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

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PennyThePenguin
01-30-2005, 12:26 PM
MARAT!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: thank you for not letting us wait in vain. but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't make us wait another 5 years for the next one.

PETER!!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

thank you safinettes/safinous! :hug:

KCVH
01-30-2005, 12:53 PM
Marat's finally got his second GS win :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

joeb_uk
01-30-2005, 01:19 PM
the best thing was when he thanked Lleyton`s box LOL!!!!!! :haha:
lmao that was hilarious "without you guys, leyton wouldnt be here" or something similar.
Eurosport uk didnt show it, they went to live ski!

JuanChuffy007
01-30-2005, 01:28 PM
:eek: DID HE WIN ME SO MUCH BLOODY VCASH???? :woohoo:

:haha:

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

I won 1400! :eek:

JuanChuffy007
01-30-2005, 01:30 PM
the best thing was when he thanked Lleyton`s box LOL!!!!!!

Yeah :D
But I didn't hear what he said in the beginning, I only heard the "sorry sorry".

Bibir
01-30-2005, 01:31 PM
OMG! I'm so tired...It's hard for me to think in english right now! :o

I was no nervous!...And now I'm physically and mentally dead. :zzz:

It's so great to see him again with a grand slam trophy...He deserves that title really...we deserve this one too...5 years...we waited almost 5 years. :eek:

After the terrible first set I was hippononymous...and now welcome to paradise. :p


he won!!!!!!......he won!!!!!!!.....he won!!!!!!!......he won!!!!!!!....he won!!!!!
:woohoo: :woohoo: woohoo: :woohoo:

jmp
01-30-2005, 01:31 PM
I am very emotional right now. But, I will try to type something that makes sense. I don't personally know a lot of people who watch tennis and I don't know anyone personally who is as crazy about it as I am. So, I stay in my little Safin-loving world and try to always send him good thoughts. To me he's like a shooting star. He burns brightly and then fades. That's O.K. with me because he's so brilliant when he is on.

But, this win was HUGE and I just have to come in here and give you all a million :hug: for sticking with Marat and being such great cheer leaders. I really believed this AO was his and HE CAME THROUGH!!!

So, congratulations to the big Russian and congratulations to all of us true blue fans! :D

:bounce: GO MARAT!! :bounce:

I think the reason he doesn't look really happy - smiling and jumping around - is because he's very emotional about this win. It took so long and so much hard work. I think he really treasures it!

Bibir
01-30-2005, 01:38 PM
To me he's like a shooting star. He burns brightly and then fades. That's O.K. with me because he's so brilliant when he is on.
No, he always rises from the ashes. :D

I think the reason he doesn't look really happy - smiling and jumping around - is because he's very emotional about this win. It took so long and so much hard work. I think he really treasures it!
:shrug:

he was already like that after Madrid and Paris...very calm...2 or 3 smiles only.

jmp
01-30-2005, 01:42 PM
Originally posted by Bea
No, he always rises from the ashes. :D
I like that! :D

Shadow
01-30-2005, 01:48 PM
I think the reason he doesn't look really happy - smiling and jumping around - is because he's very emotional about this win. It took so long and so much hard work. I think he really treasures it!

yep and he is a guy who doesn`t show a lot of HAPPY emotions, because HE HAS done a big thing... he really can`t show big happyness for himself a lot, he just cant show it, but inside him he is damm damm happy and emotional for what he did, and you can see it from the JOY in his eyes, but its like he cannot believe it.
Also I think he is also does it because of respect for his opponents, like not jumping around or something.

MariaV
01-30-2005, 01:50 PM
Exactly, Andrea!!!! TOTALLY agree! And nice to see you here, jmp! :wavey:

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-30-2005, 01:58 PM
Also I think he is also does it because of respect for his opponents, like not jumping around or something.Yep, I thought as well, that he didn't won to rub it in for the Aussie supporters that their fave lost.

Great win, Marat! And such a sweet speech! I loved how he kept asking: right? Am I right? Adorable.

jmp
01-30-2005, 02:02 PM
:wavey: Hi MariaV :)

Yes, I think he showed respect for his opponent and the home town crowd.

joeb_uk
01-30-2005, 02:03 PM
yep and he is a guy who doesn`t show a lot of HAPPY emotions, because HE HAS done a big thing... he really can`t show big happyness for himself a lot, he just cant show it, but inside him he is damm damm happy and emotional for what he did, and you can see it from the JOY in his eyes, but its like he cannot believe it.
Also I think he is also does it because of respect for his opponents, like not jumping around or something.
Very true, can you imagine how jerks like roddick would celebrate?

Meeek
01-30-2005, 02:10 PM
I won 1400! :eek:

OMG!! Twice as much as me!!! :worship: Well done !!

I totally forgot that I placed a bet on him in "who will win AO 05". :lol:

Aurora
01-30-2005, 02:19 PM
:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

I'm so fucking happy for him. This is it. The win. I was strangely calm and surprisingly confident even at 6-1 3-0 or what was it. Marat, you're the man!

:hug: for everyone, I thought of all of you!

stella_artois
01-30-2005, 02:19 PM
Random thing.,..I thought Dinara would be there....
=)

Kiara
01-30-2005, 02:21 PM
Marat :worship: thank you! about f-ing time :yeah: I can go to sleep now :zzz:

After the first set I thought we were really in for another heartbreak. :D

Im so proud of the way Marat handled himself after the win, there was no need for dramatics, everyone could clearly read how much this meant to him, on his face. It was very considerate and respectful of him :worship:

bravo Peter bravo

crimson
01-30-2005, 02:29 PM
Congratulations to Marat and everyone here :hug: I am so happy for him, he really deserves this and it's great to see him raise a Grand Slam trophy again. :D

Bibir
01-30-2005, 02:35 PM
yep and he is a guy who doesn`t show a lot of HAPPY emotions, because HE HAS done a big thing... he really can`t show big happyness for himself a lot, he just cant show it, but inside him he is damm damm happy and emotional for what he did, and you can see it from the JOY in his eyes, but its like he cannot believe it.
Also I think he is also does it because of respect for his opponents, like not jumping around or something.
of course...and he seems to have a lot of respect for Hewitt...He even talked to him during the ceremony.

I hope that all his demons from USO 2000 are gone now. :D

ataptc
01-30-2005, 03:44 PM
well done marat :worship: thought he played a whole lot better after losing that first set and cutting down on those errors.. and as usual, his speech was funny at times :)

Magda
01-30-2005, 04:04 PM
Well done Marat :yeah:
But guys, can anyone tell me how he played in the 3rd set? I was so pissed off after those two sets that I just changed the channel :rolleyes:. I switched it on again when he almost won the 3rd one so dunno if he won it or actually it was Lleyton who lost it (like in the 2nd set)...
But big respect for coming back to the game after such terrible start!! I bet that 'old' Marat would lose this match 3-0 after being down 1-6 in the first set.

Golfnduck
01-30-2005, 04:05 PM
Good job Marat!!! I'm so glad he finally won AO, he deserves the title.

Shadow
01-30-2005, 04:55 PM
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Shadow
01-30-2005, 04:58 PM
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Shadow
01-30-2005, 05:25 PM
the highlights of the Federer match and the interview with courir (that was GREAT) are up on The Safin Lounge!

roisin
01-30-2005, 05:32 PM
MARAT SAFIN - U ARE A LEGEND!! :worship: :worship:

andyroxmysox12191
01-30-2005, 06:35 PM
Hello hippolings! :wavey: Hope you all are doing absolutely WONDERFUL on this amazing day :banana:
I'm probably not as happy as all of you are but I did cry when he won and that counts! :lol: ;)
Just wanna say great job Marat! Was a fantastic match and he had a very amusing speech which left me dead :lol: :) He completely deserved this title :banana: It was staying up until 7 in the morning and then finally getting sleep :)
Congrats to all his fans as well :banana: Very happy for you all :hug:

Vass
01-30-2005, 06:35 PM
:eek: DID HE WIN ME SO MUCH BLOODY VCASH???? :woohoo:

And I was too afraid to jinx him. Silly me... :rolleyes: Like I can influence it all...

Two of my tennis sup;erstitions:
-Never bet on Marat. Not only will you lose, Marat will lose as well.... The latter is the most important.
-Never count the points left to the e nd of the match. For example: "Come on Marat! only two points left!". he always oafs if someone does that in my presence. Especially "TWO more points".

MariaV
01-30-2005, 06:54 PM
Hello hippolings! :wavey: Hope you all are doing absolutely WONDERFUL on this amazing day :banana:
I'm probably not as happy as all of you are but I did cry when he won and that counts! :lol: ;)
Just wanna say great job Marat! Was a fantastic match and he had a very amusing speech which left me dead :lol: :) He completely deserved this title :banana: It was staying up until 7 in the morning and then finally getting sleep :)
Congrats to all his fans as well :banana: Very happy for you all :hug:

Awww, thanks a lot Mani!!! :hug: Thanks to everyone else too!!! It's been really touching! :hug:

Bibir
01-30-2005, 07:10 PM
And I was too afraid to jinx him. Silly me... :rolleyes: Like I can influence it all...

Two of my tennis sup;erstitions:
-Never bet on Marat. Not only will you lose, Marat will lose as well.... The latter is the most important.
-Never count the points left to the e nd of the match. For example: "Come on Marat! only two points left!". he always oafs if someone does that in my presence. Especially "TWO more points".
The same here Vass! :wavey:

I don't bet on Marat since the USO 2004 tragedy...and it works! :scared: thanks to me of course! :rolleyes:

He plays well when I start a tournament thread!...thanks to me again! :rolleyes:

And of course, he won again thanks to me...and my good influence...Peter who? :o silly superstitions! :silly:

Shadow
01-30-2005, 08:17 PM
Safin thanks coach after Australian Open title

The Associated Press
AP Photos By DENNIS PASSA Associated Press Writer
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Peter Lundgren was dumped as Roger Federer's

coach in December 2003, barely a month before Federer won the Australian Open,

the first of his three Grand Slam tournaments in 2004.

This year, Lundgren was cheering in the stands when his new pupil, Marat

Safin, beat Lleyton Hewitt in the championship final in four sets at Melbourne

Park on Sunday.

Safin paid special tribute to Lundgren, who began coaching the Russian in

May of last year.

``I never believed in myself until I started working with him,'' said Safin.

``We worked really hard. We communicate really well. He understood who I am and

I understood what he wants from me.''

Safin said it took four or five months for the work to show in tournaments.

``They are continuing to come,'' Safin said. ``He makes me believe that I

can be a good player, and I don't have so much doubt about myself, about my

tennis. He's a great person and a great coach.''


Lundgren celebrated his 40th birthday on Saturday

The Swedish-born coach
won three singles and three doubles titles after turning pro in 1983, with his

highest singles ranking 25th in 1985.

Jennay
01-30-2005, 08:34 PM
:wavey:

I am so very happy for Marat, as well as all of his lovely fans. :hug: You all have waited so long for a big victory, and you got it. :D I did cry a little when he won. :angel: I hope you all are having an awesome day, I'm sure you are. :hug: :hug: Maybe Marat will pick up his third GS title this year as well. ;) :D

Oh --- and his speech was absolutely hilarious. :p :banana:

sol
01-30-2005, 08:35 PM
:worship:

http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200501/s1292070.htm
Last Update: Sunday, January 30, 2005. 10:45pm AEDT

Safin crushes Hewitt's dream

By Joel Zander

Lleyton Hewitt has fallen at the last hurdle in his bid to become the first local men's Australian Open champion in 29 years, going down in four sets to Russia's Marat Safin in the final in Melbourne.

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Safin was blown off the court in the first set before regaining his composure to eventually overpower the Adelaide baseliner and win 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

His triumph comes four-and-a-half years after he won his only other major title, when he blitzed Pete Sampras to win the US Open in 2000.

It was also third time lucky for the 25-year-old, who lost his two previous Australian Open finals in 2004 and 2002.

And it was thoroughly deserved after he knocked off world number one and top seed Roger Federer in the semi-finals.

Hewitt, a winner at Wimbledon in 2002 and the US Open in 2001, has now reached the final of the last two grand slams and lost them both.

He was beaten in straight sets by world number one Roger Federer in last year's US Open final.

Hewitt spent more time on court than any other player in the tournament, coming through tough five-setters against Rafael Nadal and David Nalbandian and a four-set semi against Andy Roddick, and Safin praised his fighting qualities.

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

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

Hewitt said Safin's elimination of Federer was outstanding and he deserved the title.

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

"He had a great finish to last year and knocked off the guy who's been nearly impossible to beat, 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."

The crowd of 19,743 witnessed a man on the mission early on, with Hewitt winning his opening service game easily and then breaking Safin immediately to race to an early lead.

His intensity was too much for the Russian and he broke him again, producing a spectacular topspin lob and cracking forehand cross court shot to go 5-1 ahead.

He served out the opening set in just 23 minutes, making only one unforced error in the process.

Hewitt's customary cry of 'C'mon' was not heard until he won a point on his first service game in the second set, perhaps an indicator that even he was surprised with the ease in which he won the opener.

But Safin's progression to the final was no fluke and he soon found his rhythm.

Games went on serve in the second set until the fourth game, where Hewitt made two unforced errors out of the blue to go down 15-40.

Safin then took his first chance at the break, pouncing on a Hewitt second serve to take a 4-1 lead.

Hewitt had his chances to hit back but Safin held firm to level the match.

The Australian stepped up another gear early in the third set, breaking the Russian early to go 3-0 up.

At this point Safin called for the trainer to have his legs rubbed and the rest seemingly brought him back to the fold.

Hewitt's 4-1 lead all of a sudden turned into a 4-5 deficit, with the big Russian breaking him twice to gain momentum.

He won seven games straight, closing out the third set and taking a 2-0 advantage in the fourth before Hewitt finally stopped the rot.

But by this stage Safin's relentless serve had him on top and he powered away to record a memorable victory.

Safin's muted celebration was matched by Hewitt's graciousness in defeat, the pugnacious Australian greeting him at the net with a smile and a handshake which temporarily hid his obvious disappointment.

Hewitt's effort to reach his first home grand slam final will however see him rise to number two when the new world rankings are released.


http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200501/s1292133.htm
Last Update: Monday, January 31, 2005. 7:46am AEDT

No regrets, says Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt struggled to put a brave face on the end of his Australian Open dream after his defeat in the final against Marat Safin last night.

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Hewitt, who had spent the last nine months carefully tailoring his schedule and training regime for an all-out assault on the title, said he had no regrets following his agonising 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 loss.

But the pugnacious Australian admitted that coming so close to fulfilling his childhood dream only to fail at the last obstacle was a desperately bitter pill to swallow.

"I'm sure in a couple of days I'll look back and think that it's been a great achievement," said Hewitt, who had been aiming to become the first Australian winner since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

"I'll have no regrets, and I've put absolutely everything into this tournament. I'll be able to walk out with my head held high.

"But right at the moment, I'm human and I'm disappointed. You know, to come that close, train so hard to put yourself in a position ... it's hard to take at the moment.

"But my game's definitely better than where it was 18 months ago - making a US Open final, a Masters Cup final, and now an Australian Open final, I'm obviously doing something right.

"It just would have been nice to get one of them."

Hewitt said he had been powerless to respond when Safin raised his game after a disastrous first set, when he was paralysed by nerves and succumbed in a little over 20 minutes.

"I feel like I got out of the blocks well but he hadn't hit his stride either," Hewitt said. "But he's an awesome player and he just picked it up. I didn't feel like I played badly out there, he was just too good."

Hewitt denied that a foot fault call that went against him when he was broken in the seventh game of the third set had affected the outcome.

The Australian had raged at a line official following the ruling, earning a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. It also heralded the beginning of the end for Hewitt, who lost the next five games as Safin took control.

"The actual foot fault was not important, but losing that service game was," Hewitt said. "But he just raised his game from that point on."

Hewitt, who enjoyed partisan support from a fiercely patriotic crowd in the Rod Laver Arena that included his friend and golf legend Greg Norman, said his fans had been partly responsible for carrying him to the final.

"It's an awesome feeling to have the whole country behind you," Hewitt said.

"The crowd and the adrenaline and playing in your home grand slam all combines to going out there and pushing yourself just that little bit further."

Hewitt, who prior to the tournament had complained about the Rebound Ace hard court playing surface at Melbourne Park, refused to blame the court for his defeat. "No, Marat obviously beat me. He was too good," he said.

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sol
01-30-2005, 08:41 PM
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Safin Ends Hewitt Dream Run in Australian Open Final
http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2005-01-30/h.php
Posted on January 30, 2005

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For one set Sunday in Melbourne it looked like Lleyton Hewitt could achieve the seemingly impossible.

The Aussie former No. 1, whose "Michael Chang Version 2.0" game sometimes thrives, and sometimes seems to barely stay afloat in the current era of huge serves and forehands, led Marat Safin 6-1 in the Australian Open final before the big Russian found his overpowering center, taking the final three sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

"The first set wasn't really tennis. I was thinking about those two finals that I played," Safin told Channel 7 Australia. "I tried to keep everything together and came back. After the first set I didn't believe that I could win. I was thinking that it's not going to happen today. It's difficult to believe."


Safin evened the match at one-set all, then Hewitt raced to a 4-1 lead in the third, whereupon Safin called for a medical timeout to receive treatment on his legs. Safin broke back, eventually taking the third set, whereupon it was Hewitt's turn to seek an injury timeout for his ongoing hip injury.

Safin, who won the final five games of the third set, extended it to seven in a row by taking a 2-0 lead in the fourth, eventually serving it out at 5-4 for only his second grand slam title after the 2000 US Open.

"Congratulations Lleyton, you had a brilliant two weeks," said Safin, who was not bothered by Hewitt's "C'mon!"s or hand puppet shows during the final, but extolled the Aussie's virtues during the trophy presentation. "You are such a great fighter and you have an amazing talent that God gave you to fight until the end."

The big Russian had previously lost Australian Open finals in 2002 to Thomas Johansson, and last year to Roger Federer, who he defeated earlier this week in the semifinals.

Hewitt will rise to No. 2 Monday when the ATP Rankings are released.

"My game's definitely better than where it was 18 months ago. You know what I mean?" Hewitt said. "You know, making a US Open final, a Masters Cup final, and now an Australian Open final, I'm obviously doing something right. But would have been nice to get one of them."

Australia did get a win in the mixed doubles final when the unseeded team of Scott Draper/Sam Stoser ousted No. 4 seeds Kevin Ullyett/Liezel Huber 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(6).

superpinkone37
01-30-2005, 08:47 PM
I said it earlier, but I'll say it again....I'm so proud of Marat!! He has played awesome tennis these past few weeks and I know all of you must be so happy with him right now :banana: The match was great and his speech was soo funny! :rolls:

By the way, all of you guys are soo nice and thanks for the great pictures and articles :D :wavey:

sol
01-30-2005, 08:53 PM
Hi Jen, Jenny, Mani, Danielle and everyone here! :wavey: Thanks! :hug: :kiss:

Safin Deflates Hopes of Aussie Crowd

1 hour, 48 minutes ago


By PAUL ALEXANDER, Associated Press Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia - Seeing somebody else unravel was different for Marat Safin. So was winning the Australian Open. After losing two of the last three finals at Melbourne Park, Safin defeated Lleyton Hewitt 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday night, deflating a crowd hungering for an Australian winner. This was the Russian's second Grand Slam tournament title, his other coming at the 2000 U.S. Open against Pete Sampras in the final.

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"It's psychological — you start to have doubts, like really I could do this or not," said Safin, a player known for his racket-busting outbursts. "It's the third time, you get so nervous, so uptight.

"I don't want to lose it," he added. "Nobody cares about the (losing) finalist — so it was just a kind of a relief. "

Safin, who defeated top-ranked Roger Federer in the semifinals, was called the worthiest of champions by Hewitt.

"You knocked off the guy who's nearly been impossible," Hewitt told Safin. "You thoroughly deserve it."

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After the third-seeded Hewitt shanked a forehand on match point, Safin was surprisingly subdued, making only one fist pump. Hewitt told him, "Mate, too good."

Hewitt was hoping to be the first Australian man to win the national championship since Mark Edmondson in 1976. And he seemed in command and on his way in the first set, making only one unforced error. He led 3-0 in the third set and Safin was on the edge, smashing his racket into the court three times in eight points.

But that seemed to clear his head while Hewitt lost his. The Aussie became enraged at a line judge who called him for a foot fault on a break point in the seventh game of the third set. Hewitt saved the break point and then screamed at the line judge, pointing his finger twice at his face. That earned Hewitt a code violation from the umpire.

"I'm human and I'm disappointed — to come that close, train so hard to put yourself in a position — it's hard to take at the moment," said Hewitt, who will replace Andy Roddick at No. 2 in the rankings. "Making a U.S. Open final, a Masters Cup final, and now an Australian Open final, I'm obviously doing something right. But would have been nice to get one of them."

Safin rose to No. 1 after winning the U.S. Open, then plunged to 86th after injuries in 2003. His comeback started last year in Australia, where he played some marathon five-setters before losing to Federer in the final. He finished No. 4 last year and has credited his resurgence to new coach Peter Lundgren, who coached Federer until the end of 2003.

"I never believed in myself before at all, until I start to work with him," Safin said.

He said the Australian Open title was more important to him because it proved he could win again. In 2000, he didn't expect to win.

"It was against Sampras. Nobody really cared," he said. "Even though if I would make it, lose three sets, they would say, 'Great tournament, well done. You were great, you played great tennis, but he's Pete Sampras.' So basically no pressure whatsoever."

"But now, I am 25. I'm playing against Hewitt," he added. "You go there and you lose first set 6-1, then, you know, like you start to think, 'I'm playing ridiculous.' You start to try and find a way out, and I found it."

The fourth-seeded Safin completed a Grand Slam, of sorts, for Russia. Russian women won the French Open (news - web sites), Wimbledon (news - web sites) and U.S. Open last year. Safin made it four in a row for his country.

The looming obstacle at this tournament was Federer, who won 11 titles in 2004, including three Grand Slams. But Safin removed that immense roadblock in the semifinals, saving a match point in the fourth set before ending Federer's 26-match winning streak. He played it cool that night, his 25th birthday. And he held it together — just — in the final before Hewitt lost his temper.

"He's an awesome player," Hewitt said. "Even when I was a set up, at no stage did I start thinking this is just going to carry along."

Safin, who had received a good-luck text message from the only other Russian to win a men's Grand Slam title — Yevgeny Kafelnikov at the 1996 French Open and 1999 at Melbourne Park — thanked everyone after his victory. And that included the crowd, "even though 90 percent of you were for Hewitt."

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Safin Captures Aussie Open Title

POSTED: 7:05 am EST January 30, 2005
UPDATED: 8:28 am EST January 30, 2005

http://www.wftv.com/sports/4144784/detail.html?rss=orlc&psp=sports

Melbourne, Australia -- Russian Marat Safin captured the 2005 Australian Open with a four-set victory over crowd favorite Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday.

Safin, the four seed, won his second Grand Slam final and first Aussie championship in four tries, defeating Hewitt, of Australia, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The 25-year-old Safin became just the second Russian to win this event, joining the 1999 winner Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

The third-seeded Hewitt, on the other hand, failed to become first Aussie male to win this Grand Slam since Mark Edmondson turned the trick in 1976. The 23- year-old had the crowd on his side early, winning the first set easily. However, after Hewitt lost the second, Safin took control with his powerful serve and took the crowd out of the match.

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Safin, who downed the world No. 1 Roger Federer in the semis, had 18 aces and just one double fault in the match. For the tournament, he had 101 aces and just seven double faults.

Hewitt, who had downed American Andy Roddick in the semis, didn't break Safin over the final 17 games of the match.

Hewitt grabbed the first set easily, breaking Safin early and cruising the rest of the way.

In the second, Safin broke Hewitt in the fourth game and held the remainder of the set to even up the match.

The match began to heat up in the third. Hewitt broke Safin in the second game and went ahead 3-0. Safin then called an injury timeout to get his legs massaged.

The timeout was taken apparently so that Safin could gain his composure over the animated Hewitt. The Russian looked to get aggravated with Hewitt's on- court actions after breaking in the second game. The move appeared to work as Safin rallied to take six of the next seven games and even up the match.

Safin broke Hewitt in the seventh game to get back on serve at 4-3. He continued to roll by breaking to go ahead 5-4 and then serving out the set.

In the third, Safin uncorked nine aces, all after falling down by three games.

The gamesmanship continued to start the fourth set, this time with Hewitt calling the injury timeout to get his legs massaged. The move didn't work for Hewitt as it did for Safin, as the Russian rallied from being down 40-15 to break Hewitt and go ahead 1-0.

The two players then held serve the rest of the way, as Safin won his first Grand Slam since defeating Pete Sampras in the 2000 U.S. Open.

Hewitt's hold in the third game of the set ended Safin's streak of seven straight games won that dated back to the third set. Safin would win the tournament at love in the 10th game.

This was Safin's third Aussie final in the last four years. He earned his 15th ATP title. Last year, he was runner-up to Federer in Melbourne.

Hewitt was the first Australian to appear in a final at this event since Pat Cash in 1988. He fell to 5-6 against Safin in his career.

Earlier in the day, Australian wildcard pairing Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur won the mixed doubles titles with a three-set win over the fourth- seeded pair of Zimbabwean Kevin Ullyett and Liezel Huber of South Africa, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (10-6).

It was a "Super tiebreak" win for the duo, which only came together after Stosur's original partner Todd Reid pulled out the day before the event started.
In the deciding set tiebreak, the Australians never trailed and won the match on a double-fault. It was the first doubles title for both players.
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RogiFan88
01-30-2005, 08:56 PM
Happy belated Birthday to PL!

andrea_cm
01-30-2005, 10:12 PM
hi everybody :wavey:
this is my second post and im so happy to see that marat won :) hi made my day, i star to studying on Tuesday again after the vacations and is going to be a good way to star, this is goin to be a great year :yeah: Congratulations to marat and all his fans

( this will help me with my English, i hope :shrug:)

juligen
01-30-2005, 10:41 PM
i am sorry, i know this has nothing to do with Marat, but did you guys heard that Lleyton is going to marry cat. He just proposed after the match!!!!

Jennay
01-30-2005, 11:36 PM
Sol :kiss: :hug:

sol
01-31-2005, 12:02 AM
hi everybody :wavey:
this is my second post and im so happy to see that marat won :) hi made my day, i star to studying on Tuesday again after the vacations and is going to be a good way to star, this is goin to be a great year :yeah: Congratulations to marat and all his fans

( this will help me with my English, i hope :shrug:)

Welcome! :wavey:

stella_artois
01-31-2005, 12:19 AM
Did you guys see how charming Marat was with Olivia Newton-John!? :smooch:

CassL
01-31-2005, 01:26 AM
Congrats Marat! And holy shit, I can't believe it. I bet $250 on Marat to win the AO before it started and now I have almost $4,000! Wow.

li'l red
01-31-2005, 01:42 AM
congrats marat! :worship:

Action Jackson
01-31-2005, 02:26 AM
Just like I said before the match that he would win and he has and congrats to Marat and Lundgren for taming the enigma to an extent where he can win slams.

Jessi
01-31-2005, 02:58 AM
O.M.G. He did it! He friggin did it! How long we've waited for this day. It still feels like a dream. Congrats Marat on winning your second slam! :bigclap: :bigclap: Oh man, i still can't get over some of the winners marat hit esp those last two sets.. out of this world :D Anyway, I hope with this win he has exorcised all his demons and finally become the player he was meant to be.

:nerner: to the non-believers and naysayers who believe marat would always be a one slam wonder :devil:


Peter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: God, i love that man :smooch:


:crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

Jessi
01-31-2005, 03:09 AM
LOL! I found this in Mark's forum... hilarious :D

"I know his dream is to win Wimbledon well I can't see why he wouldn't be handed a wildcard if he trains hard enough and gets back to his best. Has he really got much less of a game than Safin? He's probably as powerful plus he plays a little more elegantly than Safin."


:spit:

Poo... elegant? :haha: :tape:

-sOfia-
01-31-2005, 04:21 AM
OMG Marat! YAY! Congrats. You deserve this. :hearts:

Lalitha
01-31-2005, 04:43 AM
Congrats to Marat and to all the Safinaholics! :)

onion
01-31-2005, 06:24 AM
You won't believe how happy I am that Marat won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But the fact that he didn't play his best (until the end of the third and in the fourth) kinda puts a damper on it. He got me so scared a frustrated in the first set. He finally became the Marat we all know and love in the latter stages of the third. It was kinda disappointing that it took so long though. I thought he kinda fluked the 2nd set.

But still, he WOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNN and that's so fantastic. Finally! What a legend. :)

Crystal702
01-31-2005, 06:33 AM
You know what, onion? The fact that he didn't play his best in the first set and the way he played after that is what makes me proud of him!

The Marat of old would have given up. The crowd is mostly against you, Hewitt is trying to rattle you with his "c'mon's" and fist-pumps, etc. The Marat of old would have said to himself "why bother" and would have proceeded to let his mind wonder, losing in 3 sets!

But, the new Marat emerged. And, that's what makes me so ecstatic about the rest of the year. I know it may not mean much, but the ATP Indesit poll has him at No. 1 with 200 points! I really hope he is in that same spot at the end of the year.

Elisabeth
01-31-2005, 09:45 AM
:worship: BRAVO MARAT :worship:

He deserved to win this tournament!!!! 2nd GS title!!!!!!yeah!!!!!!
Hope he'll do the same performance at Roland Garros! ;)

onion
01-31-2005, 09:51 AM
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.

First of all, I actually live in Australia and let me assure you, Andy Roddick has a legion of fans. As I said before, Safin is popular but the Australian media tends to focus on Roddick as he is young and has that appealing "rockstar" image. We do like Safin - but he has gain a bulk of his fans only just recently, after he beat Roger Federer, and now after he has won. Marat has always been extremely popular, but trust me, Andy Roddick has a fanbase like I have never seen before. He does have teenyboppers but there are many NORMAL tennis fans, including some older fans, who follow him. I've been unfortunate enough to experience the stampede at a Roddick hit-up session at Melbourne Park this year.

The bottom line is, before the semi-final and final this year, despite Safin makking the final twice before, Roddick is just more famous than Safin here. But of course, Marat has gained many new fans because of his courage and talent...and his unique persona. There are quite a few new teenyboppers in "love" with Marat now...so beware.

Crystal: I do agree with you. I’m excited about what is to come from Marat – especially from what I saw last night. Remember how he played towards the end of the match? That was spectacular. The most exciting thing about Safin is that he still has room to improve. Although I am proud of his new-found maturity, he let the nerves get the better of him at the start, and he needs to work on that. He got himself out of it though…well done. He deserved that cup.

sol
01-31-2005, 09:57 AM
O.M.G. He did it! He friggin did it! How long we've waited for this day. It still feels like a dream. Congrats Marat on winning your second slam! :bigclap: :bigclap: Oh man, i still can't get over some of the winners marat hit esp those last two sets.. out of this world :D Anyway, I hope with this win he has exorcised all his demons and finally become the player he was meant to be.

:nerner: to the non-believers and naysayers who believe marat would always be a one slam wonder :devil:


Peter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: God, i love that man :smooch:


:crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

:woohoo:

Welcome back, Jessi! :hug: :kiss: :cool:

EternalFlame
01-31-2005, 10:06 AM
You know what, onion? The fact that he didn't play his best in the first set and the way he played after that is what makes me proud of him!

The Marat of old would have given up. The crowd is mostly against you, Hewitt is trying to rattle you with his "c'mon's" and fist-pumps, etc. The Marat of old would have said to himself "why bother" and would have proceeded to let his mind wonder, losing in 3 sets!

But, the new Marat emerged. And, that's what makes me so ecstatic about the rest of the year. I know it may not mean much, but the ATP Indesit poll has him at No. 1 with 200 points! I really hope he is in that same spot at the end of the year.

So true..! He fighted for every ball. He played very bad in the first set but came back brilliantly. I'm so proud of him. :)

sol
01-31-2005, 10:23 AM
So true..! He fighted for every ball. He played very bad in the first set but came back brilliantly. I'm so proud of him. :)

Here the same ;) :worship:


Marat Safin stages fightback to shatter Hewitt’s home crown dream

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2005/1/31/sports/10041907&sec=sports

Monday January 31, 2005

RUSSIAN Marat Safin claimed his second tennis Grand Slam with a four-set victory to shatter Lleyton Hewitt’s Australian Open dream here yesterday.

It was Safin’s first Australian title after losing in two finals here over the last three years and prevented third-seeded Hewitt from becoming the first home winner of the Australian Open in almost three decades.

The 25-year-old Russian fourth-seed won 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours 45 minutes to add the Australian title to the 2000 US Open crown when he beat Pete Sampras in straight sets.

Safin was desperate not to become the ninth man in the professional era of tennis (post-1969) to lose three consecutive Grand Slam finals and surged home after looking out of it in an error-ridden opening set.

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ANOTHER RUSSIAN WIN: Marat Safin lifts the Australian Open trophy after beating Australia's Lleyton Hewitt 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the men's singles final.--REUTERS pic

Safin lost to Roger Federer in straight sets in last year's final and was upset by 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 showpiece semi-final.

Safin admitted he was paralysed with fear in the opening games of the final.

“The first set, you couldn’t really call it tennis. I was just trying to stay in the match I was so nervous,” Safin said.

“The pressure was so much, especially after going close to winning two times before. I tried to calm down but I couldn’t.

“I was getting depressed. I started to think it was happening all over again, but then I started to believe.

“In the second set I was able to relax more and started making some shots.”

It was the fourth Russian victory in a Grand Slam and second at the Australian Open after Yevgeny Kafelnikov’s victory here in 1999. Kafelnikov also won the 1996 French Open along with Safin’s 2000 US Open.

Former Wimbledon and US Open champion Hewitt was seeking 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.

“I didn’t feel like I played that badly out there he was just too good. I gave it everything I had,” said Hewitt.

“In a few days I’ll probably sit down and look at the past two weeks and be proud of what I’ve achieved over the past two weeks.

“But right at the moment, I’m human and I’m disappointed. To train so hard and to put myself in a position to win ... it’s hard to take.” – AFP

Crystal702
01-31-2005, 10:26 AM
The pressure was so much, especially after going close to winning two times before. I tried to calm down but I couldn’t.

“I was getting depressed. I started to think it was happening all over again, but then I started to believe.


That's exactly what I'm talking about! Way to go, Marat!

Shadow
01-31-2005, 11:55 AM
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Shadow
01-31-2005, 11:57 AM
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Shadow
01-31-2005, 12:02 PM
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Vass
01-31-2005, 12:09 PM
THank you Andrea!

Shadow
01-31-2005, 12:13 PM
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Shadow
01-31-2005, 12:17 PM
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01-31-2005, 12:19 PM
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01-31-2005, 12:21 PM
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01-31-2005, 12:22 PM
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Kiara
01-31-2005, 03:11 PM
O.M.G. He did it! He friggin did it! How long we've waited for this day. It still feels like a dream. Congrats Marat on winning your second slam! :bigclap: :bigclap: Oh man, i still can't get over some of the winners marat hit esp those last two sets.. out of this world :D Anyway, I hope with this win he has exorcised all his demons and finally become the player he was meant to be.

:nerner: to the non-believers and naysayers who believe marat would always be a one slam wonder :devil:


Peter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: God, i love that man :smooch:


:crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

you are back!!!! :hug: :hug:

Kiara
01-31-2005, 03:25 PM
OMG Andrea Danke danke danke danke merci gracias efharisto grazie obrigado spasiba...THANK YOU

i have been waiting for these pics all day :kiss:

thanks

jmp
01-31-2005, 06:29 PM
Originally posted by onion

You won't believe how happy I am that Marat won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But the fact that he didn't play his best (until the end of the third and in the fourth) kinda puts a damper on it. He got me so scared a frustrated in the first set. He finally became the Marat we all know and love in the latter stages of the third. It was kinda disappointing that it took so long though. I thought he kinda fluked the 2nd set.

But still, he WOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNN and that's so fantastic. Finally! What a legend. :)

:wavey: Hi onion! Did you post on another Marat board about your husband having the match on tape when you got home?

Anyway, I'm super happy Marat won, too! :yippee: I've rewatched the match a couple of times because I can't get enough of it!! :D

I know a couple of MTFers have already responded to your post. But, I just want to say that the reason I keep watching his semi final and final over and over again is the way he stuck it out!! I am soooo proud and happy for his new perseverance!! :hug:

Usually when I watch tennis matches, I'm just having fun in the experience. But, have you ever seen a players' box when a players' team is all tense? Well, the first time it happened to me was when Marat played Andy in the semis last year. I just sat watching with my chin on my hand and a straight face. I cheered like crazy when Marat came up with a winner. Then I went right back to being tensed up.

Fortunately ESPN2 didn't show the Marat-Roger semi live or I would have passed out from the stress. :lol: I watched it on the scoreboard. But, I never lost faith that he would prevail.

Then during the final I was sooooo nervous that my stomach was hurting by the time he got to match point. But, I never stopped believing. I knew that he played scratchy in the first set and a half because he was really nervous. But, since I knew he was healthy and that he had the shots, I just kept encouraging him and BAM! he came up with the goods BIG time! It was soooo awesome to see!

About his popularity. I was just writing on WTAWorld that I didn't think he was as popular as some other players because he doesn't get tons of publicity. I wrote that I think he has a "cult" following of real tennis nuts who recognize his enormous talent and his winning personality. I'm happy to say I'm a proud member of the cult. But, I'm sure that he will gain a lot of exposure from this win. Then he'll start getting the fans that go for his looks - teenyboppers(?). :lol:

Hey, guys, here's my corny poem I wrote for him on the day of the final:

http://menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1136975&postcount=110

I think I want to do something for him as a champion, too. :)

Thanks for the articles, Sol. :D Thanks for the pictures, Shadow. :D They're great!

Sorry for babbling.

Shadow
01-31-2005, 07:01 PM
hey jmp, i liked listening to your great words :yeah: I was feeling very similar during the match, like you.

luna904
01-31-2005, 07:19 PM
Yay Marat! I am so happy that he won (needless to say.) I taped the match when it was played late at night and intended to watch it during the day as well. But somehow I got my times messed up and tuned in during the second set when Marat was winning. I am glad I missed the first set! When I get the strength, I will watch the full match which I have on tape. I thought Marat played really well and definitely he seems to have more belief in himself now. It was a good match, but I think the Federer/Safin match was higher in quality. Yay Marat! I hope it is onward and upward from here on and he continues to wipe out his opponents.

Bibir
01-31-2005, 09:28 PM
Merci Andrea for all the great pics! :hug:

He's great :D....but he should shave! :(

andrea_cm
01-31-2005, 09:38 PM
thanks shadow for the pictures hi looks greate en jeans and t-shirt :)

¿how the quote thing work? :confused:

Jennay
01-31-2005, 09:52 PM
i still can't get over some of the winners marat hit esp those last two sets.. out of this world
Yeah.. Marat's backhand is just :eek: :worship: And I wish mine was even half as good. ;)

Lalitha
01-31-2005, 10:00 PM
Wow, nice pics!!

jmp
01-31-2005, 10:04 PM
Originally posted by andrea_cm
¿how the quote thing work? :confused:

andrea, when you open the reply box you'll see an icon on the far right that looks like the box they use when cartoons are talking. Click that box and a window will open up for you to paste a quote in.

andrea_cm
01-31-2005, 10:26 PM
[andrea, when you open the reply box you'll see an icon on the far right that looks like the box they use when cartoons are talking. Click that box and a window will open up for you to paste a quote in.]

let me see

thank you ;) jmp

tall_one
02-01-2005, 12:50 AM
not quite andrea, you have to put [quote] tags on either side so it should look like this when you type it up (just take the extra spaces out)

[ quote]what you want quoted[/quote ]

onion
02-01-2005, 01:34 AM
:wavey: Hi onion! Did you post on another Marat board about your husband having the match on tape when you got home?

Anyway, I'm super happy Marat won, too! :yippee: I've rewatched the match a couple of times because I can't get enough of it!! :D



Hey there jmp!
Unfortunately no, that wasn't me lol! Where did you get that idea from, I'm curious! I do have the final on tape though but I haven't watched it back yet.

I just wanted to add, from my last argument about Marat not being as popular as Andy here in Oz --> the ElAynaoui/Roddick classic did a lot for Roddick's reputation and that's when he gained the most fans. The Australian media love him. Safin on the other hand, like I think it was jmp said, is not really followed about by the media AS much. He is popular though. The Safin/Federer match was when he started gaining his new fans.

thelma
02-01-2005, 01:50 AM
Open win restores Safin's self-belief

By Karen Lyon
February 1, 2005

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Tennis/Open-win-restores-Safins-selfbelief/2005/01/31/1107020326924.html?from=moreStories
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Twice in recent history, Marat Safin has faced his moment of truth at the Australian Open and walked away defeated, and he admitted after taking the crown on Sunday that he feared he would never win another grand slam title.

"I couldn't see myself winning the grand slams any more," said Safin. "I lost two semi-finals because I couldn't handle the pressure. You need to believe in yourself and I didn't."

After defeating home-town favourite Lleyton Hewitt to claim his first Australian title and his second grand slam title, Safin spoke of his relief at winning and that past defeats had caused him to doubt his immense talent.

The 25-year-old believes his coach Peter Lundgren - a former mentor to World No. 1 Roger Federer - has been instrumental in turning around his belief.

"He makes me believe that I can be a good player and I don't have so much doubts about myself, about my tennis. We worked really hard. We communicate really well. He understood who I am and I understood what he wants from me."

It seems incomprehensible that Safin, the man critics say is second only to Federer in terms of natural talent, could not believe in his own ability, but the Russian is as famous for his temperament as his serve.

"The people that speak, they speak, you listen. The rumours once it gets into your head, it's difficult to accept and you really start to believe that maybe it's who I am.

"I have a talent, I'm a good player but not good enough to be where I want to be. You can lose to anybody, you can beat anybody, but that's it. They say that's who you are, and it's the maximum you can get."

Safin believes his title win over the weekend will bring him great belief. He was so consumed with nerves during the first set against Hewitt, he became depressed thinking he was on his way to another defeat. Now, the world No. 4 wants to take Sunday night's lessons into the rest of the year.

" Even though I didn't play such great tennis like I played in 2000 . . . It really gave me the hope and to believe in the confidence," he said.

But the ever enigmatic and honest Safin still doubts his ability to win Wimbledon. "That is a different story. Wimbledon is not my favourite," he mused. "I don't like the surface, I can't play on that surface and I feel like I waste my time, my energy on that surface. That's it.

"It's more psychological, of course. But just even though that I had a good result one year, I don't feel comfortable on that surface. That's it."

There are still many questions hanging over tennis' most interesting figure. Will the mature Safin continue to prosper in 2005? Or will the temperamental, self-doubting Safin return? Can he challenge Federer for the top position?

"I'll take it as it comes. You cannot have a lot of expectations. Still a long way to go."


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Thanks for the pics, Shadow! :wavey: :kiss: :cool:

thelma
02-01-2005, 02:07 AM
Safin: I dented Hewitt's aura
By Leo Schlink
February 1, 2005

http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,12112545-23869,00.html

MARAT Safin believes he slew a two-headed monster with victory in the Australian Open.

Apart from banishing a multitude of personal demons, he also insists he bruised Lleyton Hewitt's once impregnable aura.

"I think he ran out of gas a little bit," Safin said.

"Something happened inside him that he didn't believe any more that he could win the match and he started to miss.

"I really felt he's not as fast as he could be. When you play against him, he's everywhere.

"(In the final) he was missing the extra step that normally he makes with the passing shots, with everything, anticipation, all these things, with lobs, just an extra step.

"And then in the fourth set, I think he just couldn't handle it."

Saluting Hewitt's gruelling run to the final – the South Australian took more than 2½ hours longer than Safin to reach the decider – the Russian described Hewitt as a great champion.

Having wallowed at 1-4 in the third set after losing the first 6-1, Safin was elated to have finally purged himself of his reputation as a choker.

"I couldn't believe I could play so badly and I could be so nervous," he said of his lacklustre start to the final.

"I was really passive and I couldn't do much. I was missing all around. I couldn't serve, I couldn't run. I couldn't hit one down the line properly to open the court."

As painful memories of the 2002 final loss to Swede Thomas Johansson flooded back, Safin admitted the baggage of old defeats came rushing back as Hewitt threatened to steam away.

In his third Australian Open final, he said he realised that after beating Roger Federer he had a huge chance to take the title.

"Then I just got so nervous, so uptight because it's the last match. You understand the situation," he said.

"It's the last match, you have to give your best and I don't want to lose it because nobody cares about the beaten finalist. For me, being a finalist for the third time and not winning a Grand Slam – it would be a huge disappointment. So that win was a relief."

Regarded as the most gifted player in the sport behind Federer, Safin had sacked seven coaches before teaming with Swede Peter Lundgren.

Lundgren has instilled the self-belief others such as Mats Wilander and Andrei Chesnokov had unsuccessfully groped for. Formerly with Federer, Lundgren was dismissed as the Swiss genius's coach at the end of a banner 2003 season. Safin pounced quickly.

"I never believed in myself until I started to work with him," the Russian said.

Safin confirmed May's French Open remained a priority, but he would not place much emphasis on Wimbledon – which he prematurely declared would no longer be on his agenda after another failure there last year.

Safin was panned for saying he would never play the championships again and immediately recanted.

"I just said my opinion that I don't like the surface, I cannot play on that surface," he said.

Confirming Hewitt's assessment of the Rebound Ace court, Safin said: "This really suits my game because the bounce is really high. It's not really fast."

Herald Sun

jmp
02-01-2005, 02:11 AM
Originally posted by onion
Unfortunately no, that wasn't me lol! Where did you get that idea from, I'm curious!

Oops! :o Some times I notice similarities in the way people write and I can match them up even if they have different usernames. I missed this one. D'oh! :lol: No biggie. We can still have a Marat love fest here. ;)

It's alright with me that the popular media doesn't follow Marat around. I think he rates it in Australia because he's had great runs there and now he'll get some good press. :) Thanks to the nice people in this forum, I get lots of Marat updates. :D

What kind of gets my goat is how tennis insiders don't get Marat. They showed Andre-Roger live here in the US on ESPN2. During the match they put up a graphic about who could rival Roger. (They are sooo obsessed with that the way they were when Venus and Serena were making all the finals for a while. Now they can't stop dissing them. But, that's another rant. I think it's kind of silly.) When they showed the graphic they had Andre, Andy, and Lleyton's names. Pam Shriver was court side at the same time interviewing Mats Wilander and he said the guy to watch was Marat. He went on about why and why the other men listed didn't have the tools. Then, like little sheep, the commentators grudgingly agreed with Mats. Then when Marat and Roger played, Cliff Drysdale started talking like he thought Marat had game and how much he liked him. But, I remember Cliff being a bit dismissive of Marat just two months earlier at the Houston TMS. Finally, Patrick McEnroe and Nick Bolliteri (sp) gave some really weak arguments for their winner pick which wasn't Marat. Weren't these guys paying attention?!?? I think the commentators do a disservice to the sport and the casual viewers when they don't explain the game and the players properly.

onion, I don't usually go on like this. But, you bring out the typist in me. :lol:

Nice to know you. :wavey:

jmp
02-01-2005, 02:23 AM
Originally posted by Thelma from Open win restores Safin's self-belief

But the ever enigmatic and honest Safin still doubts his ability to win Wimbledon. "That is a different story. Wimbledon is not my favourite," he mused. "I don't like the surface, I can't play on that surface and I feel like I waste my time, my energy on that surface. That's it.

Glide on the grass, Marat! You can do it! :yippee: FLASHBACK: "I hate this surface. I am never coming here again." :lol:

Originally posted by Thelma from Open win restores Safin's self-belief

"I'll take it as it comes. You cannot have a lot of expectations. Still a long way to go."

I think this is a great attitude. :yeah:

Thanks for the articles, Thelma. :)

thelma
02-01-2005, 02:37 AM
Thanks for the articles, Thelma. :)

You're welcome!

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Shadow
02-01-2005, 08:25 AM
Oops! :o Some times I notice similarities in the way people write and I can match them up even if they have different usernames. I missed this one. D'oh! :lol: No biggie. We can still have a Marat love fest here. ;)

It's alright with me that the popular media doesn't follow Marat around. I think he rates it in Australia because he's had great runs there and now he'll get some good press. :) Thanks to the nice people in this forum, I get lots of Marat updates. :D

What kind of gets my goat is how tennis insiders don't get Marat. They showed Andre-Roger live here in the US on ESPN2. During the match they put up a graphic about who could rival Roger. (They are sooo obsessed with that the way they were when Venus and Serena were making all the finals for a while. Now they can't stop dissing them. But, that's another rant. I think it's kind of silly.) When they showed the graphic they had Andre, Andy, and Lleyton's names. Pam Shriver was court side at the same time interviewing Mats Wilander and he said the guy to watch was Marat. He went on about why and why the other men listed didn't have the tools. Then, like little sheep, the commentators grudgingly agreed with Mats. Then when Marat and Roger played, Cliff Drysdale started talking like he thought Marat had game and how much he liked him. But, I remember Cliff being a bit dismissive of Marat just two months earlier at the Houston TMS. Finally, Patrick McEnroe and Nick Bolliteri (sp) gave some really weak arguments for their winner pick which wasn't Marat. Weren't these guys paying attention?!?? I think the commentators do a disservice to the sport and the casual viewers when they don't explain the game and the players properly.

onion, I don't usually go on like this. But, you bring out the typist in me. :lol:

Nice to know you. :wavey:

Sometimes I also don`t get why most commentators hardly count on Marat, but suddenly, when he plays against a big player and plays great, shows his abilities... they are only praising and praising, what an amazing player etc, best game, and saying how they knew it and bla, :rolleyes: where before they didn`t even mention him. But anyway, its probably better for Marat when he is not too much in the spotlight :) He always plays better then.
But when Marat did a big thing again, the media is booming about him.

onion
02-01-2005, 08:44 AM
onion, I don't usually go on like this. But, you bring out the typist in me. :lol:

Nice to know you. :wavey:

Heh, that's a good thing right? I tend to write a lot too! It's only because I care!!!

And I wanna agree with you about stupid commentators. We have John Alexander here in Australia and everyone thinks he is a right idiot. He never says anything nice about anyone except for the Australians. In fact, most of the commentators here are biased towards the Aussies - which is bad for me, as I don't go for them! Like, fair enough we're Aussies and we're generally interested in how the Aussies go and we're expected to support them, but with the commentators here, sometimes it gets to the point where their biases get in the way of good commentary. It does my head in!!!

The commentators didn't mention Safin at all at the beginning of the tournament (to my disappointment and disbelief!!! I, rightly thought he was a HUGE chance to win) but they all jumped on the bandwagon once he beat Federer. They also said Rafael Nadal was from France and something else that was quite stupid. I think I could do a better job.

CHANNEL 7, IF YOU'RE READING, I WANT A JOB AS A TENNIS COMMENTATOR!

Shadow
02-01-2005, 09:25 AM
Videos of match previews, of the final and the ceremony presentation are up on The Safin Lounge :yeah:

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

jmp
02-01-2005, 10:04 AM
Originally posted by Shadow
But anyway, its probably better for Marat when he is not too much in the spotlight :) He always plays better then.
Absolutely, Shadow! :yeah: He worked soooo hard at the end of last year and the results are obvious. We'll just keep this genius to ourselves until he shows up to win big matches. :secret: :D

**********

Originally posted by onion
Heh, that's a good thing right? I tend to write a lot too! It's only because I care!!!

Yes! I think it's great. I care, too! :)

In the General Messages (GM) part of this forum we talk every once and a while about biased coverage and supporting players just because they're from your country. You'll have a good time when we get into those talks.

The other thing that's cool about this board is that we can get together in the live score tournament threads and learn what the other commentators are saying. Here are a couple from Channel 7 from the final:

http://menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1139514&postcount=490
Originally posted by Björkman_Girl
...Poor delusional Australian commentators. "The dream is still alive for Hewitt!"

http://menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1139547&postcount=517
Originally posted by hablovah19
No aussie commentators, no more miracles for Hewitt; he's just run into the Safinator ;)

I definitely nominate onion for the tennis commentator on Channel 7! :)

sol
02-01-2005, 10:09 AM
Thanks Andrea :kiss:

:wavey: jmp



WATCH AND LISTEN
Interview: Marat Safin

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/4220759.stm#



Making Marat believe
By Nick Crowther


At 4-1 down in the third set of the Australian Open final, having been warned for smashing a racquet, Marat Safin was in danger of missing out again.

The Russian, who has built a reputation for being at the mercy of a volatile temperament, had twice been runner-up in Melbourne.

But this year, rather than lose his head, he beat Lleyton Hewitt on his own territory, having ended the 26-match winning run of Roger Federer on his way to the final.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40776000/jpg/_40776871_safingetty203.jpg

So what made the difference?

One major factor was his decision in April 2004 to link up with Federer's former coach Peter Lundgren.

The Swede had helped the Swiss world number one to his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003 but they parted company just weeks after Federer had won the season-ending Masters Cup.

Safin decided to try working with Lundgren, initially for the clay-court and grass seasons, and by September had ended a 22-month title drought with victory in the China Open.

He went on to win the Master Series events in Madrid and Paris and, having slipped to 77th 12 months earlier after an injury-blighted year, ended 2004 ranked fourth in the world.

"He really has made me believe in myself," Safin said. "I never believed in myself before, until I started to work with him.

"It took us a little bit longer time than usual to come up with results. But it went right; it went in the right way."

And it certainly seems to be paying off.

Safin had been outplayed 3-6 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-4) by Thomas Johansson when he first appeared in an Australian Open final in 2002 and, after a gruelling route to the final in 2004 (he played 27 sets), lost 7-6 6-4 6-2 to Federer.

But he was far more economical (17 sets played) on the way to this year's semi-finals and, helped by Lundgren's knowledge of the reigning champion, claimed a superb five-set victory.

"Normally Roger toys with everybody," Safin explained after his win.

"That's why the job of the coach is to improve you to try and be as close as you can to Roger."

But, asked how Lundgren had helped him overcome Federer, Safin smiled and said: "I'm not going to tell. I keep it for me."

One of the obvious changes that Lundgren has helped Safin develop, though, is a more relaxed approach, born out of his new-found belief.

"He tries to make me more focused on the court, try not to get too crazy, not to snap," Safin explained back in December after his Paris Masters victory.

"I can still snap but it's less now. He tells me to be more solid and, even if it isn't going well, just to keep going, keep on trying."

As he put it more simply after his latest success: "I am a little bit more calm and more confident in a way."

Mats Wilander, who won the Australian Open three times, was one of Safin's numerous coaches before he teamed up with Lundgren.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40043000/jpg/_40043939_lundgren203.jpg

"What I found hard (coaching him) is that these guys need to learn the game themselves," Wilander said.

But Lundgren, who never made it past the second round in Melbourne as a player but did win three ATP Tour titles, seems to have the knack.

"We communicate really well. He understands who I am and I understand what he wants from me," Safin revealed.

And the 25-year-old is reaping the rewards, to the point that he feels their partnership could be a major turning point in his career.

"One grand slam, you can win by mistake, like I did in the 2000 US Open, but this one, I've worked really hard for that," he said.

"So I would love to now win a couple more. I think I have a chance if I am continuing this way.

"If Peter will stick around with me and he wants to work with me for a bit longer, I think I can make it."


SAFIN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS :worship:
1999 - wins first ATP title in Boston
2000 - wins first grand slam, the US Open, and two Masters Series titles
2002 - wins Paris Masters and finishes year in world top three for second time in three years
2004 - wins two Masters Series titles and finishes year ranked fourth in the world
2005 - wins second grand slam, the Australian Open

Wednesday Addams
02-01-2005, 10:31 AM
:bounce:
lalalalalalalala pokes glomps and whatevers..........lalalalalalala
:bounce:
he won!!!!!
:bounce:
Thanx Sol, Andrea and everybody for the nice pics and articles!!!!! :kiss: :hug:
:bounce:
JESSI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bigwave: :hug:
:bounce:
:wavey: Elisabeth ans stella_artois! Welcome!
:bounce:

Magda
02-01-2005, 03:53 PM
Sorry if the pics have been already posted....

http://www7.online.rtlklub.hu/forumkepek/4874840.pict

http://www7.online.rtlklub.hu/forumkepek/4874862.pict

Elisabeth
02-01-2005, 05:01 PM
Thank you very much for the pictures!!!!!!!!! :smooch:

darika
02-01-2005, 07:30 PM
These pictures are so nice. But... he needs a haircut :)))

Shadow
02-01-2005, 08:06 PM
MariaV translated this interview from marat`s dad. :) (i got it from tgfr.com). Thanks Maria and i hope its ok i post this.



Tennis dad : Mubin Safin: "Marat - a real man!"
From Moscow Komosomolets
January 2005 - Australian Open



Marat Safin will return this week to Moscow as a hero - having won the Australian Open after crushing the formidable Swiss Roger Federer in the semifinal and the local idol Lleyton Hewitt in the final. More than anyone else his parents are waiting for him - mother Rausa and father Mubin. ...



When we managed to call and extend our congratulations to Mubin Safin he was watching the replay of the final.

- I just returned home. I was abroad on business. And so happened that I couldn't properly watch Marat play. Part of the match against Federer I watched at one airport, the final against Hewitt at another.

- I can imagine how nervous you were... Probably at these moments (hours, to be more precise) you wanted to be at the stands in Melbourne.

- Please understand that we have lived in this for very many years already and if to worry and go crazy all the time no nerves would be sufficient.

- I know Marat worries when his family is supporting him at the stands. Maybe this is also one reason why you didn't fly over to Australia?

- Well, no. The fact is that I don't see any sense to rush so far in order to watch tennis. Marat is a grown-up and this is his life already. But we always support him and he knows this.

- How is Dinara doing?

- She's fine, everything is fine.

- One can sense that you are a very reserved person. Here is the father of Masha Sharapova with all his emotions written all over his face, they splash outside. But you conceal them in yourself.

- Simply I have lived through all this already. Maybe if I were of the same age as him I would also jump up and shout.

- Marat has now twice won the Grand Slam tournaments against the home favourites. How he was able to detach himself from the pressure of the crowd?

- If he would have complexes against his rivals, he would've never won anything.

- People who know Marat well say that he is a very gentle and sensitive person. But how this gentleness goes together with such power and aggressiveness of the game? And with such an endurance - he topped Federer not only in skills but also morally prevailed in the long rallies.

- Marat is a real man. And precisely at such moments the real masculine qualities are displayed. Otherwise he would not be such a bright original personality. But that he is gentle and kind - it's good. I can assure you, he has the strong backbone though, and he can say "no". Although it was very difficult for him to learn this. But he himself admits that he has grown up. He has become a mature person and a mature player.

- And there is fire in his eyes, he simply glows from within - as if the new energy was opened!

- I would like very much to light a candle for his new coach.

- It is evident that in spite of the hard competition Marat has warm, almost friendly relations to many of his rivals.

- It's because in men's tennis, in contrast to the women's tennis, there are no such complexities in the relations, no such sharp angles. Everybody understands that a tennis match is not a battle, it's only a game, work. Although I know there are coaches who tell to their students something like this: your rival is your enemy! you must destroy him! It's so good that Marat has never encountered anything like this.

- Due to what he still won the Swiss master?

- I think, due to the desire. He so waited for this victory, he so wanted to win.

- Had Roger then less desire to win?

- Seems to me that yes. He has lived a lot more such moments of victory.

- By all the restraint nevertheless admit: you are proud of your son?

- I am proud. I am really proud of him.



Elena Shpiz

MK 01.02.2005

Carolinita
02-01-2005, 08:22 PM
Thanks a lot Shadow :hug:

erica
02-01-2005, 08:52 PM
Thanks Maria for translating & Shadow for posting the article! :hug:

MariaV
02-01-2005, 09:01 PM
Of course it's OK Andrea!!!!!! :hug: It's kinda strange for me to post things in different places so... you can make it for me. BTW, news alert - Marat returned to Moscow and will HAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO ALL THE RUSSIAN PPL - WATCH OUT FOR THE NEWS!!!!!! I TRY TO HAVE TIME TO CHECK THE NEWS TOO!

Aurora
02-01-2005, 09:49 PM
thanks Maria for that translation and Andrea for posting! (and btw, if that tv station has a repeat on its website, please pass us the link ;))

I would like very much to light a candle for his new coach. :bowdown: :bowdown: Peter The Great :bowdown: :bowdown:

jmp
02-01-2005, 10:13 PM
Thank you so much, Shadow and MariaV, for the great interview with Marat's father. :D It gave me goose bumps. I'm very happy for Marat and his family. :)

Damita
02-01-2005, 10:41 PM
Thanks Maria and Andrea :hug: it is so rare to hear from his father... good to know how he feels about Marat's career :)

PennyThePenguin
02-02-2005, 01:13 AM
maria...thank you dearie :hug: and thanks andrea :hug:

*Viva Chile*
02-02-2005, 02:33 AM
Tennis dad : Mubin Safin:

I thought that Marat's dad was called Mikhail... :confused:

MariaV
02-02-2005, 07:12 AM
Well, guys, abt Marat's dad's name - I really don't know what he is calling himself or if he has officially changed the name (I guess not), all I can say that sometimes he is referred as Mikhail which is a Russian name obviously but as you could see the last articles in the Russian press used the Tartar name Mubin so I guess it's still his official name, the Russians just call him Mikhail, Misha just like they call his mom Roza (like in Russian) not Rausa sometimes. Maybe some Russian ppl know something more.

Shadow
02-02-2005, 08:03 AM
Thanks Maria and Andrea :hug: it is so rare to hear from his father... good to know how he feels about Marat's career :)

i like that his parents, especially his dad, are not obsessed with marats career, but just are keeping it quit yet supporting him and be there for him, be happy with him and proud of their son.

MariaV
02-02-2005, 08:03 AM
Hey guys, I'm not gonna translate the whole thing abt the journos waiting at the airport yesterday. Just - Denis Golovanov was in Australia with him, came out first, drove Marat off. Marat asked to excuse himself and said he was tired from the flight. Shamil T. was at the airport too. That's all the journos wrote so far.

Ah good, the pics are at the pics thread already. Have a great day everyone! :)

junekidd
02-02-2005, 11:42 AM
thanks for the translating, info and posting, Maria & Andrea. :kiss:

i like that his parents, especially his dad, are not obsessed with marats career, but just are keeping it quit yet supporting him and be there for him, be happy with him and proud of their son.
cannot agree more, Andrea! I love his dad's style too. :)

and I'd really like to see that "Everybody understands that a tennis match is not a battle, it's only a game, work". not only palyers but also we fans. :)

thelma
02-02-2005, 11:45 AM
Thanks, Maria and Shadow! :kiss:

tall_one
02-02-2005, 02:12 PM
Marat has now twice won the Grand Slam tournaments against the home favourites
hmmm i guess that means that for Marat to win RG he has to play a frechmen and to win Wimby he has to play Henman ;) no chance of wimby happening then lol

Aurora
02-02-2005, 03:53 PM
damn, and I sooo totally saw him winning wimbledon this year! ;)

Bibir
02-02-2005, 04:47 PM
hmmm i guess that means that for Marat to win RG he has to play a frechmen and to win Wimby he has to play Henman ;) no chance of wimby happening then lol
Not necessarily a frenchman...He can play against Guga at French Open...He's at home here. :)

What a final! :angel:

chocc0
02-02-2005, 08:05 PM
ok this is a bit late but :woohoo: GO MARAT!!!
what a match it was great! and his speech was funny

Damita
02-02-2005, 09:09 PM
i like that his parents, especially his dad, are not obsessed with marats career, but just are keeping it quit yet supporting him and be there for him, be happy with him and proud of their son.
yep, i agree. too many psycho parents on tour. It's good his parents don't act like that with him and Dina

Damita
02-02-2005, 09:12 PM
Not necessarily a frenchman...He can play against Guga at French Open...He's at home here. :)

What a final! :angel:
MY DREAM !!!!!!!!!!!! :angel:
I still haven't forgiven Magnus Norman for he beat Marat in the QF in 2000. I wanted Marat and Guga in the final so much :sad:

maratski
02-02-2005, 09:24 PM
I wanted Juanca to be in that final. He played so great! :sad:

Seles3
02-03-2005, 03:15 AM
does anyone have a clip of his speech.....espn cut it out when i was watching ugh.

Kiara
02-03-2005, 05:07 AM
I wanted Juanca to be in that final. He played so great! :sad:

Ditto, that semifinal match was one of his best ever, even though he lost :sad:

Kiara
02-03-2005, 05:10 AM
Thanks for translating everything Maria :kiss:

Wednesday Addams
02-03-2005, 05:17 AM
Nice interview. Thanx Maria! :hug:

maratski
02-03-2005, 07:46 AM
Ditto, that semifinal match was one of his best ever, even though he lost :sad:

He had his chances and it was a great RG debut. I'm a fan of Juanca ever since. Same with Marat. RG 2000 :)

Action Jackson
02-03-2005, 07:57 AM
I just wanted to add, from my last argument about Marat not being as popular as Andy here in Oz --> the ElAynaoui/Roddick classic did a lot for Roddick's reputation and that's when he gained the most fans. The Australian media love him. Safin on the other hand, like I think it was jmp said, is not really followed about by the media AS much. He is popular though. The Safin/Federer match was when he started gaining his new fans.

Yes, the Aussie commentators are crap, but I couldn't recommend you for a job when you say Roddick is more popular in Australia than Safin it's laughable. I mean just look at how they reacted when both of them played Hewitt, and among the people and not the media as we have agreed that the media are a bunch of clowns for the majority.

To all the Safinistas just hope it's not another 5 years to wait for another Slam and I hope he is enjoying some time at home before his next tournament.

Just remember it's not a real rivalry with Federer just because he won a match, he needs to do that consistently, but beating him on the big stage is a good start.

Bibir
02-03-2005, 08:51 AM
does anyone have a clip of his speech.....espn cut it out when i was watching ugh.

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

Bibir
02-03-2005, 09:27 AM
To all the Safinistas just hope it's not another 5 years to wait for another Slam and I hope he is enjoying some time at home before his next tournament.
RG for 2010...Can we handle it? :unsure:

Just remember it's not a real rivalry with Federer just because he won a match, he needs to do that consistently, but beating him on the big stage is a good start.
I agree...One win against him doesn't make him number 1.
But we know/I think that what keeps Safin from being number 1 is consistency...and if he plays seriously like the last months he can be a very dangerous rival.

Houston match and AO semifinal were very close...of course some people think that it was all about the TB in the 4th set, but we can say the same about the Houston semifinal when Marat had so many set points...

We'll see.

Vass
02-03-2005, 09:53 AM
RG for 2010...Can we handle it? :unsure:


I agree...One win against him doesn't make him number 1.
But we know/I think that what keeps Safin from being number 1 is consistency...and if he plays seriously like the last months he can be a very dangerous rival.

Houston match and AO semifinal were very close...of course some people think that it was all about the TB in the 4th set, but we can say the same about the Houston semifinal when Marat had so many set points...

We'll see.
Indeed, we should see.
I somehow doubt that Marat will last the whole year without losing in the first round, for example. Of course he can be No1 even with such loses. But i realy doubt it will happen. I''m hoping for it though.

jmp
02-03-2005, 12:35 PM
Bea, that's why I have my "shooting star" theory. The last two wins on a big stage were so HUGE for his confidence, though. He may just go on a tear and that would be just fine with me! :D I don't think that's part of his make up. So, for now, I'll just keep cheering him - one point at a time. :)

Shadow
02-03-2005, 12:50 PM
Indeed, we should see.
I somehow doubt that Marat will last the whole year without losing in the first round, for example. Of course he can be No1 even with such loses. But i realy doubt it will happen. I''m hoping for it though.

Expect the Unexpected.

junekidd
02-03-2005, 01:06 PM
Indeed, we should see.
I somehow doubt that Marat will last the whole year without losing in the first round, for example. Of course he can be No1 even with such loses. But i realy doubt it will happen. I''m hoping for it though.
compared with No.1, I focus more on GS titles. so if he loses early in some small tournaments, that won't bother me very much. and still we have to remember that Marat and consistency are rarely combined. while hopefully, you could be more optimistic than ever before.

EternalFlame
02-03-2005, 01:50 PM
He will get close to Roger. If not the no1 spot, hell challange for no1. He found his rhythm and he believes he can do better. He should do well in RG. He will want to do good there, Marat loveS RG. Let's wait and see. There are 3 months until that...

Kiara
02-03-2005, 03:51 PM
He had his chances and it was a great RG debut. I'm a fan of Juanca ever since. Same with Marat. RG 2000 :)

I know that was an awesome debut, almost as awsome as Marat's, which I sadly missed :(

Juanca had a rocking 2000 clayseason and a pretty awsome end to the year, that match made me a fan too but it was the DC final that did it. I saw bits of the Spain Russia dc tie, where he walked all over Zhenya and that was superb. I came to like Ferrero by accident because I was a Balcells fan..
The first time I saw Marat was 99 bercy but i didnt really follow him till much much later even after 2000..My mom actually saw Marat when he was really young sth like 98 or 99 in long island :eek:

I like your signature btw.....it's very "rahr" ;)

Kiara
02-03-2005, 03:54 PM
Marat has more of a chance at winning Wimbledon than he does RG if he'd only get over his mental hump about playing on grass..silly boy

maratski
02-03-2005, 04:12 PM
I know that was an awesome debut, almost as awsome as Marat's, which I sadly missed :(

Juanca had a rocking 2000 clayseason and a pretty awsome end to the year, that match made me a fan too but it was the DC final that did it. I saw bits of the Spain Russia dc tie, where he walked all over Zhenya and that was superb. I came to like Ferrero by accident because I was a Balcells fan..
The first time I saw Marat was 99 bercy but i didnt really follow him till much much later even after 2000..My mom actually saw Marat when he was really young sth like 98 or 99 in long island :eek:

I like your signature btw.....it's very "rahr" ;)

I started watching tennis in 1999, but wasn't very into it. I saw the famous RG women's final and a lot of Wimbledon. I had graduated from high school and had lots of free time. I missed AO 2000, but started watching again during RG 2000. That's the first time I saw Marat. I noticed Juanca as well during that tournament, but the DC final did it for me. It was soooo cool to see him win it for Spain and I was in love with the Nike shirts he wore at the time. :o I'm so jealous of your mom. ;)

Your avatar inspired me and I liked what she said. :)

maratski
02-03-2005, 04:14 PM
Marat has more of a chance at winning Wimbledon than he does RG if he'd only get over his mental hump about playing on grass..silly boy

In a way I agree with you. He can play very well on clay as he has proved, but facing either Juanca or Coria or another great claycourter in the latter rounds of RG is going to be soooo hard. He can play on grass and once he gets over the mental hump, I'm sure he can make it the quarters or further each year.

Kiara
02-03-2005, 04:35 PM
I noticed Juanca as well during that tournament, but the DC final did it for me. It was soooo cool to see him win it for Spain and I was in love with the Nike shirts he wore at the time
Your avatar inspired me and I liked what she said. :)

You just reminded me that I need to get this match on tape..:D

The best part was when Alex ran around the court with Juanca on his shoulders...he was so embarassed :lol:I forgot that he was sponsored by nike way back then...

Your avatar inspired me and I liked what she said. :)

I was originally going to have a peter avatar which I will have once I get bored of this one..:p

Kiara
02-03-2005, 04:41 PM
In a way I agree with you. He can play very well on clay as he has proved, but facing either Juanca or Coria or another great claycourter in the latter rounds of RG is going to be soooo hard. He can play on grass and once he gets over the mental hump, I'm sure he can make it the quarters or further each year.

so true, there are many dirtballers who can give him a tough time on clay but there arent many who can challenge him on grass...I dont know why he thinks he cant do well on that stuff, he certainly has a great game for grass, and it's perfect for him to capitlize on having a big serve :(

maratski
02-03-2005, 06:12 PM
You just reminded me that I need to get this match on tape..:D

The best part was when Alex ran around the court with Juanca on his shoulders...he was so embarassed :lol:I forgot that he was sponsored by nike way back then...

Juanca is shy, but then it was even ten times worse. :lol:

I was originally going to have a peter avatar which I will have once I get bored of this one..:p

I'll get one of Kimi in the future. It's been so long since I've seen a nice pic of him.

maratski
02-03-2005, 06:14 PM
so true, there are many dirtballers who can give him a tough time on clay but there arent many who can challenge him on grass...I dont know why he thinks he cant do well on that stuff, he certainly has a great game for grass, and it's perfect for him to capitlize on having a big serve :(

In 2001 (before Wimbly) he was defending himself against all the people who said he couldn't play on grass and now he's one of them. :confused:

PennyThePenguin
02-04-2005, 10:44 AM
I'll get one of Kimi in the future. It's been so long since I've seen a nice pic of him.


didn't kimi make the news a couple of weeks back for being a naughty boy? :devil:

Aurora
02-04-2005, 11:01 AM
:confused: tell ignorant little me the dirt, Jiat! :lick:

PennyThePenguin
02-04-2005, 11:16 AM
umm....kimi was at a club.... he got totally dead drunk. was seen on the floor with his pants down...

let's just say the mclaren bosses weren't too pleased ;)

Shadow
02-05-2005, 03:40 PM
ATPtennis.com

SAFIN CELEBRATES IN STYLE… Following his Australian Open win, MARAT SAFIN obliged the media by conducting interviews for over two hours before finally wrapping up around 1:45 a.m. He then celebrated his second career Grand Slam win with his girlfriend Dasha, coach Peter Lundgren, former players Mats Wilander and Joakim Nystrom, and a host of friends who flew in from Moscow. He caught just four hours of sleep before heading out for a photo shoot with his trophy for the international media

atello_7
02-05-2005, 04:35 PM
MArat rocks!!!!
good luck to him all this year!



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thelma
02-05-2005, 04:37 PM
MArat rocks!!!!
good luck to him all this year!

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EternalFlame
02-05-2005, 06:58 PM
umm....kimi was at a club.... he got totally dead drunk. was seen on the floor with his pants down...

let's just say the mclaren bosses weren't too pleased ;)

Yep, those news have been talked a lot lately. I rather not think too much about these news. As a fan I'm waiting for the new season to start, and Kimi to shine again... ;)

maratski
02-05-2005, 09:05 PM
Since it's the off season in F1 I totally missed this news. :o

Kimi is so shy and cute that I can't picture him drunk. ;)

Lila
02-05-2005, 10:19 PM
yep, i agree. too many psycho parents on tour. It's good his parents don't act like that with him and Dina

Yeah, for example Hewitt's parents. Always sitting there and watching their little boy playing... :haha: :tennis: :lol:

Damita
02-06-2005, 01:53 AM
RG for 2010...Can we handle it? :unsure:
one word................. NO :tape:

erica
02-06-2005, 09:58 AM
Huh, guess how much we have heard about Kimi lately here in Finland?
A couple of weeks ago he was in every magazine, they were telling how he was drunk and pulled his pants down at a strip-club in London.

It´s sad, I think. He should concentrate more in his driving, or atleast try to look smart and grown up.. :D

EternalFlame
02-06-2005, 10:57 AM
Since it's the off season in F1 I totally missed this news. :o

Kimi is so shy and cute that I can't picture him drunk. ;)

Ah did you see the video when he fell from the top of a yacht. He was drunk at that time... :lol:

EternalFlame
02-06-2005, 11:00 AM
Huh, guess how much we have heard about Kimi lately here in Finland?
A couple of weeks ago he was in every magazine, they were telling how he was drunk and pulled his pants down at a strip-club in London.

It´s sad, I think. He should concentrate more in his driving, or atleast try to look smart and grown up.. :D

I don't think it will have any effect on his driving. He never let anything affect his driving since he's been around. He always liked drinking but still those news are not nice at all. I think marriage didn't have a good effect on him? :rolleyes:

PennyThePenguin
02-06-2005, 11:55 AM
Ah did you see the video when he fell from the top of a yacht. He was drunk at that time... :lol:
really? didn't see that. where's it?

maratski
02-06-2005, 12:57 PM
I missed him falling off the yacht and didn't even know he already got married. :o :o :o

~EMiLiTA~
02-06-2005, 12:59 PM
haha I so cannot imagine that of Kimi!!!

maratski
02-06-2005, 01:01 PM
haha I so cannot imagine that of Kimi!!!

Me neither! I remember his F1 debut and the innocent boy couldn't say more then yes or no in an interview. Times have changed! ;)

PennyThePenguin
02-06-2005, 01:05 PM
they certainly have ilhame...:sad:

~EMiLiTA~
02-06-2005, 01:05 PM
I still don't think he can say more than yes or no in an interview! but obviously his actions speak louder than his words lol

PennyThePenguin
02-06-2005, 01:05 PM
i think he's improved now...he came late last year...i didn't get to go to the meet and greet lmao.... and i think he had a full interview

maratski
02-06-2005, 01:08 PM
:haha: Emily

I'm sure he had some sort of media training with McLaren, but it isn't much I think.

I know there are some automobile aficionados here, so I wanted to let you know I'll be going to an automobile show next weekend. :) It's a good way to experiment with my camera before going to the tennis.

~EMiLiTA~
02-06-2005, 01:09 PM
oh cool!!! have fun ilhame!!!

maratski
02-06-2005, 01:12 PM
I will! My bro (who's a car salesman) will work there so I'm going to see him. I heart BMW and hope to see some nice ones. I also like the Maserati's and other expensive cars that will be there.

PennyThePenguin
02-06-2005, 01:19 PM
OH COOL ILHAME!!!

i heart BMW too!!!

maratski
02-06-2005, 01:21 PM
I'll look for pics of the M6 on the net, it's HOT!

maratski
02-06-2005, 01:27 PM
jiat here's a nice link http://www.bmwworld.com/media/wallpaper/m6_e63.htm

PennyThePenguin
02-06-2005, 01:29 PM
*drool* i like the Z3 and X5 best hahahahaah.....thanks ilhame...eye-candy of another sort hha

Aurora
02-06-2005, 01:29 PM
let me be evil for a sec: :topic:!!!!!!




(yes, automobile-hater speaking here. feel free to ignore me. ;))

maratski
02-06-2005, 01:34 PM
:lol:

The X5 is too cool for words! I love the 5 series.

I also like the McLaren SLR (Mercedes) and some tuned cars.

PennyThePenguin
02-06-2005, 01:37 PM
lol hanneke....we're keepin th thread alive ;)

jmp
02-06-2005, 03:09 PM
We need a car thread! :yippee: I think cars are sooooo sexy. :drool: I like the old roadsters that people take to gatherings on the weekend. I have a BMW. I like 1950s American muscle cars like mustangs and thunderbirds. I'm crazy about classic European cars like Mercedes (I want to name a daughter Mercedes), Porsches, Jaguars, and Alfa Romeos. One of the sexiest cars I've ever seen is a personal car belonging to John Travolta. I think it's a Testarosa (sp). He drove it in Swordfish!!

Please take pics for us, maratski! :D

maratski
02-06-2005, 03:58 PM
I'll take pics for you! Which BMW do you have?

jmp
02-06-2005, 04:16 PM
I have a 325. I'm going to start a thread...

EternalFlame
02-06-2005, 05:01 PM
I'll post my message about Kimi to the Gathering of Safinholics thread. Lilly is right. This is Marat's thread, let's no ruin it... ;)

Lila
02-06-2005, 06:38 PM
Kimi, cars... :confused: um, this is Marat's thread. :) u ppl should start a new thread to talk about cars. I'm not a car-hater, I love sexy cars, but anyway.

Btw EternalFlame, u'r avatar is HOT. :D :p

EternalFlame
02-06-2005, 06:45 PM
Thanks Lila ! :wavey:

jmp
02-06-2005, 06:55 PM
Kimi, cars... :confused: um, this is Marat's thread. :) u ppl should start a new thread to talk about cars. I'm not a car-hater, I love sexy cars, but anyway.

Btw EternalFlame, u'r avatar is HOT. :D :p

You're right, Lila. :)

EternalFlame, that avatar is H:hearts:T. :)

EternalFlame
02-06-2005, 07:03 PM
Thank you jmp...:) That is Marat. He always is hot... ;)

RogiFan88
02-06-2005, 08:39 PM
I will! My bro (who's a car salesman) will work there so I'm going to see him. I heart BMW and hope to see some nice ones. I also like the Maserati's and other expensive cars that will be there.

Hey, Rogi has a beautiful black [or is it dark blue?] Maserati... I didn't expect Rogi to have such a car for some reason...

maratski
02-06-2005, 08:45 PM
When I saw Rogi on Eurosport late in 2003 he drove a simple car (Opel I think), but he only had 1 slam behind his name. ;)

jmp
02-06-2005, 09:20 PM
Hey, Rogi has a beautiful black [or is it dark blue?] Maserati... I didn't expect Rogi to have such a car for some reason...
I would totally expect that from Roger. I think he is so sophisticated. Post a pic of Roger and his car in the car thread, RogiFan88!