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Marat in Miami!

Shadow
03-20-2004, 01:11 PM
New start Marat! DAVAI!!!!

Aurora
03-20-2004, 01:30 PM
good thought! I'll make some work of the cheering:

DAVAI MARAT!!!

pick up your first title in 2004

beat Roddick, Federer and Agassi in a row (I know that ain't happening lol)

Shadow
03-20-2004, 01:39 PM
(I know that ain't happening lol)

dont be that persimistic

Vass
03-20-2004, 07:01 PM
Marat time to beat everyone in the draw for one more time. It's time, it's been 1.5 years.

Aurora
03-20-2004, 08:00 PM
dont be that persimistic

I'm not! I was thinking draw-wise: it's unlikely all of the three will be still in the tournament when Marat has to meet them. U know: in the final with the cup that has his name on it already! :devil:

tall_one
03-21-2004, 06:29 AM
FYI
The singles draw will be made on Monday, March 22.

The singles will start play on Wednesday, March 24

Shadow
03-21-2004, 11:42 AM
I'm not! I was thinking draw-wise: it's unlikely all of the three will be still in the tournament when Marat has to meet them. U know: in the final with the cup that has his name on it already! :devil:

ops, okay then ;)

Jessi
03-21-2004, 07:33 PM
beat Roddick, Federer and Agassi in a row (I know that ain't happening lol)

lol, i agree. And its not being pessimistic, its being realistic!

Keep your expectations low, and you won't be disappointed.

maratski
03-21-2004, 09:14 PM
Good luck Marat and in case you don't win the tournament at least make sure you can leave with your head up high ;)

Ma. Estefania
03-22-2004, 12:59 PM
Hi :wavey: I'm glad to be back. :)

Once again I hope all the best for Marat at this tournament. :)

Vass
03-22-2004, 02:04 PM
I have a feeling that he'll meet someone big in the first 3 rounds. Hope I'm wrong. No I don't hope, I'm confident that the draw wouldn't matter as he'll pierce through it anyway. No kevlar*** saves from the bullet Marat is.


*** Kevlar- a material used in most bullet-proof vest manufactured around the world. Mostly used by the special forces in the armies, special counter-terrorism units of police, and in rare case on airplanes to protect varius aircraft components from flying debris. It can be used in conjunction with other durable materials, such as titaniumm which is often done to reduce weight. Those who carry a thicker layer of such attire (bomb experts, for example) for added protection usually carry less weapons and other gear with them, again to reduce weight. Those forces that need extra mobility usually wear light versions of Kevlar vest, as the material is very bulky- they rely on their professionalism and weaponry instead.

PS: Oops I forgot what I forgot that I was talking about Marat.

tall_one
03-22-2004, 07:53 PM
1 Roger Federer v bye
Nikolay Davydenko v Thomas Johansson
Nicolas Escude v WC Goran Ivanisevic
bye v 32 Rafael Nadal
21 Fernando Gonzalez v bye
WC Alex Bogomolov Jr v Karol Kucera
Alberto Martin v Q
bye v 14 Jiri Novak

10 Nicolas Massu v bye
Q v Andrei Pavel
Robin Soderling v David Ferrer
bye v 17 Llyton Hewitt
29 Jarkko Nieminen v bye
Q v Todd Martin
Jurgen Melzer v Ivo Karlovic
bye v 7 Tim Henman


3 Guillermo Coria v bye
Raemon Sluiter v Wayne Ferreira
WC Brian Baker v Cyril Saulnier
bye v 25 Juan Ignacio Chela
24 Arnaud Clement v bye
Davide Sanguinetti v Ivan Ljbicic
Q v Q
bye v 16 Marty Fish

12 Sebastien Grosjean v bye
Thomas Enqvist v Nicolas Lapentti
Hicham Arazi v Thierry Ascione
23 Feliciano Lopez v bye
30 Gaston Gaudio v bye
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo v Robby Ginepri
Nicolas Kiefer v Igor Andreev
bye v 6 Rainer Schuettler




8 David Nalbandian v bye
Sargis Sargsian v Radek Stepanek
James Blake v Vince Spadea
bye v 31 Marat Safin
18 Guga Kuerten v bye
Q v Joachim Johansson
Q v Q
bye v 9 Paradorn Srichaphan

15 Martin Verkerk v bye
Flavio Saretta v WC Todd Reid
Jan-Michael Gambill v Lars Burgsmuller
bye v 20 Agustin Calleri
28 Max Mirnyi v bye
Q v Hyung-Taik Lee
Gergory Carraz v Mariano Zabaleta
bye v Andre Agassi


5 Carlos Moya v bye
David Sanchez v Luis Horna
Q v Bohdan Ulihach
bye v 27 Dominik Hrbaty
19 Tommy Robredo v bye
Q v Oliver Rochus
Fabrice Santoro v Q
bye v 11 Mark Philippoussis

13 Sjeng Schalken v bye
Guillermo Canas v WC Tommy Haas
Irakli Labadze v Xavier Malisse
bye v 22 Albert Costa
26 Jonas Bjorkman v bye
Taylor Dent v Mikhail Youzhny
Victor Hanescu v Karol Beck
bye v 2 Andy Roddick

Vass
03-22-2004, 08:03 PM
Well, it could've been better, but I'm sure Marat's not very angry at his fortune this time. Who do we see:
R2- Spadea or Blake-both strong opponents.
R3- Nalbandian (?) - very strong. but manageble
R4- Srichapham or Kuerten (unlikely?) - comparable to Nalbandian
Quarters- Agassi- does he need words?
I wouldn't predict further, but atleast there's no Federer in Marat's half.

Kiara
03-22-2004, 08:03 PM
So Nalbandian IS playing, good for him. But he's Marat's pigeon is he not? Then again thats not saying much since they havent played since 2002

Vass
03-22-2004, 08:16 PM
Marat leads 4-0 in H2H, but yeah, David kinda improved since then. Plus those were on clay and carpet, not hard.

Kiara
03-22-2004, 08:18 PM
heh, yeah he did, *kinda*! Go Daviiiiddd :banana: but im not even looking that far, I just hope he doesnt get beat by Vince or James :o omg if he does he will top my shitlist :mad:

Vass
03-22-2004, 08:41 PM
You're to tough with him Kiara.

Kiara
03-22-2004, 08:55 PM
I am usually tough with things/people that let me down...plus I want him to give me a good match with Nalbandian, I think David has it in him to beat Marat, especially if Marat plays like a dolt but I hope he doesnt and makes a match of it instead!

Jessi
03-22-2004, 09:04 PM
Marat, time to get down and dirty and go deep in another tournament. Redeem yourself and kick some ass this week.

Good luck and may the force be with you!

Aurora
03-22-2004, 10:55 PM
Not too bad I guess, I see perspectives... Nalby is a big question mark for me though. I still don't get him, probably cause I haven't seen him play enough.

Kiara
03-22-2004, 11:00 PM
what dont you get about him? he's what you call text book tennis.

Aurora
03-23-2004, 12:01 AM
As I said probably cause I havent watched him enough. I've seen a few of his big matches against Roddick and Federer, but nothing in his game striked me to remember much or I didn't pay attention. It's hard to explain (hence the not getting it), I'm eager to properly watch and 'discover' him.
Or maybe cause he kept "our" Malisse out of the Wimby final. oh yeah, I'm such the X Man fan :rolleyes: :tape:

merle
03-23-2004, 01:53 PM
Hi guys, do you really think Marat is stable enough now to beat Blake or Spadea? Both have been in good form lately! :confused:

Shadow
03-23-2004, 01:57 PM
He HAS to beat them. And i mean a player as Marat should beat them with no doubt :rolleyes:
We will see if he can step up his game in Miami.

merle
03-23-2004, 02:59 PM
Well, that's the fun and thrill with Marat that you never quite know what to expect ("bad day at the office" - :rolleyes: ). I DO hope he's become more mature & stable now!
BTW, Andrea, where this Russian?

Kiara
03-23-2004, 03:32 PM
If James plays his very best tennis, like he did in Perth, then yeah he can beat Marat, and Spadea (bleurgh) I dont know ....he had a good time in Scottsdale but who did he lose to in Indian Wells again? Mind you Spadea beat James in Scottsdale and if he can remember how, he's more than likely to do it again.

Has Spadea ever played Marat before?

Im sure marat is going to go ahead and win this thing to shut us up, cos we've been dissing him soo much over here, not that I have a problem with that

Aurora
03-23-2004, 04:54 PM
yeah, we're probabaly totally bugging him!






I wonder what he would think if he would read all this...

Jessi
03-23-2004, 07:40 PM
I wonder what he would think if he would read all this...


See Vass' avatar and you have your answer :lol:

Kiara
03-23-2004, 07:43 PM
lmao,yeah definitely!

Ma. Estefania
03-23-2004, 10:18 PM
LOL :lol:

Iza
03-24-2004, 05:25 AM
hi there! i haven't posted in Marat's thread for ages!!! Hopefully, he will do a better thing here, losing against Roddick really made me lose some money(I bet with one of my friends and he won! :mad: )

merle
03-24-2004, 06:41 AM
Hii Iza, I think we all hope Marat will do better in Miami! :)
And sorry you lost the bet. :sad:

Jessi
03-24-2004, 07:28 AM
Article from Tennis Week:

Safin Looks Sharp In Practice


By Richard Pagliaro
03/24/2004

Strokes on the practice courts can be the tennis equivalent of new clothes in the fitting room mirror: everything looks good. Unburdened by the restrictive pressures of ranking points, financial rewards and vocal crowds, players swing away with the relaxed joy of rediscovered love.


Then there's Marat Safin.

The man who has turned tennis into a collision sport with his past penchant for racquet-destruction and emotional explosions is capable of many actions on court, but monotony isn't a part of his make up.

As qualifiers fought it out for precious positions in the Nasdaq-100 Open main draw and fellow pros traded strokes and jokes on the practice courts, the temperamental titan who regained his Grand Slam form by reaching the Australian Open final two months ago engaged in a spirited practice with Finnish lefthander Jarkko Nieminen inside the stadium.

About 28 fans sat scattered in various seats watching the pair pop potent topspin shots that jumped off the court and echoed throughout the stadium alternating with the steady squeal of sneakers to create a sound track of tennis effort.

Though both players have first-round byes — the 29th-seeded Nieminen will face either Todd Martin or Ivo Heuberger in the second round, while the 31st-seeded Safin awaits the winner of the all-American clash between James Blake and Vince Spadea — they played the final minutes of today's practice as if it were a match.

Sprinting to the sideline to hit a saving running forehand, Safin spun, changed direction and charged toward the net. It was a dazzling display of agility from the six-foot-four Safin, who correctly anticipated Nieminen's pass down the line only to knock the forehand volley into the net.

Shouting some self-critical phrases at himself, Safin picked up the ball that failed to clear the net and belted it into the 12th row of the stands with so much force the ball looked as altered as an altoid when it splattered against the stadium wall below the F section of bleachers.

Lashing his lefty inside-out forehand to Safin's forehand Nieminen frequently found the inside of the sideline with clean winners. Dripping with sweat, Safin was always on his toes shuffling laterally or surging forward. It was the fast footwork of an eager player who looks as fit as he was when he scorched Pete Sampras in straight sets to take the 2000 U.S. Open — one of seven titles he won that year. In his final service game of the practice, Safin really began to find his range, pounding crosscourt shots off both sides and moving forward to slam a pair of overhead winners.

As Ai Sugiyama stretched on the side of the court waiting her turn to practice, Safin motioned to play one more point. Then he slammed an ace down the middle. A smiling Safin took the last ball out of his pocket and smacked it out of the stadium. "Thank you!" Safin said to the small crowd, stopping to sign autographs for three kids before leaving.

A second-round casualty to Davide Sanguinetti in Miami last year, Safin faces a challenging second-round test from either Blake or Spadea, who started the month beating Blake, Andy Roddick and Nicolas Kiefer in succession to claim his first career tournament title in Scottsdale. Safin, who has never played Spadea, beat Blake 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Should Safin surpass the second round he could play eighth-seeded David Nalbandian in the third round.

maratski
03-24-2004, 09:17 AM
Thanks for that nice article :)

Practising and playing cannot be compared, but he seems to be more serious then I thought a few days ago so I have hope.

Aurora
03-24-2004, 11:02 AM
I like the sound of it!

Markus_21
03-24-2004, 12:39 PM
Hey Guys!

I hope Marat`s gonna kick some major ass here. Its time now, Marat! VAMOS!

Vass
03-24-2004, 12:56 PM
Ilhame since when are you a Russian?

Aurora
03-24-2004, 03:32 PM
It's fun to play around with the flags. In Wta world I like to be holy and come from Vaticancity. Let's see, what do I feel like today?

helena
03-24-2004, 03:44 PM
Ilhame since when are you a Russian?
:rolleyes: ........................... :p

Ma. Estefania
03-24-2004, 04:04 PM
Nice article.....I hope all those positive things can be shown on court....

maratski
03-24-2004, 05:30 PM
Ilhame since when are you a Russian?

Hence my name AND location ;)

Jessi
03-25-2004, 12:20 AM
Guess Christine isn't done hounding Marat so she's heading to Miami too. ;) Nah, i kid. Christine is the best! Looking forward to more of her fab reports and photos!

Kiara
03-25-2004, 12:23 AM
she is? lucky girl!! Yeah he reports rock, so do Susan's :D I was spoiled during IW .

Aurora
03-25-2004, 09:04 AM
Nalbandian has unfortunately retired from Miami, watch out Marat, your luck has been used, be ready to fight in tiebreaks all on your own!

DAVAI!

maratski
03-25-2004, 10:31 AM
I prefer fan reports over news articles so I'm glad she can provide us with them :)

Shadow
03-25-2004, 12:44 PM
this article is great. thank you! Now put the same effort in your matches, Marat.

cant wait for christines reports either.

Shadow
03-25-2004, 06:37 PM
..

Vera's match: Vera was a lot better. Severine got some injury (asked for a medical time out and got a heavy strap on her thigh) after the first set, but she didn't look a lot slower in the second set. vera was just better overpowering the French.
Dinara watched the first set of her match. She was in a great mood, talked to some guy (who, I understood, is with Vera). I wasn't really listenning what they were talking about excpet for one question from that guy. He asked Dinara whether Golovanov is really helping Marat. The way Dinara answered made me think that either someone else has asked that question before or the Safinas have doubts themselves. (basically, she confirmed bery emphatically (sp?))...

This guy asked Dinara whether Golovanov is helpful to Marat (i.e. helping him to improve) and Dinara was a little too emphatic to say yes. It sounded like they had been some other questions/discussions about Golovanov (ys was the first one to say here that it's a joke hiring Golovanov as Marat's coach).

maratski
03-25-2004, 06:53 PM
who posted that andrea?

Shadow
03-25-2004, 06:59 PM
tenn_ace from wtaworld --->

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=107364

he/she is in Miami and reporting.

maratski
03-25-2004, 07:04 PM
thanks :)

Denise
03-26-2004, 05:13 AM
Aloha girls ;) Marat will face Spadea next round!! I CAN DO IT BABY!! VAMOS!!

merle
03-26-2004, 09:40 AM
So guys, you think he can handle Spadea? Training looks good so I hope he can carry it to matchplay again like at AO! :D

Vass
03-26-2004, 10:22 AM
Marat is playing tommorow right? Oh I hope he goes deep in the tournament, or else I'll just kill myself. My fave WTA player withdrew for 4 weeks and I wouldn't survive if Marat loses.

merle
03-26-2004, 10:26 AM
Oh, poor Vass! Don't kill yourself over tennis! It's just the game, ya know! ;)
BTW, what's the rain situation there? I read it was going to rain quite a bit over the weekend? So might be a lot of waiting. And did Myskina withdraw for 4 weeks? :confused: She's you fave, isn't she?

Vass
03-26-2004, 10:42 AM
Yes I think there's going to be rain. And yes Myskina is my fave. And tennis is my life. No tennis -no life.

merle
03-26-2004, 10:51 AM
:hug: to Vass! There are other things in life beside tennis, although I must admit it is addictive, you know! Still, PLEASE don't get desperate if Marat loses! Besides, I hope he's gonna last more than one match this time! :bounce: :bounce: :clap2: :clap2:

Shadow
03-26-2004, 12:07 PM
Aloha girls ;)

Vass, marat_, TF, Mister Q... are all men.

Shadow
03-26-2004, 12:08 PM
Davai Marat against Spadea! I expect RESUTLS! (with luck or without ;) )

He will play Saturday :)

Catsou
03-26-2004, 06:39 PM
http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/draws/Event2Round1Segment1.html

Double draw:

Mark KnowlesBAH
Daniel Nestor (5) CAN
VS.

Fernando GonzalezCHI
Feliciano Lopez ESP

Tomas CibulecCZE
Leos Friedl CZE
VS.

Mark PhilippoussisAUS
Marat Safin RUS

Shadow
03-26-2004, 06:53 PM
Marat and Mark a doubles team :eek: lol, who would have thought that!!! :D

Aurora
03-26-2004, 07:12 PM
He really is trying to amuse us with his choice of double partners: you want change Marat? Olivier, Mark ... next: Christophe and then again Karlovic? (or don't you want to run the risk of playing alot of double matches by choosing Mark? :o )

Anyhoo: SUCCESS AGAINST SPADEA!!!

It's really :sad: for Nastya, I was praying for her to not play so much, with doubles and everything... really too bad as nr 4 is now out of her reach for some time. (but Doha with Doha in her pocket, I can't wait to see her do some damage at the later clay tournies)

Jessi
03-26-2004, 07:50 PM
He's playing doubles? :rolleyes: And with pathetic poo no less :o Guess he isn't expecting to go far in singles...

Aurora
03-26-2004, 07:52 PM
No no on the contrary, Jessi! With the Poo choice he isn't expecting to get far in doubles, singles OTOH... all the way to the kiss of the cup!

(look how positive I am!)

Jessi
03-26-2004, 07:52 PM
I don't have a good feeling about the Spadea match. It has an upset in the making vibe to it. Vince is confident and playing well and will be looking to add another big name scalp to his list. Hope i'm wrong and Marat will shut him down.

MisterQ
03-26-2004, 08:02 PM
Thought this was funny:

(from Serena Williams' interview today)

Q. You've been away all these months. You're back in this atmosphere. What about it had you sort of forgotten?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Hmm... Well, I've forgotten how long it could take to play. Fortunately enough I was first on today. Usually I'm playing behind Marat Safin who's playing Fabrice Santoro at the French Open. It goes all of five sets, 7-6 in each.

But this time, that's one thing I just thought about, so...

Jessi
03-26-2004, 08:14 PM
Lmao! I just a neg rep from a Marat fan for this post :lol:

lol, i agree. And its not being pessimistic, its being realistic!

Keep your expectations low, and you won't be disappointed.

Jessi
03-26-2004, 08:16 PM
:lol: Mister Q! Funny quote, thanks for sharing.

tall_one
03-26-2004, 09:48 PM
Lmao! I just a neg rep from a Marat fan for this post :lol:
some people :rolleyes:

Kiara
03-26-2004, 10:03 PM
I don't have a good feeling about the Spadea match. It has an upset in the making vibe to it. Vince is confident and playing well and will be looking to add another big name scalp to his list. Hope i'm wrong and Marat will shut him down.

Me neither, Vince (swoon) is *rolling* in confidence right now plus if he plays well he'll have a chance of being picked to complete the US Davis cup team so he'll play with more determination than usual....I wont be surprised if Vince pulls this off.

It wont be an "upset" ;)

I hope Im wrong too.

Kiara
03-26-2004, 10:05 PM
Lmao! I just a neg rep from a Marat fan for this post :lol:

:rolleyes:

you want me to "take care" of them? ;) *cracks knuckles*

Cris
03-27-2004, 01:31 AM
I'm still upset with Marat's last 'performance', but I'm trying to be optimist. ;)
Marat, it's time to kick butt! Vamos!

crace37
03-27-2004, 04:41 AM
Good luck!

tall_one
03-27-2004, 07:22 AM
Schedule of Play for Saturday, March 27, 2004

Stadium - 11:00 AM Start

1. Vincent Spadea (USA) vs Marat Safin (RUS) [31]
2. Jie Zheng (CHN) vs Venus Williams (USA) [2]
3. Karol Beck (SVK) vs Andy Roddick (USA) [2]
4. Roger Federer (SUI) [1] vs Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
5. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) [27] vs Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)

Jessi
03-27-2004, 08:09 AM
:rolleyes:

you want me to "take care" of them? ;) *cracks knuckles*


lol, thanks for the offer Kir :hug: but this person is a troll and not worth of our time :angel:

i actually burst out laughing when i saw it :lol:

Vass
03-27-2004, 01:12 PM
Thought this was funny:

(from Serena Williams' interview today)

Q. You've been away all these months. You're back in this atmosphere. What about it had you sort of forgotten?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Hmm... Well, I've forgotten how long it could take to play. Fortunately enough I was first on today. Usually I'm playing behind Marat Safin who's playing Fabrice Santoro at the French Open. It goes all of five sets, 7-6 in each.

But this time, that's one thing I just thought about, so...

ROTFL

Tennis Fool
03-27-2004, 05:56 PM
Marat lost to Spadea in a hard fought match. Oh well...

Tennis Fool
03-27-2004, 05:56 PM
At least he won't lose any ranking pts :o

Shadow
03-27-2004, 06:13 PM
NO WORDS! :smash:

Tennis Fool
03-27-2004, 06:15 PM
I hope he plays Valencia before Barcelona, where he has a shitload of pts. to defend

Vass
03-27-2004, 06:21 PM
Andrea looks like I wasn't lying in the chat. Oh well...

Vass
03-27-2004, 06:26 PM
I hope he plays Valencia before Barcelona, where he has a shitload of pts. to defend
Yeah that's true. He planned to to play many tournaments this year, but I think he'll reconsider. Miami hardly qualified as a tournamnt for him and so did Indian Wells. This two weeks will be a continuation of one more long holiday.

Anyway, he'll play Estoril next. perhaps he'll do better there.

Shadow
03-27-2004, 06:28 PM
yes Vass...

Kiara
03-27-2004, 07:26 PM
I hope he plays Valencia before Barcelona, where he has a shitload of pts. to defend

TF the Estoril open is next for him..he needs practice on clay badly.

Cris
03-27-2004, 09:26 PM
No coments... :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

Vass, totally agree with you, rest from Marat is a great idea. ;)

BelgianWaffle
03-27-2004, 09:44 PM
Pfft marat :rolleyes:
I don't think he sucks but atm he's definetely pathetic..

Andrea your avatar made me jump out of my chair! :bolt: ;)

Shadow
03-27-2004, 09:47 PM
Christines report

hi all,
well to say the least, the match was disappointing. As Marat himself said, he should have won it. But actually, I always felt that Spadea had the slight edge throughout the match. It was mainly because Marat was not really going for his shots like Vince was. He was cracking winners off of Marat's second serves, and Marat was not doing that on his.

Vince was also returning very well. I don't know if any of you saw the match or not, but it was a bit breezy and that was definitely affecting Marat's shots and serves although he did not blame the conditions for his loss.

I was in the photo pit for the entire match, right by where he kicked the wall (if any of you watched it on tv you will see me I'm sure) *lol* I went to his press conference afterwards, and he was pretty down. Just sad more than anything. He was not his usual jovial joking self. I asked him 3 questions... the 2 about the doubles and the last question about Spadea's game (if he was surprised at all). I'm not sure if the transcript is out or not, but it should be shortly. It was not a long interview so hopefully they will put up the complete transcirpt. I have no internet here at the tennis besides this free bellsouth booth, so can't report too much more.

I saw some of Robredo/Rochus this morning but since they had to dry the courts I only managed to watch 3 games before I had to leave for Marat's match. He should be playing doubles tomorrow, so I am looking forward to that!

Also just finished watching Moya/Sanchez and am on the way to watch Federer now then heading home. I took tons of pics until my camera battery died.. will get a new one before tomorrow!

Jessi
03-27-2004, 10:18 PM
:retard: :help:

Marat, your pathetic, weak, useless and a massive waste of talent! I though after his nightmare season last year things would be different but guess not. I guess once a headcase, always a headcase.

Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.

maratski
03-27-2004, 10:25 PM
I agree Jessi

Marat :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: :rolleyes:

tall_one
03-28-2004, 04:25 AM
:shout: :explode: :banghead: :fiery: :rolleyes: :smash:

Fedex
03-28-2004, 06:01 AM
:retard: :help:

Marat, your pathetic, weak, useless and a massive waste of talent! I though after his nightmare season last year things would be different but guess not. I guess once a headcase, always a headcase.

Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.
Exactly the same thing i was going to say!

Jessi
03-28-2004, 06:28 AM
FedEx, is there room for one more on Rogers bandwagon? ;)

Jessi
03-28-2004, 06:35 AM
Man, Guga lost too?! What a crappy tournament! :(

Fedex
03-28-2004, 06:55 AM
FedEx, is there room for one more on Rogers bandwagon? ;)
Yep, there always is ;)

Fedex
03-28-2004, 06:58 AM
Man, Guga lost too?! What a crappy tournament! :(
Yea, No David, no Marat, No Guga :( There are fewer and fewer players to cheer for now. I almost lost 1 more player yesterday, Roger.

Jessi
03-28-2004, 07:08 AM
Yeah that's true. He planned to to play many tournaments this year, but I think he'll reconsider. Miami hardly qualified as a tournamnt for him and so did Indian Wells. This two weeks will be a continuation of one more long holiday.

*sigh* Marat and his vacations. :rolleyes: Its not even cute anymore. He'd better be heading straight to Monte Carlo and train his butt off for the clay season.
Get it together OAF!

Jessi
03-28-2004, 07:11 AM
Yep, there always is ;)

i thought it was already full so i was just checking *hops on bangwagon* ;)

Fedex
03-28-2004, 07:26 AM
I really hope he has a good clay season. He's only gained 11 points since the Australian Open, while Roger has gained 172 :eek: Has only won 2 matches since beating Agassi in their classic semifinal at Aus Open :( Not acceptable!!

Jessi
03-28-2004, 07:45 AM
He's only gained 11 points since the Australian Open, while Roger has gained 172 :eek:

now now, you don't have to rub it in ;)

Roger is having an incredible year so far. I'm just awed and amazed by how well he is playing. His confidence must be sky high right now...it will be interesting to see how long he can keep it up.

tall_one
03-28-2004, 08:21 AM
Man, Guga lost too?! What a crappy tournament! :(
my thought precisely. Marat, Dinara and Guga all lose their 1st match :rolleyes:
Who cares about all that stupid live coverage i have this week if there is no one left to watch :mad:

Jessi
03-28-2004, 08:23 AM
aww nicki :hug: I hear ya! I also have coverage next week but won't be watching.

Bring on the clay season!

Aurora
03-28-2004, 11:48 AM
I want to see some hot shit at clay, Marat, get the fire burning!

I'd like some opinions on his second serve, dear analysts, it seems his opponents usually can get to it quite easily. Why and how to improve?

Cris
03-28-2004, 01:16 PM
:retard: :help:

Marat, your pathetic, weak, useless and a massive waste of talent! I though after his nightmare season last year things would be different but guess not. I guess once a headcase, always a headcase.

Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.

Jessi, totally agree with you. See Marat losing so many chances and talking all time about this 'luck' crap is really annoying. :fiery:

Guga's match... painful to watch. :sad: At least, I didn't watch Marat losing to Spadea. Have a good coverage here, but I'm not very interested too. Don't have any motivation to watch tennis.

I'm not so optimist, but let's wait for clay court season and see what happens.

Kiara
03-28-2004, 01:30 PM
Yea, No David, no Marat, No Guga :( There are fewer and fewer players to cheer for now. I almost lost 1 more player yesterday, Roger.

yeesh this tournament is turning out to be a dud, and we almost lost Moya yesterday to David Sanchez :o ...all chips on Juan Monaco to win the tourney pls ;)

and Jessi I see you've jumped on the Fed Express, :yeah:

Lilly, Marat's second serve is the most predictable, conservative,second serves in the game, it's easy to read, lands too shallow and is easy to put away and unless he makes some drastic changes to it, he's definitely vulnerable as any halfway decent returner would just pounce on it. I dont know whats wrong could be something to do with his toss or the placement or maybe he's not hitting it with enough spin...

How to improve: What's Pete Sampras doing these days ? ;) Arguably the best second serve in tennis- the kick serve which pulls the oponent off the court, he hit hit second serve as hard as he hit his first but used waaay more spin on the second. Ferrero also has a good second serve imo, as does Andy...actually so does anyone who's name isnt Marat Safin or Taylor Dent ;)

He needs to hit it deep and maybe hit it with alot more spin, the more spin he uses on it the deeper it'll bounce.

Plus he should aim the second serve. If he aims the serve at his opponents weaker wing there is less chance of it coming back, instead of just firing it off and not caring where it lands as long as it's in the box. Once he has confidence in his second serve, his first serve will improve dramatically as well.

anyway thats just imho and I dont know much about this stuff but he needs to do something about it, and soon.

Im thinking Marat should play on the ladies tour, that way he might actually win a match ;)

Kiara
03-28-2004, 01:39 PM
anyway Im done worrying about Marat and Im sick of waiting for him to get his crap together, anyway he didnt do jack shit at the start of 2000, he had 7 first round losses in big tournaments and lost almost all the davis cup matches but still ended up number one....only Marat could do that :rolleyes: as long as he defends his Barcelona points.....

Kiara
03-28-2004, 02:01 PM
my thought precisely. Marat, Dinara and Guga all lose their 1st match :rolleyes:
Who cares about all that stupid live coverage i have this week if there is no one left to watch :mad:

aw Nicki that blows :hug:

For me Marat, Fernando, Ricardo, Taylor and Mardy all punked out but I still have Guille,Rafa and Fena to cheer for Im looking forward to the Rafa/ Roger match, if Roger is ill and Davydenko took him to 3, there might be an upset :D knowing Rafa he's not going to back down without a hell of a fight, he's going to give it his all and play his very best tennis as always, and if Roger doesnt play well he can beat him :bounce: GO RAFA!

Marat could do with taking a page out of Nadal's book, who plays every point like his life depended on it :D

Jessi
03-28-2004, 07:33 PM
A good match report by NasdaqBallboy form Teniss Week messageborad. Thanks to Cat for the heads up :D

Nasdaq-100 Open Day 6 Report: Venus, Roddick, Federer and MATCH OF THE YEAR!
Post By : NasdaqBallboy
03/28/04

What a phenomenal day it was. Third time in a row I got to work Stadium and I got an awesome treat. I've been at the Nasdaq-100 4 years and I'd never witnessed a match as great as the one I saw first up on Stadium Court. 2 guys giving it their all, leaving their guts on the court and playing what I think is Match of the Year. Anyone in the jam-packed crowd, or watching on the Tennis Channel would probably agree. That match was Vince Spadea vs. Marat Safin.

I had seen Vince Spadea's coach around 9:45 am while me and 2 buddies were in line at Ben and Jerry's. He's a small guy but real nice. I told him how I enjoyed watching Vince win in Scottsdale and we talked about the 1st round comeback against Blake and how Vince has learned to keep his compsure. He said "this is a big match" and I could tell by the look in his eyes he meant business. He bought 3 Lemon Lime Gatorades and proceeded to a practice court when Spadea was hitting right before the match. He really wanted this thing, as evident by a rigorous run-around on the court just minutes before the big match.

I'm gonna try my best to describe the highlights of this match but there were so many, I'm probably forgetting a lot. 1st set had no breaks of serve. Spadea had his chances late in the set at 15-15. Safin hit two service bombs but Spadea returned both for clean crosscourt winners, one forehand and one backhand. The crowd went ballistic for about a minute. When they finally got quiet, Safin muttered "Real good man" and clapped his racket to Spadea. 5 seconds later he smacked an ace up the tee to another roar. Somebody yelled "Foot fault" at Safin but he responded "Shut up". Haha! Safin held and they went to a 1st set tiebreaker. Safin had a set point but couldn't keep it. Every point in the tiebreaker was high quality, HELL, every point in the match was high quality. These two had great ralleys with powerful ground strokes. Spadea fought off some setpoints to steal the tiebreaker 9-7. More of the same in the 2nd set. Spadea broke Safin only to be broken back in the next game. They went to another tiebreaker with Vince storming out to a 3-0 lead. But Marat had none of it, storming back with winners and dictating play from one corner of the court to the other end of the court. He won the 2nd tiebreaker 7-4.

The 3rd set was tense as both guys fought to hold serve. Safin missed out on some volleys and began cursing at himself out loud in Russian. Spadea faced two break points early in the set but saved them. At 5-4 in the 3rd set, Spadea turned on the gas again and was rocking Marat's serves. At deuce in the game, Vince returned a 135 mph serve but was running wide to get to Safin's reply. He did so and Safin hit an approach to the far end of the court. With all his might, Vince stormed to the ball and knocked a down-the-line backhand. Safin dove to hit the volley but just missed as it connected with the frame. Safin laid on the court for about 10 seconds while Vince was pumping his fist at match point. Safin held his composure and won 3 points in a row to get to game point but Spadea came roaring back like he's done so much lately. He got back another huge Safin serve and on his 2nd match point saw a Safin shot go long. After 2 hours and 40 minutes Vince Spadea won a thriller. The key to the match was Spadea's return of serve. He was keying in on Safin's strength and somehow exploiting it. Vince's game has improved so much. It's a shame this match wasn't on ESPN, though I know the Tennis Channel was broadcasting all the stadium matches live today. It truly was a classic.

okay, after reading this report, i feel kinda bad for ripping into Marat. I didn't see the match and was wrong to assume that he gave another listless performance but it seems he tried and give it his best shot but is just short on cofidence. I think if Marat was confident we wouldn't be hearing all this talk about luck from him.

Jessi
03-28-2004, 07:50 PM
anyway Im done worrying about Marat and Im sick of waiting for him to get his crap together, anyway he didnt do jack shit at the start of 2000, he had 7 first round losses in big tournaments and lost almost all the davis cup matches but still ended up number one....only Marat could do that :rolleyes: as long as he defends his Barcelona points.....

It would be great if he won a title before RG. He desperately needs to get on some kinda of a roll and and get that winning feeling back again.

Kiara
03-28-2004, 08:04 PM
He desperately needs to get on some kinda of a roll and and get that winning feeling back again.

you'd think Australia would've done that ;)

Aurora
03-28-2004, 08:26 PM
Yeah maybe we got a bit tough on him as pretty much nobody saw the match ... but then again there are reasons in the past why we jumped to that conclusion.

and I guess a truly winning feeling comes from .. uuuhm winning (really!). a title. he needs a title.

Thanks Kiara for confirming my thoughts on his second serve. People always go on about Marat with the huge serve who could be a major threat at Wimby, but that's not the reality.

oh well, on to the future! I dream of clay action...

maratski
03-28-2004, 08:41 PM
Marat is not a little boy anymore so I don't think I'm being too hard on him, even if I haven't seen the matches. Four losses like this is just too much. You would expect him to notice a pattern after two or three tournaments and try to improve.

One thing I'm actually wondering about is whether Marat REALLY thinks it's about luck or is he trying to explain something, but can't because his english might not be good enough for it.

Kiara
03-28-2004, 08:53 PM
Thanks Kiara for confirming my thoughts on his second serve. People always go on about Marat with the huge serve who could be a major threat at Wimby, but that's not the reality.

oh he does have a huge serve but just the first serve, thats why he has a problem with the TB's - if on a given day he cant find his first serve he's in trouble...as a huge server he should have an advantage in tiebreaks but he doesnt really because his second serve sucks so bad :(

Kiara
03-28-2004, 08:55 PM
One thing I'm actually wondering about is whether Marat REALLY thinks it's about luck or is he trying to explain something, but can't because his english might not be good enough for it.

Ilhame I was thinking the same thing..

Maybe luck translates to I need to work harder, give it my all and maintain my concentration and focus in Russian ;)

or maybe it's code for "I need to dump my coach" ;)

maratski
03-28-2004, 09:03 PM
lol Kiara

I'm pretty hardheaded myself, but I believe I'm intelligent and know what's good for me, but why can't Marat be like me? Why is he still blind and keeps going on like this?
He gets more intriguing by the day, but not for the right reasons ;)

maratski
03-28-2004, 09:12 PM
I wish Christine would have asked Marat a coaching question when she had the chance :(

I'd like to know how he'd feel about possibly working with Lundgren.

Kiara
03-28-2004, 09:12 PM
lol Kiara

I'm pretty hardheaded myself, but I believe I'm intelligent and know what's good for me, but why can't Marat be like me? Why is he still blind and keeps going on like this?
He gets more intriguing by the day, but not for the right reasons ;)

Ilhame, love is blind...or so they say ;)

maybe he thinks he can do it on his own, meybe there is a certain element of pride involved in his decision.... :confused:

maratski
03-28-2004, 09:18 PM
I'm not in the mood to speculate right now ;)

I'm off to bed and am not even interested in his doubles match, which is about to start. What's happening to me :confused:

:wavey: :kiss: :hug:

Kiara
03-28-2004, 09:19 PM
I wish Christine would have asked Marat a coaching question when she had the chance :(

I'd like to know how he'd feel about possibly working with Lundgren.

Pudding would be great for Marat, but I think he'd be better off with a Russian coach...he had a bit of a problem with Mats in that Marat didnt speak Swedish and Mats didnt speak Russian so they communicated in English and I can imagine that caused a few complications and misunderstandings here and there.....

Kiara
03-28-2004, 09:20 PM
I'm not in the mood to speculate right now ;)

I'm off to bed and am not even interested in his doubles match, which is about to start. What's happening to me :confused:

:wavey: :kiss: :hug:

ok good night, :kiss:

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 09:28 PM
You guys are ripping into Marat when he's down, LOL

Jessi, why would you think two tiebreaks and 6/4 was a bad match???

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 09:29 PM
Also when a player continues to mention "luck", well, when it comes to Marat, you have to know their confidence is low. What else can they say?

BTW, Monica Seles used to pepper her statements with "luck" all of the time, especially when she won against Serena or someone top 5.

Kiara
03-28-2004, 09:37 PM
You guys are ripping into Marat when he's down, LOL

Jessi, why would you think two tiebreaks and 6/4 was a bad match???

a loss is a loss, but as long as he tried....I feel sorry for him being so down and out, but he put himself in this position, he makes things harder for himself than they should be...

luna904
03-28-2004, 09:41 PM
Hi, I have been lurking a while but finally decided to post. What is it with you guys - how fickle some fans can be. That was a good match - AND it was televised on ESPN. Unfortunatley, their schedule is so screwy, they didn't say. Just by chance, I happened to see the last half of it. Half of the second set and the whole third one. Marat played really well. Every year the players get better. Spadea is playing unreal tennis right now.
I am discouraged too that Marat has not won more after the phenomenal start at the Australian Open, but now the players know he is back and they watched his game and are ready for him. He has phenomenal talent - I think he is still ranked #2 in ATP Champions race - at least right now. And personally, I wish that doubles match between Marat/Mark P is televised. I'd love to see that - 2 power players. Who said that was poo? Hey that was a great match. The winds were bad. Spadea said himself he played on that court a lot and knows how to handle them. He seems like a nice guy. Federer nearly lost his second round match - I saw that too. He made an amazing number of unforced errors. I like Federer's game a lot, but his fans must have been discouraged. Go Marat!!!!

Kiara
03-28-2004, 09:50 PM
just so you know we dont take joy out of kicking him when he's down

tall_one
03-28-2004, 10:00 PM
Hi, I have been lurking a while but finally decided to post. What is it with you guys - how fickle some fans can be.....
Fickle?? If we were fickle we wouldn't be here, not after last year. :rolleyes:

He lost to Vince Spadea - not Federer or Roddick or Agassi - Spadea. Marat should not be losing to idiots who hold the record for most consecutive loses no matter how well Vince is playing at the moment.

Us venting our frustations about Marat losing does not mean we do not support him or that we will stop supporting him!!! It means we are mad and frustrated about how he is playing at the moment!!

tall_one
03-28-2004, 10:05 PM
btw, Marat and Mark won the 1st set of their doubles match 6/4 :)

tall_one
03-28-2004, 10:25 PM
Marat & Mark are down 2-4 in the second set though :(

Kiara
03-28-2004, 10:30 PM
Fickle?? If we were fickle we wouldn't be here, not after last year. :rolleyes:

I agree, there are people who've supported him through thick and thin, it would be nice if you got to know us before calling us fickle.


He lost to Vince Spadea - not Federer or Roddick or Agassi - Spadea. Marat should not be losing to idiots who hold the record for most consecutive loses no matter how well Vince is playing at the moment.!!

Actually I disagree with you Nicki.vey much.

It not true when people talk of Spadea like he's the lowest of the low,and therefore Marat SHOULD have beaten him because he's scum.

Spadea is a very intellegent player, and a dangerous journeyman, he's experienced and he's beaten top players before, he beat Roddick and Blake and won a title less than a month ago, so he's clearly competent, ok he's no Agassi, but according to that report Spadea had too much game for Marat, Marat played as well as he could but Spadea kept the pressure on, knew his weak points and attacked when he had the chance,it would be nice if people commended him for his effort and not called him an idiot because clearly, he isnt.
I didnt expect Marat to cruise through, I expected this to be a tough match and I didnt think even he was going to win it. I DID however expect him to beat Roddick and I think he couldve if he didnt spazz out halfway through.and that was what was dissapointing about that match, the fact that he didnt try, he did yesterday and sadly his opponent was better.

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 10:33 PM
Hi Luna :wavey:

Lurking and not posting???

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 10:36 PM
Like Luna said, Spadea is playing unreal tennis. I would too if I won my first tournament in 200 tries. He beat Roddick, remember.

Roddick's year has been ho-hum and I don't see his fans getting on his case for not getting to the finals of AO after losing to a has-been like Marat...

tall_one
03-28-2004, 10:39 PM
btw, Marat and Mark lost the 2nd set 6/3

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 10:40 PM
Before anyone doesn't realize, the "has been" remark was facetious.

I think because I'm a bit older than some of you guys I don't see his loss yesterday as being too bad, although I was bummed because I thought he'd pull it through. He's going through the "James Blake" syndrome, being in the 30s and seeded low or not seeded at all and due to bad luck of draw pulling the Federers and Roddicks early. Can't he get a good draw???

Kiara
03-28-2004, 10:46 PM
Roddick's year hasnt been ho-hum, he's been very consistent he's won a title and reached either the quarters or semi's in the others and that a great in fact and thats something I would welcome, although Marat isnt known for being consistent and I shouldnt expect him to be.

Catsou
03-28-2004, 10:47 PM
LOl I'm glad I'm not the only one who don't see his loss yesterday as being soooooooo bad. We must be around the same age TF ;)

Kiara
03-28-2004, 10:48 PM
and btw :wavey: Hi Luna, it would be nice if more people posted here more and not lurked ;) TF that means you too :p

tall_one
03-28-2004, 10:51 PM
Actually I disagree with you Nicki.very much.

It not true when people talk of Spadea like he's the lowest of the low,and therefore Marat SHOULD have beaten him because he's scum.....
He isn't the lowest of the low, but he isn't the creme de la creme either, that was my point
Me calling Vince an idiot was more because 1) i don't like him and 2) this is the second time today a lurker has called me fickle so i'm in a bad mood.

Kiara
03-28-2004, 10:55 PM
Before anyone doesn't realize, the "has been" remark was facetious.

I think because I'm a bit older than some of you guys I don't see his loss yesterday as being too bad, although I was bummed because I thought he'd pull it through. He's going through the "James Blake" syndrome, being in the 30s and seeded low or not seeded at all and due to bad luck of draw pulling the Federers and Roddicks early. Can't he get a good draw???

No I dont think his loss was bad either, it definiely wasnt as dissapointing as his loss to Roddick,its because he had his chances (a 4-0 lead I believe) and he blew them and gave a lame-o excuse about Roddick getting lucky with some volleys, imo there is not much shame in losing to a player who played better than you on a given day no matter how low in the rankings they are IF you did everything you could beat them.

Kiara
03-28-2004, 10:59 PM
I getcha Nicki :hug:
and I dont like Vince either, he perves on the laydeez too much and I mean really that guy is a pervert! :(

tall_one
03-28-2004, 11:07 PM
:( they lost 4/6 6/3 6/2

luna904
03-28-2004, 11:20 PM
Oh, BTW, I think it was The Tennis Channel and not ESPN who showed the match. Is the Safin/Phillipousis match being shown anywhere? Yes, Spadea is playing REALLY well now. I think he was in the world top 30 last year. Any of you guys play tennis? You wouldn't be so fast to knock Marat's performance. OK, he apparently gave a 'tank sign' the middle of second set. The sportscaster said he was doing this to take pressure off himself; was not really tanking. He wasn't; he tried really hard. He got mad and frustrated. I missed the set where he hit a couple balls out of the court, but I saw him break the racquet. They said that would be $2,000 fine - chump change for him and made a comment like 'where is his psychologist?' I didn't like that either. He tried hard, he played well. He didn't tank, which he has been known to do when discouraged. Spadea played better and handled the wind better. I think the sportscaster said one of the keys to Spadea's success was how well he returned Marat's serve too. That is not easy to return. Ah - here come the flames, help!!!! I lurked a while for a couple weeks. I got a big kick out of Marat's quotes - especially where he said he only signed for beautiful girls. He signed for me twice. How can you not love a guy like that? Even when he loses, his matches are more exciting, by far, than most others. You just never know what he will do.

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 11:21 PM
Roddick's year hasnt been ho-hum, he's been very consistent he's won a title and reached either the quarters or semi's in the others and that a great in fact and thats something I would welcome, although Marat isnt known for being consistent and I shouldnt expect him to be.

Yeah, he's 20-5, but look his only title this year is the Mickey Mouse San Jose, and he lost Scottsdale going out to Spadea. Didn't defend Memphis-- Qtrs to Enqvist, IW Qtrs to Henman who went out first round Miami, and he better watch out Bjorkman who beat him in Doha, is up next.

Anyway, basically his results a little bit weaker than last year at this time, and I would be very interested in seeing how he does on European clay.

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 11:23 PM
LOl I'm glad I'm not the only one who don't see his loss yesterday as being soooooooo bad. We must be around the same age TF ;)

I'm 31, Catsou, so above the median round here I think only Boiled Egg and Sjengster are older LOL

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 11:26 PM
and btw :wavey: Hi Luna, it would be nice if more people posted here more and not lurked ;) TF that means you too :p

Hey I've been here since the beginning I'm not trying to have 10,000 posts in 2 months, LOL (not that anyone on the forum does).

Anyway, I have a tendency to snark and some people don't like it, lol

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 11:28 PM
Okay, how is Vince a pervert? I don't know that he was like that

Kiara
03-28-2004, 11:39 PM
Everytime I see him, he's hitting on or checking out women, seriously. At Wimbledon this woman walked past, this MOM mind you WITH her two sons and she was wearing a rather skimpy T-shirt and it was a cold day and she wasnt wearing a bra.....and Vince was chatting to some guy and the mom was behind the person he was talking to, he was just started staring at her, he wasnt even making eye contact with the guy who was talking to him, eventually his friend turned around to see what Vince was staring at and they both ended up checking out her breasts :o

Tennis Fool
03-28-2004, 11:40 PM
Okaaay. You're not making me ask for a Vince Spadea forum

Where's Ilhame?

Kiara
03-28-2004, 11:58 PM
Ilhame is probably in bed right now, and Cat wants to know if you're British, because you said you had a tendency to be snarky ;) :p

*Runs and hides from Cat*

Tennis Fool
03-29-2004, 12:01 AM
No, I'm a New Yorker

BTW, I have since The Cat is also call "Cat" I'll call Catsou by her full name.

Catsou
03-29-2004, 12:09 AM
No, I'm a New Yorker

BTW, I have since The Cat is also call "Cat" I'll call Catsou by her full name.

You can call me whatever you like ;)

Catsou
03-29-2004, 12:13 AM
*Runs and hides from Cat*

yeah you better run from me :bolt:

;)

Tennis Fool
03-29-2004, 12:52 AM
No, I'm a New Yorker

BTW, I have since The Cat is also call "Cat" I'll call Catsou by her full name.

:eek:

I need to stop backspacing so much

tall_one
03-29-2004, 01:03 AM
:eek:

I need to stop backspacing so much
backspacing? :confused:

maratski
03-29-2004, 09:39 AM
I'm still here TF :)

I didn't know you're the same age as Eggy. I have to tell you that you're not around the same age as Sjengster though ;) He's younger, but his choice of words make him look older ;)

Is Estoril being played after the DC ties? If so, Marat better be playing on clay non stop for the coming two weeks.

Welcome Luna :wavey:
I don't know how much you've been lurking lately, but we've already discussed why we're so hard on Marat at the moment. Check the IW thread ;)

maratski
03-29-2004, 09:41 AM
I'm checking my mail and catching up here at the same time and I got this pic with my Nasdaq100 newsletter of Marat at the hairdressers :sad:

maratski
03-29-2004, 09:47 AM
Here's the pic

merle
03-29-2004, 11:29 AM
I'm still here TF :)

Is Estoril being played after the DC ties? If so, Marat better be playing on clay non stop for the coming two weeks.

)

Yeah, Ilhame, Estoril is after the DC week. And Marat really better work his A** off on clay for that time! still :mad: I'm still in no mood for discussions! :mad:

Jessi
03-30-2004, 09:38 PM
Thanks for the pic, Ilhame. I hope he got a buzz cut :drool:

Jessi
03-30-2004, 09:46 PM
Roddick's year has been ho-hum and I don't see his fans getting on his case for not getting to the finals of AO after losing to a has-been like Marat...

You don't see Roddick fans getting on his case because the guy fights and gives it his all in every match. He beats guys he is supposed to beat and doesn't wank out of early rounds of tournaments. You'll never see Roddick losing 3 first rounds in a row. He doens't pick and choose what tournament he wants to do well in, he plays hard and puts forth the same effort into every match. Unfortunately, we cant say the same about Marat.

Jessi
03-30-2004, 10:12 PM
Welcome Luna! :wavey: Its nice to have you here but as Kiara said, please get to kow us first before judging us. Most of here are longtime diehard fans who've supported him thru thick and thin. At the moment, Marat is letting his fans down and we're just letting off a little steam. Forgive us for not being more enthusiastic about this slump he's in.

maratski
03-31-2004, 09:10 AM
Thanks for the pic, Ilhame. I hope he got a buzz cut :drool:

I hope not ;)

Jessi
03-31-2004, 06:54 PM
we'll find out when Christine posts her pics ;)

maratski
03-31-2004, 07:01 PM
I can't wait ;)

Vass
03-31-2004, 07:02 PM
Marat get yourself together! I want a win of estoril.

PS: CVan't say more.... Dementieva's playing.

maratski
03-31-2004, 07:03 PM
ED kinda sucks I've heard. The only way she can still win is by making an injured Venus run.