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Kiara
01-11-2004, 05:21 PM
This is the AO thread btw...I just thought I'd give it a funky title ;)

Aurora
01-11-2004, 05:27 PM
:D Maybe you're overdoing it.... but I like it! :devil:

Cris
01-11-2004, 05:28 PM
I liked! :cool:
That's the spirit! ;)

BelgianWaffle
01-11-2004, 05:43 PM
...until retirement.. and beyond! :angel:

Go marat win Oz Open! :banana:
(and while you're at it give roddick the spanking of his life) :devil:

Kiara
01-11-2004, 05:48 PM
:D Maybe you're overdoing it.... but I like it! :devil:

that was le point ;)

Kiara
01-11-2004, 05:54 PM
Go marat win Oz Open! :banana:
(and while you're at it give roddick the spanking of his life) :devil:

maybe this should be the title of the thread :lol:

Shadow
01-11-2004, 05:56 PM
:lol: no jinx please :p

GO MARAT!!!! KICK SOME ASS!!!

maratski
01-11-2004, 06:05 PM
nice title ;)

davai marat

Shadow
01-11-2004, 06:19 PM
I`m nervous about the draw. I think it will come out on Wednesday.

Kiara
01-11-2004, 06:19 PM
I thought it was friday?

Cris
01-11-2004, 06:21 PM
Any chance of Marat play against Andy in 1st round?

Kiara
01-11-2004, 06:25 PM
Actually that is highly probably seeing as Marat is 77 in the world and Andy is 1, acually Marat could draw against any of the top 10 seeds...pleasedontbeCoriapleasedontbeCoria

Kiara
01-11-2004, 06:27 PM
my dream opponent for Marat would be.... Grosjean

Cris
01-11-2004, 06:29 PM
Hope he has a good draw. We'll see... ;)

maratski
01-11-2004, 06:35 PM
I also heard the draw will be out on friday.

I'm curious too ;)

Shadow
01-11-2004, 06:41 PM
ops, okay then Friday ;)

yeah he can draw anyone... it can be good, it can be bad, it can be anything.

Jessi
01-11-2004, 09:26 PM
:woohoo:

bril title, kiara! Love it! :rocker:

DAVAI MARAT! :bounce:

Ma. Estefania
01-12-2004, 01:13 AM
LOL.....good one, Kiara. ;)

Shadow
01-12-2004, 11:52 AM
Marat training in Melbourne today --> (look at the muscles:D )

Shadow
01-12-2004, 11:53 AM
2.

Shadow
01-12-2004, 11:53 AM
3.

Shadow
01-12-2004, 11:54 AM
4.

Shadow
01-12-2004, 11:55 AM
5.

Kiara
01-12-2004, 11:58 AM
ooooohhh

Kiara
01-12-2004, 12:00 PM
the 2nd pic is kinda scary :tape:

Kiara
01-12-2004, 12:00 PM
Danke Andy :kiss:

Shadow
01-12-2004, 12:02 PM
scrary? no way :p

its normal when you hit that its like this ;)

maratski
01-12-2004, 12:09 PM
It's getting hot in herre.....;)

maratski
01-12-2004, 12:10 PM
keep practising shirtless Marat, good boy! ;)

maratgirl
01-12-2004, 12:14 PM
omg he really has practised hard!! look at all those muscless he is going to overpower them there in Australia :D

boom, boom Safin!! :p

Kiara
01-12-2004, 12:17 PM
scrary? no way :p

its normal when you hit that its like this ;)

but all those veins...

maratski
01-12-2004, 12:20 PM
I think you've never studied Marat carefully enough Kiara ;)

Kiara
01-12-2004, 12:24 PM
pffffffttt :p it's possible

maratski
01-12-2004, 12:26 PM
It's ok, there's even things I still notice about him ;)

Kiara
01-12-2004, 12:32 PM
Like how his veins pop out? :tape:

maratgirl
01-12-2004, 12:41 PM
his veins are fine to me ;)

Cris
01-12-2004, 01:55 PM
:lick: :drool:
Thanks Andrea! :kiss:

tall_one
01-12-2004, 02:02 PM
those lovely marat pictures are heavenly! http://www.newmommie.com/images/smilies/cloud9.gif

thanks andrea!

Catsou
01-12-2004, 02:55 PM
:hearts: @ those pics it is indeed getting hot in here ! Wow I never saw him fit like that !

Shadow
01-12-2004, 04:50 PM
yeah he really worked hard in the off season to get as fit :D :bounce:

Ma. Estefania
01-12-2004, 06:07 PM
Very good pics....then he's already at Melbourne. :)

Good and clever boy...he's a step before than the others. :p

Jessi
01-12-2004, 09:02 PM
PHWOAR!!! :drool: :lick:

Fantastic pix! Thanks Andrea! :kiss:

Jessi
01-12-2004, 09:02 PM
I just have to say Getty images rock! :worship:

Kiara
01-12-2004, 09:07 PM
:wavey: hi jessi!

Jessi
01-12-2004, 09:13 PM
:wavey: Kiara! :wazzup:

Kiara
01-12-2004, 09:14 PM
hey jessi do you wanna join me and Alex on msn?

Jessi
01-12-2004, 09:29 PM
i'd love to kiara but i don't have an msn account

Kiara
01-12-2004, 09:30 PM
get one girl!!!pronto

Jessi
01-12-2004, 09:32 PM
lol, ok :p

Kiara
01-12-2004, 09:35 PM
jessi you have a pm

Jessi
01-12-2004, 09:41 PM
*scampers to her inbox*

Catsou
01-12-2004, 09:42 PM
Jessi :wavey: Are you coming we are waiting for ya girl :D

Jessi
01-12-2004, 09:46 PM
waiting where? lol

Sorry but i don't know how msn works :o

Kiara
01-12-2004, 09:48 PM
have you downloaded it?

Jessi
01-12-2004, 09:49 PM
you didn't give me the link, Kiara

Kiara
01-12-2004, 09:51 PM
i thought i did..........sorry!! try this http://messenger.msn.com/

Jessi
01-12-2004, 09:56 PM
Thanks, i'm downloading it now. What do i do after its done?

Kiara
01-12-2004, 10:04 PM
install it and where it says contacts, click and add Alex's and my e mail addresses

Jessi
01-12-2004, 10:06 PM
geez, its taking forever to download.. only 30% completed so far

Kiara
01-12-2004, 10:07 PM
jessi do you have a hotmail account?

Catsou
01-12-2004, 10:08 PM
LOL Jessi what kind of internet connection you have girl.....

If you have any question let us know...Kiara seems really good to give explanation !

Jessi
01-12-2004, 10:10 PM
no, i have to set one up. Too lazy to do it right now but i'll do it later tonight.

Kiara
01-12-2004, 10:11 PM
ooh ok then ......hope to see you online when you do !

Jessi
01-12-2004, 10:11 PM
half way there...50% completed... :rolleyes:

Jessi
01-12-2004, 10:14 PM
Alex, a very slooooow connection.. we really have to upgrade :rolleyes:

Catsou
01-12-2004, 10:15 PM
LOl Jessi we are still there waiting for ya :lol:

Jessi
01-12-2004, 10:21 PM
progress update: 80% downloaded...

tall_one
01-12-2004, 10:24 PM
LOL Jessi, is this file huge or is your computer that old and slow?

Catsou
01-12-2004, 10:27 PM
Nicki you are also welcome to join the fun if you want...You do have msn don't you?

tall_one
01-12-2004, 10:28 PM
Jeff does, i'll just use his account ;)

Catsou
01-12-2004, 10:29 PM
LOL girl you just have to open one with your addy...it takes a sec!

Kiara
01-12-2004, 10:31 PM
nicki just use the link i posted above and download it

tall_one
01-12-2004, 10:33 PM
nay I'll just use Jeff's I'm too lazy to set up one of my own:)
Okay I've never used this...jeff's id is fuzwadd, don't I need to know your ladies usernames????

Kiara
01-12-2004, 10:35 PM
lol yeah ugh im too lazy to pm - kiaralieuran@hotmail.com

Jessi
01-12-2004, 10:36 PM
Download Complete! Hallelujah! :rolleyes:

Kiara, i installed it but it says i have to restart my comp inorder for the configuration to work and i don't want to restart yet. I'll do it tonight, ok.

Kiara
01-12-2004, 10:39 PM
yay jessi!!!!!!!!!!!!
aw ok then , im probably gonna sleep in a while so ill chat to you later then :sad:
nicki and Alex are here....

Jessi
01-13-2004, 02:01 AM
Kiara and Alex - i've added you guys to my msn list :bounce: You too, Ilhame :kiss:

Jessi
01-13-2004, 02:02 AM
here's my addy: msfan83@hotmail.com

Vass
01-13-2004, 04:35 AM
mind if I add you guys too?

Jessi
01-13-2004, 05:22 AM
not at all

i'll add you as well Vass :kiss:

Catsou
01-13-2004, 06:25 AM
mind if I add you guys too?
you can add my addy Safinou ;)

Vass
01-13-2004, 06:45 AM
Thanks

maratski
01-13-2004, 09:04 AM
Not at all Vass, I like chatting with you all :)

Aurora
01-13-2004, 11:50 AM
OH MY GOD @ those pictures!!! finally a good look at the tattoo too ... it looks way better than those dayz pictures suggested!

Shadow
01-13-2004, 11:56 AM
more pics from yesterday -->

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/14298057.jpg

Shadow
01-13-2004, 11:56 AM
http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/14298060.jpg

Shadow
01-13-2004, 11:56 AM
http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/14298062.jpg

Vass
01-13-2004, 12:06 PM
No matter what Marat is still skinny! The muscles are there, but the space between them is empty!

Cris
01-13-2004, 12:57 PM
He looks great! ;)
Thanks Andrea! :kiss:

Iza
01-13-2004, 12:58 PM
No matter what Marat is still skinny! The muscles are there, but the space between them is empty!

:lol:

maratski
01-13-2004, 01:25 PM
I see what you mean Vass ;)

Aurora
01-13-2004, 03:29 PM
*still not getting over the fact how little bodyhair he has

and yeah there is indeed nothing inbetween those muscles, in dutch we call it "being sharp". but you gotta keep some reserves to pull out those long, hard-fought matches... makes me wonder what the average fat-percentage is of tennisplayers and of Marat in particular. anyone knows?

Kiara
01-13-2004, 04:47 PM
*picks self up from the floor*
lol looking at Marat Ill say probably -3 :lol:

maratski
01-13-2004, 04:56 PM
Actually the little bodyhair is like the first thing I noticed about him ;)

maratgirl
01-13-2004, 06:18 PM
I don't like guys with a lot of bodyhair yaikes!!

Jessi
01-13-2004, 09:59 PM
ohhh...more yummy pics! Thanks Andrea.

Jessi
01-13-2004, 10:01 PM
I don't like guys with a lot of bodyhair yaikes!!

lol, same here. A little bodyhair is ok but excessive body hair a la Pete is just nasty ;)

maratski
01-14-2004, 08:34 AM
pete is a physical nightmare ;)

Aurora
01-14-2004, 08:53 AM
Actually the little bodyhair is like the first thing I noticed about him ;)

me too, but still can't get over it... :cool:

Cris
01-14-2004, 08:56 AM
Pete :eek:

Cris
01-14-2004, 08:58 AM
For me, Marat is perfect. ;)

maratski
01-14-2004, 09:50 AM
He is perfect for everyone Cris ;)

Cris
01-14-2004, 10:05 AM
We have a great taste. ;)

maratski
01-14-2004, 10:08 AM
We sure do ;)

Kiara
01-14-2004, 12:17 PM
pete is a physical nightmare ;)
pete looks like a carpet!

Cris
01-14-2004, 12:49 PM
:lol: Kiara! It's true!

Vass
01-14-2004, 01:07 PM
Pete's ok still. The best UAE player (he sucks) has hair on his back and back of the neck.

maratski
01-14-2004, 02:08 PM
Do you mean Omar Bahrouzeyan or whatever his name is? He's so ugly :eek:

Vass
01-14-2004, 03:03 PM
Wow you even know his name! I'm impreessed twice.

Ma. Estefania
01-14-2004, 03:17 PM
The best UAE player (he sucks) has hair on his back and back of the neck.

YUCK! Thanx God I don't even know who is he, and don't know how does he look like.... :angel:

Vass
01-14-2004, 03:19 PM
I can get a scan

Cris
01-14-2004, 03:25 PM
worse than Sampras? :eek:
I need to see this. :p

maratski
01-14-2004, 06:54 PM
Vass when I watch the dubai tournament on EDTV sports they show him all the time

Vass
01-14-2004, 06:59 PM
Not longer than 1 day though...He only gets a wild card and loses

maratski
01-14-2004, 07:06 PM
They always interview him and stuff :rolleyes:

Those peeps in Dubai have so much money and I really don't understand why they don't invest more in tennis there.

Vass
01-14-2004, 07:17 PM
the peopel watch only football, and cricket. But., there is such a huge no. of tennis courts.

maratski
01-14-2004, 08:10 PM
I don't understand them. I know soccer is very popular there, but they suck at it too. Actually they suck in all sports, except power boats cause they're the only ones doing it ;)

Ma. Estefania
01-14-2004, 10:17 PM
LOL@Ilhame....that's harsh, but true. ;)

Jessi
01-15-2004, 04:37 AM
no new pics of Marat practicing sans shirt? ;)

maratski
01-15-2004, 08:36 AM
marat has been out of the picture since monday. I guess he's still on vacation ;)

Cris
01-15-2004, 12:52 PM
:lol: Ilhame. Miss new pics too. ;)

Cris
01-15-2004, 11:22 PM
Marat will face Brian Vahaly in the 1st round.

Go Marat! :bounce:

snoop
01-15-2004, 11:50 PM
Marat is in 2nd half of 1st quarter



Andy Roddick USA (1) vs. Fernando Gonzalez CHI :devil: Go Gonzo
Bohdan Ulihrach CZE vs. Lars Burgsmuller GER
Irakli Labadze GEO vs. Juan Ignacio Chela ARG
Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA vs. Taylor Dent USA (27)

Younes El Aynaoui MAR (18) vs. Galo Blanco ESP
Jurgen Melzer AUT vs. Tomas Behrend GER
David Ferrer ESP vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Sjeng Schalken NED (16)

-------

Nicolas Massu CHI (12) vs. Jarkko Nieminen FIN
Marat Safin RUS vs. Brian Vahaly USA
Anthony Dupuis FRA vs. Todd Martin USA
Ivo Karlovic CRO vs. Mardy Fish USA (21)

Arnaud Clement FRA (30) vs. Nikolay Davydenko RUS
Qualifier vs. Igor Andreev RUS
Oscar Hernandez ESP vs. Nicolas Lapentti ECU
James Blake USA vs. Carlos Moya ESP (7) :o



--> DRAW (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/r1s1.html)

Kiara
01-15-2004, 11:58 PM
oh Brian Vahaly!!!!this is even better than a qualifier!!!!

Cris
01-16-2004, 12:08 AM
Thanks snoop! :)

Vamos Gonzo! :devil:

Vamos Marat! :bounce:

JeLuliA88
01-16-2004, 12:44 AM
Marat should make it to the 4th round no problem...

Jessi
01-16-2004, 05:14 AM
*breathes sigh of relief* Nice draw. He really does have a favorable draw considering his ranking. Bout time he had some luck come his way.
The top seeds have tougher draws than Marat :lol: cept for Andre how got another cakewalk draw :rolleyes:

GO MARAT!!! :bounce:

Jessi
01-16-2004, 05:17 AM
Danke snoop for posting the draw! :kiss:

Jessi
01-16-2004, 06:12 AM
Excerpt from an article:

Mighty Marat Safin, the former world number one whose ranking has plummeted into the 70s after a year out with injury, plays American Brian Vahaly in round one.

Runner-up here in 2002, Safin could then meet Chilean 12th seed Nicolas Massu in round two.

On form, the Russian is unstoppable and the entire top quarter including Roddick, Younes El Aynaoui and Moya will hope someone can apply the brakes on him before he builds up a head of steam.

Vass
01-16-2004, 07:28 AM
Why don't you people not worry about Massu at all? He is the no.12.

Jessi
01-16-2004, 07:31 AM
whats the point of worrying?

Jessi
01-16-2004, 07:33 AM
Massu might not even make it past first round

Vass
01-16-2004, 07:34 AM
there's no point in worrying, just like there's no point in crying when something happens to a relative. These things just come. I'm worried that Marat might not handle him.

Jessi
01-16-2004, 07:42 AM
lets hope he can handle Vahaly before we worry about massu

maratski
01-16-2004, 08:12 AM
The draw is good for him :)
IF he makes it to the 2nd round I assume he'll play Jarkko who is in form, but I'm taking it one round at a time.

allusion
01-16-2004, 08:30 AM
Marat should make it to the 4th round no problem...


Well - fingers & toes crossed!!!

Aurora
01-16-2004, 08:32 AM
I just caused a bit of an upset here in the pc-room at the university cause I let out a big WOOHOO seeing the AO draw. :o Very nice indeed!
But Ilhame is sensible: 1 round at a time, don't look any further (but it's so hard, I want him to do good this year so bad)

allusion
01-16-2004, 08:38 AM
Maybe it's a sign that good luck & fortune are on his side, I mean being unseeded he could have so easily gotten somebody like Agassi or what not in the first round, but thank goodness that was not the case.

&you need not worry about causing a slight upset, it's worth it for the Marat love and pride :)

And I am with you 101% when you say "I want him to do good this year so bad."

Cris
01-16-2004, 08:43 AM
It's was a big relief Marat won't play a top 10 in the 1st round. :) It's not a easy draw, but good for him.
Agassi... 'piece of cake' draw. :rolleyes:
Moya vs. Blake... interesting match to watch. ;)
Hope ESPN show it.
Gonzo, after Marat, it's the other player who can make my week. ;)

allusion
01-16-2004, 08:52 AM
Moya vs. Blake... interesting match to watch.

That is true, it's probably the most interesting of the first round matches. Quite unfortunate for James though, to come up against Moya in the first round! He (James) did a lot of prep. though, winning Hopman Cup & all, despite being beaten early in Sydney. I am tipping Moya to win though, considering his form currently - in the finals at the Adidas International :)

Shadow
01-16-2004, 11:42 AM
the draw looks pretty ok :) he can definetly reach the 4rth round :D Go marat!!!

Gonzo vs. Roddick is gonna be interesting :devil:

Ma. Estefania
01-16-2004, 12:53 PM
Vahaly? Not bad for Marat at all.

Feña ag. Roddick????! Arggghhh :mad: I'm so mad that Feña lost some places last year and now he's gotta go through this. :(

Shadow
01-16-2004, 12:55 PM
wait until the match is played;) Gonzo is not chanceless, not at all.

maratski
01-16-2004, 02:21 PM
I play a prediction game on another board and I had to predict the outcome of matches starting from the 4th round. My final predictions were Safin-Nalbandian with Safin winning :o

Kiara
01-16-2004, 03:46 PM
Ilhame is right, lets just hope he gets past Brian for now ;)

Aurora
01-16-2004, 08:26 PM
Damn I just realized I'm probably not gonna see him play on the AO... :sobbing: Dutch television shows the evening matches and I don't see them putting him there before at least 4th round :confused: ... go deep in the tournament Marat, pleaaaaase

BelgianWaffle
01-16-2004, 08:33 PM
oh lookie here a fellow belgian marat fan! ;) :wavey:
I don't think we'll see a lot of Marat as belgian television will probably only broadcast reruns of the women's matches that were played during the night. Unless marat would make it to SF or something ;)

Jessi
01-17-2004, 07:49 AM
Monday's OOP is out and Marat's match is 4th on MCA.


10:00 AM Start
1. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Chris Guccione (AUS) vs. Alun Jones (AUS)
followed by:
2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs. Silvija Talaja (CRO)
3. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)[9] vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
4. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marat Safin (RUS) vs. Brian Vahaly (USA)

Jessi
01-17-2004, 07:49 AM
Good luck Marat!!!

Jessi
01-17-2004, 07:51 AM
Hewitt on Marat:

Hewitt said there were a lot of "dangerous floaters" in the draw and he wouldn't be looking past the first round.

"You look at a guy like [Marat] Safin - he's not 77 in the world or whatever he is. He's a top-10 player," Hewitt said.

Cris
01-17-2004, 09:12 AM
Nice quote! :)
Thanks Jessi! :kiss:

Aurora
01-17-2004, 11:17 AM
oh lookie here a fellow belgian marat fan! ;) :wavey:
I don't think we'll see a lot of Marat as belgian television will probably only broadcast reruns of the women's matches that were played during the night. Unless marat would make it to SF or something ;)

:wavey: Weep with me :sobbing: I've just checked my tv-magazine and Ned2 isn't broadcasting the Aus except 1 hour-summaries.... And to think I just have to drive like an hour or so to get into an area that receives Eurosport unscrambled... :bigcry:

Sorry, ignore this whining

Shadow
01-17-2004, 11:34 AM
thanks Jessi.

i was hoping he plays Tuesday because of my exam ;( :( Anyway GO MARAT! :bounce:

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Shadow
01-17-2004, 11:35 AM
I`m sorry for you lilly.

Anyway Marat plays at the lower courts in his first matches so theres no big chance to see his matches on tv anyway :sad:

maratgirl
01-17-2004, 11:47 AM
damn it!! but I hope they will at least show a little bit. so I didn't buy for nop all those videos :p

Shadow
01-17-2004, 11:52 AM
Mighty Marat Safin, the former world number one whose ranking has plummeted into the 70s after a year out with injury, plays American Brian Vahaly in round one.

Runner-up here in 2002, Safin could then meet Chilean 12th seed Nicolas Massu in round two.

On form, the Russian is unstoppable and the entire top quarter including Roddick, Younes El Aynaoui and Moya will hope someone can apply the brakes on him before he builds up a head of steam.

Shadow
01-17-2004, 11:53 AM
Excitement ahead
Saturday, January 17, 2004

At any Grand Slam, there are first-round matches of extreme interest that help set the tone for the following two weeks.

The early focus at Australian Open 2004 will be on a number of seeds who have drawn difficult first-round opponents.

At the top of the draw, No.1 seed Andy Roddick faces Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, who has made two Grand Slam quarter-finals in the past two years and has a much-feared game.

Look for a magnificent forehand that can clock winners from all over the court at a fearsome pace - although on a mediocre day that can be his Achilles' heel. Gonzalez is also a very passionate player, who isn't averse to displaying his emotions as the match ebbs and flows.

Without a doubt, this is a guy who could put any player - even the world No.1 - on the back foot, and meeting at the start of the tournament means that Roddick will have to bring his 'A' game on day one.

As far as Australian interest is concerned, Mark Philippoussis, seeded No.10, has drawn former champion Thomas Johansson, who is making his return to Melbourne Park for the first time since capturing the title in 2002.

Whilst Thomas perhaps needs more matches to find the sort of form that took him to the title, he will undoubtedly enjoy walking out at the scene of his previous triumph, giving him an extra boost of adrenalin for the encounter.

Mark will probably also be riding a wave of emotion after his last performance at Melbourne Park, his stunning Davis Cup-sealing victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero just six weeks ago.

All things considered, I give Flip the edge, taking into account recent match results and the obvious home crowd advantage.

If you want to follow the most enticing of the other first-round clashes, look out for No.7 seed Carlos Moya's showdown with James Blake, headline-grabbing Greg Rusedski taking on seeded Spaniard Albert Costa, surprise French Open finalist and No.17 Martin Verkerk against Alex Corretja and the battle between two dangerous floaters, Xavier Malisse and Karol Kucera, with the winner to become Lleyton Hewitt's second-round opponent.

Three other players that I see as potential 'spoilers' are David Nalbandian, Taylor Dent and Marat Safin.

Nalbandian, the No.8 seed, is extremely solid from the baseline, the pace of the court suits him, has a decent draw and a good record against the seeds in his path. The only question I have is whether he can survive two weeks of solid matchplay after a wrist injury kept him out of Adelaide.

Dent, the No.27 seed, is one of the sharpest volleyers in the game. His trademark is all-out aggression, never wanting to stay too long on the baseline.

A possible third-round clash with Roddick is something I hope materializes. Take note: Dent has beaten Roddick in 2003. A question mark is his ability to stay fully fit throughout a grueling Grand Slam event.

Safin, on the comeback trail from a severely interrupted 2003 campaign, is a great player with power and mobility, is a Grand Slam winner and has the draw to build up some momentum on the way to a potential round-of-16 encounter with Moya. The drawbacks for the Russian are limited lead-up matches and his testy temperament.

Shadow
01-17-2004, 11:54 AM
Agassi Looking the Favorite at Australian Open

By Richard Vach

While he is seeded fourth behind world No. 1 Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero, Andre Agassi has established himself during the first two weeks of the year as the favorite for next week's Australian Open.

The defending Aussie Open champion pummeled Federer this week at the Kooyong exhibition, causing the Swiss to question why bookmakers would have him ahead of the American in the odds. The match was a turnaround from the last time the two met, when Federer was at the top of his game and took Agassi apart in the final of the year-end Masters Cup.

"You know, you have to take your chances against Roger because he has such a feel for the game and has such great weapons," Agassi said after the Kooyong win. "You can't hope for better preparation than this, to play the world's best players coming into the first grand slam of the year."

While Federer used the holiday off-season to unwind from a brilliant 2003 that included the Wimbledon and Masters Cup titles, Agassi hit the weight room and ran the hills of Las Vegas in his patented off-season routine that has jump-started his early-season effort a number of times, such as last year when he won four of the first five tournaments he played.

Agassi will likely be helped along by the rash of injuries to players entering Melbourne, including two Top 10 threats in Guillermo Coria (abdominal muscle) and David Nalbandian (wrist). The No. 3-seeded Ferrero has played one tour match this year, extending his losing streak from 2003 to 0-7. The Melbourne heat will make the two-week event a battle of fitness, with all eyes on Agassi, who gives 10 years or more to many of his opponents in the draw.

Here is a look at the Top 10 threats entering next week's Australian Open:

TOP 10 AUSSIE OPEN MEN'S PICKS
1. Andre Agassi
The 33-year-old defending four-time champ put in his standard brutal off-season regiment with trainer Gil Reyes and has looked in top form at the Kooyong exo. "I think it just sort of proves to me that the pieces are in place. You still need to execute but this gives you the reassurance that you're ready to get the (Aussie Open) tournament started. I base it on just how I feel with my game and what I'm doing out there.

2. Carlos Moya
The 1997 Aussie Open runner-up has yet to lose a match this year, with a title in Chennai and a semifinal run thus far this week at Sydney. The Spaniard has the hardcourt tools and lots of confidence. "It is the most important thing, being confident. You win matches even without playing great tennis. That's because of the confidence. Now I'm playing really well. I was lucky in Chennai. In the second round, I was match point down. But I won that match. Since then I have played very solid tennis."

3. Roger Federer
Has looked horrible at the Kooyong exo this week, and is not battle-tough after skipping the first two weeks of ATP events. "I was surprised to read it (that he is favored by the betting houses over Agassi) because his hardcourt record is better than mine...I still need to prove myself a little bit more on these hardcourts." When asked what he is displeased about with his game, he said "everything." Wrong answer. Fed is a confidence-riding competitor, so it doesn't look good.

4. Lleyton Hewitt
The former No. 1 has looked strong this week in Sydney, and seems to have the fire that was lacking in 2003. After his year-end Davis Cup triumph, the Aussie said he could see himself rising to the top spot again in 2004, and Melbourne is the title he covets most.

5. Andy Roddick
Not saying A-Rod won't win another slam in 2004, just likely not this one. Roddick has not looked great during the first couple weeks of the year, and players are getting a handle on staying further back on his serve and working the backhand. A Melbourne title would make the A-Rod Media Blitz unstoppable.

6. Dominik Hrbaty
The Dominator winning the Aussie Open? Who thought Thomas Johansson would win in 2002, or Petr Korda in 1998 after 14 consecutive years of No. 1 or former No. 1-ranked title winners? The Slovak has a nasty ground game, and his quarterfinal effort in 2001 gave him a taste of late-round competition. Stop laughing.

7. Tim Henman
The British No. 1 missed the tournament last year with injury but has been in excellent form since winning the TMS-Paris at the end of 2003. Timbledon has yet to reach a QF in Melbourne, but a breakthrough could be nigh if he can stand the Melbourne heat.

8. Juan Carlos Ferrero
The way we look at it, an 0-7 losing streak could be the perfect no-pressure preparation for the Spaniard to make a run. The US Open runner-up effort last year was no fluke, and the tacky Aussie Open hardcourts should be to The Mosquito's liking.

9. Mark Philippoussis
All the tools, but none of the brains. Flipper is more than qualified to hold up the Aussie Open hardware, if he can conquer the big-match jitters and jettison some of that poor shot selection during big points that has lost many a match.

10. Marat Safin
Wouldn't that be a story, stealing the Aussie title after a long lay-off with the bum wrist? Safin has looked sharp in some pre-Aussie Open exos, so if the fitness is there and the wrist can hold up to seven best-of-five matches in two weeks, why not? Stranger things have happened Down Under.

Cris
01-17-2004, 11:58 AM
:hug: lilly

I'm not sure if I'll be here on monday. :sad: have to work. But I'll try. Hope ESPN be nice and show his match. :)

Thanks Andrea for the article and quotes. :kiss:

Cris
01-17-2004, 11:59 AM
Andrea, cute cheerleaders! :)

Aurora
01-17-2004, 12:32 PM
Thanks everybody! I comfort myself I'll see every step of Justine on her way to another trophy in all of her "great, close and challenging matches" ;)

DAVAI Marat all the way to the final!!!!!!! Really like the fact everybody includes him in their forecasts, he's surrounded by a fog of mystery, nobody really knows where he's at and I bet they're all scared to death! :devil:

Kiara
01-17-2004, 12:52 PM
can someone please chanage the title of this thread to something more feasible........it's starting to annoy me .....

Kiara
01-17-2004, 12:57 PM
.....dont mind me im just in a funk coz im sleep deprived and deeply regretting being tipsy and wagering on Nadal :rolleyes:........i'll never bet on anyone again!....actually I take that back, Nadal did make me a couple of quid this week, damn you Dominator!!....

Kiara
01-17-2004, 12:58 PM
Do any of you guys bet??

Kiara
01-17-2004, 01:47 PM
Marat is playing same time as Moya and Blake? Greeeaaaat....I probably wont get to see him till the quarters ;)

Kiara
01-17-2004, 02:09 PM
can someone please chanage the title of this thread to something more feasible........it's starting to annoy me .....
thats ok I did it myself :p this one is more pertinent to the task at hand :p

Shadow
01-17-2004, 02:22 PM
Kiara :lol:

i love the new title !!!! please keep it now through the whole tourney ok ;) (no changes anymore)

Shadow
01-17-2004, 02:23 PM
Do any of you guys bet??

i never do

Vass
01-17-2004, 02:49 PM
I can't even predict results for free, the betting is too much for me.

merle
01-17-2004, 03:10 PM
Good to see that you don't bet, it can become an addiction, you know! :sad:

Kiara
01-17-2004, 03:13 PM
yeah well take it from me- dont!!! it's addictive!
Last night was my first major loss, but more often then not ive come up trumps

Kiara
01-17-2004, 03:14 PM
Kiara :lol:

i love the new title !!!! please keep it now through the whole tourney ok ;) (no changes anymore)

lol, ok- i like it too . ;)

Kiara
01-17-2004, 03:24 PM
Andrea, he can Dominate Mens Tennis Untill Retirement some other day....for now he bitch-slap Brian Vahaly and Ill be happy :)

Vass
01-17-2004, 03:55 PM
for now he bitch-slap Brian Vahaly and Ill be happy :)
How bitchy can we get when you want him to win! ;)

Kiara
01-17-2004, 04:03 PM
lol well Vahaly isnt worthy of a man-sized punch, you get what you deserve, hence the "bitch-slap" part...

Jessi
01-17-2004, 06:56 PM
Kiara, LOVE the new title!! You're a genius! :worship:

Jessi
01-17-2004, 06:59 PM
Safin decides to get serious
January 18, 2004


Marat Safin's raw talent helped to take him to the world No. 1 ranking and he is hoping hard work will put him there again.
Picture: Vince Caligiuri

Marat Safin may be this year's player to watch, reports Linda Pearce.

Marat Safin has just finished a thunderous practice session overseen by his latest coach, part-time Russian tour player Denis Golovanov.

The performance is imposing, an effortless service action pounding one last basket of balls. Safin may be the world's 77th-ranked player, but he also intends to return to No. 1 before the year is out.

Which may sound optimistic, but Safin has never been one for restraint. The past season, in which he won only 12 matches in 23 tournaments, was the most difficult of his career. Safin spent months able only to rest and hope, waiting for his damaged left wrist to heal. No doubt he also enhanced his reputation for party-boy behaviour during his time away, but more significant is his post-sabbatical vow to change his erratic, undisciplined tennis ways.

Indeed, one former coach, Mats Wilander, has said that "if Marat had the head of Jim Courier, he would be unbeatable".

So, are we seeing the new, calm, committed Marat at last?

"I'm trying, I'm trying, I'm really trying," said Safin, whose 2002 Australian Open finals loss to Thomas Johansson was most notable for his busty blonde "entourage" and carefree - almost careless - demeanour. "I had six months off, so I've been talking to people, and they give me good advice, so at least I can understand a little bit myself and I can understand a little bit what I need to do.

"It has to work. I have no other option. I have been out for basically almost a year, so I have a lot of time to think about my life, about my tennis life, and make some good decisions and that's why I decided to prepare myself quite seriously for this year, because it's time.

"I'm going to be 24, so time to do something big, and life is moving, so you have to hurry up. Otherwise, it's going to be too late."

Safin will never be a Courier, or Lleyton Hewitt clone, and has only recently been struck by the radical idea of trying, really hard, until a match is over. Yet he is not one for if-onlys, despite his performance against Pete Sampras in the 2000 US Open final prompting the towering 20-year-old to be hailed as the prototype of the next generation. Somehow, more than three years later, the rising 24-year-old is still waiting for major No. 2.

"It comes with time. It's coming at a certain age, but for some people that's very early, and for some people that's 23, as it happens to me," said Safin of his new-found resolve. "But I also don't regret anything I did in the past. I mean, maybe I had to change something, but it was OK.

"You have to go through the periods of time, the periods of life, the directions. You have to find everything and put it in order."

Still, the present world order is horribly unflattering among a peer group that includes Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Hewitt. While Federer, Roddick and Ferrero won singles majors last year, and Hewitt led his country to a Davis Cup, Safin tumbled from No. 3 to 77th.

Injury was the major factor. The Russian arrived here last January fresh from his country's Davis Cup win, only to withdraw before his Sydney quarter-final with a shoulder injury, and then tear ligaments in his left wrist during his first match at Melbourne Park.

"Basically I was in great shape, I came here, I got injured and then all the year was screwed up," he said.

Safin tried twice to return to the court, but it was soon clear that a long break was needed, and the semi-final defeat of Ferrero in Barcelona on April 26 was his most recent tour victory. Five demoralising first-round losses prompted one last withdrawal, from the Paris Masters, to prepare for 2004.

Safin spent a solid month training in Monte Carlo under fitness adviser Walt Landers and Golovanov, his sixth coach in three years. "He's the person that he can travel with me for 42 weeks a year, he can be for me 24 hours available and he knows me since I was 12," Safin said.

Safin believes he belongs in the company of Roddick, Federer, Ferrero et al. "I think there will be times that they will beat me, that I will beat them, so it's going to be a competition like it was before with Becker, Sampras, Agassi."

Who, then, is the next Pete? Safin himself? "No, it's Federer. Federer I think is Sampras. He has the potential. He's very talented and he has more or less the same game. he needs more improve(ment), but he plays as nice as Pete. He is very talented, definitely. Very good hands, very good serve.

"But I think for me the most talented of all times was (Marcelo) Rios. But unfortunately he doesn't want to continue his tennis career, because when it's too easy for you, then it's boring."

The same, perhaps, could be said of Safin. "For me, tennis is not so easy," he insisted. "But I've been working really hard, I've put in a lot of time and a lot of dedication, and I'm trying to make it easier."

Iza
01-17-2004, 07:42 PM
he sounds serious. maybe too serious 4 him :D :p

Kiara
01-17-2004, 08:19 PM
Thanks Jessi, that was great! Wow after being dormant for so long, Im glad to' see him thirsting for sucess!
He's uncharacteristically solemn isnt he? he is right : his time is running out....sounds like he's adamant to get back to where he belongs, most guys would give their lives twice over to be half as talented as he is, Id hate to see him not fulfill his enormous potential...and Marat still even after 1 major and 11 singles titles still has potential to become even greater :D

maratski
01-17-2004, 08:53 PM
nice title :)

Cris
01-18-2004, 11:59 AM
Great Title! :yeah:

Thanks for the article Jessi! :kiss: a really serious and more ambitious Marat. I like it!

Shadow
01-18-2004, 12:36 PM
Very interesting article.

Amen to Kiara;)

Vass
01-18-2004, 03:25 PM
Do you guys get an inpression that these writers still don't get Marat? In each and every article I find something they say that I don't like.

BelgianWaffle
01-18-2004, 06:03 PM
I know exactly what you mean vass ;)
They all praise his talent and power but there's always a reference to his mental instability or when he tanked that match or the racket breaking :rolleyes:
I don't like this sentence: Safin will never be a Courier, or Lleyton Hewitt clone, and has only recently been struck by the radical idea of trying, really hard, until a match is over. :(

Vass
01-18-2004, 06:13 PM
I don't see a way the idea could be recent when he first(?) mentions it on the Letterman show in 2000? So this sentance is wrong by itself. :mad:
Propably the best article I ever read was the one where his fromer coaches speak about him and Federer. Don't remember what it's called. Maybe I'm wrong but, I think it was the only one were Marat wasn't scoffed at.

Jessi
01-18-2004, 06:19 PM
I get irritated by ariticles as well. I don't know they can't just write a fact-based straightforward article without injecting a snarky tone or reference into it. :mad: Guess that would be asking too much :rolleyes:

Jessi
01-18-2004, 06:23 PM
and the party boy behavior reference...don;t get me started :rolleyes:

Shadow
01-18-2004, 06:26 PM
well on Marat they find so much to write about and yeah also things which are NOT true, but it kind of got his image :(

allusion
01-18-2004, 10:42 PM
Quote article:

"Safin...has only recently been struck by the radical idea of trying, really hard, until a match is over."

Do I detect sarcasm?

:\

maratski
01-19-2004, 10:14 AM
We know better so let those stupid reporters say what they want :rolleyes:

Cris
01-19-2004, 10:17 AM
:yeah: Ilhame!

Marat won!!! :woohoo:

Kiara
01-19-2004, 10:41 AM
6-2,3-6,6-3,6-4
good win for Maratski, I didnt expect it to go to a fourth, and i didnt expect to find myself liking Vahaly a bit more.....he's got good groundies!
Good to see marat cranking out the aces!!!:D
the aussie crowd LOVE him, they were louder than at the Andy match!!!
*thrilled*

Kiara
01-19-2004, 10:43 AM
ooh and the red shirt- *drool*

maratski
01-19-2004, 10:55 AM
you watched?

Kiara
01-19-2004, 11:01 AM
yeah I did, you?

Kiara
01-19-2004, 11:02 AM
he plays Jarkko next, I think he'll be tougher, Jarkko is in form at the moment!

maratski
01-19-2004, 11:23 AM
I have a few minutes on tape from Eurosport, I'll watch it when I get home ;)

maratski
01-19-2004, 11:23 AM
From becca's board

17 January

Safin was hitting up with Ljubicic and they were both training very well, and the lack of screaming girls was a wonderful thing. Yes, there were one or two but not as many as there is going to be during the week. I like Safin, though those kind of fans are very annoying to say the least.

Shadow
01-19-2004, 11:34 AM
glad he won :yeah: :woohoo:

Shadow
01-19-2004, 11:49 AM
they showed a bit of his match on eurosport, ilhame? aaww GREAT! i taped all morning LOL, so i have to search the tape:.

snoop
01-19-2004, 11:50 AM
ANDREA, turn on your VCR, german eurosport will show Marat NOW

snoop
01-19-2004, 11:50 AM
mach schnell :p

Shadow
01-19-2004, 11:52 AM
:bounce: ES KOMMT JETZT!!! YAYYY!!!

snoop
01-19-2004, 11:52 AM
beeil dich husch husch ;) nach der werbung gehts los :bounce:

Shadow
01-19-2004, 11:53 AM
schon passiert ;) :bounce:

Shadow
01-19-2004, 12:39 PM
just saw the third and foruth set on eurosport:D Marat played good overall, just some concentration lacks and inconsistant. But he is going for his shots definetly, going to the net very often. Serve was good, especially saved many break points with aces and service winners.
And he looks really fit :yeah:
He seemed cool and quit overall ;)

Shadow
01-19-2004, 12:50 PM
Open-Resurgent Safin hungry for Open success
Mon 19 January, 2004 12:48


By Alastair Himmer

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A rejuvenated Marat Safin powered past American Brian Vahaly 6-2 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday.

The 2002 finalist, who has slipped to 86th in the world after an injury-plagued year, showed glimpses of the form that swept him to number one in the rankings just over three years ago.

The big-serving Russian took his game to another level after an incredible point set up a break in the seventh game of the third set, when Safin produced a sublime drop shot and followed it up with a lunging volley.

"I didn't come here just to make a couple of rounds and just be satisfied with being in the fourth round or whatever," said the 2000 U.S. Open champion.

"If I'm coming here, I will try to win it. I had a lot of months off the court but I still want to play...I want to be back and I want to finish the year (as) number one."

Safin, playing his first grand slam event since the 2003 Australian Open due to a persistent wrist injury, put himself through a punishing pre-season training regime in an effort to return in competitive shape.

"It's kind of tough... to put yourself and get the motivation back. But finally you get it and you don't want to let it go," said the Monaco-based Safin, who celebrates his 24th birthday on January 27.


HARD WORK

"I've been working hard for one and a half months and I hope I'll be paid somehow for... running all over the mountains and just pumping weights."

That intense preparation, he said, would be the key to challenging the elite players such as Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Roger Federer at the top of the men's game.

"There is no special formula for that," said Safin, who will play Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in the second round. "Being consistent. Who will be more consistent and who will be mentally tougher? Then you're going to end up number one."

Safin's Australian Open build-up paid dividends against Vahaly, ranked two places above Safin in the ATP rankings.

"It's difficult to make conclusions about my fitness, about my physical condition," said Safin. "But since the beginning of the year, I played four matches -- I won three and lost one, so basically I'm pretty calm."

Cris
01-19-2004, 12:59 PM
Thanks Andrea for the report and the article! :kiss:

Aurora
01-19-2004, 01:06 PM
oooo I so hope I can see some of him in the summary of Dutch television.
love it that he talks about winning and the nr1-spot, got my hopes up real high... I just pray that his wishes come true, he needs it!

and: "a sublime drop shot" :yippee: OAF!!!

maratski
01-19-2004, 01:15 PM
I only saw the last three games or so, but Marat looked fine out there. From what I saw he was serving well, going to the net regularly, he was mixing it up. Vahaly seemed to also play well from the baseline so it was wise to go to the net more often.

Other info ;)
Of all players wearing that hideous shirt I have to say Marat looks best in it. He shaved and I guess he also waxed. Those legs looked shiny ;)
He did get a little annoyed sometimes so he's not completely calm, but he never has been and never will be. It was nothing unusual.
When he won he signed for many fans and gave away his towels :)
That thing that players use for their strings to turn them, he kept it in his sock. You could see him bending everytime to grab it.

Finally ;)
Are my eyes deceiving me or are this year's shorts a bit shorter and more tight?

Shadow
01-19-2004, 01:21 PM
oh yep he was mixing it up very good :yeah:

Cris
01-19-2004, 01:21 PM
Now, I really want ESPN show his match! :)
He seems great... focus, determination... good to know! :) So Jarkko is the next 'victim', won't be easy. Go Marat!
Thanks Girls for your reports! :kiss:

maratski
01-19-2004, 01:26 PM
The match against Jarkko will be interesting. Jarkko's a talented player who has already pulled an upset and is looking to upset more people. Marat can beat him, but not easily I think.

Cris
01-19-2004, 01:31 PM
yes, I didn't expect Jarkko could beat Massu. He's in great form. This one has everything to be a great match.

Shadow
01-19-2004, 01:32 PM
Match Summary

Safin(RUS) | Vahaly(USA)

1st Serve % 68 of 117 = 58 % | 70 of 119 = 59 %

Aces 19 | 1

Double Faults 2 | 9

Unforced Errors 55 | 31

Winning % on 1st Serve 50 of 68 = 74 % | 47 of 70 = 67 %

Winning % on 2nd Serve 29 of 49 = 59 % | 24 of 49 = 49 %

Winners (Including Service) 64 | 25

Break Point Conversions 5 of 11 = 45 % | 2 of 8 = 25 %

Net Approaches 44 of 71 = 62 % | 7 of 11 = 64 %

Total Points Won 127 | 109

Fastest Serve 208 KPH | 177 KPH

Average 1st Serve Speed 192 KPH | 152 KPH

verage 2nd Serve Speed 148 KPH | 136 KPH

Shadow
01-19-2004, 01:32 PM
yeah it wont be easy.

Shadow
01-19-2004, 02:51 PM
SAFIN ON SONG

Marat Safin proved his class and his fitness as he beat unheralded American Brian Vahaly in four sets on Monday.

Safin fired down 19 aces and looked back to his very best as he raced to the opening set in just 24 minutes.

Vahaly hit back to level up in the next, but after that the Russian went through the gears and eventually ran out a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in an entertaining evening match that was fully appreciated by those courtside.

Cris
01-19-2004, 02:58 PM
:yeah: Nice article!

Vass
01-19-2004, 05:02 PM
From the interview:
"Q. About Kafelnikov, do you have news of him? Do you think he's going to come back on the tour?

MARAT SAFIN: No, quit. Guys, he quit. You will not see him anymore.

Q. Really?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, finished.

Q. He didn't announce it officially?

MARAT SAFIN: That's okay. He's Kafelnikov. He doesn't have to announce it.

Q. (Inaudible)?

MARAT SAFIN: 105.

Q. Sorry?

MARAT SAFIN: 105 kilos. It's a lot of kilos, huh?"

"that's ok. He's kafel..." :) :D :haha:

Jessi
01-19-2004, 10:20 PM
Yah! He won! :yippee: Good job, Marat! :smooch:

Next up, Nieminen. DAVAI MARAT!!!

Jessi
01-19-2004, 10:25 PM
Thanks for all the articles and match reports everyone! :kiss: Much appreciated! I didn't even see a snippet thanks to E*PN's pathetic and puke-worthy coverage. :mad: :fiery: :shout:

Jessi
01-19-2004, 10:28 PM
:haha: :haha:

‘Heavy’ Kafelnikov amuses Safin

Melbourne: Former world No.1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov has put on more than 20 kilograms and retired from tennis, Marat Safin said at the Australian Open on Monday.

Safin teased reporters that his Russian Davis Cup teammate Kafelnikov, whose career has been in limbo since October, would not be returning.

“Guys, Kafelnikov quit,” smiled Safin, who beat American Brian Vahaly 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round at Melbourne Park. “Finished. You will not see him anymore. He is 105 kilos now. It’s a lot of kilos, huh?”

Kafelnikov won the 1999 Australian Open and the 1996 French Open titles but the 29-year-old has been evasive about his future plans.

Ma. Estefania
01-19-2004, 10:31 PM
Good win and good job, Marat. :bigclap:

Jessi
01-19-2004, 10:32 PM
and he shaved! :dance: Good boy, Marat! ;)

Jessi
01-19-2004, 10:34 PM
...

Jessi
01-19-2004, 10:36 PM
signing for fans :)

Jessi
01-19-2004, 10:37 PM
..

Cris
01-19-2004, 10:39 PM
:haha: Thanks for the Article and the pic, Jessi! :kiss:

ESPN sucks! :fiery:They just show Agassi and Pandy's matches. Could watch Guga's terrible match, he almost lost to a injured Van Lottun :o
They just showed some highlights of Marat's match, he seems great! In form and running a lot!
Thanks for all reports and articles! :kiss:

Jessi
01-19-2004, 10:46 PM
E*PN sucks ass! I hate them so much! :fiery: :fiery:

Cris
01-19-2004, 10:58 PM
I'd love to have Eurosport... ESPN BRASIL is showing Pandy's match again right now! :fiery:
We brazilians are sooo interested in Pandy's win :rolleyes: Nobody deserves to watch him playing 3 times a day...

allusion
01-19-2004, 10:58 PM
I saw that bit at the end of his match when he was signing for fans on TV, yeah, it was nice. All the girls were screaming his name and he was a little breathless, after just finishing the match, but he went on to sign them anyway. :)

Cris
01-19-2004, 11:03 PM
:hearts: :worship: Marat rocks!
And still there are people, who don't understand why Marat is so beloved. :rolleyes:

Jessi
01-19-2004, 11:37 PM
more pics...

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040119/capt.mel17801191218.australian_open_mel178.jpg

Jessi
01-19-2004, 11:38 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040119/capt.mel17101191058.australian_open_mel171.jpg

Jessi
01-19-2004, 11:38 PM
looking good..

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040119/capt.mel17201191102.australian_open_mel172.jpg

Jessi
01-20-2004, 05:37 AM
couple of more pics from Marat's 1st rnd match

Jessi
01-20-2004, 05:39 AM
:)

Jessi
01-20-2004, 05:45 AM
another night match for Marat this time on Vodafone

Vodafone Arena

10:00 AM
Start 1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Aniko Kapros (HUN) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)[19] vs. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)[1] vs. Camille Pin (FRA)
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs. Marat Safin (RUS)

Jessi
01-20-2004, 05:47 AM
http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage33/6.gifDAVAI MARAT!!!http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage33/6.gif

Aurora
01-20-2004, 07:17 AM
:rolleyes: well, I'm gonna eat myself up inside: Belgian tv will show the Justine match and then tune out forchildren's programs (who are in school) or reruns of the news...
I'm getting used to it though and good for Marat I assume: the later the cooler goooooooooooooo Marat!

Cris
01-20-2004, 11:30 AM
Cute cheerleaders! :)
Thanks Jessi! :kiss:

One more reason to hate ESPN: Guga will play Ljubicic at 10:30pm... ESPN will show a NBA match at same time. No tennis match until 2am. :fiery:

Shadow
01-20-2004, 11:51 AM
thanks Jessi for the pics:) Can you post them in the 2004 pictures thread next time? ;) I opened it so that the tourney threads are not overwhelmed with pics and a lil more easy to survey:lol:

Shadow
01-20-2004, 11:56 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/interactive/radio/index.html#

Radio Interview with Marat :) :D

Shadow
01-20-2004, 11:57 AM
oh no marat plays again in the night :( so i will be in school again..:sad: ... *thinks about skipping school*

anyway

GO MARAT!!!!!!!!

Shadow
01-20-2004, 12:49 PM
btw does anyone know if Marat was at Dinara`s match? :D

maratski
01-20-2004, 01:09 PM
I think Marat plays around 6 or 7 am. Assuming the women play like 1.5 hours each and Guga and Ivan will be on court for like 3 hours. I'll tape and wake up early to watch tv I think.

BTW RERUN OF THE MONACO INTERVIEW ON EUROSPORT TONIGHT AT 11.40pmcet!!!!!!

Shadow
01-20-2004, 01:16 PM
6 or 7am? thought it would be later.

I already read it on WC :woohoo: But i checked the tv scedule for today in the video text and on eurosport.com but there is nothing about Tennis Stories today :confused: Where did you see it?

maratski
01-20-2004, 01:32 PM
I read about it on teletext, but I don't know whether German Eurosport gets the same things as Eurosport International, which I receive.

I hope so sis :hug:

Shadow
01-20-2004, 01:41 PM
argh i hope so too!!!!

PLEASE!

maratski
01-20-2004, 02:05 PM
When I was watching the tape I put in last night I only watched the point of the night and the little part of Marat's press conference. They were the only interesting things on my 8 hour tape of AO ;)