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I thought this is an interesting question. How did you all become a fan of Marat Safin?

I myself became a fan in 2000. Even though some people might think that I liked him because of his looks, that is definitely not true. I thought his year was amazing in 2000. His tennis was superb. I began to focus on his tennis and I really enjoyed watching him play. And after he won the US Open, I found out that he has a very nice sense of humor and personality. It made him much more attractive to watch and know about then the other players. Now I just can't get enough of watching and cheering for him. :)
So how about you guys?
 

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OMG! :eek: I just spent a half an hour half asleep writing a great post about when I became a Marat Safin fan. And I hit submit, and it said I had too many smilies or images in it. And that I had to go back and eliminate some of them. I did but the entire post was gone! I can't believe it!

Allie, I became a Marat Safin fan in April of 1998. Marat was playing Davis Cup for Russia for the first time. Russia was visiting Atlanta to play the United States team. And Marat got wiped out by Andre Agassi in strainght sets in his first singles match. And as I remember, Agassi wasn't complimentary about Safin at all. And that bugged me a little bit. And I remember reading in the New York Times that Marat's mother Rauza was there in Atlanta suffering watching her son play Davis Cuip for the first time. And Marat's mother was a good junior player for the Soviet Union. So you know she had high hopes for her talented son.

I had never seen Marat play before. But even in the loss to Agassi, Marat displayed some of the most devastating groundstrokes I had ever seen! :eek: Then in his second singles match, Marat blew the match to Jim Courier. Thus Russia lost the tie. But I became a Safin fan then, because of his talent, emotions, potential and his big puppy qualities! And by that time, I had started to view the once mighty Russian athletes as the underdog.

And just the other day, I came across a tape of Marat winning his first ATP title in Boston in 1999. Marat was still like a big puppy then! He lost his adorable big puppy qualities in 2000.
Unfortunately, Marat never got to defend his first ever title because the tournament got eliminated from the ATP calendar.

To me, Marat also seems like the kind of guy who would be nice to his fans if he had a minute. Don't you think so, too?

And I know Marat is a good person, too! When the Russian Kursk submarine tragedy happened nearly 2 years ago and sunk to the bottom of the Barents Sea, Marat Safin started a financial fund for the families of the deceast Russian Sailors. I was touched to read about that. That showed me that Marat has a good heart! :angel:

I hope Marat isn't satisfied with having a good life and a very good career. Being Russian makes him different. Russia is struggling as a country. And the quality of life is not good. And I hope Marat is not so satisfied with having a good life, that it takes away his hunger for being an all time great tennis player. Because he has that type of ability.

I will always root for Marat. At times he is frustrating as a player. But Marat deserves the support he receives!

Well, there you have it Allie. I hope my post is a worthwhile read.

P.S. - And I hope my post goes through this time! I hardly used any smilies this time.
 

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Roland Garros 1998.
Guga was the defending champion, and he was gonna have to face this young russian gun coming from qualifying and who had just beat Andre Agassi... I watched the match, but kept telling myself: oh, Agassi is not playing THAT well these days, Guga will win... Yeah, right!
On that moment, Marat showed his biggest characteristics: huge groundstrokes, great serve and a shaky mind-game.
Superb match, five sets long. Guga was mentally crushed on that year, but the match was great anyway.
Since then, Marat is one of my fave players. :)
 

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I'm a Federer fan, but i like Marat's game as well, and his big personality. I first saw him play in Roland Garros, when he beat Agassi, and i thought, wow! this guy could play tennis.
At the US Open Final when he beat Pete, it was unbelievable how calm and focused he was. But hey, he's good for tennis. :)
 

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Became a fan of Marat when i saw him play Ferrero at the US 00. I had never seen or heard of him before and needless to say i was hooked/captivated the moment i saw him and been a fan ever since. He is the complete and total package: game, looks, sense of humour, charm. He's got it all!
 

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well actually noticed him for his temper...lol

I was flicking the channels on Tv one day and found this guy hitting his racket on the court so hard that it actualy broke..... I was very interested in this guy and found out that hes Marat Safin and he was russian. Then I got to know all his facts that hes a Grand Slam winner and that he beat Sampras!! He deffinetely had talent. I've been a fan of his ever since.

the good looks is actually a bonus too!
 

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i became Marat's fan on US OPEN 2000. I saw some parts of his matches, but didnt pay much atention...and when he was playing the final i was wow, who is that gorgeous guy? and i am a great fan of Pete since little girl and when he won against Pete i was in shock and very surprised that a such gorgeous and talented guy won the US 2000!!! hihih, then i started to search for more informations about him and became a fan...and now im totaly crazy 'bout him of course...hihi he is da best!!! Marat roxxxxx!!! :D
 

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in the beginning I hated him *stupid me* but then I saw him more often and then I liked him mostly because of his aditude and his gorgeous smile :drool: that was in 2001 I guess. now I luuuuuuuuvvvvvvvv him!!
 

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Femke, just curious why did you hate Marat in the beginning? What about him you didn't like? For me it was love at first sight!
 

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Jessi said:
Femke, just curious why did you hate Marat in the beginning? What about him you didn't like? For me it was love at first sight!
I don't really remember but I think that I didn't like in the beginning his aditude but when I saw him more often I liked his aditude and ofcours his looks!!
 

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MrsLoveFire said:
but the first thing is his tennis, no? ;) :p
*oeps* yes ofcours!!!!!!!!!! :rolleyes:
 

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I became a Marat fan during the AO last year...I was getting sick of men's tennis in general, since there were no personalites since McEnroe...And then along comes our Marat, having everyone in fits of laughter, and I've been supporting him ever since! I remember the first quote that had me laughing: "I think you'll have to agree, I have a very beautiful bench." lol. And this one, "I had to have the motivation to beat Sampras. That's why I had so many blondes." lol. Also, of course, when I saw him beat Sampras at the 2002 AO, it was staggering...And then when he beat Haas in the SF's after the rain delay - what a match!...Bit of a shame about the finals, though...But his time will come!

Cheers,
Evelyn.
 

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I became a fan of Marat's after watching him play Guga in some match - I have no clue when - and I sat memorized by these two spectactular players battling back and forth. I instantly became a fan of both Marat and Guga. Marat's personality is far closer to mine than Guga's is so Marat is my #1 fav.
 
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