I'm a Safin fan, and I have to say that I almost wish he would put himself and his fans out of his/our misery. That was the toughest tennis match to watch in my life. Everytime it looked like there was no way he could actually blow the lead or the match, he found a way to do it. Considering the same thing just happened to him in Miami against Monfils, and he's blown similar types of leads in a number of matches in the past few years, I can't see how he can keep going out there. You could see him thinking about it from the second he lost serve while up 4-0. That's right. He led 4-0 with two breaks, just like he led Monfils 5-2 with two breaks in Miami. Safin had three match points, two with Lapentti serving at 2-5 and another with Lapentti serving at 4-5. Oh yeah, just to add to Safin's miseries, a fan fainted during the 4-5 game, causing a several minute delay. Marat fired his racket into his bench after badly losing serve again to fall behind 6-5. Then, after starting the ensuing game down 0-15 after receiving a point penalty for the racket abuse and an earlier ball abuse, he fell behind 0-40 before somehow rallying to break and force a tiebreak. Lapentti helped him with a double fault and backhand error, but Safin saved the third match point with a great backhand winner. Somehow, even after escaping from sure defeat, Safin began the tiebreak terribly and fell behind 5-1. Again, it looked like the match would be over in a matter of seconds until out of nowhere he played a series of brilliant points to pull even at 6-6. But at 6-6, after hitting a clutch ace on the previous point, Safin double faulted. Finally, after a long rally, Safin missed a backhand passing shot into the net to lose the breaker and the match. It should be noted that he also served for the first set at 5-4, was broken, and then lost the opening set 8-6 in a tiebreak. It was undoubtedly the most agonizing match I've ever watched. It was torture. Safin has invented ways to lose matches over the last three years that didn't seem possible. I really cannot see how he can continue to show up at each tournament. Obviously, he has a severe mental block when it comes to closing out matches. I've never heard of a professional, let alone one as talented as he is, losing back-to-back weeks in matches where he led 5-2 with two breaks and 4-0 with two breaks. He announced that 2009 would be his final year on tour before the season started, but I can't imagine him leaving the tour with these kinds of memories haunting him. I guess it's foolish to believe he could actually get over the hump and string some wins together at this point, but it did happen out of the clear blue last year at Wimbledon. I'll continue to wish that he can somehow settle his inner demons, but I don't know if I can keep watching.