a break point at 6-6 but blew two match points in the next game. In the 16th game, Federer saved a sixth match point at 15-40, but on the next point, Safin hit a forehand into the open court to end the match.

Turkeyballs Paco
01-27-2005, 02:28 PM
Fucking beautiful. That's all I can say. Great job, Marat!!!

Bibir
01-27-2005, 02:30 PM
F*CK!! It's NOT FAIR!! Roger fall down!!! ANYWAY Roge's the BEST!!
:p

Denise
01-27-2005, 02:33 PM
I'm damm happy! OMG! The match was amazing! I belived in him despite everybody tought Federer was going to win. Now is his time...
I was jumping and screaming in front the TV!
I'm singing the australian open song until now...
"tanannnnnn, tanannnnananannnannnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!" :woohoo:


GREAT JOB MARAT!!!! The best BDAY ever :D

Bibir
01-27-2005, 02:35 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/bibir/25.bmphttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/bibir/15.bmphttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/bibir/22.bmphttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/bibir/24.bmp

Meeek
01-27-2005, 02:35 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

WHOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

I nearly died a couple of times, and have a headache now actually, but damn....HOORAY!!!!

Natasc
01-27-2005, 02:37 PM
CONGRATULATIONS MARAT!!!! iS A GREAT JOB!!!
I love David, but I love the great tenis and today Marat was the best!!!!
I hope that he can make it in Australia!!!!
I´m glad for you guys!!!! Enjoy it!!! ;)
David played a great match
He get out of the court not like a loser but as a champion
What a fight, the both playing damn well

The commentator of ESPN is damn stupid but I agree with one thing that he said: "I doubt that a final match will be so touching, so exciting with both of players playing with their heart, as was Llleyton HEWITT-David NALBANDIAN and Marat SAFIN-Roger FEDERER."

Those 2 matchs worth for the all event :worship:

Bibir
01-27-2005, 02:48 PM
Third time is not the lucky one Marat!...you have your fate and our hapiness in your hands! :hug: :hug:

I know it's silly to say that but....He won...he's the best! :angel:

http://www.hippochri.de/images/HIPPOSCHUNKEL.GIF

Iza
01-27-2005, 02:51 PM
JEEEEEEZ Marat made me wake up all the neighbors who were having an afternoon nap :lol: !!!!! You should have seen me screaming and shouting in front of the TV and yelling cuss words :angel: and "Vamos" and all that :rolls: poor neighbors...but hey Marat doesn't beat Fed who is defending champ @ a Slam everyday! ;)

GONGRATS MARAT
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 :banana: :banana: :woohoo: :woohoo: He was gr8! Absolutely great :worship: :worship: :hatoff:
I was REALLY proud 2 be a Hippo-fan :D !

Now pleeeeeeez win the title on Sunday :bounce: :bigclap: ! No massive choking or hysteria pleeze! WIN Marat WIIIIIIIIIIN!!!!!!!!

Aurora
01-27-2005, 02:52 PM
it's not silly, Bea. facts need to be said ;). I'm not gonna shout it till he wins this though.
Where's your signature btw? :D

BelgianWaffle
01-27-2005, 02:53 PM
one quick post: awsome match, I nearly died of heart attaque but in the end it was all well worth it! :woohoo: :banana:

oh and happy birhtday marat ;)

PS please win the whole thing.

sol
01-27-2005, 02:53 PM
Well, Roger also played great!...

Federer Loses Aura of Invincibility

7 minutes ago Sports - Reuters

By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer's dramatic loss to Russian Marat Safin (news) in the semi-finals of the Australian Open Thursday not only brought to an end the defense of his title but also proved something to the rest of the tennis world.

The Swiss world number one is not invincible.

Three grand slam titles out of the past four, 11 titles in 2004 and a run of 21 straight matches without defeat had helped make Federer one of the hottest favorites in Australian Open history.

Since October 2003, Federer had won 24 straight matches against top-10 players and five matches without dropping a set served only to reinforce feelings that the 23-year-old would stroll to his fifth grand slam title.

But after almost four and a half hours of the most dramatic tennis imaginable, Safin showed the rest the way with a stunning victory, saving a match point and squandering six of his own before clinching a 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-7, victory.

Despite having a match point at 6-5 in the fourth-set tiebreak, Federer had no arguments about his defeat.

"Losing by having match point, it's always going to hurt, no matter how great the match was," he said.

On his match point, Federer ran back for a Safin lob and played a between-the-legs shot which found the net.

'GUTSY LOB'

"I thought I would have lost the point anyway. He came up with a good shot to lob me. Got to have some guts to do that, so it's well done."

Federer, who struggled with a nerve-end problem and a blister on his foot, said: "I surprised myself by coming back because I had all these problems, and he has a great serve and a great game."

He needed treatment for back problems during the four-hour 28-minute match and came back from 5-3 down in the final set.

"He was obviously more fresh than me, so I thought there was probably no way coming back. I had the feeling, like he gave me a second chance, you know, and I almost took it.

"It's really a pity. A point here and there changed the match. I had my chances, but he didn't allow me to take them.

"But at least I can leave the place feeling good about myself because I thought I gave it all I had, and that's all I got. He was the better player in the end.

Federer, whose number one ranking is not under threat, said he was looking forward to getting his revenge over Safin.

"Of course, I'm hoping for a rematch so I can beat him again. I haven't been involved in too many such great matches. But it was a thrill actually to be a part of it, that's very clear."

Aurora
01-27-2005, 02:53 PM
:wavey: Iza!

I'm majorly dropping my jaw at your avatar. Is that really PimPim?

Shadow
01-27-2005, 02:55 PM
now who do we want to win tomorrow? :shrug: I have no clue who would be best for Marat, but my personal preference goes to Hewitt. But he can't win of course. No.

either of them will be really though. It depends on Marat. (re - mental block in AO finals)