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Safin def. Nalbandian 6-3 7-5 2-6 3-6 7-6 (6)

FedererGrandSlam
09-03-2006, 08:01 PM
Gosh, what headcases! No one wanted to win. :o

BlueSwan
09-03-2006, 08:01 PM
Count on Safin to win a brutal 5-setter. Too bad he can't win regular matches these days.

gusman890
09-03-2006, 08:01 PM
nice choke from 2 sets up

and then again at 5-2 in the breaker

but the stronger head case won :)

I was dying watching the scoreboard.

ezekiel
09-03-2006, 08:02 PM
hah, what a last game to lose :o

Naranoc
09-03-2006, 08:02 PM
Neither brought their brain to the match! Ah well, congrats Safin! :D Onwards and upwards.

Dexter_1986
09-03-2006, 08:02 PM
Uh duh... Glad he won.

TheBoiledEgg
09-03-2006, 08:02 PM
Marat :o :o
had he lost that he'd have been finished for good

still light at the end of the tunnel :o

Marat lives on PHEW

now for a midget tomorrow and Marat HATES midgets :scared:

Andre♥
09-03-2006, 08:03 PM
How could Nalbandian miss that ball??? :mad:

fadou
09-03-2006, 08:03 PM
congrats marat!
i was biting my nails during this long match thanks to the scorebord
fortunately, they finished

delsa
09-03-2006, 08:03 PM
Those kind of matches make me...:scared:

*Viva Chile*
09-03-2006, 08:04 PM
Thanks God!!!!!!!!!! phew! I suffered all that 5th set and TB...

A huge baby step Marat, you deserved to win this time!!!!! :yeah:

I'm sooooooooooooooooooo happy!!!!!!! :bounce:

robinhood
09-03-2006, 08:04 PM
So relieved.

NOW DON'T LOSE TO OLLIE!!!!

Tennis Fool
09-03-2006, 08:05 PM
nice choke from 2 sets up

and then again at 5-2 in the breaker

but the stronger head case won :)

I was dying watching the scoreboard.
:lol: :secret: CBS showed the tiebreak.

cloudeleven
09-03-2006, 08:05 PM
YES! Safin really has so much potential. If he can just be OK physically AND mentally, he can do great things.

I'm just happy CBS decided to show us the end.

Vass
09-03-2006, 08:05 PM
After two sets teh match was HIS, HIS, HIS and noone else's. If he lost that would have been one fucked up Marat Safin.. But he won, phew. mental block probably off him, I'm so glad.

federated
09-03-2006, 08:05 PM
is it evil of me to have thrown my sock at the tv when they cut to coverage of our recently deceased mayor's funeral at 6 all in the 5th set tiebreak?

And to be very pissed that I missed marat's post match interview?

did anyone see it? what did he say?

atheneglaukopis
09-03-2006, 08:05 PM
And Marat's fifth-set record this year improves. He's what, two for three this year? Nalbandian, Gasquet, Gonzo?

CassL
09-03-2006, 08:06 PM
Holy shit! :eek: That tb was so nerve-wrecking. Damn! Good job Marat! Now go far. :)

Flibbertigibbet
09-03-2006, 08:06 PM
What a crazy, crazy match. Both should be in the quarters or semis or finals of Slams, but sadly it's a second round. I hope Marat capitalizes on this, but he has a very tough draw - Rochus, then possibly Haas, then Gonzalez/Murray/Davydenko. :tape: Then again, he seems to play better against the top guys, so I hope this inspires him to reach the semis.

I feel bad for Nalbandian, tough way to end a match - I hope he has a good indoor season!

tangerine_dream
09-03-2006, 08:07 PM
Interesting TB :lol: Congrats to Safin on finally making it past the second round. :hatoff:

marti_228
09-03-2006, 08:07 PM
You almost did it again Nalbandian, but this time it was Safin not the unknown Berrer. I hope this can show him that he has to prepare more playing small tournaments.

Amazing that the best Argentine is the USO is Gaudio!

hurricanejeanne
09-03-2006, 08:07 PM
Typical crazy Marat. And Nalbandian always has to go five sets.

And looking at the draw, Marat could make a decent run, if he can keep his head.
Congrats to my favorite male headcase. :D

Apemant
09-03-2006, 08:08 PM
Heh, that was tense... I actually wanted David to win, but Marat is hard to root against either, so it wasn't so bad. :angel:

gusman890
09-03-2006, 08:09 PM
:lol: :secret: CBS showed the tiebreak.

dads watching a movie on the tv, but im recording the coverage becasue of my DVR ;)

ill watch it later. sucks still living in your parents house.

Iheartandy&roger
09-03-2006, 08:09 PM
Whoop Whoop Marat I see he's back. :yeah: Way to go Marat!

new-york
09-03-2006, 08:09 PM
:woohoo:

Rogiman
09-03-2006, 08:09 PM
A comedy of errors, both players suck.

embellish
09-03-2006, 08:10 PM
I think I alarmed the neighbours because I kept shrieking so much :lol:
What a nervy match though, well done Safin for pulling through - just!

Argenbrit
09-03-2006, 08:10 PM
David :banghead: :sad:

cloudeleven
09-03-2006, 08:10 PM
And to be very pissed that I missed marat's post match interview?

did anyone see it? what did he say?

CBS cut away right before Marat's post-match interview. :mad:

jes_021
09-03-2006, 08:11 PM
Both of them double faulting on their first tiebreak point, just classic stuff haha.

DAVAI MARAT!!!

ES better show his match against Ollie.

marti_228
09-03-2006, 08:11 PM
I thought that in GS the fifth set was not a tie break but wtih a difference of two games.

TMJordan
09-03-2006, 08:12 PM
OMG

MARAT!!!!!!!!

DDrago2
09-03-2006, 08:13 PM
An unbeliavable fight for Nalba, but he was bound to loose. Safin is his worst match-up

Blue Heart24
09-03-2006, 08:14 PM
MARAT YOU ARE THE KING!!!!!!!!!

Blue Heart24
09-03-2006, 08:14 PM
NOW WIN THE USO!

Tennis Fool
09-03-2006, 08:15 PM
is it evil of me to have thrown my sock at the tv when they cut to coverage of our recently deceased mayor's funeral at 6 all in the 5th set tiebreak?

And to be very pissed that I missed marat's post match interview?

did anyone see it? what did he say?

You mean Andre's post match interview? Now you know they aren't going to give Marat THAT much attention.

BTW, where do you live? What happened to your mayor?

Blue Heart24
09-03-2006, 08:16 PM
one more good thing: Ivan's advantage over Nalby is growing up!!! YAY

Primal
09-03-2006, 08:16 PM
Happy! Molodec Marat! :yeah:

The tie break in the fifth set is a joke :retard:

Tennis Fool
09-03-2006, 08:16 PM
I thought that in GS the fifth set was not a tie break but wtih a difference of two games.
In NYC we do things a little bit differently ;)

jes_021
09-03-2006, 08:17 PM
I thought that in GS the fifth set was not a tie break but wtih a difference of two games.

The USO is the only GS that has a tiebreak in the last set ;)

NaDALiTa
09-03-2006, 08:17 PM
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dmit424
09-03-2006, 08:17 PM
is it evil of me to have thrown my sock at the tv when they cut to coverage of our recently deceased mayor's funeral at 6 all in the 5th set tiebreak?

And to be very pissed that I missed marat's post match interview?

did anyone see it? what did he say?



Are you in Pittsburgh also?????

takuma
09-03-2006, 08:18 PM
BRAVO MARAT!Well done!Hope this win will help you get the confidence you need to return to the very top-where you belong :bigclap:

maltose
09-03-2006, 08:19 PM
Jesus, those are some crazy M-Fers. I thought the tiebreak would be like 23-21 or something absurd.

mrserenawilliams
09-03-2006, 08:20 PM
Davai Oafie! :woohoo: :yeah:

bellascarlett
09-03-2006, 08:21 PM
I know F*&^% CBS, didn't show Marat's post-match interview! but I'm thankful they did something right and showed the CRAZY tiebreak....:haha:

Maraaaaaaaaaatttttttt!!!!!!!!!!! :bowdown: :bounce: :cuckoo:

After losing the 2 set lead, fortunately the gods still favored him and gave him a win! phew! Marat really knows how to complicate his life! Anyway, rest up Marat and be ready for Rochus...:unsure:...you can do it Marat! :bigclap:

Yappa
09-03-2006, 08:22 PM
CBS cut away right before Marat's post-match interview. :mad:

Same for ES. Not for the first time that they cut away from an interview. But I guess they didnt have access to a close up camera of Safin being interviewed, anways. And it was difficult to hear what they were saying since the microphone wasnt connected to the world feed cameras. To date the only on court interviews they showed, were Agassi ones.

*Ljubica*
09-03-2006, 08:23 PM
What an amazing, exciting, nail-biting, crazy match - had me on the edge of my seat for hours! Well done Marat :woohoo:

Krikry
09-03-2006, 08:23 PM
I'm sooooooooooooooooooooo happy for him :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

bellascarlett
09-03-2006, 08:24 PM
now for a midget tomorrow and Marat HATES midgets :scared:

omg! :haha: :lol: :rolls:

Marat please win...!

BD006
09-03-2006, 08:25 PM
You all realize after this big victory, he's just going to lose to Ollie anyway, right? ;)

rofe
09-03-2006, 08:30 PM
:haha: It was a match about who is the lesser headcase. Anyway, well played Marat and hope you keep it tight against Ollie.

I didn't get to see any of it until the final tie-break (which was exactly how I envisioned it) thanks to Agassi but I am happy I got to the tie-break.

BelgianWaffle
09-03-2006, 08:32 PM
You all realize after this big victory, he's just going to lose to Ollie anyway, right? ;)
:ras: You're evil! :lol:

Well done Marat, but you nearly killed half of your fans. AGAIN.

Sakura 0101
09-03-2006, 08:35 PM
Congrats Marat! :)

David.... :sad: :hug: :hug: :hug:

MariaV
09-03-2006, 08:36 PM
You all realize after this big victory, he's just going to lose to Ollie anyway, right? ;)
YOU DON'T JINX IT NOW!!!!!!!!! :mad: :fiery: :fiery:

Krikry
09-03-2006, 08:40 PM
You all realize after this big victory, he's just going to lose to Ollie anyway, right? ;)

Shhhh please :)

MarieS
09-03-2006, 08:42 PM
You all realize after this big victory, he's just going to lose to Ollie anyway, right? ;)
I really really really want to bad rep you, lol. way to dampen the party.

Hantuchov
09-03-2006, 08:42 PM
Marat :woohoo: :banana: :yeah: :worship:

Such a great match ! ;) :)

I thought David deserved to lose after that ridiculous drop shot attempt @ *4-5 30-30. But then he did the same stupid thing @ Marat's 3rd MP :rolls:

Marat, don't oaf too much in the next match ! :shout:

shotgun
09-03-2006, 08:43 PM
Not a good match technically speaking, but both players had plenty of will. Safin almost gave the match away, I expected it to be easier for him than it was. As for Nalbandian, it's already two consecutive Slams without reaching the last 16, kinda bringing down the myth that he saves himself for the big ones. He's on a slump, pure and simple, as Marat is.

NeverSayDie
09-03-2006, 08:45 PM
Nalby :sad: :hug: What bad dropshots he did at important times!!! Well done Marat though

name_change
09-03-2006, 08:46 PM
what a HORRIBLE day in tennis for me. Andre, Katarina, Nalbandia....i hope roddick and gonzalez pull through.

Merton
09-03-2006, 08:46 PM
Congrats Marat, he won a tiebreak where he committed 2 double faults, but the deciding set tiebreak rule sucks.

{Annie}
09-03-2006, 08:47 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Aphex
09-03-2006, 08:49 PM
I like both players so win-win for me. It was also good the match was so long since Eurosport showed the whole Agassi match, I got to see at least the last few games. :cool:

Vass
09-03-2006, 08:50 PM
The tie break in the fifth set is a joke :retard:
that's what saved Marat.

acharlesmobile
09-03-2006, 08:50 PM
I bet 2 Sandwiches and movie tickets on this match with my friend. Thank you Safin! Pffft... and my friend wanted to bet 100 dollars on FAt Dave...I had the TV on with Agassi's match and wwas watching pointtracker on the comp. Worst way to watch tennis EVER. And then when they switchjed to the match on tv. DANGGGGG my whoel neighborhood could hear me.

federated
09-03-2006, 08:51 PM
You mean Andre's post match interview? Now you know they aren't going to give Marat THAT much attention.

BTW, where do you live? What happened to your mayor?

CBS... :bs:.

I'm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the mayor died of cancer 2 days ago.

EasternWind
09-03-2006, 08:52 PM
Marat wins the first two sets, and looses the next two...how typical :o . And the tie-break was :rolleyes: too but it still had the emotions because this was a close match. But Nalby, how can you loose the last point like that? :o
Well, Marat, better make it to the fourth round now.

dmit424
09-03-2006, 08:53 PM
CBS... :bs:.

I'm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the mayor died of cancer 2 days ago.



Word. I'm in Pittsburgh, PA too. Mayor updates every hour! Great.

Tennis Fool
09-03-2006, 08:55 PM
You all realize after this big victory, he's just going to lose to Ollie anyway, right? ;)
You don realize that Safin has a 5/3 h2h against Ollie and he's playing at the US Open in a 5 set match, right?

Goonergal
09-03-2006, 08:57 PM
What a horrible TB :o I'm happy for Marat, but :sad: for Nal. I was rooting for him slightly more towards the end.

atheneglaukopis
09-03-2006, 09:00 PM
You don realize that Safin has a 5/3 h2h against Ollie and he's playing at the US Open in a 5 set match, right?:topic: Marat didn't quite win Indianapolis in 2000. He lost in the final to Guga.

_sanja_
09-03-2006, 09:02 PM
saaaaaaaafin :D:D:D:D woohoo!!!

Flibbertigibbet
09-03-2006, 09:04 PM
You don realize that Safin has a 5/3 h2h against Ollie and he's playing at the US Open in a 5 set match, right?

He has lost the last two times against Olivier, though. :p

Mario66
09-03-2006, 09:04 PM
I was so damn sure at one point in the tb that Marat will blow the match, but thank god I was wrong. :)

Iīm sure that this win is a huge boost to Marat`s self confident. :yeah:

Havok
09-03-2006, 09:05 PM
Nicely done Marat! Though please get more strong mentaly, it's quite pathetic how fucked up you are up there :o. Next up is little Ollie, so you know the mental farts will be in full force for this match!

Drimal
09-03-2006, 09:06 PM
What a score! :scared:


Fortunately Marat edged through! :woohoo:

Volcanic Tennis
09-03-2006, 09:14 PM
Go MARAT!

stebs
09-03-2006, 09:16 PM
Low quality match that was high only on drama. A shame to see two great players play with such mediocrity. Especially Safin. He wasn't a headcase at all today his level stayed the same for pretty much all of the match it was only Nalbandian going crazy.

mer
09-03-2006, 09:19 PM
Low quality match that was high only on drama. A shame to see two great players play with such mediocrity. Especially Safin. He wasn't a headcase at all today his level stayed the same for pretty much all of the match it was only Nalbandian going crazy.

Did you see the whole match?

Anyway

M.S. So I guess I'm still far away and I'm looking for my best game. You know, looking in improving and trying to win my matches without playing well, which I think it's where you get the confidence, the most confidence, not playing well.

mallorn
09-03-2006, 09:21 PM
Marat :bounce:

David :hug:

I hate fifth set tiebreaks. :fiery: This one was a "who will play the worse shot" contest. The first three points were absolutely ridiculous and the match point was just :eek:.

stebs
09-03-2006, 09:30 PM
Did you see the whole match?

Yeah. Not bad from Marat in the first two sets but Nalby really wasn't at the races, bad play by him. Still not bad from Marat in sets three and four but Nalby stepped up a few gears and outplayed him. Marat was the better player in set five as David started making error after error.

Johnny Groove
09-03-2006, 09:32 PM
These two are the biggest headcases on tour, but also the most loved headcases :hug: When CBS switched to the match at 5-5 i think, the idiot announcer announced "And here we are at 5 ALL IN THE 5TH SET!!!" As if it was a surprise, as if the scoreline shocked anyone in the world. :rolleyes:

Its a shame really, these guys have the game to hang with Fed and Nadal, but their brains get in the way :sad:

fadou
09-03-2006, 09:51 PM
i didn't watch the match but the tie break seemed to be crazy. all you say it's a joke
What did happen? Where can i watch it on the net?
congrats marat n good luck against ollie

kuniochi
09-03-2006, 09:51 PM
He won! :devil: :devil: :devil: I don't care what will happen tomorrow. :ras: He is taking baby steps! ;)

enqvistfan
09-03-2006, 09:51 PM
Marat is back :banana:

stebs
09-03-2006, 09:53 PM
Marat is back :banana:
Marat played really average today. He plays like that against someone who isn't a total headcase and he loses the match. There were few and far between flashes of brilliance but this performance was no better than those tennis fans have been moaning about for months on end. Only the result is better.

Johnny Groove
09-03-2006, 09:57 PM
i didn't watch the match but the tie break seemed to be crazy. all you say it's a joke
What did happen? Where can i watch it on the net?
congrats marat n good luck against ollie

Well, they both served up a df to start the tb for 1-1, then marat got up 5-1, choked, Nalbandian came back to 5-5, marat got a point, Dave got a point, then Marat got another for 7-6, and on match point down, Nalby came to the net with a forehand deep to Marat's bh, Marat sliced it back short, and Dave went for the drop shot and dumped it into the net :rolleyes:

DrJules
09-03-2006, 10:01 PM
We have lost the number 3 and 4 seeds now; the challengers to Federer and Nadal seem to be exiting.

Tennis Fool
09-03-2006, 10:01 PM
He has lost the last two times against Olivier, though. :p
So? He lost to Fat Dave the last time too.

El Legenda
09-03-2006, 10:02 PM
hey Blaze...did i say Ljubo will be the #3 after USO....told you so.

Primal
09-03-2006, 10:02 PM
that's what saved Marat.
Nah, it was luck (after 2 double faults) (thanks) and not the tie break.
Tie break in the 5-th is still awfull. Even RR is better :) (but if it helps Marat to win.... ;))

Primal
09-03-2006, 10:06 PM
So? He lost to Fat Dave the last time too.

Yes, but Dave is not playing his tennis recently, and I haven't seen Oli for a long period. :shrug:

And still with Marat you never know, but I hope he'll do it.

*Viva Chile*
09-03-2006, 10:07 PM
So? He lost to Fat Dave the last time too.
Nope.

Last meeting:
2004 Madrid AMS Hardcourt F Safin 6-2 6-4 6-3

:p

musefanatic
09-03-2006, 10:08 PM
Great match!!! :) Nalbandian really annoys me with his slow starts, but i'm so glad Safin won!!! Hopefully he'll be back to where he should be soon :)

Tennis Fool
09-03-2006, 10:11 PM
Nope.

Last meeting:
2004 Madrid AMS Hardcourt F Safin 6-2 6-4 6-3

:p
Okay, all you naysayers...Ollie's going downnnnnnnnn. He may have beaten him twice the last two times, but was it at a 5-set US Open. Nope.

Johnny Groove
09-03-2006, 10:21 PM
hey Blaze...did i say Ljubo will be the #3 after USO....told you so.

he got further than Ljubo and took Marat to 5 sets, so hes obviously the real #3. :) :ras: And when Roddick loses to Rafa in the semis, and nothing to defend during the indoor season, Ljubo defending an ass full of points, Ljubo should just say bye to the top 5 :wavey:

Leo
09-03-2006, 10:30 PM
Great win, Marat! Keep it up.

Nalbandian has just been atrocious since Roland Garros. He can never put together a solid year from start to end.

atheneglaukopis
09-03-2006, 11:06 PM
Safin is 4-0 against top 5 players this year, and 5-3 against top 10.

Corey Feldman
09-03-2006, 11:30 PM
Congrats Marat, great win.

Cya Nalbi.

tripb19
09-03-2006, 11:36 PM
Yay, my guy is the bigger headcase :smash: :hug: :hug:

What a 5 set fetish he has.

bellascarlett
09-03-2006, 11:42 PM
Safin is 4-0 against top 5 players this year, and 5-3 against top 10.

Nice! Good stat but not surprising. Marat is more determined to show up in matches wherein he faces elite opponents. He always seems to play better against guys whom he thinks are at his level of ability. I guess there's a pride factor involved in this too.

Deea
09-03-2006, 11:53 PM
:woohoo: The Master Plan is working!!! :bounce: baby step #3 tomorrow! Gooooo Marat! You can do it! :yeah:

vesanto
09-04-2006, 12:12 AM
Sad to see such a great player lose so soon...this could well have been a semi-final if Safin wasn't so badly ranked.

Tennis Fool
09-04-2006, 12:16 AM
Nice! Good stat but not surprising. Marat is more determined to show up in matches wherein he faces elite opponents. He always seems to play better against guys whom he thinks are at his level of ability. I guess there's a pride factor involved in this too.
Thus goes the equation Marat=Top10Killa

Raoul Duke
09-04-2006, 12:38 AM
We have lost the number 3 and 4 seeds now; the challengers to Federer and Nadal seem to be exiting.

Safin is more of a rival than any of those.

disturb3d
09-04-2006, 12:54 AM
Prior to the match, I thought Nalbandian was the better player.
But after this, I was blown away by his ability. When they both played well, he totally outclassed Safin from the baseline, that backhand has no comparison.
The penetration off both wings was gold, and I especially enjoyed the way he tormented Safin with extreme angle backhands.

And what about the dropshot on matchpoint, and that stupid shot between the legs.
That's a lack of respect for the opponent. You would never see him attempt that against Federer. Especially on returnable balls, in the deciding tiebreak.

It would help enormously if David could drop a deep serve, giving him the freedom to dominate from the baseline. His current service is almost a liability.
If Becker at 5'10 can serve 142 mph, then theres no excuse for Dave to spin first serves half-way up the service line at 110mph. He needs to all-together get rid of his service motion.

Iheartandy&roger
09-04-2006, 01:29 AM
Thus goes the equation Marat=Top10Killa


Top10Killa=Eventual # 1 ranking :devil: Which Marat deserves,

atheneglaukopis
09-04-2006, 01:44 AM
Top10Killa=Eventual # 1 ranking :devil: Depends on how many times he loses to players ranked #512.

gillian
09-04-2006, 01:46 AM
NY Times blogger had a great summary of this match.

http://usopen.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=77#more-77

Safin and Nalbandian Stage a Thriller

While Andre Agassi occupies center stage in Ashe Stadium, bowing to Benjamin Becker, the competitive menís match of the day so far is on Armstrong: the gloomy Russian and former Open champ, Marat Safin, is playing David Nalbandian, the Argentine seeded No. 4. Handsome, hulking, Safin woos fans who most suffer his unpredictability, which he clearly suffers, too. He slams his racquet, spits, smashes balls into the stands, sulks.

This somehow endears him to people, as if he were revealing his vulnerability. He looks possessed by a devil inside him, serving a winner then blowing an easy forehand and trying a hopeless drop shot. Nalbandian, a moody man and unthrilling player, but cagey and dogged, is clearly banking on a seige: He figures Safin will fold if he can just hold on.

For two sets, Safinís serve, which is Boris Beckerlike, makes the difference, barely. Nalbandian plays poorly, too. He falls behind, 6-3, 7-5. But this being Safin and Nalbandian, who often loses the first set or two, the match has just started.

Safin plays to type. With his wingspan and pounding shots, he doggedly declines to rush net ó when he does, heís like a child edging fearfully onto a diving board. He backs up after his own serves. He rallies erratically from the baseline, where Nalbandian makes fewer and fewer errors. Safin glances repeatedly heavenward, in vain. He drops two sets. 2-6, 3-6.

Most matches have momentum and Nalbandian should have it now. But he doesnít. Safin is fragile but dangerous. Nalbandian canít dominate. Heís a cipher ó a little pudgy, a little slow, and truth be told not such a stable character himself, but with the ability to keep the ball on his racket just long enough to sow doubt in Safinís mind about where itís going. The crowd now fills sun-bleached Armstrong Stadium.

Safin wins the first game of the last set on serve. But Nalbandian wins the next, placing 106 mile per hour serves just so wide that Safin keeps missing them. Safin earns two chances to break at 4-3, 15-40, but Nalbandian outsmarts him, as usual. He serves down the middle. Heís hitting sharper, too. The pace has quickened.

The match, which began in the late morning, is now more than 3 hours old and shadows have begun to fall over one end of the stands. There is a stirring moment when the Agassi loss is posted on the scoreboard. Everyone rises for an ovation.

The tiebreaker arrives, as if inevitably. Safin double-faults to start it. But he gets a couple of lucky breaks from the net. Nalbandian slams his racquet when a Safin forehand nicks the baseline for 5-1.

The crowd is roaring. But Safin goes haywire again. He hits long, double faults, misses down the line. Nalbandian devises a crosscourt forehand that catches the sideline.

5-5.

The rest is a microcosm of the whole match: Safin smokes a return for match point (6-5). Then he blows an easy forehand (6-6). Then he crushes a service winner (7-6).

Match point again. The crowd is laughing.

Whatever Safinís got, itís contagious. Suddenly, out of the blue, for no good reason, on the verge of elimination, clutching from nerves, Nalbandian attempts a drop shot. Of all things. He tries a Safin.

The ball meekly heads toward the net and falls backward. Match over. Safin looks stunned.

Stunned, too, Nalbandian smashes a ball clear over the stadium wall, like a Barry Bonds homer, then retreats to his chair and slumps under a towel. Safin, raising his racket, gestures toward Nalbandian, in praise. He knows. He pulled a Houdini. ďItís like a lottery basically,Ē he says afterward.

The crowd is on its feet, thanking them both for keeping them guessing.

scoobs
09-04-2006, 01:47 AM
All it boils down to is when it comes to a final set breaker, which player had the bigger balls?

We thought David may have grown a pair in Shanghai last year but we were wrong - Safin clearly had the gonads to finish it off and David did not.

What an epic match though - what it lacked in tennis quality it made up for in sheer drama.

Corey Feldman
09-04-2006, 02:05 AM
Top10Killa=Eventual # 1 ranking :devil: Which Marat deservesyou really do out do yourself with comments of severe stupidity

Sjengster
09-04-2006, 02:08 AM
That summary is rather harsh on Nalbandian, the dropshot on the final point was the only shot he could play in reaction to a forehand that had unexpectedly come back over the net at full stretch from Safin. Still a bad miss to end the match, but it's not like he suddenly chose to play it as a tactic in the middle of a neutral exchange.

scoobs
09-04-2006, 02:10 AM
He didn't have to play the dropshot, he could have played a conventional forehand volley, which would have been the percentage play.

It was a very tricky ball Marat had floated back crosscourt at an acute angle but he had a lot of open space to work with - a forehand volley would have been easier and safer - instead he chose the dropshot and really didn't get enough air under it, considering the ball Marat hit was slow and spinny. Risky, and it didn't come off.

hablovah19
09-04-2006, 05:03 AM
marat, you almost lost it :mad:
but a win is a win :woohoo:
good luck versus Olivier :unsure:

~EMiLiTA~
09-04-2006, 06:27 AM
so happy for marat!!

didn't see the match but he obviously played very well

hopefully this is a good confidence booster for him...and hopefully he's not too tired for his next match. i see oli had a 5 setter too...

i want to see marat with the ranking he deserves...a few more wins in NY would be great

Iheartandy&roger
09-04-2006, 07:04 AM
you really do out do yourself with comments of severe stupidity

You're the one who is severely retarded because if you hate Marat why would you come in here for? you're going to get comments like that in here because there are fans who are happy that Marat won. Oh no if he is on the comeback trail that means....oh no he could kick King Roger's ass again??

tripb19
09-04-2006, 07:24 AM
Prior to the match, I thought Nalbandian was the better player.
But after this, I was blown away by his ability. When they both played well, he totally outclassed Safin from the baseline, that backhand has no comparison.
The penetration off both wings was gold, and I especially enjoyed the way he tormented Safin with extreme angle backhands.

And what about the dropshot on matchpoint, and that stupid shot between the legs.
That's a lack of respect for the opponent. You would never see him attempt that against Federer. Especially on returnable balls, in the deciding tiebreak.

It would help enormously if David could drop a deep serve, giving him the freedom to dominate from the baseline. His current service is almost a liability.
If Becker at 5'10 can serve 142 mph, then theres no excuse for Dave to spin first serves half-way up the service line at 110mph. He needs to all-together get rid of his service motion.
I cannot agree with this post enough, except for the bold. It is a liability, make no mistake. The fact that he has gotten so high with that service says alot about his backhand.

supersexynadal
09-04-2006, 07:27 AM
so happy for marat!!

didn't see the match but he obviously played very well

hopefully this is a good confidence booster for him...and hopefully he's not too tired for his next match. i see oli had a 5 setter too...

i want to see marat with the ranking he deserves...a few more wins in NY would be great

Well we saw the same thing happen to lopez who fel in the net round after beating, no, KILLING ljubicic!


I didnt watch the whole match but maaaan!! safins forehand is worse than ever :eek: Even when its in, its just....bad?? inconsistent?? I dont get y nalbandian didnt just pla more to his forehand

drf716
09-04-2006, 09:24 AM
why didn't sweeting beat rochus???

oz_boz
09-04-2006, 10:13 AM
I only saw the fitting end to this match, which seems to have run as expected. The tiebreak was just awful. Like someone said, it's a shame that the two guys who have game to compete with Federafael can't keep themselves together for more than brief periods.

Vass
09-04-2006, 10:35 AM
Nah, it was luck (after 2 double faults) (thanks) and not the tie break.
Tie break in the 5-th is still awfull. Even RR is better :) (but if it helps Marat to win.... ;))
I don't trust Marat to break, and more importantly, not to lose his own serve yet.

stebs
09-04-2006, 10:45 AM
I don't trust Marat to break, and more importantly, not to lose his own serve yet.
His choice of shots today when serving was very dodgy. Too much volleying at times, coming in off very weak approach shots. Also, his forehand wasn't good today. Still, his backhand was, as always, brilliant.

Vass
09-04-2006, 11:39 AM
His choice of shots today when serving was very dodgy. Too much volleying at times, coming in off very weak approach shots. Also, his forehand wasn't good today. Still, his backhand was, as always, brilliant.
This year he has a new forehand, as it seems to me from tiny patches of matches that i've seen.

brent-o
09-04-2006, 02:56 PM
I thought that in GS the fifth set was not a tie break but wtih a difference of two games.

For some strange reason, you are correct in every case but the US Open. The US Open has a fifth set tiebreak.

{Annie}
09-04-2006, 02:59 PM
The US Open was the first GS to ever introduce a tie-break and it remains the only GS which has a TB in the 5th set :rolleyes:

oz_boz
09-04-2006, 03:01 PM
This year he has a new forehand, as it seems to me from tiny patches of matches that i've seen.

It may be new, but it sucks.

Neely
09-04-2006, 06:21 PM
Unbelievable up and down for both players. Some really strange shot selection many times. A typical five set match involving such stable players like Nalbandian and Safin :lol: ;)