Marat Safin - A sporting enigma

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  1. ftclamp

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    My favourite player yet one of Sport's greatest enigmas.
     
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  2. Mike Bulgakov

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    I do not see Marat as an enigma; guys like Federer and Sampras are more of an enigma, as they, like most great champions, are able to maintain an amazing single-minded focus.

    Marat would not have achieved all that he did in tennis if he did not work extremely hard. He had his group of friends and connections that influenced him. Marat had a great career, but also enjoyed his life in the process.

    Shamil Tarpischev is an extremely wealthy man due to connections. I think that Marat will end up far wealthier than Sampras or Federer. This may be sacrilege to many tennis fans, but life, family, and friends mean more than trophies to Marat.

    Russians like Marat looked at tennis as a job. He was a great player, knows how to enjoy life, and looks like he will be very successful after tennis.
     
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    very insightful post
     
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  4. El Diablo

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    Nothing enigmatic at all about this guy, actually refreshing to see someone achieve as much as he did and retain other interests and passions. I think the ones who get bored with tennis earlier rather than later are the more normal ones.
     
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  5. El Diablo

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    (just look at guys like Rosewall and Connors who played until 40. Do these guys seem all that happy? Every time they show Rosewall in the crowd at a slam he looks like he inadvertently sat on a rigid sigmoidoscope. And Connors? Agassi mentions in his book that after he played his last match the locker room was packed with current and former players, and every one of them was applauding -- except Connors. Seems to me like a guy who doesn't have an unpaid friend in the world)
     
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  6. slice bh compliment

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    Shamil Shamozzle.

    Very successful man. You don't get a mention on the theme song for Laverne and SHirley for nothin'.

    I agree, Marat will do well in Russian politics. I understand there's a lot of money in politics.
     
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    I think he did work very hard till he became one of the best but then prefered partying and enjoying life.

    I think that is quite typical for russians. they often come from poor families and want to get rich by playing tennis.
    if they have achieved that goal they often lose the interest. they also said about kafelnikov that he mostly played for the money. maybe this is also because they are often forced by their parents to play.

    of course any pro plays for the money but federer and nadal are already rich enough and they are still motivated.
     
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  8. Mustard

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    The greatest tennis enigma, in my opinion, is Gilles Muller. He beat Nadal at 2005 Wimbledon and beat Roddick at the 2005 US Open when there were adverts asking whether Roddick could recover his "lost mojo". Muller also had an awesome run to the 2008 US Open quarter finals as a qualifier, yet despite all this, he has never been ranked inside the top 40, and only got into the top 50 for the first time in 2011. The first two sets of Muller's match with Nadal at 2011 Wimbledon was also some of the highest level of tennis possible.
     
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  9. Mike Bulgakov

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    Politics is definitely the way to make huge money in Russia. Tarpischev was good friends with Yeltsin when Russia gave everything away for bargain prices. Marat will become very rich because of his foray into politics.
     
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