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Does Safin really WANT it? Opinions please

Fedever
09-07-2006, 02:04 AM
I can't figure Safin out (big surprise! :) ), but seriously I would like to get opinions on how serious you think Safin is about tennis right now. He could of definitely beat Haas today and he did not seem tired to me. I am just not sure he is "hungry" enough.

We all know how he went on a 1-2 year party spree after winning the 2000 US Open. And I know he has had injuries over the past couple years but do you think he is just "going through the motions" or really wants to be back on top?

He is one of the most talented, naturally gifted players and is so great to watch. Such variety of shots! Not the boom, boom tennis that gets so boring. I want him back!!! :(

Fan of: Federer and Safin. Respect: Nadal, Baghdatis, Nalbandian

scoobs
09-07-2006, 02:08 AM
He lost in a tight 5 setter - if he wasn't hungry he could have blown it off in half the time.

He wanted it and he knows he was close to it and he didn't quite execute when he needed to.

cmurray
09-07-2006, 02:21 AM
It was a good sign that Marat was fighting so hard. It gives me hope for AO.


Cheryl

Tennis Fool
09-07-2006, 02:30 AM
Read my signature. BTW, Fedever, welcome to the board. Come join Hipponomous in the Marat Forum. Even long time Marat fans can't figure him out.

Fedever
09-07-2006, 02:33 AM
I have great hopes for him in AO and the 2007 season too. I just hope his recent losses don't affect his confidence.

atheneglaukopis
09-07-2006, 02:35 AM
He can't figure himself out; why should anyone else be expected to? :p Yes, welcome and please join us. :wavey: To answer the question, I think he wants it. He has a million ways of thinking himself into a state of self-doubt, but he wants it.

chicky841
09-07-2006, 02:35 AM
I have great hopes for him in AO and the 2007 season too. I just hope his recent losses don't affect his confidence.

I think after this USO he will actually have more confidence, I dont think he was expecting to do this well.

jole
09-07-2006, 02:38 AM
I think he wants it, but his personality/routine/mindset/injuries make it difficult to come up with his best stuff when he wants.

Fedever
09-07-2006, 02:40 AM
Read my signature. BTW, Fedever, welcome to the board. Come join Hipponomous in the Marat Forum. Even long time Marat fans can't figure him out.


Thanks! I will have to ckeck out the Marat Forum. I know we can't figure him out :confused: but it doesn't hurt to try. LOL :)

Fedever
09-07-2006, 02:44 AM
So far all of your observations are making me feel better. :)

Off to watch Roddick/Hewitt.

rmb6687
09-07-2006, 03:05 AM
Oooo more converts!!! Please come over to the Forum...I bet it's the most fun!

drf716
09-07-2006, 03:42 AM
he really does want it
but there's a difference between wanting it
and working hard to get it.
i know... :(

anyway, optimists as we are for over 6 years for marat...
ONTO THE INDOOR COURTS!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

leonisa
09-07-2006, 04:10 AM
I think Safin really wants it.. I watched his match against haas last night and it finished around 2:30 in the morning here. He didn't play terribly in the match. I honestly think he played well, just unlucky on the crucial points but generally he played well... I hope he will have a good indoor court season! no more points to defend so the only place to go is up!

Havok
09-07-2006, 04:12 AM
Oh he's definitely hungry, but he will forever be an OAF and we all have to sit through his OAF phases :D.

Pfloyd
09-07-2006, 04:31 AM
Don't let anyone tell you that you should have achieved more. You have achieved what you have achieved. Nobody can take that away and you have a clear conscience.
- Marat Safin

I'm not sue when Safin said this. but the fact that he said says alot of what he thinks about himself. IMO, he is saying this to try to take of the pressure of his "underachiever" label.

selesfan
09-07-2006, 04:36 AM
I think he does, he really fought today. He is so talented and should have a lot more slams by now. I hope he stays healthy and is a factor at AO. :)

fadou
09-07-2006, 07:24 AM
i know that marat is really fed up of everybody say him "you should be in top 5" or why have you only 2 GS? , it's a shame" maybe he has a some pressure on him

i think he want be back but sometimes he wasn't lucky and he creates problems for himself. for example, yesterday ,he shouldn't loss the fourth set but in his head, i'm sure he said to himself " don't worry, i will win the last set"

acharlesmobile
09-07-2006, 07:36 AM
He wants it. I am sure. He wants to beat Haas and he is definately trying his hardest. But it isn't easy playing tennis, even for a guy like him.

drf716
09-07-2006, 08:39 AM
Don't let anyone tell you that you should have achieved more. You have achieved what you have achieved. Nobody can take that away and you have a clear conscience.
- Marat Safin
stop! it's making me cry...

swissfed
09-07-2006, 09:24 AM
He has yet to totally focus on the GAME, not THAT much....... but I am glad he yells to himself when playing some bad tennis.

jmp
09-07-2006, 09:52 AM
Does Safin really want it? Yes.

I was too emotional from the rain delays and my ever present Marat anxiety to come to GM before now. If you ever get a chance to watch Marat in his AO '05 semi and final I think you'll get a small window into the man at his peak. The reason these two matches are key is because of the way Marat dealt with his nerves. In the semi he was relaxed, focused, and having fun. He fought and he won. In the beginning of the final he seized up because of the occasion. When he was able to block that out his game began to flow and there was no looking back.

Today he saw the finish line and he blinked. To use a cliche he played not to lose instead of playing to win. Watching him today I believe that his body and his game are where they need to be, but, the success came so quickly that it scared him.

I'm so proud of Marat's play in this tournament. I hope he continues to excel because he is an awesome player and an awesome person from what I have seen. Yes, he definitely wants it and I want it for him, too.

Welcome to MTF from me, too! :D You're going to have a great time in the Marat Forum.

GO MARAT!! :D :D

Deea
09-07-2006, 10:31 AM
Yes of course Marat wants it, I think the problem is that sometimes he wants it too bad. He shouldn't have lost the match against Haas but that he...well...choked, as he likes to say. and was a bit unlucky. :shrug: Luck is always an imporatant factor when we're talking about Marat Safin. I'm really sad but the USO this year and his good run have given me high hopes for the indoor season. And I'm sure it's not only me that can have great expectations now. Even Marat is now aware he's finally on the right track again after that injury! Davai Maratik! Good times lie ahead! they have too! ;) :p

njorker
09-07-2006, 02:44 PM
This is the look of a guy WHO WANTS IT.

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/395/maratusooi7.jpg

njorker
09-07-2006, 03:01 PM
Cheer up Safin fans! The big man from Russia will be back!

http://au.news.yahoo.com/060906/15/10fz7.html

Beaten Safin determined to climb back up rankings

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Former world number one Marat Safin believes he is on the right track to climb back up the world rankings despite his defeat by Tommy Haas in the U.S. Open fourth round on Wednesday.
Safin twice led by a set and was 3-1 up in the deciding tiebreak but 14th seed Haas held his nerve to beat his practise partner 4-6 6-3 2-6 6-2 7-6.

"I had my opportunities unfortunately, that's why I'm a little bit disappointed," the 2000 U.S. Open champion said.

"It should have been even (over in) four sets. Everything was on my side and suddenly, it just slipped away. In the tiebreak, two balls that I missed that cost me basically the match.

"I played pretty well but in important moments I didn't do anything special and I missed the opportunities."

However, the Russian said he was pleased with his progress after a difficult year in which his ranking slipped out of the top 100 for the first time since 1998.

Having returned to the tour in February after six months out with a left knee injury, Safin has struggled to regain top form and arrived at the U.S. Open low on confidence.

But after beating fourth seed David Nalbandian in the second round, he looked close to his best and was only two points away from a place in the quarter-final.

His ranking is set to rise from 104 to around 75 when the new list is released on Monday :banana: and with the indoor season coming up -- where Safin is traditionally strong -- his prospects look bright.

"I didn't think that I would beat anybody coming here. The way I played the whole summer was terrible. Couldn't beat basically anybody," Safin said.

"(But) if you look at the big picture ... I beat Nalbandian. I was just a few points away against Tommy. So, overall, it's pretty good.

"Right now I'm playing (some) of my best tennis. It was just two points that made the difference (today). It's a lottery. Luck was on his side."

Over the past few years, Safin's mental state has been the key to his form but the Russian said he believed he can get back towards the top.

"If I continue this way, physically and mentally, I think I can pull it through," he said.

"Everything's perfect. I'm moving around without any problems, no pain."

Fedever
09-08-2006, 04:52 AM
Cheer up Safin fans! The big man from Russia will be back!

http://au.news.yahoo.com/060906/15/10fz7.html

Beaten Safin determined to climb back up rankings

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Former world number one Marat Safin believes he is on the right track to climb back up the world rankings despite his defeat by Tommy Haas in the U.S. Open fourth round on Wednesday.
Safin twice led by a set and was 3-1 up in the deciding tiebreak but 14th seed Haas held his nerve to beat his practise partner 4-6 6-3 2-6 6-2 7-6.

"I had my opportunities unfortunately, that's why I'm a little bit disappointed," the 2000 U.S. Open champion said.

"It should have been even (over in) four sets. Everything was on my side and suddenly, it just slipped away. In the tiebreak, two balls that I missed that cost me basically the match.

"I played pretty well but in important moments I didn't do anything special and I missed the opportunities."

However, the Russian said he was pleased with his progress after a difficult year in which his ranking slipped out of the top 100 for the first time since 1998.

Having returned to the tour in February after six months out with a left knee injury, Safin has struggled to regain top form and arrived at the U.S. Open low on confidence.

But after beating fourth seed David Nalbandian in the second round, he looked close to his best and was only two points away from a place in the quarter-final.

His ranking is set to rise from 104 to around 75 when the new list is released on Monday :banana: and with the indoor season coming up -- where Safin is traditionally strong -- his prospects look bright.

"I didn't think that I would beat anybody coming here. The way I played the whole summer was terrible. Couldn't beat basically anybody," Safin said.

"(But) if you look at the big picture ... I beat Nalbandian. I was just a few points away against Tommy. So, overall, it's pretty good.

"Right now I'm playing (some) of my best tennis. It was just two points that made the difference (today). It's a lottery. Luck was on his side."

Over the past few years, Safin's mental state has been the key to his form but the Russian said he believed he can get back towards the top.

"If I continue this way, physically and mentally, I think I can pull it through," he said.

"Everything's perfect. I'm moving around without any problems, no pain."


Thank you for posting this interview! This more than anything gives me hope! :) I was so concerned about his confidence but he sounds very good and like he has things in perspective! Can't wait to see him play again!!!


Also, thanks to all for the welcome! :wavey: I will definitly be checking out the forum. We Safin fans need support and maybe therapy? :confused: Or does he need therapy?? :confused: :) :)

rmb6687
09-08-2006, 06:37 AM
Thank you for posting this interview! This more than anything gives me hope! :) I was so concerned about his confidence but he sounds very good and like he has things in perspective! Can't wait to see him play again!!!


Also, thanks to all for the welcome! :wavey: I will definitly be checking out the forum. We Safin fans need support and maybe therapy? :confused: Or does he need therapy?? :confused: :) :)

Both.

Thanks for the article...he sounds so confortable and confident and the fact that he physically feels no pain or anything...that makes me happier than it should.

Bagelicious
09-08-2006, 07:57 AM
Who knows what Safin wants? And as for therapy, I think Safin fans need it the most. I'd like to think that at 26, Safin's head is finally settling down and that it's injury that has kept him from showing that. A fan can only hope, right? RIGHT? :sobbing: