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Up to this point now, not taking into account anything they might achieve in the future.

Both players have won two grand slams and won Davis Cup, as well as a few AMS thrown in the bag.

It's an interesting debate because both men's achievements are not far off identical.

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

Hewitt, he has two masters cup and finished two times as number one....
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

But to be fair Safin has won two Davis Cups to Hewitt's one (can someone correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not sure if he played 1999) and more AMS titles... that's what makes this an interesting comparison.

Take into account also who both men beat en route to their titles and period spent at world no 1.
 

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Grand Slam Titles - Hewitt 2, Safin 2
Grand Slam Final Appearances - Hewitt 4, Safin 4
Grand Slam Semi-Final Appearances - Hewitt 8, Safin 6
Grand Slam Quarter-Final Appearances - Hewitt 14, Safin 8
Weeks Spent As World No. 1 - Hewitt 80, Safin 9
Weeks Spent In The Top 5 - Hewitt 184, Safin 141
Weeks Spent In The Top 10 - Hewitt 277, Safin 202
Years Ended As World No. 1 - Hewitt 2, Safin 0
Tennis Masters Cup Titles - Hewitt 2, Safin 0
Masters Series Titles - Hewitt 2, Safin 5
ATP Titles - Hewitt 26, Safin 15

Both players have reached the quarter-final stage at all 4 grand slams.
Hewitt's Davis Cup singles win-loss record is 30-8, and Safin's is 19-14.
I know that Hewitt is labelled by many people as a transitional no. 1, but it's worth remembering that Safin is just over a year older than Hewitt. When Hewitt was the top dog in men's tennis, Safin was part of that 'weak era'.
In my opinion Hewitt is clearly the more successful player out of the two.
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

Up to this point now, not taking into account anything they might achieve in the future.

Both players have won two grand slams and won Davis Cup, as well as a few AMS thrown in the bag.

It's an interesting debate because both men's achievements are not far off identical.

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Hewitt

especially if you want to take into account how much each got out of their god-given talent

also as far as I'm concerned Davis Cup is pretty much erroneous to the discussion
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

Grand Slam Titles - Hewitt 2, Safin 2
Grand Slam Final Appearances - Hewitt 4, Safin 4
Grand Slam Semi-Final Appearances - Hewitt 8, Safin 6
Grand Slam Quarter-Final Appearances - Hewitt 14, Safin 8
Weeks Spent As World No. 1 - Hewitt 80, Safin 9
Weeks Spent In The Top 5 - Hewitt 184, Safin141
Weeks Spent In The Top 10 - Hewitt 277, Safin 202
Years Ended As World No. 1 - Hewitt 2, Safin 0
Tennis Masters Cup Titles - Hewitt 2, Safin 0
Masters Series Titles - Hewitt 2, Safin 5
ATP Titles - Hewitt 26, Safin 15

Both players have reached the quarter-final stage at all 4 grand slams.
Hewitt's Davis Cup singles win-loss record is 30-8, and Safin's is 19-14.
I know that Hewitt is labelled by many people as a transitional no. 1, but it's worth remembering that Safin is just over a year older than Hewitt. When Hewitt was the top dog in men's tennis, Safin was part of that 'weak era'.
In my opinion Hewitt is clearly the greater player.

After those stats, I'd say Hewiit (Although Marat is more liked :) )
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

Easily Hewitt.

But of course Safin will win the poll.
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

Grand Slam Titles - Hewitt 2, Safin 2
Grand Slam Final Appearances - Hewitt 4, Safin 4
Grand Slam Semi-Final Appearances - Hewitt 8, Safin 6
Grand Slam Quarter-Final Appearances - Hewitt 14, Safin 8
Weeks Spent As World No. 1 - Hewitt 80, Safin 9
Weeks Spent In The Top 5 - Hewitt 184, Safin141
Weeks Spent In The Top 10 - Hewitt 277, Safin 202
Years Ended As World No. 1 - Hewitt 2, Safin 0
Tennis Masters Cup Titles - Hewitt 2, Safin 0
Masters Series Titles - Hewitt 2, Safin 5
ATP Titles - Hewitt 26, Safin 15

Both players have reached the quarter-final stage at all 4 grand slams.
Hewitt's Davis Cup singles win-loss record is 30-8, and Safin's is 19-14.
I know that Hewitt is labelled by many people as a transitional no. 1, but it's worth remembering that Safin is just over a year older than Hewitt. When Hewitt was the top dog in men's tennis, Safin was part of that 'weak era'.
In my opinion Hewitt is clearly the greater player.
Great stats. Safin has the AMS events over Hewitt but other than that there are no more advantages for the Russian.

Hewitt by a small margin is the better.
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

I agree that Hewitt has had the stronger career, and also got the most out of his ability, but it has to be taken into account Safin's injuries have made his career stop start at times.

Jaap is right though. ;)
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

Safin may be more talented but he didn't capitalize on it. Hewitt has definitely had a much more successful career simply because he far more consistent than Marat.
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

Hewitt has more titles but Safin is more talented and his career has been stopped because of injuries so... my heart goes to Safin :)
 

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Hewitt, no contest here. Consistent no. 1 versus careless, overhyped Marat
 

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Talent doesn't have anything to do with the achievements of a player. Obviously, Hewitt's has had a better career so far. They both have similar GS results but Marat has never won Tennis Masters Cup and has less ATP titles. ;)
 

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Hewitt, but I love Marat more :inlove:





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Safin is a mug for clowning away the 2002 AO after the gods handed him the semifinal.
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

Perhaps, but wouldn't that be a walkover for Safin (2 GS to 1 GS)
 

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Re: Who has had the better career, Lleyton Hewitt or Marat Safin?

I would take Safin's career achievements over Roddick's for the following reasons:
- He has won 2 grand slam titles while Roddick has won 1.
- He has won 5 masters series titles while Roddick has won 4.
- He has reached the QF stage at all 4 grand slams, while Roddick has never progressed beyond the 3rd round at Roland Garros.
- Safin won his masters series titles across outdoor hard, indoor hard and carpet, while Roddick's 4 masters series titles all came on outdoor hard (although the Cincy courts are fast, the Montreal ones are midpaced, and the Miami ones are slow, so that was still hugely impressive).
 
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