maybe. but he still won. having watched it, i think their match at the end of year masters in 2004 gave him the belief that he could compete with federer. further evidence of this is the tough fight he put up against federer at halle this year. i honestly think safin backs himself against anyone when he is in the mood. deep down, roddick would never back himself against federer. there is evidence of that in his interviews everytime he loses to him. in my opinion....Sjengster said:Safin is a better (and more aggressive) returner, his technique is more solid off both wings, he has a penetrating backhand, he has more compact strokes and plays closer to the baseline (both of which mean he takes away a lot of Federer's time), he has a flatter and therefore more penetrating hit, and judging by their AO match this year he knows when to come into the net at the right moment behind a quality approach shot.
That said, Federer's record against him is still a very favourable one; I don't want to sound dismissive of a guy as talented as Safin, but one win from matchpoint down where his fighting qualities, more than his superb tennis, got him over the line doesn't necessarily prove that he has the ability to beat Federer on a consistent basis. And as regards less fear, the fact that it took him seven matchpoints and two breaks of the Federer serve to finally win that SF match, having blown a 5-2 lead in the decider (plus a number of tight errors on his setpoint chances at the TMC last year), shows that he feels the pressure of facing Federer just as much as Roddick.
yes! we have all experienced the same thing against someone at something. i play somebody at american pool. this guy almost always beats me. when we play i feel confident and think i can win but i dont expect to win. thats the key thing i think. by his own admission, federer expects to win every match he plays. i'm not sure anyone out there at the moment expects to beat federer, except maybe nadal on clay...Sjengster said:I would say that seeing your game constantly proving inadequate and being outplayed every time you meet isn't going to do wonders for your self-belief against another player.
harsh words when describing a man at the top of the game with 2 slams already...1sun said:safin is overated and isnt as great as people make him out to be. for sure he is the best bet against federer, but no one can live with federer when he is at his best.
safin is and always will be a waste of talent
you dont think he wants to achieve more? yeah i'm sure he loves the bad losses...megadeth said:those harsh words are justifiable. safin could achieve more if he wanted to. too bad he's wasting it. his talent should've been given to someone else more determined to maximize his potential. (e.g. roddick)
Nothing more needs to be said. Roddick cannot control the points from the back of the court with only a FH. Roddick cannot make a dent (usually) on any Fed service game.safin has...
:bs:megadeth said:i don't think he really cares. remember the AO final against Johannson? as long as he earns enough to sustain his bar tabs and partying, that's enough for him...