View Full Version : Spoiler: Safin Kiefer

02-22-2005, 09:25 AM



in Dubai

even lower to not spoil ....

not surprising to me, Kiefer's good:

N. Kiefer(GER) d. M. Safin(RUS)
7-6 - 6-4

now half of Fed's competition is gone ....

02-22-2005, 10:46 AM
Why is this result so expectable for me? mmmh ... mmmhhh ...

02-22-2005, 11:05 AM
Kiefer's a solid player and when he's on his game, I'd like to think he's as good as anyone in the top 10 except for Federer. He's somewhat unimaginative in his baseline game, but he can be fairly sublime at net and on his returns. I just wish he wasn't so easily rattled mentally, but against someone like Safin, he would be a rock of mental fortitude.

02-22-2005, 11:27 AM
Not a good sign for Safin. He is complaining about media reports of alcolholism in the past, rather than focusing on his tennis. Kiefer I see as an easy matchup for Safin, a "batting practice pitcher" meaning he consistently throws up 3/4 pace stuff - he can't overpower someone like Roddick can, or befuddle them like Santoro can. Safin should "routine" him 4 and 3 without much effort. The beginning of another post-OZ bad patch which last year lasted until the fall indoor season?

02-22-2005, 11:43 AM
No Way Man!! He's Fed's Big Rival, Surely!! It's About Time He Turned Things Around!! He's Gonna Start Tuning Fed And The Rest Of The Tour Up!! He's The Goat. ooopss...spoke too soon

02-23-2005, 09:51 AM
So he'll crash out in the first round of a few small tournaments and then come back to win Roland Garros. Just another day in the life of Marat.

02-23-2005, 12:13 PM
no, he won't. maybe we'll see his *** again, but methinks that's about it. he'll end up drawing santoro or rochus.

02-23-2005, 03:28 PM
he did a lot of partying after the AO - no time to practice til maybe 2 weeks before roland garros.