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Old 01-05-2004, 02:34 PM   #31
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Ilhame kindly did a report form a interview she watched on eurosport during the Hupman Cup....Here it is thank you so much Ilhame:

There was a 15 minute show on Marat in Monaco. I think I missed a few seconds though. He hired Walt Landers as his fitness trainer and Denis was there too. Marat was really practising very hard. He said he wants to do well this year so he's putting in the hours. "Nobody likes to practice hard, but you have to", said marat.

Denis seems confident. He speaks good english by the way, easier to understand then Marat

Walt was surprised about how serious Marat is. They trained 5 times a week, 4 times to the gym and jogging once a week. This is how Marat wanted it.

Marat likes Monaco cause it's three hours flying from Moscow and only 3 hours by car from Milan. He likes the place, there are good tennis facilities and there are many players to practice with.

On December 27 he went to Moscow cause he bought a loft in Moscow and on 1 January he left for Australia. He said that they don't celebrate Christmas in Russia, but only new year's eve. The way you spend new year's eve says something about the succes you will have in a year. When he goes back home he'll throw a big party for his friends. It'll be a new year's eve party and housewarming party in one.

Marat believes that everything that happens in life is ment to be ( I detect some muslim influence there) and that's how he looked at 2003. He liked his time off court, but missed tennis too. He talked about his trip to Yosemite park. Fishing, eating the fish with potatoes and have good wine.

He drove away in a silver Porsche and went to the marina. He was standing there in front of a boat where they finished the interview. He likes to play Hopman Cup and believes it's good pactice. When he went off he signed something for a girl and said: "It's good to be famous". LOL!!

He said goodbye, wished everyone a new year and that was it ))))

He wore a red shirt and when he went away he had that navy blue sweater on. He was in between clean shaved and having a few hairs on his face. His hair was not too long, not too short.

These 15 minutes have made my day!!!
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Thanks Ilhame and Alex!
He seems great! Nice to know he's training so hard.
After his win today, he's even more motivated.
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Great report!
Suprised he mentioned Xmas as he is Muslim
Sometimes its the injuries that make you realize what you have...Still needs a coach, I believe.
Can't wait for Marat to show up in Roddick's reality show, kicking @ss (no, Roddick will probably edit that out! Lol)
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Yeah, we don't celebrate Christmas much in Russia, still no big tradition about it

But New Year's Eve is really huge

And Marat mentioned our famous Russian expression "How you meet new Year (spend this night), that's how you'll spend the whole year"
We always say it in Sylvester
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did you see it also, Lady? COOL
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Thanks Ilhame for the report. What a fantastic day.. first Marat's win and now your wonderful report. I feel giddy all over, lol
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Thanks for those interviews. I enjoyed reading those, especially revisiting the Sampras USO2000 match!

Marat is without a doubt the best player at giving interviews. He comes up with the funniest quotes, with his quirky combination of silliness and wisdom.
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Oh, and congrats to Marat on his win over Santoro! his nemesis!
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Hi Monsieur Q. nice to see you here...I always enjoy your posts!
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Oh, that's very nice of you Catsou! *blushes*
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Also, Catsou, I like being called "Monsieur Q!" So much classier than "Mister!"
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Excellent Monsieur Q. ! I knew you were a classy man that's why I start calling you that way

So I shall calling you Monsieur now since I know you liked it !

Please do not blush....it's true I always really enjoy reading your posts...you are always polite, respectful and seems really open to all the cultures and different ideas...I loves it !

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Sorry if this has been posted in a differant thread, there are so many new articles and interviews running around I hardly know what to do with myself!
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This is Liz's transcript of Marat interview from Monday's match
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*clears throat* Mmhhhm yeah I had a wrist problem for about six months, so I had to go from doctor to a doctor and try to, to see what is going on with me and my wrist because nobody could give me uhh any advice on what I should do and how I can recover, recover from this injury and uhh but with time it went away the pain and now I am fit. I was preparing my self for a month in France so it was good.

How frustrating was last year?

Uhh I try to forget about it, it was, it was really bad

Your down to #77 in the World you have been World #1 do you believe you cna get back there?

I will try see I mean I still have the year infront of me, I have no points to defend, but it depends how I start this year, I mean I need to get some confidence back and hopefully it will be ok

You have been described as brilliant and unpredicatble, how would you describe yourself?

*ponders* Same as you said

You think so?

Yeah I say compliment also! I take it

What about on court, sometimes, well you are unpredictable aswell

*scratches head* I mean, but it's *clears throat* That is just me, I cannot change myself. It's it's the way I'm playing, unfourtnately sometimes I have very big downs and then its uuhhhmmm, there is lots of ups and downs so basically you have to deal with it and try to look forward and try to forget about uhh uhhh bad losses and try to be more positive.

How much of tennis is a mental battle for you?

Basically it's uhhhh 75% the rest is just fitness and uhh thats it.

You've been through a few coaches in the last few years, who are working with now?

*clears throat* Since I try, since I started last year with a guy, he is my friend and I used to play before (something or other) so I decided to take him because he knows me very well and he can travel with me all the year, thats what I needed a person, someone with me full time. Before I couldn't get it because nobody, no ex-players they wont do it because it's really hard work, you know being a coach on the ATP tour you have to travel and you don't really have a family so basically it's difficult for them.

US Open, win, obviously a career highlight?

Yeah, but it was a long time ago, but I have to remem.....repeat this feeling so...

This year can we see a Grand Slam or is it to early?

Aahh I am looking forward, Australia is in 2 weeks so umm I hope I can start the year well I mean the first rounds will be great, to play some matches, some tough ones but with my running I can play any player, any seeded player

Now you always have your leigion of female fans, are we going to see the Safinettes at the Australia Open again?

NO NO NO NO NO NO, I am more serious, I am trying to focus on tennis, so no there will not be any no no

So the girls won't be there this year?

No NO No

But you made the final? 2 years ago?

*Marat stares at her clueless for a moment and sighs* But now I am a bit 2 years older and I am a little bit smarter so I can do it without the girls

What do you like to do outside of tennis?

Watch some movies, read some books, interested in music , you know try to have a great time. This week will be casino, try to spend some money or maybe if I am lucky I win some *grins* So you know, I try to have fun.

And your goals for this year?

Try to get back to where I was, where I was before, it's uhh a long way, it's a difficult one, but also the year is starting so I have to...to, you know it's time to wake up!
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Thanks for posting it here Nicki
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