PACIFIC LIFE OPEN , Indian Wells, California
M. SAFIN/M. Philippoussis 6-4, 6-3
An interview with: MARAT SAFIN
Q. It seems you were more quiet on the court today?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. I had no power because I was actually very
sick last night. I took some antibiotics. I'm feeling like a
little bit weak. But just I try to stay focus and try to finish,
try to do -- try to play a little bit faster, you know, like
stay calm and try to concentrate from the first point, just
play my game. I was successful.
Q. What were you sick with? Was it a flu?
MARAT SAFIN: Just sick from my stomach, throwing up, and I had
fever last night. I had to take some antibiotics.
Q. And now it's better?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. But still I feel a little bit, you know,
like I don't have too much energy. So I'm trying to survive.
Q. Do you think it was something you ate?
MARAT SAFIN: Probably. It cannot be from anything else.
Q. There's been a lot of talk about Pete's retirement. What
do you think he's going to do? What do you feel? What would
you do if you were in his place?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but I don't know what he has in his brain.
I mean, he's doing whatever he wants. Probably he doesn't want
to play for the moment at all. I don't know. I cannot judge
the guy who was the best player of all times, and the guy who
won 14 Grand Slams. So I'm not the person to judge here.
He has to do whatever he feels like. If he feels like playing,
great. If he doesn't want to play, better for him.
Q. If you were ill, how were you able to play so well?
MARAT SAFIN: I don't know. Probably he didn't play his best
match definitely. He was missing quite a lot of balls. I was
focused. He's a kind of a guy that is not like you have to run
a lot, you have to play a little bit more short points, try
to -- just try to return his serve, don't let him to push you.
He's not the kind of player like Hewitt where you have to run
a long time and try to do something unbelievable strange. You
have to play your game and try to just stay focused, that's
Q. You said the other day that your dream was to win Roland
Garros, the French Open. What will you change in your preparation
for the tournament? Are you going to play less tournaments or
MARAT SAFIN: You can't to change a lot. It's a little bit tough
schedule. You have like three Masters Series in a month, and
then I have to play. It's a good preparation to play Dusseldorf,
because I know I have to practice, but it's a nice tournament
to play. The same thing. Very important to stay focused from
the first match you're playing at French Open, so you play less
sets than other players. That's the main thing.
Try to work out, you know, physically. Yeah, you have to be
very good prepared physically. That's it. Try to prepare yourself
mentally also for long matches and for these kind of like against
really tough players, you have to be focused, be at your best
Q. Are you being attended by a physician? Are you seeing a doctor
for the problem you say you have?
MARAT SAFIN: No. I have a masseur, he's also a doctor. I had
to take some antibiotics. Just cannot stay a long time in the
heat, getting worse. But I'll be okay. I'm still young. My body
Q. In terms of your religious belief, are you of the Islamic
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah.
Q. Do you practice any of the rituals?
MARAT SAFIN: No, no.
Q. Were your parents Islamic?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. They don't practice either. Just my grandfather.
Q. Was he Russian?
MARAT SAFIN: No, he's not Russian. He's Islamic also, Muslim.
Q. Where did he come from, may I ask?
MARAT SAFIN: If I start to explain geographically, it will take
a little bit longer. It's from part of Russia.
Q. Have you talked with Wayne Ferreira and Jeff Tarango about
the association that the players want to build up around next
MARAT SAFIN: It's a little bit subject that I don't want to
discuss. You will know. Anyway, you will know soon. But just
is a thing that's a little bit private.
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