I feel pretty sad if he is really serious. If he is, the least he could do is thump Federer for the last time. However, I can't say I blame Safin. Results aside, the world seems to suck right now (economically, ecologically, and even the general attitude). I was at Miami the last two years and it felt like ****. Very little heart, soul and class left to enjoy, so it seems. I don't think I would want to be out playing in an environment like that; that isn't what kids dream of. Marat seems to feel he needs a change. The change is probably necessary due to the unsatisfactory feeling you get from participating in many traditional activities anymore. Top it off with how fast you are forgotten despite achievements of a lifetime (Sampras), and it can take the wind you. I wish Safin the best, no matter what. I only have two signatures of tennis players, and Safin is one, Kuerten is the other. I believe he is a genuine person, a supreme talent, and will be a legend people talk about for many more years.