The Marat Safin tribute thread

Seany

Banned
Yes I know his career isn't officially over yet, but his grand slam career is.

I know there are some people who dislike Marat out there, but please just keep the hate out of this thread.

To me, Marat will be the most enigmatic character to ever play the game of tennis, at his prime he could match federer, and IMO without doubt played the greatest match ever played in tennis history against Roger Federer at the Australian Open in 2005, not only because of his own play, but also because of Federer's amazing play.

And of course there were the lows, and a lot of them too, he would often let down his fans and tank sets, often it would be a case of if he wanted to play that day he would win, if he didn't want to play he would go for his appearance money.

But at the end of the day, it is this diverse personality that endeared him to all his fans, he always had time for his fans, always signing autographs and he even took a photograph with me.

Some people call him an underachiever, but given the injuries and the fact he was playing in one of the strongest eras in men's tennis history, 2 slams and 5 masters titles aint bad at all.

Thanks for the memories Marat.
 
Sad day to see the back of Safin :(

Very talented individual....joy to watch....what more can you say! In some eyes he has under acheived but in his own eyes, what more did he want to do? Was number one...won a couple of grand slams...more than a lot of people will do in their tennis career!
 
May he find happiness in retirement.
I'll never forget THAT match in 2005...
Nor will I forget my disbelief when he beat Sampras who was still at the top of this game @ US Open 2000.
And all the broken racquets.
Thanks for the memories, Marat....
 
Biggest waste of talent since agassi
is this a joke? 8 grand slams during the same era as what many say as the greatest player ever...Career slam and a gold medal.

sorry now back to the topic...I like Safin because he is an exact replica of all the crazy kids in Juniors that think they are good, but atleast he is good and shows his anger about not reaching his potential not that, like those juniors, who know there not good but are just brats that break racquets. And you know everyone will remember although he did not have too much success.
 

NickC

Professional
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! My beloved Safin! This cannot be! :cry:

I had the match on when he won the first set but then I went to Business Calc and come back to find that he lost?!

Gulbis is out, Safin is done, Nalby isn't playing, WHY GOD?! WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?!
 

2ndserveace

Semi-Pro
I was hoping he'd have one last run and maybe I'd be able to see him when I go to the Open this weekend. He needs to do well in at least one more tournament before he goes.
 

h7hugo

Rookie
Probably the most talent player in the the last 20 years..unfortunatly he never had his brains in the right place..
 

War Safin!

Professional
  • 2 x Majors
  • 5 X Masters
  • 15 other titles
  • ATP#1 for 9 weeks
  • $15 million prize money
  • lots of on-court entertainment
  • 500 smashed-racquets
  • incredible hitting power and technique
  • travveled the world, partied and banged a stack-load of hot women

Where did it all go wrong, Marat? ;)
 

Emelia21

Rookie
I am gonna miss Marat :cry: :cry: I have travelled the world watching Marat, met him many, many times :) he always had time for his fans, a great guy.
 

Rafter22

New User
Thanks for the memories Marat. Especially for the ones from AO 05 against Roger. That game had it all: quality of play, emtions and the drama. Never gonna forget how and where I watched it.
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
Should have been so much greater. Saw the 2000 USO in person when he spanked Pete (and I was rooting for Pete big time)--not sure I ever saw anyone hit harder. Really expected bigger things but 2 majors ain't bad. Plus, maybe the GRSAT (Greatest Racquet Smasher of All Time).
 

VivalaVida

Banned
Yeah he was a great player but his atitude and work ethic was pathetic. I lost plenty of respect from him because of that. He used to be my favorite player.
 

drwood

Professional
Yes I know his career isn't officially over yet, but his grand slam career is.

I know there are some people who dislike Marat out there, but please just keep the hate out of this thread.

To me, Marat will be the most enigmatic character to ever play the game of tennis, at his prime he could match federer, and IMO without doubt played the greatest match ever played in tennis history against Roger Federer at the Australian Open in 2005, not only because of his own play, but also because of Federer's amazing play.

And of course there were the lows, and a lot of them too, he would often let down his fans and tank sets, often it would be a case of if he wanted to play that day he would win, if he didn't want to play he would go for his appearance money.

But at the end of the day, it is this diverse personality that endeared him to all his fans, he always had time for his fans, always signing autographs and he even took a photograph with me.

Some people call him an underachiever, but given the injuries and the fact he was playing in one of the strongest eras in men's tennis history, 2 slams and 5 masters titles aint bad at all.

Thanks for the memories Marat.
I don't dislike Marat...I was thrilled when he humbled Sampras in 2000 at the pinnacle of his arrogance. I think the 02 Australian final really turned his career for the worst. He probably would have won several more slams if he hadn't lost that final (a match he should not have lost)....it would have been like Pete losing the 93 US Open final to Pioline.

The first match of his I saw was when he beat Agassi at the French in 98. He's a lot like Becker...stubborn to a fault, and never seemed to enjoy the game once he became famous.
 

Tyrus

Professional
Safin played with fire in his eyes. One of the few players that could play better when they got pissed off. Today he didn't show any of that passion, in fact i think this is the calmest i have ever seen him. But i digress...

The man was a true rock star, he would be up late in the club with a bottle (or multiple) of vodka, super hot women on both sides of him. The next day he's on the courts. He would have done it no other way.

Not exactly a role model, but a true entertainer. The Tennis world, love or hate him, will definitely miss him.
 

Chadwixx

Banned
is this a joke? 8 grand slams during the same era as what many say as the greatest player ever...Career slam and a gold medal.
Laver won as many grand slams in 2 years as it took agassi 20 todo. Agassi was a top talent of all time but is definitly an underachiever. I mean, imagine if borg played for 20 years or anyone else who is a tier2 goat like agassi, they would certainly have more than 8.

Agassi also won wimbledon and the french due to massive chokes by his opponent. He was a great hardcourt player but was lucky to those tournaments.

Taking every other year off in the 90's was why i say he is an underachiever. He finished strong unlike safin who just gave up, never learning or improving his game.
 

Kobble

Hall of Fame
I'll surely miss Safin. I've been around long enough to appreciate what he has done in the game. I had a strong hunch he would challenge for majors very early with his monster game. He later Beat Sampras and Federer at the height of each's arrogance, which was just beautiful. If you have ever seen him hit in person, you know how awesome his game is. And, if you have ever been at his matches live, you know how fun it is to root for him. Plus, this guy was the first pro willing to sign a ball for me, and take a picture with me even after a bad day. I respect the guy for a lot of reasons. I don't care about his partying, supposed womanizing, racquet smashing, and all that nonsense. Forget the nobody's perfect crap; I don't even see a flaw in it (shrug). Unfortunately, times change, and he is probably feeling like and old f--k out there everyday with a bunch of early twenty somethings. That stuff gets in your head when you find you can't relate to the really young anymore, I don't think he enjoys beating them at all. The dream is beating the **** out of adults when you are the young buck. I don't think he like the feeling he is getting out there, and is choosing to walk away.

For those trashing him, sorry you missed the boat.
 

norbac

Legend
I'll miss the big guy....one of the guys that I saw when I started watching tennis. Loved his game, his personality, his press conferences and his roller-coaster like matches. He always did look like a genuinely nice guy. One of the last great characters in the sport(along with Santoro...).:cry::cry::oops::cry:
 
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icedevil0289

G.O.A.T.
great thread! I know many think his career is a disappointment and that he could have won more slams, but two slams is amazing, especially given who he beat to win those two slams. I certainly miss him. :cry:
 

Seany

Banned
Bump, to let the tributes roll in.

They just showed a wonderful good-bye video on sky sports with all the players paying tributes, hopefully it will be on the ATP website soon.

Bye Marat, you were one of the greats, maybe not in achievement, but what you bought to the game of tennis.
 

Anaconda

Hall of Fame
I don't dislike Marat...I was thrilled when he humbled Sampras in 2000 at the pinnacle of his arrogance. I think the 02 Australian final really turned his career for the worst. He probably would have won several more slams if he hadn't lost that final (a match he should not have lost)....it would have been like Pete losing the 93 US Open final to Pioline.

The first match of his I saw was when he beat Agassi at the French in 98. He's a lot like Becker...stubborn to a fault, and never seemed to enjoy the game once he became famous.
How was Sampras arrogant?

i'm not starting an argument but what kind of things did he do?

Safin, well what can we say............THNX 4 THE MMRS
 

tacou

G.O.A.T.
one of the best and one of my favorites, truly a pleasure to watch. he will be greatly missed.
 

svijk

Semi-Pro
expect a 'how i tanked matches' and ' how much i hated tennis' chapter in his biography when it comes out ;)
 
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