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Ronnie92
02-28-2007, 08:40 PM
He's so good... this guy hits the ball so hard that I get dizzy when I watch him on my big plasma screen TV.


Is there ANY possibility that this guy could surpass Federer, Sampras, and Roddick in the GOAT debates? Or is he already too old? I hope not, he's so exciting. so much potential...
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TENNIS_IS_FUN
02-28-2007, 08:44 PM
I heard Safin will retire at 30....if he played his best tennis NOW until his retirement, he still wouldnt be a candidate for GOAT....so sad...im a safin fan :(

bluetrain4
02-28-2007, 09:07 PM
He has the talent, but I don't think he has the time to rack up the requisite number of majors.

Bottle Rocket
02-28-2007, 09:09 PM
There is more to being a good tennis player than hitting the ball hard.

I thought his match with Roddick at the Australian was extremely interesting. Somehow, Roddick was actually out-hitting him from the baseline. I couldn't believe it.

I am a huge Roddick fan, but I never thought he would win that match so easily. Seems like one of the few top players that Roddick actually matches up wel against.

Anyway, Safin is nuts. Is this a serious thread?

8PAQ
02-28-2007, 09:11 PM
Sure. All he has to do is win next 13 majors in the row.

psamp14
02-28-2007, 09:13 PM
He's so good... this guy hits the ball so hard that I get dizzy when I watch him on my big plasma screen TV.


Is there ANY possibility that this guy could surpass Federer, Sampras, and Roddick in the GOAT debates? Or is he already too old? I hope not, he's so exciting. so much potential...
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if he says he is going to retire at 30, which is like 2010,...he could still become the GOAT...he has 2 grand slams, and if he won every slam starting with this year's french open till the 2010 us open, he'd be the GOAT..

17 slams, 3 GRAND slams (2008, 2009, 2010)....since he'd win all the slams you'd figure he'd win like 8-9 titles each year as well, .....:)

btw i didnt know roddick was in GOAT debates....LOL...i thought GOAT debates only involved the panel of sampras, federer, laver, borg....

tennis_hand
02-28-2007, 09:18 PM
he needs to get mature and get rid of his on-court sentiment.
look at how much Fed has improved ever since he no longer gets angry on court.

dowjones
02-28-2007, 09:20 PM
Not a chance. Big talent, little head.

oscar_2424
02-28-2007, 09:21 PM
He's so good... this guy hits the ball so hard that I get dizzy when I watch him on my big plasma screen TV.


Is there ANY possibility that this guy could surpass Federer, Sampras, and Roddick in the GOAT debates? Or is he already too old? I hope not, he's so exciting. so much potential...
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NONONONONO and NO!

AJK1
02-28-2007, 09:23 PM
Great post, not!

Fee
02-28-2007, 10:17 PM
No he won't because he doesn't want to be. He's said more than once that he just doesn't want to live eat breathe tennis like some of the other players do. He has a pretty good life and he seems to be okay with his decision.

malakas
02-28-2007, 10:27 PM
if you believe that Roddick is a candidate for GOAT then sure- Safin will be the GOAT eventually.:roll:

sarpmas
02-28-2007, 10:51 PM
Nope. However, he could increase his all time great status by focusing on winning one French and one Wimbledon to complete a non-calender Slam like Agassi, before he retires of course.

bagung
02-28-2007, 11:07 PM
no doubt about it, safin is an excellent player.... the way he beat federer in AO 2005 semi final, showed that he is capable of beating anyone and come back to no.1 again.....

caulcano
03-01-2007, 01:51 AM
Sure. All he has to do is win next 13 majors in the row.

They'd still be too many IF's & BUT's if he won the next 13 majors.

caulcano
03-01-2007, 01:53 AM
2005 was 2 years ago, a 2007 FED wouold probably be a slightly harder proposition to be beat.

pound cat
03-01-2007, 03:51 AM
From the interviews and words of wisdom from the Big Man over the years, he has never intimated that his ambition in ife is to be known as the GOAT. His ambition is to enjoy life and all it's various aspects before he gets too old.

And the year he sees as being "old" is 30.

And he has said on numerous occasions he's tired of prople saying he's wasted his talent, because it's his life.

So there. LOL

larlarbd
03-01-2007, 04:05 AM
He certainly has the talent & the GOODs to be GOAT.
I sincerely hope he atleast gets another 5 slams before he retires. - that might not make him GOAT but as we all know Safin - the show he'll put on getting those five slams will certainly make him GOATIOH ( GOAT in our hearts ).

justineheninhoogenbandfan
03-01-2007, 04:35 AM
To say it is too late for him would be a massive understatement.

xshilinx
03-01-2007, 05:24 AM
He's one of my favourite players.

But, sorry. G.O.A.T? no.

But he does make tennis more exciting and fun to watch.

Dunlopkid
03-01-2007, 05:24 AM
He is the G.O.A.T. of racket breaking.

TheNatural
03-01-2007, 05:53 AM
The greats have more fluency to their game than Safin. When he won that 5 setter against that little short guy ranked about 200 at the AO, the short guy actually seemed to have more fluent strokes. A long long way from GOAT. Besides he's getting heavier, so his best tennis is likely past him.

Azzurri
03-01-2007, 06:05 AM
I like Safin...I really do, but I am surpised how many people took this seriously enough to contemplate HOW he could become the GOAT. ;)

ilostmymarbles
03-01-2007, 06:30 AM
Maybe the question should have been re-phrsed as 'could marat safin have been the GOAT if he had wanted it?'

caulcano
03-01-2007, 06:31 AM
I like Safin...I really do, but I am surpised how many people took this seriously enough to contemplate HOW he could become the GOAT. ;)

Ppl are running out of ideas.

tuk
03-01-2007, 06:42 AM
No, he's never even gonna win another slam......IMO

Azzurri
03-01-2007, 07:14 AM
Ppl are running out of ideas.

Good point. Maybe I will start a thread:

Will Sharapova be jailed for he incessent screaming (disturbing the peace).

caulcano
03-01-2007, 07:27 AM
Good point. Maybe I will start a thread:

Will Sharapova be jailed for he incessent screaming (disturbing the peace).

Just imagine if she screams like that in the bedroom!

ATXtennisaddict
03-01-2007, 07:41 AM
He's so good... this guy hits the ball so hard that I get dizzy when I watch him on my big plasma screen TV.


Is there ANY possibility that this guy could surpass Federer, Sampras, and Roddick in the GOAT debates? Or is he already too old? I hope not, he's so exciting. so much potential...
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if hitting big and being a good ballstriker allows someone to be GOAT, then there are a ton of other ppl out there who beat Safin.

ne1410is
03-01-2007, 09:05 AM
when i first saw him i was scared, i thought oh no, he's going to beat agassi and sampras and demolish everyone. but then the slow realization began. kinda like watching novotna at wimbledon against graf. slowly i began to think, "wow she's really nervous".

Azzurri
03-01-2007, 09:11 AM
Just imagine if she screams like that in the bedroom!

she does!:p

noeledmonds
03-01-2007, 09:16 AM
Safin reaching GOAT staus if incredibly unlikely. However what is possible, although also very unlikely, is an Agassi like come back. Safin has worked has way back up into the top 25 in the rankings having been outside the top 100 at some point last year. Realistically though 1 more slam is the most I expect Safin to win.

vive le beau jeu !
03-01-2007, 09:26 AM
He is the G.O.A.T. of racket breaking.
ok he's a good contender... but i think goran is the GOAT for that !

look at this :
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/2000/11/23/brighton_ivanisevic/
... "lack of appropriate equipment" :D
impressive, isn't it ? ;)

PS: "another racket bit the dust"... andres, it must be one of your favorite songs !!! :rolleyes:

MaxT
03-01-2007, 11:12 AM
Him? What about me?

Is it free for all? What does GOAT mean?

AJK1
03-01-2007, 02:20 PM
Safin is a GOAT, but he will never be the tennis GOAT as he has a 2hbh. Only one handers can become GOAT.

federerfanatic
03-01-2007, 03:04 PM
Safin reaching GOAT staus if incredibly unlikely. However what is possible, although also very unlikely, is an Agassi like come back. Safin has worked has way back up into the top 25 in the rankings having been outside the top 100 at some point last year. Realistically though 1 more slam is the most I expect Safin to win.

Agassi had 3 slams at about the point Safin now is at with 2. So if Safin followed Agassi's lead he could win most of his slams from now on, Agassi won 5 of his 8 after the same point, so Safin following the same path might win another 4 or something. I dont think Safin will follow Agassi's path though. He doesnt have anywhere near the force of will to do something like that.

rafa_prestige89
03-04-2007, 06:32 PM
Sorry about my ignorance, but what the hell is GOAT?

pNoyr3D
03-04-2007, 06:35 PM
GOAT = GREATEST OF ALL TIME

Haha racquet breaking, that's funny..

prince
03-04-2007, 06:44 PM
He's so good... this guy hits the ball so hard that I get dizzy when I watch him on my big plasma screen TV.


Is there ANY possibility that this guy could surpass Federer, Sampras, and Roddick in the GOAT debates? Or is he already too old? I hope not, he's so exciting. so much potential...
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what the hell is wrong with this quote?
im not pretty sure if you are really into tennis . why the hell do you have roddick in the same sentence as pete and roger.

Andres
03-04-2007, 07:31 PM
PS: "another racket bit the dust"... andres, it must be one of your favorite songs !!! :rolleyes:
Safin walks warily down the street,
with the frame pulled way down low
Aint no sound but the sound of his beam,
Prestiges are ready to go

:mrgreen:

Now that I think about it, both uses Prestiges CLassics. Perhaps it's a NICE racquet to smash!! I should give them a try (at smashing them, of course! :D)

Andres
03-04-2007, 07:33 PM
Ahh, what about: ?

Are you happy, are you satisfied
How long can you stand the heat
Out of the doorway the RACQUETS rip
To the sound of the beat!

Ahhh, way better :D

Kim
03-04-2007, 11:45 PM
Um...No....