Come on Marat...

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  1. Craig Sheppard

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    I don't know what Marat has to do. I just don't understand this cat. He's got more talent than anyone, he probably can run with Rog if he wanted to. I just don't get why he doesn't win more matches. 6' 4", all court game at times, etc... I know you guys will say it's mental, but he just needs to sort it out already.

    He will for sure go down as the most talented player that could never get it together. I know it's early in the year but every time I watch him, it's the same story. I love watching this guy...but not when he implodes.
     
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  2. Vlad

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    Marat can forget about his chances at AO this year. He is totally out of it. He just lost to Coria 6-7, 1-6, pretty much tanking second set. He is probably very much out of shape. He got where he wanted last year (top 5) and it is probably time to relax for him and enjoy his 2.5 Mill in earnings. He was not born as a champion and does very little to become one. He is by far my favorite player and I am very disappointed.
     
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  3. dAgEnIuS

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    maybe it's because to many good players are around these days....
    and i agree that his mental sides are affecting his matches...
     
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  4. andfor

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    His fitness looked a little suspect in tonights match. I still like his chances at the AO. That is if he works at improving physically between now and then.

    The mixed match coming up in a few should be interesting given that he is now 0-2 in singles and never won a match with Myskina. You would think he and she will stomp Coria and Dulko. But Marat's out there and anything could happen.
     
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  5. Vlad

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    Well, they are out with a fizzle. Russia lost to Argentina in mized doubles 2-6, 0-6.... SAfin said something like he was embarrassed that Gizela could return his serve so well..
    Time to hit the practice courts Marat, otherwise time to go home.
     
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  6. equinox

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    Come on guys, lay off safin.. he was jet lagged.

    It was only an exhibition match.

    He'll be ready for the real thing AusOpen.
     
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  7. pound cat

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    Marat has never done anythng at Hopman in 5 years and likely never will. There's always so much dissection and expecation of this guy, & I can't even imagine what the expectations would become if he ever got to be #1 again. Don't try to understand him, and just go along for the ride. Here's what he thinks about the Coria match...a bit different take on it that some fans have.

    Safin conceded his game had simply not been good enough in the singles against an in-form opponent.

    "I wasn't fast enough, I wasn't sharp enough ... he was great he was all over the court and he was moving well,"

    But he maintained he was reasonably happy with his form after the Christmas lay-off and would improve.

    "I am playing well, I am hitting the ball well. I am happy with the way I am playing and I will be ok for the Australian Open," he said.

    "Everybody is starting from the first round. Hopefully I will have the first round a little bit easier than other people and it will give me a little more confidence to get back and win a couple of matches but I'm pretty confident -- I'm very confident.
     
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  8. pound cat

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    More memorable words from Marat ...(after Coria match)

    "It is going to take me a while to get back (my fitness), about a week " He should patent that formula......he'd make more money than Bill Gates LOL
     
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  9. Golden Retriever

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    I think Dulko had something to do with Marat's apparent lost of concentration during the mixed double.
     
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  10. andfor

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    GR, my thoughts exactly. A guy like Marat never knows when he might run into a girl like Dulko off the court. Supposedly Marat does not like to hit the ball hard at the girl. Hmmmmm.
     
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  11. polakosaur

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    actually a week is plenty, when your a pro or elite athlete in great shape (compared to commoners), like marat, getting back in shape in a week isn't that hard.

    To the common man, getting in shape takes weeks, but when you already in great shape improving a bit more isn't that hard.
     
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  12. Hyperstate

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    Have noticed that he thumped his DBHs against Haas and Coria during singles, but not against the gals during mixed doubles.
     
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  13. Golden Retriever

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    Lets face it, Marat had absolutely no chance whatsoever against Dulko even if it was singles. He would probably be double bageled by Dulko.
     
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  14. Ronaldo

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    Glad this discussion does not include Michaella
     
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    Safin just has to get his head together and he can go far.
     
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    Do you get these little gems out of fortune cookies?

    Safin looked even less than lackluster in his effort last night. I watched the mixed today at lunch and the guy was completely flat footed all the time. He had no energy and really just seemed to be going through the motions.
     
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  17. el_mago

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    It's just classic Marat. His play can go from so bad he can get beat by a no-name player to making his opponent look like a beginner. That's the Marat Safin style. I wouldn't worry because I'm predicting he'll dominate the field at the AO. Federer/Safin final maybe......
     
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  18. Hyperstate

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    He must have eaten a lot cos he's practically sprayed the board's many threads with one-liners today.
     
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  19. bb47

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    I would agree with Vlad, but then again last year he was hopeless at Hopman Cup against Blake. I thought - no vhance when he faced him at AO. Then he beat him easily and then some other decent guys as far as I rememeber...
     
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  20. Ronaldo

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    This may be late but, Hopman Cup commentators picked up on this before his 1st match. Something to do with jetlag and that Russian dinner he attended.
     
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  21. jings

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    Ronaldo, you nailed it imo. He attended an awards dinner New Year's Eve in Moscow apparently, and knowing Marat that will have invovled a fair portion of New Years Day too no doubt! He then flew straight to Perth. Journey time probably 20 hours or so, and a 180 spin on time zone. I'm surprised he played as well as he did. He looked to be hitting it well enough when he was in position, but Coria is always going to give you the runaround. He was clearly trying to hit winners off anything short and keep quick points, but he executed very poorly off the forehand in particular. One point Fred Stolle came up with on Safin was his second serve ... he always goes to the backhand for right handers. Seems a bit unimaginative for Safin, who has one of the better serves.
     
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  22. Rickson

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    It's all in his head.
     
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  23. Truedge

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    Sorry for asking but what's "DBH"?
     
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  24. arosen

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    Marat's going to be fine for the AO. He just needs time to recover from the New Year partying ( its the biggest party in Russia, not Christmas) and all the flying to the other side of the globe.Plus, there is no way he is hitting his BH at Dulko. He might be hitting on her, not at her, more like Safin we all know and love.
     
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  25. bertrevert

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    same as 2BH
     
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  26. Rickson

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    I don't eat that garbage.
     
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