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Safin humbles Hewitt


Safin claimed his first title of the year in Paris

Marat Safin bt Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 6-0 6-4
Marat Safin gave one of the most impressive performances by any player this year on his way to a crushing victory over Lleyton Hewitt at the Paris Masters.

The Russian claimed his first title of the year at the final event of the ATP regular season.


Gamewatch: Hewitt v Safin
But the manner of victory will have made it worth the wait as Safin gave Hewitt one of the most comprehensive beatings of his career.

And Safin's dominance was never greater than in the second set when, for the first time ever, Hewitt failed to pick up a single game.


Hewitt lost his first-ever love set

The match featured the two players who had headed the rankings for most of the year, before a late slump saw Safin slip to third behind Andre Agassi.

Throughout the week, though, Safin had played with a poise and confidence that he usually struggles to maintain for a whole tournament.

And when the opening set came down to a tie-break unusually it was Hewitt who faltered, missing with two forehands as Safin pressed.

If the first set was tight, the second was a demonstration by Safin.

Huge serves and unnerring accuracy from the baseline, especially on the backhand, meant Hewitt could not impose himself on the rallies.

The Parisian crowd sat stunned into near silence as Safin blasted his way to an unprecedented love set.

And despite Hewitt's expected refusal to give up the ghost in the third set, Safin made the vital break in game five.

Rarely can Hewitt have looked so downbeat on court and Safin served out for the biggest win of his year, and a huge boost ahead of the Masters Cup later this month.


Yay to Marat :bounce: for awesome performance :) No offence to Hewitt fans, the thread title is just a nice alitteration ;)
 

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Can we say that Marat is now the Chairman of the Potato Peeling Club? :D :D :D

That was an IMPRESSIVE display... Bagelling Hewitt... woo hoo!

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Bubble said:
Can we say that Marat is now the Chairman of the Potato Peeling Club? :D :D :D

That was an IMPRESSIVE display... Bagelling Hewitt... woo hoo!

:)
Yeah, it was awesome to watch Marat playing soooo confident and bagelling Lleyton!:bounce:
But just wondering...why is Lleyton called Potato in this board?
 

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Ma. Estefania said:


But just wondering...why is Lleyton called Potato in this board?
observa detenidamente la cara de Lleyton. luego observa una papa, luego vuelve a ver a Lleyton...seguro encontrarás la respuesta a tus dudas:D
 

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lol... I had the same question as Estefania...Thank you Jorge!!!

KOOOLLL...I enjoyed a lot Marats' match..it was awesome, fantastic...perfect......The best tennis he has played since the Australian this year.
Good for Marat!!

I hope he gets his groove at Shangai also!!!
C"MON MARAT Keep it UP!:bounce: :bounce: :kiss: :kiss:
 

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He is called a potato, because in 99 the Aussie's played the Russians in DC, on what Kafelnikov refered to as a "potato field".

The Russians ended up losing.

TBE coined the term for Hewitt I think.



Anyhow - nice victory for Safin.

THough, Hewitt won LESS games against Ferrero in the FO last year ;) Only 7 compared too 11 in this match :D

Of course, that was before he was you know - better ;) Just pointing out he's been beaten worse ;)
 

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Potato field? I seriously thought it was because Lleyton's face was like a potato :confused: Oh come on! you know you thought that too!! ;)

Oh well, guess I was wrong then. :p
 

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I also thought that it was because his head has potato-esque qualities.

But I read the officially explanation from TBE himself, so that is how I know ;)
 

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Well, we can just say that both reasons fit quite well.
:p

Im sure TBE wont mind. :D lol
 

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Rebecca said:
He is called a potato, because in 99 the Aussie's played the Russians in DC, on what Kafelnikov refered to as a "potato field".

The Russians ended up losing.

TBE coined the term for Hewitt I think.



Anyhow - nice victory for Safin.

THough, Hewitt won LESS games against Ferrero in the FO last year ;) Only 7 compared too 11 in this match :D

Of course, that was before he was you know - better ;) Just pointing out he's been beaten worse ;)
Yeah, Lleyton showed that he could even beeat Kafalnikov on a "potato field". In response to the potato field comment, after winning, Lleyton said Kafalnikov had been mouthing off all week and got what was comming to him :D
 

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That's kind of what Corretja said about Hewitt in the masters cup, and DC in 2000 ;)

Role reversal :D
 

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Rebecca said:
That's kind of what Corretja said about Hewitt in the masters cup, and DC in 2000 ;)

Role reversal :D
Lleyton lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero in Davis Cup (2000). Corretja only played doubles against Stolle/Woodforde
 

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That final last year between Hewitt and Safin was about as exciting as watching grass grow. Their 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 match in Miami was much more exciting.
 

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Leo the tennis was way better in Bercy I think. Marat was at his best there.
 
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