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Marat in Dubai

Shadow
02-28-2004, 01:21 PM
waiting for the draw! :D

Shadow
02-28-2004, 01:22 PM
and hoping for Vass reports!

Vass
02-28-2004, 01:31 PM
Here Andrea enjoy: First round Federer.
I hope you like it... :sad: :rolleyes: There is no appropriate smiley.

PS: I was away for a week coz my internet's out! I'm at the club on paid internet. Anyway no time for more, coz no matter what I feel now I have an expensive ticket to see Kuznetsova in 29 minutes.

Shadow
02-28-2004, 01:37 PM
damm! :mad: :( :eek:

Vass
02-28-2004, 01:39 PM
I'
ve got Nalbandian and Robredo drinking freaking orange juice two meters away and guess what... I don't give a damn! I'm too angry!

Vass
02-28-2004, 01:40 PM
All I'm thinking about them: You lucky bastards!

Shadow
02-28-2004, 01:41 PM
aaw! yeah what a shit :( :(

but dont be too upset Vass, the match has first to be played!!!!!!

Vass
02-28-2004, 01:43 PM
Ok Nalbandian's gone... ;)

Vass
02-28-2004, 01:45 PM
I can't delay anymore the WTA final is in 10 minutes. I'm going to the stud....

marat_
02-28-2004, 01:53 PM
I HATE THIS DRAW! But I hope they both play well and stay focussed... unlike the AO final. A win here will be a big confidence-boost for Marat. :)

Davai !!!!

Kiara
02-28-2004, 02:48 PM
There is no appropriate smiley.


yes there is, this one - :fiery:

Kiara
02-28-2004, 02:50 PM
I'
ve got Nalbandian and Robredo drinking freaking orange juice two meters away and guess what... I don't give a damn! I'm too angry!

you lucky b@stard! I hope you're taking pictures Vass....

Kiara
02-28-2004, 02:53 PM
I can't delay anymore the WTA final is in 10 minutes. I'm going to the stud....

enjoy your self Vass, If I were you I'd go after Robredo oh well... different strokes...:p

Cris
02-28-2004, 03:01 PM
Have fun Vass! Thanks for your report. :)

Roger in the 1st round :eek: :fiery:
Well, as marat_ said beat Federer would be great for his confidence. Marat have to play his best and be healthy. I'd like to have coverage of Dubai here, really wanted to watch this match.
Vamos Marat!

Shadow
02-28-2004, 04:17 PM
Federer (1) v Safin (WC)
Robredo v Bjorkman
Pavel v Ulihrach
Qualifier v Henman (6)

Nalbandian (4) v Niemenen
Carraz v Bahrouzyan (WC)
Santoro v Martin, Alberto
Sargsian v Schalken (8)

Srichaphan (7) v Hrbaty
Qualifier v Ljubicic
Lopez, Feliciano v Davydenko
Qualifier v Schuettler (3)

Philippoussis (5) v Rochus, Olivier
Mirnyi v Nadal
Al Ghareeb (WC) v Qualifier
Youzhny v Coria (2)

Aurora
02-28-2004, 04:44 PM
Man, anywhere... he could have been anywhere but on that spot in the draw. Anywhere.

oh well, can't complain of not being challenged enough.



but DAMN

Aurora
02-28-2004, 04:45 PM
Who did this draw? Who's "innocent" hand was it?
That's what I like to know!

Kiara
02-28-2004, 06:06 PM
Marat, get past Roger and he might have to play Jonas again :fiery: This is a yucky draw for all my faves.

JeLuliA88
02-29-2004, 01:34 AM
The draw is unfair... :(

Shadow
02-29-2004, 12:00 PM
davai MARAT! you can do it! take the revenge :fiery:

maratgirl
02-29-2004, 12:30 PM
I really think that he can win I mean he wasn't that bad at the AO he was only tired :D

drf716
02-29-2004, 01:07 PM
can't belive that...wonder what they have to say about that

Cris
02-29-2004, 04:59 PM
Just read Marat will play doubles with Olivier Rochus. They'll play Lopez/Davydenko in the 1st round.

Can you imagine this duo? :lol: I really, really had to see this.

Good Luck Marat and Ollie! :)

Allez-H˛
02-29-2004, 06:08 PM
Marat and Ollie :hearts:

Shadow
02-29-2004, 07:58 PM
LOL! :lol:

aawww what a great team. I would love to see that!

GO MARAT AND OLLIE! :D :D :D

Shadow
02-29-2004, 08:41 PM
Federer Relishing Challenge of Safin Re-Match in Dubai

By Barry Wood
DUBAI (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer says he is relishing the challenge of facing his Australian Open final opponent Marat Safin again in the first round of the Dubai Open this week as he begins the defense of his title.

"It was a big surprise," Federer said Sunday.

"But I see it as a very nice chance for both of us to play another good match."

Federer beat the big-serving Safin in straight sets in Melbourne last month to claim his second grand slam title, following the Russian's surprise run to the final after missing most of 2003 with injury.

Former world number one and 2000 U.S. Open champion Safin enters the Dubai tournament as a wildcard.

"It's quite unbelievable to be playing a grand slam final in the first round," said Federer.

"It makes me prepare even better and focus more because I know how dangerous and what a good player he is.

"It's one of my most difficult first rounds. I remember once I played Hewitt in Toronto in the first round, but we were both ranked around 20 or 30.

"So I think this is one of the toughest because I'm number one in the world and he's number two in the Champions Race. We're both right on top, so this is quite special."

Federer pulled out of the Marseille Open last week after complaining of fatigue and shoulder and foot injuries, but says he is now anxious to get back on to court.

"I feel better now," he said. "I really needed a break because I felt like my body was hurting a lot."

LOOKING FOR COACH
While some players complain of the pressure associated with being number one, 22-year-old Federer takes the opposite view.

"I feel now that I've reached the top that I'm much more relaxed. I know what I can do and what I have to do to win."

Federer is still looking for a coach, but the confidence he has in himself means that he is not desperate for guidance.

"I'm not planning to travel with one the next few weeks," he said. "And I have nothing in mind or planned yet.

"I'm definitely looking for a coach because I feel that at my age I still need one, I can still improve in a lot of areas of my game, even though I am the best right now.

"At the same time I enjoy the situation that I'm in now. I get to know myself better, I have to watch out for more things and am more alert, and I can do what I really feel is right.

"It's been working, and the Australian Open gave me a lot of confidence and air to breathe again, because it can also work this way, which I wasn't sure about in December.

"You can make a list of what you want in a coach, but it's like a girl, you know. You would like to have this, this and this but it doesn't exist.

"But now I just travel with a physio, and my conditioning trainer is here with me to get me back in shape for this tournament, and I have a couple of friends here too. I just make sure I don't travel alone, because that would be too hard."

Aurora
02-29-2004, 10:40 PM
:eek: DOUBLES WITH OLLI??????
REALLY?

oh man, I can't stand the thought of not seeing that! (that's 10.000 as worse as not being able to see the Fed match)

Vass, enjoy it! (you lucky bastard)

oh man, I'm not getting over that news, woooow

Kiara
02-29-2004, 10:57 PM
Roger gives as good an interview as Marat, he's so eloquent! :hearts:

Kiara
02-29-2004, 11:19 PM
First Gonzo and now Olivier, Marat needs a better selection/screening process, he cant just pick names out of a hat ;)

Kiara
03-01-2004, 01:29 AM
sorry, my mistake, it was Escude he played doubles with, not Gonzo....whatever isnt edcude playing Dubai?He should team up with Roger again :D

JeLuliA88
03-01-2004, 03:38 AM
Gosh, Marat is entering in alot of doubles... but it's definitely a good thing thou. :)

BelgianWaffle
03-01-2004, 07:46 AM
:eek: DOUBLES WITH OLLI??????
REALLY?

My thoughts exactly :eek: :o
wonder if there is a strategy behind it.. tall guy+short guy ;)

merle
03-01-2004, 09:29 AM
Hi Vass! :wavey: I hope you enjoyed the ladies' tourney and PLEASE reports on that greatly anticipated match (Fed vs Marat, I mean) and other events! :bounce:
GOOD LUCK MARAT!! :bigclap:

Vass
03-01-2004, 10:55 AM
Before I say anything: I don't like a nickname of "you lucky bastard" which I cought in 20 minutes.
I'll start with descrbing what I did a week ago...
Watched ALL women's matches, got new autographs, a pic with Anastasia Myskina and Justine HH. Could have got a pic with every player actually only my brother refused to come to the club with me and take them. But I did take loads of pics of players though. I'll send them to you local guys via email (when i-net at home starts working).

Men's tourney started...
Two days ago I came to the club and walked around the courts. There were only qualifying non-interesting matches so I decided to go to the swimming pool. While going around I noticed a guy (looking like a player) from behind (at a distance) with "SWAT" printed on the back of his blue sweater. In the pool I again saw him with a blonde in sun-glasses walking around. I was looking at them from behind again... For a brief moment the blode turned in my direction and I thought that her face is somethat familiar to me... Trying to remember where I saw her, the SWAT guy's shorts cought my attention: their colour-patterm had a gazillion of 1 cm squares of different colours. Suddenly I knew who I was looking at... You probably know whose shorts are his trade mark, right? Who else if not Denis.
That's how I knew that HE was around someplace. I was in the pool for half an hour, while the blonde,who was "ordered' to sit alone at a cocktail table by her boyfrined, was resting. I dived and when i surfaced i noticed another tall figure waking away. I wasn't sure that was him, but the blonde stood up and went away to the clubhouse -layer's lounge. I immediately went to the dressing room, which was full of players like Srichipan, Robredo, Nadal, Henman and Coria by the way, and dressed. When I was on my way out i was right behing Nadal who held the door open for me... Anyway I wasn't thinking of this at all.
In the corridor i found myself walking towards the 'Swat man', his gf and someone awfully similar to a guy named Marat Safin, which included Adidas clothes and head racket bag.
Anyway i passed them and then did a 180 degree turn. I guess I was following the three to the practice court.
On court 1, where Marat's practice was scheduled Lopez was practicing, so Marat greated and chated a bit with him in Spanish. Looks like they are friends. When he left with his partner, Marat and Denis took off their shirts and started practicing... Marat didn't wear any bandage on his legs, so his injury in france wasn't serius, but the wrist band was in place.
Marat looked sleepy actually, but was in a great mood anyway.

Serius analysis of practice:
Marat was not able to hit too many hard balls in a row, because of Denis, who could not return them...I don't know what kind of coach he is if Marat shouts at him during practice: "come one move! Why are you standing on one place" refering to Denis's poor foot work, as a result of which half of the balls didn't return to Marat. I saw more recomendations from Marat to Denis than Denis to Marat ( Denis didn't say anything).
Anyway Marat joked a lot during practice and I was constantly smiling.
What I didn't like about the practice was the fact that Denis is NOT a coach and that a practice with him is just a pre-match warm up. Marat also does not care about his feet during practicing the serve: he had footfoults (1 to 6 cm deep) 75% of the time. I even shouted it to him.

Anyway during the practice the ball kids who have walkie-talkies informed me that Marat is playing against Fed and everyone was so shocked and excited that we shouted it to him. But I think he didn't hear. In the end of the practice he signed about 15 autographs and I spoke two sentances to him...

I will go watch tennis now. I'll post pics I'll took later.

Shadow
03-01-2004, 11:41 AM
thanks a lot for reporting, vass!!! :D :)

keep having a great time!:bounce:

Shadow
03-01-2004, 11:42 AM
Roger gives as good an interview as Marat, he's so eloquent! :hearts:

not even close. But yeah he gives good interviews :)

Kiara
03-01-2004, 11:47 AM
Well I think they are. Roger may not be as funny as Marat but he positively DRIPS with sarcasm, which as a Brit, I appreciate.

Shadow
03-01-2004, 12:27 PM
Marat is hililarious funny while he is also well thought, he is definetly very intelligent, says his mind and of course very classy. Roger is a bit more dry and direct.
btw Brits humour is too dry :p

Kiara
03-01-2004, 12:37 PM
Before I say anything: I don't like a nickname of "you lucky bastard" which I cought in 20 minutes.

Good grief Vass, it's a figure of speech not a nickname.

I'll start with descrbing what I did a week ago...
Watched ALL women's matches, got _new_ autographs, a pic with Anastasia Myskina and Justine HH..
Thats teriffic!! good for you...........


probably know whose shorts are his trade mark, right? Who else if not Denis.

I actually didnt know that :D, and is the blonde his wife or his girlfriend? she has a rather distinctive look doesnt she..


Marat was not able to hit much hard balls, because of Denis, who could not return them...I don't know what kind of coach he is if Marat shouts at him during practice: "come one move! Why are you standing on one place" refering to Denis's poor foot work, as a result of which half of the balls didn't return to Marat. I saw more recomendations from Marat to denis than Denis to Marat ( Denis didn't do one).

Well what would you expect from someone ranked in the 150's,Denis is obviously leeching, he gets more out of this relationship than Marat does.
Denis is probably just there to check Marat's toss :rolleyes:

What can Marat possibly learn from Denis I wonder? and it must frustrate Marat more than a little, because he'd have to slow his game down to Denis' "level" in order for some of the balls to actually be returned.
There is nothing that thwarts your game more than playing with people worse than you. As long as he has players like Escude and Federer to practice with when he's on the tour he'll be ok.
On the bright side this would make Marat think and figure out problems by himself instead of being dependant on someone else's instruction all the time. Still having Denis around is a good idea,he's someone that knows Marat well and someone that he trusts and thats something Marat(thinks) he sorely needs. He's more of a companion than coach, and it hasnt done him much harm so far.

Thanks for the reports Vass, good to know you're havigng a great time!

Cris
03-01-2004, 12:46 PM
:yeah: Thanks for the great report, Vass!
Keep having lots of fun! :D

Shadow
03-01-2004, 12:48 PM
I hope practising with Denis wont have any effectives on Marats game.

I totally agree with you Kiara. Denis is good for Marat as a person he trusts and a friend, and he should travel with Marat but not as a coach.

Kiara
03-01-2004, 12:59 PM
well....Juan Carlos practices with players who stuggle to get through challenger tournaments when he's in spain,and it hasnt done him any harm, then again JC is supervised by a bonafide coach...

Kiara
03-01-2004, 01:10 PM
although I must say Vass, the foot fault thing is distressing :(

Aurora
03-01-2004, 02:57 PM
Thanks Vass for spending precious money (god I hate the concept) on satisfying our info-needs! You built your story great, got the mood all the way to Belgium (what did you think of Juju btw?)

Denis obviously doesn't harm him, he keeps Marat happy being around. But tennis-wise his help probably ain't that great (other than a happy Marat usually plays better). I don't want to go thinking "god, to think how much more magnificent his achievements would be with good coaching" cause I guess it just ain't that simple.

footfaults :scratch: Any numbers on it in matches? I don't recall much outside the hopman cup match, but that's well past us now. So I'm not gonna worry before it happens in matches. (the wrist otoh, I'm in denial)

Kiara
03-01-2004, 03:09 PM
Marat foot faulted at the AO(twice that I know of) and where was it that he foot faulted last year and spazzed out?was it in Lyon? I cant remember, anyway he's doing it waaay too often and even at the Hopman cup, ok there was something freaky going on there but if you look at the replay his foot was way in front of the service line. Does it have anything to do with the fact that he's slightly remodeled his serve?

merle
03-01-2004, 03:29 PM
Thanks, Vass! :yeah: :bigwave:
I really appreciate it!

Shadow
03-01-2004, 03:32 PM
well....Juan Carlos practices with players who stuggle to get through challenger tournaments when he's in spain,and it hasnt done him any harm, then again JC is supervised by a bonafide coach...

okay, Denis might be good as a hitting partner, but not a coach to give advise for the game and the practising ;)

Shadow
03-01-2004, 03:34 PM
Marat foot faulted at the AO(twice that I know of) and where was it that he foot faulted last year and spazzed out?was it in Lyon? I cant remember, anyway he's doing it waaay too often and even at the Hopman cup, ok there was something freaky going on there but if you look at the replay his foot was way in front of the service line. Does it have anything to do with the fact that he's slightly remodeled his serve?

at hopman cup it was worse. he had numerous of foot faults. :rolleyes: At the AO it was already better, LOL!

maratski
03-01-2004, 04:05 PM
shoukran Vass :kiss:

maratski
03-01-2004, 04:09 PM
Marat gets the first evening match and I have to work :sad:

Kiara
03-01-2004, 04:09 PM
okay, Denis might be good as a hitting partner, but not a coach to give advise for the game and the practising ;)

Denis is better as a friend than a coach or a hitting partner, what good are you if you cant return serve?

Kiara
03-01-2004, 04:10 PM
Marat gets the first evening match and I have to work :sad:

aaw ! you will tape it though right?

maratski
03-01-2004, 04:11 PM
I can't tape from satellite :sad:

Kiara
03-01-2004, 04:13 PM
aw damn, that sux Ilhame!! :( cant you pull a sickie in the name of tennis ;) ?

maratski
03-01-2004, 04:16 PM
Not after having had two days off already ;)

I'm PRAYING he'll win so I can watch him during the rest of the week. What sucks even more is that usually tuesday's there's the players party and they show images of that on tv on wednesday :(

I'll be back after dinner :wavey:

Shadow
03-01-2004, 04:21 PM
which channel Ilhame?

Kiara
03-01-2004, 04:22 PM
argh bad luck!!
:wavey: I gotta go study now, talk to you later, bye bye :wavey:

Kiara
03-01-2004, 05:02 PM
btw Brits humour is too dry :p

:lol: yeah sometimes I think so too.

maratski
03-01-2004, 05:38 PM
Andrea I get the tournament on EDTV Sports. I wanted to look for Vass ;) :sad:

How's your thesis going Kiara? I haven't worked on mine in ages :o

Catsou
03-01-2004, 05:41 PM
thx Vass for the report :kiss:

Girls (kir and Ilhame) you better work on your thesis..or I'll kick your butt ;)

Kiara
03-01-2004, 06:54 PM
Ilhame, its not going anywhere, Ive had sooo many other assignments and exams for school,plus Ive been trying to put together a portfolio and thats taken top priority atm. I neglected it for a while and now Im paying for it :fiery: Im really in a funk about it all, especially my thesis which is looming over my head like a freaking rain cloud :(
I hope yours is going better than mine though, no one feels your pain more than I do :bigcry:

Kiara
03-01-2004, 06:59 PM
Anyway I have to get back to studying :wavey:....I forgot why I got online in the first place :confused:

maratski
03-01-2004, 07:27 PM
Good luck Kiara! :hug:

I have SERIOUS motivation problems and spend entire days sitting at home and doing nothing. I'm trying to work on it tomorrow so I'll see how much I'll really do.

Cris
03-01-2004, 08:35 PM
Good Luck on your thesis Ilhame and Kiara! :hug:

Aurora
03-01-2004, 08:37 PM
Oh god, even here I'm not safe from thesisstuff. Same situation as Ilhame with me: doing nothing, no motivation at all, working a bit. and now and then a big panic, but even then doing hardly something. I'm a mess I know. :wavey:

but anyway, Marat in Dubai! DAVAAAAAAAAAAI

felifan
03-02-2004, 12:32 AM
Vass--can you describe what Denis gf looks like? she looks familiar? have we seen her before? and can you give any details about safin/lopez interaction. hope you can go to the doubles match and share some pics of safin and lopez also, thanks!!

maratski
03-02-2004, 09:51 AM
Marat practised shirtless with Mago yesterday :)

Vass
03-02-2004, 11:19 AM
I'm not good in describing people so I can't tell you how Denis's gf looks like. But I definitely saw her on photos before, didn't you?

Anyway I can think of only one thing now... I forgot my membership card!! Without it I can't get to the match for free and I don't have a ticket! I'll probably be killing myself around 7 Pm. I can still stand missing Youzhny's match, with is being played now, but not Marat's!!! This is all terrible. I might not be at the match!!!

The foot-foults: Marat can avoid them easily, and this distresses me the most! he is simply careless on the practice of serve.
Foot-foults part 2: It realy might be caused by the changed service motion. I noticed that sometimes during the serve both of his feet are a bit tilted and perfectly alined with the line. But as often one foot is alined with the line (parallel and right next to it) and the other is 5-10 cm behind.

Yesterday's report:
When I came to the club I didn't watch any tennis, but watched players practice. Marat was practicing at court 4, which is all surrounded with a stupid cloth. Because of this I could only take 4 pics, 3 from behind. Marat was in some mixed mood and DID NOT HIT THE BALL WELL. This is not good especially before the match. He was screaming with anger sometimes :rolleyes: , but he smiled during the practice too.
When the practice was over he put on that light green shirt , which we saw before this year and walked into the dressing room. I did not follow because I don't feel comfortable in a role of a stalker. By the way: that shirt does not look bad on him in real life.
Later that evening I also watched Federer practice. He wasn't at his best as well, atleast in my opinion, but he wasn't too bad either. :rolleyes: After the practice about 10 fans (including me) asked for an autograph. His bench was on the opposite side of the court (along the net I mean) and he almost walked away although we shouted for him for 5 minutes. he finally came, but the effect was not like Marat signing...(when Marat left the practice courts there were people waiting for him near the exit. He signed for them and walked for 20 when another fan cried his name. Marat stoped and patiently waited until that guy approached him. he even gave him a warm look.)

Anyway, that day i took a few pics of Nalbandian and Nadal while their practice together. Also I took a pic of Paradorn and Nadal playing golf (there's a 9 hole par-1 pitch in the club).

In late evening I was in the relaxation room near the sauna watching TV with Mark Philippousis and his coach. Mark was watching Henman's match while waiting for his. I even chated with his coach and it turned out that he spoke a little Russian as his wife is from Nizhny Novgorod Russia (tell me if you knew that). Then Tim came in after his loss he asked me to switch off the TV, so I had to go to the studium to watch Mark's match. I was fortunate enough to see another giant losing to Olevier Rochus, although I did cheer for Mark. Can you beleive it: Scud played so badly that he was OUT-ACED!!!!!!! Now I remember that before the match he did say to another player that he was tired and all ( the match started later than 9:30).

Answer to someone Belgian: JuJu was good.

Vass
03-02-2004, 11:21 AM
Ilhame who is Mago? How do you know this? Why haven't I seen it?

Shadow
03-02-2004, 11:54 AM
thanks again Vass

hope you will somehow find a way to attend the match today.

Shadow
03-02-2004, 11:55 AM
Ilhame who is Mago? How do you know this? Why haven't I seen it?

Coria, i guess

maratski
03-02-2004, 12:56 PM
Mago is Coria ;)

Vass I saw it on tv. EDTV Sports has a nice show with highlights and interviews etc. That's where I saw him.

Did Marat practice on the court next to court two? When they showed pieces of the match of that guy from Kuweit I could see Marat practising on the court next to it.

Shadow
03-02-2004, 01:51 PM
the match starts in 10 minutes!

DAVAI MARAT!!!

maratgirl
03-02-2004, 02:19 PM
they have started :D

tall_one
03-02-2004, 02:24 PM
federer leads 3-0

maratgirl
03-02-2004, 02:26 PM
3-1 finally he got a game ;) :D

maratgirl
03-02-2004, 02:30 PM
3-2 he broke back!!!!!!!!

Shadow
03-02-2004, 04:16 PM
6-7 6-7 :mad: :sad: :mad: :sad: :mad: :sad:

thanks marat for blowing ALL this great chances he had in the match!!!!! :mad: :( :mad: :(

and as always, cant win those tiebreaks :rolleyes: :shout:

Anik
03-02-2004, 04:19 PM
Federer Outguns Safin

INDESIT ATP 2004 Race leader Roger Federer repeated his Australian Open final victory over Marat Safin Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Making his first appearance since his 16-match winning streak was halted in the Rotterdam quarterfinals, Federer defeated the Russian 7-6(2) 7-6(4).

Shadow
03-02-2004, 04:20 PM
thats a big problem. he keeps up till the tiebreak and THEN??????? he even fought back in the second set (from 3-5 to 6-5), and in the tiebreak?????????

Cris
03-02-2004, 04:26 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Marat had his chances and wasted it, break Roger twice and then lose 2 TB's pissed me... at least, he fougth a lot.
Doubles tomorrow, right? Hope he can do a good job with Ollie. Good Luck!

Shadow
03-02-2004, 04:31 PM
completly wasted chances!!!!!!!!!!! :fiery:

god, I`m so pissed. that was such a great chance.

Lucie
03-02-2004, 06:34 PM
marat :sad:

Kiara
03-02-2004, 06:36 PM
kekeke,there's no shame in losing to Roger :angel:
I cant find the match stats anywhere.....

Shadow
03-02-2004, 06:50 PM
kekeke,there's no shame in losing to Roger :angel:
I cant find the match stats anywhere.....

of course not. But when you have SO MANY chances in the match and waste them, its .... :mad: always the same :rolleyes:
He was playing quite well at most stages, but that is not enough. you need to win the important points.
anyway good fight to come back and save the match point.

maratski
03-02-2004, 06:51 PM
:hug: girls

I saw the first set till 6-6 in the first set. He started really bad and needed to get into it. He broke back quickly and the match looked even. He had 2 bp's at 4-4, but couldn't convert. He got really mad at the umpire at one moment. In the stand there was Denis sitting with a girl and Walt.

I tried to look for Vass ;)
All I saw was a guy sitting between another guy and a girl and they had a russian flag. His hair was longer then on the pics I've seen of Vass so I'm not sure if it was him. There were many people watching and the atmosphere looked great.

Cris
03-02-2004, 06:56 PM
Totally agree with you, Andrea!

Thanks for your report, Ilhame! :)

Kiara
03-02-2004, 06:58 PM
:hug: Ilhame!! :wavey:
Maybe Vass has long hair now ;)

And yeah, when you have bp's on Rogers serve, you gotta take your chances!

maratski
03-02-2004, 07:14 PM
IMO Roger wasn't play THAT well so that's why I'm a bit disappointed. Marat still hasn't found a game plan to beat Rogi. He needs to keep improving his net game cause that might be the only way to ever beat Rogi again.

Kiara
03-02-2004, 07:16 PM
oh ok, how did Marat end up with 2 bp's? was Rogi being careless or did Marat hit winners?

Shadow
03-02-2004, 07:18 PM
By Barry Wood

DUBAI (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer repeated his Australian Open final victory over Marat Safin with a 7-6 7-6 win to reach the second round of the Dubai Open on Tuesday.

The defending champion and Dutchman Sjeng Schalken were the only two seeds to survive the day's play.

Second seed Guillermo Coria and fourth seed David Nalbandian both lost their first round ties, joining Rainer Schuettler, Mark Philippoussis and Tim Henman, who all went out on Monday.

The one remaining seeded player, seventh seed Paradorn Srichaphan plays Dominik Hrbaty on Wednesday.

Federer's serve was his only weakness against Russian Safin but it was able to get him out of trouble when he needed it.

It came to his rescue at 4-4 in the first set, when the Swiss faced two break points that would have left Safin serving for the set.

Four strong serves allowed Federer to hold, and he went on to dominate the tiebreak.

"I thought I was putting myself in trouble with my serving," said Federer.

"I was serving much better in Australia but the conditions were heavy and it was very difficult to hit a winner."

With Safin feeling fresher than he had during their Australian Open meeting, the two were more evenly matched and there were several furiously contested rallies.

Safin, a wildcard entrant, thought that he had competed well against the man who beat him 7-6 6-4 6-2 for the Australian Open title last month.

"I fought much better today (than in Australia) and was a just little bit unlucky in the tiebreaks," said 30th-ranked Safin.

"I had chances but didn't take them, and whatever chances he had he took. But I felt really good and felt like I could win today. It's not like I'm struggling with my confidence."

Federer will next meet Spain's Tommy Robredo, who defeated Swede Jonas Bjorkman 6-4 6-4,

Eighth seed Schalken survived to reach the second round with an untroubled 6-3 6-1 win over Sargis Sargsian of Armenia.

But second seed Coria lost 4-6 6-3 6-4 to Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, and fourth seed Nalbandian fell 6-3 6-4 to Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

Both Argentine Coria and Youzhny struggled to find their rhythm in the first two sets but produced several dramatic rallies in the third.

Youzhny moved better, and he struck several fine backhand winners to make him a worthy winner.

Shadow
03-02-2004, 07:20 PM
IMO Roger wasn't play THAT well so that's why I'm a bit disappointed. Marat still hasn't found a game plan to beat Rogi. He needs to keep improving his net game cause that might be the only way to ever beat Rogi again.

right. And the first step to it is using your chances in the match and even a win against Roger when he is not playing THAT well would help a lot to be more successfull in the next meetings.

Kiara
03-02-2004, 07:21 PM
Thanks Andy, :kiss: :hug: thats what I was looking for, a match report!

Shadow
03-02-2004, 07:23 PM
"I had chances but didnt take them."

that is way too often the case in marats career :sad:

Kiara
03-02-2004, 07:23 PM
Well it's not THAT easy when Roger serves up some bombs on break point

Kiara
03-02-2004, 07:24 PM
"I had chances but didnt take them."

that is way too often the case in marats career :sad:

lol, yeah story of his life eh..:sad:

maratski
03-02-2004, 07:26 PM
Kiara Rogi served big when he had to. You know how the top players play the big points...

Kiara
03-02-2004, 07:32 PM
true, true...but what can you do when that happens? its not Marat's fault Roger found his first serve when it mattered, he should've anticipated it but tough break.....I want to know how Marat got to the break point position, was Roger being crap or was Marat smacking winners?

Shadow
03-02-2004, 07:38 PM
but what about those tiebreakers? he loses all of them... of course roger can serve big then too but Marat loses so many points on his own serve. normally he should be advantaged as a great server.

maratski
03-02-2004, 07:42 PM
Rogi was making errors. I don't remember seeing many winners from Marat.

maratski
03-02-2004, 07:43 PM
From the atp site

Safin: "I felt much better today. I just got a bit unlucky in the tie-breaks and I had my chances to break him in the games and I couldn't take them. When he had chances he took them. The tie-break is a lottery. I was a bit unlucky today."

On playing Federer in the first round: "You have to beat good players to get to the final. Unfortunately I had him in the first round but it was quite a challenge for me. I had a chance to beat him and I thought I could win today."
On the crowd: "I was surprised that the stadium was so full on a Tuesday night. It was a really good crowd and we got good support to play well."

On getting back to the top level: "It is more of a mental thing than physical, just believing in yourself that you can come back, that you can play well and get back to your best level. One year of vacations helped me a lot, to rethink a few things and now I feel a lot more motivated than I did before."

Kiara
03-02-2004, 07:48 PM
I dont know, I didnt watch the match nor was I following it im just going by what you guys told me, he played two pathetic tb's by the looks of it, the first one especially but dont roast Marat, he had a bad day at the office is all :)he didnt tank, he did what he could

Aurora
03-02-2004, 11:21 PM
damn, it is frustrating when he's fighting and having chances and loses!

mmm, a gameplan... be extra nice to Timmy next time you see him Marat!

Aurora
03-02-2004, 11:23 PM
and don't focus on the luck-thing Marat (against Bjorkman it came into play to?), it's definitely 1 of those things you have to let go to get it on your side!

~EMiLiTA~
03-03-2004, 09:42 AM
I don't think it's Anna. I met her at AO 2002 and was sitting next to her again this year at Marat's matches against Roddick and Agassi. She's actually pretty nice...and there's no way she's 20...I think she's about 24...she's been studying at Melbourne uni for a while.

maratski
03-03-2004, 11:13 AM
The blonde is a girl I've never seen before so I can't help you there. The only girls I've seen around Marat are Sylvia, Julie, Dasha, the blonds and an unknown girl who was in Oz last year. This girl wasn't one of them.

Shadow
03-03-2004, 01:10 PM
why should the blonde be Marats gf?

his girlfriend is Dasha, he even said it himself.

Kiara
03-03-2004, 07:03 PM
The Blonde is probably Denis' wife or whatever and *sigh* is this really that important that we need to have an in depth discussion over ? *grumbles*

Shadow
03-04-2004, 11:28 AM
no, its not important at all. i always hate when those discussions are started.

Shadow
03-04-2004, 11:37 AM
Vass report he posted on safinator board

"Phew" was the first word I said when I got to the studium yesterday. During the last week I was around so often that the ushers remembered me enought to let me in without the ID. On the studium there were about 4700 people (max capacity is 5000) and the manager said afyter the match that it was the all time record for one match in Dubai (another record by Marat if you will). Abot 500 (max 1000) were for Fed, but the rest came to watch the you-know-who. This is realy spectacular, and I'm proud to say that out of this whole lot I was the first to yell "MARAT!!!!!!!" The spectators were very funny this time ( I think it's always true when Marat is there). There Fed-cheerers often started to shout Fed'd name and clap in rhythm, but WE found a way to fight that. WE let them say "Roger!" ones and the next time when they said it WE shouted "MArat". As a result rOGER'S made a smooth transition into Marat's.

Marat came to the club around an hour before the match. He stretched a bit in the dressing room and then went on to the practice courts. I went out before him and told the fans not to bother him before the match. He looked both nervous and concentrated and I didn't want him getting worse. His nerves realy showed on the practice and I was afraid that if he continued like that he'll lose 6-0 in bothe sets. Fortunately that wasn't to be. Warmed up for 20 minutes and returned to the dressing room. I didn't follow because I was more nervous than him.

When he came oncourt there was almost a standing ovation. Not standing, but the one right before it I must say. I don't know for sure but he was already calmer during the warm-up on centre court. But he wasn't at his best.

I don't want to describe how the match went here, I just want to say that Marat wasn't at his best there. I think his serve could have been better, and ofcourse the ground strokes. He wasn't all that aggressive (ofcourse Fed wasn't to realy- nerves). I don't remember how many times (nerves again), but he was 0-30 up on Feds serve very often and a;ways he flushed it down the toilet with his nervous play. Very often he missed the easiest shots ( long, wide, net). Everyone on the studium knew that the match could have been atleast 6-4 6-4 in Marat's favour. He wasn't at his best, but as always there where sparks of brilliance. Anumber of times (it seems) he hit a sprint along the line fore-hands down the line with so much power (all on Fed's smashes).

After he lost he didn't seem very disturbed (thank God). I saw him talk with Denis after he took a shower (from the back though) and I think I heared a smile. I hope you know what I mean.



Sorry guys this is not all, but I have no time for doubles report and fopr end of singles. Later.

PS: I heared him talk to Davidenko and I think he said that he will go to LA and Santa Barbara. Or is the next tournament next week. Anyway that's what I heared. (He travels through Frankfurt, if that helps).

Shadow
03-04-2004, 11:38 AM
and Marat got a WC for IW :woohoo:

maratski
03-04-2004, 11:41 AM
I read about that too :)

I only reported what I saw on tv and mentioned the blonde cause someone asked about it somewhere, but I didn't know this person was another "fan". :rolleyes:

Jessi
03-04-2004, 07:54 PM
Pfftt....Marat lost Roger AGAIN?! :fiery: :sad: Guess Roger just refuses to let Marat beat him, huh?

Vass
03-05-2004, 04:07 PM
I don't know if you guys want this now so here's a SHOrt report on the doubles:

Before the game I went to the locker room and sat down there, on a long bench along the lockers. I was waiting for Marat ofcourse but as had not much to do I grabbed a newspaper. Soon enough Davydenko came into the room and sat approximately opposite to me, and began dojng something with his racket. I tried not to stare (like I laways try not to do), ofcourse it was easy because: who cares about Davydenko?

The interesting stuff began a minute later when Denis ran in and began saying how he " fu...-ed them up" in a game of golf (the cub has 9 Par-1 pitches). He was realy excited. From what I've heared he got the ball into the hole on 3 hits and only a few on 4. Davydenko replied saying that he did almost the same thing when he played it. :rocker2:
Walt also appeared and talked to Nicolai about his contact, which as it turned out was due to expire. Davydenko doesn't know who he's going to be with next, so Walt offered Adidas and Nike (as he thinks they are the best, not Reebok)( I hope this isn't confidential info).
Denis and Walt diappeared and instead of him Marat finally entered the room. He looked at Rochus as he stretched and sat down opposite Nicolai (that is 1 meter away from me on the same bench as me). He also took out his rackets and kept adjusting the strings. He talked with Davydenko about going to LA (that's what I heared). In addition I heared him asking Nicolai about those metal things players but on the racket frame to add weight and stability: "Do you have extra....uhm...12 pieces?" "I think yes, I'll see" Davydenko replied, "I ordered them in those in, you know, rolls...."
All this time I was 'reading' the tabloids. I don't know what they were about, but they must have been about power-boats or something, if the picture matched the article ofcourse. Althogh the only comic I actually read was pretty funny.
The guys talked for about 3 minutes and then went to the court. Usually nothing but the centre court is full, but boy is Marat popular. Although Davy and Lopez showed their faces first, when people saw someone entering the small court they shouted "Marat!"
My first thought on seeing Rochus and Marat together was: "oh boy I have to take a pic!". The number of thoughts of similar/same content increased gradually when Marat sat down and Olivier stood next to him. Beleive it or not Marat was just a centimeter shorter while sitting next to a guy in full height.
The actuall match wasn't great. Marat didn't make an effort until it was too late. When he started trying in second set he was angry, which doesn't affect the game in a good way. Only his partner was playing all the while. Ofcourse maybe Marat did play as good as he can, only he didn't know how to play doubles properly, I don't know. I don't know, but the two fans who were sitting behind me and cheered for Marat the most agreed with me. Also as it turned out the Greek fans are the best there are in Dubai.
During the match whne Marat was accepting Davydenko's serve (which for some weird reason looked better than Marat's [ maybe because Marat had a VERY low first serve in %]), the ball flew from Marat's racket frame right into a spectator next to me. As the seats on that court are very close to the lines of the court Marat came to get the ball himself and although everyone was laughing said "I'm sorry" to the guy he hit".
Later in the match Marat comming from his bench faced the stands and talked to someone there (I don't know who), saying something about "getting fu...-ed when he tries to attack". This is one thing I learnet about Marat during the tournament like many Russians he swears very often, even when he is calm and speaking about funny stuff. I hope that doesn't make you like him less guys. He smiled after he said that, if I remember it correctly.
No matter how badly he played he did win some great shots during the match. he did serve 'unreturnables' during the match, including on backhand and forehand returns. He made everyone laugh when he hit an over-head smash so hard that the ball flew into the adjacent court upon bouncing.
After the match Marat sat on the bench for some time, I think talking on the phone and than walked up to the fans to sign autographs. Lopez and Davydenko actually didn't sign anything as they took a shrt-cut exit, but could our Marat do it to his fans? Nope. He went to the fans, signed an endless number of autographs answered soem questions (I think) and only then waked away. This was the last I saw of him in Dubai.

Shadow
03-05-2004, 04:32 PM
thanks a lot Vass for all the reports and insider infos :) :D

I hope you had a great time though Marat was out so early and i hope
Marat did please you as a fan.

And what about the special thing you planned for Marat (you mentioned it once), did it work out?

maratski
03-05-2004, 08:53 PM
did you speak to him at all this week or were you too shy?

LiHui
03-07-2004, 03:49 AM
Thank you Vass!

ruru
03-07-2004, 03:25 PM
great articles:yeah:

Aurora
03-08-2004, 11:34 AM
I'm definitely up for raising some $ to get Vass to some more tournaments as our Special Insider Agent!

Shadow
03-15-2004, 12:09 PM
Vass pics from Dubai -->

http://www.theguyfromrussia.com/vassdubai04.htm

Vass
03-15-2004, 05:06 PM
I posted them in the 2004 pics thread