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Monte-Carlo Masters

Aurora
04-17-2004, 02:11 PM
Aaah, it is fun to look ahead for the next tournament while he is still in another one! The draw is out, tough one once again! With first up, my personal least favourite match-up (especially if I don't get to see it).

A. Roddick - qualifier
G. Ivanisevic - qualifier
O. Rochus - M. Safin
M. Mirnyi - F. Gonzalez

S. Schalken - A. Calleri
N Escude - G. Carraz
G. Canas - A. Martin
A. Clement - S. Grosjean


G. Coria - qualifier
N. Kiefer - H. Arazi
R. Stepanek - A. Pavel
J. Bjorkman - M. Fish

J. Novak - T. Dent
qualifier - F. Santoro
A. Costa - F. Mantilla
D. Hrbaty - D. Nalbandian

Shadow
04-17-2004, 03:15 PM
though draw for Maratski! thats all i can say for now.

PennyThePenguin
04-17-2004, 03:18 PM
tough alright. but, to stay optimistic, at least it's clay and not...GRASS. marat, go do your thing, blast the little guy off court!

junekidd
04-17-2004, 03:35 PM
rogi really will not play, what a pity! and why andy is no.1??? this time marat will defeat him again!

PennyThePenguin
04-17-2004, 03:39 PM
cos roger's not there, so andy gets bumped up to number 1. and juanqui's 2nd i think

junekidd
04-17-2004, 03:46 PM
yeah, jc is no.2, and marat is not the seed……there are just 16 seeds in this MTS…… :confused:

Aurora
04-17-2004, 04:19 PM
Little Olivier isn't exactly on a roll this year, hardly won a match :sad:. Of course, hard is difficult for him but in Davis Cup on clay he wasn't very impressive either against Wayne Black (lost). As long as Marat doesn't let him play with his head, no problem.

junekidd
04-17-2004, 04:39 PM
the 1st round is not too bad, after all, marat is lucky compared with Rainer. rainer will play with guga in the 1st round! having a look at other players' draw, marat should not complain about anything……

Catsou
04-17-2004, 04:57 PM
Allez Marat kick cute little Olivier 's butt
:bounce: :clap2: :bounce: :bigclap: :bounce: :clap2: :bounce: :bigclap: :bounce: :clap2: :bounce: :bigclap: :bounce: :clap2: :bounce:

Aurora
04-17-2004, 04:58 PM
Yeah, there's always worse. There hardly ever is something as an "easy" draw in a Masters, now is there? Gonzalez (I'd be surprised if it is Max) is a tough cookie but if he makes that, a quallie or a guy not comfortable on clay. One match at a time though.

Aurora
04-17-2004, 04:59 PM
This is truly the battle of the cuties! (nothing wrong with Robredo but he's too smooth, too ideal-son-in-law for me)

Catsou
04-17-2004, 05:20 PM
(nothing wrong with Robredo but he's too smooth, too ideal-son-in-law for me)
:haha:

maratski
04-17-2004, 06:18 PM
though draw for Maratski! thats all i can say for now.

I know it's a tough draw for me, but I'm in the finals this week and feel very confident playing on clay. I'm sure luck will be on my side next week. ;)

Catsou
04-17-2004, 06:22 PM
I know it's a tough draw for me, but I'm in the finals this week and feel very confident playing on clay. I'm sure luck will be on my side next week. ;)
:lol:

Shadow
04-17-2004, 06:23 PM
I know it's a tough draw for me, but I'm in the finals this week and feel very confident playing on clay. I'm sure luck will be on my side next week. ;)

:haha:




dont jinx him

maratski
04-17-2004, 06:30 PM
I'm afraid marat will be jinxed. I have this bad feeling he'll be the OTW next week :(

Aurora
04-17-2004, 08:20 PM
as long as he goes out with a fight...

oh jeez, what are we speculating!


most important thing is RG, if he's too burned out to last *ahem* seven 5-set matches by winning all previous tournaments, that would be unfortunate.


am I jinxing now too?

Cris
04-17-2004, 08:53 PM
I know it's a tough draw for me, but I'm in the finals this week and feel very confident playing on clay. I'm sure luck will be on my side next week. ;)

:haha:

It's hard, but I would love to see Marat vs Goran in the 3rd round :devil:

Marat vs Rochus, very interesting. Ollie is adorable, but as Cat said, Marat kick his big butt. ;)

Aurora
04-17-2004, 09:44 PM
purely out of envy of the big butt...

Fedex
04-18-2004, 12:00 AM
Welll, no easy draw (unless he plays Andy ;) ) But i'm confident that he's playing well enough to get through the 1st few rds. Good Luck, Marat!! :D :bounce:

PennyThePenguin
04-19-2004, 02:22 AM
as long as he goes out with a fight...

oh jeez, what are we speculating!


most important thing is RG, if he's too burned out to last *ahem* seven 5-set matches by winning all previous tournaments, that would be unfortunate.


am I jinxing now too?

nah... u're not jinxing...u're just using that old handy tool we call.....reverse psychology. :devil:

Aurora
04-19-2004, 09:42 AM
whatever it takes, whatever.it.takes...

Meanwhile, first in Monte Carlo: alas no chance of revenge on Roddick (if he would have made past first and second round), he has withdrawn.

junekidd
04-19-2004, 12:51 PM
what's wrong with andy? he withdrew for "non-medical" reasons, and for what? mandy.fish and james.blake also have pulled out! what's the matter with those american guys?
god bless safin! goran has also defeated by a qualifier. so marat have no reason to leave before the 3rd round!

Shadow
04-19-2004, 01:16 PM
thats a pity so many Players withdraw from MC!

junekidd
04-19-2004, 01:29 PM
maybe those american are too tired……they are also not good at clay, so they withdrew……

maratski
04-19-2004, 01:38 PM
They're not too tired, but too chicken to play on european clay. They've always been like that and won't change. :rolleyes:

junekidd
04-19-2004, 01:49 PM
They're not too tired, but too chicken to play on european clay. They've always been like that and won't change. :rolleyes:

you are more reasonable! I am afraid I have affected by our forum too much. I could not say any weakness of andy in order to avoid poking up a fight there! :mad:

he even has no courage to come to the court! :devil:

Catsou
04-19-2004, 02:12 PM
It's well know that american players hate to play outside of the States..so they are not really found on the europen clay season...I'm not surprise so many withdraw...

Vass
04-19-2004, 06:02 PM
Well if they aren't good on clay, whu should they play? They have a right to focus on places they play well at.

As for Marat. I don't think he'll be jinxed. Everything depends on himself only (as always).

Anik
04-19-2004, 07:17 PM
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - Order of Play

Court Central start 10:00 AM

(16)L Hewitt (AUS) vs (WC)J Benneteau (FRA)
O Rochus (BEL) vs M Safin (RUS)

Chachou
04-19-2004, 07:24 PM
If Marat beat Rochus, he'll play Max Mirnyi

Marat palys in doubles too. He plays with Nicolas Escudé tomorrow and they play Gonzalez/Massu

novanora
04-19-2004, 07:55 PM
It's well know that american players hate to play outside of the States..so they are not really found on the europen clay season...I'm not surprise so many withdraw...
Oh, it seems they look like a group of cowards without the home advantages:lol::lol::lol:

PennyThePenguin
04-20-2004, 02:54 AM
:devil: nah... they all decided to go on a holiday together. to yosemite and do a spot of fishing. beats having to run around court and get themselves dirtied by the red clay.

i'm actually a minor blake fan. but SERIOUSLY! it's like JC not playing grass! and look how well JC did at Wimbledon!

and they wonder why most tennis fans aren't very pro-American.

Catsou
04-20-2004, 04:37 AM
Oh, it seems they look like a group of cowards without the home advantages:lol::lol::lol:
Well I didn't state they were coward..what I was pointing out is they don't feel very confortable playing those tournements before Paris. They prefer to play where they are happy to play I don't blame them, Europen feels the same too, they are not really found of the american season either.....

Chachou
04-20-2004, 01:44 PM
Marat beat Olivier Rochus 4-6 6-3 6-3

Shadow
04-20-2004, 01:51 PM
:D

He could only use 3 of 13 breakpoints, he hit way too many errors, wasnt going for his shots enough, but he did improve during the match and in the third set it was quite good and kept his head together at the end. 32 winners, 38 errors, 52% first serve percentage and 6 aces. Better stats than in Estoril :)

Next is Mirnyi.

junekidd
04-20-2004, 01:57 PM
winning is enough! he didi't waste any match point! that's great! come on! he will play better, I hope!

ruru
04-20-2004, 02:01 PM
come on marat! :bigclap:
please win next match!:angel:
who can tell me when will the double match start?

junekidd
04-20-2004, 02:06 PM
at the court des Princes, the 5th match.

maratski
04-20-2004, 02:21 PM
I saw the third set and Oli didn't make it easy for marat. He really made marat run for his money, but marat was determined and won :)

Shadow
04-20-2004, 02:23 PM
DSF was beeing nice ;) (well just third se tho)

junekidd
04-20-2004, 02:32 PM
you are so stringent, guys. I know you want him play better, be patient!

Shadow
04-20-2004, 02:34 PM
i think we were patient enough over years. Its not nice to see Marat lumbering around when you know what he can do with his game. Its difficult.

junekidd
04-20-2004, 02:46 PM
u have been patient for a long time, so don't mind being patient for a little longer time, all right?

PennyThePenguin
04-20-2004, 02:53 PM
I saw the first set and almost thrashed my TV towards the end of the set cos he kept making silly mistakes. sigh...

but i was pretty impressed with the way his serve seems to be working again. even though there were no aces in that set. good work marat! keep it up! actually, no, IMPROVE! especially with those break points!

thankfully for him, and my tv, i had to go for dinner. then when i came back, he'd won. hmm... i should try going for dinner more often. trick seems to work.

Shadow
04-20-2004, 03:00 PM
u have been patient for a long time, so don't mind being patient for a little longer time, all right?

no! its enough!
how long should we be patient? until he is 30 and retires, lol! He always makes the same mistakes again and again.

maratski
04-20-2004, 03:03 PM
DSF was beeing nice ;) (well just third se tho)

One set is better then nothing.

ps I'm not as mad as I was two days ago. Although he still isn't playing well, he did hang in there today :)

Shadow
04-20-2004, 03:04 PM
the end of the match was promising.

I think i wasnt as mad as i was on sunday since a VERY long time, so its at least good he won today.

maratski
04-20-2004, 03:09 PM
It was just so funny to see Oli throwing his racket. It doesn't suit him aswell as it suits Marat ;)

PennyThePenguin
04-20-2004, 03:19 PM
sorry guys, but who's DSF? and what does it stand for?

poor oli has very short legs doesn't he, when you compare his body to leg ratio.

one more thing! audio from marat's post-match interview are now up on the monte carlo site!

maratski
04-20-2004, 03:21 PM
DSF is a german sportschannel that is showing some tennis this week

PennyThePenguin
04-20-2004, 03:24 PM
oh! yay! nice to have a dose of marat every now and then. like my love-hate relationship with super sports, ESPN and Star sports.

argh... MARAT! please speak up! can't hear a thing he's saying on the audio. he's so muffled! as usual.

maratski
04-20-2004, 03:24 PM
There are audio clips on the tournament website

http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/1005//audio_rx.asp

Shadow
04-20-2004, 03:44 PM
It was just so funny to see Oli throwing his racket. It doesn't suit him aswell as it suits Marat ;)

yeah :D

Ollie has a lot of temper for a guy his size.

maratski
04-20-2004, 03:46 PM
yeah :D

Ollie has a lot of temper for a guy his size.

I noticed ;)

I haven't seen him play that often, but he always looked so quiet lol

Vass
04-20-2004, 03:48 PM
u have been patient for a long time, so don't mind being patient for a little longer time, all right?
I'm sure that someone started saying "be patient it shouldn't last long" in 2001/2002. You're saying it in 2004 and nothing changed. :o ;)

yeah the audio is horrible. Is there a transcript?

Vass
04-20-2004, 03:50 PM
[QUOTE=maratski
I haven't seen him play that often, but he always looked so quiet lol[/QUOTE]
I saw him throw a racket ones. But it looked only funny. It's like he's not realy angry.
:D

Aurora
04-20-2004, 05:23 PM
He has alot of emotions on court, quite the perfectionist of course. I'll never forget Olli crying after he lost in Davis Cup one time, it was the saddest I've ever seen. such beautiful tears...

tall_one
04-20-2004, 06:04 PM
Marat and Nico lost the 1st set 6/2 :sad:

Come on guys!!!!

Shadow
04-20-2004, 06:09 PM
Safin Calls for Tennis Schedule Changes
52 minutes ago


MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Marat Safin called for changes to the tennis schedule, saying Tuesday that players are burned out and big tournaments will suffer.



"Players have too much tennis," the 2000 U.S. Open (news - web sites) champion said after beating Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Monte Carlo Masters. "If you want the best players, you have to give them time to prepare."


Safin pointed out that Andy Roddick pulled out of the Monte Carlo event Monday, a day after lost in the final of the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Houston.


Roddick would have had to "fly overnight from Houston, then play on clay the next day?" Safin said. "He's lucky if he puts two balls in the court."


The winning doubles team in Houston, James Blake and Mardy Fish, also pulled out of the Monte Carlo tournament. Top-ranked Roger Federer and Andre Agassi withdrew earlier.


"There has to be a solution," Safin said. "But the players are always playing, so they don't have time to sit down with the ATP organizers and arrange something. Tennis is a beautiful game, it would be a pity to spoil it."

Shadow
04-20-2004, 06:10 PM
Safin fears player burn-out


Safin says the tennis season is too long
Marat Safin fears that the relentless demands of the men's tennis tour are threatening the future of the game.
World number one and two Roger Federer and Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi are among the top players to withdraw from this week's Monte Carlo Masters.

"The schedule is very tough. We only have 10 days or two weeks vacation and then you start over again," said Safin.

"After a while you can get burned out completely. Tennis will suffer because of this," the Russian added.

"Players have physical problems because the schedule is so tight without any rest.

The Monaco event is one of the prestigious Masters events and has traditionally been a good warm-up tournament for the French Open.

Tuesday's round-up

Safin, runner-up at Estoril on Sunday, staged a comeback to beat Belgium's Olivier Rochus 4-6 6-3 6-3 in the first round on Tuesday.

But former US Open champion believes that the schedule - which saw some of the top players playing in the US last week - is not flexible enough.

"If you want the best players to come to Monte Carlo, you need to give them time to prepare and give their best.

"You keep playing and then you lose this special feeling you have for the big tournaments, you don't enjoy it."

Shadow
04-20-2004, 06:10 PM
Hewitt and Safin struggle through in Monte Carlo
April 20, 2004
(Reuters)

Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin showed glimpses of their best on Tuesday, both rallying from a set down to reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday.

Safin, back after missing most of last year through injury, overcame a dogged challenge from Olivier Rochus, eventually swatting the pint-sized Belgian 4-6 6-3 6-3.

Standing 1.93 metres tall, Safin towers 28 centimetres above Rochus although the pair were evenly matched for much of the centre court contest.

"He's a small guy. I really don't like to play against him... I hate playing against the small guys," Safin smiled.

"You know, he fights so well and never gives up. He's a big fighter, anything could have happened.

"So it is a relief to get through... I'm feeling good."

Safin, like Hewitt a former U.S. Open champion and world number one, was runner-up at the Australian Open in February and is starting to look the force he was before injuries took hold.

The 24-year-old next faces Belarussian Max Mirnyi in the principality.

Shadow
04-20-2004, 06:11 PM
Split loyalties for Safin at Chelsea-Monaco match

MONACO, April 20 (Reuters) - Russian tennis player Marat Safin will have to wrestle with split loyalties when he attends Tuesday's Champions League semi-final between Monaco and Chelsea.

The former world number one -- now resident in the principality tax haven -- would like his home team to win the first leg but his tickets came from compatriot and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

"I don't care who's gonna win," smiled the player nicknamed 'Big Red'. "I want to see beautiful football."

When pressed the Russian grinned: "Of course, Monaco have to win but I got the tickets from Chelsea so I have to support them also."

Shadow
04-20-2004, 06:13 PM
Scheduling the problem


A list of big-name absentees at this week's Monte Carlo Masters is the result of an unrealistic and gruelling schedule, Marat Safin said on Tuesday. The Russian, who missed most of last season through injury, said events burn players out mentally and physically which is why so many stay away from the principality.

World number one Roger Federer, number two Andy Roddick and America's world number five Andre Agassi all chose to miss the $2.89 million event despite it being such good preparation for next month's French Open.

"If you want to have all the best players in the world coming to Monte Carlo you need to give players some time to recover, to prepare, so they can give their best," Safin said after beating Olivier Rochus 4-6 6-3 6-3.

"Players try but they're coming from indoor tournaments or they're coming from Miami, which ended a tough month because you were playing in Indian Wells, you've been playing Scottsdale... all of a sudden you end up in Monte Carlo.

"A TAXI"

"Of course, if you lose one of these matches you lose confidence... then it's already Rome... Hamburg... then the French Open. Basically, you end up with more kilometres than a taxi.

"There is always a reason for not moving tournaments, changing the schedule. It is always 'because, because, because'... but or because'. Nobody ever agrees - it is difficult.

"After a while you can get burned out completely. The schedule is so tight.

"Take for example Roddick. He is playing in Houston and then he has to fly overnight and play in Monte Carlo the next day - if he's lucky he could put two balls in the court.

"Federer, also, he needs more time to prepare.

"Something must be done."

tall_one
04-20-2004, 06:33 PM
They lost 6/2 6/2

oh well, let's kick some ass in singles now!!

maratski
04-20-2004, 07:52 PM
I can't believe he's defending Roddick. Roddick CHOSE to play ALL events in the USA. I agree that there's too many tournaments and that the season is too long, but it is a known fact that the claycourt season is the season where you play almost non-stop from MC till RG, so it's wise to take a break BEFORE it and not DURING it.

Vass
04-20-2004, 10:33 PM
Ilhame you're getting more and more arogant everyday. ;)

PennyThePenguin
04-21-2004, 01:33 AM
I can't believe he's defending Roddick. Roddick CHOSE to play ALL events in the USA. I agree that there's too many tournaments and that the season is too long, but it is a known fact that the claycourt season is the season where you play almost non-stop from MC till RG, so it's wise to take a break BEFORE it and not DURING it.

I think he used roddick as an example cos Roddick's a person the MEDIA would relate to since they idolise him so much. so to get the MEDIA's attention so that they'd bug the world with it, marat decides to use Roddick's name... smart move! :devil:

maratski
04-21-2004, 12:41 PM
Ilhame you're getting more and more arogant everyday. ;)

Vass don't you agree that Andy CHOSE to play so much? The ATP for sure didn't force him to it!

Shadow
04-21-2004, 02:38 PM
Marat won 6-4 6-3 :D :D :D :D :D

wow, that was fast. Right from the beginning there was never a doubt, VERY clean match from marat with him playing well all the match, lots of passing shots winners, lobs, and less errors.

way to go!

maratski
04-21-2004, 02:53 PM
Did you also see just the first set?

Marat was playing well and cut down on the errors. He hit some really nice passing shots and seemed very focused and determined. No oaf moments as far as I know ;)

Dasha was there with Walt and I think they were the only two to be there.

Cris
04-21-2004, 03:14 PM
Great win today :yeah:
Marat was confident and fucused all the time. After the 3rd set vs Rochus and today's match, I'm more optimist. :)

I could see Hewitt vs Gaudio. Lleyton is a fighter, fantastic win. :)

Shadow
04-21-2004, 03:20 PM
yes just the first set. LOL, DSF cant show a FULL match live. They just show the last set of the second match, some match points from matches before and the first set of the third match and then the coverage ends. :o :rolleyes:

That was a non-stressfull match from Marat since a VERY long time.

Dasha looked nice! :)

Shadow
04-21-2004, 03:52 PM
Marat match stats

57% 1st serve.
23 winners
8 (!) UE's
3/5 BP's won




last week in Estoril he was still hitting way more UE than winners :)

Aurora
04-21-2004, 04:38 PM
Nice one! That's the way to go, keep it up, Marat! I can imagine though that Max's style of play suits Marat well. But the UE number is definitely promising. Next up is Wayne Arthurs, very do-able also...

maratski
04-21-2004, 05:03 PM
The stats look very good indeed. Although he didn't hit many aces Marat.

Dasha looked great :)

Vass
04-21-2004, 09:27 PM
I like the fact that he doesn't have unforced errors! Winners are plentiful. Aces- perhaps they'll come back, sometime.

PennyThePenguin
04-22-2004, 02:55 AM
only 8 UEs! wow! did someone brainwash him? that was brilliant!

Billabong
04-22-2004, 03:55 AM
Well done Marat:D!!! Now continue:D!!!

Shadow
04-22-2004, 12:49 PM
Marat won 6-4 6-2 against Arthurs! :D :bounce:

another comfortable win :yeah: :)

17 winners, 10 UE.

Aurora
04-22-2004, 12:55 PM
Wow! Great performances so far it seems! :bounce: Dirt grinder coming up next, time to prove clay stamina for real! Alberto Martin is close to winning from Calleri.

maratski
04-22-2004, 12:57 PM
:woohoo:

junekidd
04-22-2004, 01:53 PM
I cannot be happy more now! I have even not seen the live scores for two days cos my shitty computer. :mad: but marat has given me the best comfort! a nice state and the perfect winnings! gooooooo on! :bigclap: :woohoo:

ruru
04-22-2004, 02:01 PM
:rolls:I am looking forward to the next match.:rolls:

junekidd
04-22-2004, 02:16 PM
I have even looked forward to the final……am I too optimistic? :rolleyes:

Shadow
04-22-2004, 02:48 PM
Safin Looking Like a Master Again

Marat Safin moved through to the quarterfinals of an ATP Masters Series event for the first time since October 2002 with a straight set victory over hard-serving lefthander Wayne Arthurs Thursday at the Masters Series Monte-Carlo. The last time Safin reached the final eight at an ATP Masters Series was at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, where Safin went on to win his 11th and most recent career title. Since then, Safin missed most of the 2003 season with a wrist injury before coming back this year with two appearances in finals at the 2004 Australian Open and Estoril Open last week. Safin was a quarterfinalist at the 2002 Masters Series Monte-Carlo, losing to Carlos Moya in a third-set tiebreak.

Safin next plays Spain’s Alberto Martin, who was up a break in the third set before Argentina’s Agustin Calleri battled back to send it into a tiebreak. At 1-all in the tiebreak, Martin won six straight points and won in nearly 2 ½ hours. Martin upset France’s Sebastien Grosjean yesterday.

Vass
04-22-2004, 02:56 PM
I'm bored: Marat taking on his bitch to go to the final. He's 4-0 against Alberto.

maratski
04-22-2004, 07:52 PM
There are audio clips of Marat, but they don't work on my computer :(

http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/1005//audio_rx.asp

Chachou
04-22-2004, 07:53 PM
Marat'll play tomorrow on court Central at 11.30 (first match- local time)

maratski
04-22-2004, 07:55 PM
I don't get coverage and will be in college :(

PennyThePenguin
04-23-2004, 01:44 AM
audios don't work for me either...i've got an exam RIGHT before the match. marat, please win, i'll need cheering up after that paper... woefully unprepared for it thanks to my obsession with the tv. thanks to u... :)

and...keep it going marat! 1h 7 min yesterday. let's try to keep it just as short today!

Denise
04-23-2004, 09:09 AM
Marat'll play tomorrow on court Central at 11.30 (first match- local time)

No! Can't be the first match. I can't believe it. dammit :( it's too early for me! 8 a.m I suppose hihihihi. Maybe I will be able to watch it. Gosh! I wanna watch my Marat :) and find out more news, photos, info, interviews... scream/jump whatever I go... I'm addicted :devil:

junekidd
04-23-2004, 12:41 PM
woohoo!!! win again! though there are a little troubles, winning is a cheerful thing! go to the final marat!

_ _me_ _
04-23-2004, 12:44 PM
JEEEJ he won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Billabong
04-23-2004, 12:57 PM
YEEEAAAHH congrats Marat!!! now continue! GOOOOO:banana:!!!

Shadow
04-23-2004, 01:06 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

well done Marat!


anyone who saw the match can report a lil pls? :)

Cris
04-23-2004, 01:31 PM
:woohoo: Great win!

First set, Marat focused, great shots, first serve worked fine like the last 2 days. Second set, Marat could break Martin's serve in the first game but lost his focus, too much UE's and Martin break him back, what gave him confidence. Martin was more agressive and Marat, the old story, lost his temper and the set. Third set, Martin's serve didn't work and Marat didn't waste the chance. Broke him twice. Hold his serve with no probs. Martin tried to come back, but not enough to beat Marat.
5 aces today, I'm not sure but he commited more than 20 UE's. Correct me if I'm wrong, but he'll face tomorrow Dave or Coria, right? He just can't lose his focus like he did in the 2nd set today. His returns were not so efficient.
Dasha was there, looking great. Just worried in the 2nd set.
Funny part was brazilian commentator calling him 'Urso' what means bear in portuguese. Guys here adore him. :worship:

PennyThePenguin
04-23-2004, 01:43 PM
go marat!!!!!! u rock!!!!! woohoo!!!!!!! thank you for winning! needed cheering up. paper was hell!

let's hope star shows you tmr morning so i can watch the game!!!!!!! yeehaaaa!!!!!

Shadow
04-23-2004, 01:44 PM
thanks a lot Cris :)

yeah semifinal against David or Guillermo. That will be a lot thougher.

Shadow
04-23-2004, 02:16 PM
Safin first into Monte Carlo semis
MONACO, April 23 (Reuters) - Marat Safin reached the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time on Friday, beating Alberto Martin 6-3 3-6 6-1.

The Russian former world number one had been a strong favourite heading into the last eight clash, having won all five previous matches against the Spaniard, and did not disappoint.

"I wanted to finish the match quickly in the second set and that is when I started to make some mistakes," Safin said, explaining the brief dip in form.

"But then in the third set I got my confidence back and that was it."

U.S. Open champion in 2000, Safin was playing his first quarter-final of a Masters Series event since Bercy in 2002.

He missed much of last season through injury but returned to the circuit in fine fashion this year, reaching the final of the Australian Open in February.

Now ranked 25 in the world, Safin knows he has a big job ahead of him with either Guillermo Coria or David Nalbandian blocking his path to the final.

"I played more aggressive, attacking players earlier in the tournament, now I am facing the real claycourt specialists," he said. "It is not easy to change your game to do this. But I will try.

"Today was the first real claycourt test. I am happy I came through. But Coria or Nalbandian will be really tough."

Last year's runner-up Coria is the favourite for the title and he meets his fellow Argentine later on Friday.

maratski
04-23-2004, 02:45 PM
I saw some of it aswell and indeed Marat must stay focused ALL match tomorrow. Often it seems like Marat was staying too much behind the baseline. Martin kept playing those dropshots and Marat couldn't reach them. He regrouped in the third and fully took advantage of the chances he was given :)

Shadow
04-23-2004, 03:07 PM
Safin stutters into semis

Marat Safin recovered from a second-set slump to reach the last four at the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over Spain's Alberto Martin.
The Russian broke Martin in the sixth game to take the first set but let the advantage slip in the second as he surrendered his serve twice.

Martin faltered in the decider, though, and Safin served out for victory.

Safin will now face the winner of the all-Argentine quarter-final between Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian.


"I played a great first set but then relaxed a little in the second," said Safin.

"He got used to the fast rallies in the second set and made me play the extra ball. He was missing less and when I realised I was relaxing too much, it was too late.

"But in the second set, I knew I had to hold serve and wait for my opportunity."

Aurora
04-23-2004, 03:57 PM
:woohoo: He won!
:woohoo: :woohoo: I'm gonna see him play tomorrow for the first time since AO! Hope he plays Coria...

Catsou
04-23-2004, 04:01 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :woohoo: :woohoo: yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh he won!

But of course my stupid teely didn't show that match again..I got coverage all week but they didn't show Marat play once :banghead: :banghead: :smash: :smash:

maratgirl
04-23-2004, 05:10 PM
:D:D:D:D:D :D c'mon marat!!!!!!

maratski
04-23-2004, 09:25 PM
SBL which channel wil show tennis tomorrow?

Aurora
04-24-2004, 09:31 AM
France 2 13u55 :bounce:

Aurora
04-24-2004, 09:35 AM
Just went checking if Marat's match is first and pheeeeeeeeeeew it is (:scared: for a minute there I panicked!)



phew for a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself

Shadow
04-24-2004, 10:14 AM
Safin makes Monte Carlo semi-finals


AFP - Marat Safin's stirring rehabilitation from an injury-ravaged 2003 continued as he reached the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters as Britain's Tim Henman paid a heavy price for honouring a promise to a friend.

Former world No.1 Safin beat Spain's Alberto Martin for the sixth time in six meetings to reach the semi-finals with his 6-3 3-6 6-1 win giving him a last-four showdown against third seeded Argentinian Guillermo Coria, who beat seventh seeded countryman David Nalbandian 6-4 6-3.

Henman, seeded six and a 2002 semi-finalist, went down 6-3 6-1 to Germany's Rainer Schuettler and the fourth seed will now take on former French Open champion Carlos Moya for a place in the final.

Spaniard Moya disposed of Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

Henman had told close friend Nenad Zimonjic that he would partner him in the doubles here but with 16 sets of tennis already under his belt in just four days going into his match with Schuettler, it was a decision which came back to haunt him.




The gruelling nature of clay court tennis told on Henman's suspect right shoulder and he went down meekly in just 62 minutes to Schuettler who had only managed to win two matches on the tour all year coming into Monaco.

"I think the 16 sets caught up with me. I didn't have a lot of practice on clay coming into the tournament and the workload proved too much," said Henman who underwent surgery on his right shoulder at the end of 2002.

"My serving was affected by the sore shoulder but I have no regrets over playing doubles.

"If I thought that doubles would risk it, then I wouldn't play although I certainly won't repeat it at the next Masters in Rome and Hamburg."

The 29-year-old Briton hit a wild 22 unforced errors and just 12 winners while Schuettler smashed 21 winners beyond his hapless opponent with just eight errors.

Meanwhile, Safin admitted he is growing up and his new responsibility is reflected in his tennis.

"Outside the court I am taking it easier because I know my time will come. You can't win all the time, you can't play great tennis all year.

"Sometimes you lose to some people that you shouldn't lose to in a thousand years. But it happens and you have to accept it.

"I have talked to experienced players like Tim Henman and Albert Costa and say: 'Is it true when you are young you have no fear, you are playing and you don't care about the score?' But in time, you start to care. You lose your virginity."

Saturday's semi-final will be Safin's first meeting with Coria while Moya, the fifth seed, trails Schuettler 4-3 in career meetings.

Coria reached the final of the last Masters event in Miami but had to retire with a bad back, handing the title to Andy Roddick.

Safin is an opponent for whom he has the highest respect.

"When he is playing well, he is the best player on all surfaces. I will be very aware and concentrated to face him."

tall_one
04-24-2004, 12:19 PM
http://smileys.******************/cat/4/4_6_101v.gif i hate these early morning matches, these are always the hardest to get out of bed for, but i'm not missing this one!!
:wavey: Good Morning everyone!!! (athought i guess i should say good afternoon or evening to most of you, lol)

BelgianWaffle
04-24-2004, 12:37 PM
France 2 13u55 :bounce:

OMG!! Really?? :bounce: :D
Lucky me for finding out just in time (it's now 13.36 pm) ;)
Thanks swirlingblacklilly :wavey:

tall_one
04-24-2004, 02:10 PM
4/6 3/0

http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage33/6.gif GOOO MARAT!!

tall_one
04-24-2004, 02:23 PM
:woohoo: marat won the 2nd set 6/1
GOOOOOOOO MARAT!!!

Aurora
04-24-2004, 03:05 PM
:sad: He lost 4-6 6-1 3-6

BelgianWaffle
04-24-2004, 03:08 PM
I can not believe france2 cut transmission to broadcast *rugby* :mad:
I didn't see the end of the match. they stopped at 3-2 in the third set.
(apparently I didn't miss much)

Marat :sad:

Aurora
04-24-2004, 03:10 PM
OMG!! Really?? :bounce: :D
Lucky me for finding out just in time (it's now 13.36 pm) ;)
Thanks swirlingblacklilly :wavey:

France 2 always shows one semi and the final of the masters tournaments, usually round 2 pm at night :o

Now for once live, and what do we get? Rugby at 2-3 third set! :fiery: (oh yes, matchball during halftime, yippee :rolleyes: !)

Oh well, I've taped it (zapped between F1 qualifying, snooker and fedcuptennis) and will enjoy it later on...

junekidd
04-24-2004, 03:10 PM
I am so disappointed! :sad: he lost the 3rd set so quick! :(

Shadow
04-24-2004, 03:10 PM
all over :( :sad:

damm... one careless game in the third and all over, so typical MARAT :(

what happened after the excellent second set?

Shadow
04-24-2004, 03:14 PM
i cant believe he cant win the important matches.

junekidd
04-24-2004, 03:30 PM
is there anyone has seen the match? I want to know some details, would someone like to tell me? thanks!

PennyThePenguin
04-24-2004, 03:30 PM
:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead: :bigcry::bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:

Shadow
04-24-2004, 03:46 PM
well of course credit to Coria, who played great and fought hard, but Marat collapsed again mentally.

Shadow
04-24-2004, 04:21 PM
Cris, did you saw the match? please report! (if you want)

Shadow
04-24-2004, 04:36 PM
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) — Guillermo Coria reached his second straight final at the US$2.91 million Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday, beating Marat Safin 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

A runner-up last year, No.3 seed Coria now meets either No.4 Rainer Schuettler or No.5 Carlos Moya, who were playing later Saturday.

"He (Coria) is full of confidence," Safin said afterward. "I found it hard to play long rallies against him. The only way to beat him is to play fast all the time, and I wasn't able to do that."

The speedy Argentine is still unbeaten on clay since last June and won the last 25 matches on his favorite surface. But Safin made him sweat for his latest win.

"I've had a good start to the clay season," Safin said. "I can feel I'm playing really good right now. I'm definitely getting into shape for it (The French Open)."

The big Russian, a U.S. Open winner in 2000, hit form brilliantly in the second set and maintained his clean hitting until - serving at 3-4 down - he was broken to love and his confidence swiftly disappeared.

In its place, the moody outbursts and trademark grunts, and Safin was warned by the umpire in the eighth game of the final set.

Wasting a chance to pressure Coria's serve at 15-30, Safin smashed the ball high into the air and it sailed over a nearby clubhouse.

The ball was accompanied by a wild scream which pierced the tranquil surroundings overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Safin blamed the "bad bounce" on center court for a string of sloppy shots late in the match, when the ball appeared to ping randomly off his racket and rarely landed inside the line.

Coria set up his win with a delightful drop shot and broke Safin to serve out the match at 5-3.

In the opening two sets, Safin often came to the net - winning 22 points there - and overall hit far more winners: 31 compared to 12 for Coria.

"Coria doesn't get many free shots, so maybe it's better to play him over five sets," said Safin, who hit 39 unforced errors against 20.

Later Saturday, Moya looked to reach his fifth final this season. The Spaniard won here in 1998 and went on to win the French Open the same year.

A runner-up at Sydney and Buenos Aires, Moya has won titles at Chennai and Acapulco in 2004.

Tennis Fool
04-24-2004, 04:47 PM
The Good: Marat has gotten to the semis or better of his first two clay tournaments. He's never done better at either.

The Bad: OAF

The Ugly: The score.


Coria is going to be in Barcelona too. Coria is my third favorite and I don't like that they might meet again, unless Marat evens out the score. Marat, please don't become Coria's bitch :o

maratski
04-24-2004, 05:18 PM
Marat went as far as I predicted him to go and it's absolutely no shame he lost today. At least it went to three sets, something I didn't predict happening.

junekidd
04-24-2004, 05:50 PM
I wish one day he could play all the match as he did the 2nd set today!

Safin_Henman
04-25-2004, 04:29 AM
i assumed their match would be a 3-setter
Coria is very good! i actually like him a lot, which made Marat's loss not AS bad for me, but i would have loved for Safin to win

PennyThePenguin
04-25-2004, 02:55 PM
i wouldn't mind seeing marat dole out bagels. but 6-1's nice.

and i agree with ilhame. he was playing one of the hottest clay courter ON CLAY and he went to 3...doing pretty nicely in the 2nd set. so...it's not THAT bad a loss...though it is EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING. as always.