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

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Bibir
01-05-2005, 03:08 PM
Success requires a positive Attitude...I'm positive....I'm positive...Keep the hope alive! :wavey:

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
:help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:

Meeek
01-05-2005, 04:36 PM
Yes, amen! Positive! I'm positive too. Go Marat you chippy. Kick some arse or anything else you like. Oléee! :rocker:

Aurora
01-05-2005, 05:18 PM
olé olé olé :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Prove how much the AO suits you, kick the hell out of your opponents and go finally all the way to the trophy!! ( ;) yeah I know, but if you wish someone the best, why not go all the way?!?)

Damita
01-05-2005, 05:55 PM
:worship: to what you all said.
Good luck Marat... you can do it... yes you can...yes you can, yes you can, yes you can :bounce:

bubulldon
01-05-2005, 06:18 PM
yes!!!!!!good luck YOU CAN DO IT MARAT!!!!! :) :) :) :)

MariaV
01-05-2005, 06:30 PM
Hi guys! I don't think I'll post much here but just to secure Marat's AO bid -

DAVAI MARAT!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Bibir
01-05-2005, 10:10 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/bibir/champion.jpg

-SaFiinsBabY-
01-05-2005, 10:52 PM
Good luck Marat!!! GO!!

:wavey: :hug:

PennyThePenguin
01-06-2005, 12:02 AM
cMON marat! u can do it...we know u can do it, you know you can do it... so why not just DO IT!!! :bounce: :bounce:

aceit
01-06-2005, 12:30 AM
Lets go Marat! :)

li'l red
01-06-2005, 12:59 AM
vamos marat!!!! :worship:

junekidd
01-06-2005, 01:19 AM
I prefer not to say too much before he wins some matches. just pray in my heart. :angel:

Jennay
01-06-2005, 09:10 PM
Good luck :banana:

Kiara
01-08-2005, 09:39 AM
Dear Marat

Please win at least one match

heartfelt thanks

kiara

~EMiLiTA~
01-08-2005, 11:04 AM
*gets down on bended knees*

pleeeeeaaasseeee Marat do well in Melbourne...there are 900 points to defend *gulps*

DAVAI! VAMOS! COME ON!

Kiara
01-08-2005, 11:27 AM
v true. hope his head can handle the pressure, this isnt like last year, he has so much to lose.

lets hope he gets a good draw

JuanChuffy007
01-08-2005, 11:50 AM
GOOD LUCK MARAT!!!!

PLEASE PLAY WELL!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship:

Bibir
01-08-2005, 01:16 PM
lets hope he gets a good draw
almost impossible. :sad:

But you can sure count on Agassi to have a good draw :p

Fedex
01-08-2005, 01:21 PM
Dear Marat

Please win at least one match


LOL :lol: ;)

Fedex
01-08-2005, 01:22 PM
But you can sure count on Agassi to have a good draw :p
So true.

Fedex
01-08-2005, 01:24 PM
Good Luck Marat :) :) :yeah: It would be cool if he got to play under the lights, for the finals, but we are a long way away from that.
As Wimbledon and the USO tought us last year, lets take it one match at a time. ;)

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 01:45 PM
almost impossible. :sad:

But you can sure count on Agassi to have a good draw :p

Finally somebody wrote down what everybody was thinking :worship:

For those who have Vitaya (a belgian "feel-good" tv channel), there is a 1 hour documentary on Baldy tonight at 9.

I also caught a glimpse of him on dr. Phil last night :tape:
Dunno why he was there.. something about raising money for his foundation (he brought his mommy) ;)
[And no, I don't watch this dr Phil guy. I like Oprah though :o ]

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 01:48 PM
marat and good draw dont seem to go together do they?

and even when they do......:tape:

Aurora
01-08-2005, 01:56 PM
what's a good draw for Marat? he always seems to thrive at challenges, so give him some big names he's scared off! :devil:

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 01:58 PM
yeah it's almost like he's only starting to enjoy it once he's in the QF.. he just needs to get by the first rounds, past the 'boring' players ;)

Aurora
01-08-2005, 02:00 PM
how about Olli in the first rounds? or Santoro? :devil: surely they won't bore him!

naaaah, I don't want faves against faves, that always sucks! :ras:

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:02 PM
boring players tend to kick the crap out of him haha.....

he's gotta get rid of that mentality... along with a lot of other mentalities..... ok. then he'd need a brain transplant. and we don't really want that. so...

BAH

Shadow
01-08-2005, 02:03 PM
what's a good draw for Marat? he always seems to thrive at challenges, so give him some big names he's scared off! :devil:

exactly ;)

Bibir
01-08-2005, 02:13 PM
what's a good draw for Marat? he always seems to thrive at challenges, so give him some big names he's scared off! :devil:
Someone like Jonas Bjorkman or Thomas Enqvist? :unsure:

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 02:16 PM
Someone like Jonas Bjorkman or Thomas Enqvist? :unsure:


No smirking swedes, please :o
Altough it my be a good time for revenge :devil:

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:16 PM
tursunov when injured ;)

~EMiLiTA~
01-08-2005, 02:17 PM
haha yeah...well his draw last year wasn't exactly easy and he still made it...he needs some straight sets wins though...last year every single one was either 4 or 5 sets...except the final :rolleyes:

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 02:19 PM
The Final :tape:

I can still see him serving on the wrong side lol

Shadow
01-08-2005, 02:20 PM
haha yeah...well his draw last year wasn't exactly easy and he still made it...he needs some straight sets wins though...last year every single one was either 4 or 5 sets...except the final :rolleyes:

thats another one of the mental things of his. :help: :retard:
he has not won a match in straight sets at a GS since Wimbledon 2002.

Bibir
01-08-2005, 02:22 PM
The Final :tape:

I can still see him serving on the wrong side lol
I remember yeah..he did it against Ferrero too -RG 2002 !...funny but sad

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 02:24 PM
I remember yeah..he did it against Ferrero too -RG 2002 !...funny but sad

It was hilarious :o

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:24 PM
:sad: :sad:

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 02:27 PM
Oh well at least he could see the humour of it, as did Federer. And the commentators ;)
(this of course inspired Carl Maes to go on a lecture about Marat not being able to concentrate on the present and his head was in the past etc etc) :o

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:28 PM
erm..that lecture..sounds familiar....every other commentator gives the same lecture ;)

Bibir
01-08-2005, 02:29 PM
thats another one of the mental things of his. :help: :retard:
he has not won a match in straight sets at a GS since Wimbledon 2002.

Really? :eek:

That's why he needs an easy first round...and no big names.
I knock on wood!...oops, there is no wood next to me...only plastic.

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:30 PM
easy isn't in marat's vocabulary i'm afraid...:sad: hope he learns it as his "new word of the day/week/month" though..

~EMiLiTA~
01-08-2005, 02:32 PM
Wimbledon 2002? :eek: omg...tsk tsk...Marat stop oafing damnit!

Shadow
01-08-2005, 02:32 PM
Really? :eek:

That's why he needs an easy first round...and no big names.
I knock on wood!...oops, there is no wood next to me...only plastic.

for him an easy first round is not an easy first round... because when he faces easy opponents in the first rounds he has almost always problems with them, because he is probably not motivated enough.
If he faces some big names the chance is bigger that he is really motivated and plays well, then he can blast them off the court.

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:33 PM
blister...nice choice of word andrea ;)

~EMiLiTA~
01-08-2005, 02:34 PM
for him an easy first round is not an easy first round... because when he faces easy opponents in the first rounds he has almost always problems with them, because he is probably not motivated enough.
If he faces some big names the chance is bigger that he is really motivated and plays well, then he can blast them off the court.

yeah so true...easy opponents *cough* bageled by Sanguinetti *cough*

Shadow
01-08-2005, 02:34 PM
:o i already changed it. wrong word choice.

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:35 PM
kein problem!

interesting word though..blister...

Shadow
01-08-2005, 02:37 PM
ist mir nur gerade in den Kopf gekommen ;)

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:38 PM
better late than never!

Bibir
01-08-2005, 02:45 PM
for him an easy first round is not an easy first round... because when he faces easy opponents in the first rounds he has almost always problems with them, because he is probably not motivated enough.
If he faces some big names the chance is bigger that he is really motivated and plays well, then he can blast them off the court.
In first rounds, he has problems with big names too...against Mantilla at RG...against Kiefer at Toronto...against Enqvist at USO...against Roddick at Indian Wells...Feder in Dubaï (ok for this one)...Bjorkman (nemesis) at Halle...and others.

In short, he 's in trouble with everybody...He should skip first rounds. :p

Bibir
01-08-2005, 02:47 PM
ist mir nur gerade in den Kopf gekommen ;)
I missed something! :p

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 02:50 PM
lol my german sucks.. I don't know what "gerade" means but I'm guessing it means sth like "it has just come to mind"

Am I right? *jumps up and down* ;)

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:57 PM
In first rounds, he has problems with big names too...against Mantilla at RG...against Kiefer at Toronto...against Enqvist at USO...against Roddick at Indian Wells...Feder in Dubaï (ok for this one)...Bjorkman (nemesis) at Halle...and others.

In short, he 's in trouble with everybody...He should skip first rounds. :p


:worship: :worship: which is why i like first round byes ;)

PennyThePenguin
01-08-2005, 02:57 PM
yaaaay ulrike!!!! :hug:

Kiara
01-08-2005, 04:25 PM
haha yeah...well his draw last year wasn't exactly easy and he still made it...he needs some straight sets wins though...last year every single one was either 4 or 5 sets...except the final :rolleyes:

Marat doesnt do straight set wins :p

why make it easy for yourself when you can make it hard? is his motto :rolleyes:

Kiara
01-08-2005, 04:37 PM
what I meant by good draw was...no fabrice or bjorkman, escude, midget or any other dangerous jorneyman outside the top 50 that marat can underestimate, although if vinciguerra makes a comeback I wouldnt half mind :hearts:

and no hrbaty :scared:

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-08-2005, 04:43 PM
Wow! The tournament's still more then a week away, but there are already 4 pages of good wishes. You guys surely are productive! :)

tall_one
01-08-2005, 04:48 PM
Wow! The tournament's still more then a week away, but there are already 4 pages of good wishes. You guys surely are productive! :)
well someone around here has to be, not like Marat has produced much this year :tape:

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 05:00 PM
oops im a bit late, you guys have written sooo much already lol

but i wanna wish marat good luck down under! :) :) (okay yeah he beat andy last year..not good, but i forgive him coz i love him dearly!!)

produce some killer tennis and blow this year wide open (i mean dont let fed dominate ;) )

GO ON SAFIN!!

xxx

EternalFlame
01-08-2005, 05:08 PM
but i wanna wish marat good luck down under! :) :) (okay yeah he beat andy last year..not good, but i forgive him coz i love him dearly!!)


Hope he repeats it again this year. :D ;)

I don't wanna think about him losing in the first round. It would be awful. But if he skips first round, he can go further. I believe him..

GO MARAT ! :worship:

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 05:27 PM
Hope he repeats it again this year. :D ;)

I don't wanna think about him losing in the first round. It would be awful. But if he skips first round, he can go further. I believe him..

GO MARAT ! :worship:

indeed he can repeat a run through to the final, but i think i'll pass on the beating of Andy in 05 aussie open if its alright :lol:
he needs belief, but if he has that hes got as good a chance as any..i hope he gets a chance to whip lleytons butt, (theres no reason, id just like that to happen!!) :)

TaTaaa
01-08-2005, 05:28 PM
Marat needs to win this time!! enough of second place!!! hehe

GO GO GO MARAT!!!! :bounce:

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 05:30 PM
i want an andy/marat final...thatsd be awesome, am i right? or am i right? theres no other choices im afraid! lol

Kiara
01-08-2005, 05:50 PM
how come so many Andy fans are also Marat fans all of a sudden? :confused: is there a similarity between the two that im missing :confused:

is anyone else perplexed by this?

Kiara
01-08-2005, 05:52 PM
i want an andy/marat final...thatsd be awesome, am i right? or am i right?

you are wrong, that would be rather torturesome for those that loathe him :p

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 05:53 PM
i dont think its all of a sudden, ummm ive thought marats play was fine for a while, and and i happen to like andy too...im sure lotsa marat fans like andy too.
theyre not that similar theyre both explosive with pacey game and big serves, but i think theyre real similiarity lies in that they entertain crowds with thier tennis and in other means too by joking and connecting with the crowd. this endears them both to alotta people...theyre also both very hott :) :)

does that help at all?

Kiara
01-08-2005, 06:14 PM
what I meant by all of a sudden was, that there recently seems to be an explosion of Andy/Marat fans, on this board at least, I didnt mean you. Maybe im only noticing this now because I havent been on mtf for ages.

but I still dont get it

You maybe right in that they both have big serves and powerful games but I really cant see the other stuff...here's how I see it..

Marat is hot...andy is not
Marat has an all round game, andy doesnt
Marat has a versatile game, andy doesnt
Marat has a lovely endearing personality, andy doesnt
Marat is genuine andy, tries too hard
Marat is mental andy, isnt :D
Marat is funny andy is...ok granted...he has a good sense of humour, if he wasnt obnoxious on court and boring to watch I might even like him...

but i still dont think they're alike, even though they're both funny, Marats humour is a different sort of humour

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 06:23 PM
what I meant by all of a sudden was, that there recently seems to be an explosion of Andy/Marat fans, on this board at least, I didnt mean you. Maybe im only noticing this now because I havent been on mtf for ages.

but I still dont get it

You maybe right in that they both have big serves and powerful games but I really cant see the other stuff...here's how I see it..

Marat is hot...andy is not
Marat has an all round game, andy doesnt
Marat has a versatile game, andy doesnt
Marat has a lovely endearing personality, andy doesnt
Marat is genuine andy, tries too hard
Marat is mental andy, isnt :D
Marat is funny andy is...ok granted...he has a good sense of humour, if he wasnt obnoxious on court and boring to watch I might even like him...

but i still dont think they're alike, even though they're both funny, Marats humour is a different sort of humour

okay cool, i am an andy/marat fan, i confess...but i think with all due respect, youre just a non-andy fan. which means you dont like him etc...so i guess its hard to find the traits that they share, and the list you just made proves that.
its cool that you feel like that :) but andy has versitility, and its growing by the day, if he didnt have any i doubt hed have won any titles for a long time...
andy is funny, and yeah safin is too duh, :lol: thats why i love him so, but andys not obnoxious on court, its misunderstood i really believe that, hes just...american!

and you see, you find him boring, i dont exactly see why, but i find many player boring so i wont ask...but i think many people who are okay with both of them, tend to like both coz they share alotta of the same things, game wise and in other terms.

but then again, i dont think we're gonna agree on this :angel:

p.s andy is totally endearing, some of the things he does for charity or says are totally the sweetest things ;)

Shadow
01-08-2005, 06:23 PM
yeah, as i said before I don`t think Marat and Andy are similar AT ALL, even their sense of humour is very different.

Kiara
01-08-2005, 06:37 PM
youre just a non-andy fan. which means you dont like him etc...so i guess its hard to find the traits that they share, and the list you just made proves that.

that is correct, thats why I said "here's how I see it" not "here's how it really is"

andys not obnoxious on court, its misunderstood i really believe that, hes just...american!

lmfao!

you find him boring, i dont exactly see why, but i find many player boring so i wont ask...

I find his game rather dull...hence the "boring to watch" he may be scintillating in person but when he's on my tv screen he's :zzz:

but then again, i dont think we're gonna agree on this :angel:

no we arent :D

p.s andy is totally endearing, some of the things he does for charity or says are totally the sweetest things ;)

please dont bring in charity to make andy seem like a nicer more likable person, other players do charity work too, except they dont broadcast it to the world.

Kiara
01-08-2005, 06:38 PM
yeah, as i said before I don`t think Marat and Andy are similar AT ALL, even their sense of humour is very different.

hee :D I knew you would think so ;)

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-08-2005, 06:40 PM
I don't think Marat and Andy are similar, in game or in personality, none the less I like them both. Ok, I like Marat more, but I don't get all the animosity towards Andy either. Whatever he did to deserve it, I've no idea. He's funny, humble and gracious guy, as far as I can see. So cheers for Andy from me!

Kiara
01-08-2005, 06:40 PM
MissFairy lets just agree to disagree and leave it at that ok?, you're entitled to like whoever you like. I appreciate the discussion. :kiss:

maratski
01-08-2005, 06:40 PM
Marat doesnt do straight set wins :p

why make it easy for yourself when you can make it hard? is his motto :rolleyes:

Sad, but true.

The fact that he underestimates his opponents and sometimes shows no respect for them is something I don't like about him. There are so many players out there with less talent, but more will to win and they don't make it as far as he can in tennis. I wish he could think of that sometime and try harder.

Marat's an OAF and there's plenty of room to OAF in GS matches so I'm waiting for it to start.

Good luck oafie!

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 06:44 PM
ooh okaaay agree to disagree sounds good! esp coz you guys are pretty cool anyhow :) good point about the charity thing, ive heard about that before, but im a die hard fan so i like to block it out lol

foul_dwimmerlaik, yay for andy right on! :)

and i like to discuss anytime kiara, i find it quite fun!! i can stick up for andy alot, but i do love marat...hehe i'll just share my love then :)

Kiara
01-08-2005, 06:49 PM
yeah, 5 sets are perfect for his mental intermissions he's better off when he has room to screw around for a couple games :D

viva 5 setters :dance:

re: his disrespect for lesser players...yeah he does that :D the whole perseverance. resolution and drive outlook they have isnt something he can relate to, me thinks ;)

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 06:49 PM
yes no fights in here please.. only grown-up discussions ;)

I like Andy also and I don't think it should be considered "weird" or "not done" to go over to the Andy forum just to say hi or read the posts or whatever. Ditto for the Andy fans. ;)

And good luck ( :tape: ) Marat for the Aussie Open, win the goddamn thing. Driemaal is scheepsrecht (sorry, don't know how to translate this) :p

Kiara
01-08-2005, 06:49 PM
MissFairy- sounds good :D :wavey:

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 06:51 PM
yeah, 5 sets are perfect for his mental intermissions he's better off when he has room to screw around for a couple games :D

OMG lol that is so true :p

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 06:51 PM
cool thanks guys, gosh you write so quickly here...i can barely keep up!
marat has some lively fans lol

nice to meet all of you by the way :) call me sarah xx

Kiara
01-08-2005, 06:52 PM
I like Andy also

How bold of you to admit that ;)

and I don't think it should be considered "weird" or "not done" to go over to the Andy forum just to say hi or read the posts or whatever. Ditto for the Andy fans. ;)

never said it was, they're most welcome here, as long as we keep the andy talk to a minimum...;)

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 06:54 PM
How bold of you to admit that ;)

:p I also like Lleyton Hewitt

*runs and hides*

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 06:56 PM
i think you should hide well :lol:
youre being awfully brave today :)

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 06:57 PM
It only happens once a year... :angel:

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 06:59 PM
any more confessions?
hmmm you like...coria or massu? ;)

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 07:02 PM
lmao I don't even know what Massu looks like :o
Coria is... ok. He gets on Marats nerves because he just plays everyting back. :lol:
And I felt bad for him at RG :hug:

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 07:03 PM
Anyway, nice talking to everybody, have to go now ;)

Buh-byeeee!

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 07:04 PM
lmao I don't even know what Massu looks like :o
Coria is... ok. He gets on Marats nerves because he just plays everyting back. :lol:
And I felt bad for him at RG :hug:

you NEVER need to find out what massu looks like, it may scar you for life :lol:
yeah coria can be a bloody nightmare on court, running down every ball...its admirable skill though.
gaudio was killer in RG though, poor coria had one BAAAD day at the office

Shadow
01-08-2005, 07:06 PM
:p I also like Lleyton Hewitt

me too. :)

Kiara
01-08-2005, 07:06 PM
:p I also like Lleyton Hewitt

*runs and hides*

lol! as long as you dont cheer for Gimelstob or Ginepri you're safe for now...:p

Kiara
01-08-2005, 07:07 PM
plus I like lleyton sometimes too

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 07:07 PM
lol! as long as you dont cheer for Gimelstob or Ginepri you're safe for now...:p
I don't cheer for people who's names start with a "G"

;)

Kiara
01-08-2005, 07:09 PM
any more confessions?
hmmm you like...coria or massu? ;)

LOOVE Coria , Massu doesnt bother me, only his hair ;)

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 07:09 PM
why do you guys not like ginepri? (im asking out of innocence, i dont like him...ahem...much)

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 07:10 PM
He's the guy that dated minnie driver, right?
I really can't say anything about him. I only get coverage of Grand Slams and masters series tournaments. Any player that doesn't get far in those tournaments I have never seen play.

Kiara
01-08-2005, 07:10 PM
I don't cheer for people who's names start with a "G"

;)

pfff prejudice! dont listen to them Gaudio :p

;)

BelgianWaffle
01-08-2005, 07:12 PM
Damn there goes my theory.. Gaston Gaudio, that's a double G..
He was so adorable when he won RG :hearts:

MissFairy
01-08-2005, 07:12 PM
except from the minnie thing :( wierd guy huh? hes okay, a bit crazy in terms of not playing well...but yeah 'g's not a good tennis letter....but yeah gaudio a cool dude!!

Kiara
01-08-2005, 07:19 PM
why do you guys not like ginepri? (im asking out of innocence, i dont like him...ahem...much)

he took advantage of injured Marat and beat him...badly and has a positive h2h against him ick
he looks like a neanderthal
he's literally monotonous
he's an unexciting and uninteresting personality and looks dim and takes the beefcake, meathead jock thing to another level with his "look"

enuff reasons?
:p

Shadow
01-08-2005, 07:22 PM
why do you guys not like ginepri? (im asking out of innocence, i dont like him...ahem...much)

he is arrogant and selfloved.

Kiara
01-08-2005, 07:23 PM
he is arrogant and selfloved.

you just listed my reasons for not liking haas ;)

Shadow
01-08-2005, 07:25 PM
you just listed my reasons for not liking haas ;)

yep mine too.
i actually dislike Haas more than Ginepri.

Aurora
01-08-2005, 08:12 PM
thats another one of the mental things of his. :help: :retard:
he has not won a match in straight sets at a GS since Wimbledon 2002. This is really the stat that bugs the hell out of me. It's the main thing that has to change to lift grand slam trophies. Especially at RG, his (and mine) beloved grail.

how come so many Andy fans are also Marat fans all of a sudden? :confused: is there a similarity between the two that im missing :confused:

is anyone else perplexed by this? Yup, I've noticed the sudden explosion of those too. At first I was like WTF too, but there are probably reasons for that. First of all, massive increase of members on MTF, lots of new blood. But mainly it's Marat popping his head back into tennis at the top. Lots of tennisfollowers (and weren't big fans) had either forgotten about him or don't notice players until they're steadily in the top 10 and everybody talks about them. And then there is everybody who's discovered men's tennis after time Marat was in the spotlight, the newbies. And it seems most of them took some time to get to know him.
I noticed some of the regular duckfans mentioning how they were warming to him since a couple of months (e.g.Tangerine and Deb). I welcome every "enlightened spirit". As long as I'm not forced to become apologetic about Andy :p.
I don't see much to compare them either, except superficially as "big serve" (which isn't the way to describe Marat :rolleyes: ) and "funny" (different kind of humour and Andy's mainly funny out of clumsiness or boyishness).

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-08-2005, 08:58 PM
you just listed my reasons for not liking haas ;)
Funny, that. I like almost every player - Hewitt, Coria (loooove him), Roddick, Henman, Canas, you name him. Except Haas. He just gets on my nerves - his screams, his ponytail, everything. Can't stand the guy. So, hello, Kiara, a kindred spirit! :D

safinfan
01-09-2005, 04:12 AM
safin is in melbourne and practicing for australian open now. go to this site for pictures. hope he is working hard and ready.

http://www.newspix.com.au/v2/

PennyThePenguin
01-09-2005, 04:17 AM
Damn there goes my theory.. Gaston Gaudio, that's a double G..
He was so adorable when he won RG :hearts:

:haha: :haha: i don't mind gaudio so much. don't know what some ppl's problem on GM is....

and...u girls have been productive!!! 6 pages since i was last here! :woohoo: we're BACK IN BUSINESS!!

and i visit andy's forums...........

maratski
01-09-2005, 08:54 AM
Thanks for the link!

Wednesday Addams
01-09-2005, 03:00 PM
how come so many Andy fans are also Marat fans all of a sudden? :confused: is there a similarity between the two that im missing :confused:

is anyone else perplexed by this?
YES, yep, yeppers! *nods fervently*
I've noticed that too! Ppl that couldn't be bothered before now LIKE Marat. I can't remember who said that Marat is fast becoming his second favourite player.... after Roddick..... WEIRD!
Now, all of a sudden, they're sooooo alike it's logical that if U like one of them, U like the other...... Whereas before, they were soooooo different in mentality and approach (of the game) U just COULDN'T like both.....
It's like U're in the Twilight Zone in GM these days...... :confused: :cuckoo:
What's up with THAT?

MissFairy
01-09-2005, 03:03 PM
i dont think it logical, i just think people just happen to like both, theyre both good guys thats all...
ive always thought safin was a good player, and i support him through his matches too,

nothings up :)

Bibir
01-09-2005, 03:05 PM
I can't remember who said that Marat is fast becoming his second favourite player.... after Roddick..... WEIRD!
It's like U're in the Twilight Zone in GM these days...... :confused: :cuckoo:
What's up with THAT?
:haha:

I don't like Roddick :angel:

.............but I like duckies! :dance:

MissFairy
01-09-2005, 03:07 PM
im not sure if i qualify as a duckie :p but i love you marat-ians :) :) :)

Bibir
01-09-2005, 03:09 PM
http://www.hippochri.de/images/hippogelbherztest.gif

MissFairy
01-09-2005, 03:11 PM
:lol: beaaa, the hippo has love to share! :)

junekidd
01-09-2005, 03:11 PM
dora,:hug: take it easy. ;) I hold that some people like different players with different reasons. you could like Marat cos his double BH, like GUGA with his single BH, like roger with his FH, like andy with his serve and etc. as for the personality, still we could appreciate different types. Marat's frank type, Roger's gentle type, JC's blue type, Coria's shrewd type and etc. (hope I did not take wrong trait of them.) so it is not too surprised to me.

Wednesday Addams
01-09-2005, 03:12 PM
Roddick does nothing for me, really, (as a player..... he's a pretty funny guy off-court, tho :D ) but I do lurk in his forum sometimes..... for news and stuff... and most of his fans are :cool: :yeah:
Sarah, I wasn't necessarily reffering to U.... It's just a new vibe in Duck-nation I'm noticing....

MissFairy
01-09-2005, 03:17 PM
Roddick does nothing for me, really, (as a player..... he's a pretty funny guy off-court, tho :D ) but I do lurk in his forum sometimes..... for news and stuff... and most of his fans are :cool: :yeah:
Sarah, I wasn't necessarily reffering to U.... It's just a new vibe in Duck-nation I'm noticing....
:) dont worry i didnt take it personally!! maybe liking marat is the new fashion for January in andys forum, :lol:
sorry for the invasion, but i come in peace i assure you :p

Wednesday Addams
01-09-2005, 03:18 PM
dora,:hug: take it easy. ;) I hold that some people like different players with different reasons. you could like Marat cos his double BH, like GUGA with his single BH, like roger with his FH, like andy with his serve and etc. as for the personality, still we could appreciate different types. Marat's frank type, Roger's gentle type, JC's blue type, Coria's shrewd type and etc. (hope I did not take wrong trait of them.) so it is not too surprised to me.
That's true, but it's not how everybody thinks here at MTF.... That's why the sudden change in perception is so unexpected to me....

Bibir
01-09-2005, 03:18 PM
Can we stop talking about Roddick? :p


Marat is practising in Melbourne:

Safin takes time to ease his way into Open
By Stathi Paxinos
January 10, 2005

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Russia's Marat Safin serves during a practice hit with British No.1 Tim Henman at Margaret Court Arena.
Photo: Ray Kennedy

World No.4 Marat Safin, still feeling the effects of an arduous 2004 when he lifted his world ranking more than 70 spots, said yesterday he would use this week to tweak his game before the Australian Open rather than pushing himself through the rigours of leadup tournaments.

Safin, who yesterday played a practice match with Britain's Tim Henman, said he had a poor Hopman Cup last week, where he was beaten in Russia's three preliminary matches by Tommy Haas, Davide Sanguinetti and Guillermo Coria.

But last year's Australian Open runner-up, who unlike many top contenders will not be competing this week, said he felt he had been hitting the ball well and just needed some practice time for his game to gel.

Safin, who started last year ranked 77 after an injury riddled 2003, said he had not been enjoying his start to the year.

"I can't say that it's been really good. My playing has been there, but the results are not there," Safin said. "But that's OK because we had a long year last year, so that's normal.

"I've been working hard, so I need some time for my body to adjust to the work that I have done.

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Advertisement"I played a lot of tournaments last year, so I've taken a little bit of . . . time to rest and be hungry again for the big tournament. We came here not for the tournaments before because I played too much already."

Safin and Henman yesterday practised for more than an hour on Margaret Court Arena in an exchange that included several bouts of light-hearted banter.

Safin berated himself several times for building the confidence of an "old man" when Henman won easy points. The 30-year-old Briton fired back when he blasted a forehand winner off a Safin first serve that his sister could have won the point just as easily.


http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/09/10s_safin_wideweb__430x286.jpg

Wednesday Addams
01-09-2005, 03:19 PM
:) dont worry i didnt take it personally!! maybe liking marat is the new fashion for January in andys forum, :lol:
sorry for the invasion, but i come in peace i assure you :p
:hug: I know! You are welcomed here always! :kiss:

MissFairy
01-09-2005, 03:22 PM
thankyouuuu :hug:

aww marat and timmy pracising together, thats cute, (i want safin to get his facial hair back!!)
i really hope he does well in Oz, does anyone know how hard hes been working in the off season? hard i hope

junekidd
01-09-2005, 03:22 PM
That's true, but it's not how everybody thinks here at MTF.... That's why the sudden change in perception is so unexpected to me....
yeah, I've noticed that. some people like players with same trait. then they like both Marat and Andy. a little bit werid anyway. :p
and now let's listen to bea. do not talk abt andy but focus on our OAF. ;)

Wednesday Addams
01-09-2005, 03:23 PM
Can we stop talking about Roddick? :p

Done! :yeah:

Thanx for the article, Bea! :kiss:

Bibir
01-09-2005, 03:29 PM
thankyouuuu :hug:
You're welcome Lilme77! ;)
i really hope he does well in Oz, does anyone know how hard hes been working in the off season? hard i hope
:bolt:

junekidd
01-09-2005, 03:30 PM
thanks for the article, bea! :worship:
"I can't say that it's been really good. My playing has been there, but the results are not there," Safin said. "But that's OK because we had a long year last year, so that's normal.
normal? ok... what's abnormal? :scratch:
"I've been working hard, so I need some time for my body to adjust to the work that I have done.
I believe in you anyway... :unsure:

Safin berated himself several times for building the confidence of an "old man" when Henman won easy points. The 30-year-old Briton fired back when he blasted a forehand winner off a Safin first serve that his sister could have won the point just as easily.

:shrug: :help:

MissFairy
01-09-2005, 03:31 PM
Bea, i really hope hes worked his butt off, and youre running away image makes me think he didnt :( this isnt good!!
people think marat has th key to consistently beat roger, and this i back 100%! but i think he needs to work so so so hard but he'll do it :) :)

maratski
01-09-2005, 04:00 PM
Bea I just noticed you mentioned me in your sig :haha:

Meeek
01-09-2005, 04:36 PM
Thanks Bea for the article and pic! :worship:

erica
01-09-2005, 07:01 PM
I´m a lil late here.. :) but good luck to the Australian Open anyway ^^ I would be glad if he just won a couple of matches (No I wouldn´t really, but I´m trying not to put my hopes too high.. :D )

Jessi
01-10-2005, 12:04 AM
Cmon Marat! You're not getting any younger... its now or never! Believe in yourself and make it happen!

sol
01-10-2005, 12:12 AM
Go Marat!. :D I'm back in this forum for you and all your nicest fans here :kiss:

tall_one
01-10-2005, 03:03 AM
:wavey: Welcome back Sol :hug:

Wednesday Addams
01-10-2005, 05:29 AM
Go Marat!. :D I'm back in this forum for you and all your nicest fans here :kiss:
SOL'S BACK!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Wecome back, dear! How was Ur vacation?

Kiara
01-10-2005, 05:48 AM
oh, sw-ooooooooooooooooooooon :drool: shirtless pics are back!!! :bounce:

god bless hot australian summers :lick:

muchas gracias for that link :hearts:

maratski
01-10-2005, 06:43 AM
WB Sol!

Meeek
01-10-2005, 09:47 AM
:wavey: Sol!!!

Aurora
01-10-2005, 09:55 AM
god bless hot australian summers :lick:my thought exactly! :drool:

PennyThePenguin
01-10-2005, 11:24 AM
:haha:

I don't like Roddick :angel:

.............but I like duckies! :dance:


me too bea....at least...i like MOST DUCKIES

PennyThePenguin
01-10-2005, 11:26 AM
dora,:hug: take it easy. ;) I hold that some people like different players with different reasons. you could like Marat cos his double BH, like GUGA with his single BH, like roger with his FH, like andy with his serve and etc. as for the personality, still we could appreciate different types. Marat's frank type, Roger's gentle type, JC's blue type, Coria's shrewd type and etc. (hope I did not take wrong trait of them.) so it is not too surprised to me.


erm....JC...blue?? :scratch:

PennyThePenguin
01-10-2005, 11:28 AM
SOL DARLING!!!!!!! ONCE AGAIN! I"M SO GLAD U'RE BACK!!!! :hug:

ilhame....i hope u're listening to that "note to self" in ur siggy ;) :hug:

Meeek
01-10-2005, 12:16 PM
me too bea....at least...i like MOST DUCKIES

That's why you poelepoele so much :p

PennyThePenguin
01-10-2005, 12:19 PM
yep! that's why i poele poele so much... and i'm getting pretty good at that too! ;)

Meeek
01-10-2005, 12:22 PM
yep! that's why i poele poele so much... and i'm getting pretty good at that too! ;)

Yup, you've definitly succeeded in poelepoele-ing a lot of us to this place!! ;)

PennyThePenguin
01-10-2005, 12:24 PM
;) and poele poele-ing ppl into TALKING! hey miek..let's continue this in "gathering"

unless we want to talk about poele poele-ing marat into winning some matches

junekidd
01-10-2005, 12:36 PM
erm....JC...blue?? :scratch:
lol. finally I got his trait wrong. forgive me. I really do not know him very much. just impressed with his face after he lost... :tape:

PennyThePenguin
01-10-2005, 12:40 PM
he's blue when he loses??? :scratch:

anyway..this is non-marat related, unless marat draws him... but gael monfils got a WC for the AO!!! :woohoo:

Shadow
01-10-2005, 12:41 PM
lol. finally I got his trait wrong. forgive me. I really do not know him very much. just impressed with his face after he lost... :tape:

i wouldnt call roger gentle either... he is a cool kind of guy. and marat is many things...

junekidd
01-10-2005, 01:02 PM
I know that, Andrea. Marat has too much things. I only took a piece from him. as for roger... a class IMO. ;)
in addition, it is really difficult to generalize a person with one word. let alone everyone has his/her own opinion on people. :)

Meeek
01-10-2005, 01:40 PM
;) and poele poele-ing ppl into TALKING! hey miek..let's continue this in "gathering"

unless we want to talk about poele poele-ing marat into winning some matches

True!

But yes, Marat: I'm poelepoele-ing you to win, dammit! :singer:

Damita
01-10-2005, 09:01 PM
he's blue when he loses??? :scratch:

anyway..this is non-marat related, unless marat draws him... but gael monfils got a WC for the AO!!! :woohoo:
will Monfils go to Melbourne? after his match against Santoro i heard on the radio that his injury was quite serious, and they weren't sure he would take the wild card :rolleyes: i hope he'll be okay

And about poelepoele-ing a certain Russian to win some matches: if you think it can work, DO IT! :bigclap:

Jennay
01-10-2005, 09:18 PM
:lol: You guys talking about Andy again! :angel:

Duckies love Hippos ;)
Wednesday Addams - You should come over too :)

PennyThePenguin
01-11-2005, 06:37 AM
jen...SHHHH...don't mention the A word...

junekidd
01-11-2005, 06:53 AM
no A word now. ;)

here is an fan's experience at Melbourne. I just copied it from here: invisionfree.com/forums/JCF_Online_Fan_Forum/index.php?showtopic=654&st=90
(maybe you have read it there. the former page has the photo.)

i dunno if this really fits with the thread, but i saw marat safin today on chapel st. (in melbourne). it was hilarious!, my family and i were in a cafe and he walked past, and i was like...woahh..thats marat! neway, i was so angry at myself for not doing nething! on our way home, i saw marat walking still throught chapel st. so i told my dad to pull over!..aha..neways, i got his autograph and a foto with him (although my camera fone is quite crappy!!...thank God for it!)...so, yeh..i was sooo happy!..he's much better looking in real life, and actually quite nice!!...

ahaha..i didn't think ne1 would care that i met him!! LOL
well in my opinion neway, i thought marat looked better in real life ( i know u cant tell from the pic coz its so crappy)...he was just in his casual clothes...SO TALL..geez, i dunno, seemed friendy and gentle..u know?
ahha..it was actually quite funny, for the whole day i was telling my sister 'OMG wat happens if we see a tennis player today?', and she was getting so annoyed at me, telling me they wouldnt even be in melbourne yet! so yeh, we were having a coffee outside on chapel st. and Marat and some guy (maybe coach, bodguard??) walked past, and my sister was all like "kas!!"...and i looked around..and was like "marat...sh**"..and i was too scared to do nething (plus i didnt have paper or a pen)..on our way home i was joking about to my parents saying we mite see him again walking down the street..and sure as hell, he was there again..mom was being so stupid screaming marat, and waving, but no1 heard or saw..thank God!!!..then mom told dad to pull over, and she gave me a pen and paper, so i got out the car and waited till he walked near my direction, and i walked up (calmly and quietly surprisingly) and asked him for his autograph, he willingly obliged and said "yeh sure, you're actually the first one here to recognise me"...and i was like "oh really"..and he finished signing and i was about to get back in the car, and my sister jumps out the door telling me to get a foto with him on my fone! she was sooo damn noisy that the other guy with marat told my sister to calm down, and marat told her "yeh sure, but just keep it quiet". so yeh, he put my hand on my back (DIES!!)..and yeh, took the foto..i thanked him again..then yup..went home..so yeh..not much really happened..but it was still a great day!

chocc0
01-11-2005, 06:55 AM
GO MARAT!!!! You Can be third time lucky!!!!
Now he has most probably gotten over his jet lag he has no excuses to play badly!

PennyThePenguin
01-11-2005, 06:57 AM
that's SO COOL!!!!!!! aaaahhh.... wish i were in melbourne...:ras:

thanks june.....tsktskts...go study ;)

tall_one
01-11-2005, 07:01 AM
Duckies love Hippos ;)
wasn't that long ago duckies and hippos fought over everything on the gm board. i'm glad those days are over

junekidd
01-11-2005, 07:09 AM
that's SO COOL!!!!!!! aaaahhh.... wish i were in melbourne...:ras:

thanks june.....tsktskts...go study ;)

lol. I am caught out by you. *go offline and study in front of my desk* :bolt:

btw, all the fans' experience with Marat are gorgeous! :cool: :yeah:

Damita
01-11-2005, 09:34 AM
Cool story! thanks June :)

Bibir
01-11-2005, 11:39 AM
no A word now. ;)
he's much better looking in real life, and actually quite nice!!...

:angel:

junekidd
01-11-2005, 11:53 AM
heehee. you're welcome. just Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V work. ;)

>>>bea, yeah, "he's much better looking in real life, and actually quite nice!!!" so you couldn't compare him with others next time. cos 1st, as Ilhame said, there are many other great guys. then, Marat is too superior in your mind! the comparison is unfair to others. ;)

Wednesday Addams
01-11-2005, 12:59 PM
Wednesday Addams - You should come over too :)
Hehehehehe........ I'm kinda shy........ :o
I will, but not in the near future.......... It's the exam period, so...... I'm (supposed to be) studying..... :D ;)
Thanx for the invitation, tho! :kiss:

~EMiLiTA~
01-11-2005, 01:26 PM
ok ppl, just to let u know I'm going to Melbourne tomorrow!!! won't be back for a few weeks...hope that by the time I get back, Marat is the newly crowned AUS OPEN CHAMP!!! will fill u in on everything when I get back :kiss:

Wednesday Addams
01-11-2005, 01:47 PM
Have fun, Emi!
BYYYYYYYE!!!! :kiss:

maratski
01-11-2005, 02:00 PM
Have fun Emily!!! Will you watch tennis with liz?

MariaV
01-11-2005, 02:10 PM
ok ppl, just to let u know I'm going to Melbourne tomorrow!!! won't be back for a few weeks...hope that by the time I get back, Marat is the newly crowned AUS OPEN CHAMP!!! will fill u in on everything when I get back :kiss:

HAVE FUN EMILY! :)

Shadow
01-11-2005, 02:39 PM
i wish u lots of fun emily :banana:

Meeek
01-11-2005, 03:03 PM
Ooooh, have fun Emily!!! :bounce: :yippee: :banana: Lucky, lucky, lucky woman! ;) :lol:

Bibir
01-11-2005, 03:07 PM
Have fun "funny Emily"! :banana:

erica
01-11-2005, 06:14 PM
Emily , have a great time, and don´t forget to take lots of photos! :)

thelma
01-11-2005, 06:26 PM
Have fun Emily! :kiss: :yeah:

Vass
01-11-2005, 07:08 PM
Have fun Emily.

Jennay
01-11-2005, 09:02 PM
Jiat :lol: Fine, no A word ;)

Nicki.. yes.. I'm glad those days are over too! :) :hug:

Wednesday Addams.. don't be shy :p Good luck on your exams :)

Damita
01-11-2005, 09:22 PM
ok ppl, just to let u know I'm going to Melbourne tomorrow!!! won't be back for a few weeks...hope that by the time I get back, Marat is the newly crowned AUS OPEN CHAMP!!! will fill u in on everything when I get back :kiss:
i wish he could hear you!!!
have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool:

junekidd
01-11-2005, 11:35 PM
have fun there, Emily! :banana: wish you could bring us good news. ;)

sol
01-12-2005, 12:47 AM
:yeah: Emily! :bounce:

I'm looking forward to see your photos. ;) Have fun. girl! :D :hug:

chocc0
01-13-2005, 11:02 PM
Marat plays a Qualifier in the first round

CassL
01-13-2005, 11:32 PM
Marat's in Fed's half :rolleyes:
Someone said he gets Moya in quaters, or maybe Haas.

Denise
01-14-2005, 02:13 AM
Marat in the same Fed's half? gosh :o

HAve fun Emilita!!!!! hope you bring great news, experiences, photos etc etc... See YA! ;)

MariaV
01-14-2005, 07:01 AM
Well, it's Fed's half but not THAT bad. I mean it could be a lot worse. Moya in quarters but who knows what might happen till then with both these headcases. Semis vs Fed would be nice. OK, I won't get my hopes high.

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-14-2005, 07:30 AM
The draw is tough (although is there really an easy draw for Marat?). Let's take it one match at a time. Marat was due for an oafish glitch for a long time, let's hope he got over it at the HC.

Good luck Marat! Win the first match!

maratski
01-14-2005, 11:51 AM
I learned to take it one match at a time. I'm looking forward to the start of the tournament and we'll see.

Action Jackson
01-14-2005, 11:52 AM
Marat is around the place, he should be training tomorrow at the site.

thelma
01-14-2005, 12:46 PM
Marat's in Fed's half :rolleyes:
Someone said he gets Moya in quaters, or maybe Haas.
:eek:
Tough draw :o Good luck, Marat! :yeah:

maratski
01-14-2005, 01:20 PM
Marat is around the place, he should be training tomorrow at the site.

Thanks for the info. :)

PennyThePenguin
01-14-2005, 03:00 PM
GWH!!! :wavey: did u manage to watch marat train? i know u were out there with peta and kristen!

Leena
01-14-2005, 03:01 PM
Marat, please win your 1st match.

I want to watch you vs. King Ivo. :)

PennyThePenguin
01-14-2005, 03:05 PM
hi leena! long time no see!!! :wavey:

Bibir
01-14-2005, 03:24 PM
Marat, please win your 1st match.

I want to watch you vs. King Ivo. :)
Marat, please win your second match too. :scared:

PennyThePenguin
01-14-2005, 03:26 PM
erm...how about this...

marat..please win all 7 matches.....

junekidd
01-14-2005, 03:30 PM
erm...how about this...

marat..please win all 7 matches.....

good idea, jiat! :yeah: you should tell him that now. ;)

Bibir
01-14-2005, 03:31 PM
erm...how about this...
marat..please win all 7 matches.....
In this case, prayers are not enough...we need magic spells and incantations! ;)

Billabong
01-14-2005, 03:54 PM
GOOOOOOO Marat:banana:!!!!!

tall_one
01-14-2005, 04:56 PM
In this case, prayers are not enough...we need magic spells and incantations! ;)
Gets wand outhttp://smileys.******************/cat/12/12_1_126.gif wingardum leveosa... oh wait, wrong spell. hmmm what was that anti-tanking spell hmmm diligentia miracula!

hope that works, if not we could always try this: http://smileys.******************/cat/10/10_1_102v.gif

EternalFlame
01-14-2005, 05:15 PM
The draw is tough (although is there really an easy draw for Marat?). Let's take it one match at a time. Marat was due for an oafish glitch for a long time, let's hope he got over it at the HC.


I really hope so. !
The draw is very tough but you never know Marat. If he feels good and confident, he can beat all those players and even Roger. We'll see.
I'm strating to get excited. Only 2 days to go now. ! :)

Meeek
01-14-2005, 05:18 PM
Gets wand outhttp://smileys.******************/cat/12/12_1_126.gif wingardum leveosa... oh wait, wrong spell. hmmm what was that anti-tanking spell hmmm diligentia miracula!

hope that works, if not we could always try this: http://smileys.******************/cat/10/10_1_102v.gif

:haha: :haha: :haha: NICKI!!! :haha: RDTSL! Oof, that's gonna hurt in the morning! :scratch:

Vass
01-14-2005, 06:31 PM
I hope Marat will be able to last as many sets as last year (I expect a similar number). Hope his fitness is alright, because without it, even if his groundies are good he'll...

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-14-2005, 08:03 PM
I hope Marat will be able to last as many sets as last year (I expect a similar number). Hope his fitness is alright, because without it, even if his groundies are good he'll...And the tiebreaks, the tiebreaks... gosh, I'm so worried. Not thinking too far ahead, not thinking too far ahead, must... resist....

maratski
01-14-2005, 08:08 PM
Nicki :haha:

PennyThePenguin
01-15-2005, 06:08 AM
NICKI!!!! I LOVE YOU!!! lol...did i ever tell you that????? :hug: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: that was a good one...wait till the THIEF sees that

PennyThePenguin
01-15-2005, 07:43 AM
ladies and gentlemen...OOP'S OUT! marat plays monday...evening session.... PERFECT! i get to watch it... IF THEY SHOW THE MATCHES ON ROD LAVER ARENA...they BETTER

Rod Laver Arena Start Time 7.30 PM


Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Samantha Stosur (AUS)
vs. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)[2]



followed by
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marat Safin (RUS)[4]
vs. Novak Djokovic (SCG)

Meeek
01-15-2005, 07:54 AM
Thanks Jiat. Ah, thats a great time. :yippee:

Bibir
01-15-2005, 08:01 AM
Gets wand outhttp://smileys.******************/cat/12/12_1_126.gif wingardum leveosa... oh wait, wrong spell. hmmm what was that anti-tanking spell hmmm diligentia miracula!

hope that works, if not we could always try this: http://smileys.******************/cat/10/10_1_102v.gif
:haha:

anti-tanking spell sounds good! ;)

http://www.sport-gallery.com/images/bigimage/marat_safin/img08.jpg

Cris
01-15-2005, 08:41 AM
:wavey: Thanks Jiat! Hope ESPN shows the match :) Go Marat!!!

Gets wand outhttp://smileys.******************/cat/12/12_1_126.gif wingardum leveosa... oh wait, wrong spell. hmmm what was that anti-tanking spell hmmm diligentia miracula!

hope that works, if not we could always try this: http://smileys.******************/cat/10/10_1_102v.gif
:haha:
Nicki :worship:

PennyThePenguin
01-15-2005, 02:01 PM
i realise i calculated wrongly..... 7.30pm there is 4.30pm here...i keep thinking we're in the same zone..pffffttt...

so....lets say maratik plays at 9.30pm. it'd be 6.30pm here...i better rush home from school then.

sol
01-15-2005, 02:48 PM
:lol: Nicki! :yeah: :hatoff:

ESPN promised a decent coverage for Latin America, Cris! :cuckoo: We'll see!

junekidd
01-15-2005, 02:56 PM
good luck on your coverage all. I am sure I could get nothing from TV when Marat is playing. :shrug:

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-15-2005, 06:01 PM
I dreamed the result of Marat's first match today, during a nap. It was Marat 7:6 4:5 ret.

No, I'm not obsessed. Nope.

maratski
01-15-2005, 07:03 PM
:lol:

The time couldn't be better. I can tape all night, quickly watch the tape, clean up and sit down for OAF time. :)

My mom will take my dad to the hospital on monday so I can watch downstairs. :cool:

RogiFan88
01-15-2005, 07:08 PM
Vamos, Marat!!

There are only 2 players I don't mind beating Rogi... and Marat's one of them!

maratski
01-15-2005, 07:23 PM
Juanca's the other right? ;)

Shadow
01-15-2005, 07:53 PM
:lol:

The time couldn't be better. I can tape all night, quickly watch the tape, clean up and sit down for OAF time. :)

My mom will take my dad to the hospital on monday so I can watch downstairs. :cool:

What time is it exactly Ilhame? Im not sure anymore, got a confused :o

maratski
01-15-2005, 07:58 PM
The matches start at 9.30 cet, but it depends on how long amélie's match will last.

PennyThePenguin
01-16-2005, 12:27 AM
ilhame...what's wrong with your dad? if u don't mind me asking

Marat's Princess
01-16-2005, 12:40 AM
I won't be able to watch the AUssie Open cause I'm on holidays right now and the house my friends I rented doesn't have TV!! :banghead: :crying2: So when I get back home in February I hope u guys will help me getting up to date with all Marat's statistics, photos, interviews, etc...plz!!! :bounce:

Marat's Princess
01-16-2005, 12:42 AM
if u want (and have time) u can send me some stuff to mary_bonjovi@yahoo.com.ar

CassL
01-16-2005, 03:39 AM
Okay, guys, I just read some match reports of Djokovic, who is supposed to play Marat first round, and supposedly, he was really impressive. He has a solid baseline game and is confortable on Rebound Ace. Now, I'm getting really worried because Marat should be able to blow him off the court, but then after those Hopman Cup matches... :rolleyes: :scared:

maratski
01-16-2005, 09:02 AM
ilhame...what's wrong with your dad? if u don't mind me asking

He will get a shoulder surgery. It's not that bad though. He'll stay in the hospital for 2 or 3 days and will rest up at home for at least 6 weeks.

Shadow
01-16-2005, 10:26 AM
The matches start at 9.30 cet, but it depends on how long amélie's match will last.

thanks!

Shadow
01-16-2005, 10:55 AM
Open- Safin happy for low-key Open preparation

MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Two-time Australian Open finalist Marat Safin is happy that most of the focus for this year's tournament has settled on defending champion Roger Federer and local hope Lleyton Hewitt.
Beaten 7-6 6-4 6-2 by Swiss world number one Federer in last year's final, Safin has had a low-key build-up in his return to Melbourne after a barnstorming finish to 2004.

Fourth seed Safin scored back-to-back Masters series titles in Madrid and Paris to finish 2004 but has arrived for the Melbourne grand slam with little recent form of which to boast after losing his three Hopman Cup matches in Perth last week.



He is happy to remain in the shadow Federer and Hewitt, who crushed Czech qualifier Ivo Minar to win the Sydney International on Saturday.

"I have no problem with that ... Time will show who is going to be in the final. That's why I don't have any pressure," Safin said on Sunday.

"The people, they are putting them under pressure because everybody is expecting ... them to be in the final. It's great. Even better for me," the 2000 U.S. Open champion said.

Safin, 24, defied even his own expectations by reaching last year's final despite being unseeded, with his confidence at an all-time low and his ranking at 86 after a long battle with wrist and shoulder injuries in 2003.

"It's a completely different situation right now because last year it was the time that nobody expected anything from me," he said.

"Basically I was starting from zero. And now I'm back in the top five. I would like to move on, climb up a little bit higher in the rankings," he said.

Safin also reached the Australia Open final in 2002, when he was beaten by Swede Thomas Johansson, and he acknowledged there are greater expectations of him after his two final appearances.

"It's a new season, new beginning," he said. "So I try to do as best as you can even though it would be great to be in the final again.

"I would love to repeat it, even do better," he said.

While Federer and Hewitt both won warm-up tournaments in the past week, the Swiss in the Kooyong Classic, Safin opted for a more low-key approach by practising on Melbourne Park's Rebound Ace courts.

"I've been doing this for the past three years, and I like the idea to take this week off, you know, to prepare yourself, practise here in the facilities," Safin said.

Safin opens his Melbourne campaign on centre court on Monday night against Serbian qualifier Novak Djokovic, whom the big Russian described as a future top 10 prospect.

"He's going to be a good player," Safin said.

"He's a big player, young ... it's going to be a tough one."

Shadow
01-16-2005, 10:56 AM
Brain and brawn make Safin a major threat


There were moments during that marathon tie-break between Roger Federer and Marat Safin at the Masters Cup in Houston when one was tempted to believe that arguably the greatest tennis player in history really did have a rival. Then one suddenly remembered one was talking about Safin, the great under-achiever, the legendary head case. No, Federer had no rivals... unless, of course, the Russian really was a changed man.

Marat Safin
Quarter pouder: Andy Roddick may face Henman in the last eight

It would take a brave man, if not someone more crazy than Safin himself, to say that with any certainty, but there have been signs over the past five months that he is finally getting his head around the fact that it takes more than just outrageous talent to win a slam.

Ever since, as a fearless 20-year-old, he destroyed the great Pete Sampras in straight sets to win the 2000 US Open, the tennis world has been waiting for the big Muscovite to add brain to brawn. He has one of the sharpest brains on the circuit - and one of the wittiest - but it has taken him a long time to work out that smashing rackets and generally getting down on everyone, including himself, is not conducive to keeping one's mind on the job.

After taking what amounted to a sabbatical in 2003, ostensibly to clear up injuries but essentially, one feels, to rekindle his appetite, he returned at last year's Australian Open hungry and dangerous. With minimal preparation and fitness and a ranking to match, he powered his way through the field to the final where, inevitably, his lack of condition told against Federer.

Safin found consolidating such success difficult and, after an exasperating six or seven months, turned to a man who had experience in harnessing a suspect temperament to unquestionable talent: Peter Lundgren, Federer's old coach and confidante. People forget that while last year's three-time slam champion may play like an angel he did not always behave like one, he was not always the calm, collected individual he is now.

"I've tried to calm Marat down," Lundgren said. "I've told him, `Don't try to break a racket for no reason, it tells the other guy you're upset'. He's changed a lot. This is why he won in Madrid and Paris [two Masters events]. If I was playing him, I would try to make him upset. If you get him upset your own confidence will go up."

There is little else to give an opponent encouragement. Safin has an excellent all-round game, but, as we were reminded watching him defeat Britain's Tim Henman in straight sets in Houston, it's his power that sets him apart. "Roger has touch and feel - and strength, too - but Marat is really powerful," Lundgren said

Had the pendulum in that 20-18 second-set tie-break in Texas swung his way instead of Federer's, Safin might well have gone on to score an important psychological victory. As it is, the world's No 1 is under no illusions about the threat Safin poses. "Marat is one of the few guys whom he really has a lot of respect for," Lundgren said.

But his old protégé, whom he amicably split with just prior to last year's Australian Open, is still the man to beat, he admitted. "Roger right now is tough to beat, but he's not unbeatable," he said. "I have to put Roger way favourite [to win the Australian Open] but there are a couple of guys who can do damage and Marat is one of them."

Since arriving in Melbourne a week ago the Swede has been working with Safin on "basically everything because a top player needs to develop his game every year. When you do well, as Marat did last year, people study you, they watch you on TV. You need to come with something new because next year everybody wants to kick your arse. That's Roger's strength - he knows how to keep developing".

Lundgren enjoys working with Safin. "He's very open, he confronts you," he said. "Roger was no problem, but he'd just suck it in whereas if Marat doesn't like to hear what I'm saying, he says so. But I'll tell him whether he likes it or not.

"He's a very interesting young man. He reads a lot, watches a lot of movies, he's always keeping himself busy. He knows everything about food, too - the guy's amazing and he's not yet 25. He's nice to autograph hunters, he's nice to everybody."

By Lundgren's own admission, his seven-year partnership with Federer had become routine and, while he was initially shaken by the player's decision to end it, he fully understands it. "This is what happens with the kind of relationship we had, we were so close," he said. "We did everything together. We ate together, we went out together, we even played PlayStation together. Now it's good for him to carry on with something else and I'm happy to be doing something else."

PennyThePenguin
01-16-2005, 11:03 AM
thanks andrea!!!! :hug: "llegendary headcase" lol

PennyThePenguin
01-16-2005, 11:08 AM
sorry to hear abt ur dad ilhame... hope he gets well soon :hug:

junekidd
01-16-2005, 11:50 AM
thanks andrea. :worship: reading practice time for me now. ;)

MariaV
01-16-2005, 12:27 PM
Thanks for posting the articles Andrea! :)

JuanChuffy007
01-16-2005, 12:32 PM
Thanks a lot for the articles Shadow!

"He's a very interesting young man. He reads a lot, watches a lot of movies, he's always keeping himself busy. He knows everything about food, too - the guy's amazing and he's not yet 25. He's nice to autograph hunters, he's nice to everybody."

Hhehehe that's Marat :D

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-16-2005, 12:48 PM
Safin looking to breeze through early rounds

Former US Open champion Marat Safin says he is hoping to move through the early rounds of the Australian Open without dropping a set.

The fourth-seeded Russian is determined to avoid a repeat of last year when a series of draining five-setters left him exhausted by the time of the final where he lost to Roger Federer.

Safin, who faces Serbian qualifier Novak Djokovic on Monday, played a record-equalling 30 sets spanning over 21 hours last year before making the grand slam decider.

The 24-year-old said he had learned his lesson and would seek to be more clinical in the early rounds of the Open.

"I know that if I want to maintain myself, to give myself a chance to win the tournament or just get a little bit closer to the final, I will have to make my first rounds as fast as possible," Safin said.

"If you want to do well, you have to keep it short."

Safin has hauled himself back to top form after an injury-ravaged 2003.

Although he struggled to immediately build on his stronger-than-expected showing at last year's Australian Open, he finished the season on a high.

Safin reeled off tournament wins in Beijing, Madrid and Paris to claim a season-ending world ranking of four.

He said he was happy that the pre-tournament spotlight had focused largely on top seed Federer and Australian third seed Lleyton Hewitt.

"Time will show who's going to be in the final," Safin said. "That's why I don't have any pressure. I put pressure on myself because I want to do well.

"But it's a different kind of pressure when people are talking all around, when people expect them to be in the final. It's even better for me."

Safin also spoke about the exploits of Russian players in the women's game, saying he had not expected to see them dominate last year, when they won three out of four grand slam titles.

"It's surprising that they are doing so well," he said. "But it's great for Russia."

Safin said that the much-maligned glamour girl Anna Kournikova deserved some of the praise for the Russian domination of the women's game.

"Anna opened the road, so we have to give her credit," he said. "She brought the competition to Russia and everybody followed her."

-AFP

Shadow
01-16-2005, 03:41 PM
Thanks for the article :)

Shadow
01-16-2005, 03:44 PM
here are some others:


The Age

Forgotten man Safin won't be quiet for long

With all the attention elsewhere, the Russian is playing his own game. Karen Lyon reports.

The thought of Marat Safin cast as the forgotten man of the Australian Open appears implausible. But with Australian fingers crossed for a Lleyton Hewitt-Roger Federer final, the colourful Russian's role in the build-up to the tournament has been as a support act, at best.

Twice a beaten finalist here, Safin should be in the mix for all discussions regarding the final Sunday of the tournament and yet he has barely rated a mention. The lack of limelight has not troubled the No. 4 seed, who has been quietly going about his business in Melbourne during the past week.

"I have no problem with that," Safin said yesterday of the constant talk of a Hewitt-Federer final. "Time will show who is going to be in the final."

Safin comes into the first grand slam of the year as the fourth-favourite and last year's beaten finalist but says he feels no pressure to perform for his critics because of all the attention surrounding Federer and Hewitt.

"That's why I don't have any pressure," he said. "I have pressure for myself that I want to do well, but it's a different kind of pressure when the people are talking all around, you know.

"During the last two weeks, there have been two weeks of tournaments, and they both won a tournament, and they're playing great tennis. Of course, the people, they expect them to do well. But also for them, no matter how great you are, there is a long way to go to the final."

Safin, drawn to meet Federer in the semi-finals, believes the extra pressure of expectation of the world No. 1 and the Australian will help their rivals.

"The people, they are putting them under pressure because everybody is expecting them to be in the final. It's great. Even better for me."

Safin arrived in Australia early in the new year. He delayed his trip to Perth for the Hopman Cup so he could remain in Moscow for New Year's Eve, where his career was honoured by local officials. His form in Perth was rusty but of no concern to him. Rather than play another tournament, he has chosen to spend time practising rather than competing.

This year, he came to Australia confident. Last year, Safin arrived in Melbourne with his career under a cloud. Injury had seen him off the tour for much of the year and his ranking had plummeted to 66. Things have now come full circle.

Last year, he laboured through the draw, forced to fight in long matches that sapped his energy; this year he is hoping for an easier run through to the second week.

"I was surprised I even got to the finals, no matter how I got there . . .When you aren't playing matches at all, been injured, basically for eight months, didn't have any matches on my back.

"I know that I have to, if I want to maintain myself, to give myself a chance to win this tournament or just get a little bit closer to the final, I will have to just make my first rounds as fast as I can." His first priority is to get through the opening round.

Tonight he will play qualifier Novak Djokovic, a player he knows only a little about. "He's a young guy, upcoming," said Safin. "He's going to be a very good player."

Photo : Marat shouting : "Russian Marat Safin has a message for the crowd at his Vodafone Arena practice session yesterday."

Shadow
01-16-2005, 03:45 PM
Safin aims to take it speedy

WHILE most other Australian Open aspirants were sweating it out in tournaments at either Olympic Park in Sydney or Kooyong last week, Marat Safin was preparing in his own way on the largely dormant courts of Melbourne Park.

Safin played the Hopman Cup in Perth at the start of the month and has not hit a ball in anger since.

"I'm practising, working hard, preparing myself slowly, you know, taking life easy," Safin said by way of explanation.

But while Safin knows that the time for relaxing ends abruptly tonight, when he takes to Rod Laver Arena for his opening match against Serbian teenager Novak Djokovic, he hopes to be still taking things relatively easy - easier than he did last year, at any rate.

There is an old adage in tennis that Grand Slams can only be lost, not won, in the first week. And by the time Safin met Roger Federer in last year's final, he had endured a staggering 22 sets including consecutive five-set marathons against Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi.

Although gracious after his lop-sided defeat to the soon-to-be-crowned world No.1, Safin was the first to admit that his gruelling road to the final had left him in no shape to make a genuine contest of it.

So now, with a relatively injury-free 12 months behind him, Safin hopes to make quicker work of his early matches.

"If I want to maintain myself, to give myself a chance to win the tournament or to just get a little bit closer to the final, I will have to just make my first rounds as fast as I can," Safin said yesterday.

"We will have to see. The other players, they want to win. The guy I'm playing in the first round, he has nothing to lose. He'll be fighting. I don't know what he is going to come up with.

"But of course, if you want to do well, you have to keep it short."

Unfortunately for Safin, brevity has never been a part of his make-up, whether on the court or holding court off it.

For all his immense tennis talents - talents that were most recently on display in last year's Masters Cup final in Houston when he stretched Federer like few players had all year - Safin rarely plays a match without gifting an opponent a look-in at some point.

Last year's tournament is remembered as the start of Safin's career revival after a long battle with injury, but his run could have ended so easily in the third round when he found himself down two sets to one against American Todd Martin.

Banking on Safin's form is as risky as hedging on the Russian rouble - one tends to fluctuate as wildly as the other.

And his first round match is certainly no gimme. Djokovic is only 17 and at 190cm and 75kg, appears as likely to be blown off court by a stiff breeze as he is to put the wind up the towering Russian.

But if Safin has never seen Djokovic play, he has heard enough about the Belgrade-born qualifier to know that good judges have earmarked him as a future top-10 player.

Djokovic is also no stranger to Melbourne Park, having won through to the semi-finals of last year's junior championships.

"He is a young guy, up and coming," Safin said. "He is going to come up with the great shots, great tennis and he is going to go for it.

"But I also know that the first rounds are always tough and if you can manage to pass through them, then life will be a little bit easier."

maratski
01-16-2005, 03:57 PM
He wants to make his first rounds pass as fast as possible. :tape:

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-16-2005, 04:50 PM
Yes, and that's the single most ecouraging thing since the HC disaster.

Shadow
01-16-2005, 06:06 PM
http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/v4/l0/multimedia_lng0.shtml

new video interview of Marat "Safin returns to his roots"

Bibir
01-16-2005, 06:17 PM
Thank you Andrea! :kiss:

It's nice to hear him again! :D

OMG! This comment : "Third time is the lucky one" :haha:

I hope.

maratski
01-16-2005, 06:21 PM
Thanks andrea!

TaTaaa
01-16-2005, 07:31 PM
Thank you Andrea! :kiss:

It's nice to hear him again! :D

OMG! This comment : "Third time is the lucky one" :haha:

I hope.

he shouldnt say that!!! it doesnt brings luck!!! lol...but i hope he is right!!! :bounce:

Aurora
01-16-2005, 07:54 PM
He wants to make his first rounds pass as fast as possible. :tape:mmmyeahn, makes me :tape: too. what if the it doesn't turn out to be fast, Marat? what will you do then?

I remain faithfully hopeful though. allez!

Damita
01-16-2005, 09:32 PM
Yes, and that's the single most ecouraging thing since the HC disaster.
so true! sounds like he finally learned something! :smash:... well, i hope so

Damita
01-16-2005, 09:41 PM
he shouldnt say that!!! it doesnt brings luck!!! lol...but i hope he is right!!! :bounce:
he shouldn't indeed. cuz one could also say: bad things come in threes :unsure:...hmmm, shut up Steph, shut up :tape: stay positive! :p

maratski
01-17-2005, 08:18 AM
A funny Marat video http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/interactive/tv/20050116.html

Crystal702
01-17-2005, 08:26 AM
Good luck, Marat!

I don't have the luxury of watching the match live. But, I'm listening to AO coverage on BBC Radio Player. Amelie Mauresmo is playing right now, but the announcers have said that Marat's match is coming up next.

Here's a link for those of you who want it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/sportsextra/schedule.shtml

Kiara
01-17-2005, 08:28 AM
Good luck Maratski :hug:

maratski
01-17-2005, 08:29 AM
I listened to a bit of that match on AO radio and bad gambler will keeps us updated in the scoring thread till Marat's match will be shown on Eurosport.

Kiara
01-17-2005, 08:31 AM
:confused:
you mean it's not being shown straight after Amelie's?

Damita
01-17-2005, 09:06 AM
:confused:
you mean it's not being shown straight after Amelie's?
nope. Myke SMSed me and said they were broadcasting Haas/Malisse

maratski
01-17-2005, 09:16 AM
Haas/Malisse and then safin. :fiery:

sol
01-17-2005, 10:35 AM
Marat def. Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 :yeah:
Well done! :D
Good luck in the next round!

maratski
01-17-2005, 10:39 AM
He played well! He was in control of the match and hit some nice winners. Djokovic gave it his all, fought hard, but made too many errors. It was a good first round for Marat, for once he didn't waste too much time on court, although he did make a few errors in the beginning of the second set.

Bibir
01-17-2005, 10:42 AM
http://www.hippochri.de/images/hippoLuke_Eiwalker.gif

sol
01-17-2005, 10:42 AM
Thanks for the report, Ilhame :hug: We didn't have coverage of this match here.

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-17-2005, 10:51 AM
Thanks for the report. I missed the match on TV.

Well done Marat!

Vass
01-17-2005, 10:53 AM
Despite not so good serving (serve % and aces) and errors, GOOD JOB MARAT!