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Safin battles it out, def. Tipsarevic 7-6(5) 3-6 6-4

tennisgal_001
10-13-2006, 06:33 PM
Into his fourth semi of the year.
Good stuff Marat, keep it up.:yeah:

Exodus
10-13-2006, 06:33 PM
actually it's his third...

tennisgal_001
10-13-2006, 06:35 PM
actually it's his third...

I forgot about Bangok.

denibas77
10-13-2006, 06:35 PM
:bounce: :bigclap: :dance: :yippee: :woohoo: :banana: :rolls:

denibas77
10-13-2006, 06:37 PM
It's fourth Valencia, Washington,Bankog and Moscow

tennisgal_001
10-13-2006, 06:39 PM
It's fourth Valencia, Washington,Bankog and Moscow

:rolleyes: (at myself)

dkw
10-13-2006, 06:39 PM
It gotta be the blog...

Scotso
10-13-2006, 06:41 PM
so close, Janko :(

gulzhan
10-13-2006, 06:41 PM
Thank you, Marat!!!! :worship: Thank you for staying cool and for patience :worship:

TMJordan
10-13-2006, 06:49 PM
great match to watch :yeah:

new-york
10-13-2006, 06:50 PM
bleh / yay.

so disappointed for Janko / so glad for Marat.

cool match.

Rogiman
10-13-2006, 06:51 PM
I hope he wins this title that has so far eluded him so much, I remember in 2002 he was in such an euphoria after beating Federer in the quarters (for the 1st time in his career) only to lose his following match.

bluefork
10-13-2006, 06:52 PM
Just two more matches, Marat, just two more. :bounce:

ShimSham
10-13-2006, 06:55 PM
Tipsa :sad:

Well Done Safin!

hanabishi
10-13-2006, 07:00 PM
My thoughts after watching this match:

* First of all, this was the best live stream I've ever had. It buffered only twice the entire match. The sound quality was great too. Good job to the Kremlin Cup website.

* Tipsarevic really should have won this match in straight sets. He had 2 set points in the 1st set, and he was up a break in the 3rd. I'm a Safin fan, but I really felt sorry for Tipsarevic. Overall, I felt Janko was the more consistent player, dictating the points more.

* But all credit to Safin. In the end, this is exactly the type of match he needs. Something to test his nerves.

*This wasn't a great match, but it was an entertaining one. The first set was high-quality, the second set was a bit of a dud because of Safin's oafishness, the 3rd set was really a test of nerves and Safin (surprisingly) came through.

* The Moscow crowd really helped Safin, but not necessarily in a negative way for Tipsarevic. Although they clapped/got excited when Janko made some errors, I didn't find it offensive at all. Safin could have let his head go in the 3rd set, but somehow the crowd didn't let him oaf. I have a feeling that had this match been played in a city other than Moscow, Safin would have lost.

* Who was the umpire? Because he's now my favorite umpire. I found it funny how he kept shushing the crowd to keep quiet.

* This is the first time in a long while I've seen Janko and now I know who he reminds me of.. Bart Simpson (in a good way). He always has this "I didn't do it" look on his face which I find really endearing. He's now officially replaced Olivier Rochus as my favorite short player (well, he's 5'11'' so he isn't really short, but he seemed short shaking hands with Safin). I'm now a new fan, and considering his ranking is at a career high, I'm hoping he'll continue doing well in the Tour.

* Even though they say the camera adds 10 pounds, Yevgeny Kafelnikov didn't look as fat on TV as he does in pictures. Maybe he's losing weight to join the seniors tour?

* I think that Safin should stick with Volkov as his coach. I don't think he needs a "coach-coach" like Lundgren. IMO, what he needs is a "coach-friend" like Volkov to calm him down, and control his nerves.

* Why don't I ever see Safin's dad watching his matches? I saw his mom and Dinara, but where's Mr. Safin?

* Barring major upsets in the semis tomorrow, Final looks set to be between Davydenko and Safin, which will be very interesting, to say the least.

KaxMisha
10-13-2006, 07:01 PM
Even though I've followed Safin closely since 2000, his power still dazzles me. Once he got the advantage in a rally, he could hit the ball straight at Tipsarevic, who couldn't even manage to block it back, even though he was three or four meters behind the baseline. Safin has to cool down and work on his shot selection. If he does, he will be a threat to Federer. As it is now, he gives so many points away for no reason, it's sickening. All those break points in the third set at 3 all...

pete25
10-13-2006, 07:02 PM
That's good to see Marat winning tough matches after losses against Blake 7-6 in the 3rd and Melzer 7-6 in the 3rd.
Now Kunitsyn in the semis and probably Davydenko in the final.
I think Marat will take the title.

Vass
10-13-2006, 07:10 PM
* But all credit to Safin. In the end, this is exactly the type of match he needs. Something to test his nerves.



Noone is really sure what kind of match he needs.

* The Moscow crowd really helped Safin, but not necessarily in a negative way for Tipsarevic. Although they clapped/got excited when Janko made some errors, I didn't find it offensive at all. Safin could have let his head go in the 3rd set, but somehow the crowd didn't let him oaf. I have a feeling that had this match been played in a city other than Moscow, Safin would have lost.

The Moscow crowd is pressuring Marat. He spoke about it in the interviews, he writes about it in the blog. Casual readers might miss this, but he alwasy says 'I won. The crowd is satisfied. phew'. In the post second-round match interview he literally said that after the lost first set he thought to himself that he's not going to disappoint the crowd so early in the tournament. He's playing for the crowd and not himself. And that's pressure, i think.
In one recent press conference he spoke about how they want a Russian, any Russian to reach the final... At the Studium they cheer "Russia! Russia!" instead of "Marat, Marat". They come to support the country... How much of it is a support for a player?

Of course... fear of disappointing the crowd can also have positive outcomes, it seems.

mer
10-13-2006, 07:11 PM
* Why don't I ever see Safin's dad watching his matches? I saw his mom and Dinara, but where's Mr. Safin?
Marat's dad might be very emotional and his nervs are not good enough to sit through Marat's matches. He came to watch DC match but then left the stadium and was 'hiding' in his car until the match was over:o

mandoura
10-13-2006, 07:14 PM
:yeah: :rocker2: http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/mtf/images/smilies/bounce.gif http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/mtf/images/smilies/bigclap.gif http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/mtf/images/smilies/dance.gif http://67.19.129.138/mtf/images/smilies/yippee.gif http://67.19.129.138/mtf/images/smilies/woohoo.gif http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/mtf/images/smilies/banana.gif

So so happy for him. After losing the 7th game in the 3d where he had bp, I feared he would get frustrated and give up. So glad he pulled through to the semis where he belongs. :)

ChinoRios4Ever
10-13-2006, 07:24 PM
win this title Marat :yeah:

mer
10-13-2006, 07:26 PM
The Moscow crowd is pressuring Marat. He spoke about it in the interviews, he writes about it in the blog. Casual readers might miss this, but he alwasy says 'I won. The crowd is satisfied. phew'. he's playing for the crowd and not himself.
In one recent press conference he spoke about how they want a Russian, any Russian to reach the final... At the Studium they cheer "Russia! Russia!" instead of "Marat, Marat". They come to support the country... How much of it is a support for a player?

In one of his itws he mentioned that in previous years some of public at KK used to shout to him something like 'Marat, move, we paid for the tickets to watch' !:o :o

Drimal
10-13-2006, 08:07 PM
Marat :woohoo: :banana:

Win the title now! :hug:

3 Russians in semis on ATP and WTA tour ... :eek:

rmb6687
10-13-2006, 08:31 PM
:woohoo: oKAY....Now I'm excited....oh man...my body is buzzing....he's sooooooooooooo close!!!

BelgianWaffle
10-13-2006, 08:41 PM
Of course... fear of disappointing the crowd can also have positive outcomes, it seems.
:o
I feel for the poor guy.

In one of his itws he mentioned that in previous years some of public at KK used to shout to him something like 'Marat, move, we paid for the tickets to watch' !:o :o
:eek:

Breakaway
10-13-2006, 09:38 PM
Good job Marat, keep it up :yeah:

silver7
10-13-2006, 10:03 PM
:woohoo: Marat well done :yeah:

musefanatic
10-13-2006, 10:41 PM
Well done Marat :) :)

bellascarlett
10-14-2006, 12:10 AM
Marat's dad might be very emotional and his nervs are not good enough to sit through Marat's matches. He came to watch DC match but then left the stadium and was 'hiding' in his car until the match was over:o

This always makes me laugh. Marat's dad is so cute. :awww: He was probably a handsome fellow back in the day...with hair and all.

In one of his itws he mentioned that in previous years some of public at KK used to shout to him something like 'Marat, move, we paid for the tickets to watch' !:o :o

:speakles: can't believe someone would say that?!...come to think it, yeah I could...:o

bellascarlett
10-14-2006, 12:15 AM
BTW, good job Marat! :lol: :woohoo:

I decided to take a nap at 4-3 Janko in the third when I felt moments of oafing may come up. Glad to have woken up to great news! :D

Keep it up big guy!

Tennis Fool
10-14-2006, 12:33 AM
Blogging (or at least dictating his thoughts to a guy with a pad in the massage room) is therapy for Marat so that his head doesn't explode on the court :lol:

Pea
10-14-2006, 01:08 AM
Janko definitely had his chances. But I'm glad for Marat! He needs to get things started again!!!

atheneglaukopis
10-14-2006, 05:30 AM
* I think that Safin should stick with Volkov as his coach. I don't think he needs a "coach-coach" like Lundgren. IMO, what he needs is a "coach-friend" like Volkov to calm him down, and control his nerves.I think Safin wants to stick with Volkov, and the problem is that Volkov values his sanity has family and responsibilities, etc., in Russia. If memory serves, they've agreed that Volkov will help him out at Madrid this year, and the four slams and five Masters Series events next year, and otherwise Marat will be on his own. Volkov keeps telling him to get someone to work on his fitness/movement; I hope he listens.

Walt. :sad: