Funny, funny Marat....

11-04-2002, 05:13 PM
after winning Paris:

Q. Fabrice Santoro said before the match that this final was going to be the No. 1 player in the world against the best player in the world. What do you think about that?

MARAT SAFIN: Thanks, Fabrice. Thanks very much. I still love him too ‑ very much.
He's even better, he beat me six times (laughter).

11-04-2002, 05:27 PM
he's really got a wicked sense of humour, this guy... :)

11-04-2002, 06:29 PM
Marat :p

11-04-2002, 06:34 PM
LOL :) Crazy fella'

11-04-2002, 08:36 PM
lol, he has the best quotes ;)

Ma. Estefania
11-04-2002, 09:08 PM
I agree!!! Je je, his quotes are definitely the best!!!
I love that one in which he answers "Something" je.

11-04-2002, 10:04 PM
Cute! :D

I also like this one from Marat:

"Q. Will Yevgeny actually retire if you win the Davis Cup?

MARAT SAFIN: That is the question without any answer. I cannot give you the answer. He says yes, but, you know, he has like seven Fridays in a week."


11-05-2002, 07:55 PM
This one was in ACE magazine

Of course!" he blurts out, when asked if he considers himself a ladies' man.
"I'm not gay! Find me one normal guy who doesn't like women's company. I think it's good. It's natural. You cannot fight against nature, right?"

:D :D

11-05-2002, 08:05 PM
Marat :D

Some classics :)
he's got a pretty great list of replies :D

11-05-2002, 08:19 PM
LMAO! Marat is a class clown! I love his humor!

11-05-2002, 08:21 PM for Marat!

Ma. Estefania
11-05-2002, 08:27 PM
His qoutes and his sense of humour are just 2 of the reasons that I like him.....and that's why he rocks!

11-06-2002, 09:46 AM
And that accent :D :D :D, even if I didn't understand what he said the way he delivers it makes it funny for me :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

I find men with a sense of humor sexy :D :D :D. MARAT!!! :drool: :drool: :drool:

King Aaron
11-06-2002, 12:07 PM
lol, he's very good for the people who are down. great humor!!

11-06-2002, 02:08 PM
Yeah, quite the character

11-06-2002, 06:18 PM
:D :D

11-09-2002, 11:46 AM i want a guy like Marat in my house!! or even the real Marat!! ;) Funny, sexy, hot, handsome, smart, rich...!!! All we want in a guy!! :kiss: Marat!!

11-09-2002, 01:20 PM
I found this hilarious:

During a phone interview...
Marat: Lady, can you speak up a little bit -- Indianapolis is a little far from Europe, so I can't hear you.

11-09-2002, 08:21 PM
Also from the atp interview

Q. His forehand and backhand, do you think are they the best in tennis or is there someone better?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I think -- Hewitt, what is good, his complete game. He has everything, you know. But he doesn't have the best forehand. The best forehand, I don't know who has at the moment. Ferrero maybe. Federer I think is the best forehand. One-hand backhand type thing is Kuerten. Tommy Haas is great backhand, one-hand. And two-hands backhand I think Kafelnikov, Agassi. And how to say this one? The Russian one, doesn't have a bad one also. What is his name, the young one, the tall one? This guy, you know (laughter)?

Q. I'm not sure which player that is.

MARAT SAFIN: The one not playing too bad. He beat once Sampras in the finals of US Open. Do you know him (laughter)? Safin, maybe Safin? I mean, I don't know, I consider myself I don't have a bad backhand. Not super, but I'm working on it.

:D :D

Good luck in Shanghai :kiss: :kiss:

11-09-2002, 08:56 PM
Marat :D :D :D

11-09-2002, 09:47 PM
Lol Maybe Dinara would like to exchange her brother on mine?:p

11-09-2002, 10:01 PM
I love this thread!:D

Some gems from 2000:

"Last week he was asked if he had designs on emulating Kournikova and emigrating soon to the U.S. "Oh, so you want me to kill myself?" responded Safin, who recently bought an apartment in Monte Carlo. "They don't even let me drink beer in this country."

"Then there's the matter of that coaching vacancy. "I can't understand it," Safin says with mock earnestness. "You get to spend 24 hours a day around me. That should be hard to resist, shouldn't it?" "


Tennis Fool
11-10-2002, 01:50 AM
"I saw Ocean's Eleven. That was very good. Shallow Hal. That was the worst I ever saw. Terrible, horrible, disgusting movie. I think the director never watched it after he finished filming. Stupid movie."

Ada Monroe
11-10-2002, 01:57 AM
The best player in the world, I like it ;)

Go Marat with your wicke sense of humour :)

11-10-2002, 04:21 AM
[after a practise session with Marc Rossett at his Geneva tennis club]

Interviewer "How did you find Marc [Rossett]?"

Marat "Old."

11-10-2002, 04:28 AM
lol, Marat is so cute. :D

11-10-2002, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by MS_Goose
I found this hilarious:

During a phone interview...
Marat: Lady, can you speak up a little bit -- Indianapolis is a little far from Europe, so I can't hear you.

:D :D

I love this one when Marat was asked about Dinara getting a wildcard for Estoril.

Q. Dinara received a wildcard into her next tournament. It's the first time she will play in the main draw at a WTA tournament. What do you think about that?

MARAT SAFIN: (Inaudible). I just -- it's already different season I think. Because the hardcourt season is finishing and everybody is trying to prepare themself for the clay court for Roland Garros. It's the next biggest tournament that everybody wants to win. Everybody's trying to prepare themself as much as they can and try to play as many matches as they can to get ready for this big event.
You know, so they have big events like Monte-Carlo, you know, all this. So I need to prepare in the right way, and everybody's trying to win the tournaments and, you know, try to -- it's a great preparation. I think it's a great tournament to play to make matches.

Q. I mean, can you talk about the fact that she's playing first time in the main draw.

MARAT SAFIN: I played there . I played there two, three years ago in the main draw.

Q. Dinara, your sister.

MARAT SAFIN: Ah, my sister. Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. My sister, it would be good. I would love to watch her first time in the main draw. It would be perfect, I think, for her. It's a great performance. I will be -- I will make coaching. Yeah, I would have to.

:D - obviously Marat just couldn't help talking about himself:drool:

11-10-2002, 11:39 AM
No dull moment with Marat around. :D :D :D

11-10-2002, 03:21 PM
LOL, Marat is funny!

11-11-2002, 07:09 AM
This guy has an AMAZING sense of humor! :) Marat gives the best interview and ohhh, those disarming replies sure are hard to resist (and the man who's giving us those funny lines as well!):D

Never fails to crack me up!

11-11-2002, 01:58 PM
Where did you get this from?

11-11-2002, 04:58 PM
Hey Ilhame! I read it on:

Ma. Estefania
11-11-2002, 09:20 PM
How can't somebody not love him???!!!!
I love him......

11-11-2002, 10:04 PM
I LOVE to use those smartassed answers as well. He is lucky he never found someone with an even better answer. I did. :p

11-13-2002, 05:51 PM
Come on Marat!!!!! I want you in BED!!!!!!

Tennis Fool
11-13-2002, 07:24 PM
"You want to see a beautiful girl, to talk, discuss about things, get angry, make something happen. Otherwise life is boring.”

Just as long as he's not slapping a woman around, Sean Connery style.

Ma. Estefania
11-13-2002, 09:17 PM
Je je, great quote.
Anything more???? Please?

11-29-2002, 12:35 AM
this is a good one too :p

Focus: What do you think, how would end a match between Anna Kournikova and Nicolas Kiefer?

Safin: 6:0, 6:0 - of course for Kiefer. Anna wouldn't win a point, unless, Kiefer would think: Goodness, she looks pretty - and because of that lose his concentration.

12-01-2002, 09:55 PM
From today's interview in DC
When was the last time you played so well?
2 days ago.

12-01-2002, 10:09 PM

12-01-2002, 10:29 PM
Omg! Did Marat say that?! Naugty Marat..hehe ;) :drool: :angel: :D

12-01-2002, 11:53 PM
go a little bit down, just under the line.............. yep, you see? That's it! The quote. Marat was a little bit wrong this time - we wanted the DC BADLY and WE got it!!!

12-01-2002, 11:56 PM
:D That's what I love about Marat -- his sense of humour!! He's the best, in any language!! ;)

12-02-2002, 06:22 AM
LOL@Marat! That is so Super Safin, I mean SuperFunny Safin!:D

12-02-2002, 08:32 AM
LOL at Marat.
I wonder if his sex life is lousy or is it just a good feeling to win DC

12-03-2002, 10:58 AM
You can "HEAR" what he said on a brief short interview


click this Russia's Marat Safin
"It's the best feeling" on the yellow bar;)

12-03-2002, 03:26 PM
Hey guys, go, they have a video of the press conference with Marat's famous quote... :D

Can see Marat's silly grin and even broke a smile out of Yevgeny with his "better than sex" quote... lol

12-03-2002, 03:44 PM
thats just great :D LMAO

so funny, Yevgeny couldn't stop laughing and has his hand over his mouth :D

12-03-2002, 05:29 PM
Interviewer "Why did it take you so long to come to the press conference?"

Marat "I have to take care of myself, also. Sorry. I have to make some massage, smell good, shower."
:eek: :angel:

12-03-2002, 08:14 PM
I love this one from Marat after his win in Paris...

"But then I'm enjoying the sport. I am playing since I am six. I'm happy to be here instead of cleaning the streets in Moscow."

LOL. You just gotta love him and his humor. :D

01-14-2003, 10:47 AM
From Marat's interview today:

Q. What was the biggest celebration or most enjoyable celebration after winning the Davis Cup?
MARAT SAFIN: It's tough. It's tough to celebrate straightaway because even we went out to the club, and from 12:00 that we got into the club until I think 3:00, I was signing autographs, so I didn't have any chance to celebrate at all. I was making pictures, I was doing everything, but definitely not taking care of myself.

Q. Were you signing autographs for pretty girls?
MARAT SAFIN: No, pretty boys I was signing.


01-14-2003, 10:56 AM
LMAO @ Marat!!!

Nothing like a Marat quote to brighten up an otherwise lousy day!!! :D :D :D

Thanks, Jessi!!!!

01-14-2003, 12:23 PM
That one's cool Jessi. I comes close to the "better than sex" quote and the one about "sexy angry women"

01-14-2003, 02:54 PM
Originally posted by Jessi
From Marat's interview today:

Q. What was the biggest celebration or most enjoyable celebration after winning the Davis Cup?
MARAT SAFIN: It's tough. It's tough to celebrate straightaway because even we went out to the club, and from 12:00 that we got into the club until I think 3:00, I was signing autographs, so I didn't have any chance to celebrate at all. I was making pictures, I was doing everything, but definitely not taking care of myself.

Q. Were you signing autographs for pretty girls?
MARAT SAFIN: No, pretty boys I was signing.


I was about to post the same :)

Marat:D ;)

01-14-2003, 05:21 PM
I found that very funny too :D :D


01-17-2003, 03:52 AM

After Marat lost versus Pioline at Roland Garros 1998.

A sweet Marat...

"In the first two sets, the public didn't matter," he said.
"But when you are losing ... people, rackets, everything is bad."

However, the presence of soccer star Ronaldo in the VIP box was another matter. Asked if he'd been distracted by the Brazilian, in town for the World Cup, Safin thought for a moment.
"Yes. I'd never seen Ronaldo so close up before," he explained.

Hmmm, he's right. Ronaldo is pretty cool.

How prepared is Safin for Wimbledon? He was asked how much he'd played on grass.
"Never," he said.

Not one match?
"No. I didn't step on the grass."

Not even in practice?
"No step, never in my life," he said.

Not very clever, Marat. But I bet that you play like Roland Garros at Wimbledon.

01-17-2003, 03:54 AM
From: An Interview with Marat Safin After his match versus Pioline Friday, May 29, 1998

MARAT SAFIN: You have to be a gentleman. I don't know how to say. But if you see the ball is good, so it's good. I don't know. I can't do like -- if I see the ball is good, say, "Out." I don't care if I lose the next point. You have to be, I don't know, friendly on the court.

Q. Even if it's life or death.
MARAT SAFIN: I'm going from Challenger. Challenger, everybody is a friend there. They never do like this. If ball it out, out. If it's good, good. That's everybody. It's all the time like this.

Q. You've made history by becoming the first qualifier to beat a defending champion.
MARAT SAFIN: That sometimes happen (laughter).

Is this guy funny or what???

Q. For the first time, what are your ambitions now for the rest of the championship?
MARAT SAFIN: To play next match against Pioline or Krajicek, and we'll see. Maybe I'll play better, but is impossible. I will start to play my tennis, do my best.
I will see if I will play Pioline or Krajicek against me. Maybe I'm win 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, or 6-Love, 6-Love, 6-Love. We'll see. We'll see.

You have to hear this with your own ears. This is really funny, but I don't have it on RealAudio.

Q. Actually, you have to play Vacek and not Krajicek or Pioline first.
MARAT SAFIN: What Vacek, I don't care.

Q. First you have to beat Vacek.

Q. Marat, I saw some Spanish players cheering for you. Do you travel with some of them?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but not with Corretja, Berasategui, it's other level.

Q. What is your level?
MARAT SAFIN: My level, Challenger, slow (laughter).

I believe your level is not Challenger anymore, Marat!

Q. How do you do to have such a mental strength? What sort of advice could you give to the French players who are missing a bit of that mental strength?
MARAT SAFIN: That's a very tough question. I don't understand anything, sorry. Can you make it in English?
(Translated in Russian.)
MARAT SAFIN: I don't know, just normal. What do you mean "mental"? That is your head. I don't know. It's a question of confidence, nothing more. It's mental. You win one match, you think, "I can beat another one." Just confidence, nothing more.

Q. Marat, how do you expect your life to change after this tournament? You'll probably be a lot richer, maybe rich now?
MARAT SAFIN: Rich? With $25,000 (laughter)?

Well, it's what you call rich...

Q. You'll probably get more contracts, don't you think?

Q. The sponsor is paying for your trainer, you're paying him?
MARAT SAFIN: I'm paying him now, with $25,000 (laughter). Yeah, I'm paying him.

Very funny, Marat!

Russian Phenom Safin Survives Vacek Saturday, May 30, 1998

Safin said he had no idols growing up. "I just want to be on my line, playing Marat Safin style," he said.

And he has his own style, allright!

Remember that Marat did not want a wildcard! Check this little newspaperarticle out!

"Wimbledon, England (TSN) - Russian teenage star Marat Safin has been given a wild card entry to Wimbledon. He was the only non-British player to receive one of the five men's wild cards."

Lucky Marat!

01-17-2003, 06:07 AM
that brings back memories :D

LMAO........ very funny indeed :D

01-17-2003, 12:53 PM
:D :D :D

Go all the way at AO Marat!
I wanna read more interviews.... :D

01-17-2003, 01:09 PM
LOL @ the RG interview

01-17-2003, 01:35 PM
LMAO Marat :D

If only his results could be as consistent as his wits are delightful ;)

01-17-2003, 06:53 PM
"I am not a singer or a rock star. Tennis is Tennis. If you want to see a clown, go to a circus."

" I wasn't a genius I wasn't stupid. I was okay. I was a normal guy. Sometimes I cheated in exams. we all do."

"It's the atmosphere. That's my place, and everyone has their place. I was born in Moscow and that is the place I am going to live the rest of my life. When I retire of course I will go back. The best looking girls live in Russia. It's true."

"But normally when you talk to yourself [on court] you say; 'I love you, you're a good guy, but don't miss next time, okay."

Webchat at Indian Wells 2001
gabrielle: MARAT: Do you find it hard to be a star? Do people recognize you in the street?
Marat_Safin: the stars are only in the sky

"I have an empty refrigerator and nobody takes care of things around the house. I have nobody to cook for me, so I go to restaurants. Me cooking? No idea! Me washing clothes? No idea! I can't do anything domestic!"

"Places like Bronx or Queens are worse. Moscow isn't even close. Of course some people get shot by accident, but nobody is getting killed in the street. There is not a war."

01-17-2003, 06:56 PM
Thanks As. It looks like you've been collecting these quotes.

01-17-2003, 07:13 PM
They are unique so it might be a good idea.

ps is that you Andrea?

01-17-2003, 08:58 PM
"Q- Sex and sport, is there a connection?

M- Of course! First, the hormones are stirred. Second, the
superfluous excitement before a start of a match goes. And I read
somewhere, that when a person is very sexual then he's also very

"Q- Now you, you are such a beautiful, strong and young man,
would you be able to donor your sperm in a "Sperm Bank" for improving
the genes of the Russians?

M- You count me as a manufacturer ? I think that there are many people in
Russia who would like to spend their sperm for money. If I need a
child, my love will give birth to it."

01-17-2003, 08:59 PM
"Ya, i choked. But you know, shit happends"

"I mean, better times will come for sure. I want to win a few more Grand Slam tournaments, and it will be perfect. And I will win - otherwise I shoot myself!"

"Everything is possible in this life..."

01-18-2003, 08:21 AM
Marat Safin Withdraws
Saturday, 18 January, 2003

Q. Is there a diagnosis?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, is a cut in the ligament.

Q. A what?
MARAT SAFIN: A small cut.

Q. In the ligament?

Q. Do you know how long you will be out?
MARAT SAFIN: The doctor says two, three weeks. Vacations (smiling).

Stop it Marat, you're not supposed to smile at these things ;)

01-18-2003, 06:50 PM
Q. Do you feel like you've been very unlucky in Australia this year? The shoulder in Sydney, now this wrist.
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but I'm unbeatable in Australia (smiling).

02-05-2003, 01:47 PM
I love this one

Ma. Estefania
02-06-2003, 04:22 PM
LMAO to the last quote!

02-06-2003, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by AndySafinette
"You have to show people you have something between your legs- you're not just a good-looking face" - Us Open 2000



02-07-2003, 12:10 AM
LOL...I love that guy

02-07-2003, 05:00 AM
He is soo funny. Really it's a sin that the man is so fine and funny at the same time.

07-01-2003, 05:31 PM
bump needed :wavey:

07-06-2003, 05:36 PM
"Nobody can actually understand Russians. It's difficult. You can, but it's difficult, right?"

"I'm not like American. I have my own picture on wall."

"When today somebody don't recognize me and ask me what I do professionally, I always answer that I'm a poor student. That's more interesting and funnier."

"They (the sleazy blondes) are not my types. My type? Not this type."

"Sleep? Give me a break! What sleep?! We are cutting loose!"

"I had my driving licence in the last June. I don't want to be fined too soon. I love the cars. Hey I'm just 19 years old, it's normal. Every young men are little mad."

"Good or bad, I try to eat everything."

07-26-2003, 12:07 PM
"The people, they can play tennis - short, long, big, fat, whatever; everybody can play tennis. Everybody knows how to do it."

09-02-2003, 10:11 PM

Tennis Fool
11-15-2003, 06:40 PM
:generally wondering what Marat is thinking about Andy ending the year #1:

11-15-2003, 06:58 PM
"I was too busy with my own problems. Roddick won something, I think. He was in the final against, what was that guy's name again?"

He was asked if he followed the atp while he was out injuried all the months.

Tennis Fool
11-15-2003, 07:08 PM
:lol: Funny, but a little sadder-sounding Marat...

Ma. Estefania
11-15-2003, 07:34 PM
"When today somebody don't recognize me and ask me what I do professionally, I always answer that I'm a poor student. That's more interesting and funnier."

So charming. :D

11-16-2003, 12:50 AM
This guy is awesome. You could fill a book with these little soundbites --- silly and wise, all at once. Hope he comes back to the top of the game soon.

Tennis Fool
01-29-2004, 04:27 AM
Hope he comes back to the top of the game soon.

He's back :D

John McEnroe: How do you see your matchup with Agassi?
Marat Safin: I have more hair.

01-29-2004, 04:31 AM
LOL! ironic that on this particular evening you would bring up my wish for Marat's comeback! :lol:

I love the McEnroe/Safin exchange!

01-29-2004, 04:47 AM
Great great quotes... I love them

01-29-2004, 04:53 AM
A sexy guy with a fab body ,a great sense of humour and an erotic accent .What more can you ask ? I want him :drool:

Tennis Fool
01-29-2004, 04:57 AM
Diya: Your name sounds familiar, but I guess you're new :confused:

01-29-2004, 06:40 AM
Marat Safin: 'I had made such a great life outside court that I started to miss tennis. "

Another post-match quote when asked by John on his amazing defeat of world no. 1 Roddick ;)

01-29-2004, 06:42 AM
He definitely has the best one-liners! :)

01-29-2004, 01:53 PM
Marat is awesome. :)

01-29-2004, 08:35 PM
M. SAFIN/A. Agassi

7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 1-6, 6-3

An interview with: MARAT SAFIN

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What do you think about the match?

MARAT SAFIN: I feel great. It couldn't go any better because, I mean, it was a great match for both of us. Like Andre said, it could go both ways. He had chances in the second set, to win the second set. So I did it in five.

For me, it was a great experience for me to win the first two sets, lose the third and fourth, come back in fifth. I was fighting. I was there. Even when I was getting tired a little bit in the fifth set, and I had the moment, I had the chance, and I took it. For me, it's a really important thing. I just couldn't feel any better because, I mean, you have to play really great against Andre to beat him, and to beat him when he's playing well, yeah.

Q. Midway through the fourth set, were you already preparing mentally for the fifth set?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, when he made me a break. Then I just lost a little bit the feeling of the game, and I just -- and I also was getting a little bit tired. Just I decided to, you know, just leave it because I felt like I couldn't win the fourth set because he was playing pretty good, and just I lost a little bit the concentration. So I tried to leave the fourth the way it is, you know, just like finish the set and start all over again in the fifth.

And I did great. I mean, I could concentrate myself from the beginning, and I could stay for all the way, all the fifth set, and take the chance, you know, the only chance that I had to break him, and I took it.

Q. How far were you tonight from your best tennis?

MARAT SAFIN: I mean, you can't compare match by match. I mean, it's completely different. It's a great match for today, I mean, because it's a little bit different players, different matches. You know what I mean?

Against Pete Sampras you can play great tennis, but just returning. Here, you have to do a little bit different style of things. You have to move a lot, you have to serve a little better because Andre is probably the best returner in the game. And to have a great baseline.

So you cannot compare the matches to another matches. But I think I played one of my best matches, you know, in my whole life probably. But, just like I said, it's a bit different.

But I managed to stay with him on the baseline. I managed to serve 33 aces. For me it's a big thing, you know, especially against him. And be there all the match, that's what counts for me especially.

Q. Is it more satisfying to win that match in that way when you looked like you might be gone than to beat Pete Sampras and blow him off the court?

MARAT SAFIN: I mean, for me it would be better to win in three sets, it would be much better. I mean, the way it was, yeah, I'm satisfied. For me personally, it gives you a lot of -- much more confidence when you play in these kind of matches. Doesn't matter five sets. Doesn't matter how many hours you stay on the court. A five-set match is a five-set match, and especially against these kind of players, you have to be there. It gives you much more confidence than to beat Pete in three sets, because I had the best day of my life.

That's tough.

Q. When was the last time you haven't done one double-fault in five sets?

MARAT SAFIN: I'm not like -- actually, I'm not surprised because actually I never did so many foot faults -- sorry, double-faults.

Q. Zero.

MARAT SAFIN: No, it's okay, I'm not surprised with that (smiling).

Q. How important is the extra day's break on your semifinal opponent going to be given the amount of tennis you've played?

MARAT SAFIN: For me, I mean, counting the hours and counting the players that I played with. It's also pressure. It's a little bit -- mentally I'm a little bit tired. I mean, tough matches, they take a lot of energy. And then you make a lot of kilometers, a lot of hours on the court.

So basically an extra day for you, it's really, really helpful. I mean, like tomorrow I'm definitely not going to play tennis. I will take a day off and then I will try to hit a little bit on Saturday, just a half an hour. It's enough, I think. I've been playing a lot of tennis during these two weeks. It's not like I'm going to forget tennis, how to play tennis in two days.

Q. Will you have a few beers just to loosen the muscles?

MARAT SAFIN: Of course. I deserve it, no?

Q. How tough was Walt Landers in Monte-Carlo in November on you?

MARAT SAFIN: Couldn't be any tougher. He did a great job. He took good care of me. Because after a while when you don't play tennis, you just lose everything. You lose the fitness. You lose, how you say, the muscles are losing completely their power. He somehow in one month and four weeks managed to bring everything back and make me play probably my best tennis straightaway, which is very important, because my tennis is all about fitness. If I'm physically well, then I have no problems with my tennis.

And it's really important for me to keep myself in shape. It's also difficult to stay focused for one month. I mean, staying in one place, doing your job from the morning till the night. And I managed to do it. And I'm getting -- I'm getting a lot of confidence from that also.

Q. After your first-round match, you said you weren't here to make up the numbers. Did you believe when you made that comment that you would end up playing in a final?

MARAT SAFIN: I mean, like I said before, even before the tournament, I said I'm not coming here just to make a couple of good matches and to lose in like the fourth round, in the quarterfinals. People tell me I will try to play not bad, but like it little bit. I didn't come for that.

Like I said, I came here to try to win it. And I'm almost there. Just one left to go. So, like I said, everything is going my way for the moment.

Q. Is there any things you might have learned from the final two years ago, or is this a completely different experience?

MARAT SAFIN: I mean, I might learn a little bit. But is like a completely different final. It has nothing to do with like two years ago. It wasn't my best tennis. I had problems with myself. I couldn't -- just I couldn't get over myself in that final. I just lost -- I couldn't play my best tennis. I was too nervous, too much under pressure. That's why I couldn't pull my best weapons in that finals.

But coming right now, I'm playing -- I beat so many good players, I'm full of confidence, and it's completely different story. Going to be, I hope.

Q. Was it important for you to be the first server in the fifth set?>

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, I was happy for that, because it's really important because it's like you go one game over, you know. I mean, he's always under pressure because he knows that it's makes a big difference, I mean, psychologically for the guy who is serving second.

Q. Considering your good record against Juan Carlos, would you prefer to play him in the final? >

MARAT SAFIN: I mean, it doesn't matter anymore because, I mean, one of them going to get to the finals, means they're better player than other ones. And also they're going to play really good, I'm sure about that. Because they're going to be full of confidence. They will try to win it and have a lot of - how to say - a lot of confidence and they will go for it, no matter who wins.

I mean, Federer, he has a great talent. But Ferrero is also there. You have to be careful with both of them.

Q. What will you do tomorrow?

MARAT SAFIN: Day off completely. Come on, it's too many hours I spend already. I have to rest.

Q. Will you watch TV all day? Go for a massage? What will you do?

MARAT SAFIN: Do something. I mean, spend a lot of hours sleeping, try to make a couple of massages tomorrow, I mean, one or two. Just try to recover, my legs, start to prepare myself for the final. Just do something. Go for a walk, for example. Enjoy the sight-seeing. I will find something.

I went two days ago in the zoo. I had so much fun. I will find out something to do.

Q. What has been the role of your mother throughout these two weeks?

MARAT SAFIN: Just a mother. I hope she's enjoying. I don't want her to like suffer or give me any advices. She's here just to enjoy the tennis of her son, just to be proud. I hope she's proud of me and what I'm doing.

I mean, she gave me the basics in tennis, definitely. But then since I'm 14, I'm traveling by myself, I'm improving myself, and I'm living by myself. So she's here just basically to enjoy what I'm doing.

She's enjoying, I'm more than happy. I don't want her to suffer, for her to get crazy in the matches because I'm losing, not winning, not playing bad or good, no matter results I will get. She has to be happy.

Q. Has that affected your behavior, to have her here?

MARAT SAFIN: No. I just don't want her to suffer. It's not painful, but it's really bothering. It's really bother, the kids, you know. There just to enjoy it, just be cool. I would love to watch my kids, you know, doing something. If they're playing, I come to watch. No matter what they do, they win or lose, but at least you see is your kids, and they are playing in a semifinals against Andre Agassi. I mean, what else you can ask? I mean, a few years ago she would never think about it.

Q. Does your mother make you behave yourself off the court?

MARAT SAFIN: Come on, I'm 24, man. A little bit too old to take care of.

Q. Did you have any doubts about yourself in the fifth set when it began?

MARAT SAFIN: No, but, like I said, the fourth set, I didn't care about anymore because when I got the break, I felt like I'm losing a little bit concentration. I try a little bit to forget about the fourth one and start to thinking already in the fifth, just tried to be focused straightaway from the beginning.

I had -- I was trying to, because also was good for me that I served first, and I was waiting for my chances. For me, it was really important to keep my serve and just hang in there, and definitely I would have a chance, because for me was not a problem basically to return his serve. I mean, it's difficult to read sometimes, but it's really good, you know, because he's under pressure all the time, so always he'll give you the opportunity to break him.

And I was waiting. I was waiting. I had my chance and I took it straightaway.

Q. Where did your serve go? You let the set go?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. Because I knew that he will not let me get back into the match, you know, because he knows what he is doing and just it's enough, it's the fourth set, it's okay, it's finished. And also my energy was like I had no more. My fitness was just -- my power was going down, so I just decided to forget about it, forget and just start -- try to give the last push in the fifth.

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Tennis Fool
06-22-2005, 07:20 PM
Q. When did it come to you that you no longer feared grass, if that happened?

MARAT SAFIN: Two weeks ago.


Tennis Fool
06-22-2005, 07:22 PM
Q. For a guy who didn't like grass that much...

MARAT SAFIN: Jesus, how much you going to do?

:haha: :haha:

06-22-2005, 07:24 PM
lmao :D he said in an interview today about when he got to wimbledon qf it was a "mistake" haha

06-22-2005, 08:56 PM
The little smile when he nodded when asked if he was still the president of the "I hate grass club" was priceless.

Tennis Fool
11-12-2005, 12:47 AM
Do you still have a tricky relationship with Wimbledon?
I do not like this tournament. One of the reasons - a totally disastrous sportsmen treatment. Here’s an example. We get 20 pounds for lunch. I have a coach and a masseuse and one portion of the most uneatable spaghetti costs 12 pounds, a portion of tasteless strawberries with cream from a sachet costs 5 pounds, coffee – another 5. The rest of the food is horrible – fish and chips everywhere and hamburgers. I can pay myself of course. What’s really unappealing is disrespect. How can you give such a treatment to people, who waste tons of health and strength earning tons of money for the organisers? Wimbledon’s profit alone is around 60 milliom pounds!

At what other Grand Slams is organisation suffering?
US Open. Constant transport problems to get to the stadium and back. Food is unbearable as well: you get dried pizza, which has been lying around for about 5 hours, coffee is black water. And after September 11 the police has become animalistic: they are everywhere, questioning you at the entrance to the stadium, if you say something wrong you will be taken to police headquarters. You’re forced to take shoes and even shorts off at the airport, they’re really rude to you. This makes me go mad. Only New York itself saves the situation – it’s a fantastic city. I usually live nowhere near the majority of players. Old districts have really wonderful places, which the others don’t know about yet.

How many racquets a year do you manage to break?
Now around 50. Before it was 60. I am slowly growing up.

I thank you for sitting through this interview so heroically. Is there anything you would like to say that I haven’t asked you about?
You already know more about me than my mother does!

11-12-2005, 01:37 AM
Some classics in there.

11-12-2005, 07:39 AM
hes sooo cute :D