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I am suprised no one has started a Thread for Mr Murat  :)

Not sure if this thread will get any interest, but hey it's worth a go  :rofl_2:

Lets see......
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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2008, 06:17:01 PM »
Well, I'll contribute something:

M. Safin Interview - 27 June
 
 
Friday, 27 June 2008


Marat Safin def. Andreas Seppi 7‑6, 3‑6, 7‑6, 6‑4

Q. What does it mean to you to get to the second week here?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, I didn't made it since a couple of years, I think, and for me it's a big achievement. I'm pleased with the way I'm playing, actually. This is the most important thing.


Q. How was that match on you physically?

MARAT SAFIN: It's okay. It was a tough match. The guy played, I think, one of his best matches. He's a fast player, knows what to do, plays very well on grass, moves very well.

At the end of the match it was pretty tough because we both, I think, couldn't see the ball anymore. I was a little bit worried because I couldn't see the ball at the end.


Q. What happened on the last couple points then?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, two frames and I just ‑‑ I couldn't see it anymore. Just all of a sudden you cannot see it. At the score 3‑2 I just couldn't see. I explained with the timing, that's it, and I think he did the same.


Q. Do you think you handled the whole light situation a little better than he did because he's sort of a less experienced player and he did a lot more complaining on the changeovers?

MARAT SAFIN: I don't think he complained about anything.


Q. He seemed more outwardly aggravated.

MARAT SAFIN: For him it was a big match, I think, also to beat me in the third round, especially the way he played. I think the match was a really close one, and with a little bit of experience I think he could get to the fifth set. Then you never know what could happen.

But I think just a little bit of experience helped me a lot.


Q. Were you torn a little bit between, well, things are going well right now, maybe we should try to finish, or this is crazy, I really can't see?

MARAT SAFIN: I prefer to play tomorrow than to finish today, because you never know. It's the fifth set and it's a new story. It's better to stop and play tomorrow. It's just a new day and we finish it up.


Q. At what point would you have said something to the officials.

MARAT SAFIN: I think at 3‑3 or 3‑2 I said, When are we going to stop? I really say, I couldn't speak loud because I didn't want guys to hear about it, because it was really important.

Because every time we played ‑‑ that's what I was trying to get a fast point. Just attack or just go to the net or try to make a first serve, just a winner, because I couldn't really see. I couldn't play the point.


Q. What was the official's answer to you?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, we have to stop when we are even. This is not exactly the response that I want to hear, but it looks like it has to be like 5‑All, 6‑All and then just go the next day.

But it's not really satisfying for me.


Q. Because you were up a break?

MARAT SAFIN: For me, if I want to stop and I am up a break, I think I'm the one who wants to stop, not him. Because he has all the rights also to stop because he is losing and he can't see the ball. I'm the one who doesn't see the ball and I want to stop, which is, I think, pretty fair.


Q. But if he said you had to stop when you were even that would mean you would have given the break back by then.

MARAT SAFIN: It was close, 5‑All, and then you never know what's going to happen tomorrow.


Q. How well are you playing now?

MARAT SAFIN: I think pretty good tennis, pretty good level. I think I just start to feel much more comfortable match by match.


Q. When you get momentum from winning, how does that help you?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, I get nervous. Like when it's tough moments, like when I was a break up in the fourth set, it was just hold the serve and just continue. But I went double fault and one easy mistake, and that's it.

Just, again, you're back in it to try to make another break, so it's just some moments you need to be more focused.


Q. You've won three now. How far do you think you can go?

MARAT SAFIN: I'm playing against Wawrinka. I've never beat him. I really want to get revenge. I think it should happen here, and I'm looking forward.


Q. You quite rightly didn't have huge expectations coming in because of your second round opponent. Have you looked at the draw the last couple days and set a new goal for yourself?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, match by match. It's just you don't want to have a lot of expectations, because when you start to have a lot of expectations you just end up losing in the third round to God knows who.

Just for me, I'm just trying to get as close as I can to top 50. This is my goal just heading into the summer in the U.S. I think it should make a really huge difference. I would love to have seeded in the US Open.

Now that I have a chance to get there, why not? I'm on the second week of the Grand Slam and I'm playing against Wawrinka. I think just have a chance there, so why not? I think there is a chance, and you take it.


Q. Will you be buying any more plane tickets?

MARAT SAFIN: No. Well, I'll try to postpone until Monday.


 
 

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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2008, 06:24:59 PM »
Thank you Dallas, he's such a great guy, I wish him very well  :)
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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2008, 06:27:13 PM »
He drew Fed in the second round or so last year right?  Good tourney for him thus far.  He always says he hates the grass.
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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2008, 06:38:17 PM »
He drew Fed in the second round or so last year right?  Good tourney for him thus far.  He always says he hates the grass.

Yep, he hates the grass, and he reached the quater finals at Wimbledon (think?) Goran beat him??
Grass is for cows  :whistle:  :whistle:

Which proves its all in their head, do you think Rafa thinks this?, hell no!!
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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2008, 06:40:46 PM »
I love playing on the grass very fun.  Although I usually wiff one ball in warm up each time as I adjust to it.  Only played on it 4 times.  And hell no it is not for cows.  :)~
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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2008, 06:44:04 PM »
This is: :off-topic:  but I really would like to play on grass,haven't try that,sounds like terrific joy..?
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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2008, 10:03:41 PM »
I've really enjoyed watching him this year. I wasn't in the U.S. when he was doing really well, so he's sort of a new experience for me. He certainly doesn't look in great form, but he's looking pretty good considering what I've heard about his last couple of years. He didn't seem to lose his mind yet during Wimbledon... that seems to be an improvement for him.

He's a treat to watch whether he hits the ball or not.  :Blush:


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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2008, 01:20:04 PM »
This is a funny interview..  :)

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2008-06-25/200806251214407331500.html


I like him and hope he continues to do well. He may not take the trophy here, but I'll be he takes many other "trophies".  :)~

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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2008, 01:34:08 PM »
This is a funny interview..  :)

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2008-06-25/200806251214407331500.html


I like him and hope he continues to do well. He may not take the trophy here, but I'll be he takes many other "trophies".  :)~


It's hard to say about Safin.  He may go back in hiding after this tournament because you never know what the heck he will do or how he will play based on one tournament.  I mean as long as Safin has been on tour - and with the talent he has, you would have thought he would have had more than 15 career titles!  So you can say Safin has underachieved.

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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2008, 05:58:15 PM »
Quotes by Marat:

"Don't get too excited when I am winning, and don't get too depressed when I am losing.  Just keep it cool"

"I am not a Singer or a Rock star.  Tennis is tennis. If you want to see a clown, go to the circus"   :zipped:
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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2008, 10:26:42 PM »
Unlike the other threads, we'll need to dig deep into the archieves to do this thread justice. Marat has been on tour for 11 years and we've let hundreds of pages pass by...

Here's my contribute for now.

Marat Meets the Big Occasion at the Majors

1998  Roland Garros #116 Safin def. #20 Agassi in 5
1998  Roland Garros #116 Safin def. #8 Kuerten in 5
2000  US Open Final #7 Safin def. #4 Sapras in 3
2004  Oz Open #86 Safin def. #1 Roddick in 5
2004  Oz Open SF #86 Safin def. #4 Agassi in 5
2005  Oz Open SF #4 Safin def. #1 Federer in 5
2005  Oz Open Final #4 Safin def. #3 Hewitt
2006  US Open #104 Safin def. #4 Nalbandian 8-6 in 5th set TB
2008  Wimbledon #75 Safin def. #3 Djokovic in 3

8 of the 9 are Top Ten and the 9th is 3x RG finalist, 1999 RG champion Andre Agassi

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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2008, 10:29:38 PM »
Unlike the other threads, we'll need to dig deep into the archieves to do this thread justice. Marat has been on tour for 11 years and we've let hundreds of pages pass by...Here's my contribute for now.

Marat Meets the Big Occasion at the Majors

1998  Roland Garros #116 Safin def. #20 Agassi in 5
1998  Roland Garros #116 Safin def. #8 Kuerten in 5
2000  US Open Final #7 Safin def. #4 Sapras in 3
2004  Oz Open #86 Safin def. #1 Roddick in 5
2004  Oz Open SF #86 Safin def. #4 Agassi in 5
2005  Oz Open SF #4 Safin def. #1 Federer in 5
2005  Oz Open Final #4 Safin def. #3 Hewitt
2006  US Open #104 Safin def. #4 Nalbandian 8-6 in 5th set TB
2008  Wimbledon #75 Safin def. #3 Djokovic in 3

8 of the 9 are Top Ten and the 9th is 3x RG finalist, 1999 RG champion Andre Agassi

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So has he! :rofl_2:

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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2008, 11:13:22 PM »














Shame that he doesn't care...
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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2008, 11:19:50 PM »
Unlike the other threads, we'll need to dig deep into the archieves to do this thread justice. Marat has been on tour for 11 years and we've let hundreds of pages pass by...Here's my contribute for now.

Marat Meets the Big Occasion at the Majors

1998  Roland Garros #116 Safin def. #20 Agassi in 5
1998  Roland Garros #116 Safin def. #8 Kuerten in 5
2000  US Open Final #7 Safin def. #4 Sapras in 3
2004  Oz Open #86 Safin def. #1 Roddick in 5
2004  Oz Open SF #86 Safin def. #4 Agassi in 5
2005  Oz Open SF #4 Safin def. #1 Federer in 5
2005  Oz Open Final #4 Safin def. #3 Hewitt
2006  US Open #104 Safin def. #4 Nalbandian 8-6 in 5th set TB
2008  Wimbledon #75 Safin def. #3 Djokovic in 3

8 of the 9 are Top Ten and the 9th is 3x RG finalist, 1999 RG champion Andre Agassi

:thumbs-up:

So has he! :rofl_2:

Oooooooooooooooohhh!  That was good   :rofl_2:  Waitaminute!   :mad1:
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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2008, 02:01:48 PM »
Unlike the other threads, we'll need to dig deep into the archieves to do this thread justice. Marat has been on tour for 11 years and we've let hundreds of pages pass by...Here's my contribute for now.

Marat Meets the Big Occasion at the Majors

1998  Roland Garros #116 Safin def. #20 Agassi in 5
1998  Roland Garros #116 Safin def. #8 Kuerten in 5
2000  US Open Final #7 Safin def. #4 Sapras in 3
2004  Oz Open #86 Safin def. #1 Roddick in 5
2004  Oz Open SF #86 Safin def. #4 Agassi in 5
2005  Oz Open SF #4 Safin def. #1 Federer in 5
2005  Oz Open Final #4 Safin def. #3 Hewitt
2006  US Open #104 Safin def. #4 Nalbandian 8-6 in 5th set TB
2008  Wimbledon #75 Safin def. #3 Djokovic in 3

8 of the 9 are Top Ten and the 9th is 3x RG finalist, 1999 RG champion Andre Agassi

:thumbs-up:

So has he! :rofl_2:

Oooooooooooooooohhh!  That was good   :rofl_2:  Waitaminute!   :mad1:

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Re: Marat Safin Thread (Quotes, Articles, Interviews,Pictures ect..)
« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2008, 09:26:26 PM »

Why isn't Marat's interview after the match with Wawrinka posted on the Wimby website? :(

You have to give it to this guy. He loses to Wawrinka twice in the last year and confidently beats him in a big match today.

And the reason why no one created a page for Marat... can you imagine being his fan?

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« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2008, 01:24:27 AM »
Quarter Final now for Marat- what a run this has been :applause: He definitely needed to pull out that one yesterday in 4 as if he'd let the 4th slip as he did with that 3rd set then there was trouble and Wawrinka would probably hav taken that match. However, Safin maintained his focus and kept to his game well and just had way too much for Wawrinka in the end. A match now with a good grasscourter in Lopez for a place in the Wimbledon semi finals!
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« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2008, 01:44:01 AM »
This is a very big shock for me 2 see Safin in the 1/4 finals.Safin has never liked grass in the past or done good on it.Now he got this far i think he win one more match here then go out.Cangrats to all Safin fans & Safin himself @ wimby.