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08-04-2004 08:27 AM
Bibir
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

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Originally Posted by yupperz007
bibir, the pic on your avatar is hot
thanks I like this picture too
Look at the bigger version....His eyes are so expressive...
soory...my mind is wandering

08-04-2004 07:35 AM
merle
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

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Originally Posted by swirlingblacklilly
pounding drums in the distance... Big Red is warming up lol
08-04-2004 07:06 AM
Lalitha
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

Quote:
Originally Posted by bibir
I know that Lalitha! ....unfortunately....But it's his first win since Roland Garros...can you believe this???
Yes, Bibir, it's unbelievable. I think we should accept Marat as he is, without any expectations.
08-04-2004 05:13 AM
yupperz007
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

bibir, the pic on your avatar is hot
08-03-2004 02:11 PM
Bibir
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

Russian ends losing streak with first win in two months


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Safin beats Novak

By Colleen Kane
Enquirer staff writer


MASON - Marat Safin's career has been defined by ups and downs. On Monday at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, he climbed a small hill.


Safin broke a four-match losing streak by defeating Jiri Novak 6-3, 6-0 in the last match of the afternoon on Center Court. In one of the quickest matches of the day, he downed Novak in just 50 minutes. He will play again Wednesday against the winner of today's Jurgen Melzer/Jeff Morrison match.

"I played like I had nothing to lose," Safin said. "I was running, I was fighting. And then he didn't play really well. ... He couldn't find himself."

There have been plenty of times in the past few years where Safin was the one in search of a turnaround. After dominating Pete Sampras to win the 2000 U.S. Open - one of seven singles titles that year - Safin has won three titles since. He struggled with injuries last year and finished No. 77.

This year, the 24-year-old Russian has been trying to regain his place. At the beginning of the season, he made the finals of the Australian Open and then in Estoril. But an exit in the round of 16 at the French Open, partially because of hand blisters, set off his summer losing streak in Halle, at Wimbledon and in Toronto. He still came to Cincinnati ranked 14th.

"(The losing streak) was a little disappointing. I had a lot of chances, and I couldn't take them," Safin said. "(This win) is very important to get some matches and start to win. ... To get my confidence back and start believing in myself."

Safin is maybe most well-known for his racket-tossing, colorful remarks and reactions and, most recently, his mooning the crowd at this year's French Open (for which he was penalized a point). But it's those types of expressions that keep him going through his bumpy career.

"Sometimes you're losing matches and having a difficult time. You have to somehow entertain yourself and the people around you," Safin said. "I'm trying to have a good time because it's a really tough job. With all the hotel rooms and every time it's a different city. Sometimes it gets a little annoying. You have to cheer yourself up."

And Monday was a start.

"It was good, the first win in two months, so I was really happy," Safin said. "I was a little nervous in the beginning, but then I started to feel better and better."
08-03-2004 02:00 PM
Aurora
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

pounding drums in the distance... Big Red is warming up lol
08-03-2004 01:59 PM
Bubble
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

exactly I was expecting to see the usual 4-6 6-4 7-6 scorelines....
but 6-3 6-0 is really something unusual from the hippo....

He definitely should keep this up!
08-03-2004 01:00 PM
~EMiLiTA~
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

wow, I can't believe that scoreline...dare I say that at last Marat is finding some form? Well I won't jinx him...hope this continues so he can get some decent points and good practice before the Open...davai Marat!!!
08-03-2004 12:15 PM
PennyThePenguin
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i like his current head...hope it stays for a while. like a looooooooooooooong while
08-03-2004 11:47 AM
Bibir
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lalitha
Bibir, the problem with our Marat is that everything changes quickly too. Hope he stays in a few more matches like this.
I know that Lalitha! ....unfortunately....But it's his first win since Roland Garros...can you believe this???
08-03-2004 10:12 AM
Lalitha
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

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Originally Posted by bibir
wake up everybody! everything has changed...Marat can win a first round
he def jiri novak 6-3 6-0
Bibir, the problem with our Marat is that everything changes quickly too. Hope he stays in a few more matches like this.
08-03-2004 08:38 AM
maratgirl
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woow that's a amazing score look who is back
08-03-2004 07:29 AM
nicolas19
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Of course it's just first round but i'm so happy that marat won his match easly!
I'm sure!!he is back!!GO MARAT!
08-03-2004 07:13 AM
merle
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

A true miracle has happened! A true miracle has happened!!!!!!! Shocking indeed!!!!!!!
08-03-2004 02:12 AM
yupperz007
Re: marat won his first round...whaoooo

Yay Marat! I hope he wins... then he can prove to people that he's still got it. Who's he playing next? I can't wait!
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