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sol
01-27-2005, 02:55 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!!! ;)

Thanks, Ceci! :hug:
...
Thanks, Nicolas! :hug:

:kiss:

BelgianWaffle
01-27-2005, 02:56 PM
hey hanneke :wavey:

did you see the match ;) I only saw the last two sets because I needed to study :rolleyes: but I taped the rest.
I think Lieven v gils is rapidly becoming a Marat-fan ;)

BelgianWaffle
01-27-2005, 02:57 PM
either of them will be really though. It depends on Marat.

Exactly. Don't you think Marat would prefer Andy?
If it's Lleyton he'll have the crowd against him. On the other hand, Lleyton might crack under the pressure (literally, and pop a vein in his head) :o

crigazzio
01-27-2005, 03:00 PM
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:

Thanks for your words!!! :wavey:
As you´re happy about Marat...I´m so proud of David, of his mind and the way that he´s playing......I´m happy, he won aggainst Coria, and shows aggainst Hewitt who is the best :worship: .....No matter the results..... ;)
Now marat you have to take the prize!!!!!!

Aurora
01-27-2005, 03:00 PM
HA, Ulrike (:wavey: btw), in the beginnning it was all "God this, God that, Safin temper, Safin blondes"... you know the drill! but slowly, very slowly he was changing his tune...

good luck and courage with the study, I hope it's almost over! tell us how it went!

sol
01-27-2005, 03:00 PM
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crigazzio
01-27-2005, 03:01 PM
Thanks, Ceci! :hug:
...
Thanks, Nicolas! :hug:

:kiss:

You´re welcome SOL!!!!!
I´ll be cherring for Marat in the final!!!!!!!! He deserve it!!!!! ;)

BelgianWaffle
01-27-2005, 03:04 PM
HA, Ulrike (:wavey: btw), in the beginnning it was all "God this, God that, Safin temper, Safin blondes"... you know the drill! but slowly, very slowly he was changing his tune...

good luck and courage with the study, I hope it's almost over! tell us how it went!

Oh ha I didn't see the beginning of the match so I missed the comments. At the end he was just gasping for air when Marat made a point (you could hear it in the microphone lol). :devil:

Two more exams to go.. bromatology (400 pages about food lol) and "Medical supplies & homecare" :rolleyes: :mad:

RogiFan88
01-27-2005, 03:06 PM
Congratulations to Marat for winning this epic battle v. Rogi! I knew Rogi was in trouble when I woke up and found they were STILL playing [his record in 5-setters sucks].

Anyway, now that Marat [whom Rogi had said all along was his biggest threat and he s know] has beaten the #1 player in the world, he absolutely must win this title!

DAVAI, MARAT! You deserve it!

Marat is about the ONLY player I will allow to beat my Rogi. After all, he IS so talented AND he has his trump card -- PL!

He won on his birthday [more or less] -- great gift!

I'm just sad that Rogi was injured... back, arm, hand?? Marat's in better shape for sure... just hope it's not serious... his back always gives out under extreme pressure. Ouahh...

Vamos, Marat! Win it all!!!!!!!! You should because you are the TALENT guy!!!

Aurora
01-27-2005, 03:07 PM
yeah, he's always so freaking nervous (now it was deservedly but still), making little noises. he's ok I guess, better than Karl & Sabine!

your exams sound... hmmm... well... good luck!

BelgianWaffle
01-27-2005, 03:12 PM
your exams sound... hmmm... well... good luck!

:lol:
Well I'll get back to work now.. dada ;)

sol
01-27-2005, 03:12 PM
Congratulations to Marat for winning this epic battle v. Rogi! I knew Rogi was in trouble when I woke up and found they were STILL playing [his record in 5-setters sucks].

Anyway, now that Marat [whom Rogi had said all along was his biggest threat and he s know] has beaten the #1 player in the world, he absolutely must win this title!

DAVAI, MARAT! You deserve it!

Marat is about the ONLY player I will allow to beat my Rogi. After all, he IS so talented AND he has his trump card -- PL!

He won on his birthday [more or less] -- great gift!

I'm just sad that Rogi was injured... back, arm, hand?? Marat's in better shape for sure... just hope it's not serious... his back always gives out under extreme pressure. Ouahh...

Vamos, Marat! Win it all!!!!!!!! You should because you are the TALENT guy!!!

Thanks, Rogifan! :hug: Roger also played an amazing match! Happy b-day again! :kiss:

sol
01-27-2005, 03:16 PM
....

Safin Beats Federer in Australia (Update1)

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Marat Safin fought back from match point down to upset top-ranked Roger Federer and reach the Australian Open final as Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport rallied to set up an all-U.S. women's championship decider.

Fourth-seeded Safin, the 2000 U.S. Open champion, won 5-7, 6- 4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 9-7 at Melbourne Park to snap the defending champion's 24-match winning streak against top-10 players. Williams earlier saved three match points before beating Maria Sharapova, while Davenport defeated Nathalie Dechy in three sets.

Safin, runner-up in Melbourne twice in the past three years, won today with a forehand on his seventh match point to move within one victory of joining 1999 champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov as a Russian winner of the year's first Grand Slam. He'll take on No.2-ranked Andy Roddick or local favorite Lleyton Hewitt in Sunday's final.

``I found the power to fight and wait for my opportunities,'' Safin, 25 yesterday, told a news conference. ``Normally if you don't take your chances someone else will.''

In a repeat of last year's final, Safin became the first player to take a set off Federer at an official tournament since November to tie the match at one set all.

Federer broke twice to take the third set 7-5 and the fourth went into a tiebreaker, which Safin won after he was match point down at 5-6. Federer, who had treatment for a lower back injury between sets, was broken for 2-4 in the decider and saved two match points with Safin serving at 5-3.

`Happy Birthday'

Safin squandered another match point, took a 15-40 lead in the 14th game and again failed to close out the match. He held service for 8-7 before sealing victory in four hours, 28 minutes. Even though it was after midnight in Melbourne, the Rod Laver Arena crowd sang ``Happy Birthday'' to him.

It was Federer's first defeat in 27 matches on tour and ended his bid to become the first men's player to win three straight Grand Slams since Pete Sampras achieved the feat more than a decade ago. He won three of the four majors last year.

``A point here and a point there changed the match,'' Federer said. ``At least I gave it a fight.''

Golfnduck
01-27-2005, 03:17 PM
CONGRATULATIONS MARAT!!!! I'm hoping to catch some of this match on replay. It sounds like he played great. I'm so happy for him. Now hopefully Andy wins so we can have a high quality final. WAY TO GO MARAT!!!! :woohoo:

Kiara
01-27-2005, 03:55 PM
Incredible, I have no words.

Marat was so emotional and moving in his interview with Jim, what an incredible birthday, and I thought it was going to be hard to top the last one, heartfelt thanks from me to marat for such poignant moment, that has to go down as his finest victory ever..

jmgsdoubsprtnr
01-27-2005, 03:57 PM
OMG this just made my day. i was just thinking earlier that if anyone can do it (beat feds) it would be safin. then i go to ATPtennis.com, and there it was. my mouth just dropped and i was almost brought to tears :lol: this is just the best thing to happen this whole AUS open. he'd better win this now, after this marvelous defeat!!

I'm just so sick of feds winning everything, every time he's in a tourney, it's kinda inevitable that he's gonna win. I'm just so happy SOMEONE beat him, it's just a bonus that it was marat!!!

GO MARAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

roisin
01-27-2005, 04:03 PM
:worship: MARAT SAFIN. U LEGEND :worship:

one word -

UNBEFUCKINGLIVABLE

:bowdown:

ataptc
01-27-2005, 04:12 PM
unbelievable :worship: thought he kept his cool really well even when he was down matchpoint in the tiebreak, when he couldnt serve for the match and when he couldnt convert on his matchpoints! i was really impressed :D if one person could stop federer, it would have to be marat. Well done!!!!!

maratski
01-27-2005, 04:15 PM
:bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

aceit
01-27-2005, 04:43 PM
HELL YEAH, MARAT!!!!

I'm so happy he won and can't wait to watch it on tv. During one of my classes we were allowed to do whatever we wanted so I went online to check to see who won and when I saw Safin d. Federer, I almost screamed! :p

Congrats Marat. :bowdown:

thelma
01-27-2005, 04:56 PM
Posted 1/27/2005 11:25 AM Updated 1/27/2005 11:37 AM

Safin wrecks Federer's 26-match win streak in semis

By Paul Alexander, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia — Marat Safin 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 (8-6), 9-7 in a dazzling, 4½ hour match.

http://images.usatoday.com/sports/_photos/2005/01/27/inside-safin.jpg

Safin, seeded fourth and trying to regain the No. 1 ranking he held briefly after winning the U.S. Open in 2000, saved one match point in overcoming 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 rematch of last year's final ended Friday at 12:25 a.m. local time.

Safin, reaching the final at Melbourne Park for the third time in four years, next meets the winner of Friday night's semifinal between second-ranked Andy Roddick and No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt.

The women's final matches seventh-seeded Serena Williams against top-ranked Lindsay Davenport. Williams fended off three match points to avenge her Wimbledon final loss to No. 4 Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-5, 8-6, stretching her winning streak here to 13 matches.

Davenport looked lethargic after playing more than four hours Wednesday, but rallied to hold off No. 19 Nathalie Dechy of France 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Safin vs. 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.

"I'm not playing against just a simple player. He's No. 1 in the world," said Safin. It was his birthday on Thursday, and he planned a quiet celebration with a glass of champagne when he got back to his room in the early hours of Friday morning.

"It was one of the toughest matches of my life. I need time to recover," he said. "Five sets is a kind of lottery. Anything can happen."

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. Serving at 1-1 in the second set, he smacked an overhead wide, then hit a backhand into the net for the only break. Safin held serve the rest of the way.

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Marat Safin claims victory in the most stunning match yet

18:26 2005-01-27

Marat Safin fought back from match point down to upset top-ranked Roger Federer and reach the Australian Open final as Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport rallied to set up an all-U.S. women's championship decider, reports Bloomberg.

Fourth-seeded Safin, the 2000 U.S. Open champion, won 5-7, 6- 4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 9-7 at Melbourne Park to snap the defending champion's 24-match winning streak against top-10 players.

Safin, runner-up in Melbourne twice in the past three years, won today with a forehand on his seventh match point to move within one victory of joining 1999 champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov
as a Russian winner of the year's first Grand Slam. He'll take on No.2-ranked Andy Roddick or local favorite Lleyton Hewitt in Sunday'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, reports Reuters.

According to The Age, Safin, a beaten finalist in 2002 and 2004, will now play the winner of tonight's semi-final between Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and American Andy Roddick in the final on Sunday and will be thankful for the extra day's rest.

Safin has won only one of his eight matches against Federer and he was overwhelmed to have beaten him at Melbourne park.

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http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/jon_wertheim/01/27/aussie.open/p1_safinaussie_all.jpg
"On his 25th birthday, a mature Marat Safin outlasted the world's No. 1 player, Roger Federer, in five sets in the Aussie semis.
Sean Garnsworthy/Getty Images"

snaillyyy
01-27-2005, 04:56 PM
Marat!!! :woohoo: :worship: :worship: absolutely awesome, congrats to Marat!! I cant wait to see this match, (got to make sure the vcr is set right :p )

thelma
01-27-2005, 05:00 PM
Seventh Heaven for Safin
Thursday, 27 January, 2005
by Damian Glass

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Marat Safin has taken seven match points - and saved one in the fourth set - to send world No.1 Roger Federer out of the Centenary Australian Open with a remarkable win in an epic five-set semi-final, winning 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 9-7.

The Russian No.4 seed came back from two-sets-to-one down to upset the hot tournament favourite on Rod Laver Arena, becoming the first man through to Sunday night's men's final.

It was the first time Federer had lost to a top 10 player since October 2003 and the first time he had lost a match since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

The defending Australian Open champion looked to be through to the final when he led the fourth set tie-break 5-2. Remarkably, Safin fought back to level the tie-break 5-5 but the Swiss then brought up his only match point with a delicate drop shot.

Federer was desperately close to winning the match after a superb drop volley but Safin somehow chased the ball down. He lobbed Federer but the Swiss ran back, only for his between-the-legs return to go into the net.

From that point, Safin won the next two points to win the tie-break and send the match into a deciding fifth set.

Before this semi-final, Federer had won only one of six five-set matches on Rod Laver Arena while Safin had never lost a five-set match at the venue.

The Russian began the fifth set looking as if he was going to keep his winning record on Rod Laver Arena in tact and, in the fifth game, he broke Federer to take a 3-2 lead.

Games then went with serve until Safin served for the match for the first time at 5-3 but Federer saved two match points to break back.

At 4-5, Federer saved another match point on his own serve. Trailing 6-7, the Swiss maestro saved two more, displaying the hallmarks of a true champion.

Just when it looked like Safin was going to rue not having taken advantage of five match points, he held serve to take an 8-7 lead and then, in Federer's next service game, the Russian brought up another two match points at 15-40.

Stunningly, Federer served an ace to save the sixth match point but on the seventh match point for Safin, the Russian's return forced Federer out of court allowing the two-time runner-up at Melbourne Park to dispatch a forehand into the open court to finally take the match and move into another final at Melbourne Park.

Earlier, Safin had begun the match knowing his serve was going to have to stand up for him to have any chance of winning and in the first set it did, serving at 73% at an average speed of 212km/hour. The problem for the Russian was that Federer is as good as anyone at returning serve. However, at the end of the set, it wasn't Safin's serve that let him down.

Trailing 5-6 and serving to stay in the set, Safin made six unforced errors in the game to hand the set to Federer 7-5.

Despite losing the opening set, Safin was forcing Federer to play the sort of tennis that had gone unsighted in the tournament so far. Unlike others before him who had no answers to Federer's serve and superior baseline game, Safin's philosophy was producing some uncharacteristic errors from the Swiss.

Safin's tactics drew mistakes from Federer who, unusually, was not in control of a match. In the first set Safin made five more unforced errors than Federer but in the second, Federer made 14 to Safin's five.

It came as no surprise when Safin broke Federer's serve to lead 2-1 early in the second set. In particular, Safin attacked Federer's backhand with success as he continued to thwart the Swiss from the back of the court.

Federer had a chance to get back into the set holding a break point at 3-4 but Safin served his way out of trouble and went on to win the set 6-4 and level the match at one set apiece.

In the important third set, Federer surrended a 2-0 lead and was two break points down at 4-4. But, as was the case in the first set, Safin could not hold his serve at 5-6 and lost it 5-7.

At the start of the fourth set, it was going to take a Herculean effort from Safin to break his hoodoo against Federer, who had previously won six of the seven matches between the two players.

Little did Safin know of the drama that lay ahead - that he was about to play one of the greatest semi-finals on Rod Laver Arena (and perhaps the match of his life) to finally defeat Federer again.

Mach Facts:

• Safin took 7 match points to defeat the world No.1

• The fifth set went for 80 minutes

• Federer won 201 points, Safin 194

• The Swiss had one match point in the 4th set tie-break

• Unforced errors: Federer 59, Safin 60

• The match went for 4 hours and 28 minutes

Kiara
01-27-2005, 05:03 PM
"It was one of the toughest matches of my life. I need time to recover," he said. "Five sets is a kind of lottery. Anything can happen."

Glad to see he hasnt stopped saying the L word ;)

KCVH
01-27-2005, 05:04 PM
INTO THE FINAL, BY BEATNIG R. FEDERER :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

thelma
01-27-2005, 05:08 PM
Safin Stuns Federer To Advance To Australian Open Final

By Tennis Week
01/28/2005

It began as a birthday rematch and concluded as a career rebirth. Marat Safin celebrated his 25th birthday in sensational style today, saving a match point to topple top-seeded Roger Federer, 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(6), 9-7 in an epic encounter that will be remembered as one of the most riveting Australian Open semifinals in recent memory.

The match was a rematch of the 2004 Australian Open final and served as a reminder of the Russian's resolve in five-set matches. While Federer has displayed more mental toughness in majors than Safin, the towering, temperamental Safin has been much tougher going the distance than the Swiss stylist. Safin raised his record to 21-8 in five-set matches, while Federer fell to 7-8 in five setters.

The two-time Australian Open runner-up advanced to Sunday's final where he awaits either second-seeded Andy Roddick or third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt. The final will feature a pair of U.S. Open champions as 2000 U.S. Open champion Safin has split his 10 career meetings with 2001 Flushing Meadows winner Hewitt and owns a 2-3 career record against 2003 U.S. Open champion Roddick.

The fourth-seeded Safin fought off a match point at 5-6 in the fourth-set tiebreak to ignite a remarkable rally that saw him score his second victory over Federer in their eight career clashes. The stunning upset of the defending champion left an exhausted and elated Safin searching for words to describe his emotions.

"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 epic encounter elicited extreme effort from both players who battled from the baseline and waged wars with their own emotions during the dramatic decisive set that saw Federer fight off six match points before Safin finally sealed a stirring victory on the seventh match point.

"It's really unfortunate, I thought I played under the circumstances really well," said Federer, who was bothered by blisters on his feet and received treatment for a strained shoulder after the fourth set. " "A point here or there would change the match — that's a pity but at least I gave it a fight. I surprised myself by coming back because I had all these problems and he has a great serve, a great game. It was a thrill to be a part of it."

The match captivated the crowd as some fans stood throughout the final games to witness the compelling climax to the drama.

Safin's schizophrenic game sometimes suffers from such wild mood swings it would seem to require counseling rather than coaching. The temperamental terror can turn tennis racquets into endangered species, snapping his sticks as easily as tongue depressors, but when Safin snapped today it was an accomplishment. The victory snapped Federer's 26-match winning streak, stopped his streak of 24 straight wins over top 10 opponents, and ended his streak of 19 straight Grand Slam victories.

The four-time Grand Slam champion, who had not lost a match since falling to Tomas Berdych in the second round of the Athens Olympics in August, had not succumbed in Grand Slam play since bowing to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round of Roland Garros.

The defending champion appeared destined to advance to his third consecutive major final when he delivered a pair of deft drop shots to take a 4-1 lead in the fourth-set tiebreak. Federer stretched the lead to 5-2 and had two serves to seal the match, but Safin showed his fighting spirit in scoring successive mini breaks as Federer's drives sailed beyond the baseline. Federer had a match point at 6-5 on his serve and closed quickly on the net only to see Safin strike a sensational lob that sent the Swiss scurrying back to retrieve it. Federer's ill-advised between the legs reply found the net. Two points later, Safin struck a slick backhand volley winner to force the decisive fifth set.

Feeling the pressure in the final set, Federer, who received treatment on his lower back, double faulted to hand Safin a break and a 4-2 lead. Safin held to solidify the break and move within one game of the match, but Federer staged a furious fight in battling back to save two match points on Safin's serve before breaking to close to 4-5. Federer, who struck 22 aces and eight double faults, saved four more match points on serve in the see-saw set.

Finally, Safin slammed a series of strong shots that forced Federer to slip while sprinting after a wide forehand in the corner. Safin hit into the open court then thrust his arms in victory after completing the momentous match. The crowd serenaded Safin with a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" on a day in which Safin came of age as a competitor.

"At this moment of the match, you don't really think. You just go for it," Safin said. "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 won)."

Bibir
01-27-2005, 05:12 PM
"It was one of the toughest matches of my life. I need time to recover," he said. "Five sets is a kind of lottery. Anything can happen."

Glad to see he hasnt stopped saying the L word ;)
L like Love? ;) ;)

thelma
01-27-2005, 05:20 PM
Open just that as Safin halts Federer
By Richard Hinds
January 28, 2005 - 1:03AM

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/28/safin_narrowweb__200x416.jpg

Before last night, the Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick semi-final had seemed a bit like a race between two death-row inmates to see who could get to the electric chair first.

However, after the shock defeat of defending champion and No.1 seed Roger Federer by Marat Safin in yet another Australian Open epic, suddenly the title is up for grabs.

Entering the tournament, the talk had not merely been that Federer would win here.

The tennis world was expecting the Swiss to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the grand slam.

But all those predictions flew out the window when Federer was unable to convert a match point in the fourth set of last night's semi-final and then, clearly troubled by a lower-back injury, could not fight his way past Safin in a see-sawing final set in which the Russian finally grabbed victory on his seventh match point and after four hours and 28 minutes.

Safin's 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 9-7 victory broke Federer's 26-match winning streak and was his first loss to a fellow top-10 player in 24 matches.

But if those statistics seemed an indication of his invulnerability before the tournament, they were made inconsequential by Safin's powerful strokes and unusual composure in the deciding stages of a match that went from quality encounter to desperate struggle.

Serving for the match at 5-3, Safin had failed to convert three match points as Federer held his ground with a series of athletic saves. Then Safin missed two more chances with Federer serving at 6-7, failing once to jump on a weak second serve.

Finally, he grabbed his chance at 7-8, hitting the ball to an empty court as Federer lay crumpled at the back of the court.

The moment that turned the match - and, for one tournament at least, altered the tennis landscape - came with Federer holding match point in the fourth-set tie-breaker. As Federer charged to the net, Safin slipped a lob over his head. The champion scurried back to the baseline and tried to play a trick shot between his legs but could only find the net.

Having dodged that bullet, Safin seemed to believe for the first time that Federer really could be beaten. That thought was made even more real when his opponent required treatment for a back injury before the start of the deciding set.

Perhaps troubled by that injury, and certainly frustrated by his inconsistent form, there had been more than the occasional flap from the usually unflappable Federer for much of the match. The symptoms included the odd bead of sweat, a few audible groans and even a racquet dropped in anger.

Federer had looked to be in reasonable touch early, absorbing Safin's best and forcing a late break to steal the first set.

But this Australian Open has, for some, heralded the arrival of the "New Marat" - a man so at peace that he has barely smashed a racquet per match.

The Russian's infamous temperament had not yet been tested under the type of crushing pressure Federer's probing game can create. He responded manfully.

After dropping the first set, Safin not only kept his temper but broke Federer's serve early and held firm to win the second set.

So, for the first time since he beat Safin at last year's Masters Cup, Federer was forced to raise his level. Usually, Federer's highest level would give Sergei Bubka vertigo.

This time, however, it was not enough to get over the man mountain from Moscow.

But as well as Safin played, had the other semi-finalists left their respective tables last night - treatment table for Hewitt, blackjack table for Roddick - and taken a glimpse of the unexpected figure awaiting one of them in the final, they will have taken heart.

Safin has reached the final of the Australian Open twice and lost them both badly - to Federer last year and to Thomas Johansson in 2002.

To win this title, Roddick and Hewitt had thought they would have to climb Swiss Alp. Instead they must wrestle a Russian bear.

LCeh
01-27-2005, 05:27 PM
Just wanted to congratulate Marat and his fans. I haven't watched the match yet, but I am sure it was great quality. I am glad that Marat was the player to beat Roger, cause he is so talented. Hopefully he can finally take this slam. :D

gabnouwop
01-27-2005, 05:35 PM
Yep He has a lot of potential we want to see him playing :)
Congrats Marat!!!! ;)

MariaV
01-27-2005, 06:14 PM
THANK YOU ALL, THANK YOU ALL.... :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:
I'm gonna watch the replay of this monumental match on TV now! :worship: :worship: :worship:

jcluvva
01-27-2005, 06:16 PM
Congrats to Marat it was such a fantastic match.

Carolinita
01-27-2005, 06:27 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship: Impresionante Marat :worship: :worship: :worship:

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20050127/all/l1323265.jpg

Shadow
01-27-2005, 07:41 PM
Here's the post-match interview with Jim Courier:

JC: Marat, you had so many matchpoints in the last set before you finally closed it. Was it difficult for you to believe that you were going to get through?
MS: To be honest, uh, I couldn't believe that's why I couldn't take it from the first matchpoint because psychologically I had another side Roger Federer and like it just already puts you pressure that no matter what, no matter how many matchpoints you have to really win it and you have to- do it really be careful.
JC: Well, that was one thing you weren't tonight was careful. You really can't play careful against Federer, can you? Don't you have to play to your limit to beat a guy like that?
MS: Yeah, but when it's coming the moment and you're a little bit choking-- that's what it's called in tennis. (smiles)
JC: Is that what it's called?
MS: Yes, we- yes. (smiling) And it's a really bit difficult, you know because I lost seven times and uh. He just- too good.
JC: Well, he wasn't tonight. You were down matchpoint in the fourth set tiebreak and Roger attacked his second serve, he hit a brilliant drop volley and you had the answer. You had to think the match was over at that point. How did you get to that shot? How did you get creative with the lob there?
MS: At this moment, you know? At this moment in the match you don't really think. You just come naturally. Whatever comes, comes. I had so many times to think about my backhand down the line. Matchpoint, you don't think. You go for it. When it's in, it's good. When it's coming out, it's not so good. (cheering and applause)
JC: And how about the emotion in this match? Because you're an emotional player and Roger we don't see a lot of, we saw more of it tonight than usual. How were you able to control your emotions out here because you were a little up and down but by and large, you were pretty straight.
MS: (sighs and then shrugs) (Looks at Jim)
JC: It's my job, I'm sorry. (laughter)
MS: It's uh-
JC: Do you need a hug or what?
MS: Yes, I need some hug. (Marat and Jim both hug each other) =) (applause)
MS: To be honest, it's a little bit difficult to give, to find right answer to explain to all the people that are coming here right now and what I felt at the matchpoints, how I keep myself quiet, even though I broke the racket and threw the balls outside the court. (laughter) And it's uh really for the people, for you to understand what's going on in the court. And the matchpoints. Even from the first moment when you step on the court, it's like a brain fight against each other. Against Roger Federer. So psychologically, it's difficult. And it's difficult what it feels. And we really feel the game. And we really want to show what we can. And uh, just it's already 12:30 at night. (applause) So- uh, we just, I think, we played as best we could and I couldn't give anything more than that. I really hope that you really appreciate, I know if you're staying here until so late, appreciate the game (cheering and applause)
JC: Well it is 30 minutes past your birthday, you turned 25 just yesterday. Quite a great- (crowd starts singing Happy Birthday) and, here you go-
Sing along won't you?
MS: I can't sing to myself. (Jim smiles) (At the end of the song, Marat does a bow and then claps )
JC: Well, as your reward for the birthday gift that you've given to yourself, you're now to your third final here in Melbourne. And you've been- you've been close. You haven't quite gotten to the title and now you've taken out the world's number one but now two and three remain. Lleyton and Andy will go to battle tomorrow. You have two days off before the final. Physically it shouldn't be a problem for you. Emotionally, coming back for this match, how are you going to do it?
MS: It's really--more mental. Not physical. I already lost twice in the two finals. I had no even chance to win the final. I'm going to play on Sunday. And the final is the third time I'm here. Hopefully I'll have the support from the people I'll try to get through with it.
JC: I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say if Lleyton's in the final you're probably not gonna get a lot of support. (laughter and applause)
MS: But I think the people here really know a good game. So they really appreciate that (applause). So hopefully we'll have a good final. If Lleyton wins, it's like a present from me to you (laughter). But if I win, I'm sorry but uh (more laughter). But I think the match today really worth it.
JC: It certainly was. Marat Safin to the third Australian Open finals. Congratulations. Well done, young man.

Éowyn
01-27-2005, 07:41 PM
hey guys! thought i would pop into say amazing game by marat today as i told penny, i said at the start of the tourny if my boy(s) can't win it i wanted marat too so am very glad he made the final congrats! a great birthday present from marat to himself, now if andy would just give me a nice birthday present and win today and sunday that'd be good but even if he didn't i could cope with marat winning it he's a cool guy!

now as it is officially marat day (marats birthday and marat knocking out the evil guy :tape: i mean federer :rolleyes: ) - yes it is an official holiday in the land of Éowyn's brain didn't you know? it also means that today becomes rep a hippo day so lots of hippos (well 10 of them) will be getting reps a la me,

again well done marat well played :) :worship:

Éowyn
01-27-2005, 07:51 PM
"It was one of the toughest matches of my life. I need time to recover," he said. "Five sets is a kind of lottery. Anything can happen."

Glad to see he hasnt stopped saying the L word ;)

welll if we use marats rules surely he wone the lottery twice today first with the tie break and then with the 5 setters

was pretty shocked when they said his 5 setter stats!

after todays game his 5 set matchs stats stands as won 21 and lost 8! thats fucking amazing :)

Mihret
01-27-2005, 07:55 PM
If anybody taped the inetrview, please, could you post it on the net?

andyroxmysox12191
01-27-2005, 07:58 PM
:worship: Wow! Amazing job Marat! :kiss: Was screaming in class when I found out he won :lol:

Purple Rainbow
01-27-2005, 08:04 PM
Hello Safinettes!!
Congratulations on Marat's victory over Federer! Unfortunately I haven't seen the match yet, as I've been working all day, but judging from the scoreline it must have been one heck of a fight for both players. Of course I'm disappointed that Rogi has lost, but his loss couldn't have come to a more likable player than Safin. It's good to see Marat in his winning ways again. I am going to root for him in the final. It will be a good reward for himself, but also for you Safinettes who have had to cope with his oafing for so long. It's hard for a Federer fan to imagine what it must be like never to know how your favourite player is going to be, but I think Marats unpredictabililty will make this victory even more sweet!

Wednesday Addams
01-27-2005, 08:07 PM
Nicki>> Drinking smilies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :drink: ;)

JIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTT!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: He won, dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Marat :hug:

Meeek
01-27-2005, 08:44 PM
Dora! I get to enjoy the hair a little longer :p nananananaaaaaaa! ;)

Damita
01-27-2005, 09:18 PM
Thanks Andrea for the transcript! :smooch:

Oh i'd like to rep everybody today :lol: impossible, so i'll just give you a big :hug:
we're in the final! :bounce:

Éowyn
01-27-2005, 09:22 PM
rep a hippo day has been extended by 12 hours, due to the fact that i can't rep again till 3am my time.. so more hippo reps coming when the rep ban ends :)

and i wanted to say again how glad i am that marat has started channeling his anger into points instead of racquet smashing.

Jennay
01-27-2005, 09:23 PM
Hipposssssssss :hug: :hug: :hug:

I'm sooo very happy for Marat :banana: :banana: He played with his heart and soul and I'm sure I'm not as happy as you all, but very close, since in the last few months, Marat has quickly grown on me :hug: :D

I'm hoping for an Andy/Marat final.. and whoever would win, I would be very very happy :D

Oh.. and happy birthday to Marat! :smooch:

Damita
01-27-2005, 09:37 PM
God, this tape with that match can kill!!
It's worse than that one form "The ring" :haha:

:haha: :haha: :haha:

chocc0
01-27-2005, 10:26 PM
what a match???
What can i say!!!
Marat be third time lucky and win the AO!!!!!

Billabong
01-27-2005, 10:32 PM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Marat:bounce:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chocc0
01-28-2005, 12:05 AM
btw did anyone else see dasha???
sheeeesss baaack

Crystal702
01-28-2005, 12:54 AM
I viewed the match point-by-point from the aussie open website while at work. I was beyond thrilled when he won it. Actually, I cried :sad:

I'm so proud of Marat! This win is just what he needs to have the confidence to win slams in '05! Way to go, Marat! :worship:

On a side note, yes, I saw Dasha in the stands when the match was aired on ESPN2 this afternoon. If he's happy with her, then more power to them both! ;)

drf716
01-28-2005, 01:49 AM
everyone seemed to be crying or was on the verge of crying after that match.

take a poll?

CassL
01-28-2005, 03:25 AM
OMG, Congrats to Marat! The match started at 3:30 in the morning here and I woke up at 4 from a bad dream that Marat lost! Then I was sooooo nervous that I was literally shaking for two hours and I couldn't sleep. Finally at seven, I managed to go on the Internet and check the scores. Fed and Marat were in the 4th set tiebreak and Fed was leading 5-2, so I was like, "Well, this is over" But I couldn't fucking believe it when Marat managed to win that tb, and against Fed! During 5th set, I had to go to school and then during my first class, I faked a bathroom break to go to the computer lab and finally saw that he won! I'm so happy!

onion
01-28-2005, 04:43 AM
lol rep a hippo day. you gotta love the hippos!!!

Like most of you, I tipped Marat to win the Aus Open this year - even when those no-brainers said that Federer was unbeatable...........i KNEW he would do it! Go Marat - whatta legend! I couldn't stop smiling this morning when I found out. I was sent to bed at the beginning of the fifth (noooooooooooo!) last night but I followed it on the radio (which is so stupid by the way).

As for the stupid Aussie commentators (I live in Melbourne) who kept saying "no one can beat federer except for HEWITT" I say, suck on that!! I hate hewitt. if he makes the final (which I really hope he doesn't) I hope Marat kicks his arse!!!

luna904
01-28-2005, 05:08 AM
I am so happy that Marat won against Federer! I still can hardly believe it. I read the interview with Marat where he said he was choking (thanks for posting that) and I am glad to see Marat is aware of that. Because I thought he was choking too and I could not bear to watch the end after he blew so many match points. I thought that more likely than not, he would choke and blow the match as he had so many opportunities to win. So I left the VCR running to tape the match and went out to buy groceries as I could not stand anymore to watch it - it was getting to be torture. Marat's matches are usually exciting, but this went past excitement. When I came back, I saw that the match was over and rewound the tape expecting to see Federer won though that was not what I wanted to see. I could hardly believe my eyes to see that Marat won, as he rightfully should have. I was so happy! First thing I did was get online to everyone who has given me a hard time over the years for supporting Marat and said "I told you so!" I told a tennis pro that Marat had not yet reached his potenital, IMHO and when he did that Marat would beat Federer. He said 'no way - Federer is on another cloud.' I wrote to him right away and said "I told you so!" I know that is a hateful expression, but after being needled for years for supporting Marat, I wanted to rub it in. Especially as this man had sent me an email a couple weeks ago, continuining to throw digs at me about Marat. That one said "Is Safin in the Open - I don't see him in the line up." I could not believe it. How can such a 'tennis expert' be so ignorant and so blind to talent? Well, I said I thought Marat still has some way to go to get his head together and reach his potential, but I think he is getting there. I hope he does not choke when it comes to the final. I am so happy for Marat that he won and I think he has changed also as he seemed a bit misty eyed toward the end and I thought he was wiping away tears with his towel, but could not really see. If so, I think he has accepted this victory and that he is worthy of being the champion that he is. I think his toughest battles are with himself and he has said so also. He played wonderfullly, as did Federer. I hardly ever saw such a display of tennis virtuosity in my life. I wonder about Roger's claim of injury. It is possible, but I wonder. I saw his trainer giving his back an adjustment. Then again, the commentators saw that Marat was stretching a lot at the start of the match and said he seemed stiff and that was not a good sign. You don't see Marat making a big deal over his injuries the way other players do - especially when they are losing. There are still some 'tennis experts' who are not even aware of how badly he was injured last year as to why his ranking slipped and that he nearly lost his career. I think Marat is the most talented player around, but he is not consistent like Federer or some of the others. If he could attain consistency, I can't even start to imagine how great he could be. Yay Marat!!!! Good luck in the final and please don't choke!!!

luna904
01-28-2005, 05:13 AM
Here is another tangent. I was reading another post that someone wrote about having a dream about Marat last night. I did too. I wonder if Marat is telepathic. You know, sometimes we send things out into the universe - our thoughts and energy - and who knows where they will wind up. I hope this doesn't sound strange, but I once did an experiment with telepathy when I was going to a lecture on such. I tried to send a thought to the man giving the lecture on this topic. When I got there, someone else there stated 'you know, the strangest thing happened to me. Before I got here, this phrase (the one I tried 'sending' to the lecturer) just popped into my head. That taught me more about telepathy than anything I heard that night in that lecture. I think sometimes if we strongly feel something or strongly need something, it comes to us from wherever or whoever if we are receptive. I have had several dreams about Marat, usually he is solving some problem for me. Nearly every time, the solution has been correct. One time I dreamt he was telling me something about himself and I later read what he told me in some interview that he gave to someone. That really freaked me out. I know this may sound strange, but that are many things without explanation in this world and I don't think that makes them not real or invalid. They are just inexplicable. I would not normally post something like this for fear of sounding like a wacko, but I am so ecstatic over the win and it seems only people here are as happy as me and going through similar things.

tall_one
01-28-2005, 05:14 AM
Nicki>> Drinking smilies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :drink: ;)

JIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTT!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: He won, dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Marat :hug:
http://smileys.******************/cat/13/13_4_6.gif http://smileys.******************/cat/13/13_4_7.gif these work? lol

tall_one
01-28-2005, 05:20 AM
btw did anyone else see dasha???
sheeeesss baaack
couldn't miss her in our coverage, marat&rog, dasha, marat&rog, mirka, repeat :rolleyes: i never understand why they feel the need to show players gf/wives over and over again, i think the showed the GF's more then they did the coaches during the match :lol:

Charz
01-28-2005, 05:40 AM
Good on marat 4 winning
Good luck in the FINAL
Congrats!!!

~EMiLiTA~
01-28-2005, 06:30 AM
omg that match last night...I have never been so close to having a heart attack in my life! I was so angry when he squandered those 6 match points...I really thought he'd lost it...but no! he won!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

PLLEEEAAAASSEEEEEEEEEEE WIN THE TOURNAMENT NOW!!! I CAN'T TAKE 3 FINALS LOSSES!!!!

btw guys I took quite a few pics of Marat at the Aus Open...once they're on my site along with my tournament report, I'll let you know ok?

MariaV
01-28-2005, 06:34 AM
Thank you Emily and a big THANK YOU to everyone else here!!!! :kiss: :hug: :smooch:

Action Jackson
01-28-2005, 06:36 AM
I was at the match last night and the crowd were really behind Marat. I could post a match report from being there, though it's very long.

Éowyn
01-28-2005, 10:23 AM
well looks like it's marats slam now! andys collapsing as i predicted!

Meeek
01-28-2005, 10:40 AM
well looks like it's marats slam now! andys collapsing as i predicted!

Oh, oh...so you guys think it's better for Marat to have Hewitt as opponent? Cause I'm not quite sure yet. Ieeeeh, I fear Sunday actually.

maratski
01-28-2005, 10:41 AM
I was at the match last night and the crowd were really behind Marat. I could post a match report from being there, though it's very long.

Thanks for the report! :) I'm reading it now ;)

maratski
01-28-2005, 10:44 AM
Welcome back emily!

JuanChuffy007
01-28-2005, 10:48 AM
Ok, against Hewitt....... good or bad? The only thing is that the crowd will be supporting Hewitt....

Éowyn
01-28-2005, 11:03 AM
Oh, oh...so you guys think it's better for Marat to have Hewitt as opponent? Cause I'm not quite sure yet. Ieeeeh, I fear Sunday actually.


not good for me i wanted andy to win it to make my birthday worth celebrating this year!

but if marat keeps his head yes i think lleyton is a much better opponent for him, lleyton wasn't great today, he had lapses and had to pull back and andy let the crowd get tohim and gave it back to lleyton.

i don't expect marat to let that happen and i think the crowd are more with marat than they were andy! so it will be very interesting i also think marat is not someone who depends on the crowd as much as andy does, andy is an entertainer and needs them on side or neutral when they're agianst him he struggles, i don't think marat will suffer so much with that.

I hope marat does win it for you guys i think he deserves it i said at the beginning of the tourny i wanted andy or marat as andys gone it's now gotta be marat or i'm slitting my wrists for my birthday :mad: you have no idea how annoyed i am right now i've been crying since he got broken the first time in the 4th set :sad:

:worship: good luck marat :worship:

PS: as andy is now out of the slam the av rule disappears so super hippo is making a come back! may he serve you well for the final

BelgianWaffle
01-28-2005, 11:14 AM
i also think marat is not someone who depends on the crowd as much as andy does, andy is an entertainer and needs them on side or neutral when they're agianst him he struggles, i don't think marat will suffer so much with that

really? I was thinking Andy doesn't really care if the public is against him. I always thought marat finds it quite difficult to play against the public :shrug:

Action Jackson
01-28-2005, 11:20 AM
Marat/Hewitt final well Marat has killed Hewitt before, but it's a battle between the big enigma and the guy with the biggest balls on tour.

Marat will have plenty of support in the crowd and no Andy needs them on his side, the reason is look at his overall results outside North America, Safin has shown that he can win and lose everywhere.

Éowyn
01-28-2005, 11:21 AM
really? I was thinking Andy doesn't really care if the public is against him. I always thought marat finds it quite difficult to play against the public :shrug:


he varies! he doesn't mind them being neutral or not particularly supporting him but he doens't like fierce opposition from the crowd.

i think marat will have more support from the crowd, coz of yesterday and his performance throughout i also think the neutrals and fans of players other than hewitt will rally and support marat. he'll have severe crowd opposition but i think he will cope better than andy did with it. or at least i hope he will!

especially as he deserves it he's fought well throughout and beaten the number 1 player in the world, lleyton beat the number 3 player in the world (thats what andy is now :sad: ) i think marat will do you guys proud

Éowyn
01-28-2005, 11:24 AM
Marat/Hewitt final well Marat has killed Hewitt before, but it's a battle between the big enigma and the guy with the biggest balls on tour.

Marat will have plenty of support in the crowd and no Andy needs them on his side, the reason is look at his overall results outside North America, Safin has shown that he can win and lose everywhere.


exactly he does okay here coz the crowd get behind andy here we like to see entertainers so our fans get behind andy! and in most places people do get behind him but as soon as he gets against a home player he sturggles! he'll get there though he needs to get his head sussed, he's still got work to do but he'll do it!

Marat i feel is actually very good at blocking the crowd he doens't depend on them, if marat channels himself like he did yesterday then he'll do well!

Action Jackson
01-28-2005, 11:26 AM
Time for Marat to win the trophy this time, but it's not going to be easy for him and I hope he is prepared for a battle.

BelgianWaffle
01-28-2005, 11:26 AM
no Andy needs them on his side, the reason is look at his overall results outside North America

If that's true that's really :o

JuanChuffy007
01-28-2005, 11:29 AM
i think marat will have more support from the crowd, coz of yesterday and his performance throughout i also think the neutrals and fans of players other than hewitt will rally and support marat. he'll have severe crowd opposition but i think he will cope better than andy did with it. or at least i hope he will!

Yeah definitely better than Andy!
About more support: Yeah I hope so! Some support is always welcome! But anyhow, if Marat plays well, he'll win anyway! :D

BelgianWaffle
01-28-2005, 11:29 AM
Anybody think Lleyton might crack under the pressure? Or the opposite?

He was so nervous in the beginning of the match today. I was looking at it and thought: well if any of them is going to play like that against Marat the final will be over in no time

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-28-2005, 11:31 AM
I pray that Marat won't underestimate Lleyton. That's the position Lleyton just *loves* to play from.

Go Marat!

JuanChuffy007
01-28-2005, 11:32 AM
Anybody think Lleyton might crack under the pressure? Or the opposite?

Hmmm I don't think so. I haven't seen the first set, maybe he'll be nervous in the beginning or so... but he can handle it I think.

Action Jackson
01-28-2005, 11:35 AM
If that's true that's really :o

Marat is very popular in Australia and will get support for sure.

Look at Duck's results away from North America, and you'll see what I mean, but this is not about him.

This is about Marat finally getting his AO title that he should have won when he played Johansson.

BelgianWaffle
01-28-2005, 11:36 AM
I'd better get my earplugs ready for the match, it's going to be noisy ;)

Éowyn
01-28-2005, 11:48 AM
i think it's more likely to be the other way round! lleyton may underestimate marat! and yes i do think lleyton may crack under the pressure infact it may sound cruel but i hope he does. lleyton is my least favorite player on the tour i dislike him even more than federer. he just bugs me

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-28-2005, 11:49 AM
I was at the match last night and the crowd were really behind Marat. I could post a match report from being there, though it's very long.Where can I find it?

Puschkin
01-28-2005, 11:52 AM
Go Marat, all the way on Sunday! Good luck!

MariaV
01-28-2005, 12:47 PM
Marat will have plenty of support in the crowd

Umm, remind me WHO's in the final vs Marat?
And hello, WHERE are they playing again? And how many years since the last Aussie won the home slam? Lleyton would be rather dead than miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I dont' think many ppl besides you and some others are gonna root against him at the stadium. At least he's had absolutely deafening support so far and I'm sure that no matter how popular and well-liked Marat is in Australia the crowd will be totally behind Lleyton except for the few Russians and some ppl like you that won't be heard much.
It would be awesome if Marat won but I have not my hopes up. If they'd play anyplace else Marat could win but in Australia, I'm not betting on it vs Lleyki the Lionheart.
Have fun anyway.

nenadeSergio
01-28-2005, 01:06 PM
It´s top that Marat defeated Federer and I believe that now he can win. Surely it´ll be tough coz Hewitt is now a hero but that can give Marat a strenght to fight. I hope he can do it, I don´t want Hewitt to be the winner.

Shadow
01-28-2005, 01:45 PM
uh, that will be really really though against Lleyton... of many reasons. Hewitt will do anything to win in his hometown and fight everything down, the crowd will support him 100%.

PennyThePenguin
01-28-2005, 02:09 PM
Umm, remind me WHO's in the final vs Marat?
And hello, WHERE are they playing again? And how many years since the last Aussie won the home slam? Lleyton would be rather dead than miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I dont' think many ppl besides you and some others are gonna root against him at the stadium. At least he's had absolutely deafening support so far and I'm sure that no matter how popular and well-liked Marat is in Australia the crowd will be totally behind Lleyton except for the few Russians and some ppl like you that won't be heard much.
It would be awesome if Marat won but I have not my hopes up. If they'd play anyplace else Marat could win but in Australia, I'm not betting on it vs Lleyki the Lionheart.
Have fun anyway.

maria........*think positive think positive*

good vibes....good vibes.... tell ur kiddies to go home and just think of marat winning the entire weekend for homework...and give them less homework next week if it works ;)

Bibir
01-28-2005, 02:11 PM
It will be too depressing if Marat loses another final...But I have to admit that I'm really afraid of Leyton and his c'mon...No, Marat can't lose...it's not fair!...I try to be positive...positive. :sad:

Maybe Leyton is playing in his hometown but Marat really deserves this title!

erica
01-28-2005, 02:14 PM
I think Lleyton will be a really hard opponent, playing against his home-crowd. But I really hope Marat can play his own game, play the best he can, and win the tournament that belongs to him. :)
I can imagine how horrible it would be to him, loosing the final for the 3rd time. :sad:

Kiara
01-28-2005, 02:39 PM
It's Marat's final to lose, if he does (again) I'll hate him forever :(

Hewitt will turn up and do his whole lionheart thing and play his defensive game, Marat will be controlling this match, if he's on he'll wipe the floor with Lleyton like he did in bercy, he just has to not let hewitt into the match and under his skin.

The crowd like Marat they will not give him a hard time.

maratski
01-28-2005, 03:56 PM
Time for Marat to win the trophy this time, but it's not going to be easy for him and I hope he is prepared for a battle.

He'd better be cause I really can't take another AO final loss. :tape:

erica
01-28-2005, 05:01 PM
Now he really has to win, cause I promised my friend, that if he loses, I´ll have the msn nick he decides for a week.. :rolleyes: Anyway; it´s vice versan, so if (and when!) Marat wins, I can choose a really evil nick to him :devil:

Wednesday Addams
01-28-2005, 05:17 PM
Lleyton and his determination should NEVER be underestimated......... I hope Marat doesn't pull another '02 and consider the trophy 'in the bag' before he actually wins it.
*praying really hard*

We're not outta the woods yet, guys!

Vass
01-28-2005, 05:34 PM
Marat should focus and play his best and nothing else. If he does that, the AO is his in 4 sets... If he doesn't it can go to Lleyton. Davai Marat please focus.

Too bad that Lleyton is the underdog here. He's a great underdog... And he's hardly an underdog anyway.

KCVH
01-28-2005, 05:37 PM
Needs to produce near his best, no doubt then Marat will win his second GS.

roisin
01-28-2005, 06:17 PM
marat has to win. he has to. i dont even need to explain my reasoning behind it cos its marat ;)

but really, im worried about lleyton. i mean, its the 100th anniversary of the AO and the most patriotic aussie ever is in the final. hes gonna want this like hes never wanted anything before. ever.

if marats head is there though ( and it should be cos its been there for the whole 2 wks) i think he can win this 1. COME ON MARAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

*Ljubica*
01-28-2005, 07:47 PM
He'd better be cause I really can't take another AO final loss. :tape:

He'll be fine :hug: I'm sure this is "his" time. Lleyton threw in some really bad games against David (a couple of really bad sets actually!) and against Rafa too. So as long as Marat stays focussed - he will win this one I'm sure :) He must just make sure he doesn't get "side-tracked" into any unsavoury "incidents" like the Chela one. and even the David pushing at change of ends one, which will ruin his concentration.

Meeek
01-28-2005, 08:09 PM
Rosie!! You make it sound soooo good :) That made me less scared, your post. I SOOOO hope you're right! :hug: ;)

Wednesday Addams
01-28-2005, 08:17 PM
Rosie :hug:
Thanx for the reassuring words!

maratski
01-28-2005, 08:30 PM
Thanks for that Rosie :hug: Lleyton doesn't play his best tennis, but his never say die attitude in front of a home crowd is scary. I'm afraid Marat will be nervous and screw up. I know that everything can happen, but I'm definitely not getting my hopes up. It ain't over till one of them holds up the trophy. I think I'll cry either way so I'll try to stay calm in the meantime.

I really want this win for marat so bad! :o

fleemke²
01-28-2005, 08:33 PM
Let your third final down under be the best one :cool:

Go for it :drool:

Iza
01-28-2005, 08:33 PM
Davai Marat win this trohpy! Ruin the Aussie's 100th celebration :fiery:
GOOOO :woohoo:
and don't let that "Come one!" affect you!

thelma
01-28-2005, 08:42 PM
This time, Safin is ready to move up Down Under

By JOHN BROCK, Associated Press Writer

January 28, 2005

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Marat Safin admits the pressure got to him the first time. Last year, he was exhausted for his final against Roger Federer, who went on to have one of the great years in tennis.

Now, Safin has a third chance to win the Australian Open. Only he will have an entire country against him Sunday when he faces Lleyton Hewitt at Rod Laver Arena.

Safin is hoping to add a second Grand Slam title to his 2000 U.S. Open crown. Hewitt is trying to become the first Australian man to win his national championship in almost three decades.

Hewitt advanced to his first Australian final Friday with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-1 win over Andy Roddick. Safin upset top-ranked Federer 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 9-7 in 4 1/2 hours Thursday to reach his third Australian Open final in four years.

Safin, seeded fourth, blamed nerves for his loss in the final to Thomas Johansson in 2002, when he was heavily favored to beat the Swede. A year ago, Safin survived back-to-back five-set matches against Roddick in the quarterfinals and Andre Agassi in the semifinals. The Russian then lost in straight sets to Federer, the first of three major titles for the Swiss star in 2004.

"After I made the first final, I was just really nervous because I didn't have so much experience,'' Safin said. "I was supposed to be the favorite and win this title and I couldn't deal with the pressure at all. Last year I just ran out of gas and I couldn't believe either that I was going to win.''

This time, he insists it's different.

"I've had two bad experiences in the final, so I will be really careful,'' said Safin, who celebrated his 25th birthday Thursday with the win over Federer.

Safin kept his temper largely in check as he ended the top-ranked Federer's 26-match winning streak, clinching the win on his seventh match point.

Safin and Hewitt have split their 10 matches. Last year, Safin won on the carpet at the Paris Open after Hewitt triumphed on hardcourt in Cincinnati.

"You know he's going to fight every single ball and he will have the crowd behind him,'' Safin said.

Hewitt is hoping to become the first Aussie to win this event since Mark Edmondson in 1976. The last Aussie to reach the final was Pat Cash, who lost to Stefan Edberg in 1987 and Mats Wilander in 1988, both in five sets.

Hewitt, the 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion, had not advanced beyond the fourth round in eight previous appearances in Melbourne.

"I always said I'd give anything to play one match for the title here in Melbourne,'' he said. "Now part of that dream has come true and I get a chance on Sunday night.''
Hewitt knows he'll have to play one of his best matches to beat Safin.

"He's a top player and has got a lot of firepower, a lot of weapons,'' Hewitt said.

Roddick, who in 2003 won the U.S. Open amid the expectations of a home crowd, understands the pressure Hewitt will face.

"It's definitely tough because there's all eyes on you,'' Roddick said. "To have that kind of spotlight on you and perform, it's no small task.''

(Updated on Friday, Jan 28, 2005 3:41 pm EST )

EternalFlame
01-28-2005, 08:54 PM
I couldn't come online to write something after Marat's victory over Roger. And couldn't celebrate his birthday with you guys. :sad: Coz of my pc :mad:.
That was a thrilling match and Marat did it this time. I'm still so happy and very proud of him. :worship: :worship:

But again, it's not over yet. The hardest was done but he shouldn't think this match is in the bag bcoz he beat the unbeatable (not anymore) Roger. If he can keep his calm and stay motivated, he will take the title this time. C'mon Marat, You can do it! This is the time to win...! :yippee: :rocker2:

roisin
01-28-2005, 08:58 PM
C'mon Marat, You can do it! This is the time to win...!

u said it!

EternalFlame
01-28-2005, 09:09 PM
God I'm already gettin nervous when I think about the final... :drink:

Crystal702
01-28-2005, 09:56 PM
Considering that I'm no tennis expert, I would think the player most likely to have the most pressure put upon him would be Lleyton Hewitt! He's playing in front of the home crowd and it's his first time in the Aussie Open Final! That being said, Marat has nothing to lose. If he plays a smart and concentrated match, take advantage of mistakes Hewitt could make (since the pressure is on him!), Marat may very well have another grand slam under his belt. :worship:

Oh, I'm sure most of you have originally heard that ESPN was going to show the men's final on tape. But, fortunately they have changed their minds. The match will be shown live on ESPN2 early Sunday morning at 3:30 am EST in the US!

Now, if we only had a cable channel totally devoted to tennis! I know there's the Tennis Channel out there (although, I have Comcast and don't get it :mad:). On Dish Network, they have the audacity to have a channel devoted to horse racing :p ! Which would you choose: horse racing or tennis??

Wednesday Addams
01-28-2005, 10:15 PM
Which would you choose: horse racing or tennis??
Why, horse racing, of course! ;)

There's no justice! :rolleyes: :fiery: :smash:

tall_one
01-28-2005, 11:53 PM
Lleyton and his determination should NEVER be underestimated......... I hope Marat doesn't pull another '02 and consider the trophy 'in the bag' before he actually wins it.
*praying really hard*

We're not outta the woods yet, guys!
i don't think we have to worry about Marat underestimating Lleyton, they have played far too many times for that

he dealt with the crowd when he beat Pete in the 2000 USO final, he will deal with the Aussie crowd while beating Lleyton. Crowds tend to shut up once their man is down. This surface suits Marat better and Lleyton hasn't been playing great, just good enough. Marat should win this.

tall_one
01-28-2005, 11:55 PM
Oh, I'm sure most of you have originally heard that ESPN was going to show the men's final on tape. But, fortunately they have changed their minds. The match will be shown live on ESPN2 early Sunday morning at 3:30 am EST in the US!
:woohoo: it is nice to know that all those emails they have gotten the past week actually did some good

PennyThePenguin
01-29-2005, 12:12 AM
congrats all emailers ;) hahaha...lemme check if i have live telecast...

marat_
01-29-2005, 01:16 AM
Fingers crossed... 3rd time lucky. :)

Thank you Marat for an epic semi finals. He's in wonderful form and he knows Lleyton's game well, being levelled at him 5 all now. Things look much more promising than last year.. :D Although Lleyton is an Aussie, you can sure bet there will be plenty of Aussies out there out in full force going for Marat (or I'm just speaking for myself =p).

:D DAVAI!

Action Jackson
01-29-2005, 01:21 AM
Umm, remind me WHO's in the final vs Marat?
And hello, WHERE are they playing again? And how many years since the last Aussie won the home slam? Lleyton would be rather dead than miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I dont' think many ppl besides you and some others are gonna root against him at the stadium. At least he's had absolutely deafening support so far and I'm sure that no matter how popular and well-liked Marat is in Australia the crowd will be totally behind Lleyton except for the few Russians and some ppl like you that won't be heard much.
It would be awesome if Marat won but I have not my hopes up. If they'd play anyplace else Marat could win but in Australia, I'm not betting on it vs Lleyki the Lionheart.
Have fun anyway.

One thing you forget is that Hewitt isn't exactly very popular in Australia and many of the neutrals and there will be plenty of them will go for Safin. Considering I have been at this tournament many times and know how well liked he is here, it would be worse for Federer crowd wise than it will be for Marat.

He doesn't have to play the crowd, it's only Hewitt that should be his main focus.

RogiFan88
01-29-2005, 01:26 AM
Marat, I am cheering for you to win it this year! It's the year of the [used-to-be-oaf-turned Happy-Hippo!!!!

DAVAI!!!

You looked SO good out there vs. Rogi!!! Molodetz!! Loved when you talked to yourself in Russian!!

Jennay
01-29-2005, 01:28 AM
Best of luck to Marat in the finals. He was my second favorite choice to win it after Andy. :kiss: Davai :hug:

brazuca5copas
01-29-2005, 01:29 AM
Oh God, What can I do ??? I can't wait the match to start , I'd like so much that Marat beat Hewitt. Vamos Marat !!!!!!!

Damita
01-29-2005, 01:36 AM
Maria i can't believe you're being so pessimistic those days :sad: ... are you ok honey?

I agree that Lleyton has a great opportunity and that will probably make him be very strong, but Marat has lost twice before, dont you think he has a huge motivation too?
And as GWH said (hi btw :wavey: ) Hewitt isn't really popular in his country. And Marat, being a two-times runner-up (and with the great matches he played there -not only this year- and terrific on court interviews as well) he must have quite a good bunch of Aussie fans you know. I think there will be more ppl cheering for him that you can imagine.
And if you trust Peter himself (and oh god i do trust him! :worship: ), Marat doesn't seem to think the crowd will be such a problem (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1132985&postcount=956). According to Peter Marat wanted to play Lleyton rather than Andy, despite of the crowd.

Denise
01-29-2005, 01:44 AM
Nice coments girls!!! :yeah: I think marat will play his best in the AO final against lleyton 'cause he wants that so badly! also, he is playin' amazingly... ;) btw, iI can't handle other lost marat! :tape::o

Crystal702
01-29-2005, 01:45 AM
Yep!!

And guess what the name of the station is????
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drumroll...............

Horse Racing TV!

Fedex
01-29-2005, 02:02 AM
Hey Marat fans. :) I just came to here to say I wish Safin the best in the finals, and having watched the Federer match, has made me admire both guys even more than I already did. Safin showed the heart and mentality that he has been lacking, in that match; I have never seen him stay as cool as he did in that match, and have never seen him show so much heart and desire. Am I upset by the end result of the match? Yes, I am, but I am behind Marat 100% in the finals, and this win over Federer could really get his season going. But, alas, if he loses to Hewitt in the finals, his win over Federer wont be complete unless he wins the tournement. Its only fitting that the player that knocks out Federer go on to win the tournement. And I cant wait to see Federer and Safin play again; he has proved that this is the true rivalry of men's tennis, I think. The way Federer fought back so hard in that final set is remarkable, and he would of probably beaten anyone else out there, so more kudos to Marat.

Action Jackson
01-29-2005, 02:19 AM
By special request.

I ended up getting a great ticket for the Federer/Safin match it was in the lower level in the players section, I have to say I was fortunate. There were some interesting characters there. They included Eduardo Infantino, Javier Nalbandian, Joakim Nyström, Mats Wilander ( he still loves Marat), Evonne Cawley with family, Kyle VanDerKuyp (twice finalist in the 110m hurdles) and some others as well.

What to expect from this match I wasn't sure and I am very happy that they were met. I didn't use notes for this one as I wouldn't have been able to write things down for this one, so this comes straight from the memory.

The first thing I noticed was that Lundgren and the Marat camp were sitting elsewhere from the players camp and the Federer camp was there and Mirka was looking quite good and there was a full camp there.

Marat had started well and in the 1st set it was close but Roger always seemed to be just ahead and that was reflected in the play. The quality wasn't the greatest, but I was very happy about how it was going and I wasn't sure who to go for in this match, so I clapped both of them.

The guy next to me was this funny Serbian guy who was a big Marat fan and he was saying he had to watch his temper and I was worried that the volcano could explode. Then at 6-5 I hope that Marat wouldn't do the OAF thing, but in a way he really didn't oaf too much, it was more that Federer was returning well and placing them deep in the court, he just didn't serve well with enough 1st serves in.

The 2nd set well in my eyes that Marat had to win it as if he went 2 sets down I didn't think he could win the match otherwise. Safin concentrated to the ask and was hitting very well and Federer returning the ball back with interest, you could tell that these guys know each other very well on court and Federer's anticipation helped him get back shots that would have been winners against most players. The 2nd set is going the pattern of the 1st, but Marat breaks late in the set and is able to hold onto the advantage to take the 2nd.

One set all the first thing I said was we have "game-on" and all things are equal, but the feeling in myself was that Roger while a little bit down would triumph again. The quality of play was quite good without being outstanding as they are both playing below their peak, but not so bad that it was village tennis and the scores were close so that made it intriguing to say the least.

Safin was serving well and had a higher percentage of 1st serves, but Federer's returns are classy as these big bombs kept coming back very deep in the corners with pace or underspin. Federer was doing the one topspin, one slice backhand to Safin trying to break his rhythm and Safin was hitting well, but not really trashing the ball as he was concentrating on getting better length without masses of power.

We have come back to the same stage 6-5 in the 3rd and if Marat lost his serve, I think there could be some racquet damage. Yes, he played a sloppy game and Federer was able to break and afterwards Marat hit the ball out of the stadium as the 1st time he almost hit it out, but Molina didn't bother to warn him for either ball abuse or racquet abuse, he used a bit of commonsense in this sense.

2-1 to Federer does he run away with the 4th or does Marat hang like a man and take it to the 5th. The thing with Federer's serve seeing it has so much variation and that is how he manages to keep Safin off his balance and it was frustrating Marat as he had some half chances, but couldn't exploit them and the thing I am impressed about is that Marat is moving forward well and executing some good volleys. The play is still at a good standard and we are in the breaker.

The crowd was definitely on Marat's side and they really love him here and not just the ladies, most of the guys think he is a dude. I am of the opinion if Marat stole my girlfriend I wouldn't be pissed off about it. Federer is playing the solid breaker and leads 5-2 and here we go he'll win it, but he manages to lose 4 points in a row and Marat has set point which is saved.

Then Feds gets to match point and the crowd are getting very loud for Safin and what a point it is too. They rally and then Feds hits a drop volley of sorts, then Marat who was moving so well it was great to see manages to hit a lob on the run which landed just inside the line and Federer couldn't do much with it, and then this gave him confidence and he was able to take it to a 5th.

Interesting as Federer pulled up and asked for a timeout, but I don't think it was too serious. I wasn't sure about Roger's fitness and he hasn't been pushed for a while in 5 sets and his 5 set record isn't great, whereas Marat has a very good 5 set record so that could help him in theory.

Marat is returning serve a lot better and he has belief that he can do things in this match. Roger doesn't seem to be flustered and they are not giving much away at all, the crowd is getting even louder than before. Federer is volleying well, but funnily enough Marat has had more net approaches at this stage and he hasn't had many foibles when he was there. It was very tense and not clear as to who would win, though Marat was continuing to make deeper inroads into Roger's game than vice versa but I still thought Federer will come through.

It's on serve and the guys start lifting their game and using the whole of the court and when Marat is playing well it's amazing that a guy that big can move so well and Federer is still trying to work his way to solve the problems from the big enigma. Marat breaks and then is serving for the match at 5-3, but he falters under the pressure and I thought for sure the volcano was going to burst.

Feds gets it back on serve and they continue on and Marat is going for his shots and wasn't passive, but not reckless he manages to find the right balance and he reaches match points but a combo of errors and the fact that Federer is refusing to give up means that these were saved and the match continues.

Then we are at 8-7 and Feds is serving and Marat hits some great returns and reaches his 7 match point. They rally and then Marat stretches Federer wide and he falls, then there was the open court and I am not sure whether Marat would hit the top of the net and miss the open court.

After that the ball isn't coming back and then all of a sudden the words game, set and match Safin and the crowd gives both a standing ovation for at least 6 mins and both players got a great reception and deserved it too for the match they put on.

In my eyes this match should have been the final and I was happy to have witnessed it.

Federer can be beaten what a shock. Marat held his nerve and wasn't passive or lose his cool when it could have easily happened. Now come on Oaf, enigma now do the right thing and win the title and Lundgren get him focused for the final that he must win.

Wednesday Addams
01-29-2005, 02:30 AM
Thanx a lot, GWH! Great report! :yeah:
It must've been an awesome experience!

Action Jackson
01-29-2005, 02:38 AM
Yes it was and what a joy it was to be there.

thelma
01-29-2005, 02:39 AM
Thanks for the resport GWH! :worship:

Fedex
01-29-2005, 02:59 AM
Thanks for the report GWH.

Fedex
01-29-2005, 03:06 AM
In my eyes this match should have been the final and I was happy to have witnessed it.

True, but the thing is; I bet the final wont even come close to the match Federer and Safin played as far as drama and quality is concerned. I've seen the match, and there are some weaknesses in Federer's game that should be improved. His backhand drive could use some definite improving, so he can handle the pace that these strong 2 handed players like Safin give him, his forehand was also suprisingly shaky in the 5th set.

Fedex
01-29-2005, 03:06 AM
And man, what a horrible women's final; I hope the men's final is not half as bad as this match; I'm going to turn it off right now.

Crystal702
01-29-2005, 04:08 AM
Fedex, I agree.

The women's final was a let-down for me.

I like Serena, I really do. But, I had to laugh when I saw her checking out her reflection in the trophy, fixing her hair :p !

That action pretty much sums up her personality at times.

GWH, do you think the crowd will be supporting Hewitt, Safin, or will it even out? I keep hearing some say that Hewitt isn't very well liked.

crace37
01-29-2005, 04:31 AM
Safin, good luck!

Fedex
01-29-2005, 04:35 AM
Fedex, I agree.

The women's final was a let-down for me.

I like Serena, I really do. But, I had to laugh when I saw her checking out her reflection in the trophy, fixing her hair :p !

That action pretty much sums up her personality at times.

GWH, do you think the crowd will be supporting Hewitt, Safin, or will it even out? I keep hearing some say that Hewitt isn't very well liked.
I can tell you now that Hewitt will have more support. He has those screaming ''Aussie fanatics" on his side. ;)

Fedex
01-29-2005, 06:26 AM
He'd better be cause I really can't take another AO final loss. :tape:
Epecially not to Hewitt.

Charz
01-29-2005, 06:53 AM
Best of luck safin :) i hope you kick hewitts asssssss GOOOO MARAT

JCF_Passione
01-29-2005, 07:15 AM
GOOD LUCK MARAT!!:D :hug:

JuanChuffy007
01-29-2005, 09:41 AM
Thanks a lot for posting your report GeorgeWHitler!!

Elisabeth
01-29-2005, 09:49 AM
Hey everybody!!!! :wavey:

Good Luck Marat!!!!!!!!!Hope you'll win tonight!Fingers crossed!! ;)

Meeek
01-29-2005, 09:53 AM
Liessssss!! :smooch:

PennyThePenguin
01-29-2005, 11:48 AM
thanks GWH!!! :hug:

*Ljubica*
01-29-2005, 11:48 AM
Thanks for that Rosie :hug: Lleyton doesn't play his best tennis, but his never say die attitude in front of a home crowd is scary. I'm afraid Marat will be nervous and screw up. I know that everything can happen, but I'm definitely not getting my hopes up. It ain't over till one of them holds up the trophy. I think I'll cry either way so I'll try to stay calm in the meantime.

I really want this win for marat so bad! :o

I understand your nerves so well - but at least you can be proud that Marat is in the Final instead of losing earlier on like David did :sad: I've seen David lose so many finals (the 5-setter last year in Basel against Novak was the worst by far because I was confident about that one), - so I never get over- confident before big matches now! But I honestly do feel this is Marat's year :) Lleyton has got to run out of gas some time after all his long matches and all the pressure will be on him playing at home in Centenary Year - and Marat just can't lose three finals in succession. - it would be too cruel. I'll be up early tomorrow morning to watch it live and I'll be cheering for him - and - don't worry - there's no shame in crying at the end - either with joy or sadness - I've done both over tennis many times !! Good luck and love to you and all Marat fans here :hug:

PennyThePenguin
01-29-2005, 11:48 AM
Liessssss!! :smooch:

:scratch:


EDIT: OH! NOW I GET IT! ELISABETH!!! :hug: :hug: nice to see you decided to join us!!!

Meeek
01-29-2005, 12:08 PM
:scratch:


EDIT: OH! NOW I GET IT! ELISABETH!!! :hug: :hug: nice to see you decided to join us!!!

:haha: You're almost ready to join the blondes anonymous Jiat ;) :lol:

PennyThePenguin
01-29-2005, 12:28 PM
well...i didn't notice!!! hmph...

Meeek
01-29-2005, 12:37 PM
:hug:

LiHui
01-29-2005, 12:43 PM
GOOD LUCK WITH MARAT IN THE FINAL!!!

tall_one
01-29-2005, 12:49 PM
Hey everybody!!!! :wavey:

Good Luck Marat!!!!!!!!!Hope you'll win tonight!Fingers crossed!! ;)
:wavey: Hey Elisabeth!

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-29-2005, 01:46 PM
OMG, I'm so nervous.

When he was an underdog, I was scared but didn't expect much. Now, he's suddenly pretty much a favourite, and I'm beside myself. Marat doesn't usually fare well when he's a favourite.

Please, Marat, one more match!

PennyThePenguin
01-29-2005, 02:05 PM
hehe... WILL put up the clips from the semis!!!!!!! :woohoo:

BelgianWaffle
01-29-2005, 02:53 PM
I am soooooooooooooooooo nervous already and it's still more than 12 hours to go (lol)..

JuanChuffy007
01-29-2005, 02:57 PM
I am soooooooooooooooooo nervous already and it's still more than 12 hours to go (lol)..

me too! :bounce:

but don't forget:

"Just, you know, don't get too excited when I am winning, and don't get too
depressed when I am losing. Just, you know, keep it cool."

I'm trying already.... (as if I can...)

Aurora
01-29-2005, 03:00 PM
Im' happy and scared as hell at the same time the opponent is Hewitt. Marat has to impose his game, it's all up to him and that's both comforting and worrysome. I'm getting a different wave of confidence or negativism every few hours. But when one thinks of the Marat that we saw in the semi, one can't help but be confident. Right or right? DAVAI!!

Aurora
01-29-2005, 03:02 PM
oh JC007, Marat can go shove that quote in a place where the sun don't shine! if we and all tennisfans would do that, there would be no one in the stadiums and he wouldn't make millions! :p :p :p

JuanChuffy007
01-29-2005, 03:07 PM
oh JC007, Marat can go shove that quote in a place where the sun don't shine! if we and all tennisfans would do that, there would be no one in the stadiums and he wouldn't make millions! :p :p :p

Hahhahaah, yeah :p

BelgianWaffle
01-29-2005, 03:08 PM
:ras: at the quote... BS Marat :p

He has to win. Has to. It's not so much that I don't want Lleyton to win (with his home slam and everything), it's that I don't want Marat to loose ;)

JuanChuffy007
01-29-2005, 03:10 PM
He has to win. Has to. It's not so much that I don't want Lleyton to win (with his home slam and everything), it's that I don't want Marat to loose

Same here, he just HAS to win!!!!!!!! C'monnnnnnn (:p) Marat!!

BelgianWaffle
01-29-2005, 03:16 PM
hopefully lleyton will be so nervous he'll f*ck up.

(I know that's rude)

:p

Meeek
01-29-2005, 03:21 PM
That's not rude at all! :lol:

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-29-2005, 03:56 PM
I really like Lleyton and don't wish a heartbreak on him. I wish it was someone, anyone else playing Marat, but I still like Marat more. Losing a final third time would be unbearable.

Please Marat, win!

sol
01-29-2005, 03:57 PM
Thanks for the report GWH. :D

Good luck, Marat! :yeah:


Relaxed Safin ready to play the aggressor

By Peter Hanlon and Jake Niall
January 30, 2005

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Tennis/Relaxed-Safin-ready-to-play-the-aggressor/2005/01/29/1106850158497.html?oneclick=true

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/30/wbsafinsmile_narrowweb__200x460.jpg

While "Team Hewitt's" game plan will, as ever, be straight from a 'Rocky' script, "Team Safin" is intent on coming out all guns blazing in tonight's Australian Open men's final.

"Lleyton is really good at what he does - he tries to make you play the same game he wants you to play, and it just doesn't suit me," Safin said yesterday. "I have to go with my tactics, just go for it sometimes, risk it, and be aggressive - be really aggressive."

Yet Safin realises the risk in overplaying his hand. "With Hewitt, you have to be really careful when you attacking him, and you would have to attack him if you want to beat him."

His coach, Peter Lundgren, was in concert with his charge. "He's defending really well, so Marat has to be aggressive and, hopefully, serve well. You always have to do one ball extra to beat him (Hewitt), he's such a good defender.

"I think both are good battlers. They are similar characters inside, they are really good fighters. I think it comes down to who is more aggressive and more pumped up and ready to win, not too nervous."

The Russian was in a relaxed mood yesterday, declaring should victory come he would not imitate Jim Courier's leap into the Yarra, but "if I manage to win it, something will come up to my brain". He knows what to expect from tonight's crowd, and has no problem with an atmosphere he said could not be worse than when he led his country to a Davis Cup win over France in Paris in 2002.

"The people really understand tennis here, and they know when to appreciate the good game. Of course they will cheer for him whenever they will have the opportunity, (but) I don't think it's going to be a problem at all, the crowd."

He insisted Hewitt's histrionics will not register either. "We have a lot of respect for each other - at least from my part. We know each other for very long times. Between me and him, we have a great relationship. I will not get pissed at all if he will shout and scream."

Twice a runner-up here, he feels his time has come. "It will be just a little bit too stupid to waste (the) opportunity, a third one especially."

I love you, Marat! :kiss: ...

Why we love Marat

By Jake Niall.
January 30, 2005

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Tennis/Why-we-love-Marat/2005/01/29/1106850158494.html

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/30/wbsafinsmile_narrowweb__200x270.jpg

As a stand-up comedian in shorts, Marat Safin would understand that Rod Laver Arena tonight will be what his fellow comics would call "a tough crowd". No matter how good his material, how original or entertaining, the demographics - Australians - will be against him.

Not that Safin cares, noting yesterday that he once played a Davis Cup final in France. "It can't be any worse than that." Think of 15,000 "Fanatiques" cheering wildly on your every fault.

Safin's already made his endearing pitch for a decent hearing. "If Lleyton wins, I mean it's like a present from me to you guys," he told the centre court after he celebrated his 25th birthday by defeating world No. 1 Roger Federer. "I think I win, I'm sorry."

Few will be in Safin's centre court corner tonight, but he'll have a fair amount of the sizeable anti-Hewitt minority cheering from their sofas. Even the mass of Hewitt admirers would view Safin more as an obstacle for our Lleyton than Darth Vader. And should Safin get up, he'll doubtless soothe the collective Australian downer with a self-deprecating one-liner.

Safin won't mind a bit of hostility tonight because, as we all know, he does not want for love. There is reciprocal amore between Marat and the female sex, while, according to Mats Wilander, his locker room peers also will be pulling for him. The bulk of the international media, appreciative of the many soundbites and quotes Safin contributes, will be aboard the Safin wagon.

How does one explain the appeal of Safin? Wilander, who coached him for eight months, said it was Safin's willingness to express whatever he was feeling - rage, frustration, joy - coupled with his comic timing, that made him so likeable. "We are all frustrated at times, but most of us don't show it," said Wilander, who gave us the emotional range of Charles Bronson on court. "And he shows it. And he's funny.

"He's very funny, even when he's not funny . . . I guess he's good-looking. I know it's hard for me to say because I'm a man. He's one of a kind and he's really as normal as anyone. It just comes out and he cares. He cares in life. That makes for an emotional person."

Peter Lundgren, the Swedish mentor who has pacified Safin and thus saved dozens of tennis racquets, had a similar take on the Russian's universal appeal. "Because he's a very natural person, easygoing and he shows his emotion. He's good in the speeches after the match. He's good with the press, he does a good job. He's a very good guy.

"He's very human . . . he's easygoing. But he's calmed down on the court, he's much better focused and I think that's the key to his game, why he's playing better."

Lundgren subscribes to the view, however, that Safin works better if he releases some emotion, instead of keeping the cork in the bottle. The coach said it was preferable that Marat bounce his racquet once, properly, to bottling his rage. "If you whack it one time, do it OK. If you do it, you do it good. And that's it. He doesn't do it any more. Just to get it out."

Vent some anger, in other words. When Safin is irritated or angry, he seldom directs his ire at linesmen, umpires or opponents. The target is Marat. "He gets very pissed off," said Wilander. "I think people would like to have the guts to show how they feel. And he speaks his mind. I think everyone would like to do that."

There was a trademark moment of unrestrained volatility during the Federer epic. A bothered Marat spotted a moth on the court. Instead of following the RSPCA path of gently removing the distressed insect, Safin stomped on it. It was unexpected, like much of Marat's performance art and, cruel as it was, everyone still laughed.

Women love him and more emotionally reticent men - most of us - live vicariously through him. He says what he thinks, does as he pleases and gets the girls. Wilander reckoned the frustration was born of his rare, once in a decade (well, twice, considering Federer), talent.

"I think it must be frustrating when you've heard everybody tell you that you're one of the most talented players ever, but 'Would you get your head put on properly'. That's tough to hear. It's a lot easier to hear you've got a shitty second serve. How do you work on your head?"

Lundgren's successful partnership with Safin has worked precisely because the coach has focused primarily on his head, rather than his topspin or slice.

Goran Ivanisevic, to whom Safin is often compared - not for tennis styles - found it hard to deal with the "three Gorans" in the course of his Wimbledon final.

In Melbourne, we have been privileged to have hosted the four Marats: the tanker of 2000; the immature, hedonistic Marat (2002) who lost to Thomas Johansson; the tired and fatigued Marat, who knocked off Andre Agassi (2004) but had nothing left; and now the mature, level-headed, but ever amusing Marat.

"I played here against Johansson, I didn't have enough experience," Safin said yesterday. "I mean, last year, I had no chance at all because I was completely burned out. This year, already I have experience of playing two finals. I had a good year last year, coming off from the injury."

Lundgren added: "It's his third time now, I think it's time for him to win it. It just feels like it's his turn now."

So destiny faces a tough choice. Do the tennis fates succumb to the irresistible Australian warrior, on the cow pad court he's cursed and kissed? Or to the two-time Russian bridesmaid, whose tumultuous affair with the Australian Open has included a tank (round one, 2000) and two failures on the final day (2002, 2004).

Marat thinks he's destiny's child this time. "Yeah, I believe in the destiny . . . you know, destiny, I will be in the final third time, supposedly I have to win. But no, I just think everything what happened before to me, it had to happen. I really believe in that."

----

"(Safin is) very funny, even when he's not funny. MATS WILANDER, Safin's former coach"

sol
01-29-2005, 04:10 PM
Ummm...

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/30/wbhewittsafin_narrowweb__200x270.jpg

Go Marat, please! :yeah:

sol
01-29-2005, 05:19 PM
I really hope, Marat is correct!

This Time, Safin Is Ready for Pressure

2 hours, 38 minutes ago

By JOHN BROCK, Associated Press Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia - Marat Safin admits the pressure got to him the first time he played in the Australian Open final. Last year, he was exhausted for his championship match here against Roger Federer. Now, Safin has a third chance to win the Australian Open. And he will have an entire country rooting against him Sunday when he faces Lleyton Hewitt at Rod Laver Arena.


http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20050128/thumb.ny15901281944.australian_open_tennis_ny159.j pg

"I don't think it's going to be a problem at all, the crowd," said Safin, who pointed out that he has played in front of hostile Davis Cup fans in France — and won. "It will be helpful."

Safin is hoping to add a second Grand Slam title to his 2000 U.S. Open (news - web sites) crown. Hewitt is trying to become the first Australian man to win his national championship in almost three decades.

Hewitt advanced to his first Australian final Friday with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-1 win over Andy Roddick. Safin upset top-ranked Federer 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 9-7 in 4 1/2 hours Thursday to reach his third Australian Open final in four years.

Safin, seeded fourth, blamed nerves for his loss in the final to Thomas Johansson in 2002, when he was heavily favored to beat the Swede. A year ago, Safin survived back-to-back five-set matches against Roddick in the quarterfinals and Andre Agassi in the semifinals. The Russian then lost in straight sets to Federer, the first of three major titles for the Swiss star in 2004.

"After I made the first final, I was just really nervous because I didn't have so much experience," Safin said. "I was supposed to be the favorite and win this title and I couldn't deal with the pressure at all. Last year I just ran out of gas and I couldn't believe either that I was going to win."


This time, he insists it's different.

"I've had two bad experiences in the final, so I will be really careful," said Safin, who celebrated his 25th birthday Thursday with the win over Federer.

Safin kept his temper largely in check as he ended the top-ranked Federer's 26-match winning streak, securing the victory on his seventh match point.

Safin and Hewitt have split their 10 matches. Last year, Safin won on the carpet at the Paris Open after Hewitt triumphed on hardcourt in Cincinnati.

"You know he's going to fight every single ball and he will have the crowd behind him," Safin said.

Hewitt is hoping to become the first Aussie to win this event since Mark Edmondson in 1976. The last Aussie to reach the final was Pat Cash, who lost to Stefan Edberg in 1987 and Mats Wilander in 1988, both in five sets.

Hewitt, the 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion, had not advanced beyond the fourth round in eight previous appearances in Melbourne.


"I always said I'd give anything to play one match for the title here in Melbourne," he said. "Now part of that dream has come true and I get a chance on Sunday night."

roisin
01-29-2005, 05:48 PM
Ummm...

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/30/wbhewittsafin_narrowweb__200x270.jpg

Go Marat, please! :yeah:

*Shudder* marats so nice there and lleyton so....not. he scares me :scared:

Meeek
01-29-2005, 05:48 PM
Ummm...

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/30/wbhewittsafin_narrowweb__200x270.jpg

Go Marat, please! :yeah:

:lol: Well said Sol, very well said!! :haha:

stella_artois
01-29-2005, 06:04 PM
Hello everyone!
I'm new to the forum, my first post...wish i can get acquainted to all of you who also like Marat..
=)

Anyways, i was wondering about that cricket/locust/whatever on court during the match with Federer, Which marat smashed...thought it was quite a funny episode, so 'him'..!!

Cheers!

juligen
01-29-2005, 06:14 PM
is it normal to feel that nervous ?

i am having problems to sleep since the semi
i want Marat to win soooo badly

how can someone not love MARAT, he is ADORABLE

Magda
01-29-2005, 06:34 PM
is it normal to feel that nervous ?

i am having problems to sleep since the semi
i want Marat to win soooo badly

:lol: yup it's totally normal to be nervous. I've been like that for the last two days, but actually today I'm very calm and I'm positive about the final. It's all thanks to your comments guys :yeah:
The title is yours Marat!!! :dance:

p.s. Welcome Elisabeth :bigwave: and stella_artois :wavey: (btw, nice avatar :D)

Lara
01-29-2005, 07:29 PM
12 hours to go... I'm so nervous... :eek:
Can't wait!!!

thelma
01-29-2005, 07:31 PM
Hello everyone!
I'm new to the forum, my first post...wish i can get acquainted to all of you who also like Marat..
=)

Anyways, i was wondering about that cricket/locust/whatever on court during the match with Federer, Which marat smashed...thought it was quite a funny episode, so 'him'..!!

Cheers!

Hello :wavey:

Welcome!

superpinkone37
01-29-2005, 07:35 PM
I normally don't come in here so not many people know I am a Marat fan, but I just wanted to wish him good luck for the final :) Go Marat! :banana:

Meeek
01-29-2005, 09:00 PM
Hello to all the new members!! :wavey:

Gosh, I need someone to knock me unconcious (sp?) so I calm down and get some rest ;) :p

*Ljubica*
01-29-2005, 09:12 PM
OK guys - I'm going to bed now so I can be up early to watch the Final tomorrow morning - so thought I would just come in here with one last Good Luck Marat :) Hope you can all sleep tonight - and I hope that when I come in here next after the Final it will be to celebrate with you and look at pictures of Marat with that trophy :)

MariaV
01-29-2005, 09:14 PM
Thank you very much Rosie! :hug:

MariaV
01-29-2005, 09:30 PM
One thing you forget is that Hewitt isn't exactly very popular in Australia and many of the neutrals and there will be plenty of them will go for Safin. Considering I have been at this tournament many times and know how well liked he is here, it would be worse for Federer crowd wise than it will be for Marat.

He doesn't have to play the crowd, it's only Hewitt that should be his main focus.

OK, after seeing the semis vs Andy I pray for your sake ;) that the Aussie crowd that I've considered the best tennis crowd in the world so far won't shout under Marat's serve like they did w Andy and irritate Marat in other ways. And this was Andy who said that the crowd won't influence him after the Seville experience. They still got to Andy. I can definitely say that SO far the whole stadium (with only a few exceptions) has been fanatically behind Lleyton in every match... I know Marat is way more popular than Andy but I'm afraid there will be enough fools to shout at Marat's serve etc. Oh, BTW, I heard Hewitt is paying for some Fanatcis' tickets so...
Have fun anyway. :wavey:

Magda
01-29-2005, 09:32 PM
Gosh, I need someone to knock me unconcious (sp?) so I calm down and get some rest ;) :p
:smash: :smash: :smash: :smash: :smash:

maratski
01-29-2005, 09:53 PM
I'm off to sleep now and won't post till after the match. I hope everyone will enjoy it and as always, it's great supporting Marat with you all, win or lose.

:kiss:

Natasc
01-29-2005, 10:33 PM
Ok, i'm trying to relax but it's bit hard do that...I thik you all understend
I'll continue to watch movies here and I hope that one time I give and go to bed :lol:

See ya all guys ;)

Damita
01-29-2005, 10:56 PM
:wavey: Hi Elisabeth :hug: and stella_artois (nice nic ;) lol)

less than 9 hours now.... go Marat!!!! http://smileys.******************/cat/18/18_1_107v.gif

aceit
01-29-2005, 10:58 PM
I'm deciding if I should stay up and watch the match. It's at 3:30 am here and I don't know what I should do. :p

GO MARAT!!!!

sol
01-29-2005, 11:20 PM
Welcome, all the new members! :wavey:

Thanks, Rosie, Danielle, Ilhame, and everyone here by the support! :hug:


Safin in mood to make his presence felt

Eleanor Preston finds an unruffled Russian ready to thwart Lleyton Hewitt


Marat Safin is 6ft 4in, looks like he’s made of Russian girders and not the sort of fellow one could miss easily, yet to the people of Melbourne he is simply another large obstacle for their warrior hero Lleyton Hewitt to get past en route to winning the Australian Open trophy this morning.

As much as the lucky country is willing Hewitt to become the first Australian since Mark Edmondson to win the title, and as extraordinarily adept as Hewitt is it taking on seemingly insurmountable imped iments and either wearing them out or annoying them into a tizzy, Safin may have other ideas.

The Russian does not sit easily in the underdog role, nor should he since he will be playing in his third Australian Open final and proved with his five-set win over Roger Federer on Thursday that he is capable of beating the very best when his mind is set on it.

The bad news for Hewitt is that Safin’s mind, which has so often been his biggest weakness, seems to be working in harmony with his talent at the moment. The histrionics have been kept to a minimum during his run to the final and there have been few of the lapses that have had fans and observers tearing their hair out. For that he has Federer’s former coach Peter Lungren to thank, a laid-back Swede who takes a dim view of racket smashing and mental meanderings.

“I am learning all the time and my coach is helping me a lot and together we did a great job,” said Safin. “He really knows how to deal with the pressure players have. He can be supportive; he can calm you down and explain what you have to do so you don’t feel uptight in the final.”

At 24 and with nearly eight years on the pro tour behind him, Safin also seems to be getting better at managing his emotions, although he will always be a volatile character, prone to sudden, inexplicable flashes of self-doubt. Such flashes explain the fact he has won only one grand slam, the US Open in 2001, when he ripped through Pete Sampras like a little boy opening a Christmas present.

Today’s Australian Open final will thus be another chance to prove he is not the living embodiment of John McEnroe’s oft used phrase “one-slam wonder”.

He is convinced Lungren is the difference between the Safin of now and the man that lost to Thomas Johansson in 2002 and to Federer a year ago.

“I wasn’t really ready and I didn’t really have someone who could help me before the match against Johansson,” said Safin, who was red-hot favourite against the limited Swede and somehow managed to win only one set.

“I was really, really nervous about all this, that I had to win. It was a little bit too much pressure for me. Last year I had no chance because I was completely burned out. This year I have the exper ience of having already played two finals and I had a good year last year. A final is a final and there will be a lot of nerves involved, but it would just be a little bit stupid to waste this opportunity, a third one especially.”

Safin’s patience is likely to be tested to its limits by Hewitt, both by the Australian’s play and by his behaviour between points. When the ball is in play he is expert at staying in the point and forcing errors and the rest of the time he is an angry, whirling ball of energy, exhorting himself and his home crowd with cries of “come on” and with his “vicht” gesture, whereby he points at his eyes with his hand bent as though talking to an invisible Emu puppet.

Hewitt is never more pumped up than at home and his antics, particularly after an opponent’s error rather than just his own winners, have ignited a lively and exhaustive debate in the Australian media. Like the rest of the country, the press are divided in their opinion of their No 1 player. Traditionalists balk at what they regard as unsportsmanlike conduct (his vanquished quarter-final opponent David Nalbandian gave them plenty of ammun ition by saying Hewitt was “not a gentleman”), while those who like their players cast in the McEnroe mould delight at every gesture.

Safin, with his new, Lungren-inspired Zen, said yesterday he didn’t mind much either way.

“Some people think it’s a bit much but it doesn’t really bother me,” he said.

“I will not get pissed if he shouts and screams. If you want to have a chance to win in a final, you have to stay calm no matter what is going on.”

Safin in that frame of mind could be even harder to miss than ever.

30 January 2005

Natasc
01-29-2005, 11:26 PM
Is easy say...the problem is how to do

Golfnduck
01-29-2005, 11:36 PM
LETS GO MARAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blanco y Negro
01-29-2005, 11:57 PM
Emilita,

I am with you cheering for Safin. He is on top of his game right now.


VAMOS!

Carolinita
01-30-2005, 12:01 AM
:bounce: C'MON MARAT........C'MON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! :bounce:

Blanco y Negro
01-30-2005, 12:13 AM
Emilita,

I am with you for cheering for Marat. He has played well in Aussie

Action Jackson
01-30-2005, 12:42 AM
Lundgren and Wilander are intelligent guys and what they say about Marat is true.

Andy is a dickhead and Aussies don't deal well with dickheads, but as I said before Marat has to play Hewitt and keep concentrated on that.

PennyThePenguin
01-30-2005, 12:48 AM
hi stella_artois!! welcome to marat-land!!!

btw..is that putin in ur av? or am i just blur?

onion
01-30-2005, 01:20 AM
OK, after seeing the semis vs Andy I pray for your sake ;) that the Aussie crowd that I've considered the best tennis crowd in the world so far won't shout under Marat's serve like they did w Andy and irritate Marat in other ways. And this was Andy who said that the crowd won't influence him after the Seville experience. They still got to Andy. I can definitely say that SO far the whole stadium (with only a few exceptions) has been fanatically behind Lleyton in every match... I know Marat is way more popular than Andy but I'm afraid there will be enough fools to shout at Marat's serve etc. Oh, BTW, I heard Hewitt is paying for some Fanatcis' tickets so...
Have fun anyway. :wavey:

Oh that was just rude, wasn't it? It is just plain rude that the crowd is making the match unfair - they should be kicked out! It gets me so mad. Like, support who you like, but don't be rude and don't make the match unfair!!!

Actually, you won't believe how many Australians actually dislike Lleyton Hewitt - understandably too. Just for the record, I am not a fan. All the stupid past players and "experts" (i want to kill John Alexander) are saying "Lleyton definitely will win" so I really pray to God that Marat kicks his ass good!! I don't think I can live in this country if Hewitt wins the Australian Open.

Marat is a popular guy - however I don't think he is as popular as Andy here (come on, you have to count the teenyboppers too) - so he will have fans there, and I hope the crowd respect him and respect the SPORT enough to not call out.

Just over 6 hours to go...I'm scared. Come on Marat. The third time HAS to be lucky! [Sends positive vibes to Safin]

Elam
01-30-2005, 02:25 AM
Good luck to Marat, hope he can finally win the AO.

chocc0
01-30-2005, 02:39 AM
omg omg omg omg omg omg omg
it hasn't even started yet and i'm going crazy
even tho i'm australian i'm still going for marat!
GOOODDDDD LUCK!

Tennis Fool
01-30-2005, 04:08 AM
Marat better win in straights. 6/4 6/0 7/6 (1) would be nice :cool:

Action Jackson
01-30-2005, 04:12 AM
Oh that was just rude, wasn't it? It is just plain rude that the crowd is making the match unfair - they should be kicked out! It gets me so mad. Like, support who you like, but don't be rude and don't make the match unfair!!!

Obviously you have never seen a match in South America, the crowd here weren't bad, but a few clowns which happen everywhere.

Actually, you won't believe how many Australians actually dislike Lleyton Hewitt - understandably too. Just for the record, I am not a fan. All the stupid past players and "experts" (i want to kill John Alexander) are saying "Lleyton definitely will win" so I really pray to God that Marat kicks his ass good!! I don't think I can live in this country if Hewitt wins the Australian Open.

They will forgive him when he wins, but when he loses he gets it as well.

Marat is a popular guy - however I don't think he is as popular as Andy here (come on, you have to count the teenyboppers too) - so he will have fans there, and I hope the crowd respect him and respect the SPORT enough to not call out.

That is the biggest joke I've heard so far, there is no way Roddick is as popular as Safin. Example being last year when they played Marat had the overwhelming amount of support from the crowd and I was there for that one.

Marat is popular with everyone and not teenyboppers which is not the case for Roddick.

crace37
01-30-2005, 04:20 AM
God bless you

Kiara
01-30-2005, 05:23 AM
All the best Marat :hug:

Kiara
01-30-2005, 05:28 AM
I am of the opinion if Marat stole my girlfriend I wouldn't be pissed off about it

:lol:

Thanks for your highly informative report GWH :kiss:

Kiara
01-30-2005, 05:37 AM
Im so happy that Mats is there... to make up for the final he wasnt there for ;)

He's never stopped supporting Marat

Kiara
01-30-2005, 05:38 AM
I hope Marat will not jump into the Yarra though :o yuck

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-30-2005, 06:54 AM
All he needs is to win. What he does afterwards is his business - he may run around the court naked for all I care. Win Marat, win!

It's almost an hour until the match starts, and I'm catatonic.

Meeek
01-30-2005, 07:56 AM
Oh dear Lord I'm so nervous I cannot sit still and just watch the match.... :scared:

Aleksa's Laydee
01-30-2005, 09:44 AM
he just broke back in the 3rd set :woohoo: keep it going

sol
01-30-2005, 10:36 AM
Yay Marat!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-30T110359Z_01_MEL26D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg
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Aleksa's Laydee
01-30-2005, 10:39 AM
HE WON!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

sol
01-30-2005, 10:42 AM
Congrast!. :worship: :worship: :hatoff: :hatoff: :bigclap: :bigclap:

I'm so happy!. :woohoo:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-30T093358Z_01_MEL10D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-30T093316Z_01_MEL09D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-30T092551Z_01_MEL08D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg

Natasc
01-30-2005, 10:44 AM
VAMOS!!

hehehe
Marat was OUT in 1º set but then his back in next 3
He was just amazing
And he deserve the victory
I just wanna that Marat after put in his head that he's THE GUY
Dont lose the head, or dont do what he did in 1º set of this match
With players like Roddick and Federer if he do that he will not have a chance for back to the match.... the match will be over before he say: "I'm back"

Focus Marat, FOCUS
But I'm happy for him fix he's head
I just hope that he do this before the match!!

Shadow
01-30-2005, 10:46 AM
YEAH YEAH!!! WOOOHOOOO!!! ITS DONE ! ITS DONE! I cant believe it, we waited so long..... !!!!!
That was such a curious match, but overall Marat dominated and clearly the better player.

MARAT WHERE IS YOUR HAPPYNESS?

happyness is overwhelming my heart and i waited so long for it.

MARAT, you are amazing.!!!!!!! you deserve this so much!!!!! :worship:

*Ljubica*
01-30-2005, 10:49 AM
OK guys - I hate to say I told you so - but I just KNEW that Marat would win! Many, MANY congratulations to him for playing so well and keeping his cool -and big :hug: to all of you - he did it - you did it!!!

CONGRATS TO MARAT AND HIS FANS EVERYWHERE :bigclap:

erica
01-30-2005, 10:49 AM
Oh my! I´m so happy ^^
really.. I don´t know what to say.. I´m speechless!
Congrats to Marat on winnig the tournament that belongs to him! :worship:

Cris
01-30-2005, 10:50 AM
Bravo Marat!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:
I'm so happy!!! :woohoo: :banana: :yippee: :dance:

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-30-2005, 10:51 AM
And he did it! OMG OMG OMG, Marat Safin - 2005 AO Champion!

:hug: all! All of you!

Natasc
01-30-2005, 10:55 AM
MARAT WHERE IS YOUR HAPPYNESS?
True

I'm watching the award now and he just didn't smile!!
VAMOS MARAT!!!

sol
01-30-2005, 10:57 AM
:woohoo: :bounce:

Sunday January 30, 11:48 AM

Safin defeats Hewitt to win Australian Open

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Russia's Marat Safin has defeated Australian Lleyton Hewitt 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to win the centenary Australian Open.

The victory on Sunday earned Safin his second grand slam title and ruined Hewitt's dream of winning his national championship.

Safin lost the opening set and trailed Hewitt 4-1 in the third before he suddenly took control of the match, winning 11 of the last 15 games to seal victory.

Safin's win provided him with his second grand slam after he won the U.S. Open in 2000 and made up for his losses in the Australian Open final in 2002 and again last year.

Hewitt, who rode a wave of patriotism into the final, missed out on his dream of becoming the first Australian man to win the title since Mark Edmondson in 1976 and finished runner-up in a grand slam for the second time running after losing last year's U.S. Open final to Roger Federer.

sol
01-30-2005, 11:02 AM
Oh my God, my sister just called me from London for this Marat wins.. :yeah: :kiss:

I love you Marat! :smooch: http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-30T115352Z_01_MEL27D_RTRIDSP_1_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg

joeb_uk
01-30-2005, 11:04 AM
Just thought i would post here to congratulate marat, what a great guy he is and how great he is for sport and tennis.
There are so many good things good things to marat, his game, his personality. I know eurosport cut the presentation, but marat showed why he is the best personality in tennis during the speech (bbc covered this). His personality cant be touched by any other player, and he is also the best looking guy on tour as well :D

Damita
01-30-2005, 11:06 AM
OMG !!!! finally! 4yers and a half after his first GS we have another one!!! :woohoo:
As expected i couldn't hold the tears! lol

big hug to everyone here!!!!! :hug:
congrats Marat :worship:
Thank you Mr' Lundgren! :p :bowdown:

Cris
01-30-2005, 11:07 AM
Congrats Marat!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

:hug: :kiss: to everyone!

Shadow
01-30-2005, 11:08 AM
Just thought i would post here to congratulate marat, what a great guy he is and how great he is for sport and tennis.
There are so many good things good things to marat, his game, his personality. I know eurosport cut the presentation, but marat showed why he is the best personality in tennis during the speech (bbc covered this). His personality cant be touched by any other player, and he is also the best looking guy on tour as well :D

uhu, joe ;)
eurosport came back and showed the ceremony, starting with LLeyton talking. I would have killed them if they wouldnt have showed it.
Marat was original as always :D I loved his speech... he is sweet and hillarious at the same time. what a guy.

JuanChuffy007
01-30-2005, 11:08 AM
Third time lucky for Marat!!!! :D
Congrats Marat!! :yeah: :yeah:

JuanChuffy007
01-30-2005, 11:09 AM
Marat was original as always I loved his speech... he is sweet and hillarious at the same time. what a guy.

Me too! But well, his speeches are always :cool: :D.

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-30-2005, 11:09 AM
And to think that only a month ago I was slighting him for tanking some stupid exibition. I'm so sorry for that. Never I'll do it, ever again.

:worship: Marat.

Five
01-30-2005, 11:11 AM
I has been crying since he beat Federer on Friday.Thanks Marat for being Champion, for bringing me joy :crying2:
Ты прошёл нелёгкий путь и ты совершенно заслуживаешь этого
I'll drink tonight to celebrate Marat's victory :)

Shadow
01-30-2005, 11:12 AM
the best thing was when he thanked Lleyton`s box LOL!!!!!! :haha:

Damita
01-30-2005, 11:14 AM
the best thing was when he thanked Lleyton`s box LOL!!!!!! :haha:
lol yeah! :lol: always soooo funny ;)

Elam
01-30-2005, 11:16 AM
Congrats to Marat for his great performance, he really deserves it.
Wish him a very great 2005!

sol
01-30-2005, 11:16 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship: :D

Thanks to everyone here! :hug: Love you all! :D

Safin Wins Australian Open Men's Final

3 minutes ago

By PAUL ALEXANDER, Associated Press Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia - Marat Safin finally won the Australian Open (news - web sites), overpowering Lleyton Hewitt 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday night for his first title in the Gland Slam event after two runner-up finishes in the last three years.

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The fourth-seeded Russian overcame a slow start to win his second Grand Slam title and end Hewitt's bid to become the first Australian champion since Mark Edmondson won the 1976 at Kooyong.

Safin, also the 2000 U.S. Open winner, ended top-ranked Roger Federer's 26-match winning streak in the semifinals Thursday before pushing aside the pesky Hewitt in the first night championship match in Grand Slam history.

Although he usually feeds off controversy — angering three opponents with his on-court shouts and staredowns on his way to the final — Hewitt unraveled before a vocal home crowd at Melbourne Park.

Hewitt seemed at the top of his game, zipping from sideline to sideline while committing only one unforced error in the 23-minute first set.

But the Australian started slipping while serving at 1-2 in the second set. At 15-40, Safin rammed a forehand down the line to cash in his first break-point opportunity.

Hewitt fended off one set point serving at 2-5, but Safin — still looking nervous — leveled the match on a forehand winner down the line off a weak service return.

With fist pumps and shouts of "Come on! Come on!" Hewitt saved two break points in the first game of the third set as tensions rose. Hewitt screamed "No way!" at Portuguese umpire Carlos Ramos in the next game after an overrule on Safin's shot that Hewitt thought was long but TV replays showed was on the line.

Safin had his own fist pump and shout of "Vamos!" — Spanish for "Let's go!" — after one winner, but Hewitt broke when he guessed right on Safin's volley and sent a backhand winner down the line. Safin fired a forehand long on the next point.

Safin, notorious for breaking rackets, spiked another one, but continued to play with it. He got his thighs massaged at the changeover after Hewitt held for a 3-0 lead, then complained to Ramos in Spanish about another close call in the next game.

Hewitt was called for a foot fault on his first serve at 4-2, 30-40. He won the point after a long rally, then was given a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct for screaming and pointing his finger at the line judge responsible for the call. Safin, who got back on serve on his third break point on a backhand winner down the line, complained again to Ramos at the changeover.

Hewitt foot-faulted again at 15-30 in his next service game and double-faulted at 30-40 to hand Safin a 5-4 lead.

After wasting one set point on a backhand he dumped into the net, Safin finished it off when Hewitt hit a backhand crosscourt just wide. This time it was Hewitt who sought a massage on the thigh muscles that have given him trouble all tournament.

Safin, suddenly looking confident, rallied from 40-15 deficit as Hewitt served in the first game of the fourth set, finishing off the break with an overhead winner and a backhand crosscourt pass to stretch his streak to seven straight games.

It was the only break Safin needed, as he yielded only three points in his five service games in the set. When Hewitt hit a lunging forehand out at match point, Safin pumped his fist one last time in celebration.

EternalFlame
01-30-2005, 11:16 AM
Woww, what a match that was! I loved it a lot. Marat played some brilliant tennis in the last set.
He won it after 5 years. God! Thank you Marat for making my day, even for making my week or my month :D :D
I realised how much I love Peter, he is such a nice guy. Did you see how nervous he was? He loves Marat so much. And who doesn't love him. He is so loveable. That speech of him was as good as the others, he was so nice to Llyeton too. He has such a big heart...
btw: I loved the girl with the russian flag and with the russian flag make up. I thought it was me, without the make up... :p :p :p
I will leave home now but when I came back I'll watch the replay of this much. It was great...
Lastly, Congratulations Marat ! You fully deserved it ! :bigclap: :banana: :bigclap:

sol
01-30-2005, 11:17 AM
the best thing was when he thanked Lleyton`s box LOL!!!!!! :haha:
:lol: Andrea! ;)

Shadow
01-30-2005, 11:18 AM
:clap2: :clap2: :bounce: :woohoo: :worship:

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sol
01-30-2005, 11:19 AM
:kiss:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-01-30T120450Z_01_MEL29D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-OPEN.jpg
Fourth seed Russia's Marat Safin and third seed Australia's Lleyton Hewitt shake hands after the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 30, 2005. Safin won 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Shadow
01-30-2005, 11:21 AM
what a sweet pic.

i have to say much respect for hewitt, too, who was gracious in defeat.

euroka1
01-30-2005, 11:21 AM
That was a great final! Congratulations Marat and thanks to both players for providing some excellent tennis.

Drimal
01-30-2005, 11:22 AM
:woohoo: Marat :woohoo:


He played the tournament of his life and the showed the best performance of his career. :D :D

Let's the Russian Slam continue. Marat Safin will play a great season and perhabs be the new number 1 at the end of the year! :worship:

Cris
01-30-2005, 11:24 AM
the best thing was when he thanked Lleyton`s box LOL!!!!!! :haha:
Priceless :lol: :worship:

aceit
01-30-2005, 11:25 AM
Congrats Marat! I'm extremly happy and excited for him! :D

Damita
01-30-2005, 11:26 AM
awww, nice pic the one above! :)
erm... i forgot....i also want to congratulate him because he made me won 390 vDollars :lol: good job man!

superpinkone37
01-30-2005, 11:29 AM
I am so proud of Marat!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

Shadow
01-30-2005, 11:33 AM
Champion :woohoo: :hearts:
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snaillyyy
01-30-2005, 11:33 AM
:woohoo: that was a great match, Congrats to Marat, well deserved :banana: :banana: and love the speech too!! :D :D :D

Lady
01-30-2005, 11:37 AM
Marat!! The way you turned it around was incredible!! :hearts:

And I loved Peter's reaction to Marat's winners! :D

JuanChuffy007
01-30-2005, 11:37 AM
Awwwwwwwwwww nice pics! :woohoo:

Damita
01-30-2005, 11:39 AM
i love those pics!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: a trophy! a big big big trophy from a major tourny yeaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!

Judexo
01-30-2005, 11:39 AM
Your pics are all soo awesome i love them soo much xoxo ThankYou

sol
01-30-2005, 11:40 AM
:worship:

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Safin beats Hewitt to win Open
Sunday, January 30, 2005 Posted: 1210 GMT (2010 HKT)



MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) -- Fourth seed Marat Safin stared down the challenge of local hero Lleyton Hewitt to win the centenary Australian Open.

His 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory on Sunday earned the big Russian a second grand slam crown after his 2000 U.S. Open triumph.

Runner-up here in 2002 and 2004, Safin hugged third seed Hewitt and raised his arms in triumph after crashing an unreturnable serve on the final point.

Hewitt, winner at Wimbledon in 2002 and the U.S. Open in 2001, has now lost the last two grand slam finals after he was beaten by world number one Roger Federer in the U.S. Open last year.

The disappointed Australian however will rise to number two in the world after reaching his first home final.

Safin had got off to a slow and nervous start but changed the course of the match in a drama-charged third set, when he staged a stunning comeback after being down 3-0 to Hewitt, who was buoyed by his home crowd on Rod Laver Arena center court.

Safin had two chances to break Hewitt's serve in the first game of the third set but Hewitt saved both break points and then held his own serve after the Russian made two sloppy errors in a game which typified the early stages of the match.

Controversial game
Hewitt in turn broke Safin in a controversial second game of the third set. He set up his first chance when he outfought Safin in a long rally and then hit a forehand winner when Safin failed to put away a smash.

The tenacious Australian exploded in anger when, at deuce, a Safin forehand on the line was called out by a baseline judge but the call was over-ruled by chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who ordered the point to be replayed.

"Don't be a hero here, mate," Hewitt said to Ramos.

Hewitt seemed to be spurred on by the incident and broke Safin, who put a forehand wide at deuce. Hewitt then got a lucky break when he blocked a half-volley past the stranded Safin.

Safin in turn became enraged with his own game and slammed his racket into the court as Hewitt held serve for a 3-0 lead.

Safin then called for a trainer at the change of ends to massage his thighs. He in turn got angry over a corrected line call in the next game, arguing with Ramos in Spanish.

Hewitt desperately scrambled to save a break point in the sixth game but Ramos gave him a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct when the Australian aggressively pointed his finger at a baseline judge after hitting a forehand winner to get back to deuce.

Safin eventually broke Hewitt when he crunched a backhand winner down the line. After the point he argued again with Ramos, who warned both players they risked a point penalty if there were any further outbursts.

Remarkable turnaround
In a remarkable turnaround, Safin then broke Hewitt again in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead when Hewitt served a double fault on Safin's second break point.

The Russian had his big serve back on track and wrapped up the set in just under an hour, with Hewitt calling for his thighs to be massaged at the end of the set.

Safin served 17 of his 18 aces in the last three sets and by the fourth set he was winning most of the long rallies that Hewitt had dominated in the first set.

Safin grabbed the decisive break of serve in the first game of the fourth set when, during a 30-shot rally, he drew Hewitt to the net and whipped a backhand past his 23-year-old opponent.

Safin beat world number one Roger Federer on his 25th birthday to reach the final in a match being hailed as probably the greatest ever played at Melbourne Park.

That win had been sweet revenge for Safin after he was beaten by Federer in last year's final.

JuanChuffy007
01-30-2005, 11:44 AM
awww that last pic is sooo cute! :D

erica
01-30-2005, 11:45 AM
Thanks for all the great pics and articles.. :hug:
They almost make me cry ^^

sol
01-30-2005, 11:51 AM
:worship:

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http://au.news.yahoo.com/050130/19/stfj.html
Safin beats Hewitt in four sets for first Australian Open title

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) - Russian Marat Safin won his second tennis grand slam with a fighting four-set victory over home hope Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open final.

It was Safin's first Australian title after playing in two losing finals here over the last three years and ended third-seed Hewitt's dream of becoming the first home winner of the Australian Open in almost three decades.

The Russian fourth-seed won 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in 2hrs 45min to add the Australian title to his 2000 US Open crown when he beat Pete Sampras in straight sets.

Safin was desperate not to become the ninth man in the Open era (post-1969) to lose three consecutive grand slam finals and powered home after losing an error-ridden opening set.

~EMiLiTA~
01-30-2005, 11:57 AM
what a sweet pic.

i have to say much respect for hewitt, too, who was gracious in defeat.

yep, I agree...as much as I don't like Hewitt, I thought he was a very good loser...full credit to him :yeah:

Tennis Fool
01-30-2005, 11:57 AM
Thanks for the pics!

Hey...doesn't the V-sign in Australia mean "Fuck you" :confused:

sol
01-30-2005, 12:07 PM
Hey...doesn't the V-sign in Australia mean "Fuck you" :confused:
;) :devil: :confused:



Marat Safin wins Australian Open

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1005315.cms

MELBOURNE: Russian Marat Safin won his second tennis grand slam with a fighting four-set victory over home hope Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open final on Sunday.

It was Safin's first Australian title after playing in two finals over the last three years and ended third-seed Hewitt's dream of becoming the first home winner of the Australian Open in almost three decades.

The Russian fourth-seed won 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hrs 45 min to add the Australian title to his 2000 US Open crown when he beat Pete Sampras in straight sets.

Safin was desperate not to become the ninth man in the Open era (post-1969) to lose three consecutive grand slam finals and powered home after losing an error-ridden opening set.

Safin lost to Roger Federer in straight sets in last year's final and went down in an upset to Swedish 16th seed Thomas Johansson in the 2002 final.

But Safin was the favourite to win this year's first grand slam after his sensational five-set victory over the world number one Federer after saving match point in their semi-final.

Hewitt was trying to become the first Australian since Mark Edmondson in 1976 to win the Australian Open, but came up short after beginning strongly in the final.

Safin made a nervous beginning, winning only three points in the opening three games as Hewitt scooted to a 3-0 lead before the Russian held serve.

Safin was making plenty of unforced errors as Hewitt hit the ground running and he broke the Russian a second time in the sixth game to have the opening set in his keeping at 5-1.

But the three-times finalist found more depth on his ground strokes in the second set and had Hewitt under pressure on his serve.

He raised his first break points at 15-40 in the fourth game and made a powerful forehand service return to take a break and a 3-1 lead.

Hewitt was finding Safin more of a handful and was down set point on his service in the eighth before a fortuitous net cord enabled him to hold serve at 5-3.

But Safin raised his second set point when a Hewitt forehand was long and he served and volleyed for the set to level the final.

Hewitt fought off two break points in the first game of the third set but he played a tremendous point when he ran down a drop shot for a winner to bring up break point in the next game and got two more break points before a wayward forehand forced the break.

Natasc
01-30-2005, 12:14 PM
Thanks for the pics!

Hey...doesn't the V-sign in Australia mean "Fuck you" :confused:
Oh realy?
Here is something like "nice" or "peace"

Well, he realy fucked Australia guy :haha:

maratski
01-30-2005, 12:21 PM
HE FINALLY DID IT!!!!!!

What a great day it is for all of us. We've been waiting so long for this!

I had vCash on this before the tournament started. ;)

aceit
01-30-2005, 12:22 PM
Hey...doesn't the V-sign in Australia mean "Fuck you" :confused:
That's so funny! :lol:

sol
01-30-2005, 12:23 PM
:worship:

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Open-Triumphant Safin pays tribute to Hewitt
2005-01-30 12:16:18 GMT (Reuters)

http://www.gotennis.com/news/headline.aspx?headlineID=5789

By Julian Linden

MELBOURNE, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Russia's Marat Safin paid a glowing tribute to tenacious Lleyton Hewitt after wearing the third seed down in front of his home fans to win the centenary Australian Open on Sunday.

The 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory earned Safin his second grand slam title and ruined Hewitt's dream of winning his national championship but Safin was full of praise for the Australian's fighting qualities.

"Congratulations Lleyton, you had a brilliant two weeks," Safin said after receiving the winner's trophy from Australian great Ken Rosewall.

"You are such a great fighter and you have an amazing talent that God gave you to fight until the end."

Hewitt, who rode a wave of patriotism fuelled by his never-say-die attitude to reach his first Australian Open final, said Safin deserved to win because he had beaten world number one Roger Federer in the semi-finals.

"I'd like to congratulate Marat on a hell of a tournament. He's one of the best players in the world," Hewitt said.

"He had a great finish to last year and knocked off the guy who's been nearly impossible to beat (Federer) so he thoroughly deserved it.

"I'd never made it past the round of 16 here before...but I'll try and go one step further next year."

Meeek
01-30-2005, 12:24 PM
:eek: DID HE WIN ME SO MUCH BLOODY VCASH???? :woohoo:

:haha:

MARAT!!!!!!!!! :worship:

sol
01-30-2005, 12:25 PM
I had vCash on this before the tournament started. ;)

Congrats, Ilhame! :worship: :D

PinkFeatherBoa
01-30-2005, 12:25 PM
Just popping by to say a huge well done to Marat for his brilliant win. He's a great guy and I've really enjoyed watching him this tournament. :worship: :)

Also huge :hug: for all his long suffering, true fans. At times myself I've found him too frustrating to make him among my top three faves but it's moments like this where I really remember why I love this guy. So a big :hug: to all those here who stick with him {I can really side with the stress he can cause, being a Henman supporter and all- though obviously he's not in the same league! :) }.