Santoro has lost. Nice touch by ESPN switching from Gasquet/Nadal to show the last game in its entirety, to sort of "bid goodbye" to Santoro...and interestingly, some discussion that perhaps he might be considering "un-retiring" and coming back next year. Let's hope so!
Marat Safin on his abiding memory of Flushing Meadows: "Here first few days it's like a zoo. It's like a million people running around, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, so many people. That's pretty much annoying."
"Bye bye, bye bye, and bye bye again. It's too many questions about what I'm going to do, why I'm retiring, and this and that. I answer the same question, I don't know, a thousand times. Just go on Google and you have the same answer."
Marat Safin on what it's been like since he announced he would retire at the end of the season
"Boring is not the right word. I think it's just enough. I achieve what I want to achieve and I want to continue with doing something else."
Safin on whether he is bored of tennis
"I'm different than another person who want to lay back and do nothing for rest of the life and talk nonsense on ESPN, talk about my match against Sampras. I will not do that."
Don't expect to see Safin as a TV pundit then
"Hmm. It's your job to find it, no?"
Fabrice Santoro returns fire after being asked to sum up his career in one word
"I was talking with Jimmy Connors 15 minutes ago in the locker room, and we were talking about his period and the first time when we played in '92."
Santoro, who like Safin will retire at the end of the year, shows his age (he's 36)
I felt I didn't play that badly
"During 30 years, every morning I put the shoes in my bag; racquet; strings; you go to practice; you're going to play some tournaments; you travel; you win matches; you lose some. Now I'm going to change, and I want to be home. I want to live like normal life. But that's the question: What is a normal life?"
Santoro ends on a philosophical note