10-16-2002, 01:56 AM
I watched the match on tape just some minutes ago.
Marat lost not because Calleri made him do something extra or anything. This lost, unlikely last week vs Guga, was totally Marat´s fault.
He started lazy and slow, as Agustin got an early break. Safin managed to come back and take it to tiebreak, which he led 4-0, before he gave it away on a 8-6.
In the second set, once again he got a big lead, 3-0 and then 4-1 and then got broke on 4-2 and after 40-15 lead.
He broke a racket, complained about the calls (some of them were indeed terrible) and even had a very loud argument with Romano Grilloti (sp?) the chair umpire.
Very sad loss, I just hope he gets a way to bounce back, since this part of the season should be good for him, and not a struggle.
What a shame, his draw was quite good as well.
Anyway, we now have to wait yet another week... :sad:
thanks for the report hitman. too bad for marat. :(
10-16-2002, 06:32 AM
Thanks for the match report hitman! Bad luck for Marat...again! :( Well he says it wasn't physical or mental but just about two points. But still its disturbing the way he keeps squandering all his opportunities. Sounds like he was in a foul mood the whole match too. I wonder what is going on with him?:sad: Maybe he just didn't like the fact he had to play so late? Who knows. Its history now. On to St. Petersburg where hopefully he'll have better luck.
10-16-2002, 08:24 AM
OMG! :eek: :(
10-16-2002, 09:10 AM
Poor Marat :(
:eek: :eek: @ that pic.
10-16-2002, 09:33 AM
poor Marat :( :sad:
better luck next time.
10-16-2002, 08:01 PM
maybe the short break will do him good - cos he needs some damn good results now!
10-16-2002, 08:44 PM
An interview with:
MODERATOR: Questions for Marat in English or Spanish.
Q. Can you talk about the match.
MARAT SAFIN: I had chances in the first set. In the second one, I was 5‑4 in the tiebreak. It went to 5‑4. He played an incredible ace there. He played a very good volley. One ace and one volley, those two points, I was overwhelmed by those two points, especially coming from him, because he doesn't have such a good volley.
The match was taken away from me. It's quite hard for me to take this defeat. Also the surface is a bit strange. I can't figure out how the ball bounces. I played quite flat, and this ball flies up a lot.
In the second set, I really think I played better than him, but he had those two shots that were decisive. If we had gone to a third set, I think I would have been able to have won the match, but it's too late now.
In the last weeks, I've been playing quite well. It's a pity I had to face Calleri in the first round. It was unfortunate for me. Although, in the second set, I should have won that second set. The third set would have come easier. Didn't give me the chance to go to a third.
Q. What do you think about your position for the Masters Cup?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, we are all very tight. It all depends on the last tournaments.
Q. Do you really want to go to Shanghai?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, of course I would like it. Well, if you go to Shanghai, you would also like to win Shanghai. It's not only the fact of going to Shanghai or earning money because you are there.
Q. You've been all over the globe. Week after week must take its toll on you.
MARAT SAFIN: It's every time, it's getting more difficult. Every week there is more deceptions, you know. First of all, I think it starts with Hong Kong. I arrive, I was completely dead on the court in the second round. I was dizzy, I had no more energy. I flew back to Moscow. I had a few days to recover.
Then I lost in semifinals to Mathieu, which was a nice match, but still the way I was playing, I should have won, because I was playing at home. Everything was set perfectly to win this tournament.
Then I had the tournament in Lyon, lost in the quarterfinals to Kuerten 7‑6 in the third. Today I lost 7‑6, 7‑6. So I'm losing already three tiebreaks in a row. It's getting on my nerves. I'm disappointed, you know, because I'm very close to Shanghai. I'm playing much better. I'm trying to do well. But unfortunately, luck is not on my side right now.
Q. Is it possible to have a week where you don't play and recharge your batteries?
MARAT SAFIN: Now I have a few days off, but I have only two tournaments left this year, and I will have to do well if I want to get into Shanghai. But I'm not sure because everybody's playing well.
Ferrero, he won this match today, he's just right behind me. Henman, it's going to be tough. Now I'm basically out in the first round. They're going to get closer and closer, even pass me. Not so many chances to get there.
Q. In the end, Davis Cup is bound to catch up with you, you had a tremendous performance there.
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, Davis Cup, I mean, but it was a long time ago. I had enough time to recover. I've been playing great for the last few weeks. Just I think is not more physical, is not more mental, it's just something, two points, it's luck.
I need to start to win in tiebreaks. I'm not having them. I have to wait and I have to wait and I have to wait until it will come.
Q. The match was so close. What do you think made the difference between you two?
MARAT SAFIN: I told you before, there was these two points that made the difference. I knew that the match was going to be hard because I lost against him some years ago in Kitzbuhel, and I know how he plays. I know he hits the ball hard. He's a brave player. He serves well.
Anyway, if I had won the second set, or even the first one when I was 4‑1 up ‑‑ and also in the tiebreak I was 5‑4, there were several times where I should have turned it around.
It's a question of luck. But, well, what can I do? We could speak about the match for a long time, but I lost.
Q. You hit really risky shots.
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, it's true, I took risks. I played some great points. But what can I do now?
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10-16-2002, 09:56 PM
:( :( :(
I still Luy you Marat!! :drool:
10-16-2002, 10:31 PM
I still loving you too Marat!
10-16-2002, 11:20 PM
He didnt break that racquet throwing it, btw... He threw and it got fissured. He played a point I guess, and then broke it on his knee. And got a warning.
And yes, his mood was bad. He argued a lot with Romano. :(
10-17-2002, 06:28 PM
I still love you Marat..Forever
10-21-2002, 05:48 AM
And now he has St. Petersburg to look forward to (which is kicking off today). A very good result here would definitely give him a boost of confidence which I hope would propel him to win more and end the year with a bang!:)
Vamos Marat! I believe in you.
10-21-2002, 06:35 AM
Good luck Marat in St. Petersburg! :D
Take advantage of your draw.