I'm just hoping I wasn't responsible for this thread
Well, I think it's a good thread. There are other players that people may want to talk about. So here's their chance.
Exactly what I have said ! So BGT deserves a lot of credits from me doing this thread,and Dallas I'll help keeping this thread on top(bump)
BG deserves big props Babblelot on Safin:
I think everyone in the world but me has the whole Safin saga all wrong. Marat reached
4 slam finals and finished 2-2. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. So what that he's not Sampras or Federer or Borg.
Did he underachieve or did he overachieve? The correct answer is unequivocal: neither. If Marat wasn't the way he is, he could easily have burned out too early much like Borg or Henin. Why didn't Borg continue playing? A: Because in addition to supreme talent, his mind is the way it is. But despite being a top shelf head case, that Safin's critics don't recognize Marat will be playing--and remains dangerous--beyond his 29th birthday is beyond me (I hear you cynics now, and I know who you are--"he just cares about the money; if it weren't for the $$$$ he'd have no interest in playing"). Here's the truth: he cares. He cares a lot. You guys look at a line score and
But if you watch the guy, you'll appreciate the fact that he is a perfectionist who is his own ultimate and harsh critic. It's very likely that if Marat didn't have stuff going on outside the tennis world--like Borg didn't--he'd, too, have burned out early, just like Borg did.
Wish as you may that he was more like Nadal mentally and in temperment, but all things considered, Safin's career turned out to be exactly as it should be; he's neither an underachiever or an overachiever. I know you people like to parrot things that others have said because you've proven time and again that you're incapable of thinking for yourselves, so you have only yourselves to blame for being disappointed.
Did I convince anyone? No...
To herc: Safin's first serve is lethal but that second serve is now something of a liability. That is something I wish he would have developed much the way I wish Roddick would have developed his BH.