Good Marat, Bad Marat, Insane Marat

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Which Marat will show up for the U.S. Open?

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  3. Insane Marat

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  4. Doesn't show up at all

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  1. counterpunch

    counterpunch Rookie

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    You never know what your gonna get from him. He is today's Goran, except his third stage isn't emergency (a higher level), its insane (where it is nearly impossible for him to win). Good Marat doesn't show up very much anymore though. :(
    He lost again, Sopot second round to Marc Lopez in straights.
     
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  2. 007

    007 Professional

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    thank god we have him .......... damn entertaining and candid much of the time and scary good when he's 'on'. I hope he goes deep in the draw at the Open.
     
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  3. johnkidd

    johnkidd Semi-Pro

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    Safin could do anything from win the Open, to lose in the 1st round. That said I doubt we'll see him around past the second week. As I said in a different thread....what a waste of talent.
     
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  4. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

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    2 days ago he had no interest, and tennis didn't belong in the Olympics. However to-day rollercoaster boy speaks again "Safin Happy to eat His Words" ROTFL And I think all of the choices in the poll could appear at USO.

    By Ossian Shine

    ATHENS, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Everyone is allowed to make a mistake. Even Marat Safin.

    The larger-than-life Russian player admits that when he said tennis had no place in the Olympic Games, he might have been a little hasty.

    That comment at Wimbledon was the result of a frustrating loss and his volatile Tartar temperament.

    Now that Safin is in Athens at the Games, he has come round.

    "Okay, so it's amazing," he grinned on Saturday, the eve of the Olympic competition.

    "You know it's the most important tournament of the year and it's great to be here.

    "It is just different. You play for your team, not yourself...it's a different experience.

    "So am I happy to be here? Yes I am very happy."

    The Russian missed most of last year through injury but came back with a bang, reaching the Australian Open final at the start of 2004.

    "I am doing a really good job actually, getting back to the top," he laughed with typical candour. "All is well."

    Switzerland's Roger Federer beat Safin in that Melbourne final and the Russian knows he is the man who has set the standard.

    "Yeah, Roger is playing just amazing right now...I need to get to that level.

    "But I am playing well...happy with everything and hopefully I am going to win gold for my country," he smiled magnanimously, before letting his guard slip for just a second -- "Plus, there are lots of ranking points to be won."
     
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  5. yee

    yee Rookie

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    Let's see how much he keeps up to his words this time
     
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  6. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

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    Watch the sb at the ITF Olympic site tomorrow and find out how he does v, Kucera ...head - head Safin 2 - 4
     
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  7. K!ck5w3rvE

    K!ck5w3rvE Hall of Fame

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    Good Marat always shows up for the A.Open. He plays his best matches there, against Sampras a few years ago, then against A-Rod and AA this year.
     
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  8. Kevin Patrick

    Kevin Patrick Hall of Fame

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    Safin never ceases to amaze me with his contempt for the sport that has made him very rich. He plays this weeks tournament in Poland, the final was the day the Olympics started, which shows how much he cares about either event. By all accounts, he basically tanks his 2nd round match there.

    For all you fans that respect his "honesty," what do you think of these ridiculous statements:

    Four years ago, Safin arrived in Sydney fresh off his U.S. Open title and promptly lost in the first round of the Olympics. This time, he comes off a first-round exit at Wimbledon, where he disparaged that tournament and questioned why tennis is in the Olympics at all, saying it's "not my goal in life to win the Olympic Games."

    Saturday, at a news conference arranged by his shoe sponsor, Safin changed his tune, calling the Summer Games "the most important event of the year. It's really, really prestigious."

    Reminded of his comments at the All England Club, Safin responded: "You have to understand, I was honest. I didn't lie. Even when I lie, I say the truth."

    http://msn.foxsports.com/story/2665212
     
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  9. Vlad

    Vlad Professional

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    He often has mood changes and it is not surprising that he says one thing, then the next day he may wake up and "fall in love with Olympics". He might like Olympics but he still think that tennis does not belong there and he is not the only one who thinks that... Hewitt is in the same league.. He has his priorities in tennis, life and he has difficult time enjoying both is seems to me. Also, I don't think he really likes tennis that much, unlike Fed who loves the game and therefore trains very hard. Marat takes it more like a job or some kind of business, which it is in some way.
     
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  10. C_Urala

    C_Urala Semi-Pro

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    At 2000 Olympics, he lost to Santoro, those days his the only nemesis.
     
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