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Old 01-09-2008, 07:47 AM   #16
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:51 AM   #17
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Thursday January 10 - 3 matches from 11am

Murray v Ljubicic
Followed by
Safin v Roddick
Followed by
Davydenko v Klein
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:07 AM   #18
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AND the presser is up.
So I'll put it here.

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AAMI CLASSIC
9 JANUARY 2008
PRESS CONFERENCE - MARAT SAFIN

Q. Marat, it was pretty quick out there. Did you even surprise

yourself how easy you did it?


A. Well, of course, such a long time I didn't play such great

tennis, first be surprised the way I played and the way I

started to play from the beginning, so pretty impressive

for me.

Q. Does it change your mind about the colour of the court? Do

you like it now?

A. Well, it's just, it's a little bit different for me. Like,

it's kind of weird because always, I played for ten years

here in Australia, was green, so now it's all of a sudden

blue, and it's really, like, too bright and I think they

should maybe mix up some colours. But only my opinion. It

doesn't mean I'm complaining. Australia was always green,

but the green colour no more. Even the sides in Australian

Open are still green and the rest is blue, so it's pretty

funny.

Q. Does it actually make a difference on the court?

A. It's not as cool. Of course, we are going to get used to

it, but just - why blue?

Q. You were practising with David Nalbandian today when he

hurt his back. Did he show much discomfort when you were

hitting up with him?


A. Well, we played a couple of games and he didn't really run

a lot on the court and he didn't tell me what was going on.

I don't think players want to share their problems with

other players just in case, and then I found out afterwards

that he was stretching pretty long time in the locker room

today, and I think it was, he got hurt in the practice.

Q. Marat, you were pretty aggressive out there today?

A. Well, if I'm not aggressive I have no chance to play

against anybody and to try to beat somebody like a top 10

players guy, a guy from the top 10. I need to be

aggressive - that's my game - and to keep their, the points

pretty short; otherwise I start to run a little bit and it

starts to get complicated.

Q. You looked in very good touch, though. Are you positive

about how the next two weeks might go?


A. I've been working pretty hard and I've been one month and a

half practising hard, practising seven hours a day, so I

think it should be paying off at the end of the day, so I'm

waiting, expecting something to come.

Q. Is it a goal to get back, all the way back into the top 10

in the world?


A. I'm 60 in the world, so for me to get into the top 50 is

already a big goal, and from there I'll take the top 30,

and step by step. I don't have high expectations because

it's pressure I don't need at all. I think if I manage

myself not to break myself on the way, I think I'll be

somewhere around top 20, and from there it is easy to think

about top 10.

Q. Marat, you play Andy Roddick next game. You are three and

four against Roddick. Aside from that, how would you

describe your rivalry with him?

A. Again?

Q. How do you describe your rivalry with him?

A. Well, I beat him first, I think, couple of times at the

beginning of his career and - this is what you are asking?

Q. Forget the numbers but, you know, do you like playing

against him? Do you like beating him? How do you feel

playing against him?


A. Oh, he's complicated tennis player because he's just, he

serves well. So first of all he serves well, and then when

he's in the rhythym, everyone gets to try them. Then you

have to break the rhythm because then you have to play much

faster and then basically you are going all the time behind

him. So it's just break the rhythm, maybe take some time

between the serves, but just a few things you have to make

just so long, because when he's in the mood he's pretty

tough. He just serves, serves, serves, and then he builds

up the point with the forehand, and then he start to get

much more comfortable on the court, and that's what makes a

huge difference. Then he puts a lot of pressure on an

opponent's serve, starts to play without missing any balls,

everything from the backhand, and makes things complicated

for the opponent.

Q. Marat, you said you have been working very hard and you

obviously - how long is it since you felt this good? How

long, would you say?


A. How many years - long, many years. Just, I needed that,

because I've been suffering still from the, from my knee

injury. That took me quite a long time to recover. And

then also to play against good players, I was not a hundred

per cent fit. I couldn't do things to work on my legs, so

I had to be careful with that. I couldn't run for a long

time and I change completely my movements on the court, so

I was kind of struggling with my game because I lost it

completely due to my injury, so I had to develop some other

game and, of course, it went, was getting worse, worse and

worse, until I had to stop, and start to get healthy again

and build up some muscles in my legs to make sure it

doesn't, I don't break my knee, and just so I can hold on

and I can run around the court and be much faster, because

the tennis became much, much faster than the years before.

The players are very fit, and to be able to play against

them you need to be a hundred per cent, otherwise there's

no chanced to be round top 20 and to play, to be in 60 in

the world is not really my goal.

Q. I mean, when you won the Australian Open three years ago

you came from very low down in the rankings; do you feel

the same way again, or is it different?


A. First of all, just tiring to make comebacks all the time;

so first of all it was the elbow, then it was the wrist,

and then it was the knee, and all the time I had to come,

climb back from 80s in the world, 100s in the world, and

it's just kind of tiring. And there's a lot of pressure

because people expect you, and they put you on a clock:

"When you going to come back to the top 20, top 10?" So

the injury was a different story, but it's just been a pain

in the arse, to put it simply, to be in that position all

the time.

Q. Do you know?

A. No. Finally I feel pretty secure and I can wait for some

results.

Q. You don't worry about your ranking at this stage?

A. Of course I worry about my ranking, but I have nothing to

defend. I have no points left, so I can just play my

matches, and I'm pretty sure I can't get any lower than

that - I hope.

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Old 01-09-2008, 09:04 AM   #19
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"It doesn't mean I'm complaining... but just - why blue?" Seriously, get over it
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he has to have his little obsessions steph sweetie

won a match!!! woot!
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wow damn good result, and he sounds so positive!
Thanx francis for the report
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Old 01-09-2008, 03:04 PM   #22
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Whoaaaa now this is a great unexpected wonderful result!! I haven't been this happy about the outcome of a tennis match in a long time Rock on, Maraaaaaat baby, wooohoooooooo!





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It's just an exhibition, but still - HE WON! It's a very weird thought but I like it!
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Whoaaaa now this is a great unexpected wonderful result!! I haven't been this happy about the outcome of a tennis match in a long time Rock on, Maraaaaaat baby, wooohoooooooo!





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nice interview
why blue? big baby!!!
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it's really good to watch him play like that

thanks for the interview Maria
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hugely happy about his victory! Very good for his self-confidence and Aussie Open!
Few people'd bet a penny that he could win this match or be back!

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He doesn't sound much more or less confident than in his intervews last year. Just the same.
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