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Safin Ready for Comeback After Long Injury Layoff
By REUTERS



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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Marat Safin hopes to kick-start his injury-ravaged season at next week's $380,000 Mercedes Benz Cup in Los Angeles, his coach said on Tuesday.

``It has been a difficult year for Marat so far,'' Denis Golovanov told Reuters. ``But we think he has recovered well enough to start playing again.

``He has been practicing for the past week in Moscow and tomorrow we'll fly out to Los Angeles.''

Safin has not played since late April after aggravating a wrist injury he first sustained during the Australian Open in January.

He also suffered an ankle injury earlier this year, causing him to miss Russia's Davis Cup campaign which ended with a humiliating 5-0 quarter-final defeat by Argentina in Buenos Aires.

Safin has played eight tournaments this year and the former world number one's ranking has slumped. Last month he dropped out of the top 20 for the first time since 2000 -- the year he won the U.S. Open, beating Pete Sampras in the final.

The 23-year-old is currently in 50th place in the ATP Tour's Champions Race.

His best showing this year came in Barcelona in April, but even then he was undone by yet another injury, forcing him to retire from the final against Carlos Moya.
 

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Re: Safin ready for comeback after long layoff

WOO HOO!!!
 

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Re: Safin ready for comeback after long layoff

Let's hope he really has recovered, we definitely need him back to throw into the mix now that Ferrero, Federer and Roddick are all at their highest-ever level. One thing's for sure, no-one's going to fancy facing him as an unseeded player in the first round of one of the TMS events...
 

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Re: Safin ready for comeback after long layoff

Here's a better article from Tennisweek.

Safin Sets Sights On Los Angeles Return Next Week


By Richard Pagliaro
07/23/2003

Marat Safin has played many parts in his six-year career. The 23-year-old Russian has been a Grand Slam champion, a world No. 1, the leader of a Davis Cup champion, a temperamental terror, a racquet demolition expert, an underachiever and an injury-prone player. Next week, Safin will arrive in Los Angeles ready to take on a new role — a comeback competitor.

Absent from the ATP Tour for more than two months due to an assortment of injuries, Safin has set his sights on his return to tournament tennis at the $380,000 Mercedes-Benz Cup at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA.

"It has been a difficult year for Marat so far," Safin's coach Denis Golovanov told Reuters writer Gennady Fyodorov today. "But we think he has recovered well enough to start playing again. He has been practicing for the past week in Moscow and tomorrow we'll fly out to Los Angeles."

The 2000 U.S. Open champion will be making his first ATP appearance since since falling to Franco Squillari in the opening round of the Valencia tournament on April 28th. Prior to that loss, Safin looked sharp in scoring a 6-4, 6-3 semifinal victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero on the red clay of Barcelona only to retire from the final citing fatigue while trailing Carlos Moya two sets to one.

Safin, who has posted a 12-6 record this season, withdrew from Roland Garros and Wimbledon with wrist and hand injuries.

Widely regarded as one of the most talented players in tennis, the six-foot-four Safin started the 2002 season strong by advancing the the Australian Open final and followed that performance with a semifinal appearance at Roland Garros. Since then, Safin has slumped in Slams. He exited in the second round of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year and withdrew from his third-round match with Rainer Schuettler at the Australian Open in January due to the wrist injury.

Since then, one of Safin's best showings in a big event came at the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells where he reached the fourth round and was weakened by a flu-like virus in suffering the worst defeat of his career, a 6-0, 6-1 setback to Robby Ginepri. He followed that performance with a shocking 7-6(9), 7-5 second-round setback to 30-year-old Italian Davide Sanguinetti at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne.

The enigmatic Safin's schizophrenic game sometimes suffers from such wild mood swings it would seem to require counseling rather than coaching. His coach is hoping Safin can string a series of wins together to regain the confidence he showed during a 2000 season that saw him capture an ATP-best seven tournament titles, including a dazzling display of championship tennis in crushing Pete Sampras to capture the U.S. Open crown as he became the youngest man to finish No. 2 since a 19-year-old Boris Becker in 1986.

Since that sustained season of brilliance, Safin has won exactly three titles in 30 months.

"He needs to build up his confidence once again in order for him to start winning again," Golovanov told Reuters." We'll just have to wait and see how it goes, but if he is lucky enough to put together a good winning streak in America then he may prepare himself for a good run at the U.S. Open. The season is definitely not over yet and Marat feels that there is still time for him to do well this year."
 

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Re: Safin ready for comeback after long layoff

about time too :)
can't wait for Marat to kick some ass again :)

lets hope by the time the US Open comes around he's back to his best and that means DANGER to everyone :)

Marat :bigclap:
 

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Re: Safin ready for comeback after long layoff

Thank God!!! :bounce:

I'm beginning to think that my tennis coverage's cursed!

Go Marat, please, please, please stay healthy from now on! For my mental stability! :D
 

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Re: Safin ready for comeback after long layoff

This thread brought out some posters I haven't seen in a while. Where's Luvbadboys?
 

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this is terrific news. i hope he's completely healthy and ready to kick some ass. he has my permission to spank the pants off Dickhead the first chance he gets...:devil:
 

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Tennis Fool said:
Anyone going to LA to give a scouting report???
Christine (who runs a Marat forum) has a friend who's going to LA. She'll be giving us daily reports and other Marat happenings from the tourney. In fact, she watched Marat practice today and had a chance to speak with him as well.

Christine's forum: http://www.maratsafin.mirrorz.com
 
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