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It was long overdue, finally a book has been written about the one and only Marat Safin, one of the most colorful and intriguing characters in tennis history. Looks like an interesting read. Safin was truly special and so fun to watch, whether he was playing his best or worst, he gave a show. At his best he could slay any giant, as he did to Federer and Sampras at their peaks, but he could also go down in flames to guys like Levine and Santoro. Tennis needs more guys like Safin to spice things up :)

Facing Safin: Rivals Talk Marat's Magic and Madness - Tennis Now
 

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It was long overdue, finally a book has been written about the one and only Marat Safin, one of the most colorful and intriguing characters in tennis history. Looks like an interesting read. Safin was truly special and so fun to watch, whether he was playing his best or worst, he gave a show. At his best he could slay any giant, as he did to Federer and Sampras at their peaks, but he could also go down in flames to guys like Levine and Santoro. Tennis needs more guys like Safin to spice things up :)

Facing Safin: Rivals Talk Marat's Magic and Madness - Tennis Now

sampras was not at his peak when marat beat him at the us open. back then the finals were the day after the semis which really hurt an older guy.
 

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sampras was not at his peak when marat beat him at the us open. back then the finals were the day after the semis which really hurt an older guy.
Pete said after the match, fatigue was not an issue, he felt fine, it's just the way Safin was playing was just incredible. The serving, the baseline striking and especially the returns. Safin was the perfect storm that day. Pete had a fairly comfortable run to the final that year. Safin simply blasted Pete off the court.
 

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Pete said after the match, fatigue was not an issue, he felt fine, it's just the way Safin was playing was just incredible. The serving, the baseline striking and especially the returns. Safin was the perfect storm that day. Pete had a fairly comfortable run to the final that year. Safin simply blasted Pete off the court.

2000 pete beat hewitt in semis and lost the next day to marat
2001 the reverse. he beat safin and lost the next day to hewitt



i think the back to back hurt pete both times,
glad they changed the schedule
 

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2000 pete beat hewitt in semis and lost the next day to marat
2001 the reverse. he beat safin and lost the next day to hewitt



i think the back to back hurt pete both times,
glad they changed the schedule
The back to back didn't hurt Pete in the four previous finals he won at US Open. Maybe we just have to give credit to Safin and Hewitt for playing outstanding tennis. Both Hewitt and Safin had proven already they could beat Pete before these US Open finals, don't forget that.
 

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Sampras lost the 2000 USO final because Safin was in top form and Pete refused to change tactics. Had nothing to do with fatigue.
 

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It was long overdue, finally a book has been written about the one and only Marat Safin, one of the most colorful and intriguing characters in tennis history. Looks like an interesting read. Safin was truly special and so fun to watch, whether he was playing his best or worst, he gave a show. At his best he could slay any giant, as he did to Federer and Sampras at their peaks, but he could also go down in flames to guys like Levine and Santoro. Tennis needs more guys like Safin to spice things up :)

Facing Safin: Rivals Talk Marat's Magic and Madness - Tennis Now
Nikka you wrote the book, lol
 

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Sampras lost the 2000 USO final because Safin was in top form and Pete refused to change tactics. Had nothing to do with fatigue.
What tactics would you have told Pete to apply against Safin? Are you saying you know more about how to play a US Open final vs Safin than Pete knew? :grin2:
 

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What tactics would you have told Pete to apply against Safin? Are you saying you know more about how to play a US Open final vs Safin than Pete knew? :grin2:
I'm not saying Sampras would have won but he could have done better by staying back more. I've watched that match so many times and I literally don't think Safin hit a single winner in a baseline rally and about 30 passing shots. Sampras just kept coming in and got passed 90% of the time. Sampras was actually doing fine in the few baseline exchanges they had but obviously he probably wasn't winning 3 sets against Safin that way. Actually the only break point Sampras came up with was in the last game and after a long baseline rally where Safin was just waiting for Sampras to do something (eventually he hit a forehand winner). Either way he wasn't beating Safin that day, but it never hurts to change things up when you're getting pumped.
 

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The back to back didn't hurt Pete in the four previous finals he won at US Open. Maybe we just have to give credit to Safin and Hewitt for playing outstanding tennis. Both Hewitt and Safin had proven already they could beat Pete before these US Open finals, don't forget that.
he was also much younger those years.
 

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It would be much more interesting if it was Safin's autobiography. Unfortunately he's too lazy to write one.
 

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I'm not saying Sampras would have won but he could have done better by staying back more. I've watched that match so many times and I literally don't think Safin hit a single winner in a baseline rally and about 30 passing shots. Sampras just kept coming in and got passed 90% of the time. Sampras was actually doing fine in the few baseline exchanges they had but obviously he probably wasn't winning 3 sets against Safin that way. Actually the only break point Sampras came up with was in the last game and after a long baseline rally where Safin was just waiting for Sampras to do something (eventually he hit a forehand winner). Either way he wasn't beating Safin that day, but it never hurts to change things up when you're getting pumped.
Sampras was not going to outgrind Safin from the baseline, that was not his game in the second half of his career with that shaky backhand. Pete played one way and one way only like Gully said, Pete played like the old Green Bay Packers toss right to Paul Hornung, you knew it was coming but you couldn't stop it. Sampras was pretty one dimensional, big serving and attack the net and make volley after volley after volley or the occasional Slam Dunk. On his return games Pete would take a few cracks and generally tank return games then suddenly at 4-4 or 5-4 he would rip a few returns and get a miss and get a love-30 then suddenly get the break and steal the set out of nowhere. The players all talked about hit in Facing Sampras book. Pete would basically tank return games till he'd suddenly get a sniff at like 4-4 and turn up the heat. Safin totally outplayed and out hit Pete in this final. It was the perfect storm. Safin's power display in this final changed the game and ushered in the new baseline power game. The serve and volley game has pretty much been extinct ever since.
 

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It would be much more interesting if it was Safin's autobiography. Unfortunately he's too lazy to write one.
Safin is too cool to do his own book. He's also actually pretty shy until he gets to know you. It was said he was shy and quiet in the locker room until he got to know the players and felt comfortable then he would open up and show his sense of humor. But like quite a few top players he's shy, Hewitt was shy too, according to Ljubicic. So was Rios. As is Gasquet.
 

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"Looks like an interesting read" why is it you won't admit that this is your e-book?
 

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Safin is too cool to do his own book. He's also actually pretty shy until he gets to know you. It was said he was shy and quiet in the locker room until he got to know the players and felt comfortable then he would open up and show his sense of humor. But like quite a few top players he's shy, Hewitt was shy too, according to Ljubicic. So was Rios. As is Gasquet.
Shy? Seriously? This is the last adjective that comes to mind when describing an alpha male like him.
 

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Safin was quite a character, any book about him would be entertaining.
 
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