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Marat's Cheering Thread!

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07-20-2002, 10:09 AM
Go Marat! :bounce:

07-21-2002, 09:16 PM
Indeed go Marat but what is Timmy doing in your avatar? :fiery:

07-22-2002, 12:17 AM
Marat and Tim are my faves on the men's tour and there's not much people supporting Tim so I went ahead and changed my avatar.

07-22-2002, 06:51 AM
gooooo marat!

07-22-2002, 08:21 AM
Originally posted by jennifer
Marat and Tim are my faves on the men's tour and there's not much people supporting Tim so I went ahead and changed my avatar.

Ah ok then, youre forgiven ;)

the cat
07-24-2002, 12:55 AM
How many tournaments is Marat playing before the U.S. Open?
I hope it's only 3. I don't want him to get burned out because of overplaying. :eek:

07-24-2002, 02:37 AM
the cat, Marat is playing 3 tournaments before the US Open. Toronto, Cincinatti and Indianapolis, and then he has a week off.

I hope Marat is able to win one of these events. It will give him alot of confidence going into Flushing Meadows.

07-24-2002, 05:22 AM
GO MARAT!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

the cat
07-24-2002, 12:40 PM
Thanks Jessi! :) In order to win the U.S. open, Marat must win one of those 3 tournaments. Right? :confused:

*Marat BigFan*
07-24-2002, 04:51 PM
Marat Safin-US Open 2002 Champion Go! Go! Go!

07-30-2002, 07:23 PM
Marat Safin def. Juan Ignacio Chela 64 63!:D :D :D

Nice easy win from Marat

Go Marat!:bounce:

07-30-2002, 07:47 PM
It looks like he played a good match. I have it on tape at home, so whenever I get there Ill watch. :D and post some thoughts about it. Well done Marat. Now Im just praying for a match with Guga! :bounce:

07-30-2002, 09:55 PM
hitman, unfortunately there will be no Marat-Guga.:( Guga retired from his match with an injury. Not sure if its his hip or what. I hope its nothing serious and he'll be okay for Cincy next week. He was starting to play well again, and then this happens.:mad: So unfair.

07-30-2002, 10:01 PM
Here is an article about Marat's win from Toronto's official website:)

Safin Sails in Toronto

Second seed Marat Safin maintained his 100 percent record in Toronto by overcoming dangerous opponent Juan Ignacio Chela to move into the second round. Safin, who captured his first Tennis Masters Series shield at the National Tennis Centre two years ago, won his seventh consecutive match in Toronto with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Chela, the Argentine who claimed his first ATP title in Amersfoort earlier this month.

"I'm satisfied with my game," said Safin, playing his first tournament since Wimbledon. "I feel great. It's been a long time since I've felt this good."

Safin, who led the ATP Champions Race 2002 for seven weeks earlier in the year after reaching the final at the Tennis Masters Hamburg, took full advantage of Chela's second serve throughout the match. After breaking the Argentine's serve in the third game of the opening set, the 22-year-old Russian maintained his momentum and broke twice in the second before wrapping up his victory in 1 hour, 13 minutes.

Safin, who lost in the first round in Montreal 12 months ago, will now play defending champion Andrei Pavel after the Romanian was the beneficiary of an injury to Gustavo Kuerten just after taking the first set 7-5.

"Pavel is motivated as he is the defending champion," said Safin. "But if you want to win a tournament, you have to get through these tough matches."

07-30-2002, 10:03 PM
yeah, congrats to marat, its a pity he won;t play guga

07-31-2002, 12:00 AM
Another article. This one from :)

Safin Slams Chela To Reach Second Round In Toronto

By Richard Pagliaro

Fans seated in the 12th row felt the force of Marat Safin today. Sprinting forward inside the service line, Safin stopped suddenly then slammed an overhead with the sheer strength of a player intent on contorting the shape of the ball with a single crushing swing. The ball bounced into the stands as Safin strolled back to the net with the first set in hand and the ball fleeing the scene of its flogging.

The court can't contain one of tennis' most powerful players and neither could Juan Ignacio Chela as Safin scored a 6-4, 6-3 first-round win at the Tennis Masters Series-Canada tournament at the National Tennis Centre in Toronto. In his last trip to Toronto, Safin beat Harel Levy to take home the 2000 tournament title a little more than a month before his breakthrough in Flushing Meadows when he crushed 13-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to capture the US Open.

Though he is ranked second in the world and was the Australian Open runner-up in January and a French Open semifinalist in June, Safin has not won a tournament title this year. The 6-foot-4 Safin played with purpose in pushing Chela around the court in pursuit of his deep drives today, but admitted afterward he's still chasing his confidence in the aftermath of his shocking second-round setback to Olivier Rochus at Wimbledon.

"Wimbledon was horrible for me, " Safin said. "I would love to win here get my confidence back. My confidence is somewhere else right now and I need to bring it back. I was on a long vacation in Russia after Wimbledon and I need to get it back."

The conviction in Safin's shots was evident from the outset as he broke Chela early and used a fearsome first serve to make the break stand up. Serving for the first set at 5-4, Safin faced double break point at 15-40, but hit a clean backhand volley winner and followed with a service winner down the middle to dismiss the break points and reach deuce. A Chela backhand return wide gave Safin set point and he secured the set with his emphatic overhead. Safin won 12 of his 16 first-serve points in the set.

Breaking Chela at love in the opening game of the second set, Safin won eight of the first nine points to take a 2-0 lead. Complementing his powerful play from the baseline with well-timed trips to the net, the 22-year-old Russian won 18 of 22 net points and always had an answer for every Chela threat.

Serving at 4-3, 30-all, Safin slammed consecutive aces to hold for 5-3 then broke Chela with a forehand return winner down the line to end the encounter and raise his record to 35-14 on the season. Safin will play defending champion Andrei Pavel in the second round. Pavel led Gustavo Kuerten, 7-5, when Kuerten retired due to pain in his right hip.

"I've been trying to win a Slam since I started the year," Safin said. "Hopefully, I will play well here and go to the US Open and try to win it again."

the cat
07-31-2002, 04:22 AM
Marat likes Toronto! :D Alot! :bounce:

07-31-2002, 04:28 AM
Yes, unfortunately youre right Jessi. No Marat vs Guga. :(
I just watched Marats match on tape. He is the opposite case of Roger Federer. He is playing well enough in the majority of the match, but on the key points he steps up (like a 30-30 in his serve and he hits a serve at 224kmph and two aces in a row).
Very good match.
Another example, he won the match on a return winner with the forehand.

07-31-2002, 06:37 AM
Good Luck in your next match marat!:D

King Aaron
07-31-2002, 10:06 AM
:bounce: :D

07-31-2002, 07:41 PM



TOUR OFFICIAL: Okay. Marat improves to 35 and 14 on the season and he remains perfect in Toronto with a 7 -0 match record.

Okay. Questions for Marat?

REPORTER: How do you think you played out there today?

MARAT SAFIN: I think I played -- I played great. I played the -- the match service, good serve. Especially it is very difficult to play after a long vacation that I had in Moscow so I am satisfied with my game.

REPORTER: What were you actually doing in Moscow? What will you be doing with your time off?

MARAT SAFIN: Everything except tennis.

REPORTER: How long for?

MARAT SAFIN: For two weeks.

REPORTER: Marat, do you -- do you have any good feelings coming back to Toronto after winning here two years ago?

MARAT SAFIN: Yes. Yes. Yes. Feeling good. I know Russian people live here -- around 150,000 -- so I feel right at home.

REPORTER: And do you feel fresher and more healthier than you were at the French Open and Wimbeldon?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah I needed -- I needed - I needed a break because like already I ... (Inaudible) ... Tired at the French Open. I was -- like it's difficult. I couldn't find the motivation. I was tired and I was tired a little bit of tennis mentally and physically and Wimbledon was horrible. I mean I played bad and I had no motivation. I couldn't fight -- I couldn't fight and I was feeling bad and I needed that break. Just for few weeks I was -- I didn't see a racket. I didn't see a ball. I didn't want to and -- but I was afraid if I would -- I would come back, you know, because I had such great vacations and I was enjoying so much so it's come back to work it's real difficult but eventually I had to do it and I'm feeling good, and I'm feeling fresh, I'm feeling motivated and I want to play tennis and I'm playing okay. I'm happy.

REPORTER: When was the last time you felt this good?

MARAT SAFIN: A long time ago. I think any time when you're making your break you're feeling much better because you need this. It's difficult to play great tennis throughout the year because you're getting tired because you're playing long matches, a lot of stress, and every day is a routine for you. It's like hotel and then to go to club and from club you go to the hotel and it's difficult. It's difficult to live this life a long time so that's why you need like half a year and just take vacations like a few weeks and then you start again the second part of the year and I think you need this. You need definitely because without this you can't play tennis.

REPORTER: You talked about the lifestyle of being a

tennis player. Is that the kind of advice that you give your sister? Is there any advice that you have given her?

MARAT SAFIN: What do you mean? Again.

REPORTER: Preparations for your sister as far as her playing on the tennis scene. What kind of advice have you given her as far as hotel to tennis court to training?

MARAT SAFIN: You cannot compare Russian -- you cannot compare women's tennis to the men's tennis. It is a complete different mentality so it's -- it's a different story so I don't think she has to listen to me. She has to listen to the coach who has been involved with long time in women's tennis. I think he knows what -- what she has to do and she should listen to him. Not to me.

REPORTER: You're back with Amit Noar now or you're always with him or you're changing always?

MARAT SAFIN: Always. Always. Always. Always.

REPORTER: For the next ten years?

MARAT SAFIN: You never know. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. You're asking me what's going to happen in ten years. I hope I will be okay tomorrow.

REPORTER: And Guga and Pavel in the second round is pretty tough?

MARAT SAFIN: Very tough. Very tough. Even if Kuerten is not in his best shape he is always dangerous. He can play great tennis. He knows how to do it and also Pavel, you know, because he is motivated because he is defending champion from last year and he wants to make good here so it's very tough second round but it's the way it is. I mean you have to go through this -- go through the matches if you want to win -- to win the tournament you have to take a couple of really tough ones.

REPORTER: Are you a bigger star in Moscow than ever before? Are you a bigger star than Federov or Anna?

MARAT SAFIN: What means a star? What are you talking about? I mean like a -- .

REPORTER: You know when you walk in the street everybody says "Hello Marat. You know, "We want your autograph." the girls like you? No?

MARAT SAFIN: No. No. No. No. I'm feeling great. I'm feeling good. Perfect. Like not everybody recognize me. I don't walk in the street because I am having fun. Really good.

TOUR OFFICIAL: Any other questions? We're done.

REPORTER: (Questions asked in Russian).


07-31-2002, 09:26 PM
In the 2nd round Marat defeated the defending champ Andrei Pavel 63 76!

He played Awesome! Our commentators said they haven't seen him play this good in years! :D :D

Well done Marat!

07-31-2002, 09:37 PM
omg, Marat was so cute! After he won, he gave a V sign and blew a kiss to the camera. *swoon*

our commentators were positively gushing over Marat. They were calling him the Mighty Russian and said that if he plays like this he is the No.1 player in the world!

07-31-2002, 09:37 PM
gd gd, hopefully this will be marat's season

07-31-2002, 10:39 PM
Wow great results so far :eek:

Keep it up :D:D

08-01-2002, 04:08 AM
Yes, he is roaring through the matches. Impressive!
Now Rios. Should be a great match. And I will be on class AGAIN. :mad: :fiery:

08-01-2002, 04:17 AM
aww...poor hitman:sad:

but you'll have it on tape when you get home, right:confused:

Safin/Rios - two geniuses of the game. It should be a great match, i can't wait! :D

08-01-2002, 08:15 AM
Good luck against Rios

King Aaron
08-01-2002, 10:29 AM
Good luck !!!

08-01-2002, 03:06 PM
Yeah, Jessi I will.
Marat is playing so well that I cant help wanting to skip the class to watch. lol. But I cant, its the first week: you know the first impressions and their importance. :o ;)
Maybe Ill do some point-by-point report and put here when I watch it. ;)


08-01-2002, 10:47 PM
marat won in three sets, congrats, but could he give us a break!!! it's killing my heart here!! ;)

08-01-2002, 10:51 PM
i think Marat likes to drive his fans crazy!;)

I'm so proud of Marat. He was down the whole match but he fought and fought.

Well done Marat!!!:kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

08-01-2002, 11:00 PM
i'm so pissed! i thought i was going to get to see this match, but stupid TSN stopped coverage after the Henman/Nalbandian match!:mad:

hitman, i would appreciate it very much if you could post a point-by-point analysis of the match!:kiss: Your reports are nearly as good as the real thing!;)

08-01-2002, 11:22 PM

08-02-2002, 06:12 AM
With a request like that, its hard to say no... :D lol
No serious, I´ll post the analysis now. You can call me Fernando, btw ;)
Tough match, its good to see Marat surviving the scares. He was on a much worse day then the rest of the tournament, so it can be a confidence builder. ;)

08-02-2002, 06:13 AM
Rios serves
Bad slice return (net) 15-0
Marat tries an angle with the forehand., the ball goes wide. 30-0
Long forehand by Safin. 40-0
Good serve for Rios, to Marats body. Game Rios 1-0

Marat serves 0-1
Ace. 15-0
Long return by Rios 30-0
Bad return again (net) 40-0
Another bad return Game Safin 1-1

Rios serves 1-1
Ace (beautiful) 15-0
Mmmm, Rios tries a slice-open serve, forehand down-the-line combo, but his ball goes wide for very short. He complains about the call. 15-15
Good angle with the backhand for Safin, throws Rios out of the court, forcing his error. 15-30
Bad return 30-30
Rios´ time to take Safin out of the court forcing his error with the b/h 40-30
Both players exchange deep groundstrokes, untill Safin hits a bizarre slice with no knee bending. Yeah, the ball almost went to the stands... :p Game Rios 2-1

Safin serves 1-2
Great serve, Rios gets it, but Safin wins with a volley 15-0
Big serve to Rios´ body, bad return 30-0
Ace! 40-0
Serves open, tries a volley, unforced error. 40-15
Great point by Rios, wins it with a backhand volley. 40-30
Marat creates an imposible angle with his backhand, forces Rios error. Game Safin 2-2

Rios serves 2-2
Marat tries the jumping backhand but goes wide for a little 15-0
Another slow slice motion for Safin, his ball goes hiiiiiiigh. 30-0
Error for Rios 30-15
Great serve. 40-15
Another great serve Game Rios 3-2

Safin serves 2-3
Ace! 15-0
Good serve, awful return. 30-0
Another great serve, bad return 40-0
Geesh, another bizzare shot by Safin. Half slice, half spin, total bullshit. Ball goes wide for a step. 40-15
Error for Rios (bizzare too) Game Safin 3-3

Rios serves 3-3
Ace! 15-0
Bad return. Safin is dispersive. 30-0
Another lazy slice motion. Marat is slow. 40-0
Rios has an easy ball to kill with his backhand, he tries the jumpy one, hits the net. 40-15
Great return with the backhand for a winner. 40-30
Another good return, very deep. They rally for some time, untill Safin gets lazy again. Sprays the ball long. Game Rios 4-3

Safin serves 3-4
Great return for Rios, and then a sequance of good angled backhands. 0-15
Good serve with kick. Bad return 15-15
Double fault :rolleyes: 15-30
Another lazy point by Safin. He is serving with new balls, for Gods sake. 15-40
Now he gets a new racquet....
Didnt help much... :rolleyes: a short ball for a killer forehand, he hits the net. Stupid game for Safin. Game Rios 5-3

Rios serves 5-3
Bad return for Safin... He is losing the set by himself! :mad: 15-0
Good angle for Rios, Safin cant put a single ball in the court. 30-0
Good backhand winner for Safin! 30-15
Great play by Rios! Good placement on his serve, and then the ball comes back short for a killer forehand. 40-15
Good attacking point by Safin to save a set point. 40-30
Safin tries attacking again, but he is too lazy to bend his knees today, I guess... :fiery:
Game, first set Rios 6-3

Safin is losing this alone. Rios´ mission is only to keep the ball deep and boucing low, and putting his first serves in. That´s about all he needed to win the set. Safin is slow, dispersive and lazy. Many times he wanted to get a low ball without bending the knees. And he is not having a good shot selection at all. Some shining moments by both players, but only in the beggining of the set.

Stats (Rios vs Safin)
First serves in – 67% vs 60%
Aces – 2 vs 3
Double faults – 0 vs 1
Winners – 7 vs 5
Unforced errors – 4 vs 16 (!!!)
Break points 1/1 vs 0/0

08-02-2002, 06:16 AM
Safin serves
Ace! 15-0
Safin hits a backhand down the line, Rios puts back and he goes for a forehand down the line. It goes out, he complains about the call (it was indeed out) 15-15
Great crosscourt backhand return for winner!!! 15-30
Double fault :rolleyes: 15-40
Great serve 30-40
Ace! 40-40
Bad return ad-40
Rios mis-hits the forehand, it goes long. Game Safin 1-0

Rios serves 0-1
Good serve, bad return. 15-0
Another good serve, Marat only puts it back, but then he doesnt move to hit the forehand. Net. 15-15
Long rally, Safin unforced error. He gets mad and throws the racquet. BROKEN # 1 and warning. FOCUS! 30-15
Rios was not smart. Couldnt hit the volley. 30-30
Great play from Rios, keeping the ball very deep untill Safin´s error. 40-30
Players exchange slices, Safin tries a dropshot. Rios wins the point in the net, Safin gets overmad for the call. Stop carrying about the calls and PLAY! Game Rios 1-1

Safin serves 1-1
Good serve. 15-0
Rios paints the back line again, forcing Safin´s error. 15-15
Safin jokes with the linesman shout... hehe “sorry, cant hear you” :p And then another error. 15-30
Big serve. 30-30
Ouch, ugly error again... 30-40
Safin goes long with his forehand... Game Rios 2-1
Calm down, geesh! :mad:

Rios serves 2-1
Good point by both, Safin BEND THOSE FRIGGING KNEES! :fiery: 15-0
Oh GOSH! Now, thats how you play. Great touch on the net, to take the ball from his toes for a dropshot winner. 15-15
Safin painting the lines now. Backhand winner. YAY! 15-30
Rios makes Safin run from side to side, and then hits a winner down the line 30-30
Another good attacking point for Rios. 40-30
Rios stepped up now. Deep balls again, great shot selection, very few errors! Game Rios 3-1

Safin serves 1-3
Another long forehand for Safin. If only he could cut those ue! 0-15
Winner in the net! Good! 15-15
Another winner approaching the net. 30-15
Again approaching the net, but this time he hits the net. :sad: 30-30
Ace! Lots of slice. 40-30
Another good serve, bad return. Game Safin 2-3. A lot better now! Cmon!

Rios serves 2-3
Safin has 26 unforced errors already! It makes an average of two per-game. Its hard to win like this
Awesome point, very patient Safin does a drop volley for a winner. YES! Keep the ball in and wait! 0-15
Ace! 15-15
Thats it, if Safin keeps the ball in, Rios will make the errors. UE for Marcelo 15-30
Great return for winner! 15-40
YES! Another error for Rios Game Safin 3-3

Safin serves 3-3
Rios is the one to make the errors now. Safin a lot more patient. 15-0
Ace! 30-0
Safin goes for the winner with the backhand, but it goes wide. 30-15
Bad return. Rios is crap right now. 40-15
Foot fault called, Safin didnt like it.
Great dropshot for a winner. Rios would need a bike to get there in time :D Game Safin 4-3!

Rios serves 3-4
New balls
Good play. Now Rios is needing to play and risk to win the points. He goes for it a lot, and forces Safins error. 15-0
Great return, Rios tries to put it back, but cant 15-15
Double fault. 15-30
Bad return. 30-30
We reach one hour of match (its going too fast)
Magic point. They start the ‘who-hits-the-most-incredible-angle’ match. :p Safin wins. 30-40
Safin forces the groundstrokes, conquers the net and wins his third game in a row with a volley. Game Safin 5-3

Safin serves 5-3
Rios unforced error again with the b/h. 15-0
Both players try to attack, Rios does it better and forces Safin´s error. 15-15
Good serve, bad return. 30-15
Rios goes for the winner on return, ue. 40-15
Ace! Safin takes the set.
Game, second set Safin 6-3

The game turned around. Now its Rios who is making the errors. But theres a big difference here. The second set was a lot better, because it would take a lot longer for Marcelo to come out with the error. Marat needed to be patient, and he started the show time. Safin had to start winning the points with winners in the end of the set. Rios came back to his level of play, but the russian had already taken control of the match. Now the decisive set!

08-02-2002, 06:17 AM
Rios serves
Backhand down the line winner for Safin 0-15
Bad return (net) 15-15
Rios easy winner with the forehand. 30-15
Rios goes for the winner, the linesman calls out, chair umpire overrules. Marcelo gets mad 40-15
Ace! Game Rios 1-0

Safin serves 0-1
Serve and volley play, drop volley. :) 15-0
Bad return 30-0
Good slice serve-forehand down the line for winner combo! :D 40-0
Double fault 40-15
Bad return Game Safin 1-1

Rios serves 1-1
Questionable call against Marcelos serve (he wanted an ace) After that, he his a killer backhand crosscourt winner (awesome play!) 15-0
Great serve-volley play. 40-0
Safin tries the chip-and-charge, gets the ball to his toes. Well done, Rios! Great game. Game Rios 2-1

Safin serves 1-2
Bad return 15-0
Rios with great return, takes control of the point for a winner with the court wide open. 15-15
Great crosscourt forehand for a winner Marcelo! 15-30
Big serve, no return. :p 30-30
Opens the court with the serve, hts a backhand winner to the wide-open court. 40-30
Good play by Rios, forces Safins error 40-40
Rios mis-hits the return, the ball gets the bit of the line. Safin gets crazy about the call. 40-ad
Safin keeps the ball in play, Rios is the first to commit the error. 40-40
Rios goes for the attack again, wins with a beautiful swinging volley for a winner. 40-ad
Ace! 213 kmph. Couldnt pick a better time for that one! :p 40-40
Good return, Safin unfocused again! CMON! :fiery: 40-ad
Safin with another error. Another wondeful game by Rios! Game Marcelo 3-1

Rios serves 3-1
Rios approaches the net, Safin hits the net. Tosses the racquet to space. BROKEN # 2. No warning. 15-0
Rios is blasting all the shots! He is on fire! 30-0
Ace! 40-0
Another perfect point for Rios! Winner with the forehand. Game Rios 4-1

Safin serves 1-4
Good play, forcing Rios´ error. 15-0
Bad return 30-0
Another good serve but then another ue with the f/h 30-15
Good net play for Safin! 40-15
Great second serve! Game Safin 2-4

08-02-2002, 06:18 AM
Rios serves 4-2
Safin forces the return and then blasts a backhand crosscourt for winner. 0-15
Marat tries a dropshot, but too high. Rios reaches it and hits winner. 15-15
Error for Rios 15-30
Safin goes to the net again. Marcelo feels the pressure. 15-40
Double fault What a time... :rolleyes: Rios mad! Game Safin 3-4

Safin serves 3-4
UE for Safin with the b/h 0-15
Safin late again for the f/h. UE again. 0-30
Big serve to Rios´ body. 15-30
Yet another big serve and an easy winner with the f/h; 30-30
Big serve again! Return sprays to the moon. 40-30
Ace! 218 kmph Game Safin! :D 4-4

Rios serves 4-4
Bad return 15-0
Serve and volley for winner 30-0
UE b/h for Rios 30-15
Bad return again. 40-15
UE with the f/h for Rios 40-30
Good winner with the f/h (on the rise) for Rios Game Rios 5-4

Safin serves 4-5
UE with the b/h Rios 15-0
Ace! 30-0 Rios frustrated
Great second serve, big amount of kick! 40-0
Great return to an approaching Safin´s feet. 40-15
Good serve, easy backhand volley for winner. Game Safin 5-5

Rios serves 5-5
Jumping bakchand for Safin, Rios hits the net. 0-15
Good play by Rios, Safin forced error. 15-15
Marcelo with a totally open court, unforced error! 15-30
Bad return 30-30
Safin manages to hit a great return, but then cant kill the point. 40-30
Ace! Game Rios 6-5

Safin serves 5-6 to stay alive
Rios takes medical timing. Ouch! His feet! Hardcourts screw feets! :(
UE for Safin. Late again! :mad: 0-15
Safin calls Rios to the net and then hits a great passing shot! :) 15-15
Big serve! 30-15
Another big serve! 40-15 214 kmph :eek:
Marcelo ue with the b/h. Game Safin, 6-6 TIEBREAK :eek: :eek:

TieBreak Third Set:
Rios serves – Marcelo hits yet another ue with the f/h 0-1
Safin serves – Rios forces return, Safin cant put back 1-1 / Big serve! 2-1
Rios serves – Rios paints the line with the backhand, Safin hits it A LOT long. 2-2 / 2 hours of match. Bad return 3-2
Safin serves – Huge serve, winner to open court. 3-3 / Ace! 216 kmph 4-3
Rios serves – Safin great on the counterpunching, forces Marcelo´s error 3-5 / Another error for Rios 3-6
Safin serves – Awful return.
Game, set and match Safin 3-6 6-3 7-6 (3)

Safin started very slow, and just started playing well in the middle of the second set. He played very well then, untill the start of the third set, where he started playing bad again. On the decision time, though, Marcelo couldnt blow a break lead on the third set. And he did that. Thats the price: losing the match. Marat was far away from his own previous match, but he managed to serve very well when he most needed.
Maybe he chose the perfect time to have a bad day. He managed to win anyway, despite the scare. Now, Canas, who wont give him as many chances. And the argentinian is fresh, since he is coming from two short matches. EYES OPEN, SAFIN! FOCUS THE WHOLE MATCH NEXT TIME! :mad: ;)

08-02-2002, 08:01 AM
Thank you so much Fernando!:) That was great! Okay, i was wrong, your reports ARE as good as the real thing.! Wow!:eek: I enjoyed that so much!:D My favorite line: "Half slice, half spin, total bullshit! Omg, that is a classic! :D You have a way with words, Fernando!:cool:

Thanks again for the report!:wavey:

King Aaron
08-02-2002, 09:04 AM
thanx :D

08-02-2002, 02:53 PM
Wow, that's the most detailed match report I have read. Thanks for the time and effort put in, Hitman! :D

It's great to read!;)

08-02-2002, 03:20 PM
thanx Hitman for the great point by point analysis :)

08-02-2002, 03:26 PM
thanks for the report, now lets kick some argentinian a$$ ;)

08-02-2002, 03:43 PM
Ok, ok, dont push it. Its not that hard to do, since I write those things between the points. And I have fun. I will do it whenever I have time to. :)
And about the half slice half spin, I thought you guys would kill me for that. :o lol

Overall, I watched all of Marats matches. He played very well in the first too, and had a day off in the third. And he won all of them. Thats what a champion do. Now lets just wish that he wont melt down on the decision time like he did so many times this year. Nowhere better to win a title than in Toronto, where he never lost a match. :eek:

08-02-2002, 03:51 PM
Geesh, Hitman, you doing this for today's match too? :p :angel:

08-02-2002, 07:02 PM
I just did the first set... :p
Ill continue when I come back home at night

08-03-2002, 06:15 AM
Russian Messing: Canas Stuns Second-Seeded Safin To Reach Toronto Semis

By Richard Pagliaro

A tennis racquet is an endangered species in the hands of Marat Safin. The unofficial ATP leader in destroyed racquets, Safin has trashed more racquets than Pete Townshend has smashed guitars. Tossing his racquet in frustration today, Safin didn't shatter it, but succeeded in cracking his composure to pieces.

A gutsy Guillermo Canas wore down the second-seeded Safin in scoring a 7-5, 6-3 triumph to advance to the semifinals of the Tennis Masters Series-Canada. In his first career Tennis Masters Series semifinal, the unseeded Argentine will take on either third-seeded German Tommy Haas or unseeded Frenchman Fabrice Santoro tomorrow to play for a place in the final.

Seeking his first title of the year, the second-ranked Safin entered today's quarterfinal coming off a captivating comeback victory over Chilean Marcelo Rios in which Safin overcame deficits of 1-3 in the second set and 1-4 in the final set to earn a hard-fought 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) victory. Meanwhile, Canas proved himself to be a seed-slayer taking out 10th-seeded Roger Federer in the first round before beating fifth-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-2 in yesterday's third-round.

The 2000 Toronto champion, Safin took the court with a 2-1 career record against Canas with Canas winning their only prior meeting on hard court with a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the first round of the 2001 Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati.

Surrendering serve at 15 in his first service game, Safin found himself trailing 0-2, but broke back in the third game when Canas netted a forehand. Staring repeatedly at his sore right wrist, Canas reflexively flexed the wrist as if trying to stretch the soreness from the wrist. Withstanding the racquet-rattling power of Safin while playing with a sore wrist is about as easy as arm-wrestling King Kong while wearing handcuffs, yet Canas countered Safin's advantage in power with his consistency from the baseline and doggedly determined pursuit of every shot. As one of the fittest players on Tour, Canas has never seen a shot he didn't believe he could run down and his extreme effort took a psychological toll on Safin, who frequently felt he had won a point only to watch Canas run down the apparent winner and force him to hit one more shot.

Consequently, Safin sometimes played more risky shots than situations required, but was able to overcome his increasingly faulty forehand with a strong serve in the first set. The 6-foot-4 Safin's superior serve enabled him to win 17 of 20 first-serve points in the first set, but the pesky play of Canas proved problematic for the towering, temperamental Russian on his second serve as Canas won 10 of 12 points played on Safin's second serve.

Serving to stay in the set at 5-6, Safin hit a forehand wide to go down double-set point at 15-40. He saved one set point with a service winner, but at 30-40 Canas followed a forehand into the net where he dropped down nearly to his knees in delivering a dazzling drop-volley winner to secure the set, 7-5. The shot apparently served as the antidote to his wrist ailment as Canas pumped his fist in excitement.

"The wrist has been very painful this week," Canas said. "But I took a pill to kill the pain and now it's good."

He was ingesting pain killers before the match and Canas proved to be a buzz kill during the match for a surly Safin, whose mood turned sour following what he felt was a bad call in the fourth game. The call — combined with Safin's frustration over his own errant shots — caused the former US Open champion to hurl his racquet to the ground in anger.

"Because of your bad calls, I'm losing the match," an angry Safin complained to chair umpire Steve Ullrich during the changeover after he fell behind 1-4 in the second set.

A tremendous talent, who appears capable of hitting winners from nearly any position on the court, Safin's physical prowess is accompanied by concentration lapses that can make him appear as focused as a college student enduring a mundane lecture the day before spring break.

To his credit, Safin did not give up and held serve at love to close to within 2-4, but desperately needing a break, Safin started off the next game by blowing an easy overhead that he pushed wide while Canas was completely off the court. Despite donating the free point to Canas, Safin won the next two points to take a 15-30 lead, but failed to put two successive returns into the court off mediocre serves as Canas reached game point and held for 5-2 on a brilliant short-angle forehand pass crosscourt.

Like a boxer willing to withstand a barrage of body blows on the ropes, Canas spent much of the match absorbing Safin's strongest shots before unleashing quick, concise counters that stunned his larger foe. Serving for the match at 5-3, Canas played the point of the match as he careened corner to corner in running down four successive apparent winners before pushing a backhand up the line to lead 15-0. The point was a microcosm of the match: Safin seemingly in complete command only to watch a determined Canas fight and fight before turning a totally defensive position into a winner.

At 15-all, Canas slid a service winner wide to Safin's forehand to reach 30-15 then served two successive aces down the middle to vanquish his third seed of the tournament and raise his record to 41-19 on the season, one win less than Andy Roddick, who leads the ATP in victories on the season with 42.

The 12th-seeded Roddick plays another Argentine — 15th-seeded Wimbledon runnerup David Nalbandian — in tonight's quarterfinal. Canas, who could join forces with Nalbandian as teammates on the Argentine Davis Cup team that takes on host Russia in September's semifinals, said Nalbandian's Wimbledon run has inspired his countrymen.

"It was good for everyone," Canas said. "He (Nalbandian) made the Wimbledon final and showed us it is possible we can do the same someday. I feel very confident with the way I am playing and I'm very happy to be in the semifinal."

King Aaron
08-03-2002, 11:35 AM

08-03-2002, 10:33 PM


TOUR OFFICIAL: Any questions for Marat?

REPORTER: Marat, where did you lose it?

MARAT SAFIN: A tough question. I think he played great tennis and I just -- I just was missing my opportunities all over the court. I had so many opportunities and it's so -- I cannot explain how frustrated I am right now, you know, with -- I had everything -- everything and I lose -- I lose all my opportunities. I lost everything, what I had and I lost so many chances in this match so I just -- it makes me feel so pissed that I cannot describe it.

REPORTER: Marat, did you underestimate him a little bit? Did you underestimate him just a little bit?

MARAT SAFIN: No definitely not because, you know, that he is a great player. He is in the top 20 so anyway you have to respect the guy and, you know, that he gonna play great tennis even, you know, -- he's a big fighter and I knew that he gonna run all over the court. I knew that he gonna give everything and -- but just -- I cannot explain you why -- why and what reason -- what was the reason that I lost this match. I was playing -- I was trying -- I had my chances but the chances when I had my chance to just to do something, I didn't do anything. I was waiting for a mistake. My backhand was terrible today. I had so many chances with my backhand and I was just missing or just -- just out or just on the net and I was -- I couldn't finish the volleys that I had to finish and I had to finish and I had to take my chances with the ball is just -- I had to go for it some times and I didn't go and I was waiting for the mistake and I was trying to play very smart technical tennis

which is not my game and it's just -- I just had it there but I couldn't take it. I was so close to win this match. It could go actually other way around. It could go 7-5, 6-3 but then it's -- when he won the first set and then I just -- I felt like I'm losing it, and I'm losing it -- train is running away -- and I cannot -- I cannot jump on it and it just -- I felt this way.

Even the second set I had my chances but just -- I missed everything.

REPORTER: Did you know that he pulled out of the doubles yesterday with a wrist problem and did that influence your thinking?

MARAT SAFIN: Come on! He can't but you can see that he is playing well. He is playing -- he's very confident and he's playing great tennis and I don't think it's -- maybe it's hurt -- the wrist is hurting but just - he, he wanted to make sure to play singles -- to be able to play singles. That's why he retired from doubles. I think that was the reason.

REPORTER: Marat, for the second straight day you have played a very cautious match where you were waiting for your opponent to make a mistake. Do you think you lost your confidence a bit?

MARAT SAFIN: Maybe. I think so. Yeah. I think so because I'm not going -- I'm not going for the shots that I used to go. I used to be more, you know, more aggressive

and not wait for the mistakes. I used to play my -- I used to build the point and now I'm playing a little bit defensive tennis. I'm playing with Canas -- I'm playing three (Ph) metres behind the baseline, and it's not my game, so it's difficult to beat Canas playing his game, and he was attacking the ball all the time. He was running for -- he was hitting the ball from the forehand all, all the time. He was serving well, he was returning, and I give him all the confidence that I had to him and I was just trying -- I was -- I was just trying to stay there and trust just going to wait for his mistakes. Even knowing this in the match I couldn't change it. It's like -- it's so pathetic and it's -- I'm just like I'm laughing at myself that how, how bad I could build the match, how bad I could build it tactically and just being so -- you know, to not have been enough balls to win this match. That's -- that's how I'm feeling. I'm just describing you and it's -- I'm not, I'm not scared of telling this. It's just -- I'm feeling this way.

REPORTER: Marat, was there anything he did that surprised you or anything in particular that was -- that made it difficult for you?

MARAT SAFIN: Oh, he was playing solid game. He was serving well. He was -- he played some great tennis and great forehand. Very good forehand. He was doing a lot with opening the court. He went to the net when he had to go. Good backhand. He's pretty solid player and I respect him but just to beat this kind of player you have to do something.

REPORTER: Marat, there's a lot of tennis to be played in the next seven weeks but you will play him again at the Davis Cup semifinal. He has now beaten you in the ... (Inaudible) ... Successive days. Do you think there is any significance in that for the match in Russia?

MARAT SAFIN: No, it has nothing to do. Davis Cup is a, is a different story. It is just different -- different type of game. It's -- and also it's -- it's completely different. You cannot compare a ATP win to the Davis Cup. It has nothing to do. It has nothing to do.

REPORTER: Marat, when did you start losing your confidence? A long time ago? Do you know why and when?

MARAT SAFIN: I don't know why and I know for sure that was like starting in Hamburg -- Hamburg finals because I was playing great tennis against Hewitt. Was one of my best matches ever. I was playing great and I was playing like in 2000 -- back in 2000 I felt it was 3-3, 6-1, and he had no chances at all, and then after the final -- I played the finals against Federer -- Roger Federer -- I start to understand it -- I am not good enough and I'm not good enough to beat all this players. Even I made the quarter semifinals of ... (Inaudible) ... But I was struggling. Every match I was struggling. I was against ... (Inaudible) ... I went four sets. It was not his best surface. It was rocket five sets and just was terrible match against Ferrero, and then it's like Schhhhhhhhhewwww (Ph). Dropping, dropping, dropping.

REPORTER: Marat, are you thinking of retiring? You might stop playing tennis now?

MARAT SAFIN: No, no, no. I have to find -- I have to look for solutions. I have to -- I have to look for them really quickly and I have to do something because otherwise I will -- I will definitely go crazy if I move on like this. If I will -- because I can play two matches. I can play great but then there is no consistency which is I'm looking for, for like and if you -- if you want to be a great player you have to be consistent which is Hewitt. I think he is a great player. He is pretty consistent. That's why he is No. 1 in the world. And I can play a couple of my good matches but then it's just -- you have a match that you just -- you don't know what's going on and it's -- it's -- that's why it's -- I have to look for something and look for a solutions because I cannot move on like this otherwise I will definitely go crazy. A couple of more matches like this and it's going to be disaster.

REPORTER: Are you worried at all now that your sister might give you a hard time 'cause she won?

MARAT SAFIN: No not yet. Not yet. She still respects me.

TOUR OFFICIAL: Anything else for Marat?


08-03-2002, 11:17 PM

08-04-2002, 11:46 PM
Good Luck Marat in Cincy!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce::bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

08-05-2002, 07:56 AM
GO MARAT!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

King Aaron
08-05-2002, 10:07 AM
Good luck Marat !!

the cat
08-05-2002, 04:33 PM
I'm a little concerned about Marat! :eek: He doesn't really believe in himself. I think it's time for Marat to bring a Russian in to work with him and advise him. His Mother would be the first choice. But she's coaching his sister Dinara. Thus, I recommend the Mikhail Safin, Marat's Father leave his Tennis Club in Moscow and join Marat on the tour! :bounce: Pretty good choice. Huh?

Safin has played his best tennis with a Russian working with him. Why can't he figure that out? Don't you think it's time for Marat to give Andrei Chesnokov or Alexander Volkov a call again? I do.

Sports psychologists have done wonders for Russian athletes. Alexei Yagudin and Irina Slutskaya immediately come to mind first. Marat open's up too much. He should be telling these things to a Sports Psychologist, not tennis reporters.

I still am amazed that Safin told a reporter in Austraslia earlier this year that he didn't watch Thomas Johansson's Australian Open semifinal match because he wanted to watch a movie instead. :confused: Not surprisingly, Marat lost the final and a chance to have a great year. Because he still hasn't won a tournament yet this year.

I hope he can play well before the U.S. Open. But I wouldn't count on it in his frame of mind! :(

08-06-2002, 01:41 AM
Greg Rusedski def marat safin 7-6(9-7) 6-2

Marat had I think 3 sets points in the tie-break but failed to convert. Unlucky Marat. I guess his confidence really is low :sad:

08-06-2002, 04:09 AM
Marat:sad: :sad: :sad:

God, i'm so depressed i don't know what to say..

Marat was playing so well last week, he was having fun on the court he says he's lost and doesn't know what to do..:sad: :sad:

08-06-2002, 04:14 AM
Here is a quote from Marat after the Rusedski match:

``I'm so lost that I can't find out what I can do to come back and play well,'' he said. ``I'm supposed to be No. 1 (in the world) and I'm supposed to win some big tournaments this year. I've had chances, but I didn't do it. I don't know what to do.''


08-06-2002, 06:21 AM
I don't like that quote at all. :sad: Marat!!! :sad:

King Aaron
08-06-2002, 09:36 AM
:sad: Marat :sad:

08-06-2002, 11:29 AM

As far as his mum coaching him - you may be right, but Marat would rather die than have his mother coach him:D

Marat has himself said that he feels he needs a Russian coach. After the Australian Marat and even the Russian Davis Cup Captain(sorry can't remember his name) asked Alex Volkov if he could coach him, but due to business needs Volkov was unable to make the commitment. Marat knows he needs a coach but I think the guy he really wants - - Alex Volkov is not availabile.

Maybe Marat needs to make another call and see if Volkov is available for the next couple of weeks in the lead-up to the US Open at least!.

Another thought - It didn't take a journalist long to point out to Marat that Dinara beat him to a tournament this year. Suddenly Marat is talking about he should be winning tournaments. In the past Marat seemed to take loosing in his stride. Do you think given Dinara's win Marat is putting additional pressure on himself and hence the doubt.? (please note I am not saying Marat is jealous of his sisters success- before anyone interprets this in the wrong way)

08-06-2002, 03:21 PM
Marat Fanz-I just watched the match between Marat and Greg and there were some Intresting comments in the studio about Amit Noar. Mark Petchey described Noar as a "Waterboy" Not a proper coach (Apparantely he was washing Marat's Laundry in the OZ open :o) He says Marat needs a "real" Coach to kick him up the ass, coz Noar is more like a friend that makes Marat felel good(Though not at the mo.)

08-06-2002, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by Jessi
Here is a quote from Marat after the Rusedski match:

``I'm so lost that I can't find out what I can do to come back and play well,'' he said. ``I'm supposed to be No. 1 (in the world) and I'm supposed to win some big tournaments this year. I've had chances, but I didn't do it. I don't know what to do.''

Oh Marat :(

Hang in there! :) :kiss:

08-06-2002, 08:08 PM
Pffffffft :(:(:(

08-06-2002, 09:16 PM
Originally posted by Lleyton's_Chick
Marat Fanz-I just watched the match between Marat and Greg and there were some Intresting comments in the studio about Amit Noar. Mark Petchey described Noar as a "Waterboy" Not a proper coach (Apparantely he was washing Marat's Laundry in the OZ open :o) He says Marat needs a "real" Coach to kick him up the ass, coz Noar is more like a friend that makes Marat felel good(Though not at the mo.)

Yeah, he is more of a friend, just like Marc Rosset. :o

Marat really does need a real coach. :sad:

08-07-2002, 12:56 AM

08-07-2002, 05:02 AM
if Marat wants to get his game back on track, he should dump Amit now and hire Brad Gilbert asap!

Cmon Marat! Pick up the damn phone, Brad is dying to work with you! :mad:

08-07-2002, 05:17 AM
He should pick a coach and stick to him!
And mainly be open to do whatever the guy has to suggest.

08-07-2002, 05:23 AM
:wavey: hitman!

don't mean to be off topic but i posted a really nice pic of Marat with Guga and other new balls players in the picture thread. Please check it out:)

08-07-2002, 05:39 AM
:wavey: Jessi

Ill check it out now. Thanks. :)

the cat
08-07-2002, 04:18 PM
Mags, Marat doesn't need a full time coach. He needs a coach to coach him in about ten tournaments a year. I know Alexander Volkov has business responsibilities. But what about Andrei Chesnokov? He really got Marat's career yurned around and heading in the right direction in 2000.

It's dissaponting to see Marat Struggling again. I wonder who holds the Key to unlock the greatness in Marat? :confused: Maybe it's Marat himself! :)

08-07-2002, 05:32 PM
I couldn't agree with you more Cat!, but I think he may have asked Andrei Chesnokov as well. See the following article - article (


the cat
08-08-2002, 03:01 AM
Mags, that article talks about Andrei Cherkasov. Not Andrei Chesnokov. The point is he needs a Russian with him as a coach or confidant.

And where is Candy from WTA World? Is Candy Tammy here at ATP World? :confused:

08-08-2002, 03:11 AM
the cat, Candy is jennifer here at ATP World. She was the one who started this thread!;)

I really wish Chesnokov would reconsider coaching Marat. Seems he is the only one Marat is willing to listen to..

the cat
08-08-2002, 04:08 AM
Da Jessi! ;) I agree.

Did you watch the entire tape yet?

08-08-2002, 04:11 AM
Da? or is it Duh? ;)

Oh yes, i finished watching it a long time ago!

08-08-2002, 09:05 AM

Oops- that will teach me to skim read. But as you said Marat needs to find a coach that suits him and soon.

08-08-2002, 06:52 PM
Well, first of all, Marat´s struggle is a matter of two matches or stuff ago. He is MENTALLY struggling, but that dont at all translates his results and performance of MOST of the year. I mean, the guy is ranked number 2 in the world. His problem is mental. He needs a caoch to work with his head. Someone who has some psychology (sp?) background. Many matches he plays well and than he goes to an interview and says he didnt. And when he plays more or less he says its a tragedy. Putting yourself down is different from wanting to take the best of you out. :( He needs to put things in perspective and identify where things are not going like he would like it to. He had many good results, and he was consistently in the finals or semifinals or quarterfinals of the tournaments. Its just a little detail that needs adjustments.
I would like to see him work with Stefanki (like someone said sometime ago somewhere around here... yeah, Im clueless. :o), Gilbert or Chesnokov. And he does need someone to STAY with him, because he needs policy. Or else he just burries himself and his confidence. It looks like he needs someone constantly reminding him of the good things he has (and the bad too, of course). Thats my opinion on the subject.

Geesh, sorry it was so long. :p

08-16-2002, 10:12 PM
Marat :(

08-16-2002, 10:21 PM
I hope Marat gets better by the US Open.

I want to see him there. :sad:

08-17-2002, 09:46 AM
Hey Allie, don't worry, i think Marat will be okay

Good luck and have fun at the Open! :)

09-14-2002, 04:48 AM
GO MARAT!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

09-21-2002, 10:39 PM
this place is dead..

09-22-2002, 12:15 AM
Well, you were close but you can win it tomorrow. Go Marat!:D

09-22-2002, 04:29 AM
:bounce: GO MARAT!!! :bounce:

09-22-2002, 04:17 PM
congrats marat - you're into the final :)

the cat
09-22-2002, 07:45 PM
Atleast Marat led Russia to the Davis Cup final. A tremendous effort by Safin.

I guess his rib injury has healed.

09-23-2002, 10:23 AM
Well done Marat!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

What's next for our man, is it Salem Open?:confused:

09-30-2002, 05:46 AM
:D :bounce:

09-30-2002, 06:41 PM
Marat is the Best and the sexiest!!!!!!!!

10-01-2002, 05:14 AM
here are some pics of Marat in Moscow..

nice shorts :p

10-01-2002, 05:17 AM
Marat signs some more autographs. what a guy! :)

10-02-2002, 07:59 PM
Marat won his first round match today beating Fernando Meligeni 6-4, 7-6(4)!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

His next opponent is Andre Sa of Brazil. Good luck, Marat!!!

10-02-2002, 08:00 PM
some pics from the match:

10-02-2002, 08:01 PM

10-05-2002, 10:48 PM
SF Kremlin Cup

Paul Henri Mattieu def Marat Safin 7-6(3),6-4

I was posting a reply to this question-Was Marat in Self-Destruct mode? & this is what I said & a brief match report.

Hmmmm Not really but Kinda(If that makes sense)PHM Made hit some unbelievable winners, he is incredibly strong on the forehand side today and raced to a 4-1 lead in the 1st set, but it was more that his level dropped and Safin picked his up, but Safin played a really bad tie-break and some of his drop shots-too casual & pretty lazy from the back of the baseline. In the 2nd set Safin had lots of opps to break PHM 0-40 leads wasted. I felt for his rackets today they got a real pounding-the last racket he hammered to the floor, the top of the frame kinda had a bend in it coz he smashed it so hard. PHM broke Safin twice to lead 5-2 but kinda wilted a lot when served for the match but then served it out at 5-4 after soem real poor returning from Marat, who knew whe was a beaten man and ended with 4 poor shots. He walked off the court a very disappointed man.

the cat
10-06-2002, 07:57 PM
Marat's year has been such a dissapointment! :( When he made the finals of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, I thought he would have a great year. But I was so wrong.

And his Yevgeny Kafelniov like schedule is taking it's toll. Takshent, Moscow, Hong Kong and Moscow again all in consecutive weeks. The only top players in men's tennis who play such an overcrowded schedule are Safin and Kafelnikov! :eek: All of the other top players take enough time off between events. But Marat doesn't. And it's affecting his play. :mad: Kafelnikov never learned to play a wiser schedule. Will Marat make the same mistake? I hope not. But it looks that way.

10-07-2002, 05:05 AM
Ditto! When Marat went off to a good start in AO (never mind his shocking loss. Still couldn't belive that he lost to TJ until now):o , I also thought that this is the year he would be kicking major asses and racking up tourney titles after another. Dead wrong.

This really is frustrating for his fans. Marat's 2002 is stricken with loads of lows and disappointments!:sad:

Here's hoping for a great 2003 for Marat!

Vamos Marat!:bounce:

10-08-2002, 04:57 PM

10-08-2002, 10:33 PM
Marat beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6(5) in the first rnd of Lyon! Bravo Marat! :D

Good luck against Wayne Arthurs tomorrow!

10-08-2002, 10:34 PM
a pic from today's match :) .jpg

10-08-2002, 10:36 PM
An article from Lyon's official website:

Safin Stops Gasquet

Top seed Marat Safin needed to draw on all of his experience to overcome teenage French sensation Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6(5) to reach the second round of the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon.

Safin, who accepted a wild card into the tournament, fought off a spirited challenge from the 16-year-old in what was a repeat of their second round encounter earlier this year at the Tennis Masters Monte Carlo. On that occasion, Gasquet was playing in his first ATP event having become the youngest ever qualifier at a Tennis Masters Series tournament and had his first taste of the big time.

Six months later, Gasquet was showing just how far he has come after winning the French and US Open junior titles along with a Challenger title in Montauban and two Futures titles (Great Britain and Germany).

"Richard has improved his serve since the last time we played in Monte Carlo," said Safin of his young opponent. "The guy has great hands and he takes many risks from the baseline. He definitely has a great future ahead of him. I barely played in satellite events at his age and he is already beating established professional players."


Safin, who is looking to win his first title of the year, added: "I didn't practice on the Centre Court before playing my match and everything seemed very fast to me. My timing was a bit off hitting my groundstrokes."

The Russian, who currently lies in third position in the ATP Champions Race 2002, had a best fifth result of three points coming into Lyon, and now will add to his total of 460 by reaching the second round, where he will meet Wayne Arthurs. "It's very important for me to make some good points in the remaining tournaments so I can make it to the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai," said Safin. "I have a very busy schedule ahead. I should have played better in the summer."

For Gasquet, it was all part of the learning experience. "It is not easy to play against a player like Marat on a fast surface like this," said the Frenchman. "He serves extremely well and his groundstrokes are very heavy and hard. I was very happy with how I competed today."

Ma. Estefania
10-09-2002, 12:27 AM
I like Gasquet, but come on, I find a little bit exagerated to say that Marat needs AAAAALL his experience to overcome Richard.
Come on, it's french media, and Richard is french.
Anyway, good match for Marat.

10-09-2002, 05:47 AM
Go Marat! Go solidify your place on the race!:bounce:

Good luck!:D

10-27-2002, 04:26 PM
MARAT, good luck in Paris!!!!!! and win your spot in the masters! marat :bounce:

10-28-2002, 08:13 AM
Good luck Marat! :D

01-02-2003, 03:19 AM
Kick butt in Sydney, Marat! :D

01-02-2003, 03:59 AM
Good luck Marat:) Kick some asses:D

01-07-2003, 06:41 AM
good start for the year...he just beat Rochus 6-1 6-4 (played well)
C'mon Marat !!!!

01-07-2003, 08:49 AM
Good job Marat! :D

Luckycharm, thank you so much for calling scores for us poor souls who don't have coverage. Hope you'll be able to do it again for Marat's next match. :) I just have one question about marat's back. Did he walk off the court in pain? Did he seem downcast, what was his mood in general? Thanks. :)

01-07-2003, 01:24 PM
may pleasure...i know how it feels not to be able to watch a marat's match...and worst not to have a live sb to find out the score...hopefully the channel that covers the tournament will show marat's match tomorrow:)))

no he did not seem in the after match interview he said that he may have pulled something...but that he was going to check out to make sure it is nothing serious...he was just pinching it a bit before serving for the last game...cracked up a 206k ace to finish the match though...

01-08-2003, 12:50 AM
Thanks LuckyCharm! I hope that channel will show marat's match tonight and you'll be able to call scores for us again. :)

I'm glad to hear he did not seem in pain. I always freak out everytime i hear about his back. Hopefully Anatoly has taken care of it and everything is AOK!

Go Marat!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

01-08-2003, 05:30 AM
Marat bt Jarkko Nieminen 3-6 6-1 6-2. Dropped the first set but came through in style. He is now in quaterfinals of Sydney and will play winner of Roddick/Lee.

Go Marat! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

01-08-2003, 05:31 AM
Safin, Clijsters through to quarterfinals

January 7, 2003

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Top-seeded Marat Safin dropped a set before overcoming Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Adidas International.

The world No. 3, a finalist at the Australian Open last year, expended too much energy in the heat during the first set, mixing a baseline game with some rushes to the net.

The Russian reverted to his strong serve and ground strokes to overpower Nieminen and win the second-round encounter, clinching the second set in 25 minutes and closing with a service winner on match point.

01-08-2003, 05:33 AM
pics from today's match :) 06.jpg 07.jpg

01-08-2003, 05:34 AM
Well done Marat :)

Ooops, just deleted the pics to avoid double posting ;)

01-08-2003, 05:39 AM
from press conference :drool:

01-08-2003, 08:37 AM
From Eurosport:

Most of the top players, including last year's Australian Open finalist Marat Safin, survived the scorching temperatures that soared as high 45 degrees Celcius but the storms that followed claimed some big-name victims including Roddick.

Safin, playing just after noon, staged a mighty comeback in oppressive heat to beat Jarrko Nieminen 3-6 6-1 6-2. The giant Russian said it was so hot on court he'd forgotten how to think but said the gruelling examination had shown he was in peak physical condition ahead of the Australian Open.

"That's one of the hottest days I've ever played. It was really difficult to play but it's great practice," said Safin, last year's Australian Open runner-up. "It was really windy too so the conditions couldn't have been worse but if you can play in this kind of weather you can play anywhere."

Nice pic for avatar, don't you think? :D

01-08-2003, 02:23 PM
nice pix the way he looks...

zosse i was just thinking that that pix will make a cute avatar:)

Good Luck Marat !!!!!

01-14-2003, 11:08 AM
Congrats to Marat for his win in 1st round :bounce: :) :bounce:

Marat Safin from Russia jubilates after his 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, victory over Raemon Sluiter from Netherlands at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament in Melbourne, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003. (AP Photo/Tony Feder)

01-14-2003, 11:15 AM


Marat Safin, hampered by a shoulder injury in recent days, made sure that his first test at the Australian Open would not be his last.

The Russian third seed had his preparations for the Australian Open ruined by the injury he suffered midway through last week in Sydney.

He was told not to serve for a couple of days at least, and there were fears that he might not make it to the starting grid at Melbourne Park.

Safin took the first set comfortably enough, but when he dropped the second to Dutchman Raemon Sluiter there were fears that he might be struggling physically.

But it was just a dip in form and Safin, who served 13 aces and won 74% on first serve, recovered his 'A' game and won through 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-4.

01-15-2003, 12:10 AM
thanx for the article zosse :)

Well done Marat!
Marat says he's shoulder is getting better and that he's taking care of it :) He reckons it will be perfect by the next round. Lets hope so.

Go Marat! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

01-15-2003, 12:12 AM
Injured Shoulder No Problem for Safin

Tue January 14, 2003 03:21 AM ET By Julian Linden

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Third seed Marat Safin cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dutchman Raemon Sluiter Tuesday.

The Russian showed no ill-effects from the shoulder problem that forced him to pull out of last week's Sydney International although he said he was using anti-inflammatory drugs to ease his pain. He fired 13 aces past Sluiter, including one timed at 130 mph, to win in two and a half hours.

After securing a second round meeting with Spaniard Albert Montanes, Safin said: "It's okay, the pain is going away.

"It's much better and by the next match I think it will be perfect."

Safin was due to meet eventual champion, Korean qualifier Lee Hyung-taik, in the quarter-finals in Sydney last week but pulled out on medical advice because of problems with his serving shoulder.

He flew straight to Melbourne to receive treatment in the hope of starting in the Australian Open and was eventually cleared to play.

Safin, who briefly held the number one ranking shortly after his breakthrough victory in the 2000 U.S. Open, lost last year's Australian Open final to Swede Thomas Johansson.

Now ranked third in the world, the 22-year-old Russian said he had a great chance of going one better this year.

"Last year is history already, it was a year ago" he said.

"I still think I have great potential to do well here. I want to do well here.

"I will be tough (to beat) and I will give trouble to everybody, that's for sure."

Safin said he thought the Melbourne Park Rebound Ace courts were playing faster than last year and that would suit his big serving game.

"It is definitely faster, the bounce is a little bit slower but that's good for me," he said.

"The courts are definitely good for my game."

01-15-2003, 12:14 AM
some more pics from yesterday's match :)

01-15-2003, 12:15 AM

01-15-2003, 12:16 AM

01-15-2003, 03:44 AM
Jessi, where i can find this kind of pics?! wrote NEWS PIX on it?! i will be glad if u can tell me!

01-15-2003, 04:13 AM
Hey msg! ;)

here is the link:

01-16-2003, 05:09 AM
Marat WONNNNN!!! Yay! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

well done Marat! Should have won in straight sets but a win is a win ;)

He next plays Rainer Schuttler of Germany (?). Good luck Marat!

01-16-2003, 05:09 AM
Patchy Safin Advances to Third Round in Melbourne

MELBOURNE - Third seed Marat Safin shook off a poor second set against Spain's Albert Montanes to earn a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

The big Russian, runner-up in Melbourne last year, continued his return to fitness after a shoulder injury forced him out of last week's Sydney International with a patchy display at the Rod Laver Arena.

Safin, who is using anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the pain, committed 53 unforced errors and was given a warning for racket abuse after a wayward forehand early in the third set.

But the 2000 U.S. Open champion broke the 81st-ranked Montanes soon afterwards and took the set 6-4 before rushing through the fourth to wrap up proceedings in two hours 10 minutes.

Safin plays Rainer Schuettler in the third round. The number 31 seed from Germany knocked out former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands 6-3 7-5 6-4.

01-16-2003, 05:14 AM
pics from Marat's second rnd match :)

01-16-2003, 05:16 AM

01-16-2003, 05:17 AM

01-16-2003, 05:18 AM
lol..Marat showing where the ball landed :p

01-16-2003, 05:47 AM
here are some more

01-16-2003, 05:47 AM

01-16-2003, 05:54 AM
Marat's interview is already up at the AO site. Its really long. Reporters must really love listening to Marat talk. lol.

Here it is:

M. SAFIN/A. Montanes
6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

MODERATOR: Questions for Marat.

Q. How do you feel after that sort of a match?
MARAT SAFIN: Good. One more match behind, playing better, feeling better. So just nothing special still.

Q. What positive did you get out of your game today?
MARAT SAFIN: That I won is the most positive thing. Just won my match, that's it. Next match -- we'll see what happen next match.

Q. Your serve seemed to be really back in the groove today.
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, really (laughter)?

Q. Have you been doing anything extra?
MARAT SAFIN: Just, you know -- just I try to watch out the serve, the motion. No, just the toss, I was trying to throw the ball in the right spot so I don't have to, you know, like -- I don't have to use too much my shoulder, I mean, like to use the power so is going to be the good motion. So just I go with the swing.

Q. Are you still having much treatment on it?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, every day. Every day spend some time in the doctor's room and just making some exercises, getting better.

Q. How much better is it feeling? Do you think it's going to continue?
MARAT SAFIN: It's going away completely. Slowly going away. Every day is much better and better. So hopefully for next match, I'll be perfectly.

Q. How would you sum up the week so far, bearing in mind you were a little uncertain coming in how the shoulder would stand up?
MARAT SAFIN: No, slowly, it's good. It's the first week, so basically is not a big deal. But still, you know, every match I'm going to play, it's a tough one. And I'm trying to use less power, less energy, so I'll be okay for second week. I'm thinking about the second week.
But every match that I'm playing, it's a tough one, and I'm trying to do my best. For the moment is working. I have a next tough opponent, Schuettler, so just I will try to be concentrated from the beginning and try to give all my best and let's see how it's going.

Q. What sort of record do you have with Schuettler?
MARAT SAFIN: Schuettler, I don't remember. We played I think once in the finals of St. Petersburg and I beat him in three sets.

Q. Russian tennis is on a high right now. Can you pinpoint a reason for this? You have the Davis Cup, a lot of young players coming through.
MARAT SAFIN: For the last couple years have been big boom in Moscow, in Russia. Everybody's playing tennis - a lot of kids, even politicians, businessmen, everybody who can just likes tennis, everybody's trying to play tennis. They have coaches. Even the old people, they have coaches. The professionals try to -- you know, they come to you, they ask you what you should do, how you have to play. They're playing doubles.
That's good. It's a nice atmosphere. A lot of indoor courts has been constructed. I think is good. Also we have a lot of girls, you know, in top hundred. I don't know how many. It seems like to me we're playing in Russia. All the girls are here.
Is not the same situation with the guys. We have only four or five in top hundred, which is not -- I think we can have much more, for example, like Spanish players, they are like 14.
But for sure they going to come some young Juniors, and they'll be there.

Q. What's the secret that there's so many?
MARAT SAFIN: I don't know. Just thanks to Yevgeny, thanks to Boris Yeltsin kind of because he started with all these things. You know, he started to play tennis. Since then, the people, they start to like it.

Q. Is there a big change in the quality of the facilities since when you were there until now?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, big change. You cannot even compare.

Q. Doesn't compare?
MARAT SAFIN: No, you can't compare. Is just completely different. If I'm telling you before, we're talking about '94, there were no -- basically no -- it was really impossible to get the Head racquets. So now you can buy it everywhere. On every corner I can buy the racquets. You can buy anything, balls, racquets, clothes, not a problem. But before, it was really impossible.

Q. In the first set early you grabbed at your back, what was that?
MARAT SAFIN: It was kind of stiff. I was a little bit stiff. So I'm working on my back all the time, because at the end of last season I start to have problems with my back because I'm tall. Tall people, they have problems, you know. It's normal. So I'm trying to work. I didn't stretch too well, so that's why sort of it was a little bit uncomfortable.

Q. Is it made worse by the shoulder?
MARAT SAFIN: No, no, no. It has nothing to do. Just trying to work a lot with my back, and that's it, so I don't have any problems in the future.

Q. Are you enjoying the tournament, or is it a bit of a job?
MARAT SAFIN: Of course, I'm enjoying, otherwise I would not come here. Already I can decide what I want to do in my life. I came here, I want to win, and I want to do well. But sometimes it's difficult. Everybody playing great tennis, you know. Even Montanes, which is not hard court specialist, he can give you trouble. So you have to be focused all the time. It's tough. It's tough. It's difficult because I'm kind of nervous and I want to do well, so it's like a little difficult to play your best tennis. But I'm on the way.

Q. Your sister is coming along very well. Have you been giving her any secrets, any help?
MARAT SAFIN: No. She has a coach. She knows what she has to do. I don't want to be involved, you know. Just I should take care of myself.

Q. Does she ever tell you what to do?
MARAT SAFIN: Still not. No thanks.

Q. Have you seen any of Agassi or Hewitt at this tournament on TV? Agassi impressed a lot of people yesterday. Your thoughts on where the title might be heading off to?
MARAT SAFIN: It's great, very impressive, but I don't really -- he's in good form. What I can say? He's in great shape, he's physically strong, concentrated. He came here with the family. He has to do well here.
The guy is playing, he's enjoying. He's 32 years old and he wants to do well. It's great. He find the motivation to play at the age of 32, so great.

Q. You said in Sydney last week you didn't know whether he would be able to be No. 1 this year at his age, to get back to No. 1. Do you think he has the stamina, the fitness, to win this tournament?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but by winning this tournament, you're not going to become a No. 1 at the end of the season. Doesn't mean. He can win this tournament, why not? But there is like another people who wants to win also. So maybe they're not playing their great tennis at the moment, but they will get much better in the second week and they can be more dangerous, you know.
So we'll see. It's just we passed two rounds. You cannot judge the people by just playing two matches. You cannot say that you're going to win for sure the tournament. You never know. One day is another day coming, another match, and it will not be the same like the first one, and the second one is not going to be like the third one. You don't know.
But the guy for the moment is playing great. Let's see what's going to happen in the second week - if he'll get there. Of course, let's see if he can play this same level of tennis during all the year. It's really difficult. One tournament is one tournament, but all the year, it's completely different thing. You have to be in shape. He's not a 22-year-old guy.
It's really tough at this stage to be focused, be in great shape, that's for sure.

Q. What about Yevgeny? What is on his mind?
MARAT SAFIN: Ask Yevgeny what is on his mind. Why should I know?

Q. Because he's Russian.
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but I don't really -- his life, ask him. Because me, I don't know what he wants to do, what he has on his mind. I think even himself, he doesn't know what he wants. So you want me to tell you? I really don't know, really.

Q. You say it's tough at your age. What's the toughest thing about it, the physical or mental side for you?
MARAT SAFIN: Both things. You know, because now tennis is getting more and more physical, and you have to be really, really in good shape to be able, like I said before, to play during all the year, really prepared mentally, you know, for a long run, because you can play one tournament well and then you play five not so good, and then you lose points, you drop in the ranking. So you need to be prepared.
So what I'm trying to do. I have nothing to do. I play my tennis. I try to concentrate every tournament I play, and let's see how it's going. For the moment, it's working. You know, I didn't lose a match this year, so it's not bad (smiling).

Q. You were saying the revival in Russian tennis began with Boris Yeltsin. You said he played. Was he a good player? Did you have a hit with him? Is that what you meant, or did you mean he spent a lot of money on tennis?
MARAT SAFIN: No, he was a player. He used to play tennis. I mean, he used to play tennis, like amateur, not like a professional guy.

Q. Did you ever play with him?
MARAT SAFIN: No, no, no, no.

Q. Maybe a doubles player?
MARAT SAFIN: The people, for this kind of people, they like to play doubles. You don't have to run too much. At least you can talk with your partner. You know, they take it easy, not like the tennis players that they have to stretch, you have to think, change your shirt, energy drink. The guy, he's having fun.

Q. (Inaudible) he drinks to me.
MARAT SAFIN: I will tell him. What is your name (laughter)?

Q. Are there people playing for leisure as much as for competition? Is it just as much popular now for a leisure game, not so much people that want to get competitive?

Q. Are many people wanting to play for fun, as for leisure?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, they're playing just for fun. They put money. They take, for example, tennis players, the professional tennis player , let's put it this way, guys like 500, 700, and they play amateur with a professional. They play against each other, they put some money, they have fun. Why not? You play, but you play for something. For example, if you play for Coke, they're playing for whatever money it is, just to pay the dinner.

Q. In Russia, is tennis more for the rich or is it open to everyone?
MARAT SAFIN: Like everywhere, everybody can afford it right now, everybody.

Q. What do you think of the Masters in Shanghai last November? There will be another ATP event in Beijing in September. Do you plan to play that?
MARAT SAFIN: We're in 16 of January, man. 16 of January, I don't know if I will be alive tomorrow. Don't ask me what's going to be in September.
I really liked Shanghai, really nice place. I was really impressed. I never been in China before. Really it was a great organization. The people, they really work hard to do that tournament.
Let's see. If they have the same organization in Beijing, for sure it's really going to be nice tournaments and you have great players. It's the first time I hear there's a tournament there, so I will have it on my mind.

01-16-2003, 12:20 PM
GO MARAT!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Any video of his interviews yet?

01-16-2003, 03:35 PM
Well done Marat :bounce:

R. Schuettler will be an entirely different proposition: he is quick, strongly built, good returner, not afraid of big servers

Marat, I think, will need to raise his level of play if he wants to reach round 4. He can certainly do it. The question is: will he? I hope YES :D

Good luck Marat ;)

01-16-2003, 11:45 PM

01-16-2003, 11:47 PM

Marat Safin hits another crushing two-handed forehand during his four set win over Albert Montanes of Spain

Riley Finn
01-17-2003, 05:58 PM

01-17-2003, 11:46 PM
Hi Riley! :eek: ;)

Yes, everybody go vote for Marat! At the moment he's trailing Agassi in second place with 13%. Cmon people, lets make our guy No.1 two years in a row! :bounce:

01-18-2003, 01:06 PM
Get well soon Marat!!!!

Marat Safin of Russia announces his withdrawal from the Australian Open in Melbourne January 18, 2003. Safin was due to play Rainer Schutler from Germany in the third round but withdrew due to a wrist injury.
(Reuters/David Gray)

01-18-2003, 08:50 PM
:sad: m:sad: a:sad: r:sad: a:sad: t:sad:

:sad: get:sad: well:sad: soon:sad: sweety:sad:

02-06-2003, 09:12 AM
anyone else having marat withdrawl symptoms?

ahhh..i miss him! :(

02-06-2003, 10:08 AM
Joining the sobbing :sad:

Come back soon and strong, Marat!

02-06-2003, 12:37 PM
I really miss him. Last week I was going trough all of Sergei's pics since I didn't have anything better to do. It was nice.

Ma. Estefania
02-06-2003, 05:34 PM
Everyone miss him.....even the ones who aren't his fans....*sadness*

02-07-2003, 04:49 AM
I think we need a group hug, people!!!! :sad:

Please, comeeeeeeee backkkkkkkk!!!!

Marat, miss you already and it will be Valentine's day soon and still no news from my date!!! :D ;) :p

Get well soon!!!

02-17-2003, 02:26 AM
Marat plays Malisse in the first round of Rotterdam. what a crap draw he has! :mad: :fiery:
it will be interesting to see how he does after such a long layoff. From news reports, Marat has been training hard and appears to have shaken off his injury. :)

Good luck, Marat!!!

02-17-2003, 05:47 AM
Argh! that draw Sucks :mad: :( :sad:

Come on Marat! :D and Good luck! :)

02-18-2003, 06:56 AM
Just checked tomorrow's schedule for Rotterdam and Marat is not playing. So he'll get a Wednesday start. Ahh.. i can't wait! :bounce: :bounce:


02-18-2003, 11:30 AM
Finally Marat is back :)

I hope he will have a good match practice after his long break. I do not expect him to do anything big in this tournament, just to regain his form.

Beat the X-man, Marat!
Davai :D

02-18-2003, 11:51 AM
Davai Marat

He hasn't done well in Rotterdam the last 2 years, but at the moment it's match practice he needs.

02-18-2003, 11:56 AM
Also not expecting much from Marat in this tourney, just feel good that he's playing! :bounce: :bounce:

Davai, Marat!!!! :D

02-18-2003, 11:19 PM
Same here, also not expecting big things from Marat in this tourney - just happy to see him playing again! Having said that, i do hope he wins against the X-Man tomorrow. Can't stand him!

Good luck Marat! :kiss: :kiss:

02-19-2003, 03:13 PM
So our baby is back and won his 1st round match beating X-man 7-5 6-3 :)

Feels so good to have him competing again ;)

02-19-2003, 11:12 PM

well done, Marat! way to exact revenge on the X-Man! :D Omg, so happy he won. Welcome back, Marat! We've missed you so much! :kiss: :kiss:

Tomorrow Marat plays Zhenya. DAVAI MARAT!!!

02-19-2003, 11:14 PM
a pic from the match. He still has his wrist taped :(

02-20-2003, 12:29 AM
Hello everyone and I am new here. I just wanted to do a little shout out to all those Marat Safin fans!

Good Luck in the tournament MARAT!:hearts:

02-20-2003, 12:47 AM
Hello everyone, I am just checking my signature. Please bear with me. I am new, so forgive me for that. grin

02-20-2003, 01:10 AM
Welcome auraj! :wavey:

Great to have another Marat fan on board. The more the merrier! :D

02-20-2003, 04:48 AM
Congratulations Marat!!! :bounce:

You came back with a bang, so happy! I just hope the wrist is really cured and the tape is just precaution!! :D

DAVAI MARAT! :bounce: :bounce:

02-20-2003, 09:43 AM
warfreakbix, lol..looks like you are as happy as I am. I love the emoticons on this board.

Hey Jessi, Thanks for your kind introduction and welcome.

Gee, I sure would like to have Marat over for dinner.:lick:

02-20-2003, 12:20 PM
well done sweety :kiss:

hi auraj :wavey: welcome

02-20-2003, 01:02 PM
Hey auraj:D
Nice to have you here.

02-24-2003, 02:00 PM
Marat is back in action at Dubai. He opens against Waske.

Good luck and make sure you do better this time than at Rotterdam!

Davai Marat :D

02-24-2003, 05:50 PM
Davai Marat

kick some german ass!

02-25-2003, 05:01 PM
good luck marat, now kick some spanish ass! :)

Ma. Estefania
02-25-2003, 05:49 PM
Luck for him!

02-26-2003, 10:33 AM
Go Marat! :bounce:

02-26-2003, 10:58 AM
GO MARAT! :bounce:

Be a good boy and make it an easy one, will you! :D

02-26-2003, 11:09 AM
Good luck Marat!

Be careful. Be confident. Bring victory :D

02-27-2003, 09:21 AM
Good luck in IW Marat :bounce:

02-28-2003, 06:33 AM
All the best in Indian Wells Marat!

02-28-2003, 07:13 PM
Good Luck Marat :bounce:

02-28-2003, 07:21 PM
Davai Marat in IW!:bounce: :D

03-02-2003, 09:52 AM
Good luck Marat!!! :D :) :bounce:

03-07-2003, 08:14 AM
Time to kick ass Marat! :D

09-17-2003, 07:12 AM

09-17-2003, 08:01 AM
Few more days and he is on!
Davai Maratski! :clap2:

09-17-2003, 12:49 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

:bigclap: cant wait! :D

09-17-2003, 08:36 PM
I won't cheer till he really plays ;)

09-18-2003, 03:51 AM
Ok, Ilhame we'll be waiting for you ;)

09-23-2003, 11:30 AM
You can wait at least another week ;)

09-23-2003, 12:56 PM
oh well! Did you read the article on ? It worries me much, that the wrist is still bothering him! :(
I hope he just said that because he didnt want to play Shanghai and return in Moscow instead but not get fined for pulling out ;)

09-23-2003, 08:42 PM
You can wait at least another week ;)

Actually, you have the right attitude, Illhame. I'll believe it when he is actually on the court and theres a score behind his name. ;) I'm getting sick of getting all excited and hopeful and then inevitably being let down time and time again. I'm not blaming Marat just all the conflicting reports for giving us false hope...

09-23-2003, 08:44 PM
oh well! Did you read the article on ? It worries me much, that the wrist is still bothering him! :(
I hope he just said that because he didnt want to play Shanghai and return in Moscow instead but not get fined for pulling out ;)

Lets hope his wrist is not the reason he withdrew from Shanghai but that he preferred to prepare for Moscow instead which i think is a more important tourney to him.

09-24-2003, 09:53 PM
I don't go to TGFR anymore ;)

This article is like all the others and I don't see reason why he should really make his come back this time.
BTW I read this on worldcrossing :o

09-25-2003, 04:43 AM
Ilhame, what do you have against TGFR? :confused:

Actually, there are many reasons why this time it might be true. Remember, he told a fan in NY that he'd be making his return in Moscow (not Shanghai) and he's been preparing for it for the last month and a half. He's familiar with the tournament and comfortable with the people and surroundings. All in all, it makes sense that he'd make his comeback here (his hometown) but i wouldn't be surprised either if he pulled out. I just hope that if he does play its not becuause he felt pressured to play but becuase he's healthy and ready to play.

09-25-2003, 12:43 PM
Well said Jessi :yeah:

Well the only thing we can do is waiting and see what happens.. ;) This time i wont get too excited, i promise myself. I will wait until Marat really STANDS ON THE COURT ;)

09-25-2003, 04:23 PM
You can read some of it on Christine's forum Jessi.

I just have something against the way Ruth talks. Her choice of words annoys me.

09-25-2003, 08:49 PM
ah, i see. Well, at least you're honest. ;) I also have my opinion but i shall keep it to myself as it may get me into trouble. ;)

09-26-2003, 12:59 PM
It seems like we all have our opinion ;) Jessi, remember when i told you mine? ;)

09-26-2003, 08:52 PM
Of course, how could i forget! ;)

09-27-2003, 11:03 PM
I think we all are keeping our opinions to ourselves, which is good I think. But I just couldn't anymore. She knows what I think and respects it, I stay away from her site so it's cool now

09-27-2003, 11:17 PM
Exactly, Ilhame. We can agree to disagree and still respect each others opinions. Besides, we're not enemies here ;)

09-27-2003, 11:29 PM
true we all support a certain player ;)

09-28-2003, 12:04 AM
Thats the thing with us Marat Fans :cool: ;)

At the end we are all in the same boot as we support HIM :D

09-28-2003, 11:53 PM
Go Marat!

09-29-2003, 12:08 AM
Cool smilie! :)

09-29-2003, 12:14 AM
Cool smilie! :)
I was trying to find a smiley cheerleader, but they were either ugly or I couldn't use it. I found and it has tons of smileys-just not what I was looking for...

09-29-2003, 12:21 AM
what about this one?

09-29-2003, 12:22 AM
Go Marat!

09-29-2003, 12:32 AM
There you go! Those are adorable! Where the heck did you find them? When I click on them I can't get a link and I can't save them since this is a public computer.

09-29-2003, 12:36 AM
I got it from another tennis board. Just right click on the properties to get the url and post it as an image. Like this


09-29-2003, 12:49 AM
thanks, I'm not use to having to go into the properties to get a url, normally I just "open link" Jessi

09-29-2003, 12:51 AM
hehe.. Go me! ;)

09-29-2003, 10:24 AM
these cheerleaders are so cute! :D ;)

09-29-2003, 03:08 PM
Go Jessi ;)

09-30-2003, 02:12 AM
lol, poor girl must be exhausted from all the cheering. Whadda you say we give her a break till Marat plays. Don't want to tire her out now do we? ;)

09-30-2003, 02:14 AM
if you read her lips it looks like she's saying Go Ma-rat, Go Ma-rat! hehe.. so cute

09-30-2003, 03:01 AM
So sweet :) Love these smiles!!!

09-30-2003, 03:26 AM
So sweet :) Love these smiles!!!
Well here is another cheerleader to help us cheer on Marathttp://smileys.******************/cat/18_1_103.gif

09-30-2003, 06:48 AM
lol, it looks like she's pressed against a glass and doing mime :lol:

anyway, she's very peppy ;)

09-30-2003, 09:59 AM
LOL :lol:

cute ;)

09-30-2003, 11:10 AM
So cute!!! And really funny!!! :) Loved it!!!

09-30-2003, 07:58 PM
Here it is then ;)

DAVAI MARAT :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :kiss:

09-30-2003, 10:43 PM
'bout damn time! ;)

10-01-2003, 07:54 AM

Again ;)

Davai Marat :bounce:

10-01-2003, 09:38 AM
Cute emoticons! :yeah:
Few more hours....
Goooooo Marat! I haven't been using my cheering-customized lungs for a long time, this is the right time to exercise it! VAMOS MARAT!!! :banana:

10-01-2003, 01:02 PM
finally Ilhame :p ;)

davai Marat!!!!!!!!!

10-01-2003, 06:59 PM
He lost 6-4 6-7 6-4 :sad:

As long as he's healed I'll cheer again soon ;)

10-01-2003, 09:24 PM
Thats the spirit, Ilhame! ;)

12-31-2003, 08:05 PM
Good luck and health to Marat in 2004! May all your hopes, dreams and wishes come true!

DAVAI MARAT!!! :bounce:

12-31-2003, 08:15 PM
This place needs a revival ;)

Davai Marat in 2004 :bounce:

12-31-2003, 08:20 PM
Hopefully Marat will give us lots to cheer about in 2004! :bounce:

12-31-2003, 09:31 PM
Vamos Marat! :bounce:

01-01-2004, 04:41 PM
AlLlLlLeEeEzZzZzZ MaRaT in 2004!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Let this be YOUR year! :)

01-02-2004, 07:03 AM
Go Marat :rocker:

01-02-2004, 01:47 PM
:clap2: DAVAI MARAT!!! :yippee:

i cant stop cheering :bigclap:

01-02-2004, 01:50 PM
That's the spirit! :yeah:

GO MARAT!!! :bounce:

01-02-2004, 01:58 PM
Come on Marat !!!

01-02-2004, 02:12 PM
Марат(!) если ты не выиграешь я себя прибью!!!*** So if you have some pitty on your fan, you'll do your best to win. GO, GO nad go Marat!!! :bigclap::bounce:

***= If you don't win that match I'm killing myself...

01-02-2004, 02:15 PM
I`m sure he will try his Best:)

01-02-2004, 02:17 PM
Or else he'll have trouble with the cops: standing aside doing nothing while a teenager is jumping off a bridge is a criminal offense in many countries. ;)

01-02-2004, 02:19 PM

01-03-2004, 01:07 AM
Kick some ass Marat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-03-2004, 03:08 AM
Cmon Marat! Lets start off 2004 with a bang! :bounce:

01-03-2004, 03:10 AM
Марат(!) если ты не выиграешь я себя прибью!!!*** So if you have some pitty on your fan, you'll do your best to win. GO, GO nad go Marat!!! :bigclap::bounce:

***= If you don't win that match I'm killing myself...

awww...cmon Vassily! Its only an exhibition event :p

01-03-2004, 01:10 PM
Davai Marat!!! :crazy:

01-03-2004, 01:12 PM
its time to kick ass !!!

01-03-2004, 01:27 PM'mon Marat!

01-03-2004, 01:41 PM
:lol: Nicki!

:bounce: VAMOS MARAT!!! :bounce:

01-03-2004, 01:45 PM
Marat Go there and win!

01-03-2004, 02:01 PM Go Marat!!

01-03-2004, 02:09 PM

01-03-2004, 07:17 PM Go Marat!!

lol, great smilies! GO MARAT!!! :bounce: :banana:

01-04-2004, 12:15 AM GO MARAT GO!!!!!