Safin and Druzyaka will reportedly hold ceremonies both in Moscow and New York.
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Marat and Dinara are the only siblings in history to rank No. 1 on the men’s and women’s tours. But these are troubled times for the 24-year-old Safina, who has been plagued by injuries and a crisis of confidence. After holding the top ranking for much of 2009, the three-time Grand Slam runner-up has dropped to No. 33. “She’s struggling,” Safin says. “She has a stress fracture in her spine. She’s been playing with pain and it’s not the way to play.” Big brother’s advice? Take a big chunk of time off, re-evaluate, and stop trying to play through the pain. “I think she needs to rest six months and think about the future,” Safin says of his sister. “Don’t play two weeks here and two weeks there and get [re-]injured.”
He showed up at Wimbledon’s second week not to check out the tennis, greet old friends, or even to scout the tennis venue for the 2012 London Olympics. “It’s still a little bit far for that,” he said. Instead, Safin was at the All England Club strong-arming ATP tour officials—and presumably players themselves—to play at his native Moscow event, the Kremlin Cup. “I just want to bring more players to our tournament,” says Safin, who has a vested interest since he says he’ll “officially” be in charge of the event soon. “We need to make it more interesting. Lately we’ve struggled with the tennis players. The people in Russia want to see a little bit more the good quality players.”
Former No. 1 Marat Safin’s career is over after a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the second round of the Paris Masters.
The 29-year-old Safin, a two-time Grand Slam title winner, put on a solid performance on center court Wednesday but was unable to overcome the U.S. Open champion.
Safin, a three-time winner in Paris, captured the 2000 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open among 15 singles titles. He has said he’ll quit after this season.
The charismatic Russian, who hasn’t won a title since the victory in Australia four years ago, will be remembered for his off court antics as well as for his pure talent on court. He holds the record for the most smashed racquets, the record for the most expletives, the record for the most bare-assed performances, and the record for lateness and unreliability.
In a sport that is dominated by robotic clones, Marat Safin was unique and refreshing. He will be missed!
Marat Safin has accepted that he is probably just one match away from retirement.
The former world No.1 edged past French qualifier Thierry Ascione 6-4 4-6 7-6(3) to reach the second round, where US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro lies in wait.
In a typically candid assessment, the Russian was the first to acknowledge that his chances of prolonging his final season are slim to none.
“At the end of the day, I don’t think I’m going to be the winner,” the 29-year-old told reporters. And that, he added, is fine with him.
The three-time Paris Masters champion, who announced at the start of 2009 that this was to be his final year on the ATP Tour, no longer has the heart for training, or even for chasing results.
Asked if he would emulate fellow former world number one Andre Agassi and come up with a book full of revelations, Safin said: “I guess I have to retire and then after a few years I’ll write an autobiography with some confessions. If I need money, I’ll do that.”
In case the hint of a dig at Andre Agassi, whose autobiography Open hit the bookshelves yesterday, had been lost in translation, Safin left no doubt with his suggestion for the eight-time Grand Slam champion’s quick-fire solution for any guilt he ay have felt about his crystal meth confession.
“He feels guilty? So let him just give back his titles, money, his Grand Slams!” Safin told the French sports paper L’Equipe. “If he is so fair play, he should go all the way. You know, ATP have a bank account, he can refund if he wants to.
“What’s done is done. He hopes to sell more books. But he is completely stupid.”
“I do not defend the ATP, but what he said put them in a bad position. ATP allowed him to win a lot of tournaments, to make a lot of money.
“They kept his secret so why be so cruel with them? There are times you need to be able to shut up.”
Maria Sharapova will begin 2010 by playing the Hong Kong Tennis Classic 2010 in Hong Kong which runs from January 6-9. The tournament will feature four teams representing Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.
Each team will consist of 2 female players and 1 male player competing in singles and doubles. Maria is joined on the Russian team by Vera Zvonareva and Marat Safin. Team Europe has Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka and Stefan Edberg. Venus Williams, Gisela Dulko and Michael Chang make up Team Americas and Jie Zheng, Ayumi Morita and Paradon Srichaphan represent Team Asia-Pacific.
The new team format will feature women’s & men’s singles and mixed doubles matches over four days of action packed tennis at Victoria Park.
Marat Safin opened his final Kremlin Cup campaign by ousting defending champion Nikolay Davydenko in the first round in Moscow.
Safin was runner-up in last year’s final, and today he came from a set down to win 4-6 6-4 6-2 and end Davydenko’s bid for a fourth title in the Russian capital.
Safin, 29, who retires at the end of the season, produced 10 aces and a better all-round game against his 28-year-old opponent to win in a little under two hours.
Also through into the second round were Evgeny Korolev who beat fellow Russian Igor Kunitsyn 7-6 (6) 6-3 while qualifier Illya Marchenko was 4-1 up in the deciding set when Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin retired with a throat infection to seal a 1-6 6-4 4-1 result.
Russian third seed Mikhail Youzhny thrashed Potito Starace, of Italy, 6-1 6-1 in less than an hour, producing a superb service performance to reach the third round.
Pablo Cuevas, the fifth seed, had a tougher match but prevailed 3-6 6-1 6-4 against Teimuraz Gabashvili.
However, seventh seed Fabrice Santoro crashed out in straight sets to qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.
Stakhovsky hit 11 aces and produced a far more incisive game to win 7-5 6-1 to overcome a deficit of 60 ranking places.
The Russian, who is retiring after next month’s Paris Masters, claimed Berdych feigned injury during his 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.
The 29-year-old refused to shake Berdych’s hand at the end of the match, after his opponent called on the trainer to treat a knee problem during their second-round contest.
“Just come on; just grow up a little bit; 26 years-old; just deal with that,” he said. “If you’re losing, just be a man; be a man and lose as a man.
“Don’t pretend that you are injured and then you start running around and start to hit winners and then all of a sudden you pull the hands up in the air after winning the match.
“So then of course the guy will say: ‘No, I’ve been injured but then I felt a little bit better’.
“Of course he will find 10,000 excuses. Still, it’s not enough. You’re playing or you’re not playing. If you’re playing, so just shut up and play.”
Safin then rounded on Andy Roddick, and other players who have complained about the length of the season, saying he had suggested it should be made shorter in 2004 but had been shot down.
On Monday, Roddick called on the ATP to reduce the length of the men’s season or risk shortening the careers of top players such as Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
“In 2004 we had this discussion in Olympic Games with Roddick about it and they were blaming me that I’m playing too much,” said Safin.
“And I was saying that the season is too long. We should make it shorter. And the guys, they jumped on me, like I was the one who was wrong.
“So look at all of them – everybody is falling apart. Everybody is getting injured left and right, and everybody is complaining the season is long. It takes six years to realise that something is wrong.
“They just have to deal with that, not when they are 21 and ambitious and want to make money. They have to think a little bit with their brains and to make the career a little bit longer.”
Marat Safin played in Beijing for the last time Friday but lost to No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the 2009 China Open. After the match, a ceremony was held on Center Court to honor Safin, who announced earlier in the year he would retire at the conclusion of this season.
Videos were shown on the big stadium screens, one of fans and volunteers telling Safin how much they will miss him, and the other a tribute from Novak Djokovic and Safin’s sister, Dinara. Djokovic, world No. 4, also acknowledged how much Safin will be missed, and his younger sister talked about his inspiration and his contribution to the game of tennis. “It’s a nice touch, so thanks for that,” Safin said. “She’s a good sister, so she’s doing the right thing.”
During the ceremony, Safin was presented gifts from tournament organizers, including a poster with pictures of fans and volunteers. He was also given a tsar’s wooden seal; in China, Safin is called the “Tsar from Russia.”
Before he was able to respond, the crowd cut him off by chanting, “Safin, Safin,” as Nadal stood by and applauded him. “It was nice for the organizers to do this for a player and very nice to see every person in the stands being there and supporting me and cheering for me rather than Nadal,” Safin said in his post-match press conference.
“It’s hard to describing the feeling I have now and it will never be enough, but thank you and it is deep from the heart.”
Top seed Rafael Nadal was pushed all the way by American James Blake at the China Open on Thursday.
Playing his first tournament since the US Open, a late break saw the Spaniard take the first set 7-5 and, after dropping the second on a tie-break, a single break was enough to see him wrap up the decider 6-3 and set up a clash with Marat Safin.
The former world number one from Russia needed just one hour and nine minutes to upset seventh seed Fernando Gonzalez 6-3 6-4.
Meanwhile, Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic battled past Lukasz Kubot in three tight sets, winning 7-6 (8/6) 4-6 6-4 despite the Polish qualifier’s stunning first-serve percentage of 83.
In the day’s final match, sixth seed Robin Soderling saw off Spain’s Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 20 minutes.
He will face Ljubicic in Friday’s third quarter-final.
The 2000 Rogers Cup champion, Marat Safin, is calling it quits at the end of this season (six tournaments left – he’s counting). He leaves Montreal after a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 loss to No. 13 seed Gael Monfils of France last night that was a mirror image of so many of his losses in his final season.
There were periods of inspired play; but when the match is in his hands (he was up an early break in the third set), the nerves kick in and it just gets away from him.
“Every match is – it’s a battle. It’s very tough to motivate. It’s very tough not to choke in important moments. For some reason it should be the other way around. I should enjoy it more. But I want to finish up nicely,” Safin said. “It’s getting into my head in important moments.”