you heard it here first.
Are you the same guy that posts the "Safin to win _______(fill in slam here)_______" at the beginning of EVERY slam?you heard it here first.
So according to you he played very well and still couldnt even beat Baghtdatis in the 2nd round of a grand slam. That says enough right there.I got up early this morning to watch the Safin - Baghdatis match and was impressed by Marat even in defeat. He appeared to be hitting the ball much better than he did basically all of last year, and he didn't throw in the towel after falling behind two sets. The key was obviously the second set, in which Safin had some chances to pull ahead after he broke to get it back on serve. Baghdatis was on his game for sure. He looked similar to the player that reached the final two years ago.
Safin's movement seemed to be better as well. Though he did come up with some big serves when he needed them at the end of the fourth set, Marat didn't get enough first deliveries in in the fifth set, which allowed Baghdatis to start too many points on even ground. I hope that Safin stays the course and continues to stay positive. He should build on the way he played in Australia even if the result doesn't look that great. There's no reason why he can't still be a factor.
Yeah, you're exactly right. I'm not sure what was to be expected from Safin, but Baghdatis is pretty good. He was on his game. That's a pretty difficult match for anyone to face Baghdatis, a guy who's been around the top ten for a couple of years, in the second round of a Grand Slam that he made a brilliant run to the final of two years ago. Baghdatis would've been tough for almost anyone other than Federer last night.So according to you he played very well and still couldnt even beat Baghtdatis in the 2nd round of a grand slam. That says enough right there.
1st set he didn't play that well, 2nd set he played well but Baghdatis was able to take it (if the ball had been 1 cm higher and was an ace instead of a let, he would have held serve, might have taken that set since he was starting to play really well, and maybe won the match - that's how close it was). In the 3rd and 4th sets he was pretty much at his best. Just running Baghdatis ragged and blasting the ball with amazing power. He was pretty flat in the 5th, not really dictating play anymore, and Baghdatis was just on fire.I only saw starting at 1-4 in the 5th set, so I understand I missed his best form, but he looked pretty lackluster. Just kind of hitting the ball over, approaching up the middle, getting passed. No real energy or tactics. That's not going to get it done against the top players.
Furthermore, I watched his 2000 US Open win, and he was a lot faster. It was his his wheels that got him in position to hit he great strokes.
Why do you think that? Not busting you, it's just it's not like the famous names in tennis share them out through the year for posterity, even if Fed and Nadal were injured for a major there's a host of hungry young players in the wings, and almost on centre stage in the likes of Djoko.i definitely think safin will win 1 more slam maybe more...?
That's a looong time ago, he's had a serious knee injury since then and is now 28 in what is increasingly a young man's game. Just because Federer has kept his level in that time doesn't mean Safin has, and that can be tracked by his world ranking, which was around 4 when he beat Fed and is now 58.When safin plays well, he has the ability to beat anybody. he's the only one other than nadal to beat Federer in a grand slam since 2004.