Originally Posted by Gizo
Safin's defeat to the world no. 512 Wesley Whitehouse at Indianapolis in 2006 was a particular low-point. His 2nd round victory over Nalbandian at the US Open a month later was very entertaining though.
Gonzalez was a big nemesis for him that year, beating him 3 times in a short space of time at RG, Wimbledon (when Safin was leading by 2 sets to love) and LA.
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I was at that Safin Nalby match. Really great match the crowd got behind both players. Very entertaining.
Regarding the question, I think that he just didn't have the same motivation. I don't think he believed either that he could beat players like Fed or Rafa in the majors anymore.