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Jessi
08-03-2002, 09:28 PM
Safin's lack of reserve a refreshing change

Aug. 3, 2002. 01:28 PM Damien Cox

At this point in his career, Marat Safin may be his own worst enemy.

But he may also be the best friend tennis could possibly have.

Forget his awesome talent, talent that wasn't sufficient to get him past upset-minded Argentine Guillermo Canas yesterday and into today's semi-finals at the Tennis Masters Canada 2002.

It's the splash of colour the 20-year-old Russian brings to the court that makes him such an asset at a time when many observers suggest the men's game has less appeal than the women's side of the sport and is in danger of being flooded with robotic baseliners at the same time stars like Pete Sampras, Patrick Rafter and, eventually, Andre Agassi fade away.

Yesterday, in losing 7-5, 6-3 to Canas, Safin wore his emotions on his sleeve during the match, and seemed to come unglued to some degree as he tempestuously tossed racquets, argued line calls and, at one point, kissed the net cord as if to ask it to treat his shots more generously.

In his post-game interview, which seemed more like a heartfelt confession of sorts, Safin worried aloud over the state of his game despite being ranked No. 2 in the world, and seemed to indicate he's been having a major crisis of confidence since getting to the final of a Hamburg tournament in mid-May.

"I have to look for solutions, and I have to look quickly," said Safin. "Otherwise, I will go crazy."

Earlier, he lambasted himself for "having no balls" against Canas, essentially letting the lower-ranked player dictate the match in sweltering conditions at centre court.

"I feel so pathetic," said Safin. "I'm just laughing at myself."

All of this, it should be noted, was not uttered in a shower of tears or in a stormy rage, but with a relaxed, bemused attitude. Safin, it seemed, was answering questions openly and honestly, actually relating his inner emotions to an audience of captivated media members.

"I can't explain how frustrated I am," he said. "It just makes me feel so pissed, I can't describe it. (Canas) is a big fighter and I knew he would give everything. But I had so many chances to do something and I didn't do anything. I was waiting for a mistake.

"I had to go for it sometimes, and I didn't go. I just felt the train was running away and I couldn't catch it."

Any hacker, of course, could sympathize with those emotions, an inability to deliver their best play at their level in a tournament, even a lowly club event. While weekend players can't relate to the often-spectacular manner in which Safin launches his 6-foot-4 frame around the court, they can relate to his feelings and emotions in the same way many have often connected with Agassi, but not Sampras.

To be sure, Safin's repeated racquet throwing is childish, and he probably didn't give enough credit yesterday to Canas, who battled through a right wrist injury and was more creative at critical junctures.

Up 6-5 in the opening set with Safin serving and the game tied 15-15, Canas finessed a tricky volley that grazed the net cord for an untouchable winner. On set point, he made a similar shot on the other side of the court, this time on a near-impossible half-volley off a Safin passing attempt.

With the second set tied 1-1, Canas created a perfect top-spin lob over Safin's head to win the third game and pull ahead for keeps.

Thus ended Safin's quest to regain the title he won in 2000 and follow up the first WTA tournament victory by his 16-year-old sister, Dinara Safina, last week in Poland with one of his own in Canada.

Venus and Serena, it would seem, don't have to worry quite yet about being challenged as the top sibling combo in tennis.



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Jessi
08-04-2002, 02:32 AM
By TOM TEBBUTT
Special to The Globe and Mail


Saturday, August 3, 2002 – Print Edition, Page S4


TORONTO -- During his postmatch media conference yesterday, Marat Safin was seated in a comfortable, leather armchair but he could just as well have been stretched out on a psychiatrist's couch.

After his 7-5, 6-3 loss to Guillermo Canas of Argentina, Safin bared his competitive tennis soul.

Almost as if a psychiatrist had told Safin to start from the beginning, he traced the origins of his current crisis of confidence to the Masters Series Hamburg in May where he beat world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-1 in the quarter-finals before getting blitzed 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 by a red-hot Roger Federer in the final.

"I was playing great against Hewitt and he had no chance at all," Safin said. "Then after the final against Federer, I started to think I'm not good enough to beat all these players. Even though I made the semi-finals of Roland Garros, I was struggling. I played a terrible match against [Spain's Juan Carlos] Ferrero [a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 loss].

At that point, Safin, the 2000 U.S. Open champion, raised his right arm and swung it downward with an accompanying whistling sound and said, "and then it was dropping, dropping, dropping."

It may seem ridiculous that one bad match would have such dire consequences, but Safin's tennis psyche is almost as fragile as his tennis talent is huge.

"Everybody knows what my problem is -- it's mental," he said with characteristic candour.

The endearing quality of Safin, 22, is that he smiles a lot, never losing sight of the humorous side of his frustration.

"I used to be more aggressive and go for my shots," he said. "Now I'm defensive and waiting for mistakes. It's so pathetic that it makes me laugh at myself.

Safin tries to regroup with a first-round match against Greg Rusedski at the Masters Series event in Cincinnati next week.

He did acknowledge that Canas played well. The Argentine is gutsy and determined and a redoubtable opponent. Sampras has drawn him in Cincinnati next week.

At the French Open, Canas knocked off 1998 champion Carlos Moya in five sets and Hewitt in four sets before losing a five-set quarter-final match to eventual winner Albert Costa.

Yesterday, he hit an impressive array of killer shots -- topspin lobs, passing shots and serves. He finished with an exclamation mark -- a service winner and two aces in a row.

"I've played very well all week," said Canas, 24 and ranked No. 19. "I've beaten three top-10 players [No. 10 Federer, No. 5 Yevgeny Kafelnikov and No. 2 Safin]. I'll try to make it four against [No. 3] Haas."

He has been bothered by tendinitis in his right wrist but played down the problem. "I've had it for three weeks and today it was better," Canas said. "I didn't feel it in the second set."

Santoro offered a straight-forward explanation for his loss. He cited a crucial service break in the second game of the final set. "He just played too good," Santoro said. "He passed me three times in that game and I can't say that I really played it badly."

Unlike Safin, there was nothing long and drawn out about his analysis.

King Aaron
08-04-2002, 07:48 AM
Thanx :)

Jessi
08-04-2002, 08:43 AM
Here is a terrific article written by one of Marat's fans:


Marat Safin: Perpetual Spirit

I have been lining up a few great titles for my latest article, and - coincidentally or otherwise, following that frustrating quarterfinals defeat in Toronto - here are a few I came up with over the last few weeks (before I finally settled on the one that seemed to say it all):

ANGEL O DEMONIO, SIEMPRE YO

BAD BOY, MARAT…BAAAAD, BAAAAAD BOY!!!

BORN TO BE WILD

JAMES DEAN OF TENNIS

FREE SPIRIT

WILD CHILD

MARAT THE BRAT

I know, I know, a lot of your eyebrows are no doubt shooting up at the moment, and believe me, I can just picture the levitating brow and the ice in his deliciously accented voice asking, "Eh?", should Marat himself happen to be reading this. Well, hear me out, I say!

Watching Marat lately, I've been struck with how much he's improved his game - no one can say these days that Marat Safin is all brute force and power and nothing much else. He's learned to serve and volley, he comes to the net more often and wins the point, he's got much more incredible angles and depth in his strokes, and yes, he has developed "the touch", as they call it, the finesse in the sport that is so appreciated and admired.

Not that 'finesse' necessarily means that the Wild Child in Marat has been tamed - not by a long shot! Not for nothing has he been called "the James Dean of Tennis". I know for sure that half the thrill of watching Marat play is how unpredictable he gets out there. He waves and flails his arms, he looks up to the heavens beseechingly, he lets out a hoarse shout of disgust with himself when he makes a stupid error, or else mutters to himself with that powerful jaw clenched tightly.

(Side note: And after all that, people, I say to you - Marat Safin is one of the shyest, most gentle persons on this earth. Yes he is. He may shout and yell bloody curses on court, he may be a certified case of a racquet abuser, and he certainly seems like a fierce gladiator to contend with out there when his temper is boiling. But all of it is directed at himself. This is a person who would first tear himself limb from limb before he even thinks about inflicting hurt or harm on others. The very idea would be horrifying to this soft-spoken gentle giant. : Sorry for the digression, but just had to discuss that particular point, which I don't think a lot of people have considered. )

The thing that he does that I least enjoy of Marat's "antics" is when he throws the racquet. It just doesn't look good, and it's a dead giveaway showing just how frustrated and unfocused he is. I don't know why or how exactly, but the racquet smashing sends a very clear signal, on a totally different level, of how much he's losing confidence and concentration and faith in himself. Not to mention that it just plain looks ugly.

So this year I have been watching delightedly as Marat, ever the free spirit, has been slowly substituting other less destructive "therapies" for his infamous on-court temper explosions - displaying his soccer skills with the ball, biting or kissing (!) the net or the ball, taking what I call "towel breaks" to regain his composure. And these tactics have been working well! Despite not winning any tournament this year (apart from Liverpool), he has consistently been near the top of the rankings, and he has made good results in the majority of the venues he's played. He's healthy and fit, he's learned a lot in the past 2 years, he has a little bit more experience under his belt, and he's had more time to get used to being in the spotlight.

So why hasn't he won a title yet this year, barring Liverpool? With all those positives added to his already astounding game, it is quite a baffling question why Marat keeps hitting and missing.

I'm inclined to think that he gives himself way too little credit with how much talent he already possesses. That's how I feel, really - his game is practically perfect, he should be invincible at this stage in his career, but that mental thing is so fragile. Like that last match against Guillermo Canas, that was a classic case of self-destruction at its most painful. Not that Canas didn't play a great game, nor that Marat didn't try - but the thing is, your opponent sees you crack like that, and it's a tremendous psychological boost to his game, and pretty soon you find yourself trying TOO hard.

And maybe the bottom line is this - Marat seems scared, somehow, scared that he won't win another trophy, scared that he isn't living up to his potential, scared that he can't do any of it ever again. Scared that he's losing respect. And he wants that respect above all, and he wants it badly, so much that he stresses himself out when he's out there on court. The problem is, he's wound up so tight with his own imagined fears and expectations that he's tripping himself up.

Whereas when he's playing relaxed, and even almost with a lazy, loose attitude, that's when he proves the most dangerous.

Have you ever seen the movie Pushing Tin, starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton? It's about the stress of being an Air Traffic Controller - you can't afford to make a mistake, thousands of lives are in your hands with every degree you dictate, every minute inch of airspace you direct blind pilots to. There's one line from that film that's really fitting for Marat at this point in his career: He has to let go. If he tries too hard to control the skies, the more that accidents and disasters will come his way. He has to loosen up, and to give up the control, in order to gain it. Does that make sense to you? It does to me! Let go, Marat! That is all the "balance" you need, that you spoke of before - the consistency that you crave will come when you learn to let go.

And whether you display the angel or the devil in you out there on court, know that above and beyond the admiration, the adulation, the awe and wonder that you inspire when you walk out there with your racquet and "do your job" - you have first and foremost our respect. For your talent and skill, for your athletic ability, for your independence and fire. For the perpetual spirit in you that won't be tamed. Perhaps in time you will be able to master the "wild child", the "brat", the "rebel", but I don't think he will ever be tamed…. and I know that your true-blue die-hard fans will not have it any other way.

Let go and soar, Marat! Claim the skies. I believe in you!

Isabelle 04.08.02

Jessi
08-06-2002, 06:10 AM
Rusedski pushes all the wrong buttons for Safin


Associated Press
Monday, August 5


MASON, Ohio -- Marat Safin kicked the courtside clock and repeatedly screamed in disgust Monday night, losing his composure and a first-round match to Greg Rusedski in the Masters Series Cincinnati.


The unseeded Rusedski rallied to win the first-set tiebreaker, then took advantage as second-seeded Safin unraveled, finishing off a 7-6 (7), 6-2 victory.


Andre Agassi was pushed to three sets in his first-round match before beating Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in 90-degree heat.


Fifth-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov and 10th-seeded Roger Federer also were knocked out in the first round. Germany's Rainer Schuettler beat Kafelnikov 6-3, 6-2, and Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic edged Federer 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.


The biggest upset involved Safin, who is ranked No. 2 in the world and is known for smashing rackets and screaming when things go wrong.


He got ahead 5-2 in the first-set tiebreaker, then tensed his arms, threw his head back and yelled after missing a forehand that would have moved him to set point. Safin then imploded, and Rusedski finished off the 52-minute set with his fifth ace.


''It means you have no confidence,'' Safin said. ''You miss a shot and everything is turning around, everything is going against you. It means you're in bad shape, you're in a bad mood and you're not playing well.''


His mood got much worse after he lost his serve to start the second set, then the first point of the next game. Safin walked to the courtside clock and kicked it hard, sending a resounding ''boom'' across center court as the clock tottered.


As the set played out, Safin stopped screaming and started merely waving his arms and dropping his head in disgust. He quickly walked off the court with head down when it ended, unsure what had happened.


''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.''


Rusedski knew what to do -- play steady and let Safin self-destruct. Rusedski had only 16 unforced errors; Safin had 30.


''You've got to stay on him,'' Rusedski said. ''You can see sometimes he gets upset on the court, but then he can come back. He can go up and down a little bit.''

mmm!marat
08-06-2002, 09:28 AM
Rusedski romps past Safin
9:46am Tuesday, 06th August 2002


Greg Rusedski produced a shock win over Marat Safin to reach the second round of the Masters Series in Cincinnati.

His straight sets win over Safin, the second seed and world number two, was the biggest upset of the tournament so far.

There were no break points as the first 12 games of the match went with serve to force a tiebreak.

Rusedski was in trouble at 4-6 down in the tiebreak, but first a net cord and then a typical booming serve got the Brit back into contention and he went on to win it 9-7.

A break at the start of the second set put Rusedski firmly in control, and he finished off the Russian in style with a thunderous ace, clinching a 7-6 6-2 win.

Afterwards, Rusedski said he knew keeping the pressure on Safin would give him every chance of winning.

He said: "You've got to stay on him. You can see sometimes he gets upset on the court. He goes up and down a little bit."

It was a frustrating evening for Safin, who lost his discipline and patience after an unforced error in the crucial first-set tie-breaker.

Leading 5-2 he missed a relatively routine forehand which would have given him set point.

Safin said: "You miss a shot and everything is turning around, everything is going against you.

"It means you're in bad shape, you're in a bad mood and you're not playing well."

Safin then lost his serve at the start the second set, and in frustration he kicked the courtside clock in the next game.

"I'm so lost that I can't find out what I can do to come back and play well," he added.

"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."

Jessi
08-07-2002, 10:56 PM
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Russia's Marat Safin, the 2000 US Open champion, is still bidding to win his first title of the season. His results in the previous Grand Slams have put him as one of the favourites at Flushing Meadows from August 26 to September 8. Read on to find out more on Marat Safin.

Safin entered the tennis record books in 2000 as the first player to beat Pete Sampras in straight sets in a Grand Slam final. It is definitely one of the most memorable moments for the towering 22-year-old.

However, what the Russian star treasures the most is his first visit to the Big Apple in 1998, despite his loss to Sampras. He likes the city because "it is not like the other cities in the U.S. It is more European, it is different" he said.


Safin, known for his volatile temper on the court, enjoys the atmosphere at New York's Flushing Meadow. "It’s easy to play well there," he said. Hopefully this year's ambience in New York will help the Russian control his frustration.

As every young player, Safin loves to go out in New York City and he told Eurosport that the best evening setting is dinner with his friends. He remembers going out, last year, to a Japanese restaurant with Mats Wilander and Diego Perez and having a "great dinner".

The terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, two days after the tournament ended, have however marked the players forever. Safin, like Serena Williams and many others, know that this year the atmosphere will be different: "not seeing the Twin Towers, it will be sad to think about what happened there but we have to move on, like for everything else in life," said Safin.

Despite not having won a tournament this season, the Russian is currently ranked No.2 in the Champions Race, 103 points behind Hewitt. The 200 points awarded at the US Open will be crucial for the young player if he wants to finish the year on top.

Eurosport : Alejandra Sanchez 07/08/02

Jessi
08-15-2002, 07:10 PM
From tennisreporters.net

By Sandra Harwitt



FROM THE RCA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN INDIANAPOLIS – Times have been tough for Marat Safin lately, and they just got worse, as the Russian heads towards the U.S. Open in a couple of weeks time.

Since reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros, the best Safin has done is reach the quarterfinals of Toronto, where he fell to eventual champion Guillermo Canas 7-5, 6-3. At Wimbledon, considered a favorite on the grass surface, Safin floundered against the 11-inch-shorter Olivier Rochus of Belgium, who stands just 5', 5" tall, in the second round. And at Cincinnati last week, Safin couldn’t survive a first round beating by Greg Rusedski.

Clearly, what Safin is in need of is a good dose of confidence and some serious match play. But that will not be the case here at the RCA Championships in Indianapolis since the No 2 seed has withdrawn from the competition, stymied by an upper respiratory viral infection.

“I’ve been in bed and I have not been able to do anything the last couple of days,” said the 22-year-old Safin, a runner-up here in 2000 and a semifinalist in 2001. “I have some medicine and hope to get better in the next few days.”

Just a couple of years ago, Safin utilized his big-time game to become the surprise '00 U.S. Open champion. That fortnight highlighted the immense talent that Safin possesses; his serve is quite frankly humongous and his groundstrokes pack a ton of ammunition.

But what quickly came to the surface is that Safin has as great an ability to win major titles as he did to squander opportunities because he couldn’t mentally keep it together. This year has turned into a stunning example of how Safin is capable of losing his focus.

The odds-on favorite in the Australian Open final, he watched helplessly as Swede Thomas Johansson walked away with a four-set victory because he couldn’t work out a winning game plan.

In 14 tournaments played this year, not including two Davis Cup outings, Safin’s best showing was the final in Melbourne and the final at the TMS-Hamburg, where he lost to Roger Federer.

“I’m just playing bad,” Safin said after his first round disaster at Cincy. “I have no confidence, I don't feel it. I have no confidence and it's really sad that the train is going away and I cannot jump on it. It's really sad. “But right now in this moment, I have nothing to beat all these guys, I have nothing. I am just going on the court ... I am just playing my match. I am making a great match, a few good points, people they can clap me and that's it. That's all I am doing. It is ridiculous. I am not satisfied with my game. I am not satisfied the way I am playing and it's not my game, and I am not enjoying it anymore, playing this way.”

King Aaron
08-16-2002, 08:06 AM
Thanx

Jessi
08-17-2002, 09:36 AM
From usopen official's site (usopen.org):

``Marat Safin; Russia

The mercurial Marat Safin has replaced Goran Ivanisevic as tennis' version of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. At times a vision of athletic artistry, the 2000 Open champ can give way to racquet-smashing demonstrations at any minute. If Safin wants to make a serious run at a second US Open title in three years, he must keep his emotions in check for two weeks. He will have to dedicate his energy and emotions solely on his game.``

Jessi
08-25-2002, 09:55 AM
US Open seed profile of Marat from BBC Sport.com:

When it comes to flair, power and all-round talent, few can match Safin on court, but the Russian is often let down by one important factor - himself.

After winning the 2000 US Open title at the tender age of 20, the young star was tipped to take the tennis world by storm.

But injury and disappointment have taken its toll on the flamboyant character, who marked his Flushing Meadows success by bringing a crate of chilled vodka with him to a news conference.

He dropped down the rankings in 2001, and, despite being the hot favourite to win the Australian Open at the start of this year, Safin suffered a surprise defeat to unheralded Thomas Johansson in the final.

He made it to the semi-finals of the French Open, losing tamely to Juan Carlos Ferrero, but only reached the second round of Wimbledon a few weeks later.

Safin will be hoping to reverse this run of results at Flushing Meadows, where he could be inspired by a return to the scene of his greatest success.

Jessi
08-25-2002, 09:59 AM
Mal Washington's Analysis from Espn.com:

Marat Safin
Safin is a guy who continues to baffle. I had so much respect for his game a year ago, and yet he continues to take for granted his ability to hit a tennis ball. If he would actually take his career seriously, he would have two or maybe three major championships to his name. Talent isn't his problem. But his ability to focus on one thing and one thing only and that's tennis. Him winning the U.S. Open in 2000 told the world that he was a great talent and we all believed it, but the problem is he believed it and thought it would come easy.

At some point he'll look back and regret lost time. Just hope that he doesn't look back when he's 30 years old because then it's too late. He has the ability to win one or two majors per year for the next few years. But it will never happen unless he's willing to commit to tennis 100 percent of the time. If he doesn't do that, he might never win another major.

warfreakbix
08-25-2002, 02:41 PM
Thanks Jessi! I'll bet with Malavai that Marat will win another GS, or else Marat said he'll shoot himself, lmao!

Marat please win, I'm tired of listening to boring winner's speeches! I want humor, I want that sexy accent, I want to see that sexy smile, I want YOU to win, pleaseeeeeeeeeeee! :D :D

Jessi
08-26-2002, 08:57 PM
SAFIN IN THE AIR IS COOL

By Alix Ramsay


For one who is supposed to be wasting his talent, Marat Safin has not done too badly. He is still but 22, has won a Grand Slam tournament, has appeared in the final of another, banked more than 7 million dollars in prize money, and is ranked 2nd in the world. If only he had eaten his greens and done his homework, who knows what he could have achieved by now?

The Russian thought he had cracked it two years ago. He began the year charged with "not giving his best effort" - tanking, for want of a better word - during the Australian Open. Then, with a change of coach and a new attitude, he started winning tournaments and marched on New York and the US Open with nothing to lose. He had a sneaking suspicion that he could beat anyone, given half a chance. Eventually, he overcame Pete Sampras in the final, and suddenly he was one of the big boys.

On occasion he has shown signs of rediscovering that form, but it has not lasted long. In Melbourne in Jan, the path seemed clear towards the Aust Open, but it did not happen. Confused messages from his doctor left him feeling lethargic in the semi-finals, a bevy of blondes who followed his every footstep proved a distraction, and Thomas Johansson proved too strong in the final when Safin seemed unable to hit a barn door at 10 paces.

Now he is heading back to Flushing Meadow with his confidence wearing thin, and the world whispering "wastrel" as he passes. That is his greatest problem - everyone seems to know what is best for his 6ft 4in, 14 st affable frame. They tut-tut - if only he has a regular coach.... if only he practised more.... if only he would concentrate.... And they are driving him potty.

"Im living my life" he reflects. "Im not living the life of anybody else. I know what im doing, and ive been doing it for a long time. The better I get, the more people like this I get. They advise me to get a coach, to do like this, to live like this; I should do this, I should wake up at this time or go to sleep at that time; dont eat this. If I were winning five Grand Slams and being No1 for a long time, the people will still say that I can be much better. You have to live with this, and I try not to react to that".

Not that Safin is complaining, merely explaining. He is eloquent in several languages, funny and a charmer. Unlike so many professional sportsmen, he does not take himself too seriously.

"Im doing bad things, Im doing good things, and im satisfied with that. Im like any other person in the world who wants to live his life. Of course im doing stupid things, of course im making mistakes in my life, so I dont want to be the centre of attention. Im okay with myself".

That said, he cannot help being the focus of attention - and not only to his blonde admirers. He is a big man with a big game and, on his day, he has the beating of anyone. On a bad day he smashes his racquet, apppeals to the heavens for guidance, and does not so much wear his heart on his sleeve as give it to the crowd for safe keeping. He is a celebrity whether he likes it or not, though he maintains: "A star is in the sky - and thats it".

His coaching history is rich and varied. From the early days with Rafael Mensua in Spain, he has moved through Alexei Chesnokov and Alexander Volkov, stopping briefly to take advice from Mats Wilander and Tony Pickard. At the moment he is working with Amit Noah, known in the locker room as "Armpit".

Two years ago, life was simple: happy days when he was one of the wave of young hopefuls, but a time when no-one expected anything of him. Now he goes back with a reputation to live up to; now he is supposed to be able to win. And that can be hard to live up to, especially when you have to play Nicholas Kiefer in the 1st round, and possible Gustavo Kuerten in the 2nd.

"Its a Grand Slam, you want to win a Grand Slam" he confirms. "Im counting the Grand Slams. I have one title, and one final. Its nothing, but every time I play in a Grand Slam, there is extra motivation to win it. Sometimes its difficult to play because you want is so badly that it just blocks you; you cant give your best. And also to finish No 1 in the world, that what keeps my motivated in tennis.

"But you cannot play with the pressure, you cannot play great tennis with the pressure. Its difficult. Every time you go out on the court, already you are thinking: 'I have to win this match.' Nobody has to win this match, you can lose this match - its 50-50. It depends how well you play. Thats all."

He knows that he can win, and he definitely wants to win, but whether he will reach the second week or not is anybody's guess. That is the beauty of Safin. All he insists on is the freedom to enjoy his life as he sees fit. He is young, he is talented and he is good looking - give the boy a break.

"You never know what's going to happen in your life, and if you dont enjoy it now, when are you going to enjoy? When you are 30 and when you are 40, its already too late because your best years are between 20 and 40. So you have to try to have fun. Just enjoy it and do whatever you like, and just listen to the people closest to you. You cant listen to everyone. Just live, just enjoy"

In a world of one-dimensional money-makers, tennis needs the character of Safin more that Safin needs tennis. His philosophy may not win him the title in 2 weeks time, but no-one can argue with the engaging logic.

drf716
08-27-2002, 09:01 AM
Great articles!
Do you know where to get a transcript of his interview in David Letterman...'cause I failed to watch it!!!
All I had to do was to stay awake!

drf716
08-27-2002, 09:40 AM
25th August 2002
Source: www.scotlandonsunday.com
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For one who is supposed to be wasting his talent, Marat Safin has not done too badly. He is still but 22, has won a Grand Slam tournament, has appeared in the final of another, banked more than 7 million dollars in prize money, and is ranked 2nd in the world. If only he had eaten his greens and done his homework, who knows what he could have achieved by now?

The Russian thought he had cracked it two years ago. He began the year charged with "not giving his best effort" - tanking, for want of a better word - during the Australian Open. Then, with a change of coach and a new attitude, he started winning tournaments and marched on New York and the US Open with nothing to lose. He had a sneaking suspicion that he could beat anyone, given half a chance. Eventually, he overcame Pete Sampras in the final, and suddenly he was one of the big boys.

On occasion he has shown signs of rediscovering that form, but it has not lasted long. In Melbourne in Jan, the path seemed clear towards the Aust Open, but it did not happen. Confused messages from his doctor left him feeling lethargic in the semi-finals, a bevy of blondes who followed his every footstep proved a distraction, and Thomas Johansson proved too strong in the final when Safin seemed unable to hit a barn door at 10 paces.

Now he is heading back to Flushing Meadow with his confidence wearing thin, and the world whispering "wastrel" as he passes. That is his greatest problem - everyone seems to know what is best for his 6ft 4in, 14 st affable frame. They tut-tut - if only he has a regular coach.... if only he practised more.... if only he would concentrate.... And they are driving him potty.

"Im living my life" he reflects. "Im not living the life of anybody else. I know what im doing, and ive been doing it for a long time. The better I get, the more people like this I get. They advise me to get a coach, to do like this, to live like this; I should do this, I should wake up at this time or go to sleep at that time; dont eat this. If I were winning five Grand Slams and being No1 for a long time, the people will still say that I can be much better. You have to live with this, and I try not to react to that".

Not that Safin is complaining, merely explaining. He is eloquent in several languages, funny and a charmer. Unlike so many professional sportsmen, he does not take himself too seriously.

"Im doing bad things, Im doing good things, and im satisfied with that. Im like any other person in the world who wants to live his life. Of course im doing stupid things, of course im making mistakes in my life, so I dont want to be the centre of attention. Im okay with myself".

That said, he cannot help being the focus of attention - and not only to his blonde admirers. He is a big man with a big game and, on his day, he has the beating of anyone. On a bad day he smashes his racquet, apppeals to the heavens for guidance, and does not so much wear his heart on his sleeve as give it to the crowd for safe keeping. He is a celebrity whether he likes it or not, though he maintains: "A star is in the sky - and thats it".

His coaching history is rich and varied. From the early days with Rafael Mensua in Spain, he has moved through Alexei Chesnokov and Alexander Volkov, stopping briefly to take advice from Mats Wilander and Tony Pickard. At the moment he is working with Amit Noah, known in the locker room as "Armpit".

Two years ago, life was simple: happy days when he was one of the wave of young hopefuls, but a time when no-one expected anything of him. Now he goes back with a reputation to live up to; now he is supposed to be able to win. And that can be hard to live up to, especially when you have to play Nicholas Kiefer in the 1st round, and possible Gustavo Kuerten in the 2nd.

"Its a Grand Slam, you want to win a Grand Slam" he confirms. "Im counting the Grand Slams. I have one title, and one final. Its nothing, but every time I play in a Grand Slam, there is extra motivation to win it. Sometimes its difficult to play because you want is so badly that it just blocks you; you cant give your best. And also to finish No 1 in the world, that what keeps my motivated in tennis.

"But you cannot play with the pressure, you cannot play great tennis with the pressure. Its difficult. Every time you go out on the court, already you are thinking: 'I have to win this match.' Nobody has to win this match, you can lose this match - its 50-50. It depends how well you play. Thats all."

He knows that he can win, and he definitely wants to win, but whether he will reach the second week or not is anybody's guess. That is the beauty of Safin. All he insists on is the freedom to enjoy his life as he sees fit. He is young, he is talented and he is good looking - give the boy a break.

"You never know what's going to happen in your life, and if you dont enjoy it now, when are you going to enjoy? When you are 30 and when you are 40, its already too late because your best years are between 20 and 40. So you have to try to have fun. Just enjoy it and do whatever you like, and just listen to the people closest to you. You cant listen to everyone. Just live, just enjoy"

In a world of one-dimensional money-makers, tennis needs the character of Safin more that Safin needs tennis. His philosophy may not win him the title in 2 weeks time, but no-one can argue with the engaging logic.

luvbadboys
08-28-2002, 09:06 PM
I taped his match yesterday and watched all 4.5 hours of it twice from midnight to 8 this morning.
:hearts: :kiss: :hearts: :kiss:

Jessi
09-05-2002, 04:35 AM
Originally posted by drf716
Do you know where to get a transcript of his interview in David Letterman...'cause I failed to watch it!!!

Here you go drf! Enjoy! :D

Marat Safin with David Letterman

11 September 2000

(Cheers and applause)

Dave: I'm mispronouncing the man's name. marat safin. marat safin. I've been saying marat safin. it's maratsafin.

Paul: oh, it' ssafin, accent on the...on the...

Dave: hope they don't take away the emmy. (laughter) yesterday at a surprise upset, our first guest defeated pete sampras to win the u.s. open tennis champion, becoming the only russian-born player ever to earn the singles championship. here's marat safin, ladies and gentlemen.

(cheers and applause)

(band playing) thank you very much for being here.

Marat: nice to be here.

Dave: quite a day, huh?

Marat: tough one. I didn't sleep even one hour.

Dave: you haven't slept one hour?

Marat: yes.

Dave: well, what's the problem? out celebrating, I guess, right?

Marat: no, I had my friends who were with me, so they wanted to...

Dave: did you go nuts? what do you do after you win a major championship like this? what happens? take us through that. they give you the trophy, then what happens?

Marat: then what happens? everything is coming to you. all the press, you have to talk. I played one hour and a half, and I met the press for already 25 hours. (laughter)

Dave: so the match only lasted 90 minutes, and you've been talking to press 25 hours.

Marat: yes.

Dave: so did you celebrate, did you have dinner, did you have a party? was it crazy, was it...

Marat: yeah, especially it was a nice dinner, really good atmosphere.

Dave: where did you have dinner?

Marat: sarafino.

Dave: oh!

Marat: yes. (laughter and applause)

Dave: and did you... now, you say it's all your friends, and did you, like, go to a club? are you drunk now? did you... (laughter) do you drink?

Marat: a little bit.

Dave: yeah. what were you drinking?

Marat: vodka.

Dave: vodka.

Paul: what do you expect?

Dave: vodka. (cheers and applause)

Paul: what do you expect?

Dave: now, as a top tennis star of the day... and now you're ranked number three in the world. is that where you are?

Marat: I didn't have a chance to look at it.

Dave:where were you ranked going into the tournament?

Marat: huh?

Dave: I say, where were you ranked going into the tournament? what was your ranking before the tournament?

Marat: seven.

Dave: seven.

Marat: and I was thinking about just staying in the top ten.

Dave: yeah, so I'll bet you did stay in the top ten. (laughter) seems unlikely that you would lose positions after winning the championship.

Marat: yeah, but now I'm looking forward to, you know, to a big opportunity to be number one in the world.

Dave: why, I think you probably could be number one. but see, now this brings us back to my point. should you be drinking as a... (laughter) you don't drink regularly, do you?

Marat: no, every day. (laughter and applause) for breakfast, for...

Dave: breakfast? (cheers and applause) every day for breakfast.

Marat: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dave: for breakfast you have wheaties and "wodka." (laughter)

Marat: yes. and the cookies sometimes.

Dave: and cookies. (laughter) tell us a little bit about yourself. tell us, were you born in russia? tell us where. tell us how you came to the game of tennis. tell us, you know, everything you can here.

Marat: okay. my name is marat safin.

Dave: all right, all right. (laughter and applause) we've covered that.

Marat: I was born 20 years ago in the small city of moscow.

Dave: when did you start playing tennis? from moscow?

Marat: yes.

Dave: do you go back there now? have you been back there now? have you been back recently?

Marat: now, I win a little bit of money, so I can pay a ticket to go to moscow. (laughter)

Dave: is your family still there?

Marat: yeah.

Dave: so now, are you, like, a big star in moscow? you must be now after this victory, right?

Marat: I don't know yet.

Dave: you don't know yet, sure.

Marat: we'll see. (laughter)

Dave: and how old were you when you started playing tennis?

Marat: I was six.

Dave: six years old.

Marat: but I didn't want to play tennis. I didn't like it. but my parents, they push me. (laughter) I wanted to be a soccer player.

Dave: right.

Marat: you know, it's a typical european game. and then my parents, they decided that I'm not going to be a good soccer player, so they decided to push for tennis.

Dave: well, it worked out, didn't it? worked out pretty well. now, your mother was your coach for a while. she was also a tennis player?

Marat: yeah, until 14 years old.

Dave: and does she still coach you? does she still have advice for your game?

Marat: not anymore in the game, but in the life senses. (laughter)

Dave: in what?

Marat: in life.

Dave: oh, in life. well, you should listen to your mother. that's great.

Marat: of course, of course.

Dave: tell mom about the "wodka." (laughter and applause) was it earlier this year you were in a tournament-- maybe it was california, I'm not sure-- and you were not doing very well in the tournament, and you actually considered giving up the game of tennis.

Marat: yeah, because I was tired. I couldn't win one set-- nothing much, one set. can you believe it? and actually, I get the fine at the beginning of this year because of tanking.

Dave: I'm sorry.

Marat: because of tanking. you know tanking?

Dave: tanking?

Marat: yes. not trying, not trying. (laughter)

Dave: oh, tanking a match, tanking a match.

Marat: yes.

Dave: oh, they said you weren't trying to win. now, were you? you were trying to win, of course.

Marat: of course, of course.

Dave: but they said you were tanking. oh, my god. so how do you go from that situation-- which was just a matter of months ago, right?-- how do you go from that, to now winning the u.s. open? and not only winning the u.s. open, defeating pete sampras in straight sets. how do you make that journey? and I'm guessing it's mostly mental, not so much physical, right?

Marat: no, just get tired of winning two games each time against other guys, and I decide to ... just to change something.

Dave: now, what did you change?

Marat: I start to fight. you know, I've start to win one set, after I start to win a match, and suddenly I win a tournament.

Dave: now I've noticed... (applause) I've noticed that you've broken equipment in the past. is that right? you've actually broken rackets?

Marat: yes.

Dave: yes. (laughter)

Marat: I used to do this.

Dave: does that help you as a player? does that help focus you? or does that actually dissipate your energy and concentration?

Marat: just...the problem is that you have to pay after you break the racket. (laughter) you have to pay a fine.

Dave: oh, they fine you for that.

Marat: no, no, they say thank you, you are doing well. (cheers and applause)

Dave: and after you have an episode like that, does that help your game, or are you... does it take a while to recover from an episode like that?

Marat: during five months, it was...I broke, like, 15 rackets.

Dave: 15.

Marat: yes, in four months.

Dave: yeah.

Marat: so it didn't help me at all.

Dave: didn't help you at all. (laughter)

Marat: and now I break, like, 20 more in 6 months, and start to help sometimes. (laughter and applause)

Dave: here's an example I think we can all relate to that may be similar to what you go through. when you're driving on the freeway and somebody cuts you off, you get road rage. and suddenly it's not safe for you to be driving, because you're full of the road rage. (laughter) you know what I mean?

Marat: again, again, with the hands... yeah, yeah. (laughter)

Jessi
09-05-2002, 04:36 AM
Dave: so then, what I always do, and I think what the Triple A suggest you do, is pull over until the road rage passes. but if you continue to drive under the influence of road rage, you might cause an accident. now, that's similar to your position in tennis, isn't it?

Marat: yes, I was very close to it. yes. (laughter) actually, I felt the same situation yesterday.

Dave: now, how do you... you've beaten pete sampras before?

Marat: I don't know how. I can't remember. I don't know, but I beat him in toronto.

Dave: you beat him in toronto.

Marat: yeah, he gave me a present.

Dave: now, before the game started yesterday, and you're in the locker room getting ready, do you know you can beat him? do you think, oh, maybe I won't beat him? what is your level of confidence? what is your frame of mind before you meet the number one player in the world? what is that? what are you thinking?

Marat: in the locker room, I was so nervous. I was walking around. I didn't know what to do. I had to talk with everybody. and I thought, maybe I will have a chance. but at least I need to win one set, to show to people that I'm a player. (laughter)

Dave: right, right. and is the key to pete sampras being able to return his serve, so that he doesn't score as many aces? and if so, how do you deal with a 130-mile-an-hour serve?

Marat: you know very good tennis, you know?

Dave: I do?

Marat: yes, because it is right. you said right.

Dave: thank you very much. (cheers and applause) we've won awards. (laughter) so yesterday... (applause) how did it happen yesterday? you were able to return his serve, and you defeated him in straight sets. you broke his serve. how?

Marat: how? you want me to explain now? (laughter) it's difficult to explain, because sometimes you have to hit the ball with, you know, closed eyes. (laughter) which I did yesterday, sometimes. (laughter) it works.

Dave: pete sampras afterward said that you were the future of tennis. that's a very nice compliment, isn't it?

Marat: oh, thank you very much, thanks (applause) but it's only words, so I have to prove this.

Dave: that's right, yeah.

Marat: but because I respect a lot pete sampras, so I have to show to the people that he was right.

Dave: well, I think this is an excellent way to start, you know, winning this tournament. (laughter)

Marat: you think so?

Dave: yeah. do you know anna kournikova?

Marat: yeah, I know. (applause)

Dave: she's a countryman of yours, right?

Marat: I start play with her tennis almost in the same group

Dave: are you friends with her? are you friendly?

Marat: yes, yes.

Dave: do you see her all the time?

Marat: yeah, we came here for the first time ten years ago. she was nine, I was ten. we came here to see the indianapolis tournament. it was... she was already in the same way like she is now. (laughter and applause)

Dave: now, did she win a tournament this year?

Marat: where? (laughter)

Dave: I thought for sure she was going to win.

Marat: she has a chance. it's four months left.

Dave: do you think she'll ever win a major tournament.

Marat: If I'll be her coach, probably yes. (applause)

Dave: are you going to play in the olympics?

Marat: definitely.

Dave: that will be exciting, won't it? are you looking forward to going there?

Marat: yes. it's a long flight.

Dave: it's a very long flight, and it's just like a week or so away. will you rest up? will you play before you go down there?

Marat: yeah, of course.

Dave: you're playing before you go down? where are you playing?

Marat: I'm leaving in ten minutes, I have to leave.

Dave: to play where?

Marat: to play uzbekistan. you know where is it?

Dave: you're playing uzbekistan?

Marat: yes.

Dave: so you're going all the way back to europe, and then you've got to go to australia to play?

Marat: yes. it's on the way. it's close, very close. (laughter)

Dave: wow. well, that's... well, take along some hot towels. (laughter and applause)

Marat: it's broken. (Referring to the Trophy lid)

Dave: it's what?

Marat: it's broken.

Dave: it is broken. I didn't break that. there you are. congratulations. nice meeting you, marat. (cheers and applause)

Marat: thank you.

Dave: congratulations on being the u.s. open champion. Marat Safin, ladies and gentlemen. we'll be right back.

Dave: how about that...marat safin?

Paul: he was great!

Dave: that was it.

Jessi
09-18-2002, 10:38 PM
An article fromm BBC Sport:

Safin ready to step up


Safin made an early exit from the US Open

Marat Safin is looking for an improvement in his own form as he prepares to lead Russia against Argentina in the Davis Cup semi-finals.

Gaudio expects stern test
Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov will be favourites to beat the Argentines on the fast carpet surface in Moscow's 13,000 capacity Luzhniki Sports Palace.

But world number four Safin has suffered a dramatic slump in form in the second half of the year and knows he must rediscover his touch by Friday.
"I'm trying to improve," he said. "I have a new coach and I think I'll be good. I'll be OK."

The pressure is on the home side, who have never won the Davis Cup, and Kafelnikov has made the event the sole focus for the rest of his career.


Kafelnikov may retire if Russia win the Davis Cup

But Safin refuses to understimate Argentina, despite their preference for claycout tennis.

"I think they have a good team," he said.

"Two of them are in the top 20 and (David) Nalbandian was in the finals of Wimbeldon, so he knows how to play on fast courts and I think it's going to be really tough.

"But we have our surface and we have our spectators and I think we are the favourites.

"It's going to be difficult but I think we will win"

Mikhail Youzhny and Andrei Stoliarov complete the Russian line-up.

Beaten finalists in 1994 and '95, Russia will be playing their third consecutive home tie but their first on carpet.

France and the United States will meet in the other semi-final in Paris on the clay courts at Roland Garros.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/2267240.stm

Nina
09-19-2002, 02:27 PM
Just wrote it in the DC forum but I'll post it here too. Just read an article where Tarpishev said that Marat's new BMW was stolen last night (it cost 90 000 $) and Marat is very upset about it :(

Jessi
09-20-2002, 02:40 AM
thanx Nina. Just read about it on ms.com.

what bad luck. Poor Marat. I hope it won't affect his play tomorrow..:(

Jessi
10-16-2002, 07:56 AM
Here is an article about Marat's loss to Calleri.

Safin Implodes in Stunning Loss to Calleri

Showing the irrepressible passion, violent anger, and wild inconsistency that makes him at once fascinating and frustrating to tennis fans, No. 3-seeded Russian Marat Safin suffered a stunning loss to Argentinian qualifier Agustin Calleri, 7-6(6), 7-5(5), in the second round of the Tennis Masters Madrid on Tuesday.

In a match that stretched well past 1:00AM Wednesday morning, Safin's unforced errors outpaced his winners by a 27-18 margin, causing him to frequently smash his racket against the purple hardcourt surface. He also vehemently protested a number of line calls.

After the match, Safin was visibly saddened, as he clearly realizes that his early-round upset may cost him more than the price of replacing his broken rackets. While he stands at No. 3 in the ATP Champions Race, he leads 10th-place Andy Roddick by just 85 points, a slim margin that makes him anything but a lock to qualify for next month's Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

"I'm very disappointed because I really want to go to Shanghai," he said. "It is a shame I lost in my first match because I really thought that I would do much better, but Calleri didn't give me a chance."

However, Safin stressed that he is not prepared to give up on his year, during which he has failed to capture a title. He will play next week in St. Petersburg, and then at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, and said, "If I go to Shanghai, I will go to win. Not just to get the money and lose all my matches."

Calleri, whose best results of 2002 are semifinal showings in Mallorca and Bastad, next faces a third-round encounter with the winner of tomorrow's Swedish showdown between Magnus Norman and No. 15 seed Thomas Johansson.

Jessi
10-16-2002, 08:40 PM
another article...very sad :(

Safin's Loss To Calleri Jeopardizes Place In Masters Cup


Marat Safin By Richard Pagliaro
10/16/2002

It was shortly before last call in Madrid when a drained Marat Safin came up empty in his quest for another successful shot. Argentine qualifier Agustin Calleri shocked the third-seeded Safin 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5) in a match that ended at about 1:30 a.m. local time at the Tennis Masters Series-Madrid last night.


The defeat was particularly disappointing for the 2000 U.S. Open champion, who entered the match third in the ATP Champions Race, but now finds himself facing the pressure of producing significant results in his next two tournaments — at St. Petersburg and Paris — in order to qualify for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup, which will be staged in Shanghai, China November 11-17th. The top seven players in the Champions Race standings and the Grand Slam champion holding the highest place in the Champions Race qualify for the season-ending event.

During the summer, the fourth-ranked Safin spoke of seizing the top spot in the rankings by the end of the year, but now he finds himself fighting to secure a spot in the Tennis Masters Cup. Currently third in the Race with 468 points, Safin is being closely chased by Juan Carlos Ferrero (425), Tim Henman (420), Carlos Moya (406), Roger Federer (398), Albert Costa (393), Tommy Haas (388) and Andy Roddick (383) in the Champions Race and realizes the magnitude of every match.

"It now all depends on my two tournaments to come in St. Petersburg and Paris," Safin said. "Everyone is bunched together in the standings so my place is going to depend in part on what the others do. All the players around me are playing well at the moment so I know it's going to be tough. I don't have many chances left."

While Safin struggles to find his form, he can take solace in the fact that he has played well in both St. Petersburg and Paris in the past. Safin is the two-time defending champion in St. Petersburg and won the Paris championship two years ago after his runner-up finish to Andre Agassi in 1999.

It appeared Safin was in position to pull out the first set tiebreak when he took a 4-0 lead only to see Calleri rally and seize the first set with a sizzling backhand winner down the line.

This was one of my best matches ever," Calleri said. "I wanted to win this one badly. But in the beginning of the year I also played well, especially when I beat Guga in Buenos Aires."

A frustrated Safin erupted in an explosion of emotion as he smashed his racquet to the court in disgust after one unforced error. The racquet broke and by the end of the match, Safin was reduced to trying to pick up the pieces of a shattered psyche as he makes the final push toward a place in Shanghai.

"Every week I suffer these small disappointments," Safin said. "It's getting on my nerves. I want to get to Shanghai, but not for the money. My goal is to win it."


http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=6810&bannerregion=

TheBoiledEgg
10-25-2002, 02:45 AM
There's a 6 page feature of Marat in the new Ace Magazine (from LTA), titled "The Safin Files"

Lee
10-26-2002, 02:55 AM
Hi Marat fans,

I am not a fan of Marat but I come across an article in Chinese that Marat fans may be interested and I don't know whether someone translate it before.

The picture with the article is from a newspaper in Hong Kong but I am not sure whether it is from this or last year's Salem Open. In the picture (I don't know how to attach the picture but it is in page 11, funny pictures, general messages), Marat drew a picture with a house, a tree and a stick man for pychoanalysis (or something like that). Base on the drawing, he is full of energy and hope (because the tree is prosperous), but he does not understand himself very much (because there are no eyes, ears, nose, etc on the stick man). He wants others understanding but he cannot provide a way (there is no handle on the door of the house). The number of windows shows how many children he want and that is 2. According to the article, Marat said the analysis was quite accurate and 2 is the exact number of children he wants.

Jessi
11-07-2002, 09:20 PM
Here is a great article about Marat's Paris win..:D

Majestic Safin turns back the clock to flatten Hewitt

By John Roberts in Paris
04 November 2002
The roaring Paris crowd provided music for Marat Safin's ears yesterday as the Muscovite powered to his first title of the year, outplaying Lleyton Hewitt, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4, thereby denying the Australian a bigger lead over Andre Agassi in the race to be World No 1.

Record attendances for the Paris Masters reflected the general buzz of excitement as the city prepares for France's Davis Cup final against Russia here at the Palais Omnisports de Bercy in three weeks' time, and spectators were rewarded with some splendid matches. Safin was wise to rejoice at the chanting of his name. When he returns to the arena, the court will have changed from blue, medium-pace carpet to slow, red clay and the boisterous crowd will have changed its tune. The Marseillaise is likely to be the least of it.

Whatever the outcome of the Davis Cup final, preceded by the Masters Cup in Shanghai, Safin demonstrated here that his awe-inspiring talent, which blew away Pete Sampras in the final of the 2000 United States Open, has merely being lying dormant. His display of consistent serving, punishing ground-strokes and all-round confidence was too much for Hewitt.

The Australian Wimbledon champion was magnanimous in defeat. Though disappointed that he did not finish the week with a victory that would have put him 118 points clear of Agassi instead of 88, he knows that he cannot be caught by the American if he advances to the final in Shanghai a week next Sunday.

The only time Safin looked vulnerable yesterday was on the occasions when he tempted Hewitt with drop-shots. While this may be a good ploy against the majority of players, the Australian's speedy footwork is renowned. The Russian was fortunate that Hewitt did not capitalise on the pick-up more often and, in one sense, Safin must be congratulated for instigating some of the most exhilarating points of the match.

It was clear from the start that Safin was in formidable form, but Hewitt did not allow himself to be intimidated. Broken for 1-3 in the opening set, he recovered to 4-4 and held a break point for 5-4 which Safin swept away with an unreturnable serve. Safin then dominated the tie-break, 7-4.

The second set would not have been a rout had Hewitt been able to convert any of three break points in the second game. Safin's forehand rescued the first, Hewitt netted a backhand on the second, and Safin volleyed away the third before going on to become the first opponent to take a love set off Hewitt since Sweden's Magnus Norman at the 2000 Italian Open.

In the third set, Hewitt hung on as best he could, sometimes desperately, sometimes brilliantly enough to win over many in the crowd who at times voiced a degree of undue hostility towards him, as though warming up for Safin in the Davis Cup. Hewitt managed to save two break points in the opening game and in the third game, only for Safin to crack his serve for 3-2 with a crisp forehand volley.

After playing his part in some thrilling rallies in the next three games, Hewitt received cheers of admiration for saving three match points when serving at 3-5, 0-40. Safin seemed edgy for the first time when serving for the match at 5-4, recalling, perhaps, the finals he lost to Thomas Johansson at the Australian Open and to Roger Federer in Hamburg. He proceeded to slip to 0-30 before winning the concluding four points, Hewitt missing with a cross-court return on the fourth match point.

Safin, who previously won the Paris-Bercy title in 2000, said he had begun to despair of winning a championship this year. "It's wonderful to win here," he reflected. "I had so much confidence, I couldn't miss, and the second set was just perfect tennis for me. He didn't expect that, because normally, after 7-6, you get an early break by Hewitt."

Hewitt, who has suffered from a virus infection in recent weeks, said he was pleased to have reached the final. "I'm just not match tough at the moment," he added, "and Marat's a tough player when he's confident and swinging out like he did today."

* Cedric Pioline, the 32-year-old 1997 Wimbledon runner-up, was in tears on the court at Paris-Bercy yesterday when he announced to the crowd that he had decided to retire.

Jessi
11-09-2002, 08:28 PM
Resurgent Safin Sets Sail for Shanghai

One of the game's most talented and charismatic players, Marat Safin can take another giant leap toward greatness at the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai. Coming off a dominant week at the BNP Paribas Masters, where he swept to his first title of 2002, he has all the momentum on his side.


Shanghai Preview:
Marat Safin


Blessed with extraordinary talent, immense physical gifts and an abundance of charisma, Marat Safin has the potential to become one of the most successful and popular stars the game has ever seen. Now, entering the Tennis Masters Cup, it appears that he is gaining the one element that has thus far held him back - consistency - which could indeed portend a frightening future for his rivals on the ATP circuit.



Age: 22
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Height: 6'4" (1.93m)
Weight: 195 (88kg)
Turned Pro: 1997

Career Titles: 11
2002 Titles: 1
2002 Win/Loss: 54-23
Career Win/Loss: 228-128

The 22-year-old Russian is coming off a sizzling performance at last week's BNP Paribas Masters, where he dominated the field to seize his first title of 2002. Disposing of Carlos Moya and Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets - foes he will face in round robin play this week in Shanghai - Safin's powerful, aggressive attacking game was nearly flawless. Perhaps more importantly, Safin managed to calm his notoriously volatile temperament en route to his Paris triumph.

While Paris marked the 2000 US Open champion's first title of the year, Safin could confidently say that he has had a successful season overall, as evidenced by his 54 match wins and strong No. 3 standing in the 2002 Champions Race. His year began at the Australian Open, where he downed Pete Sampras and Tommy Haas en route to the final, where he had a golden opportunity to capture his second Grand Slam title against surprising Swede Thomas Johansson. However, unable to meet the great expectations, he surrendered to Johansson in four sets.

Safin racked up a pair of impressive results on clay during the spring. He reached the final at the Tennis Masters Hamburg, crushing Hewitt in the quarterfinals, before losing to Roger Federer. At Roland Garros he made a run to the semifinals, where he succumbed to Juan Carlos Ferrero.

His drive to qualify for Shanghai was evident, as he played for six straight weeks during the fall indoor season, with his best result prior to his win in Paris being a semifinal showing in his birthplace of Moscow (l. to Kuerten). Also this season, he reached the quarterfinals in three more Tennis Masters Series events (Miami, Monte Carlo, Toronto) and three other ATP tournaments.

Perhaps the accomplishment that Safin would be most proud of this year is his 6-2 record in Davis Cup in singles and doubles (teamed with Yevgeny Kafelnikov). He has led Russia to the Davis Cup final against France, set for later this month in Paris.

Safin must vividly recollect his only prior Tennis Masters Cup appearance. In 2000, the year that he won the US Open among his circuit-leading seven titles, he went into the inaugural Masters Cup in Lisbon with a 75-point lead over Gustavo Kuerten, and was twice within one victory of clinching the year-end World No. 1 ranking. But his round robin loss to Pete Sampras and semifinal loss to Andre Agassi opened the door for the Brazilian to steal away the No. 1 ranking. Thus Safin will surely be seeking some Masters Cup redemption this week in Shanghai.

Jessi
01-02-2003, 08:08 AM
In a eurosport.com poll, Marat was voted the sexiest sportman of the year! Damn straight he is!;) David Beckham came in second.

Jessi
01-05-2003, 01:38 AM
DAVIS CUP HERO MARAT SAFIN HEADING TO adidas INTERNATIONAL AFTER WELL EARNED REST

SYDNEY: Marat Safin played great tennis in the final of the Davis Cup against France. It was because of him that Russia was able to win the coveted trophy for the first time. The 22 year old won both his singles matches by producing some awesome power; the second one leveling the final that kept Russia’s hopes alive.

Safin will now take a break from tennis and recharge his batteries for the adidas International, 5 to 11 January. The big Russian spearheads a tremendous field that will take to the courts at the Sydney International Tennis Centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

"The year is finished and I was waiting for that so badly but I also wanted to finish the year with a good match and I played it," said Safin. "Now I can go for vacations, watch television and be relaxed for a couple of weeks. Then I will get ready for next year. It was important to finish the year with good wins to give a good feeling for next year."

Safin is regarded as one of the most colourful players in men's tennis and his numerous responses in media conferences won him the "ASAP Most Quotable Player Award" by the International Tennis Writers Association last year. He is a winner of eleven career titles, the most recent one being the BNP Paribas Masters at Bercy in Paris, the same venue that hosted the Davis Cup final. In 2002 he was also a finalist at the Australian Open and a semifinalist at the French Open.

At 1.93m, he is one of the tallest players on the tour and his incredible reach makes it very difficult to pass him.

He speaks fluent Russian, English and Spanish having grown up in Spain where he developed his tennis skills. Marat was named after Jean Paul Marat the French revolutionary who died in 1793.

Safin will end the 2002 season ranked three in the world.

The Moscovite who resides in Monte Carlo, will be joined at the adidas International by four other players who qualified for the recent season-ending Tennis Masters Cup - Roger Federer the defending adidas champion, Carlos Moya, French Open winner Albert Costa and Juan Carlos Ferrero, who was runner-up in Shanghai. Also in the line-up will be James Blake, Andy Roddick and Juan Ignacio Chela, finalist at the 2002 adidas.

Jessi
01-05-2003, 01:40 AM
Testing time for Safin

By JOHN THIRSK
05jan03

TOP seed Marat Safin faces a draw full of minefields in the adidas International, starting today.

The volatile and unpredictable Russian, who world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt classes as the most dangerous competitor on his day, must overcome a difficult first-round match against Belgium's Olivier Rochus.
Safin will have to blank out his loss to the diminutive Rochus in the first round at Wimbledon last year.

A likely quarter-final between Safin and No. 6 seed Andy Roddick shapes as a serving duel.

The other potential quarter-final in the top half is an affair between defending champion Roger Federer, the No. 4 seed from Switzerland, and French Open champion Albert Costa, of Spain, the fifth seed.

Federer and Costa are among five competitors in the star-studded line-up who competed in the eight-man Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai in November, which was won by Hewitt.

Safin was there alongside third-seeded Carlos Moya and his Spanish teammate Juan Carlos Ferrero, the No. 2 seed who took Hewitt to a heart-stopping five-set final.

The bottom half of the draw sets up an all-Spanish semi-final between world No. 4 Ferrero and No. 5 Moya, the player who defeated Hewitt four times in succession last year.

Two former World No. 1s, top seed Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport, seeded six, are scheduled to meet in an all-American women's semi-final in the top half.

The draw was not kind to Australian wildcard Nicole Pratt, who will meet Davenport in a first round.

The bottom half of the draw could see Belgians Kim Clijsters, seeded two, and Justine Henin-Hardene, seeded three, meet in a semi-final.

Shadow
01-05-2003, 03:39 PM
Safin gives girls the flick
January 6 2003

The giant world No 3 from Russia will have fewer distractions in the stands than he did last summer, reports Jessica Halloran.

There will be no "beautiful bench". The blondes, with plunging necklines, the trio who adorned the Australian Open stands last year, had nothing to do with Mr Marat Safin.

Revelation No 1: they were not part of his entourage. There's no such thing as a "Safinette".

"Let's put it this way, I have nothing to do with these ladies. I'm not going to explain, but I have nothing to do with that, I swear to God," Safin said firmly.

"They were friends of my friends that asked me to get them tickets . . . I got them tickets, it's not a problem."

Revelation No 2: "They are not my types." Safin said this with a little grin - but he meant it. What is his type? "My type? Not this type."

And don't expect a new, authorised bench this summer. "Just myself - coach, doctor," he said.

No blondes, even though Safin clearly stated at the open in Melbourne last summer: "You have to admit I have an unbelievably beautiful bench." Not that they have anything to do with the giant Russian.

Safin's skin was a patchwork of sunburn yesterday after he practised on Rebound Ace. But his -30C Russian tan should soon disappear under the Sydney sun.

After working with five different coaches in the previous three seasons, Safin is back in Sydney with Denis Golovanov, whom he appointed last November. Golovanov is an "old friend" Safin grew up with.

"I make a deal with him for one year and let's see if we can do some great things this year," said the 22-year-old who is ranked No 3 in the world and is the top seed at the adidas International at Homebush Bay this week.

"It's difficult to find a guy who can coach and travel with you all the time and you can trust. I know him really well. I don't know if it's the right decision - a bad decision or a good decision - but it's a decision I made because I couldn't find any other guy I trust."

Safin would love nothing more than to win a grand slam event and be No 1 in the world.

"That's my goal [to get both], it's too much maybe, but that's the draw, we live because of the dreams."

But to achieve this "dream" he said some glitches in his game must be fixed - glitches he describes as "not a tennis thing" but a "mental thing".

"Sometimes my concentration just goes away in the game and it's difficult to [get it to] come back," he said.

"That's why sometimes I'm suffering. I understand this. I know what I have to do but it's really, really tough to bring myself to this level.

"I'm trying and I'm trying, and I'm growing up. I'll be 23 soon and I'm hoping I'll manage to bring this level to my game."

Safin said even though Lleyton Hewitt had shown less than stellar form at the Hopman Cup last week, the world No 1 would still be a real threat at the Australian Open.

Safin believes it's "more important not to play real well before a big tournament" because some players wear themselves down.

"It's better to start slowly and win a couple of matches," he said.

Safin was also philosophising about his life at yesterday's press conference. Softly spoken with his gentle hand gestures, he said his life was all about living for the moment.

"This is the best time . . . enjoy every moment of your life, every day and not regret afterwards," he said. "It's really important to enjoy what you are doing, enjoy the way you are living because time is running really fast, every year faster and faster and your best times are when you are young."

vaiva
01-05-2003, 03:50 PM
Thanks AS for the article :wavey:

I still find it hard to call Golovanov a coach. Sparring partner, good friend - yes. But not a coach. At least not the one that Marat really needs.

Let's see the outcome of this new partnership of Marat.

helena
01-05-2003, 03:51 PM
:D thx a lot my sweet andy !:D

Jessi
01-06-2003, 04:05 AM
thanx Andy for the article!

zosse, i agree with you. Denis is no coach. First of all, he's what, 22 yrs old? i've never heard of a 22 yr old coach. what can he teach Marat that Marat doesn't aldready know.
But as you say, lets give their partnership a chance. Maybe he helps Marat more than we give him credit for.

Jessi
01-06-2003, 04:08 AM
SAFIN BACK, WITH NEW BLONDE

By PAUL MALONE

Sunday Herald-Sun, January 5, 2003


He's back and he's brought a new blonde with him.

Marat Safin, remembered for the bevy of blonde friends he assembled at the Australian Open last year as much as his power tennis, will again have heads turning this summer in the direction of the players' box.

Russia's world No. 3 has arrived in Sydney to begin his pursuit of Lleyton Hewitt's world championship crown as top seed in the $1.6 million adidas International, which starts today.

But there was no sign of Moscow model Katja Bestojeva, 22, who gained almost as much television exposure as Safin last January as she sat with two other blonde members of the Russian's "family."

Bestojeva sat in tight-fitting clothing at Melbourne Park along with Safin's three coaches and two more blonde supporters, Russian student Anna Gorski and Melbourne sales executive Di Vekoso.

Safin was understood to be travelling to Sydney with Amit Naor, an Israeli coach he had worked with on and off for two years, masseur Anatoly Glebov - and none of his 2002 blonde cheersquad.

The charismatic Russian instead flew in yesterday with Glebov, hitting partner Dennis Golovomov and a new blonde friend, understood to be Russian.

"Marat never has difficulty finding female supporters," a tour insider said. "His little black book would be pretty impressive."

Vekoso got to know Safin last year after an introduction bty Victorian player Mark Philippoussis and Gorski met him at a South Yarra restaurant early in the 2002 Australian Open.

Safin's coaching retinue and female supporters have been a cause of wonderment since he gained extra popularity with his 2000 US Open win.

Three men - Naor, Glebov and Roberto Brogin - wore 2002 Australian Open accreditation tags that read "coach, Marat Safin."

"He needs people around him who give him motivation and make the ambience around him quite relaxed," Brogin said. "He likes to go to restuarants and likes to speak to girls. But Marat makes noise if he goes to the discotheque."

Safin had a short-lived coaching association with former world No. 1 Mats Wilander in 2001, ending with Wilander mystified by Safin's approach to his game and the company he kept.

Jessi
01-06-2003, 05:44 AM
Safin set to open 2003 campaign

7sport.com.au ... 06 January 2003 05:01pm

Marat Safin opens his quest to displace Lleyton Hewitt from the year-end No.1 tennis ranking on Tuesday when he takes on Belgian nemesis Olivier Rochus at the adidas International in Sydney.

Safin, the world No.3, is top seed in Sydney, but won't be underestimating the 63rd-ranked Rochus, who shocked the Russian in the second round at Wimbledon last year.

"It's a great chance for revenge," Safin said. "It was not my best match at Wimbledon."

On his day, few can match Safin's explosive power and deft shot-making and he has already signalled his desire to knock Hewitt off his perch.

On a bad day, though, Safin can be horrible.

The 22-year-old is aware of his shortfalls and said he was working hard on improving his concentration in order to fulfill his rich potential.

"Everybody has something but is missing something," Safin said.

"Lleyton Hewitt is an unbelievable fighter but he doesn't have big strokes. He doesn't have an unbelievable serve, unbelievable forehand and backhand.

"Sampras has an unbelievable forehand, but he is not really good on backhand.

"There is not one player who has everything. It's impossible.

"Take Agassi. He's an unbelievable baseline player, but he's not good at the net. He knows that everybody knows he has no clue at the net. (lol)

"Take anybody you want ... I have my problems also.

"My problem is not a tennis thing. It is mentally. Sometimes my concentration goes away in the game and it is difficult (to get it) to come back.

"That's why I am suffering sometimes. I understand this, I know what I have to do but it is really, really tough to bring myself to this level.

"I'm trying and I'm trying and I'm growing up. I'm going to be 23 soon and I'm hoping that I'll manage to bring this level to my game."

vaiva
01-06-2003, 09:44 AM
LOL Marat :) Especially about Agassi

The boy seems to be maturing and bringing more analysis and rational things in his interviews. I like it ;)

Jessi
01-06-2003, 10:31 PM
Here's a cute article from the Daily Telegraph.

A bad case of writer's block
By James Hooper
January 7, 2003

IT sounded like one of those dream assignments - play tennis against world No.3 Marat Safin.

Cool. Marat and Hooper. Tennis star and sports journalist. Maybe we'll become mates. When we shake hands I expect the big Russian to be as cold as a vodka on the rocks but am pleasantly surprised.

"So you're not going to use me as target practice," I ask.

"No. I've already been practising for a couple of hours so you will just be the target," he replies.

He's a temperamental cus tomer who regularly serves the ball at more than 200km/h. The type of sports star who despises scribes who write all these nasty things about him.

Court nine of the adidas International, Marat Safin down the opposite end, with a large crowd gathering to watch me be embarrassed.

And so, let the game begin.

Safin starts off nice and easy, instructing me to play forehands and backhands with a smile that makes me suspicious, before starting to speed things up a bit.

Five minutes pass and Safin is laughing as I attempt a double-handed backhand that makes me look more like a wood-chopper than a tennis player.

A tournament official tells me to take a step back and watch for a minute. Safin is going to demonstrate the full power of his serve. The big-hitting tennis star fires down three rockets that make me turn as white as the Russian snow.

He looks over and motions towards me with a smile -- it's my turn.

The first ball bounces and then flies up off the court at my head. All I can do is shuffle left and point my racquet in the air. More smiles from Safin.

He politely tells me the next one is going to be aimed at my forehand.

To my astonishment the ball actually hits the racquet and goes back over the net. Safin hits it back and I hit it back again.

There's a rally on!

Next, 11-year old James Slee, from Killarney Heights, is picked from the crowd for a hit against his hero.

The kid knows how to hold a racquet and within a matter of seconds he's already upstaged me. I think I'll stick to reporting.

The Daily Telegraph

drf716
01-17-2003, 06:56 AM
AUST OPEN - Chips and lobs
By GRANTLEY BERNARD
14jan03
SOME players need to go through qualifying to get to the Australian Open. Other needs to go through rigmarole.

Big Russian Marat Safin apparently ran into a few problems when he boarded his flight from Sydney to Melbourne and was told the bag housing his racquets was too big to be considered cabin baggage.

The Purple Goat reports there was some debate between Safin and the cabin crew, who suggested the bag be placed in the cargo hold. Safin, though, was not being separated from his tools of trade.

The runner-up in last year's Open final indicated he would allocate a couple of racquets into various overhead lockers as the umming and aahing continued beyond scheduled departure. Eventually a compromise was reached, the racquets were stored, Safin took his seat and the flight left about 10 minutes late.

maratski
01-17-2003, 01:17 PM
Thanks for the funny article.
Good boy Marat. Stand up for yourself.

vaiva
01-17-2003, 01:43 PM
Strangely, that's the only type of news we've been getting about Marat lately. Even Misha gets more media attention :confused:

Nobody is picking him as a true contender for the title and I think it is good. Marat is quietly progressing through the draw. But tonight he'll have a very difficult match. If he fights as hard as he did protecting his stuff, he'll win :)

Riley Finn
01-17-2003, 04:56 PM
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maratski
01-17-2003, 07:08 PM
I think Marat likes it also that he doesn't get too much attention. He just does his thing and nobody expects anything from him. Sometimes he found it hard to play with so much expected from him, but now he can do his thing and progress slowly. I'm really hoping to see him win here and IMO he's capable of doing it this year.

vaiva
01-18-2003, 12:03 PM
The start to this year is quite disappointing for Marat. Two tournaments - two withdrawals :o Well, but he is still undefeated and that's probably the only good thing about that. I hope he'll be fit for the Davis Cup.

I post his interview below:

Marat Safin Withdraws
Saturday, 18 January, 2003

Transcribed Interview

MODERATOR: Questions for Marat.

Q. What's the reason for your withdrawal?
MARAT SAFIN: My wrist is bothering me, and I decided not to play.

Q. Disappointed?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, kind of.

Q. When did you feel the pain for the first time?
MARAT SAFIN: In the first match. I fall down, and then I hit the backhand a little bit too late, and I felt some pain here. Afterwards, for the second match, they put me injection, so I didn't feel in the second match. Afterwards, at night, I had my wrist really big. Just I couldn't move it. So no reason to play.

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?
MARAT SAFIN: Yes.

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

Q. When you say you're kind of disappointed, are you looking forward to a little bit of rest now?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. Yeah, some time off, because of long season last year, I have a few weeks now off. It will be good. Is good for me.

Q. Will you be ready for Davis Cup?
MARAT SAFIN: I'm not sure. Not sure. I will see. I will check every week. I will try to do something to help to recover and we'll see. But I'm not sure for Davis Cup will be ready.

Q. What sort of treatment do you have to get for this sort of injury?
MARAT SAFIN: Not much you can do. Ice, laser. Doctors, they know.

Q. Mostly rest?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah.

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). Yeah, actually was very bad luck. I started to play well in Sydney, I got injured with problems with my shoulder. Here, very first match, just got injured. Because I'm already in second round, I start to play better. To fly 24 hours here, you know, leave from here without any success is not really good. That's life. What you can do?

Q. You've talked a lot about the long season, more time off. I'm wondering if you're going to reduce your schedule this year? Do you think these injuries are a result of playing too much last year?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, because everybody's getting injured. As you can see, tennis is becoming too physical. Everybody's trying to play tournaments and everybody -- because level of tennis is so high, the bodies of the players, they cannot anymore. So that's why you need to take a few weeks' rest. Every time you play two, three weeks, you also need to take a few weeks off, otherwise you cannot, because the body is getting tired really fast.

Q. Will you play less this year, do you think, than last year?
MARAT SAFIN: Even if before I played like around 35 weeks a year, so now if you're playing 25, is more than enough. I've been playing last year not so much actually. Play 25 weeks. You cannot play less. In the Masters Series, with Davis Cup, with Grand Slams, it's becoming already 19 weeks. But you also have to play a few tournaments, some other tournaments. So it's already 25.
And the schedules, we don't have rest at all, the tennis players. So it's difficult.

Q. I know you're no longer in the tournament. Who do you think might get through your quarter of the draw, Blake or Federer? Who do you think might win the title?
MARAT SAFIN: I didn't even see the draw. I don't really care. Definitely the best one who's in the best shape right now. The same people like Federer. But everybody can play tennis. Everybody can be in the semifinals. I don't need to just say the names. Everybody can be there, even the people who are not seeded can also play great tennis. We'll see. I really don't know.

Q. You've spoken about drug testing. Do you still feel the same way, that you're not in favor of it, it's too invasive in players' lives?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but the people, they're not taking anything, so they don't have to be scared. I'm not scared. I believe, and I still believe, the player to be able to play great tennis, you don't have to take -- you don't need to take drugs, you know. Just to play a tennis match, you can have the vitamins, all these things, but you don't need to take drugs to be able to play a match of the year.

Q. But you don't think it's necessary to do testing?
MARAT SAFIN: Of course, why not? We've been doing test like every year since I'm playing. We are doing drug testing, so why not? They don't have to go too deep. That's their decisions. I'm not scared. Just whatever the people, they say, we do. If it's good for tennis, that's great. If it's a great idea to make drug testing, I'm okay with that.

Q. Have you been selected at random this week for any blood testing?
MARAT SAFIN: No.

Q. Did the doctor advise you to not play?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. I asked. I can feel myself I cannot just hold the racquet. I spoke to the doctor. He said, "Just don't do that."
Still a long time to go. The year is just beginning. Just one tournament, why would I destroy all my season? I prefer to stop now, even if it's a Grand Slam. Still the health is more important than the rest of the things.

Q. When do you go back to Russia?
MARAT SAFIN: Today.

Q. If you cannot play Davis Cup, what will be your next tournament?
MARAT SAFIN: I will try to come back for Rotterdam for indoors, play a few weeks before the Masters Series, Indian Wells, Miami, play a few matches. I'm not sure I'm going to be ready for Davis Cup. I'll try to do my best. But otherwise Rotterdam, Dubai.

http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_18_01_m_safin_p.jpg

maratski
01-18-2003, 07:53 PM
I'm still sad, but seeing that sexy pic of the interview him, makes me feel a liitle bit better.

Get well soon Marat:kiss: :kiss:

vaiva
01-19-2003, 02:04 PM
Injuries force Safin out of Australian Open

By Sandra Harwitt
tennisreporters.net

RUSSIAN WAS ONE OF THE FAVORITES

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From the time Marat Safin arrived in Australia, he made it know that he thinks the tennis season is way too long and the end-of-season vacation is way too short. For the '00 US Open champ, last year's season was longer than for most as he worked overtime, leading Russia to its first ever Davis Cup victory at the end of November.

Safin, a highly talented player sometimes accused of not always being focused on his tennis, said he wasn't ready for action this early in January. On Saturday, Safin finally decided to stop trying to play and walked away from playing a third round match, giving Ranier Schuettler of Germany a free pass into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

"My wrist is bothering me and I decided not to play," said Safin, a finalist in Melbourne last year. "In the first match, I fall down, and then I hit the backhand a little bit too late, and I felt some pain here. Afterwards, for the second match, they put me injection, so I didn't feel in the second match. Afterwards, at night, I had my wrist really big. Just I couldn't move it. So no reason to play."
Safin said he was advised by the doctor not to play and offered a very reasonable explanation for not trying to go forward, saying, "The year is just beginning. (This is) just one tournament, why would I destroy all my season? I prefer to stop now, even if it's a Grand Slam. Still the health is more important than the rest of the things."

When Safin arrived in Australia, he had no complaints about his wrist, but he was forced to pull out of the Sydney event the week before the Open with a shoulder injury and was taking anti-inflammatory medication. During his first two matches in Melbourne, he was taking painkillers to ease the pain from the shoulder.

SECOND YEAR OF FRUSTRATION
For Safin, the early exit from the Australian Open has to be frustrating, especially after his failure to take the trophy at last year's tournament. Safin, who has long been touted as a given to be a multiple Grand Slam champion, was considered a shoo-in to defeat Thomas Johansson in last year's final. But as has happened to him in the past, Safin fell apart in that match, lost his way and failed to live up to his potential.

At the beginning of the Open, when asked about his hopes for this year in perspective to his disappointment 12 months ago in Melbourne, Safin sized up the situation clearly.

"Last year is history already – it was one year ago," he said. "This is another chance, another year, another tournament. I would like to do the same thing. It's difficult because it's another year. You are not playing the same tennis. The other people are not playing the same tennis. The situation is difficult. But I think I still have a great potential to do well here, and we'll see if I will be able to make it."
Now Safin knows he won't make it this year and needs to look ahead to the other three Grand Slams for glory making in 2003.

There's no denying that Safin is a great talent – most tennis pundits will tell you that he should be the No. 1 player in the world more than Lleyton Hewitt. But Hewitt has one important element that still seems to elude Safin – an unquenchable desire to succeed. The feisty Hewitt, attempting to become the first Australian since Mark Edmondson in 1976 to keep the Open trophy at home Down Under, never allows his desperation to win wane. Where Safin seems to run hot and cold when it comes to keeping his head and his desire in check, Hewitt never falters in his quest to win, win, win, at all costs.
For now, it will be a wait-and-see situation as to whether Safin will be able to live up to his potential in 2003 and score a second career Grand Slam title. One thing that tennis fans can be sure of is that however it turns out this season for the Russian, with Safin, it's guaranteed to be an entertaining journey.

Safin's early Australian Open departure opens his portion of the draw for the highly touted Swiss Roger Federer and 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian, who will face each other in the fourth round for a shot at the quarterfinals.

Jessi
02-18-2003, 10:22 PM
Safin out to prove a point at Dubai Duty Free Men's Open

-World Number 3 bidding to break Russia's Dubai hoodoo-


Marat Safin will bid to end a Russian drought when he heads the field at the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open from 24th February - 2nd March.

No Russian has ever managed to emerge as the winner during the 11 years of the US$1 million ATP Tour event, and the 2000 US Open champion represents the country's best hope after reaching the final on his last appearance two years ago.

On that occasion he had to pull out midway through the second set after sustaining a back injury against Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, who will be seeded second next month behind the big hitting Russian.

Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free, said: "Marat is one of the brightest stars on the ATP Tour and carries such a big presence with him wherever he plays.

"He will renew his rivalry with Ferrero in Dubai and will be determined to become Russia's first player to win the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open. He felt injury deprived him of the title two years ago and he will be back to prove a point this year."

Russians have been a feature of the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open ever since Alexander Volkov was the top seed at the inaugural event in 1993, losing in the quarter-finals to 2002 champion Fabrice Santoro.

The following year Volkov reached the semi-finals where he fell to eventual champion Magnus Gustafsson, but he failed to get past the first round for the following two years. Even former World No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov has struggled to break Dubai's Russian jinx since his debut back in 1998. Despite becoming a regular, he has not managed to advance beyond the quarter-finals, but has signed up for another crack at the elusive title next month.

On current form, Safin represents Russia's biggest prospect and with the ability to beat the best in the world, the 23 year-old hopes to follow up Russia's first Davis Cup title in December with victory in Dubai.

Owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free, the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open will be held at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, UAE. The men's event is preceded by the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open, which runs from 17th - 22nd February and features Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati.

vaiva
02-19-2003, 05:52 PM
From atptennis:

Safin Plays Well in Return

Marat Safin took his first steps back on the court following a one-month injury layoff and came up victorious in his test against talented Belgian Xavier Malisse in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam Wednesday. Safin had shoulder problems forcing him to withdraw at the adidas International in Sydney last month and then had to pull out of the 2003 Australian Open when he suffered a small tear in his wrist ligaments. With both losses coming as a result of withdrawal, Safin is technically undefeated on the year at 5-0. Safin, who reached the semifinals in Rotterdam in 1999, but has gone 1-3 the past three years, now meets veteran countryman Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the second round.

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/150x200/safin_hard5.jpg

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Marat Safin:"It's frustrating when you want to play but can't. I didn't touch a racket for three weeks and when I started playing again last week, I still felt some pain in my wrist."
"It's always difficult to play that first match but it (the wrist) was okay today so hopefully I won't have any more problems during the rest of the year."
"Everyone knows that I don't want to lose to him (Kafelnikov) and he doesn't want to lose to me. It will be tough."

THURSDAY PREVIEW
Another match to highlight on the draw is the all-Russian second round between the veteran, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and the talent, Marat Safin. Early in his pro career, Marat Safin was mentored at one point by the older Russian, but today Safin carries the banner as Russia's top male singles player. The two haven't met this early in a tournament since they played in the second round at the Telecom Italia Masters on clay, when Kafelnikov emerged victorious. Since then they have played in the spotlight in the final of the President's Cup in Tashkent and the semifinal of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, with Safin winning both.

Jessi
02-19-2003, 10:25 PM
so his wrist is still not 100% :(

anyway, here's another article about the match.

Safin Stops Malisse In Rotterdam


By Adrianna Outlaw
02/19/2003

A screaming Marat Safin silenced Xavier Malisse in Rotterdam today. Shrieking in frustration after failing to convert a break point in the ninth game, the third-seeded Safin settled down to score a 7-5, 6-3 victory at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

It was Safin's first match since a wrist injury forced him to withdraw from his scheduled third-round meeting with Rainer Schuettler at the Australian Open last month. Awarded a walkover win, Schuettler advanced to the final where he was thoroughly thrashed by Andre Agassi.

The talented, temperamental Safin blew his break-point chance in the ninth game today, but hit a strong forehand to earn another break point in the 11th game. Pounding the Belgian baseliner's weaker backhand side, Safin seized a 6-5 lead when Malisse lofted a backhand long. Safin served out the set in the ensuing game and never looked back.

A morose Malisse never recovered from losing the first set and ended the match by lining a backhand into the net. Malisse entered the encounter with a 2-1 record against Safin, including a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the second round of last year's Tennis Masters Series-Rome event, but Safin gained a measure of revenge today with hard-hit shots from the baseline. Safin's standard rally shot is heavier than many opponents flat drives and he often feasted on Malisse's pace in rallies today.

The victory vaults Safin into a second-round showdown with compatriot and Davis Cup teammate Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who destroyed Feliciano Lopez, 6-2, 6-0, on Tuesday.

vaiva
02-21-2003, 09:03 AM
link (http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=international_feed/03/02/20/TENNIS_Ned-Rotterdam_Safin.html)

http://www.sportinglife.com/pictures/general/allsportmaratsafin.jpg
Safin - bothered by wrist injury (Getty Images).

WRIST WOE THREATENS SAFIN SEASON

Marat Safin has been warned by doctors that his wrist injury may require an operation which would cut a chunk out of his season. :eek: :sad:

The world number seven is competing this week at the ABN Amro indoor tournament in Rotterdam just days after he resumed training.

He overcame the first hurdle in his path, beating Belgium's Xavier Malisse in straight sets on Wednesday, but is well aware his progress must be monitored day by day.

The 23-year-old Russian was forced to pull out of the Australian Open in the third round in January because of a damaged tendon in his left wrist.

And he only returned to training last Tuesday (February 11), starting with half-hour training sessions before building up to a full hour.

But Safin clearly fears his injury is poised to flare up again and appeared concerned when asked about his condition.

"It's been so hard and frustrating," he said. "But I held on to my nerves and decided to come to Rotterdam to see if it was painful.

"If it hurts too much I may have to undergo an operation, the doctors have told me. So far I am okay, but touch wood.

"I have had a classical treatment with injections and ultrasounds. I am still suffering but can cope with it. We will see at the end of the week."

Safin has the sort of irritable character which means he is either up or down and he is confident, wrist operation or not, that the US Open title he collected in 2000 will be the first of many major titles in his career.

He has been reunited with his former coach Denis Golovanov this year and expects their partnership to be fruitful.

"I believe I can achieve great things and intend to take things very seriously with my new coach," he said. "The objective is to win a Grand Slam tournament."

vaiva
02-26-2003, 10:21 AM
After 1st round match in Dubai:

What players said:

Safin:" It’s tough to play well. I was injured for three weeks and I started to play last week in Rotterdam. It’s really important to win titles at the beginning of the year so I can have a lot of confidence and fight for No. 1. People are already winning points and are already maybe a little bit too far (away) for me, but I hope I can get them. Winning titles and getting to the top ten of the Race means I can fight for No. 1."

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/200x150/safin_hard1.jpg
Marat Safin won decisively in one of the shorter matches of the day, defeating Alexander Waske 6-4, 6-2 in just over an hour. ;)

maratski
02-26-2003, 12:29 PM
Thanks for the article Vaiva. I'm always too lazy to look for them myself.

Shadow
02-26-2003, 07:01 PM
Safin humbled by Robredo in Dubai


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Russian Marat Safin suffered a shock second round defeat to Spain's Tommy Robredo at the Dubai Open on Wednesday, losing 7-5 4-6 7-6 in a marathon two hour 51 minute battle.

Robredo had not won a match in his previous four tournaments until a first round win here over Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman.

"Right now I am lost. I think I'm playing good but I cannot win," a dejected Safin said in a statement after refusing to attend a post-match news conference.

"The only thing I can say is that I was there, I was fighting but the luck was not on my side. That's OK, the guy ran a lot, he was fighting. His game is more practical than mine."

The second seed, beaten by compatriot Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the second round of the ATP World Indoor Tournament last week after being sidelined for a month with a wrist injury, dropped the first set after he was broken in the 12th game.

Safin levelled the match by breaking early in the second set, and the final set remained in the balance right to the end.

First, Safin broke to lead 2-1 when Robredo was convinced there was a double-bounce before the Russian reached the ball.

Robredo recovered the break to level at 4-4, and in a tense finale Safin twice held break points to serve for victory, at 4-4 and 5-5, and then twice had to serve to stay in the match, at 4-5 and 5-6. But it was the Spaniard who proved the stronger player in the tiebreak.

"Normally I should lose because Marat hits so hard," said an elated Robredo, "but I have been practising hard and running a lot and I'm in great physical shape."

Top seed Roger Federer advanced 6-3 6-3 over Irakli Labadze, and third seed Jiri Novak took just 44 minutes to sweep past Andrei Stoliarov 6-1 6-1.

Dutchman Sjeng Schalken was stretched for two hours 50 minutes and had to save three match points before the number six seed overcame defending champion Fabrice Santoro 3-6 7-6 7-6.

maratski
02-27-2003, 08:20 AM
marat :sad:

Jessi
02-28-2003, 05:59 AM
god, what depressing comments from Marat. :sad: I'm surprised he took the loss so hard. I think he's putting too much pressure on himself. Its only his second tournament back, he shouldn't expect results so soon.

Forget about it Marat. Remember what you always say, "Better times will come."

warfreakbix
02-28-2003, 09:05 AM
Hi Jessi, welcome back! :D

Thanks for the quote, you lifted my spirit up! Yeah Marat, better times will come! :bounce: :bounce:

Jessi
03-02-2003, 06:16 AM
Hi warfreakbix, and thank you! ;)

Shadow
07-02-2003, 01:57 PM
I hope we will get some POSTIVE Marat News soon :)

maratgirl
07-02-2003, 04:51 PM
found this one on wtaworld

Safin will return in two weeks

Marat's failure Safina from the appearance already in the second tournament of the category " of large helmet " in this season - on Uimbldone, and thus far in the open championship of France - caused numerous interpretations in the tennis peace/world.In some commentaries frankly sounds the disbelief into the fact that the reason for such solutions - still the same injury of the brush of left hand, which did not give to rossiyaninu to play the open championship of Australia during January.
" Any other bases for the failure of The uimbldonskogo tournament Marat does not have and it was not, said today in the exclusive interview for the correspondent of Itar- TASS the President of the federation of tennis of Russia/FTR/Of shamil' Of tarpishchev.- he passes the course of physiotherapy apropos of the rent of tendon in the place of its fastening.this injury is always treated for long.Marat can play, but a constant pain does not give the possibility valuably to come forward in the serious tournaments, especially, when the discussion deals with the category " of large helmet ".So why, according to the chapter FTR, to leave on Kort, when there are no chances to the victory in the present situation practically.

The forthcoming two weeks, according to Tarpishcheva, " Marat will continue the treatment of the rent of tendon, especially because in the place of injury was formed the corn.It must be with the aid of the massage " mixed ".To the question, when one of the best Russian tennis-players will again gladden worshippers by powerful/thick and beautiful game, the President OF FTR said that " taking into account the nature of injury and undertaken treatment it is possible to hope that this will occur after Uimbldona, i.e., in two weeks ".

Concerning reasonings in some OF THE SMI apropos of the fact that Safin is declared to the participation in the tournaments, and then it rejects the participation them, Shamil' Of tarpishchev resembled the known procedure of conducting large tennis competitions." The organizers of tournaments in advance automatically include in the grid of those leading - according to the classification - the tennis-players, who then either confirm their participation or they reject, as it was recently in the cases with Marat ", he said chapter FTR.

" Marat, naturally, is very detuned by the fact that it cannot come forward in the serious tournaments, but it believes in the fact that soon its injury will remain in the past ", emphasized Tarpishchev.Safin was conducted in this year within the framework of a series of the tournaments of the association of the tennis-player- professionals/ATP/of 18 matches, 12 of which it completed victoriously, true, won not one competition.Injury substantially affected also its position in " the champion race/distillation " ATP - now it occupies 42- yu position, and indeed 2002 years completed on 3-1 line of this classification.

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Jessi
07-03-2003, 08:11 AM
Tarpichev said today Marat's wrist is healed but it still hurts becuause of a callous which means he's still unable to practice :sad:

Shadow
07-03-2003, 12:01 PM
argh :sad: Please, i hope he can practise soon and the pain will stop :mad:

Jessi
07-05-2003, 10:50 PM
Alas some good news. This was posted on tgfr.com.

"Marat is much better and his wrist is really improving. It's the first confirmation we've had that Marat & co are actually satisified with his healing. With a bit of luck Marat is aiming to play at LA. "

:)

Shadow
07-06-2003, 10:30 AM
Thanks Jessi :)

Finally some good news :) Lets hope its true.

Jessi
07-06-2003, 09:28 PM
lol, yes lets hope its true.
Can't wait! It'll be sooooo good to see Marat back again!

Jessi
07-06-2003, 09:30 PM
Andrea, you changed your name AGAIN! :o lol, can't wait to see what the next one will be ;)

btw, why did you get rid of your custom avatar? :( It was so hot!

Shadow
07-06-2003, 09:39 PM
:wavey: Just wrote you PM ;)
Yeah you know i need these changes ;) :angel: Well about the avatar i wanted to change it to another one (there are so many lovely Marat pics) but then saw that we cant upload custom avatar anymore :sad: Hope we can again soon.

Jessi
07-06-2003, 10:40 PM
see, that what happens when you change too often ;) Actually, i also wanted to change my avatar as well but when i saw that we couldn't upload new ones i kept it. Sure glad i did cos i love it! :hearts: I'm just happy they let us keep them at all.

Shadow
07-07-2003, 10:59 AM
Happy you could kept your avatar, cause i love it too :hearts: Its so beautiful :)
Hopefully we can have custom avatars again, cause many people on the board asked for it.

Jessi
07-07-2003, 09:10 PM
it is beautiful isn't? I think its the perfect avatar for me :hearts:

Shadow
07-08-2003, 11:45 AM
It is :) :hearts:

Shadow
07-29-2003, 11:24 AM
Big name matchup in L.A.

Two familiar names return to the ATP Tour this week. Seven months after the start of an injury nightmare, Marat Safin steps back onto court in Los Angeles where he'll take on a marquee name - Amritraj. James Buddell explains.

ATP LOS ANGELES: Road to the final



No it's not Vijay. It's his son.

Following in the footsteps of the most famous player to come out of India, Prakash Amritraj faces a tall order one week after his first-ever win on the circuit.

Last week in Indianapolis, he beat Argentina's Sergio Roitman before falling to 14-seed Nicolas Keifer in straight sets in the second round.

First hurdle defeats this year in Chennai, Bangladesh, New Dehli and Newport helped toughen up the U.S. national university champion.

The 2002 NCAA singles champion from the University of Southern California earned a place in last year's U.S Open. Although he lost in straight sets to Armenian Sargis Sargsian in the first round, the experience was a positive one for the 19-year old.

Amritraj's father reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1974 and 1987, and U.S. Open last eight in 1973 and 1974. His uncle Anand also played professionally once advancing to the Wimbledon doubles semi-finals with his brother.

But most eyes will be on Safin.

The road to recovery has been a hard one for the Russian. He first aggravated an ankle injury in January at the Australian Open and despite reaching the Barcelona final in April his struggle for fitness continued as his wrist gave out.

Now for the first time the former world number one is ranked outside the world's top 20 and is hoping his Champions Race position of 50 will improve in California.

The 2000 U.S. Open champion faces a potential challenge of top seed Lleyton Hewitt in the quarter-finals.

Shadow
08-29-2003, 03:29 PM
Here is an old article from 2002:

Everybody loves Marat

Safin’s confidence is the key
By Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated
Monday February 04, 2002

Marat Safin is at once perhaps the most entertaining and most infuriating player to watch. He can dominate (see the 2000 U.S. Open) or disappear (last week’s Australian Open final), but the key to his success, he tells SI’s Jon Wertheim, is his confidence. Attractive women help, too.

We’ll grant you that it’s no small condition. But if Marat Safin put his mind to it, there’s little doubt he could be the best player in tennis today. He has the requisite booming serve. His groundstrokes are smooth, efficient -- almost elegant -- but they yield heat-seeking missiles. He’s an above-average athlete. He plays well on all surfaces and, having just turned 22, he is entering his prime years. Safin’s problem -- and he’ll be the first to admit this -- is that his confidence and his focus are like tenants in a time share. Sometimes they’re around. Other times, they’ll go months without making an appearance.

In Australia, Safin was well on his way to a second Grand Slam title, euthanizing Pete Sampras in the Round of 16, gladly accepting Wayne Ferreira’s retirement in the quaters, and coming back after a fortuitous rain delay to beat Tommy Haas in a five-set semifinal. Then he was unable to summon his focus in the final and failed to put up much resistance against Thomas Johansson, a player Safin ought to have beaten with relative ease. As personable and nonchalant in defeat as he was in victory, Safin shrugged off the loss, thanked his “family” of attractive Models, Inc. types seated in his box, and made plans for the evening. “I reach the final of a Grand Slam and sure, it’s disappointing not to win, but what am I supposed to do? Lock myself in a room and cry?” he asks. “I don’t live my life like that. I love tennis, I want to be No.1, but it’s just a game.”

The most laid-back player in tennis recently took time to chat with CNNSI.com.

CNNSI.com: First things first. What’s the story with the entourage?

Safin: I need all the support I can get, my friend.

CNNSI.com: Fair enough. Six month ago, you were in the middle of a terrible slump. In Indianapolis, I asked you what was wrong and you said it was all a matter of confidence. “Anyone has a chance against me when my confidence is so low,” you said. Now you’re playing as well as ever. Just confidence?

Safin: Pretty much.

CNNSI.com: So where’d you find it?

Safin: It’s like love. When you look too hard, you don’t find it. When you let it happen naturally, it comes. I played badly for so long, then I played well in Indianapolis, made semifinals of the U.S. Open, and slowly, slowly it comes back.

CNNSI.com: How does a guy like you, a Grand Slam champion who has proven he can play at the highest level, let his confidence get so low?

Safin: (Points to his head.) Losing can make you a little crazy. Then you start to doubt and it goes from there. People see us hitting balls for a few hours but they don’t realize how tough tennis is. (Points to head again.)

CNNSI.com: You’re a popular guy in the locker room. Who’s your best friend out here?

Safin: Everybody. Everybody’s great. We all get along. We go out to dinner or the bars, I get along with everyone. That’s the thing with men’s tennis. We compete. Then we leave the court and we are friends. We go to eat, we go to bars. Just because I play you in a match I have to hate you? No.

CNNSI.com: Without naming names, there are some top players who clearly resent being celebrities and wish they were more anonymous. It seems like you don’t mind being famous and all that comes with it. True?

Safin: I want to be happy, to enjoy, that’s the most important thing. I don’t want to say that I like being famous or that I look for it, but people recognize me or whatever, why would I not be nice to them? We have a good life here. If part of that means that I am recognized or people want my autograph, it’s OK.

CNNSI.com: How much pressure do you younger guys feel to boost the popularity of men’s tennis?

Safin: People are saying, ‘Tennis is going down.’ Of course it’s going down because new people are coming up and no one knows us. But we’ll keep winning, we’ll get promoted and in one or two more years, it will be great. Five, six, seven years ago, it was Sampras-Agassi, Agassi-Sampras, Sampras-Agassi and no one else. Now I think there a lot of good players -- Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer, Guga, Ferrero -- and we could have many good matches.

CNNSI.com: You’re willing to go along with it, the promotion?

Safin: Sure, I want to make tennis big again.

CNNSI.com: So you were in Australia with three guys wearing badges that said “Marat Safin: Coach” but your real coach, Mats Wilander, was in Idaho. What’s up with that.

Safin: I just need somebody to motivate me. I need someone I will feel comfortable with who will make me work win. For me, the motivation is the most important thing. Sure, a coach can make suggestions or tell me that I have a mistake in my grip or something, but it’s mostly feeling comfortable that’s important to me.

CNNSI.com: You’ve been saving your energy and only practicing for 45 minutes or so a day. What else do you do all day?

Safin: I watch TV, go to restaurants. 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.

CNNSI.com: So what lessons have you learned from the past to sustain this level of tennis and confidence?

Safin: You need to feel a little bit scared. Not feel fear, but know that anyone can beat you, that it’s not like you can just go to the court and know you’re going to win. You have to work. I know that confidence is fragile so I will try to hold it for a long time.

Sports Illustrated senior writer John Wertheim covers tennis for the magazine and is a regular contributor to CNNSI.com.

sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis

tall_one
09-04-2003, 01:49 AM
:wavey: just in case some of you didn't know I thought I would let all of you about Siti's site http://www.safinslides.com
It has slide shows about Marat's childhood and career and the a very cool.

Shadow
09-07-2003, 09:12 PM
this site is really amazing :D So many great memories and Siti is sooooo talented :worship:

babydoll
09-07-2003, 10:27 PM
Thanks for that lovely site. I miss soo!

TheBoiledEgg
09-08-2003, 07:32 PM
http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=9373&bannerregion=

Marat has had his plaster removed

still dunno when he comes back
but i do hope he does in October sometime indoors.

year is lost but the end of this season could help alot for next season if he's healthy.

good luck Marat :)

Shadow
09-08-2003, 08:22 PM
Thanks TBE :)

Marat will come back for Shanghai in 2 weeks :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tall_one
09-10-2003, 08:35 AM
From the current issue of Deuce magazine...sorry I don't have a title or author yet, Maryann who typed it up ( :worship: thanks Maryann! :worship: ), didn't include a title. If any of you want to buy the magazine, here's the link. (http://www.atptennis.com/en/insidetheatp/deuce/)


"Like the works of his favourite artist, Salvador Dali, it's difficult to draw immediate conclusions about Marat Safin. Quotable, intruiging, and always full of character, Safin is one of the most intruiging and bewildering personalities on the ATP circuit. And he's got some game to boot. Safin will tell you he's an entertainer, not an artist, but he does admit the court can be his own canvas for expression.

Locker-room talk is often tough to put a finger on, but not with Safin. Pull almost any player aside and they'll tell you that when Safin is on his game, playing his best, no one can touch him. Not even by the man rated the greatest of all time."

Safin demolished Pete Sampras in the 2003 US Open final 6-4 6-3 6-3 in one of the Open Era's most emphatic Grand Slam results. I was such a whipping that Safin could only punctuate the day with the kind of brutal honest that could be mistaken for a joke. Asked during the on-court television interview how he was able to defeat Sampras so convincingly in straight sets, Safin simply replied "You think I know?"

It might not appear so at first - many think Safin lacks respect for the game - but with a little probing you see that Safin has great respect for tennis history and the game's greats. He especially admires John McEnroe for his candor and genuine self-expressionon the court over the years. Like Van Gogh, perhaps, not well received in his epoch, but subsequently revered as a genius.

"McEnroe, why did they watch him, why do they love him? That guy, he was breaking rackets all the time, he was shouting at everybody", says Safin. "And you know what, he's actually a great guy, not a jerk, and everybody knew it. People were all booing and shouting - because they wanted to see more of him - that's why."

Safin also has a deep-rooted respect for Sampras. "With Pete, you always knew when you go to the court you have to play your best tennis to beat him", he says. "I always like to play against him, no matter whether I win or lose. It's great to play against him and it's great to beat him. He's a past-master, a classic artist from the old school. Safin, though, is more an abstractionist. Full of humour, good looking, and not afraid to speak his mind, he has yet to paint a complete picture of himself to the tennis world.

We do know, however, that he has no trouble voicing his opinion. "That's not a good way to start the interview" he said as he settled into a patio chair in Key Biscayne, Florida, after a question about his childhood.

Safin struggled through the early part of 2003. He had nagging injuries in both Sydney and Melbourne, and a bout of the stomach flu at the Pacific Life Open. But for Safin the losses don't seem to sting any more than the wins cause elation. "You can't play your best tennis 365 days of the year. It's impossible", he says. Unfortunately for Safin, his surprising loss to Thomas Johannson in the 2002 Australian Open final is a case in point. "I didn't win the final inof Australian Open when I should have won; everybody thinks so. Maybe Johansson was too good for me."

After winning his third tennis masters series title at the BNP Parisbas Masters in Paris last November, accompanied by a $400,000 check Safin was fitted for the formal jacket he would wear at the openoing festivities of the year end Masters Cup Shanghai. Not a smile was cracked, not an upbeat vibe in the room. He could have just lost a first round match at a Challenger tournament. It was just Marat being Marat. If you don't want your losses to bring you down, why let your victories give you an excessive high? Don't let your results get the better of you in any situation. Enjoy yourself either way. That seems to be Safin's modus operandi for the moment. It's also part of the limited advice he's given to his sister Dinara who first turned pro in 2001. Be yourself, have fun, and don't let others tell you who or what you should be. There's a sense that he wishes he'd heard this advice himself at a younger age - instead of the advice he always seems to get from the press.

He's heard it over and over again. Safin's biggest problem hasn't been his game, people tell him, it has been his head. Read any press conference transcripts and you'll hear the same questions over and over:

Q: How do you explain that you have so much talent and you haven't won more Grand Slam tournaments? Isn't ot frustrating?.

A: I'm 23 years old, I've been #1 in the world, I won a Grand Slam. I have a great career. There's some kids, you know, they're 23 years old, same age as me, and they couldn't win a Grand Slam. So it doesn't make any sense, this - frustrating? Frustrating would be like if I dropped out of the top 200 and never come back.

Q: Are you disappointed to be #3 in the world?

A: You know, #3 is not so bad last time I checked.

Marat Safin has has refined his outward speech to the point where he says he's happy with what he's accomplished. But like all good surrealists, Safin's press conferences, while usually humourous and whimsical, frequently tap into his inner emotions. When Safin told the media last year that winning the Davis Cup was "better than sex", it was Safin's unedited subconscious that would havemade Dali proud.

Playing indoors on clay in Paris, Safin won 2 singles matches over France to help lead his country to their first Davis Cup title. When younger teamate Mikhail Youzhny went up against Davis Cup rooke Paul-Henri Mathieu in the fifth and deciding rubber after Safin had tied the match at 2-2, Safin joked that a pair of "juniors" were squaring off. Just 22, Safin was the leader of the Russian team.

"It's not the experience that brings so much to the team as his level of tennis, says Youzhny " He's a guy who can go out and win 2 points for the team, even 3 points. And he's very supportive of everyone on the team. That means a lot. After winning his tough match against Grosjean (in the final) he was out on the side of the court cheering me on a few games later."

Last year's Davis Cup victory in Paris was a watershed moment for tennis in Russia; the team received a heroes welcome when it returned home. Unlike its art and artists, Russia does not have a history and tradition of tennis. Safin is making history as he goes. Perhaps that's why he feels so much pressure. "Basically they expect from us to win every tournament back home in Russia. It's nice to play for your country in Davis Cup, but there's a lot of tension when you play."

And though he still might be refining his own artistic style and expression, don't call him an abstractionist yet. "I really don't like that modern art stuff, the kind of art where you need to be on mushrooms or something to figure it out", he says. "Kasmir Malevich, you know him? The guy with the white squares? I mean, what is this?"

Interpretations of abstraction vary across the spectrum from talented and genius to disappointing and adolescent. Even a white square on white canvas can provide many different perceptions.

tall_one
09-10-2003, 08:45 AM
I have a feeling that this has been posted here before....but I can't find it here, so sorry if this is a double post. :)

Safin Resumes Training
by Richard Pagliaro
http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/SM_SAFIN_RG02_001.jpg
Photo By Susan Mullane
09/09/2003

The wrist watch revealed Marat Safin's training time has arrived. The 2001 U.S. Open champion, who was sidelined for the final three Slams of the season while wrestling with a wrist injury, is making progress in his recovery and could start practicing shortly.

Oleg Pryakhin, Tennis Week's Russian correspondent, reports Safin said he has removed the bandages from his wrist and resumed training in Moscow. Safin said he plans to start hitting sometime in the next week, but has not yet set a definite date for his return to the ATP Tour.
The former No. 1, reinjured his left wrist in an opening-round Mercedes Benz Cup match against Prakash Amritraj on July 29th, and was forced to retire while trailing 3-5. It was Safin's first ATP match since April 28th.

The 23-year-old Russian, who has posted a 12-7 record this season, initially sustained the wrist injury at the Australian Open in January. Safin withdrew from his third-round match with Rainer Schuettler at the season's first Grand Slam.

Since then, one of Safin's best showings in an injury-shortened season came at the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells where he reached the fourth round and was weakened by a flu-like virus in suffering the worst defeat of his career, a 6-0, 6-1 setback to Robby Ginepri. He followed that performance with a shocking 7-6(9), 7-5 second-round setback to 30-year-old Italian Davide Sanguinetti at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne.

It has been a disappointing descent for a player who appeared destined for dominance when he stormed through the 2000 season seizing an ATP-best seven tournament titles. Safin's delivered a dazzling display of championship tennis in crushing Pete Sampras to capture the 2000 U.S. Open crown as he became the youngest man to finish No. 2 since a 19-year-old Boris Becker in 1986.

Since that sustained season of brilliance, Safin has won exactly three titles in 30 months.

In a press conference during the U.S. Open, Lleyton Hewitt said an extensive schedule may have contributed to Safin’s chronic injury problems.

"I think at the end of the day, you look at how many matches he had to play last year," Hewitt said. "I lost to him in the Paris final, he played incredible tennis, had to fly straight off to Shanghai, he plays in the Masters Cup, has to fly back to Paris to play in the Davis Cup final on a totally different surface. That takes a lot out of you both physically and mentally."

Jessi
09-12-2003, 09:56 AM
Thanks tall_one and everyone else for posting news and articles. :) I've got some catching up to do. ;)

Shadow
09-24-2003, 03:13 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/3136002.stm

Former US Open champion Marat Safin will make his comeback from injury at next week's $1m Kremlin Cup, tournament organisers have announced.
The Russian has been troubled by injury for much of the year and has played only once since April - at the Mercedes Benz Cup in Los Angeles in July.

Safin first injured his wrist ligaments at the Australian Open in January.

Further injuries forced him to miss this year's Davis Cup, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open, and his world ranking has slumped to 26.


"Marat was scheduled to play in Shanghai this week but he had some lingering problems with his wrist so he delayed his comeback until next week," Kremlin Cup chairman Shamil Tarpishchev said.

"But he has been training since last week so he definitely will be playing here in Moscow."

Australian Lleyton Hewitt blamed Safin's injury problems on his hectic schedule.

"Look at how many tournaments he had to play last year," Hewitt said last month.

"I lost to him in the Paris Masters final, then he had to fly to Shanghai for the Masters Cup, and then fly back to Paris for the Davis Cup final.

"That takes a lot out of you, both physically and mentally."

Tarpishchev, who is also Safin's Davis Cup coach, thinks his problems are more mental than physical.

"In reality, he hasn't played for eight months, so anyone attempting a comeback after such a long lay-off is bound to have some problems," he said.

"What he needs is an easy first-round match to get his confidence back and if he survives the first couple of rounds here, we could see the Safin of old."

Tarpishchev added: "We want Marat back, Russian fans want him back and the tournament needs him, so we're all praying for him to come back as soon as possible."

maratski
09-24-2003, 08:47 PM
I'm still being sceptical ;)

Jessi
09-25-2003, 04:03 AM
well, i'm an optimist by nature so i shall keep my fingers crossed and hope *this* time its true ;)

Jessi
09-25-2003, 04:05 AM
I know earlier i said i'm not going to believe it till i see it but i can't help myself. I really want him back and hope this time its for real.

Jessi
09-25-2003, 04:17 AM
I was thinking how great and nice it would be if the Moscow crowd gave Marat a standing ovation when he walks on the court for his 1st round match. That would be a wonderful and heartening gesture on their part and it'd make up for that shameful booing incident a couple years back. It would make Marat feel soo good...but what are the chances of that happening??

Jessi
09-25-2003, 06:27 AM
Here's another quote from Tarpichev. I really don't know what to make of it.

"Doctors told him he should play. It will be painful but there will be no relapse of the injury, they said," the Russian Tennis Federation's Shamil Tarpishchev said.

ok, i'm no doctor but what kind of advice is that? It will be painful but you should play anyway?!

Shadow
09-25-2003, 11:47 AM
That quote is indeed strange :confused:

But you know with all that what Shamil T. has said concerning Marat and his injury this year ... and he was mostly wrong ;)

maratski
09-25-2003, 03:04 PM
I know how you feel Jessi.

I don't know what to think of what Shamil says, but it seems as if he HAS to play to get over the fear. I'm sure the confidence will be low cause he'll be afraid to get injured again, but we'll see.

Jessi
09-25-2003, 07:59 PM
its understandable why he would be scared but he'll have to get over that fear sooner or later. He's done it before and he'll do it again. Its gonna take some time but he'll get there.

tall_one
09-27-2003, 04:14 AM
I was thinking how great and nice it would be if the Moscow crowd gave Marat a standing ovation when he walks on the court for his 1st round match. That would be a wonderful and heartening gesture on their part and it'd make up for that shameful booing incident a couple years back. It would make Marat feel soo good...but what are the chances of that happening??
slim to none
I don't think the russian fans feel that they did anything wrong, thus why would they do something (like a standing ovation) to make up for it.
If an ovation does happen I imagine that it would be because they are happy to see him, not because they feel bad about booing him 2 yrs ago.

Jessi
09-27-2003, 07:21 AM
Thats what i meant... giving him a standing ovation because they were happy to see him and have him back playing again after such a long layoff. Sort of like them saying welcome back, Marat! And if they were to give him one they'd be redeeming themselves for booing him 2 yrs ago which as we all know hurt and upset him a great deal.

But you're right, the likelihood of it happening is slim to none.

Shadow
09-27-2003, 12:25 PM
When they would do that (which is still unlikely ;) ), it would be really great for Marat. That would definetly cheer him up :)

Jessi
10-06-2003, 12:55 AM
ok, to make up for my oh so naughty thoughts in the other thread, i'll post something nice and clean, lol

Marat was awarded the 'Order of People's Friendship' in Moscow yesterday for his efforts in helping Russia win their first ever Davis Cup. :) Here is an article from tgfr.com.

The award ceremony celebrating the tennis players who have been playing for the national team in the Davis Cup was held today after the second ladies' semifinals at the Olimpiysky stadium. The actual trophy - the silver Davis Cup - was placed in the middle of the central court. The heroes of the Davis Cup ties stepped out on the court along with the captains who coached the national team of several generations, including such emeritus players as Sergei Likhachev, Vladimir Korotkov, Tomas Leyus, Alexander Ivanov, Teymuraz Kakuliya, Alexander Metreveli, Konstantin Pugaev, Sergei Leonyuk, Andrei Olkhovsky, Andrei Cherkasov, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Mikhail Yuzhny, Davis Cup captain Vadim Borisov (a former Davis Cup player himself) , and the two last captains - Anatoly Lepeshin and Shamil Tarpischev. The tennis fans could watch on a big screen selected episodes from Davis Cup ties featuring Soviet and then Russian players. The chairman of the Russian Sports Committee Vyacheslav Fetisov awarded the famous Russian player Yevgeny Kafelnikov with the Order of Honor and Marat Safin (who brought his team two winning points in last year's Davis Cup final) was awarded the Order of People's Friendship.

The most emotional moment of the event was the short speech by Russia's first president BorisYeltsin addressed to the veterans and the actual players of the Russian national team. Boris Yeltsin wished all the ceremony participants good health and wished every success to the members of the Russian national men's team whom he wants to win the Davis Cup in 2004 and also to play successfully at the Olympics in Athenes. Boris Yeltsin also wished success to the Russian national women's team in the Federal Cup semifinals vs France to be played in one month and a half in Moscow

Jessi
10-06-2003, 12:56 AM
Congrats Marat!! :kiss: I read he was very happy to receive the award. :)

Cris
10-06-2003, 01:00 AM
:worship: Marat :worship:

Thanks for the article!!! :)

Shadow
10-06-2003, 12:31 PM
wow great :D Congrats Marat, you really deserve this award :hug:

thanks Jessi :kiss:

Catsou
10-06-2003, 04:26 PM
Hi Guys It's my first time posting here ...I'm Alex in Christine's forum... :) Just want to let you know I did a translation for Christine ..it's a pretty entertaining interview from L'équipe...you can read it on her board...
Cheers

Shadow
10-06-2003, 04:34 PM
Hi Alex :wavey: great to see you here :)
i was just about posting the interview ;)
Always, great interview :D Thanks so much for translating it :worship:

safinator.com

I Missed Tennis
October 2003
L'Equipe
By Vincent Cognet
Translated by Catherine Rouland


Marat Safin became aware, in the last few months, that his life was also important while he is on a tennis court. Victim of a serious wound of his left wrist, Marat Safin was almost out of the circuit since spring. He will make his come back to the competition today, in Moscow, playing against Wayne Black. Yesterday afternoon, he confided himself in the player's lounge.. Always really relaxed but firm on his intentions: going back as soon as possible to the rank he really deserves.

From our special correspondent

Q: How is your wrist?

MS: Definitely better, but I still feel some discomfort. It is nothing like the pain I used to feel, before, It was like someone was stabbing my wrist. But all the discomfort I am feeling now is normal. I did not play for so long so my body needs some time to get used to effort. I did not play during six months, so everything seems to be going so fast for me. I lost some weight, I lost some muscles (he shows his biceps and his chest.) Look at that, someone would say I am a woman! (Laughter.) I tried to get back to the game in Los Angeles (at the end of July), but I had to give up after seven games. I was suffering too much. Over there, they put a plaster cast on my lower arm . I kept it for one month.

Q: Then you started rehabilitation?

MS: Yes, in Moscow, at the beginning of September. I had some acupuncture treatments, massages, etc. You see that? (he shows the innumerable puncture marks on his upper arm.) Here's what my therapy was, four hours of it every day. Then, I gradually start to train again. I will try to finish the year as well as possible to start the next one as best I can. But I have to start at the beginnig…I whish to be ready for Madrid and Bercy, just to show the others how dangerous I still am. It would be nice to finish the year in the top 50. But I hope 2004 will be MY year. I want to return to the top 10 and claim the number one spot.

Q: You never considered a operation?

MS: In Los Angeles, the doctors told me at first : `` One month out of the circuit if you rest, three months if you have the operation.`` Then, they decided to put a plaster cast on my wrist. They told me so much about this wrist that, now, I know as much as them on the subject. If you want some details on bones, ligaments, nerves and cartilages, you just have to ask me : I know everything about it! (Laughter.)

Q : What did you do during all these weeks out of the tour?

MS: After my withdrawal in Los Angeles, I spent one month in California. I had a medical exam every Wednesday. But, the rest of time I had some time off. Then my coach (Denis Golovanov) and I rented a car, bought a map and left to visit Yosemite Park. We did some camping, we fished in the river. Denis' girlfriend was with us, so in the evening, she cooked dinner for us. We cleaned the fish and she cooked it for us. We also went to Las Vegas. I spent three fantastic weeks.

Q: You also made a trip to New York?

MS: Yes, I stayed three days. I spent one day in Flushing Meadows to watch Dinara play, I also saw some friends and I went to a party organized by MTV. It was ok.

Q : Did you miss the tour?

MS: I miss Tennis. (He insists) Really. Each time I watched a tournament on T.V., I said to myself: `` You should be there, you should be the one winning this match.`` I played well at the beginning of the year, I beat Ferrero 6-4 6-4 in the semi-final of Barcelona, I was not bad at all when I arrived in Roma. But the injury messed up everything. For six months, ciao!...

Q: Morally, how do you feel?

MS: I feel an enormous motivation to return in the top.

Q: Do you have the feeling that this injury helped you to mature?

MS: I understood that I would not change my personality. I am what I am and that is it. Tennis is my life. Before the injury, I had the feeling of being stuck in a whirlwind. Everything was going so fast, everyday the same routine, matches, demande/sollicitations… You walk, and everyone is speaking around you at the same time. It is like a constant buzz. There, for six months, I did not receive one phone call. I had time to rest, to think on my situation, my objectives. To think on my life, in fact. The last time I had time to do that was three years ago, when I was losing all my matches in the first round of every tournement. I love tennis, the game gave me a lot of hapiness, but I want even more. Now, I know what I want.

Q: Did Ferrero's victory at Roland-Garros, Federer's at Wimbledon and Roddick winning the US Open contributed to increase your frustration?

MS: It is very difficult to see others players winning Grand Slams without being able to compete against them. If I lose in the first round, that is alright, because it is all my fault. But, there, I could not even compete…. From a certain point of view it hurt. I know I can play as well as them, perhaps even better than them. Of course they can beat me, but, at least, I am on the court. I understand now why certain players have so much difficulty to retire. The competition is part of our lives, we deeply need it . All this make life more exciting.



Thanks Catherine!

Cris
10-06-2003, 06:19 PM
Hi Guys It's my first time posting here ...I'm Alex in Christine's forum... :) Just want to let you know I did a translation for Christine ..it's a pretty entertaining interview from L'équipe...you can read it on her board...
Cheers

Hi Alex :wavey:
Welcome!!!
Thanks for the translation!!! :)

Cris
10-06-2003, 06:27 PM
Great article!!!
Marat on MTV VMA's... really nice! He seems happy and motivated. This is good!!!
Thanks!!! :)

Jessi
10-06-2003, 06:58 PM
Hola Alex! :wavey: Welcome!!

Merci pour le translation. ;) :)

Catsou
10-07-2003, 11:23 PM
Thanks a lot guys for your welcome,,glad you liked the interview...Hope to see you all around!!

Davaï Marat in double tomorrow :)

Shadow
10-08-2003, 11:43 AM
Santoro Downs Safin; Ginepri Back to Winning Ways


Fabrice Santoro was at his cunning best on Tuesday night at the Grand Prix de Lyon, as he thrilled the home crowd with a straight sets win over Russian No. 7 seed Marat Safin. He improves to a 7-1 career head-to-head lead over his Russian opponent, whose power play was once again negated by the masterful Frenchman's beguiling tactics. Safin, who has been out with a wrist injury in recent months, has now gone over five months without a match victory, with his last win coming in the semifinals of Barcelona (d. Ferrero) in April.

American Robby Ginepri got his first victory of the ATP indoor season under his belt with a straight sets win over Raemon Sluiter of Holland. Ginepri, who spent two weeks away from the tennis court following his third round showing at the US Open (l. to Martin) -- his last tournament appearance -- said he was eager to get back to match play after several weeks of intense practice in preparation for the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon. Visited by actress-girlfriend Minnie Driver over the weekend, Ginepri even had some time to take in the sites on his first visit to this French city, known for its proximity to the Alps and French wine country.

Thomas Enqvist, who came through qualifying, won his fourth match in four days here in Lyon by taking a pair of tie-breaks over South Africa's Wayne Ferreira. In the process, he won his first encounter with Ferreira in seven head-to-head meetings. In other first round singles action, Hicham Arazi went the distance with Radek Stepanek winning a third set tie-break. Arazi saw a 5-2 lead in the tie-break disappear before winning the final two points of the tie-break, 7-5, to move into the second round.

In other matches, Fernando Vicente made it two wins out of two against Yevgeny Kafelnikov this year, having also defeated him in Doha earlier in the year. The Spaniard had little trouble seeing off the eighth-seeded Russian, advancing to the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 win. Meanwhile, Marc Rosset of Switzerland overcame Spanish wild card Alex Corretja in two tie-break sets to move into round two where he next faces Santoro.


WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Safin: "My wrist is getting better and better. It comes down to confidence. Basically, it is only my second tournament. It is difficult to get any kind of level back. I have three tournaments left this season. To win one match in the rest of the year would be a good. I need to start from somewhere."

"I just haven't had time to find my confidence. It doesn't matter who I would have played tonight, it could have been the worst player in the world and I would have still encountered the same problems. I didn't know what shot to play, when to come into the net, how to anticipate the next shot. I was always half a second late. I couldn't read the game. Every set I play, I am getting better. I start slowly and by the time I get to the second set, I know what to do but it is too late."

"I am not going to put any pressure on myself. I know I am getting there. It will come. It is like riding a bicycle, you never forget. Putting pressure on myself will only make matters worse. I just need some time. During my time off, I couldn't do much physical training and I lost seven kilos. I need to spend one month working on my upper body, lifting weights and rebuilding the muscle I have lost."

Santoro: "I can't compare this with my other wins over Marat. That's not the real Marat out there. He's been hurt and is lacking in confidence."

Shadow
10-08-2003, 11:49 AM
Safin's comeback falters again in Lyon first round
Tue 7 October, 2003 21:55 BST


By Eric Saillot

LYON, France, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Marat Safin was frustrated in his comeback attempt for the second consecutive tournament when he lost 6-1 6-4 to France's Fabrice Santoro on Tuesday in the first round of the Lyon Grand Prix.

Beaten in the Kremlin Cup first round last week on his return from a series of injuries, the Russian seventh seed found Santoro too clever once again -- the Frenchman has now beaten him seven times in eight matches.

Safin was leading 4-2 in the second set and had three points for 5-2, but he could not make his advantage count. Santoro, however, took little satisfaction from his victory.

"Marat is very far from his best. It hurts me to see him like that. I think he will need a long time to get back to the top," he told reporters.

Safin, ranked third in the world at the end of 2002, had played only once since April before the Kremlin Cup. "From now until the end of the year I would like to eke out one victory, that's my short term aim," said Safin. "I am sure I can be competitive in 2004. Tennis is like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it."

Shadow
10-08-2003, 12:04 PM
Safin Comeback Falters
October 7. 2003
Eurosport

Marat Safin was frustrated again in his comeback return after a series of injuries for the second successive tournament when he lost 6-1 6-4 to doubles specialist Fabrice Santoro of France on Tuesday in the first round of the Lyon Grand Prix.

The Russian seventh seed found Santoro too clever once again - the Frenchman has now beaten him seven times in eight matches.

Safin was leading 4-2 in the second set and had three points for 5-2, but he could not make his advantage count. Santoro, however, took little satisfaction from his victory.

"Marat is very far from his best. It hurts me to see him like that. I think he will need a long time to get back to the top," he told reporters.

Safin, ranked third in the world at the end of 2002, had played only once since April before the Kremlin Cup.

"From now until the end of the year I would like to eke out one victory, that's my short term aim," said Safin. "I am sure I can be competitive in 2004. Tennis is like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it."




Santoro Brings Down Struggling Safin
Yahoo
LYON, France (AFP)



Fabrice Santoro scored a popular win over Russian number seven Marat Safin in the Grand Prix de Lyon.
Safin, the former US Open champion who has been out with a wrist injury in recent months, has now gone over five months without a match victory, with his last win coming in the semi-finals of the Barcelona event in April.

"That's not the real Marat out there. He's been hurt and is lacking in confidence," Santoro admitted after his 6-1, 6-4 first round victory.

Safin said he was setting modest goals.

"My wrist is getting better and better. To win one match in the rest of the year would be good. I need to start from somewhere."

Cris
10-08-2003, 12:09 PM
Thanks for articles!!! :)
Santoro always says nice things about Marat. ;)

Jessi
10-08-2003, 07:04 PM
Santoro's comments are nice but a little depressing :sad: Marat is a shadow of his real self and it will take him a long to get back to the top :sad:

Shadow
10-08-2003, 07:12 PM
oh well :sad: we have to be really patient. he needs his time ...

Jessi
10-08-2003, 07:17 PM
Of course. Marat realizes it too.. he's setting modest goals and not putting pressure on himself. Hope he wins some matches before the year is over for his confidence's sake..

Shadow
10-08-2003, 07:20 PM
at least one match :)
it`s good marat is puts not too much pressure on himself.

Jessi
10-09-2003, 04:18 AM
here's an old interview from 2000 called 'Internet Interview' from the tgfr.com. Very entertaining as usual! :D

Marat Safin: I'm not an internet dunce!

Interview date: 2000
By Victor Khruschev





This conversation with Marat Safin took place with a correspondent of 'News of the Times' newspaper, on the courts of Olimpskiy Stadium, where the Kremlin Cup tournament is now held. Yesterday our chief player was presented to the public as the new face of Russian internet company Port.ru. [Marat is no longer associated with them - Ruth] Now according to his contract with this firm, the tennis player is responsible for not only submitting to the advertising, but also for making contact with the public and sports fans via the internet.



Q. Marat, how have your internet skills been up until now?

M. Generally speaking, I've been familiar with computers for a long time. And I was online when the internet was still only developing in Russia. In Spain, where I trained for a long time, I really missed communication in my native language especially in the beginning, so I gradually mastered Runet [Russian Internet - Ruth] and began surfing Russian sites. So I'm by no means a 'dunce'.



[B]Q. Is a computer a necessity for you in everyday life?

M. When I'm at home or in Valencia, then yes. But at the tournaments I sit at the keyboard only occasionally. The schedule of playing is so tight.





Q. A lot of foreign sites dedicated to you publish many frank photos of you. Are you shocked by this?

M. Well, there's nothing erotic there! [laughs] But usually, there are several photos taken from a domestic situation. [Everyday life, at home etc] How was this done? Well, journalists and photographers do interviews with me and as part of that, they ask me for some informal photos without my tennis racket. I rarely object. This is part of my work, and indeed, part of yours. But I like good photographs of me.



Q. You say you like to vanish, and not only behind a computer. You've been seen repeatedly in night clubs and bars in Moscow&ldots;&ldots;

M. I don't hide myself! The fact is I love to meet up with friends, listen to music, sometimes drink some good wine. The main thing is to keep yourself in check. And so far I seem to have succeeded. Yesterday I went for a walk till 3AM, but this doesn't mean I was boozing all night without any limits. Just a feeling that it was the right time to return home prompted me to leave.



Q. Maybe similar situations [i.e staying out late & drinking] have affected your game, like after brilliant victories you suddenly lose in the first round of the next tournament?

M. The loses have many reasons. But remember, I didn't pass the first round at Kremlin Cup last year, but I've already won one match here this year. I hate disappointing my fans, but failures happen. But I always leave court with a clear goal for victory, and this year, it's to be number one at the end of the year.



Q. What do you need to do to achieve this?

M. Concentration, quality practices and a good mood.



Q. By the way, about your practices, you're not being coached by Andrei Chesnokov and Alexander Volkov anymore?

M. It's the most popular question from journalists. I'm not going to speculate, Andrei and Sasha remain my friends, but our collaboration has been completed for the time being. They helped me greatly in the summer and autumn to prepare for tournaments. But now we're taking a break from each other! [laughs]



Q. The last part of the season will be a difficult time for you&ldots;.

M. Yes, everything focuses on the fight for world number one. I will play Stuttgart, St.Petersburg, Paris and Lisbon. I really hope in December I can return to being number one in the ATP Rankings.


Translated by Ruth (with help from Maria V)



Original source: www.marat-safin.narod.ru/info/inter/internet.html

Shadow
10-09-2003, 10:59 AM
great and entertaining interview as always :D thanks :)

i love this :lol:
M. Well, there's nothing erotic there! [laughs] But usually, there are several photos taken from a domestic situation. [Everyday life, at home etc] How was this done? Well, journalists and photographers do interviews with me and as part of that, they ask me for some informal photos without my tennis racket. I rarely object. This is part of my work, and indeed, part of yours. But I like good photographs of me.

Cris
10-09-2003, 01:29 PM
Thanks!!! :) Good interview!!!
Marat is unique ;)

Jessi
10-09-2003, 06:08 PM
andrea, that was my favorite part as well ;)

Shadow
10-09-2003, 07:13 PM
;) hehehehe.

he always has the right answer.. aaaw marat!

Jessi
10-20-2003, 11:06 PM
From Wertheim's mailbag. :rolleyes:@the question

What happened to Marat Safin? Is he retiring? --Willow Andaya, Bacolod City, Philippines

Not by any stretch. Safin is slowly getting back into the swing of things. He even played last week in Madrid and is in action this week in in St. Petersburg, Fla. If a) you can find it and b) you speak French, L'Equipe did a terrific piece on Safin earlier this month. You might be able to locate it on the ATP Web site as well. (There's a priceless image of Safin fishing for his dinner in Yosemite National Park as well as the usual heaping of hilarious quotes.)

Shadow
10-21-2003, 10:10 AM
LOL, Werthmein should get his facts right ;) (about the image of Marat fishing)

maratski
10-22-2003, 07:59 PM
true sis ;)

Shadow
10-24-2003, 03:54 PM
article from tennisweek:


Defending Champ Safin Pulls Out Of Paris


Marat Safin's injury-shortened season is over. The defending BNP Paribas Masters champion pulled out Paris, which begins on Monday. The former No. 1 cited blisters on his right foot as the reason for his withdrawal. A wrist injury Safin sustained at the Australian Open in January has limited him to just 23 matches this season.



Former Australian Open finalist Arnaud Clement replaces Safin in the draw. French teenager Richard Gasquet, the 2002 Roland Garros and U.S. Open junior champion, will receive the wild card originally reserved for Clement.

Currently ranked 38th, Safin sat out three months of the season with torn ligaments in his wrist. He returned to tournament tennis in Los Angeles at the end of July only to aggravate the injury and retire from him his opening-round match against Prakash Amritraj, trailing 3-5. Safin was sidelined for another two months and made another comeback in his hometown of Moscow, falling to Wayne Black 4-6, 7-6(5), 4-6 last month.

In the aftermath of his 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 opening-round Madrid Masters loss to Jonas Bjorkman last month, Safin said the inactivity had left him feeling a little lost on the court.

"I've been out for a long time, for six months," Safin said. "So is difficult to come back and start winning matches because you lose everything. You lose the movement on the court, you lose the eye, you lose the confidence, you lose everything. Then when you come back, you start to picking up all these small things step by step. So for me at least I make three sets today, and I was very close to win the match. Unfortunately, because of my confidence, I'm a little bit too slow on the court, I don't see the ball, so that's why I problems, you know, like playing from the baseline, going to the net. I don't see the point. I cannot read the other player."

It is a disappointing end to a dismal season as Safin's season concludes the way it began — with a premature departure.

In January, the wrist injury forced Safin to withdraw from his scheduled third-round Australian Open match with Rainer Schuettler, who went on to reach the tournament final. Safin, who described the injury as "a small cut in the ligament" later sprained his ankle while training for Russia's first-round Davis Cup tie in February and was sidelined nearly a month.

When he returned, the 2002 Roland Garros semifinalist struggled to find his form in posting a 4-4 record prior to the Barcelona tournament on red clay. Playing his best tennis of the season, Safin crushed French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-4, 6-3 in the Barcelona semifinals in April. It would prove to be the last match Safin would win all season. The towering, temperamental talent was trailing Carlos Moya when he retired from the final citing fatigue.

Since that match, Safin skidded in a season-ending six match losing streak, stopping the slide by pulling out of Paris.

"It's difficult for me," Safin said. "It's coming too fast, so I have to take it easy. That's why I'm trying not to get upset too much when I lose, because is not magic, you know, to come back from injury, start away straight win matches. But I'm preparing myself for the next year. This year is definitely not my year. I was not lucky at all. With my injuries, my results, yeah, I had all these things."

It has been a disappointing descent for a player who appeared destined for dominance when he stormed through the 2000 season seizing an ATP-best seven tournament titles. Safin's delivered a dazzling display of championship tennis in crushing Pete Sampras to capture the 2000 U.S. Open crown as he became the youngest man to finish No. 2 since a 19-year-old Boris Becker in 1986.

Since that sustained season of brilliance, Safin has won exactly three titles in 34 months. In writing off this season, Safin remains hopeful he can script a comeback story in 2004.

"If I can find my game straightaway, if I will be able to get in a good shape, make the good pre-season program, get my confidence back, because I'm completely out of confidence. If I can get it back, I can be dangerous," Safin said. "But still, you know, it's the next year... I hope I'll be alive for next year."

Jessi
10-24-2003, 07:22 PM
Marat :sad::sad::sad::sad::sad:

So sad to see him pulling out of a tournie he loves so much because he has zero confidence. :sad: But it was the right move.. who wants to see him suffer another agonizing first rnd loss, anyway? Not me! Marat is just in no shape physically or mentally to play and i'm glad he has decided to put an end to this nightmare season.

Have a good rest Marat and come back strong in 2004! :hug: :kiss: :bounce:

Shadow
10-24-2003, 08:09 PM
i totally agree with you sis!

Jessi
10-24-2003, 08:32 PM
I'm just relieved that his season is finally over. Now i can relax and look forward to next season which is going to be his best yet! :bounce:

Shadow
10-24-2003, 08:37 PM
yep!

its better like that... would have been to heartbreaking for him and for us to continue like that!

and i cant wait for 2004... amazing things to come ;) :bounce:

Shadow
10-27-2003, 03:23 PM
http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/V3/L0/S57/mboard_Lng0_Spo57_Sto500001.shtml

DEBATE OF THE WEEK

With Ferrero, Federer and Roddick battling tooth and nail for the world number one spot, onthe most talented player of his generation will not even be present to defend his Paris Masters title. So just what is Marat Safin's problem?


Is it mental weakness, a lack of commitment or simply injuries that have kept him from fulfilling his true potential? Have your say!


List of messages

27/10/2003 - Dalia

People are too hard for Marat. I think every person would feel miserable if playing in pain. Safin needs time to recover and then he'll show all his abilities.

27/10/2003 - Come on 'Me' - that's what sport is about!

That's the nature of being a sports fan!! Of course, none of us can actually know what exactly is wrong with him. I doubt even he does, but because we enjoy taking about sport it's fun for people to give their different theories on the issue. Maybe everybody here is wrong, maybe not, but if you take the debate and speculation out of sport, then you make it very boring!

27/10/2003 - Pasha

all of the ani safin fans, guys u are pathetic, HE WILL BE BACK and when he will he will be the dam best player on the court! and if not his temper he woldnt be so exited to watch

27/10/2003 - Luana

People are so quick to critise him... that's unfair... Tennis is a very demanding sport and just who plays can figure it out.... imagine for the proffis...Safin will be back for sure! But it takes a while... just have a look at 3 x RG champion and former number one Kuerten... he was on the top for such a long time, then had this injury, then surgery, and now, slowly he's finding his game... Of course it's hard to handle the "free falls" on the ranking, but takes some time. Many yonger players are showing up but not many of them have gifted us with so brillinat shots like Safin...

27/10/2003 - DEFT

I just don't see the interest, the rage in Marath Safin's eyes.. it seems to me, that he has to bring back "The Eyes Of Tiger" ....

27/10/2003 - Kendedes,Belgium

I think the guy should realize,that only talent is not enought to stay in the front of man tennis at this moment,With all the guy play very well and can beat each other,especially inside top 100, he have to work hard to be the best,not only depend on his tallent and come to any tournament to play and hope can win the match.I think ,this is the time for him to be more proff,take more serious coach to help him out,he need to be handle by Proff,and have to follow all the rule to come back to be the best

27/10/2003 - Me

People never cease to amaze me!!!! Come on! You haven't even seen the guy in real life and you pretend to know the roots of all his physical and mental problems! Hilarious. You aren't tennis experts or doctors... hell, most of you don't even play tennis but you ALL think it's "oh so obvious" that he is weak or lacks commitment or is too lazy or "the game just doesn't interest him anymore...". Please! I'm just so sick of hearing "Safin doesn't do that..." or "Safin should do this...". As soon as a player gets injured or if he isn't as consistent as concrete everybody starts "debating" and pointing fingers and it's all begining to sound a bit like a broken record, really!

27/10/2003 - Mad Max from Russia

Safiin,like a Kafelnikov-it is a real russian hero,but now he has any problems with own health,and 2-3 month later he will return to the first 10.

27/10/2003 - NYC

I don't think it is fair to criticise Safin of being lazy or mentally weak. He has one of the supreme talents in the game, and could beat all of the best players on the scene. However, he has had a very long injury, which has dented his confidence. If he starts of the new season injury free and wins a couple of matches to boost his confidence, we might well see the Safin we all expect to see

27/10/2003 - Puschkin

When he is inspired, it is tennis at its best: power, incredible acceleration and also subtelety, although he is hardly given credit for the latter. In addition, he shows his emotions on and off the court. You are either with him or against him, there is no middle ground. I belong to the first group and that's why I miss him on the tour. I can imagine that he experiences his darkest hours as a tennis player painfully doubting his capabilities and his future. If he manages to get through this - ideally with the help of a professional coach - he will be a better player than before and a real threat to those fighting for the number one spot right now. If he doesn't he will be remembered as the eternal talent. The choice is his and I wish him all the best in persiung the option which would bring him fully back to the tour.

27/10/2003 - From Holland

I don't think anybody here can say anything about what's wrong with safin. The one thing you can say.. is that it's very hard to come back after a long-time injury.

27/10/2003 - DesertRose

He has it all, the skills, etc...But the problem is in his head, ofcourse he's injured, but that's not it, at least not all of it. As a pro tennisplayer, the only thing or even the most important thing on your mind, should be tennis. That's just not the case with Marat. I'm not saying he's lost his ineterest, but it's close. Just give him time, you'll see...

27/10/2003 - Simply

It is simply connected with injures. Could you realize the level of competition and you can undrestand how important to get good fitness. Other suggestions seem extra sensible and it is strange sound from Safin's antifuns. Exactly.

27/10/2003 - just me

I think his problem is that he thinks too high of himself apparently which of course doesn't help him to improve his tennis. Also he is quite ignorant and foolish..... Shame really but then it's his choice. Full stop!

27/10/2003 - Pera Srbin

I think that he is week and laisy.He should train more and give more of him self when he plays.He`s plays are too pathetic!!But i hope that one of worlds best will be back!! Zivela Srbija!!

27/10/2003 - Russia

the man needs time to recover from injuries, when he got injured in australia he did not think it was serious so he played a couple of more games that aggravated the extend of the injuries hence now he needs more time to recover.

27/10/2003 - skachhy

the only problem that Safin is having is his temprament and also his unwillingness to fight. Look at Agassi, Andre Agassi had to play in challenger tournaments despite being a former Grand Slam champion but his will to fight got him back at the top and this will is missing in Safin.

27/10/2003 - Br@vo

He is one of the worlds best tennis players or at least on of the worlds greatest tallents.Give him more time, I think he`ll be back.Big time!!

27/10/2003 - Dogck

I think Safin needs is more time, and less pressure. Capriati took forever to come back, but when she did, wow

27/10/2003 - Safin is a fool

He's a baby. He's mentally weak, and quits as soon as he hits trouble. Every great champion has to overcome challenges and problems, but Safin can't be bothered. he wants instant success, and when he doesn't get it he pretends to be injured. Pathetic.

27/10/2003 - wilander

it's all about idealism

Cris
10-27-2003, 06:34 PM
The majority supports Marat and this is really good. He is a gifted player and just need to recover his confidence and best game. It takes time. Patience is necessary. Soon (I hope!) or latter he will overcome this bad moment.
I just think he had an unlucky year. Let's wait for 2004. I'm sure it will be a great year for him and for us, of course. ;) Vamos Marat!!!!!

Shadow
10-27-2003, 06:43 PM
i agree Lilly!

And there are always some fools, who dont have a clue what they are talking about but yes most are pro - Marat and want to see him back at the top of Tennis :)

here are more messages:

27/10/2003 - Srbenda

What does that mean, tzare?! se strinjam s tabo?! Ajde care pisi!!!Jebo vas ja sve u usta!! SRBENDA ZIVELA SRBIJA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

27/10/2003 - Lizuuu

Oh, one more thing! Whatching Marat against Vicente I can say that Marat was fighting till the last point. Everyone could see his will to play and win. However he was just desperate at the end. Everything was going wrong. That is his mental unstableness. But he was strong enough not to show his pain, great respect for this! Good luck next season!!!

27/10/2003 - eternal Koubi

Just give him some time to recover well, he needs also to be more persistent and hard worker

27/10/2003 - SPB_Open

I guess we've been the latest spectators of Marat playing on the court. What can I say...He trained just an hour per day and everytime something was wrong with his feet, hand, back...I believe that he felt pain. This means that he couldn't play prorerly. Sometimes I have a feeling that he does what he wants but not what he needs to. Thus he NEEDS a proper COACH! Marat! Find yourself a mature and professional coach! And you'll be back next season! C'mon! Dont' waste your time giggling with Denis! Do what you can do best! We believe in you! Piterburg s toboy!

27/10/2003 - from croatia

How can you say that he is pretending to be injured.That is saw stupid.Tennis is on high level and averyone can beat averyone.Safin was injured couple months and you can not expect him that he will come back and starting to win tournements like nothing happend.Next year in Melburn Safin will be wreal Safin

27/10/2003 - Fupi

The hardest person on Marat Safin is himself. I think if he finds someone who can make him see what a great player he is and to convert his anger at himself into a winning anger - he will be No.1 for sure. He needs to take some smiling lessons from Guga!!

27/10/2003 - just another Safin fan

Se strinjam s tabo, Srbenda!

27/10/2003 - just another Safin fan

I surely hope Marat's gonna come back soon, cuz I miss watching him play & win! Though I'm sure about one thing: When he comes back, he'll be better than ever!

27/10/2003 - Srbenda

Jebo vas ja sve pustite coveka da igra tenis!!Koji vam je kurac?A sad malo engleski: Marat is one of the best players in this game and live the guy alone! He will be back!!!!!!!!

27/10/2003 - marat safin

thank u all my fans. i appreciate what u have said and damn right pasha your right ill be back!!! better than ever and ill beat lleyton,federer,roddick and co. just wait and see

27/10/2003 - rudy

he got success a bit too early, then with no injuries he lost his position of one of the best in tennis, he needs discipline and a lot of hard work, the tour is very competitive and if you want to be in the top 10 you have to work hard, anybody can slip down the rankings and many did, but he wants to do this as a profession and above all likes it, which not everybody has, he has to work hard and to forget that he is so talented, many are.

Jessi
10-27-2003, 06:52 PM
Very interesting read. Thanks Andrea for posting it.

The one by 'Me' is the best :yeah:

27/10/2003 - Me

People never cease to amaze me!!!! Come on! You haven't even seen the guy in real life and you pretend to know the roots of all his physical and mental problems! Hilarious. You aren't tennis experts or doctors... hell, most of you don't even play tennis but you ALL think it's "oh so obvious" that he is weak or lacks commitment or is too lazy or "the game just doesn't interest him anymore...". Please! I'm just so sick of hearing "Safin doesn't do that..." or "Safin should do this...". As soon as a player gets injured or if he isn't as consistent as concrete everybody starts "debating" and pointing fingers and it's all begining to sound a bit like a broken record, really!

Cris
10-27-2003, 07:06 PM
That was great!!! So true!!!
Thanks Andrea :)

Shadow
10-27-2003, 09:09 PM
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27/10/2003 - Serik

neither of all: mental weakness, lack of com or injures. He was the best once: Ferrero was a boy he used to beat just for fun. With this kind of attitude after being injured, it is hard to motivate yourself and practice hard. To prove what? No 1? - he used to be one once. Finance needs? The humans by nature are lazy and if you don't have strong motivation you wont be No 1 again.

27/10/2003 - Kishinev-Klaipeda

Marat definitely is a huge talent, I would dare to say that he is the best from his generation. It is impossible not to remember his outstanding performance at US Open 2000, where in the final Pistol Pete himself had to say "Marat is da best!". I really hope that he will be back. However, all russian tennis players (males) have problems with stability, remember Kafelnikov, Youzhny, Chesnokov. I don't know what is the problem with them. Maybe something cultural? SOmetimes they waste their precious talents. Marat please don't waste it!! Next year you wil age 24, there is no time left to be wasted. You are the best!! Moldavija i Litva s toboi!!

27/10/2003 - tTen

Marat Safin is not particularly known for his mental fortitude, but to say that he is unmotivated or has no desire to play tennis is truly rubbish! Were he not appreciative of his talent and the sport, he would not be as consistent as he has been, barring injuries. Number 2/3 in the world is quite an accomplishment. It requires work and drive. Of course, if Lady Luck will finally show pity on Marat, I have no doubt he'll be at the top, where his talent and must inevitably lead him. Marat is not dumb, and hopefully this injury timeout will only serve to reiterate how significant it is to capitalize on talent and time.

27/10/2003 - kuba

Maybe it's that mental weakness helps him to feel injuiry stronger than it really is!!!!!!!!!! One of the biggest talents in tennis history could be now far away from coming back on court, but can be close as well. If it's a mental problem there must be someone who will get Marat 'back on feet', or maybe he'll will do it himself. I wish him that! GO MARAT WE"RE WAITING FOR YOU!!!

27/10/2003 - Matty

Marat will be back no matter what! His injury at the beginning of the year made it one of his least memorable years in tennis. He'll bounce back at the Aussie Open next January; no doubt; and rise into the top 10 again if he competes in ATP tournaments regularly. He's one of the best talents in the game which will not be wasted... he's still young, just like Ferrero, Roddick and Federer; so he'll get his chance again!

27/10/2003 - hampion/poland/

marat safin is surely one of the most talented guys on tour,the rest of the pack should only be scared of his anticipated comeback.but what he needs is more time. and what he gets is all the pressure being put,maybe he isn`t one of those who care too much about the opinions and expectations but it gets to him to some extent surely.so be patient all the true fans of the game of tennis,the game that misses safin so much now.i`m sure he`ll be back to tackle the top prizes again.

27/10/2003 - bouzou

marat is the best and he'll be back stronger than ever

27/10/2003 - Viva

Oh My god, I hope u ll be ok! I love u, I love ur tennis!!

Jessi
10-27-2003, 10:39 PM
wow.. more messages :D

I must say its really heartening to read all these messages. Its shows how much people miss Marat and want him back playing his best tennis soon! Tennis is no fun without him in the mix.

Shadow
10-27-2003, 10:44 PM
Jessi, thats so true :)


and now also our Maryann :D

27/10/2003 - Maryann

We on the Marat Safin messageboard have never given, up on this guy, nor have we ever figured him out. That's part of his attraction, his charisma, and those who ciriticize him often do so out of frustration. I don't know what's in his head and it doesn't matter. All I wish is that he's injury free, gets himself back into great shape, and is able to once again play his brilliant tennis on a consisent basis. Davai Marat.


feel free to write a message everyone ;) (i will maybe also)

Jessi
10-27-2003, 10:49 PM
people have already said everything i wanted to say ;)

Great message from Maryann! :yeah:

Shadow
10-28-2003, 11:13 AM
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28/10/2003 - ROVSHAN

:rolleyes: IT REALLY PISSES ME OF SEEING ALL THIS GOOD COMMENTS ABOUT MARAT SAFIN. YOU PEOPLE SAY HE NEEDS MORE TIME? WHAT MORE TIME, HE IS ALREADY 23. LOOK AT THE OTHER PLAYERS LIKE FERREO, FEDERE, AND RODDICK. THEY ARE ALSO YOUNG LIKE MARAT AND EVEN YOUNGER BUT ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD NOW. ALSO I WOULD SUGGEST THAT ANYBODY WHO CALLS SAFIN OR ANY OTHER TENNIS PLAYER THE BEST IS SIMPLY STUPID, BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE BEST PLAYER AND HE IS THE GRATEST(PETE SAMPRAS). NO ONE CAN MATCH HIM AND WHEN SAFIN BEAT HIM IN THE US OPEN HE WAS JUST LUCKY. SO WHEN YOU PEOPLE SAY THAT HE IS THE BEST AND HE NEEDS MORE TIME PLEASE THINK TWICE. YOU CAN WRITE TO ME ON raul_madrid178@hotmail.com

28/10/2003 - molecule man

I am sure Marat will be back next year and when he fullfills his potential, nobody can touch him. Then only Federer at his top can be a threat to him. I can see that Marat and Roger being number 1 and 2. Good luck next year

28/10/2003 - Zhan

Marat simply needs more time. Be patient, he will be soon number one. I can bet he will win Australian Open 2004!!! Same time what's happening around with other guys (Roddick et al), proves that player's success also depends on the coach's talent! Maryann, thanks for nice words about Marat. I am the strongest fun of Marat. Marat ALGA!!!!!!!!

Cris
10-28-2003, 11:38 AM
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28/10/2003 - ROVSHAN

:rolleyes: IT REALLY PISSES ME OF SEEING ALL THIS GOOD COMMENTS ABOUT MARAT SAFIN. YOU PEOPLE SAY HE NEEDS MORE TIME? WHAT MORE TIME, HE IS ALREADY 23. :eek: LOOK AT THE OTHER PLAYERS LIKE FERREO, FEDERE, AND RODDICK. THEY ARE ALSO YOUNG LIKE MARAT AND EVEN YOUNGER BUT ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD NOW. ALSO I WOULD SUGGEST THAT ANYBODY WHO CALLS SAFIN OR ANY OTHER TENNIS PLAYER THE BEST IS SIMPLY STUPID, BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE BEST PLAYER AND HE IS THE GRATEST(PETE SAMPRAS). NO ONE CAN MATCH HIM AND WHEN SAFIN BEAT HIM IN THE US OPEN HE WAS JUST LUCKY. :haha: SO WHEN YOU PEOPLE SAY THAT HE IS THE BEST AND HE NEEDS MORE TIME PLEASE THINK TWICE. YOU CAN WRITE TO ME ON raul_madrid178@hotmail.com


Thanks Andrea!!! :)

Some posts are very interesting, but this one...Jesus, this guy show me the truth!!! My life will never be the same after read his words...lol... my life was a big mistake until this moment :lol: What a genious!!!

Shadow
10-28-2003, 11:41 AM
LOL!!!

And well he forgot one thing ... Marat was injuried nearly all year, Roddick, Ferrero, Federer NOT!

anyway not worse but ignore button ;)

Cris
10-28-2003, 11:54 AM
Yes, Andrea!!! :)
I try to respect all opinions, supporting Marat or not, but this one...he wrote so much crap and forgot the most important detail. Ignore button, please! ;)

Shadow
10-28-2003, 09:08 PM
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28/10/2003 - Charlotte

Marat, I know you will come back. You have had a tough year with a lot of injuries, but you are so talent I know you can come back. You know that when you're playing the way you can no one can beat you. But you won't get there with just talent, you need to keep on working very hard. Don't waste your talent, because not many people are as talent in something as you are. Believe in yourself and don't let anyone convince you that you can't come back and be #1 again. But take your time, don't let anyone rush you. Take the reat of this year to prepare for the next one. Don't be scared of that you won't do well and don't feel any preasure. I believe in you no matter what.

28/10/2003 - Nadya & Katya

Hi! We r from Moscow.Couple weeks ago(during Kremlin Cup) we were at one of Mockow night club and saw there Marat. He was just crazy!!!!!!!!He was drinking vodka,smoking!!! By 3 o'clock he was fully drunk and absolutely mad! He also amused with some prity,sexy girls...So we think these are the real causes of his problems.He just like parties and clubs very much! But, Oh my God!! He was so hot!!!! Mmmmm...We love him!!! No, we adore him so much!!!! Marat - the best!!!!!!!! Маратик вперед!!!Давай!!!!!Россия с тобой!!!

28/10/2003 - eneyi

i think safin does have potential.he has just been hindered by injury is all.when he is on form he is tough competition for all three.

28/10/2003 - Sirius is Back

Nah, If he will be back then he will definately have problems with gettin' to the top three, with Ferrero Rodick and co around...

28/10/2003 - Safin is the best!

ROVSHAN, YOU'RE AN IDIOT!

28/10/2003 - nick

marat is the best, and he will certanly come back

28/10/2003 - magdalena

This is for Marat himself! Please,Marat,the world of tennis and your devoted fans are waiting for you to come back. You are unnarturally talented, you are great fun to watch, and very handsome, the world is in the reach of your hand. Give it a try and touch it, you'll see you can do it, don't be so scared of loosing, just keep in your mind that YOU ARE THE BEST! This year of tennis was nothing without you.

28/10/2003 - sowietboy

marat, wsa rossia s toboy! w sledushem godu ti budesh opat no.1

28/10/2003 - Surfinggirl

I think he will we back soon, I hope so. I find it hard to see al those guys on top and not Marat Safin, cause I think he should be there too. But he had some bad luck with injuries this year and when you come back it's not the same anymore. All players improve so it's hard. But next year will be good. He doesn't have to defend any points, so he can only rise up the rankings. So I wish him much good luck for the rest of the season to recover well and much luck for next year to climb up the rankings! Marat show them you can all challenge them too!!

28/10/2003 - christina

ROVSHANI, why dont u just shut the hell up. what do u know about tennis and how hard its to stay at the top. U r just so fucking jealous since we all love marat. If u really think u r so damn good why dont u play against marat? no ? because u will not even be able to return his serve. haha.

Shadow
10-29-2003, 11:23 AM
29/10/2003 - eurosportgirl

safin je najbolji!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

29/10/2003 - Peri Srbinu

hm bas interesanto kako to mislis da je previse lijen...bilo bi lijepo da vidimo tebe kako bi se ti snasao u takvim situacijama i pod takvim pritiscima..najlakse je sjediti kod kuce ispred monitora i pricati kako je neko drugi tako lijen..i slab ..ne znam jel igras tenis. mislim da ne cim imas takvo zao mi je ali moram reci GLUPO misljenje...jedino sta si bio u pravu je da on JESTE I BICE jedan od najboljih igraca na svijetu ...

29/10/2003 - Georgina_

ROVSHAN, really ?!!!! May be u badly looked all mesages through or...or u simrly aren`l able to read!!!There ara messages not only from girls!!!& we love him not only for his aapearans! Marat really a good tennis player & u can say nothing against it!U also can`t say that this year in atp tour was very exciting. Why? Because Marat was absent! Nobody can replace him!Nobody!!!Marat is the best!!!!!Давай Марат!!!Докажи,что ты лучший!!!!

29/10/2003 - a_cap

I do not understand this whole debate. It's so simple: he had serious injury, he was out of tennis for so long, and because he is one of the most talented players there is a huge pressure on him. Everyone expects him to be the best and it's not so easy to come back from such a serious injury. He wants to proof that he can be on the top again, but it must take some time. It's stupid to say that he is pretending to be injured because that would mean that doesn't want to play tennis anymore. If that was true he wouldn't play Moscow, Madrid and St. Petersurg. He played all these tournaments because he wants to come back and as I said it's not so easy because if you stayed behind it must take time to find your rhythm back. It's obvious. I hope next year he will find his game and I wish him that, because he is definitely one of the biggest personalities in tennis. Oh, and another thing. I don't think it's too late for him. His is not ALREAYD 23, but he is JUST 23. Look at Agassi...

29/10/2003 - ROVSHAN

PEOPLE YOU ARE SO WEIRD. LOOK AT ALL THE MESSAGES ABOUT SAFIN, THEY ARE ALL FROM GIRLS. JUST BECAUSE HE IS NICE LOOKING DOESN'T MEAN HE IS THE BEST. GIRLS: I AGREE WITH YOU THAT HE IS NICE LOOKING AND I DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THAT BUT PLEASE DON'T SAY HE IS THE GREATEST. HOW COME YOU PEOPLE FORGOT SAMPRAS I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT HE IS THE ONE WHO IS THE GREATEST. I ALSO AGREE WITH YOU THAT HE HAS THE POTENTIAL BUT THE PROBLEM WITH HIM IS THAT IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE. TOO MANY INJURIES AND POOR RESULTS LET HIM DOWN AND THE FACT THAT HE IS ALREADY 23 SHOWS THAT HE HAS A LITTLE CHANCE OF COMING BACK. AND A MESSAGE TO CHRISTINA WHO SAID THAT I AM JEALOUS OF SAFIN: WEEL, I JUST DONT SEE YOUR POINT IN SAYING THAT. I MEAN WHY WOULD I BE JEALOUS OF HIM? I NEVER SAID ANYTHING BAD ABOUT HIM I JUST SAID THAT HE IS NOT THE BEST. JUST REMEMBER ME AND MY WORDS AFTER FEW YEARS.

29/10/2003 - members of Marat`s russian fan club

We know that he`ll be back next year & become No 1 again! It`ll be difficult to overcome all problems but we trust that he will cope wiht them. Because he`s the real fighter! He is also a big joker.There was rather empty & boring wihtout him in the tour. Nobody threw reckets, nobody joked,nobody entertained public. For him tennis is a game,not work as for other players.That`s why it is interesting to look behind his game! We think he is one of the most talented or the most talented player ever existed.But we also think that Denis not that person who should train the player of such level like Marat.Marat is a star!But he doesn`t like this word,he thinks stars r only in the sky.We don`t want to tell anithing bad about Denis,because we love him too.Generally we love all our players!And we also think that we have the strongest team in the world ! Marat u r the best!!!!!!!!Марат мы тебя любим и болеем за тебя всей нашей огромной страной-Россией,а также за тебя болеют все страны СНГ!!

Cris
10-29-2003, 12:32 PM
29/10/2003 - ROVSHAN

PEOPLE YOU ARE SO WEIRD. LOOK AT ALL THE MESSAGES ABOUT SAFIN, THEY ARE ALL FROM GIRLS. JUST BECAUSE HE IS NICE LOOKING DOESN'T MEAN HE IS THE BEST. :lol: GIRLS: I AGREE WITH YOU THAT HE IS NICE LOOKING AND I DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THAT BUT PLEASE DON'T SAY HE IS THE GREATEST. HOW COME YOU PEOPLE FORGOT SAMPRAS I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT HE IS THE ONE WHO IS THE GREATEST. I ALSO AGREE WITH YOU THAT HE HAS THE POTENTIAL BUT THE PROBLEM WITH HIM IS THAT IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE.:eek: TOO MANY INJURIES AND POOR RESULTS LET HIM DOWN AND THE FACT THAT HE IS ALREADY 23 :eek: SHOWS THAT HE HAS A LITTLE CHANCE OF COMING BACK. AND A MESSAGE TO CHRISTINA WHO SAID THAT I AM JEALOUS OF SAFIN: WEEL, I JUST DONT SEE YOUR POINT IN SAYING THAT. I MEAN WHY WOULD I BE JEALOUS OF HIM? I NEVER SAID ANYTHING BAD ABOUT HIM I JUST SAID THAT HE IS NOT THE BEST. JUST REMEMBER ME AND MY WORDS AFTER FEW YEARS. (oooh, scary....)


We have a tennis expert and a prophet here!!! :lol: At least, he thinks Marat is good looking. ;)

Thanks Andrea!!! :) Some posts are really nice.

Shadow
10-29-2003, 02:42 PM
that guy is a joke, lol!
who said that Marat is or will be the next Sampras? The only thing we want is that he will play to his potential again, cause he is so extremly talented and a personality tennis needs. And for his fans Marat is da best (and no doubt he is also the best out there when playing his best ;) ), and thats normal!!!!!

Ma. Estefania
10-29-2003, 02:53 PM
The only thing we want is that he will play to his potential again, cause he is so extremly talented and a personality tennis needs

Well said. ;)

Cris
10-29-2003, 05:45 PM
Perfect!!! :yeah: I totally agree with you, Andrea :)

Jessi
10-29-2003, 08:26 PM
Lmao@Rovshan! The guy is just a bitter Pete fan who's still mad at Marat for spanking his hero's butt at the usopen :lol:

Jessi
10-29-2003, 08:36 PM
that guy is a joke, lol!
who said that Marat is or will be the next Sampras? The only thing we want is that he will play to his potential again, cause he is so extremly talented and a personality tennis needs. And for his fans Marat is da best (and no doubt he is also the best out there when playing his best ;) ), and thats normal!!!!!


well said, Andrea. I think you should add this as your message.

Shadow
10-29-2003, 08:38 PM
-->

29/10/2003 - girl from Russia

All Marat need is coach!!! And girls r not distraction.With really good coach Marat will be number 1 !!!! He is the best player ever!!!!! Маратик,мы все с тобой!!! Сделай всех этих Родиков,ХКФ и Федерерров!!!!! Оле-оле-оле! Маратик вперед!!!!

29/10/2003 - Suga

я повтарю ся как все: Конечно очень жалко,что такое несчастье постигло Марата, и у него ещё есть большие шансы востановиться и заиграть как прежде, но всё таки вот это перерыв мне кажеться пойдёт ему на пользу, так как он успел подумать о жизни, о теннисе, о его дальнейших планах, поведил время с дорогими ему людьми. это тоже оч хорошо....Я надеюся что в следущем сезоне всё будет ок...во всех планах.Вообщем пока всё...ещё ещё какие-то мысли назреют,то обязательно напишу...Марат, а тебе я желаю больших успехов...во всех начинаниях....Яна

29/10/2003 - petite cri-cri d'amour

Remember Safin's "family" at the Australian Open? I think that should say enough! It seems to be rather difficult for him to keep concentrating on the hard work, too many distractions! Doesn't that remind you of another Russian tennis player... female, tall, blonde, cute, glamourous?

29/10/2003 - Ya_Romaha@88.ua

Roddick is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

29/10/2003 - Ya_Romaha@88.ua

The best player is Agassy! Also, i love Andy Roddick. I think they are the best!!! Safin is good, but i had already forget how he is playing

29/10/2003 - Ill prinsipinho

He was alongside Federer the most gifted player of his generation, and I still feel he has the potential to get back on track. After all, he is a far more gifted player than Roddick.

29/10/2003 - kendedes;Belgium

Agree that he is not young anymore,so sad to know that he is not one of the young guns who are compete for this year number one,Things for him is focus on tennis,Nothing else,or like the gossip,maybe too many girls around him

29/10/2003 - DesertRose

Hahahaha.....

29/10/2003 - Brussels

Or maybe girls are his problem...

29/10/2003 - Brussels

He will be back! He really wants to play again,so just give him time.

29/10/2003 - igor

Marat has to play tennis and to concentrate on the game, but not on "paratennis" activity (too many "friends"). Retern is always painfull, but it's possible, but he has to forget about everything else, but tennis and do it as long as it takes.

29/10/2003 - eurosportgirl

ej,od kud si ti?????????????

29/10/2003 - eurosportgirl

to:rovshan I agree that sampras was probably the greatest but he does not play any more.We are talking about active players and I think that Safin and Federer are te most talented. Safin is not just nice lookin. He is one of the best!!!!!!!!!!And I think it is never too late to come back-look what Goran Ivanisevic did in Wimbledon!!!!!

29/10/2003 - marat the best!

Rovshav..i agree with you that Sampras is the best player ever...but Marat has years and years in tennis to go...about how "he just had luck" in winning against Sampras at the Us Open..well the result it there..he has 4-2 winning score against Pete and is one of the little number of players who have positive score with Pete. i hate to see Marat being critisized for something that has nothing to do with his "head". when he was on top everybody was like "wao he just has to do this and that...bla bla bla " how would you feel if somebody would say to you all the time "you are good but ...." and you give your all??you are the best?of course you would be frustrated!people want too much form other people they are too damned demending and they don;t look in they backyard...if he is not the best 24/7 that dosen't mean he is not the best...cause he is and he will be...just give him time..everybody needs time especially when you have that kind of pressure on yourself as marat does now: )

Shadow
10-29-2003, 08:39 PM
well said, Andrea. I think you should add this as your message.

Thanks, i thought about that ;)

Shadow
10-30-2003, 11:35 AM
Madrid Report from Susan -->

http://www.theguyfromrussia.com/madrid03.htm

Jessi
11-01-2003, 07:21 PM
Nice report! Thanks Andrea!

Btw, is this the same Susan from RoddickRocks?

Shadow
11-01-2003, 07:30 PM
could be, but i hope not LOL :o

Jessi
11-01-2003, 07:32 PM
why? She's also a Marat fan.

btw, whos that in your avatar?

Shadow
11-01-2003, 07:34 PM
Because she likes Duck better ;)

Thats Michael Ballack! You know him?

Jessi
11-01-2003, 07:40 PM
the name rings a bell. Is he a soccer player?

Shadow
11-01-2003, 07:45 PM
you know him probably from the Soccer World Cup last year :cool:

Yep, German Football player :D He plays for Bayern Munich :bounce:

Jessi
11-01-2003, 07:51 PM
he looks like Pete's long lost younger brother :o

Shadow
11-01-2003, 07:58 PM
hahahaha no not at all :p

i will make another avatar ! ;)

Cris
11-01-2003, 10:29 PM
Andrea, nice avatar! :) LOL... that's true, Ballack looks like Sampras... Roque Santa Cruz is cute too. ;)

Shadow
11-01-2003, 10:31 PM
:eek: he does not :p

Roque Santa Cruz is my 2nd fave soccer player :worship: :rocker2:

Jessi
11-01-2003, 10:37 PM
he looks even more like pete in your new pic :eek: scary :p

Shadow
11-01-2003, 10:39 PM
:eek:

LOL! :p

Jessi
11-01-2003, 10:44 PM
at least he has a full head of hair unlike pete :p

Cris
11-01-2003, 10:46 PM
LOL... Poor Ballack... Santa Cruz is a great player! I Like him too. :)

Shadow
11-01-2003, 10:55 PM
Anyway Michael is an amazing player :p

:D Roque has great potential. I hope he will once stay injury free :(

Cris
11-01-2003, 11:01 PM
Me too. :)

maratski
11-02-2003, 04:08 PM
Thanks for those comments from Eurosport. I hadn't read them yet. Some people....:rolleyes:

maratski
11-02-2003, 04:09 PM
Is she the same Susan we mocked on wtaworld?

Shadow
11-02-2003, 05:05 PM
I think that is another Susan, lol.

maratski
11-02-2003, 05:51 PM
oh ok ;)

Jessi
11-02-2003, 08:02 PM
Is she the same Susan we mocked on wtaworld?


yes, same one ;)

Shadow
11-02-2003, 08:08 PM
yes, same one ;)

:eek:
:o sorry didnt know it

maratski
11-02-2003, 08:14 PM
It was so fun that thread ;)

Shadow
11-02-2003, 08:16 PM
It was so fun that thread ;)

which one :p

maratski
11-02-2003, 08:19 PM
the nickname reference list ;)

Shadow
11-02-2003, 08:21 PM
ah yes ;)

Jessi
11-02-2003, 08:21 PM
it was so funny. After every post she'd say this is my last post here, i have nothing more to say *rotfl*

maratski
11-02-2003, 08:23 PM
the lawyer who knows everything about patents ;)

Jessi
11-02-2003, 08:23 PM
Michal is right about ROddick fans.. they have no sense of humor and have a stick up their asses :lol:

Shadow
11-02-2003, 08:24 PM
i missed that. what was her name there?

Shadow
11-02-2003, 08:24 PM
Michal is right about ROddick fans.. most of them have no sense of humor and have a stick up their asses :lol:

:rolls: :yeah:

maratski
11-02-2003, 08:24 PM
true jessi

michal CAN be right sometimes ;)

maratski
11-02-2003, 08:29 PM
I read this post from Denise on Christine's forum

Hi All the only info I can give is I spoke to Paradorn on Thursday in Paris and he confirmed Marat would play the two exhibitions with him in China but not the Thai ones. That was the last info I had. Whether that has changed since then I can't tell you.

Jessi
11-02-2003, 08:31 PM
when are the exhos?

Shadow
11-02-2003, 08:32 PM
Hope this is true so Marat can play some matches as practise :D

maratski
11-02-2003, 08:34 PM
I don't remember when Jessi :o

Jessi
11-02-2003, 08:37 PM
I think Jena said it was mid-December but i'm not sure.

Shadow
11-08-2003, 11:52 AM
Read this message from Christine: (on Safinator.com messageboard)

Ok I admit it.. I stole this idea from my friend Fiona, but I think it's a great one! (thanks Fee!) *lol*

I have been wanting to present Marat with a book of fan messages, well wishes etc.. for some time now. I don't want to send it to his management company b/c I want to give it to him myself. Plus, I won't be 100% sure he will get it.

Anyway, the idea is this:

All of us fans of Marat who want to send him a message will go and buy a postcard from the country or city we live in. That way Marat will know where his fans are from while reading their messages. Write the message you have for Marat on the back of the postcard. Please do not put your email address, phone number or any contact information. Just your name and your message. This is not a way to stalk the man! *lol*

Once you have written your message on the postcard, put your postcard in a regular envelope (to protect it from damage in the mail) and I will give you an address to send it to. (you will be sending them to me but I am moving in December and want to wait until after I move).

I will collect all of the postcards and messages and put them in a big book to give to Marat in early 2004. It will either be given to him at Indian Wells or in Miami (in March) so you all have plenty of time to get them done and to think about what you want to say!!

I really think that Marat will appreciate and enjoy reading messages from all of his fans, and that he will be happy to know that we all suffered with him this past year, but are still with him and pulling for him!!

You can say anything to him you want to say, but anything derogatory or insulting will not be given to him. Also any cards with email addy's or phone numbers will not be given to him. This is just a way to let him know we love him and are standing by his side!

Any feedback can be made here!

I think this is an amazing idea and i hope EVERYONE here will also take part.... dont you think it would be wonderful for Marat to read the messages from his fans and how they stand by his Side :)
and check back there for the adress and all.

tall_one
11-08-2003, 12:32 PM
:worship: this is such an awesome idea. :worship:
:lol: only problem is I have to make my mind up about which postcard to send him, or if I want to make him one :scratch:

maratski
11-08-2003, 06:48 PM
great idea :)

Jessi
11-08-2003, 10:06 PM
very cool and wonderful idea! :)

Cris
11-08-2003, 10:39 PM
Great idea!!! :yeah: :)

Shadow
11-08-2003, 10:45 PM
I hope everyone of you will take part :)

Jessi
11-08-2003, 10:49 PM
Andrea, i'm composing my message as we speak ;)

Shadow
11-08-2003, 11:26 PM
great ;)

i`m already thinking what i will write :D

maratski
11-09-2003, 08:54 AM
I'm thinking about it too ;)

Jessi
11-09-2003, 07:53 PM
just remember no marriage proposals... ;)

maratski
11-09-2003, 09:17 PM
rotfl

Didn't even think of it, stupid me :o

I can do it in Rotterdam ;)

Shadow
11-19-2003, 02:07 PM
www.theguyfromrussia.com


LATEST OFFICIAL NEWS


19/11/03 OFFICIAL UPDATE
Marat is playing in Bejing, not Shanghai. He has only confirmed for Hopman Cup & Australian Open in 2004, not Sydney. Marat will be in Monaco from the 1st December.

18/11/03 Marat in China
Marat will be doing a promotional event in the capital of China on 24th, 25th & 26th November. It is open to the public and will consist of practice sessions, press events and tennis clinics. More info to come.

To Chinese Fans >> I'd appreciate any reports in local newspapers, TV or Chinese websites!


NEWS FROM RUSSIAN TV

“Marat was here today and wished the girls good luck. He will be here tomorrow, too. The day after tomorrow he will fly to China for some exhibition matches and after that in December he will be preparing for the next season." Shamil Tarpischev at Fed Cup, Moscow on 19/11/03 Thanks Maria!

Cris
11-19-2003, 06:48 PM
Thanks for the info! Good news! :)

cheliste
11-20-2003, 05:10 PM
just remember no marriage proposals... ;)

:lol:
What? But that's the only thing I have in mind now. ;)

And thank you for the news Andrea! :yeah:

Shadow
11-21-2003, 12:36 PM
hey hermione :wavey:
nice to see you here again :D where have you been ;)

Shadow
11-23-2003, 11:48 AM
www.theguyfromrussia.com

Paradorn Supertour

Marat will be in Tsinghua University (Bejing) on 26th Nov, 13:30 local time. Marat Safin & Paradorn Scrichaphan will be playing with the students there. (Thanks to Vanya for the news!) News from Tsinghua's BBS

i would love to see Marat playing with the students :)

Cris
11-23-2003, 11:57 AM
Thanks for the info. :) Must be really interesting to watch.

Shadow
11-23-2003, 07:13 PM
www.maratsafin.com is up again ! But only the fans section.

anyway take a look there. It brings back great memories to read all his again :)
And especially the report by Anar has got me :D

Shadow
11-25-2003, 05:18 PM
new article:


Safin Sets Sights On Top 10 Return


Marat Safin insists he is finally healthy and believes that will prove to be a painful prospect for opponents. The former No. 1, who was sidelined for half the season with a wrist injury that plunged him into a period of self-doubt, has an optimistic outlook on the 2004 season. Safin has set his sights on returning to the top 10 and contending for another Grand Slam championship next year.


"I'm back and I'm healthy," Safin told Sky Sports. "My goal for next year is to try to win a Grand Slam and if it is possible to get back into the top 10 and play the Masters. It will take time, I have to take it slow and stay away from injuries, then I will have a good chance."

A left wrist injury Safin sustained at the Australian Open in January limited him to just 23 matches this season and prevented him from hitting his two-handed backhand without pain.

Currently ranked 78th, Safin sat out three months of the season with torn ligaments in his wrist. He returned to tournament tennis in Los Angeles at the end of July only to aggravate the injury and retire from him his opening-round match against Prakash Amritraj, trailing 3-5. Safin was sidelined for another two months and made another comeback in his hometown of Moscow, falling to Wayne Black 4-6, 7-6(5), 4-6 in September.

In the aftermath of his 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 opening-round Madrid Masters loss to Jonas Bjorkman last month, Safin said the inactivity had left him feeling lost on the court.

"I've been out for a long time, for six months," Safin said. "So is difficult to come back and start winning matches because you lose everything. You lose the movement on the court, you lose the eye, you lose the confidence, you lose everything. Then when you come back, you start to picking up all these small things step by step. So for me at least I make three sets today, and I was very close to win the match. Unfortunately, because of my confidence, I'm a little bit too slow on the court, I don't see the ball, so that's why I problems, you know, like playing from the baseline, going to the net. I don't see the point. I cannot read the other player."

The 2000 U.S. Open champion believes a California doctor has remedied his wrist injury after placing his left arm in a cast. The 23-year-old Safin is set to start the season at the Hopman Cup, scheduled for January 3rd-10th in Perth, Australia. The eight-team exhibition event is a popular warm up for the Australian Open.

The Hopman Cup features one of its finest fields in the event's 16-year history with several current or former top-ranked players participating. In addition to defending champions Serena Williams and James Blake representing the United States, former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik will play for second-seeded Australia. Top-ranked Kim Clijsters and former Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse join forces for third-seeded Belgium and Safin and Kremlin Cup champion Anastasia Myskina will represent Russia.

"The top four teams each boast a player who's been ranked number one in the world," Hopman Cup tournament director Paul McNamee said.

When Safin surveys the game of current No. 1 Andy Roddick, he isn't exactly intimidated by what he sees.

"Roddick has never beaten me," said Safin, who was a 6-3, 6-4 victor over the reigning U.S. Open champion in their lone meeting at Los Angeles in 2001. "I was kind of surprised at his rise because I never expected that he would make it so high, but he made the right decision to change his coach and his coach has helped him out a lot."

The towering, talented, temperamental Safin remains one of the only professional players on the planet capable of dominating a match with both his serve and return. Safin's gift for the game is undeniable, but his commitment to crafting a championship career was questioned even before his injury when Safin seemed to take a page from the Yevgeny Kafelnikov manual of minimizing results for a remarkable talent by overplaying an extensive schedule rather than pacing himself to reach peak form in time for the majors.

Three years ago, Safin looked utterly unbeatable, but has seemed completely clueless on the court for sustained periods of play. Safin's Davis Cup captain Shamil Tarpischev believes the former No. 1 has all the qualities necessary to be a great champion — except for one essential element: desire.

"There's no doubt about that. He could be as dominant as Michael Jordan was or Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, you name it," Tarpischev told Reuters in April. "Unfortunately, he has the talent but not the desire to be the world number one."

According to Tarpischev, Safin's athletic ability would have made him a world-class player in virtually any sport he selected.

"I don't think many people would disagree that Safin is the most talented player in the men's game," said Tarpischev. "He has the power, the agility, the speed, everything you need to be a great athlete. Not only in tennis. In fact, he could have been successful in most other sports, in football or basketball for example."

The arc of Safin's career has become a downward flight. He played powerful tennis and reached lofty heights during the 2000 season that saw him capture an ATP-best seven tournament titles, including a dazzling display of championship tennis in crushing Pete Sampras to capture the U.S. Open crown, and become the youngest man to finish No. 2 since a 19-year-old Boris Becker in 1986. But since that sustained season of brilliance, Safin has won exactly three titles in 35 months.

In writing off this season, Safin remains hopeful he can script a comeback story to silence his critics in 2004.

"I have no pressure, a lot of people think I'm kind of finished, but I will be back and I will be there to beat these guys. I have to," Safin said. "If I can get it back, I can be dangerous. But still, you know, it's the next year... I hope I'll be alive for next year."

cheliste
11-27-2003, 06:59 AM
hey hermione :wavey:
nice to see you here again :D where have you been ;)

Hello Andrea! I went on hiatus (read: school work is getting in the way), I was terrible...neglecting duties of a Safinette. :eek:

Shadow
11-27-2003, 11:26 AM
Hi Hermione :wavey:
great to see you! aaw :hug:, i hope you have a more free time now :)

maratski
11-27-2003, 01:33 PM
summer is there...;)

cheliste
11-27-2003, 04:27 PM
I hope so too. And if that does not happen I could always ask my professor to extend the deadline...all I need is a solid reason and argument. ;) ....like Marat will be back, that's valid enough, right? :lol:

Here's to 2004, the year of our Maratski!

Ruth
11-27-2003, 04:50 PM
Just thought I'd post the latest news here about Marat's tattoo:
a|x saw Marat today and asked to see his tattoo, which he showed her ! It's a chinese character 'hou' which is the monkey symbol in the Chinese zodiac - he said he has it because he was born in the year of the monkey - like me :)

You can read her mini-report at www.theguyfromrussia.com/maratchina03.htm

maratski
11-27-2003, 09:25 PM
thanks :)

Shadow
12-01-2003, 06:46 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/video/

watch this video and see Marat hugging his mum :) (its at the end of the video)

thanks Ilhame ;)

maratski
12-01-2003, 08:13 PM
i loved it ;)

Cris
12-01-2003, 08:33 PM
I couldn't watch... :sad: I'll try to watch on my bf PC later. Thanks! :)

Shadow
12-02-2003, 11:45 AM
me too. SO sweet!

tall_one
12-02-2003, 01:32 PM
that was cool! thanks!

cheliste
12-02-2003, 03:54 PM
Arghh, I couldn't open the video! :mad:
Hi Andrea, one question, can it be open only on a PC, I'm using a Mac. :confused:
I'll try again but if it doesn't work, I will find a PC. I could not possibly waste an opportunity to see Marat hugging his mum! :hearts: ;)

cheliste
12-02-2003, 04:00 PM
I completely miss the system requirements, I don't have media player. :o
*slaps herself*

Shadow
12-03-2003, 11:55 AM
www.Safinator.com

L'ÉQUIPE, NOVEMBER 2000
BY FRANCIS HAEDENS
Thanks to Lola for the article and Alex for the translation!
SAFIN, THE BIONIC CHAMPION

Since April, and even more since his victory at US Open, Marat Safin crushes all who come his way. But his extraordinary power is not the only thing which explains the domination he exerts on the ATP tour "His primary attribute is not having any weakness", said Peter McNamara. In his game there are no cracks which are made accessible by his opponent to crush him. This is a complete depiction of his game winning tactics. We painted here a picture of what we consider the "Bionic" Marat.


SERVE

Safin's serve is one of the best on tour. His serving speed without difficulty can be as fast as 200 km/h. His ball is heavy, long, leaping, and moreover, thanks to the flexibility and with the amazing force of his wrist, he can find exeptional angles. We've seen him at 2-1 in the tie break of the 2nd set at the final of Bercy (2000), make a successful ace uncrossed fastball which left Philippoussis on the spot. This type of shot, made for top left-handed servers like Rusedski or Ivanisevic (in the heat of the moment), Safin successfully handles it with his right hand. He throws his ball low, a little behind him, about ten centimeters surrounding the top of the impact with the racket and strikes it with an extremely slackened arm. The throwing of his serve makes it very difficult to read, but requires a speed of execution which is above average. For Ion Tiriac, which was, above all, Ivanisevic's coach , it is a weakness which has no sense of urgency. He believes safin should correct it in the future. This theory is debatable.

BASELINE

Safin's baseline game, with his backhand and to a lesser extent his right-hand, approaches the perfection if we calculated the average between the power and the lowest possibillity of error. His backhand play for the most part, with two hands (but which he can without a doubt carry out one-handed in any event.) This enables him to find all angles notably, his accelerated release along the line. His right arm extends during this movement where his arms remains glued to his body and advances the racquet forward. This preparation remains without a doubt to be the simplest, but it's the left hand, with a full wrist impact at the last moment which directs the ball and gives it his final blow. The exceptional flexibility and the force of his wrists allow him to do this kind of shot. His power remains impressive, even when he strikes while moving back or without any stability. His righthand release executes a traditional loop of moderate magnitude. It is not completely as powerful as his backhand, but Safin does it as well cross, uncrossed or along the line with a speed and a weight quite impressive. In regards to the effects, and more precisely about the top spin, Safin found the ideal way of excuting it between the striking of Kuerten, more "spinning", then one of Philippoussis, more power which allows him to play effectively on all surfaces.

SLEEKNESS AND SPEED

The technical qualities just mentioned is of greater value because it is served by sleekness and an exceptional speed of execution for a boy of his size. It is with these assets that Safin, all in all, possesses a return serve worthy of Agassi's, which caused Pete Sampras to experienced total anguish in the final of the US Open. "He is the only player who has successfully been able to achieve three half-volleys from the baseline without losing effectiveness, admires Tiriac. Not even McEnroe was able to produce two of these shots". These qualities refrain the Russian from moving back much more than one meter behind his baseline and to change the course of a play which began poorly with only one blow of a racket "Safin sees the ball larger than the other players", said McNamara, quite as admiring as Tiriac.

FOOTPLAY

The Russian's leg movements leave Tiriac wanting more, "his leg movements must clearly improve, he says, and no one should give me his size for a excuse. We can see basketball players, much larger than him with much better leg movement than his. This is something he must improve." Blunt, but a true statement. McNamara is less persistent and says without hesitation: "his leg movement and his speed are incredible for a guy of his size". We say for the conclusion, the best case scenario, he should be better prepared for certain shots, but his capacity to compensate and make necessary adjustments with the force of his arms and his wrists does not make this improvement essential.

VOLLEY

With Marat Safin's almost picture perfect technical qualities, there is only one dark area: his volley. Taking into account his size, the Russian is obviously vulnerable on the low balls, but thanks to his steel wrists, he manages to lift the balls without having to bend his legs. Despite his weakness at volleys, we see his improvement at the net . He can, with his backhand and right hand from the baseline, volley where he wants. But, as he does not cross the ball, his hit lacks edge "He feels the volley, say Tiriac, but it is necessary that he plays more while advancing". McNamara, who is a volley specialist, makes a remark while rolling his eyes filled with fear: "It is certain that Safin does not have the same instinct of the volley as the Australian. It is a part of the game in which he can improve and I believe it concerns the other players! "

MENTAL

Last year still (1999), Marat Safin was a large kid who consistently struck the ball without the knowledge of the game. In less than 12 months, he learned, with the assistance of Andreï Chesnokov, in particular, applying 80% of his phenomenal power, which is enough for him to dominate the majority of his opponents. He also agreed to make faults, including the harshest one, without losing his head as it happened to him many times before. The control of his muscles and his brain constitutes one of the keys of his success. The fact that he managed to acquire this control in less than one season (2000) proves that the Russian possesses above average mental qualities and is rather rare for a player of his age. Have we ever seen a number 1 that happens to be immature?

Shadow
12-03-2003, 11:56 AM
I completely miss the system requirements, I don't have media player. :o
*slaps herself*

download it ;)
Hope you can watch it finally, then. its worth it :D

Cris
12-03-2003, 12:18 PM
Interesting article. Thanks Andrea! :)

maratski
12-03-2003, 12:43 PM
nice article :)

Shadow
12-03-2003, 01:56 PM
its interesting cause this article is from 2000 :)

Catsou
12-04-2003, 02:46 AM
Guys I'm glad you liked the article cause it was a pain in the a****** to translated it :)

Geez it was so much work cause it was very technical but I find it quite interesting cause it explain how important was his wrist injury cause he need the power in his wrist to do so much shot...Anyway, Glad you like it see ya :)

tall_one
12-04-2003, 05:16 AM
Hi Alex :wavey:
Thank you for tranlating it! :worship:

maratski
12-04-2003, 07:24 AM
alex :kiss:

merci beaucoup, t'es trop cool

Shadow
12-04-2003, 11:38 AM
Thank you for all the work, Alex :worship:

I agree. Its always good to read analyses about his game, cause its explain all his talent.

Catsou
12-04-2003, 04:13 PM
*Blush* Wow you are all so sweet on this forum...thanks girls but really it was my pleasure to work on this article....And I gotta say my friend from New York, who is visiting, make some correction cause like you all know my english is not that good *wink*. Andrea I agree with you it's always great to read some stuff about his technique!

What's up Nicki *waves* I miss the GOO Club :D

Ihame je ne savais pas que tu parlais français! Cool :D

Ciao :D

Catsou
12-04-2003, 04:24 PM
Oups désolée, Ilhame I misspelled your name in my previous post *blush* shame on me !

Désolée !

Cris
12-04-2003, 05:58 PM
:) Thanks Alex! Excellent work! :worship:

Shadow
12-04-2003, 08:24 PM
all marat fans are the sweetest girls ;)

maratski
12-04-2003, 08:28 PM
J'ai passé deux semestres à Paris Alex ;)

Catsou
12-05-2003, 04:10 AM
Yeah I remember now.....Wow tu as appris le français en seulement 2 semestres...tu es vraiment douée.....moi les langues ce n'est pas du tout ma force:).....LOL mon frère parle déjà 4 langues :D

tall_one
12-05-2003, 07:36 AM
okay my french is way too bad to attempt to ask this in french, but I do read french (kinda) so I'm going to save myself the embareassment and just ask in english.....Your brother speaks 4 languages?!? Does he speak them fluently? What languages?

http://www.wtv-zone.com/hope4linda/emoticons/Grouphug.gif goo! :p

Catsou
12-06-2003, 03:25 AM
okay my french is way too bad to attempt to ask this in french, but I do read french (kinda) so I'm going to save myself the embareassment and just ask in english.....Your brother speaks 4 languages?!? Does he speak them fluently? What languages?

http://www.wtv-zone.com/hope4linda/emoticons/Grouphug.gif goo! :p

LOL Nicki you really read quite well french...did you take some french class? You are good.....I was saying I'm so bad with language I'm still trying to learn my third language (spanish) and we even don't talk about my english wich is still horrible after all this time...And you guess right my Brother speaks 4 languages....LOL He travels a lot cause he's crazy with all those sports: snowboard, surf and most of all Windsurf...So he's been working (he teaches windsurfing and manages some windsurf camps) in a lot of countries.....and finally in Spain for the last two years.....So yeah, he speaks spanish like his first language (french), english and he is pretty fluent in german too......He really learn language easily! He is so not like his big sister :)

Catsou
12-06-2003, 03:29 AM
Oh and I forget:

http://www.wtv-zone.com/hope4linda/emoticons/Grouphug.gif goo! :p[/QUOTE]

Cheers :)

tall_one
12-06-2003, 12:58 PM
LOL Nicki you really read quite well french...did you take some french class? You are good.....I was saying I'm so bad with language I'm still trying to learn my third language (spanish) and we even don't talk about my english wich is still horrible after all this time...And you guess right my Brother speaks 4 languages....LOL He travels a lot cause he's crazy with all those sports: snowboard, surf and most of all Windsurf...So he's been working (he teaches windsurfing and manages some windsurf camps) in a lot of countries.....and finally in Spain for the last two years.....So yeah, he speaks spanish like his first language (french), english and he is pretty fluent in german too......He really learn language easily! He is so not like his big sister :)

yeah I took french for 2 years in high school, but I've forgotten a lot of it. I can read stuff as long as it is simple, but writing it is a whole differant story. I can barely spell in english ;) much less trying to spell in french.
WOW, your brother leads an exciting life. :eek:
And Alex, your english is fine, it took me a long time to figure out that it wasn't your 1st language, so relax, your doing fine! :)

maratski
12-06-2003, 07:01 PM
I had french class for 9 years, but I didn't really improve my french till I went to Paris during these semesters. Nowadays when I go back to France people only know I'm not French because I tell them ;) Otherwise they won't know :haha:
I think I've improved my french that much :o

Catsou
12-08-2003, 06:56 PM
yeah I took french for 2 years in high school, but I've forgotten a lot of it. I can read stuff as long as it is simple, but writing it is a whole differant story. I can barely spell in english ;) much less trying to spell in french.
WOW, your brother leads an exciting life. :eek:
And Alex, your english is fine, it took me a long time to figure out that it wasn't your 1st language, so relax, your doing fine! :)


Yeah writting french is quite difficult even if it's your first language LOL
Indeed my brother lives a very exciting life! He is the kind of people who can adjust to every life in every country...I always say he will be the guy to beat in a show like surviver cause you can send him in a desert Island and he'll have a blast there! He really can lives everywhere....

BTW thanks for the compliment but I know I got to improve it so much but I like learning new stuff so it doesn't botter me!

Catsou
12-08-2003, 07:01 PM
I had french class for 9 years, but I didn't really improve my french till I went to Paris during these semesters. Nowadays when I go back to France people only know I'm not French because I tell them ;) Otherwise they won't know :haha:
I think I've improved my french that much :o

Lol Ilhame you must be very good with learning accent! I have a friend who is from Holland (I think you are also from Holland right?) she is so good with language and with learning accent it is almost unbelivable...every time I spoke to her she has learn a new language LOL
I was in shock when I visited your beautiful country! I really think you guys are the best to learn language...You even speak english better than some people from England or the States :D :D

maratski
12-09-2003, 08:02 AM
Holland is a country that gets most of its money through export. To be successfull in it I think you have to learn languages and that's what we do. We get thought English from an early age and then we learn French and German too. In college you can also learn Spanish, depending on what you're studying. As long as you do your best you can indeed get rid of the dutch accent when learning another language ;)
I didn't know you've been to Holland before. What places have you visited?

Catsou
12-09-2003, 05:29 PM
Oh thanks for the info on Holland...this is so great that you can learn so much language when you're at school..Too bad they don't do that here...I always though that young Europen students are so much more educated than North American ones...

Yep I've been in Holland once, but unfortunatly It was a very short trip cause I was travelling around Europe.

So I visited some friends in Amsterdam and around the city but I did not have the chance to travel in the countryside wich looks so beautiful from our train windows *wink* I had other friends which were waiting for us in London so I couldn't stay longer...it's a pity cause I really enjoy your country.

And I really like the people there ...they are sooooooo nice, I really want to go back and visited more outside the cities. I'll go back for shure. My brother was there last year and he also really enjoyed he stay!

Kiara
12-09-2003, 05:59 PM
Alex where are you from?
I went to Holland when i was very young i dont remember much, I got lost in the airport and couldnt find my mom so I sat on the bench and waited for her to find me and some strange man dressed like a clown came over to me and gave me a giant pencil...thats all i remember- but i hope to return someday so that i will be able to reminisce about more than just an airport and a strange clown...I still have the Giant pencil btw ;)

Catsou
12-09-2003, 06:12 PM
I'm from Canada and it's freaaaaaaaaking cold today about -25 C. LOL and I'm still going for a walk to find some Christmas gifts I must be crazy...or just used to it LOL

Shadow
12-09-2003, 08:12 PM
ommmggg :eek: -25 C? bbbrrrr! how can you survive!? ;) lol, i never lived it as cold as that ... only like - 10 C. And here it is like -3 C at the moment and i`m freezing like mad :p

Catsou
12-10-2003, 01:26 AM
Are you kidding Andrea LOL -3C. it's nothing it's like spring for us LOL
Ok I really gonna make you scare.....My late grand-mother was living in the North some Christmas we were going outside for some winter sports and it was almost -45 C. We got the same weather than Russia *wink* something I have in common with Marat LOL LOL LOL

Trust me you better get well dress...but at the same time when you are well dress you fell ok cause it's a really dry weather so you don't feel the cold .......Can I tell you something all my friends who has been traveling in Europe during winter time said they never was so cold...cause it's pretty humid and the house are not constructed for the cold weather like ours....Trust me it's not so bad you really get used to it.....:D :D :D Actually I really like winter time :D

maratski
12-10-2003, 11:39 AM
You have a nice view usually when sitting in the train here ;)
Amsterdam has a great atmosphere and we all love it :)

It's cool that you travelled around Europe. There's still lots of places in Europe that I would love to visit myself.

And I thought 2 degrees C was cold ;)
I would die at -45C :eek:

maratski
12-10-2003, 11:40 AM
I might go out and look for Marat to keep me warm though....;)

maratski
12-10-2003, 11:41 AM
I've actually never seen clowns at the airport ;)

Shadow
12-10-2003, 12:05 PM
LOL Alex, yeah i guess its a question of beeing used to it or not ;)
Though i can never imagine beeing that cold ... - 45 C is indeed scary :p

So you are wearing like 2 trousers, 3 pullovers and 2 jackets to keep warm!?... lol ;)

I like winter too :D Just keeping warm!!! :lick:

Shadow
12-10-2003, 12:07 PM
I might go out and look for Marat to keep me warm though....;)

thats indeed a nice option :p