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With form and confidence of last fall he might be heading for embarassment in this exhibition event. Wouldn't he better of plating Auckland or Sidney?
 

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With form and confidence of last fall he might be heading for embarassment in this exhibition event. Wouldn't he better of plating Auckland or Sidney?
This is the field for the Kooyong exhibition tournament in Melbourne this week:

ROGER FEDERER (SUI - ranked 1)
ANDY RODDICK (USA – 6)
FERNANDO GONZALEZ (CHI – 7)
DAVID NALBANDIAN (ARG – 9)
ANDY MURRAY (GBR – 11)
TOMMY HAAS (GER – 12)
IVAN LJUBICIC (CRO – 18)
MARAT SAFIN (RUS – 56)
 

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Because he's Marat
 

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This is the field for the Kooyong exhibition tournament in Melbourne this week:

ROGER FEDERER (SUI - ranked 1)
ANDY RODDICK (USA – 6)
FERNANDO GONZALEZ (CHI – 7)
DAVID NALBANDIAN (ARG – 9)
ANDY MURRAY (GBR – 11)
TOMMY HAAS (GER – 12)
IVAN LJUBICIC (CRO – 18)
MARAT SAFIN (RUS – 56)

My point excatly. Marat's 56 ranking is generous considering that he barely got points after Wimbeldon
 

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I don´t think you can embarass yourself in an exhibition tournament. But yeah, Auckland or Sidney probably would have been better preparation. Then again, who knows how serious he is about his tennis anymore...
 

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Because Safin can probably get a good appearance money even if he doesn't play well. I can think of quite a few players who could play some real tournaments before the AO. Then again, it's quite common now that the very top players often play only the mandatory events and their home country tournaments. Maybe some other tournaments as well, if the money is good. Playing a real tournament in hot conditions would be a good idea before the AO.
 

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Cause he is still popular and he is one of the few interesting players left in tennis.
 

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Marat's chances to win more than 1 match at AO are near 0% with or without playing any tune-up events.
Anyway, his results have never depended on his previous matches. In 2005 he was being overpowered by Gisela Dulko at Hopman Cup but won AO three weeks later.
 

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^ Exactly. Three guaranteed matches.

Also losing to Federer and Nalbandian >>> losing to Jones and Sirianni
 

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Aaaah, what would that forum be without a thread about Safin on main page...
 

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for marat, i believe nothing is impossible...
 
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