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01-08-2005, 12:49 PM
you know you want it, Marat...

SO WIN IT IN 2005!!!!! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/smileys/b_whip.gif

01-31-2005, 05:51 AM
good luck Marat :D :bounce:

02-07-2005, 08:35 AM
Yeah, Marat will be the winner!! :worship:
GO MARAT!!! :dance:

02-07-2005, 10:57 AM
I want to see a Marat-Roger final. Man, that would be awesome.


02-07-2005, 01:20 PM
Good luck in Dubai, Marat!
I think he has good chances of winning the whole tourney *thumbs up* :)

emily huh, those banana-smileys are getting freaky o.O

02-07-2005, 02:13 PM
hahaha yeah...you should see some of them!! omg...

02-07-2005, 03:38 PM
Vass will probably be there? if he is, i am counting on him to kick marats ass if he doesnt win the title :yeah:

02-07-2005, 08:41 PM
I want to see a Marat-Roger final. Man, that would be awesome.

Me too. AO made me some kind of addict! :yippee:

02-07-2005, 10:40 PM
Go Marat! :yeah:

02-08-2005, 09:49 AM
Go Marat .Please win this title :worship::worship:

02-08-2005, 10:34 AM

You gonna have it all. :D Best luck to Marat in Dubai! :banana: :hearts:

Rock'n'Roll MY BABY!!! :rocker: I'll keep my eyes on you.

02-08-2005, 03:21 PM
:wavey: I think he will be as brave as he was in Australia!!!
:worship: ***Vamos Marat, el mejor*** :worship:
marat :smooch: & I

02-09-2005, 05:54 AM
All the best to Marat! Play well, win it and I know you can do it! Vamos Marat! :)

02-09-2005, 04:30 PM
GO MARAT ,plz beat Roger again!

02-09-2005, 06:20 PM



:bounce: :woohoo: :yippee:

Hold the trophy high in Dubai!

:cool: You Da Man!! :cool:

02-12-2005, 03:10 PM
Marat,come on!!!!

02-14-2005, 12:27 PM
Marat, can you beat Roger again?

Try your best to win the title. Come on.

02-14-2005, 01:31 PM
Marat, can you beat Roger again?

Try your best to win the title. Come on. I can't wait to see him beat Fed again!!! Do it again Safin!!!!!

02-16-2005, 12:10 PM
Fight Marat!

02-16-2005, 02:58 PM
Good luck Marat!

02-16-2005, 08:14 PM
Marat, can you beat Roger again?

Try your best to win the title. Come on.

Well, I'm sure he can, but will he?

02-17-2005, 06:44 AM
haha good point

Action Jackson
02-17-2005, 06:46 AM
Em, when do you leave?

I'll PM that message to you tonight.

02-17-2005, 06:50 AM
Just go...go...go...

We support you!!!

02-17-2005, 05:15 PM
When does Marat leave for Dubai???

02-18-2005, 12:03 AM
go Marat go!!!!

02-19-2005, 02:06 AM
Boy better bring this shit home i :D 'm so excited for some Marat action gosh the Aus Open was so far away!!

02-19-2005, 03:37 PM
Safin The Entertainer

- Big hitting Russian ready for Dubai Men's Open -

Dubai, UAE, February 18, 2005: The Dubai Tennis Championships will feature not just one of the giants of the game, but one of its greatest characters.

Marat Safin believes it is important to give something extra to his fans, and to do more than just go through the motions on court while ignoring those who have paid to watch him. Sometimes, it gets him into trouble, and he has drawn condemnation from some quarters for his on-court antics.

He even briefly lowered his shorts on Court Central at Roland Garros last year. He had some people choking on their caviar, but Marat had hit a good shot and "wanted to celebrate".

"Marat Safin is a larger than life character," said Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free, owners and organizers of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

"He is certainly a crowd favourite in Dubai and we are greatly looking forward to his return to our tournament this year."

The criticism he sometimes receives is okay with him, though. He has the spectators who have paid their money and want to be entertained, in mind.

"Being on the court opens up the real character, what you have deep inside," he says. "I like to perform, and I understand because I am a person who also used to watch tennis. And I know how people feel and I know what they want to see.
"First of all I'm performing for myself, but in a way I am performing also for the people who have paid money. You have to respect the spectators."

"You can do bad things, you can break rackets, shout, whatever you do, but you have to do it in the right way without hurting the spectator, because he is the one giving you the job opportunity, being on the court and earning some money."

"If nobody watches there is no sponsor, and if there's no sponsor there is no job. So you have to give to the crowd, the spectators. They can tell you to move your legs, whatever, because the spectator's allowed to. But some players don't get it."

In the same way, the fact that he is a celebrity, especially at home in Moscow, might make him beware of what he does when he goes out on the town. People are watching, but it's not going to stop him having fun. There are some players who hide in the shadows to avoid attention, but Marat doesn't care what people might think of him.

"I'm the way I am. I'm not going to change because somebody saw me somewhere and doesn't like the way I am," he insists. "There's no problem. There are enough people that like me the way I am. I like what I'm doing and know what I'm doing, and I'm old enough to decide what is good and what is bad for me. If anyone has a problem with that they should keep it to themselves.
"There's nothing I would change about myself, although I can improve myself. Believe me, there are a bunch of people who tried to change me, and it didn't work."

"When I was 18 they told me that I would regret things when I'm 24, 25. But I don't regret one thing in my life, because I know what I'm doing. I like it, I'm enjoying it, and I don't care about the people who think I'm doing the wrong things. I don't care. I like what I'm doing."

The past year has seen Safin re-establish himself as a top contender, after a 2003 season that was ravaged by injury, particularly to his left wrist. He certainly came back with a bang, beating players like Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick to reach the 2004 Australian Open final. After starting the year at 77 he was able to climb back towards the top of the rankings, and that is one of the proudest achievements of his career.

"The biggest moment of my career was probably winning the US Open, but the second was to come back this past year," he said. "I started the year at 77 and I'm back to the top 10, so that's also not a bad thing. After being injured so long it is really difficult to get back in the top 10."

As for the time he was forced to spend away from the game? Well, there is a life outside of tennis.

"I didn't care. I enjoyed it," he insists. "Players should be able to enjoy being off the court. It's a big part of life, the tennis, everyone understands that. It's a job, but you also have to be able to enjoy life off the court.

"I'm sorry, but when you quit tennis it's over. Now I'm doing the best I can and I'm trying. You have good weeks and bad weeks, but I'm trying. I have no regrets. But I'm having a great time off the court also and that's why I'm happy. I'm a happy person.

"There have been low points, a lot of them, but you have to go through them to appreciate the great achievements of your career. If you don't have low points you can't realise and appreciate the good parts of your job.

"I've had a great career. Hopefully I will have achieved some things that I would like to achieve and I'll look back and say yes, it was a great time and now it's time to move on."

"Just give yourself the opportunity, give yourself the chance. You have to be happy with what you have achieved and don't take any notice if somebody tells you that you should have achieved much more. You have achieved what you have achieved. Nobody can take that away and you have a clear conscience."

Another highlight of Safin's career, of course, was beating Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final last month, and then winning his second Grand Slam title with victory over hometown favourite Lleyton Hewitt.

Lifting another trophy, so long after he had made his breakthrough by beating Pete Sampras for the US Open crown back in 2000, lifted a monkey off his back.

"Yeah, it's just in a way more of a psychological thing," he said. "I have to forget about the final in 2000 because everything came so easy and it came in the most unexpected way. Then I lost two finals (at the Australian Open), and you start to have doubts with yourself, like could I really do this or not?

"It was the third time in a (Australian Open) final, you're playing against Hewitt, you beat Roger Federer. Basically you have a huge chance to beat him. Then I just got so nervous, so uptight because it was the last match. You understand the situation. It's the last match, you have to give your best, and I didn't want to lose it because then it's like nobody cares about the finalist basically. So, for me, that win was just a kind of a relief."

There had been talk, when he failed to follow up his US Open triumph, that he was wasting his talent. Too much partying, not enough practice. Rackets were smashed as he lost matches by losing control of his frustration when things turned against him.

"The people speak, you listen," he said. "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, you know. I have a talent, I'm a good player, but not good enough to be where I want to be. They say that's who you are, and it's the maximum you can get. It's a little bit disappointing for a person like me to hear that, because I really started to believe that's who I am."

To help him keep on track, indeed to reach another, more consistent level, last year Safin took on the man who had guided Roger Federer to his first Wimbledon title, Peter Lundgren.

"He just told me really to believe in myself," said Safin. "I'd never believed in myself before at all, until I started to work with him. We worked really hard. We communicate really well. He understood who I am and I understood what he wants from me. It took us basically four or five months before the results came. But then once the results came, they are there. They are continuing to come.
"He makes me believe that I can be a good player and I don't have so much doubt about myself, about my tennis. I am a little bit more calm and more confident."

Safin will hope to take over not just Federer's Australian Open crown, but his Dubai Tennis Championships title when play gets underway on Monday.

The Dubai Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, UAE.

:worship: :worship: :worship: CANT WAIT!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

02-19-2005, 04:43 PM
Good Luck to Marat :yeah:

Thanks for posting the article Nimomunz!

02-19-2005, 05:10 PM
Udachi Marat.Allez Marat.Davai Marat.Go Marat.Vamos Marat :bigclap::bounce:

02-20-2005, 09:59 AM
He will play Kiefer in the first round and Ollie later :eek:. Not a good draw at all.:rolleyes:

But you can do it Marat:kiss:.

02-20-2005, 01:58 PM

02-20-2005, 05:47 PM
Good Luck Marat! :bounce:

02-21-2005, 04:56 AM
you can do it!
after that lengthy vacation, you have no excuse to lose marat!

02-22-2005, 10:32 AM
Good Luck Marat! :bounce:

Cris, your avatar is very pretty! :worship:

02-22-2005, 11:08 AM
Cris, your avatar is very pretty! :worship:

Can't agree more... :drool:
I've been staring your avatar too, Cris....
He's just perfect when he smiles........ :inlove:

02-22-2005, 12:31 PM
Thanks Haj and Adele! :wavey: :D
Haj, I love yours :cool:

02-22-2005, 01:13 PM
Marat, I wish you can beat Roger again^_^:bigclap::bigclap:

Marat's Princess
02-22-2005, 03:39 PM
C'mon Marat!!!!!! what's happening?? u can beat him so focus for God's sake!!!

Marat's Princess
02-22-2005, 03:41 PM
I hate not having tv coverage!!!! I'm following the match through a live score page that sucks... :mad: :fiery:

02-22-2005, 07:27 PM

02-22-2005, 08:31 PM
OAF Strikes again

02-22-2005, 09:36 PM
Thanks for the article, Nimomunz. :hug:

Cris, I agree with everyone else. That avatar is just :hearts:

Sorry about the first round loss, Marat. :(

Don't give up! Just keep giving your all!

:D I believe in you! :D

02-22-2005, 09:38 PM
Cris, your avatar is very pretty! :worship:
Agreed! :yeah:
Marat :sad: :sad: :sad:

02-23-2005, 04:20 PM
Thanks jmp and Thelma! :D

Marat :sad: :fiery: