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Old 10-16-2009, 07:18 PM   #2986
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Gee I sound like a knife-stabbing idiot.
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:33 PM   #2987
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He tells everyone Marat went to Sopot before clay season but isn't he much of an idiot if he didn't know this is Marat's last year with tennis? Marat is losing 1st 2nd 3rd round/QF. He certainly had a lot of rest. And the pay is handsome. I say earn everything you need to earn if you're leaving.

But nevertheless...I know what I'm saying has flaws but this is just my opinion. Just getting my point across. Penny please do delete my post if necessary if someone finds it too offending... I just can't take someone swiping at someone like he knows better. And done better.
He talked about Marat playing in 2004, not 2009 and I suppose he has a point.
I'm seriously confused why are you so pissed at Roddick's reaction. He didn't say anything insulting to Marat. His twitter anwser is pretty classy. As for swiping at someone, if Marat can swipe at others in public and not try to be politiaclly correct, then the others definitely has the right to express their opinions as well, twitter or not.
P.S why do you think Marat has no knowledge about twitter?

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Old 10-16-2009, 07:53 PM   #2988
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So sorry. Was just kinda hotheaded at the moment (and still). It's rare. I'll get over it already... huhu. Just a multitude of problems going on my way that I can't seem to dodge. Really sorry. Had a very similar situation just about this morning...talked to a guy I hate and the things he said were striking similar to Andy's.

And then I remembered I was in a forum...

Marat not knowing about twitter, hmm. Just a hunch...

Excuse me while I wrap myself up...Will reply if I'm no longer in a sulky and evil mood.
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:27 AM   #2989
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Just TOO many highlights of hilarity here from Marat....but there are TWO quotes that ...welll...."take the biscuit"

- There is a crown dishes?
(Thinks) I can cook anything. In principle, I do not cook, but I can make any dish.

I can just see his face while he's 'thinking'.....and the answer, of course, PURE maratlogic....

— As for life - to wash the floors, wash - you doing this? Or let it makes the maid, housekeeper?
I'm an athlete, not a blonde who does not know how to do. All I can, I wash the dishes, my floors, I can cook food, get out. I do not have housekeepers.

But....but... we thought you LIKED blonds!!!! just don't wanna BE one, I guess ...neverthless, ah Marat - domesticated at last......,,...what I wouldn't give to see him on his hands and knees scrubbing the kitchen floor after he's knocked up a nice spaghetti bolognese....

Oh.......and it answers the question about whether or not he knows about "Twitter....

and this......SO MArat!
Where are your champion Cups?
- I do not know, somewhere lying around.

— You lost them?
— Yes. Maybe they are somewhere and there are, but certainly not from me. Do not collect, not interested in this. Not a fan of himself. Not going to tell someone that in a certain year, I won such a tournament.
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I like his perspectives on life.
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wow...great find Inez! made me chuckle quite a few times - just love his attitude And love the title: "Сафин: не фанатею от самого себя Safin: not a fan of himself"
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Good news --> Marat's ranking is up 10 spots this week to #76.
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The interview is indeed interesting Thanks for the link. I'll try to translate it today (bear with me, it'll take some time), if a translation is necessary after google
Thank you so much AnnieNik!

That interview from the Champion.Ru site was funny.. Did the google translate do it justice?

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Old 10-19-2009, 07:55 PM   #2995
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His final rage against the machine

Mercurial tennis star Safin will retire having never quite maximized his enormous talents

Bruce Arthur, National Post
Published: Saturday, October 10, 2009

Marat Safin is to retire from tennis aged just 29. But for his magnificent flaws, the Russian might have been the most talented player of his era.

Somewhere in China, the quest is almost over. After Shanghai, there's still Moscow, and St. Petersburg to go; if Marat Safin doesn't unexpectedly quit in his homeland, it will end in Paris at the final Masters Series event in November. There, Safin's long and mercurial tennis career will conclude at age 29, whether mercifully or not.

Safin has said he doesn't care about the losses anymore -- he was apparently unworried about falling to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the China Open yesterday in Beijing -- but it will still be a sad day. There has rarely been an athlete so magnificently flawed as the big Russian bear; there has rarely been so outsized a personality, transparent for all to see.

He might have been the most talented player of his era; "I think the only person who could really come close is Roger [Federer]," fellow Russian pro Dmitry Tursunov once told me, in all seriousness. Safin was huge and catlike and powerful; he was capable of hitting any shot, any time. He was given everything but the ability to control the gifts he had been given. "Everybody knows which is my problem," Safin once said in Toronto. "It is mental."

He said stuff like that all the time, because it was always true. In 2000, he was a 20-year-old in the final of the U.S. Open against Pete Sampras, still the top-ranked player in the world, and Safin simply demolished him. He disassembled the legend piece by piece, and Sampras called him the future of tennis, and a couple months later, Safin was No. 1.

And then came the years of struggling in his own personal wilderness. Safin would hit a running cross-court forehand as unreturnable as the wind on one point, and then yank a simple backhand so wide the linesman would duck. He would smash his racquets; he would howl at them and at the skies and at himself in Russian; he would even pull down his pants after winning an epic point at the French Open.

It was as if he was written by Shakespeare, translated from Dostoyevsky. I asked him once at a news conference if he was fighting with himself, and he groaned, threw his head back, said no. Then his eyes twinkled.

"You ever hear the story of the hippo?" Safin asked. I confessed I had not. So Safin told the story.

"The hippo comes to the monkey, and says, 'Listen, I'm not a hippo.' So he paints himself like a zebra. And [the monkey] says, 'Look at you, you are painted like a zebra, but you are a hippo.'" The roomful of reporters giggled.

"So he goes and says, 'I want to be a leopard.' So he took the colours, and he goes to the monkey, who says, 'Sorry, but you are a hippo.' So then he comes and says, 'I am happy to be a hippo. This is who I am, so I have to be who I am.' And he's happy being the hippo."

The room was laughing now, incredulous, but Safin kept looking at me. He paused. He smiled widely. "So now you know the story. I am happy the way I am. That's me."

That was Safin. For anyone else, his brutish good looks, his bottomless charisma, his dark flashes of wit, the parade of super-models cheering him on from the stands -- it would all be a blessing. For Safin, they meant his life was far too much fun to take tennis too seriously.

Safin only regained all that brilliance of 2000 once, though he might have accomplished more in another era. Of the 22 Grand Slam tournaments between Wimbledon in 2004 and Wimbledon this year, Federer and Rafael Nadal won 20, and just two other men broke through: Serbian Novak Djokovic, currently ranked No. 4, and Safin at the 2005 Australian Open. There, he out-duelled Federer in a beautiful semi-final: 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-7, after which Federer said, "I was playing almost as good as I could."

After that, Safin's game fell apart again. He kept striving and found occasional flashes; the last one came at Wimbledon in 2008, where the man who hated to play on grass reached the semi before falling to Federer. It was the last time he gained a firm grasp on his talent; since then, he has mostly scraped towards the end. Someone asked him a few weeks ago whether he wanted to do tennis commentary, and he said no.

"I'm ambitious. I want to achieve some things," Safin said. "I'm different than another person who wants to lay back and do nothing for the rest of the life and talk nonsense on ESPN, talk about my match against Sampras. I will not do that. I want to achieve something else."

"I talked to Marat," Djokovic told reporters. "He said he wants to go mountain climbing. I think somewhere in Argentina in January."

Mountains to climb; that was always Marat, year after year. He lacked the icy perfection of Federer, or the unbreakable focus of Nadal; Safin was a mortal with godlike gifts, but a mortal nonetheless.

But the nobility of Safin was that he tried to master himself, year after year. In 2006, his knee was a mess and his game was gone, and he travelled from city to city looking for it. In Toronto, he fell in the first round, raging against his invisible chains like a madman. He looked tortured out there, lost. Sprawled on a leather couch in the players' lounge afterwards, he was asked whether he had ever considered retirement. The big man frowned and smiled at the same time, puzzled.

"Why? Why to quit? To quit is the easiest solution to just run away from the problems," he said, with feeling. "But the problems will catch you sooner or later.

"Without tennis, I wouldn't be nobody. Just because the tennis is sh--, I can't complain and say that it's enough ... I keep on trying. I still have to give back to tennis, for what tennis gave to me."

He is almost done giving now, so on to Paris. There, after all these years, Marat Safin will finally surrender to himself.
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Almost a good 5 minutes after Marat won, Ricky published this news article.
I reckon he had already prepared this beforehand, been typing away at the keyboard very fast with the match ongoing.

Well we all know who tweeted he'll miss Marat, haha.
I guess Ricky is not oblivious to Marat's charm - a living testament that straight guys go ga-ga over Marat. Haha. Just kidding.



Safin awakes, boots Davydenko out of Moscow
10/21/09 6:11 PM | Ricky Dimon

Marat Safin comes back from set down to win a brutal first-round Kremlin Cup matchup with Nikolay Davydenko. Wednesday's victory sets up another all-Russian showdown between Safin and Evgeny Korolev.

It seemed like Nikolay Davydenko's Moscow fate was sealed before the week even began.

Not only did the world No. 6 battle through a victorious but grueling Masters Series Shanghai, but he was also drawn to play two-time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin in the Kremlin Cup first round. Not surprisingly, that recipe was not a good one for Davydenko. Safin came back from a set down on Wednesday night to upend the top seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 after one hour and 56 minutes of entertaining tennis.

Safin earned the first chance in the fourth game of the evening, but Davydenko thwarted a break-point opportunity at 1-2, ad-out. Davydenko won the next two points for a tough service hold, and the near-miss seemed to affect the always-combustible Safin. The former world No. 1's lone poor service game of the opening set--coming in the next game at 2-2--ended up consting him. Davydenko consolidated his break the rest of the way, surviving one close service game at 3-2 before finishing off the set in style with an easy hold at 5-4.

Although Safin did not change any tactics in set two, he turned the tide by raising his level and going toe-to-toe with Davydenko from the baseline. It also helped the underdog's cause that Davydenko began to look sluggish, perhaps even favoring his knee. Nonetheless, the top seeded continued to play well and neither man saw a single break point until the 10th game of the set. Davydenko saved one set point at 4-5, 30-40 with a huge service winner, but Safin won the next two points--and the set--thanks to a pair of forehand errors by his opponent.

The world No. 76 continued to beat Davydenko at his own game in the third set, playing ruthless baseline tennis. Safin earned an early service and while that would be all he needed, he added another one to finish off the upset victory in style. Serving to stay in the proceedings at 2-5 Davydenko saved one match point with a service winner and another when Safin missed a backhand, but a forehand error by Davydenko on Safin's third chance finally ended it.

While Davydenko clearly was not at his best, it was by far one of Safin's best performances in an otherwise dismal year. Safin finished with 10 aces and just two double-faults while winning more than 70 percent of the points on both his first and second serve. He improves to 4-4 lifetime against Davydenko as heads into another all-Russian showdown against hard-hitting Evgeny Korolev.


I counted the number of Top 50 players Marat has beaten althroughout 2009, and it seems that there are 3, respectively Philipp Petzschner, Fernando Gonzalez and Nikolay Davydenko. (Please correct me if I'm wrong) Hoping for more to come, especially Bercy. We're up 15/19 in singles as of today's win.
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Who is this ricky dimon guy? reminds me of that absolute weirdo that used to come on this site before being banned "dimonator"
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I think he does a blog at tennistalk.com?
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I'm sure it's that Dimonator133 guy who was the biggest psychopath ever on this

Used to send me PM's all the time and stuff and made multiple accounts to counter his ban.

His name was Ricky, too, he had a blog.

What a raging arsehole
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Who is this ricky dimon guy? reminds me of that absolute weirdo that used to come on this site before being banned "dimonator"
I was about to say that he's a writer for Tennistalk.com.

Check out his tweets:

http://twitter.com/RD_Tennistalk

Fan of Marat but got his match predictions always wrong:

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/preview...nd_blockbuster

About Dimonator, I think he's that guy, 99.9%! It seems that he has some other profile in Twitter and it's named Dimonator.

http://twitter.com/Dimonator

What'd he say to you? Hahah I can't even try to imagine. How weird is he. I'm rather curious.
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