Well, they had an english version of his answers, so, for everyone's reading pleasure
SAFIN SET TO FINISH HIS TENNIS CAREER
Marat Safin confirmed his decision to withdraw from professional tennis at the end of the season.
Following not very successful performance in the series of competitions on hard surfaces Marat Safin returned to clay at the Monte Carlo Masters. In the first round he met with Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt and won in two straight sets 6-4 7-5, however he didn’t pay significant attention to this victory.
"I just better used to the balls and the surface", said Safin to Sport Express. "We shouldn’t make any far-ranging conclusions".
"Lleyton came here twelve hours before the match, while I have been preparing for this competition for two weeks. I also played a match in doubles, so my victory over Hewitt is just a simple victory and nothing more".
"I decided that I would withdraw from professional tennis at the end of the season and I had serious grounds for this decision. I am tired of a life of a sportsman and I want quietness and tranquility".
"Frankly speaking I am little bit tired of playing tennis. I still take part in competitions, but I don’t feel the same energy, which was some time ago. I don’t get the same pleasure from playing tennis, as I got before".
"Though there are several moments, which could change my mind. I can’t say that I play awfully. I play well on the court and I am in perfect physical form, but it would be silly to change my decision after one match or one tournament".
"There is nothing bad in my decision, because I just need to try something new in my life. I gave everything I could to tennis and I don’t have any motivation for continuing my career".
"I will never advance to the top-ten list again
. Comparing with the world’s leading players, I am not so strong physically and morally. In any case let’s wait for the end of the season. If something really extraordinary happens this season, maybe I will stay in tennis for one year more".
"I like playing in Monte Carlo Masters. To my mind it’s one of the world’s best tournaments. Look how many supporters come here from France, Italy and other countries".
"My sister Dinara will top the WTA rankings on Monday and I am very happy for her. The most important thing for her is to understand significance of her achievement".
"A title of the world number one is the maximum achievement in tennis. Dinara should understand her new status and get maximum pleasure from it".
"I also would like to wish her to remember her current feelings for a long time. Sooner or later all players step down their thrown, so she needs to keep these emotions with her".