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01/04/2001 Perth, Austrlaia, Hopman Cup
Marat Safinwill play the Colonial Classic tournament in Kooyong, Australia. The Colonial Classic is from January 10 - 13, 2001.

01/04/2001 Perth, Austrlaia, Hopman Cup
Russia defeated Slovakia, 2-1, in a Group B match on Thursday, but had no chance of making the final after earlier losses to the U.S. and Belgium.
M.Safin def. D.Hrbaty 6-3, 0-6, 6-4. K.Habsudova def. E.Likhovsteva 6-7, 6-3, 3-6. Safin/Likhovsteva def. Hrbaty/Habsudova 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4).

01/03/2001 Perth, Austrlaia, Hopman Cup
Second seeds Russia have levelled their tie with the USA in the Hyundai Hopman Cup teams tennis tournament at Perth's Burswood Dome.
After a 2hr. 20min struggle, world No. 2Marat Safin finally subdued American Jan-Michael Gambill, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, with the tie-breaker going eight points to six after Safin held a match point at 6-5. After missing that opportunity the powerful Russian had to work through another tough set before clinching the rubber on his fourth match point, which was set up with his 17th ace for the game.
Earlier, former world No. 1 tennis player Monica Seles got her adopted country off to a good start when the United States of America won the first rubber against second seeds Russia. Now ranked four, Seles dropped her opening service game to Elena Likhovtseva and trailed 2-0, but recovered to win six of the next seven games. She repeated the scoreline in the second set to wrap up the match, 6-3, 6-3.
The mixed doubles will now follow to decide this match, with the victorious nation looking on target for a finals berth in the $1-million tournament.

01/01/2001 Perth, Austrlaia, Hopman Cup
World No. 2 Marat Safin suffered a disastrous start to the new season Monday when he was beaten by Olivier Rochus in the Hopman Cup.Safin lost 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 to Rochus, as Russia, making its debut in the mixed team competition, was beaten by Belgium in the best-of-three tie. Kim Clijsters, 17, had given Belgium a 1-0 lead by defeating Russia's Elena Likhovtseva 6-1, 6-4.
Safin, 20, had not played competitively since losing the chance to finish last season as world No. 1 at the Masters Cup in Lisbon in December. The U.S. Open champion took a 3-1 lead in the deciding set, but Rochus, ranked 67th in the world, won five games in a row to clinch victory.

30/12/2000 Perth, Austrlaia, Hopman Cup
Open champion Marat Safin and Australian Open quarterfinalist Elena Likhovtseva will meet Belgium team, led by Kim Clijsters and Olivier Rochus. It is Russia's first appearance in the event, though the former Soviet Union competed in prior Hopman Cup tournaments.

U.S. Open championMarat Safin will compete for Russia in the Hopman Cup mixed tennis tournament in Perth. A $1million in prizemoney would be up for grabs. Tournament director Paul McNamee said: "Safin has the tennis world at his feet and he has a real opportunity to be the next number one, as well as putting Russia's name on the Hopman Cup for the first time." Safin, 20, who beat Pete Sampras in this year's U.S. Open final, is ranked number two.

12/18/2000 "ATP online Award Party"
As the finale to the 2000 men's tennis season, the ATP will host the ATP awards at a party to be held on the 10th of March, 2001. Awards will take place in six categories. Players will cast their votes for:- Most Improved Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and the Stefan Edberg Sportmanship Award.
Tennis fans will have the opportunity to vote themselves for the winners of two of the categories:- New Balls Player of the Year and Fan Vote. Voting will take place online on this site and will commence in January 2001.
The online voting and the award party will be shown live on the The nominees for the player voted awards are:

- Most Improved Player of the Year
Arnaud Clement
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Lleyton Hewitt
Marat Safin

- Newcomer of the Year
Juan Ignacio Chela
Harel Levy
Olivier Rochus
Christophe Rochus

- Comeback Player of the Year
Sergi Bruguera
Younes El Aynaoui
Jerome Golmard
Patrick Rafter

- Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
Alex Corretja
Gustavo Kuerten
Tim Henman
Patrick Rafter

12/10/2000 Moscow, Russia
Marat Safinwon the "Russian Cup" for "Triumph of the Year". Rausa Islanova, mother of Marat, won the "Russian Cup" for "Coach of the Year".

12/04/2000 Lisboa, Portugal
Marat Safinfinished Year 2000 as number 2.

12/02/2000 Lisboa, Portugal
Andre Agassi beat Marat Safin 6-3, 6-3 in the Masters Cup on Saturday to reach his second straight final in the season-ending tournament.
Safintwisted his right ankle late in the first set but Agassi was dominating the match even before the Russian's injury. Agassi returned well, played consistently from the baseline and dazzled the crowd with intelligent shot making.
The defeat could cost Marat Safin the No. 1 ranking, if Gustavo Kuerten beats Pete Sampras in the second semifinal and goes on to beat Agassi in the final.

12/01/2000 Lisboa, Portugal
American Pete Sampras beat Marat Safin, 6-3, 6-2, in Friday's round-robin play at the season- ending $3.7 million Tennis Masters Cup at Atlantic Pavilion.
Sampras broke Safin's powerful serve on three occasions in the quick, 1-hour, 3-minute match. Sampras' serve was not broken by Russian.
The third-seeded Sampras won the Red Group this week, going 2-1 after opening his stay in Lisbon with a straight-set loss against Australian teenager Lleyton Hewitt.
The top-seeded Safin also went 2-1 in the round-robin portion of the event, as he and Sampras qualified for Saturday's semifinals at the lucrative tournament. Failing to advance from the Red Group were Hewitt (1-2) and Spaniard Alex Corretja (1-2).
Sampras is playing his first tennis since losing badly to Safin in the September 10 U.S. Open final. Since then, Safin has become the No. 1 player in the world, while Sampras married actress Bridgette Wilson. Safin and Gustavo Kuerten are vying for the year-end world No. 1 ranking, which Safin could have clinched with a victory over Sampras on Friday. Instead, the currently No. 2 Kuerten is still alive. "Guga" needs to defeat Yevgeny Kafelnikov on Friday in order to keep his tournament title and No. 1 aspirations intact.

11/29/2000 Lisboa, Portugal
Marat Safin won the battle of the young guns with a 6-4, 6-4win over Australia's Lleyton Hewitt. Safin was too strong for Hewitt from the outset, with a single break of serve deciding matters in the first set. The second set was closer, with Hewitt showing all the grip and determination which has made him a fixture in the Champions Race top ten.
Hewitt refused to buckle, running himself ragged to counteract the raw power of Safin's groundstrokes, but to no avail. Although Hewitt retrieved a break of serve to fight back to 4-4 in the second set, Safin stepped up a gear to win the next two games to take the match and a take the lead in the Red Group.
Hewitt must now defeat Alex Corretja to have any chance of getting through to the semifinals. Safin plays Pete Sampras next.
The win has also helped Safin's chances of ending the year in the No.1 spot of the ATP Champions Race. Gustavo Kuerten is the only man who can stop him now, and would need to win all his remaining matches in Lisbon to have any chance of stopping the all-conquering Russian.

11/28/2000 Lisboa, Portugal
Battling for the year-end No. 1 ranking, Safin rallied after being down a set and a break to outduel Spain's Alex Corretja, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-3, in today's first round-robin match at the $3.7 million Tennis Masters Cup.
After losing the first set in a tiebreak, Safin found himself down a break at 2-3 after he double-faulted on break point.
Safin held at 3-5, but that left Corretja serving for the match at 5-4. The Spaniard was unable to close out Safin, though, as the Russian broke him at love to level the set. Safin held for a 6-5 advantage, then broke Corretja again in the 12th game to force a third set.
"My confidence and my concentration were completely gone," Safin said. "Alex served for the match and suddenly everything just changed. He just let me play a little bit more and let me get into the match."
With the momentum shifted in Safin's favor, he broke for a 2-0 lead and held serve the next game to complete a streak of seven straight games won. He made that one break stand up as he served out the match in the ninth game to close out the 2 1/2-hour match and extend his winning streak to 11 matches.
"I was satisfied with my third set after those two horrible sets," Safin said. "I finally found my game. It gives me confidence, at least."
Participating in his first world championship, Safin is battling Kuerten for the No. 1 ranking. Regardless of how others do this week, the 20-year-old Russian only needs to reach Sunday's final to become the youngest top-ranked player ever and the first non-American since Sweden's Stefan Edberg in 1991.
"It's enough motivation to play, but it's tough also," Safin said about playing for the No. 1 ranking. "Everybody wants to beat you and you have to give all your best on the court. I would like to finish No. 1 this year. It would be great."
Safin has enjoyed a blockbuster year, winning his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in convincing fashion over Sampras and collecting an ATP Tour-leading seven titles. He is the only player to win two Tennis Masters Series events (Toronto and Paris) this season.

11/28/2000 Lisboa, Portugal
Safin, with a Tour-high of seven titles in 2000, including his first Grand Slam (US Open) and two Tennis Masters Series (Toronto, Paris) will instead be playing his first round robin against Spain's Alex Corretja, who was the tournament's champion in 1998. He has a 2:1 lead over Corretja who has won five tournaments this year including Tennis Masters Series Indian Wells.

11/28/2000 Lisboa, Portugal
The draw for the 2000 Tennis Masters Cup - Lisboa promises a mouthwatering feast of tennis in the round robin stage. Marat Safin, Pete Sampras, Lleyton Hewitt and Alex Corretja make up the red group. On the other side of the draw, Gustavo Kuerten, Magnus Norman and Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Andre Agassi make up the green group. The draw ensures a reply of three of this year's Grand Slam finals, all in the next four days. Safin, the current Champions Race leader, and Pete Sampras, the defending champion will replay their US Open final; Magnus Norman has the chance to avenge his five set defeat at the hands of Gustavo Kuerten in the Roland Garros final; and Andre Agassi and Yevgeny Kafelnikov will turn back time to the start of the season, when they last met in the Australian Open title match. The Masters Cup will have to wait to see Sampras and Andre Agassi lock horns again, while Safin and Kuerten, currently in first and second place in the Champions Race will be anxious to win their groups and gain an advantage in the battle to end the year in the top spot. The unique format of the Masters Cup means that all the players in the Red Group within each group will play each other in a round robin format. The player who wins the most matches in the Red Group will play the second-placed player in the Green Group in the semi-finals, and vice versa.

Marat Safin
Pete Sampras
Lleyton Hewitt
Alex Corretja

Gustavo Kuerten
Magnus Norman
Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Andre Agassi

11/20/2000 MONACO
Marat Safin will be crowned the world No. 1 player in men's tennis if he reaches the final of the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup next week. Safin, the U.S. Open champion, won his seventh title of the season on Sunday at the Paris Masters to extend his lead in the ATP Champions Race to 75 points over Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten, a semifinalist in Paris.
The losing finalist in the eight-player Lisbon event gets 100 points and the winner 150. So if they both reach the final, Safin will be No. 1 whatever the result.
Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras, No. 1 from 1993 to 1998, is third in the Champions Race, 147 points behind Safin and still with a mathematical chance of taking top spot.
The eight players are divided into two groups of four. Each victory in the round-robin stage earns 20 points and the top two players in each group go forward to the semifinals.
Andre Agassi, currently eighth in the Champions Race, was world No. 1 last year.
If Safin or Kuerten succeed him this year they will be the first non-American to take top spot since Sweden's Stefan Edberg in 1991.
The Champions Race was introduced this year to replace a 12-month rankings system that the ATP Tour felt was confusing for fans and did not reflect which players were in form.

11/19/2000 Paris, France
Marat Safin is the WINNER of Tennis Masters Series Paris in Paris, France.
Marat Safin of Russia enhanced his chances of ending the year first in the ATP Tour Champions Race with a five-set victory against Mark Philippoussis of Australia on Sunday in the finals of the $2.95 million Tennis Masters Series event.
Safin, who is ranked second, outlasted the 13th-seeded Philippoussis 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8). Each player powered 22 aces, but Safin won the key points in the tiebreaks including the final set and Philippoussis committed nine double faults to just two by Safin.
Safin earned 100 points for the victory and doubled his lead to 40 points against Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil in the ATP Tour Champions Race 2000 rankings.
Safin also earned $434,000 for the tournament victory a year after finishing second in the same event. He won his second successive tournament and a circuit-leading seventh title of the year in nine final appearances. Last week he captured the St. Petersburg Open for his first career indoor title and the first in his homeland.

11/18/2000 Paris, France
Marat Safin, seeded second, defeated No. 12 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain in 56 minutes, 6-2, 6-2.
He hit eight aces to Ferrero's two and broke the Spaniard's serve five times. By reaching Sunday's final, Safin will add to his 20-points lead over Kuerten in the ATP Tour Champions Race 2000.
This week's winner will earn 100 ranking points and $434,000.
Last week the 20-year-old Russian captured the St. Petersburg Open for his first career indoor title and the first on his homeland. Safin, who was a runnerup here last year, is seeking his seventh title of 2000.
Marat Safin will face Mark Philippoussis in Sunday's title match.

11/17/2000 Paris, France
Seeking his seventh title of the year, Marat Safin defeated a Spanish opponent to gain a spot in Saturday's semifinals. Seeded second, Safin posted his 69th match win of the year by dispatching eighth seed Alex Corretja, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
In 1/2 finale Marat will play against J. C. Ferrero (ESP).

11/16/2000 Paris, France
Second seed Marat Safin of Russia, battling for the year-end No. 1 ranking moved one stop closer to that honor today.
Seeking his second straight ATP Tour title and seventh this year, Safin defeated 16 seed Sebastien Grosjean of France, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), to advance to the quarterfinals of the $2.95 million Tennis Masters Series Paris event.
Safin, 20, the U.S. Open champion, passed Kuerten, the French Open winner, in the rankings last week. He took a 20-point lead in ATP Champions Race 2000 when he claimed his tour-leading sixth title of the year at the St. Petersburg Open on Sunday in his homeland. It was Safin's first career indoor title.

11/15/2000 Paris, France
Marat Safinthe U.S. Open champion trying to hold onto the top spot in the world rankings, beat Swiss qualifier George Bastl 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday in the second round of the Paris Masters.
"I'd like to say thank you very much,'' the 20-year-old Russian said to the crowd. "I'm looking forward to your helping me become the No. 1 in the world this week.''
Safin will face Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean on Thursday.

11/14/2000 Paris, France
In the second round Marat Safin will play against George Bastl (SUI).
In the first round of doubles Marat Safin and Arnaud Di Pasquale (FRA) lost to duo Nicolas Escude and Michael Llodra of France 6-7(7-9), 2-6.

11/13/2000 PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.
Marat Safin, coming off his first pro title in his native Russia, has reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the ATP Champions Race.
Safin ended Gustavo Kuerten's six-week reign on top with two weeks remaining before the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Portugal. Safin leads the Brazilian by 20 points.
Safin was No. 1 for two weeks in September after winning the U.S. Open and a tournament the following week in Uzbekistan. The St. Petersburg Open victory was his sixth title of the year, the best on the tour.
"It's very nice to win a tournament in Russia and especially become the leader here in the (points) race,'' Safin said. "It's great that it's a Russian guy who has won more titles this year.''

11/13/2000 Paris, France
Marat Safin is playing in the Tennis Masters Series Paris in Paris, France. The Masters Series Paris is from 13- 19 November, 2000. Surface: Taraflex (indoor carpet). Singles Draw: 48, Prizemoney: $2,950,000
Marat will play in the second round against the winner of the match between the Michael Llodra (FRA) and George Bastl from Switzerland.
Marat will also play in doubles with Arnaud Di Pasquale (FRA). They will play in the first round against the Nicolas Escude(FRA) and Michael Llodra (FRA).

11/12/2000 St.Petersburg, Russia
Marat Safin is the WINNER of St. Petersburg Open in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Marat Safin won his first professional title in his home country, beating Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to capture the $800,000 St. Petersburg Open.
The top-seeded Safin recovered from a listless first set to win a tournament for the sixth time this season. The U.S. Open champion has overtaken Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten for the No. 1 spot in the Champions Race. Kuerten lost on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Lyon Grand Prix in France.
Safin turned his game around in the second set after smashing his racket and drawing a warning from the umpire. Down 3-1, he rallied to take the set 6-4. He kept to the baseline in the third set and broke Hrbaty in the third game, comfortably serving out the match. Overall, Safin had 14 aces to Hrbaty's five.

11/11/2000 St.Petersburg, Russia
Top-seeded Marat Safin, looking to finish the season ranked No. 1 in the world, kept up his part of the bargain in today's first semifinal, cruising past Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman, 6-4, 6-4. Safin, who will overtake French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten in the ATP Champions Race 2000 standings next week, advanced to his eighth final of the season. He seeks his seventh career singles crown. The 20-year-old Russian has won five titles this year -- including the U.S. Open in September -- and is tied with Magnus Norman and Alex Corretja for the ATP Tour lead. Safin and Hrbaty, who will be fighting for the first prize of $109,000, have split six all-time meetings.

11/10/2000 St.Petersburg, Russia
Top-seeded Marat Safin and No. 2 Yevgeny Kafelnikov advanced to the semifinals of the $800,000 St. Petersburg Open Friday, keeping alive hopes of an all-Russian final. Marat Safin fstruggled to beat Rainer Schuettler of Germany 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
Safin started slowly against Schuettler and had to fight to win the first set. In the second set, Safin's game deserted him completely. The U.S. Open champion repeatedly hit easy balls long and lost his serve twice.
He also lost his cool, hitting a couple of balls into the rafters in frustration and drawing a warning from chair umpire Mohammed Lahyany. "I was just so frustrated and got upset quickly," Safin said. "It felt like my game was totally gone."
Safin is second behind Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten in the world rankings. But Kuerten lost to Australia's Patrick Rafter at Lyon, France, on Thursday, meaning Safin would jump into the lead if he reaches the final at St. Petersburg.
This was little consolation to Safin. "The way I'm playing right now is not the way a player ranked No. 1 plays," he said.

11/09/2000 St.Petersburg, Russia
American Chris Woodruff met Russia's Marat Safin for the first time in a tennis match Thursday. He may not want to play him again any time soon.
Safin, the No. 1 seed in the St. Petersburg Open, won the match swiftly and efficiently, disposing of Woodruff in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. Safin's victory was impressive in that Woodruff is considered a formidable opponent on the circuit, even though he has not won a tournament.
The American has reached the quarterfinals four times this year, including the Australian Open.
A semifinalist here last year, the 20-year-old Safin has a goal to finish the year ranked No. 1 in the world. He trails French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten by three points in the ATP Champions Race.
Safin admitted on Wednesday he is thinking about the Champions Race and pays close attention to Kuerten's results.
"Of course I follow what Kuerten does," he said. "It's very exciting. We're all human. Every morning, I'm sure he reads the newspapers. I do too. I won't lie to you. I think it's about who gets scared first -- or who can hold on the longest. I'm holding on strong."

11/08/2000 St.Petersburg, Russia
U.S. Open champion Marat Safin of Russia today took a first step toward finishing the year ranked No. 1 in the world.
Safin, who trails French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten by three points in the ATP Champions Race, posted a 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 victory over fellow Russian Igor Kornienko in the first round of the $800,000 St. Petersburg Open indoor tennis tournament.
The top seed Safin is getting another chance to win in his home country. A semifinalist here last year, he lost to David Prinosil in the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup in his native Moscow two weeks ago.
Safin admitted he is thinking abot the Champions Race and pays close attention To Kuerten's results.
"Of course I follow what Kuerten does," he said. "It's very exciting. We're all human. Every morning, I'm sure he reads the newspapers. I do too. I won't lie to you. I think it's about who gets scared first -- or who can hold on the longest. I'm holding on strong."
The 20-year-old Safin lost last week in the third round at the Tennis Masters Series event in Stuttgart. He has won five titles this season and is tied for the ATP Tour lead with Sweden's Magnus Norman and Spain's Alex Corretja.
Today, Safin got a test from his unheralded opponent, but cruised after surviving the tiebreaker in the first set. "It wasn't unexpected," Safin said. "He was concentrating in the first set and when he was serving, I couldn't break him. Then his concentration dropped in the second set. But even people ranked not so high, they're still good tennis players."
In the first round Marat Safin and Denis Golovanov (RUS) lost to duo T.Cibulec/L.Friedl (CZE) 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(5).

11/03/2000 Stuttgart, Germany
In doubles in the 1/4 finale Marat Safin and Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) lost to duo Wayne Arthurs (AUS) & Nenad Zimonjic (YUG) 4 - 6, 3 - 6.

11/02/2000 Stuttgart, Germany
A day after breaking a five-match losing streak to Fabrice Santoro, top-seeded Marat Safin breaks another streak. Greg Rusedski upsets Safin in straight sets , 7-6, 6-4,o advance to the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Masters Series after Safin had won the previous two meetings. After winning the first set in a tie-breaker, Rusedski holds serve the entire second set.
In doubles in the second round Marat Safin and Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) beat duo S.Lareau/D.Nestor (CAN) 7/6(4) 4/6 6/3.

Marat Safin is on the cover of Tennis Magazine (November 2000 issue). There is an extensive article about Marat Safin.
... 'It's a bit humbling to have someone play that well, for that long,' the five-time U.S. Open champ, Sampras, said.
'He's going to win many major titles.'
That first major title officially landed Safin as a household name among tennis watchers the world over. And he arrived there through some high 'ups' and low 'downs,' from breaking 48 racquets in anger in 1999 to almost overnight changing his mindset to win the Barcelona title this spring...

11/01/2000 Stuttgart, Germany
Top-seeded Marat Safin finally beat Fabrice Santoro, downing the Frenchman 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Stuttgart Masters Series.
``I didn't look at him, because when you look at him, you forget to play tennis, for sure,'' Safin said. ``This is the only player who can drive me crazy on the court -- like he's done already for two years.''
Safin won the last four games to take the first set. He dropped his serve in the third game of the second set, but broke back in the next. He broke Santoro with a backhand winner to win the match. ``I just tried to convince myself that I have enough of a game and enough power to beat him,'' Safin said. ``I have everything, it was just a mental problem.'' ``I was really scared at the beginning of the match,'' he added. ``My serve in the first game didn't work. I couldn't run. I was very, very nervous.''
The 20-year-old Russian had never beaten Santoro in their five previous matches, with Santoro winning all three meetings this year, most recently at the Sydney Olympics.
Safin has won a tour-high five titles this year, including the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam.
In doubles in the first round Marat Safinand Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) beat duo N.Kulti/M.Tillstrom (SWE) 7-6(9-7), 6-4.

10/30/2000 Stuttgart, Germany
Marat Safin is playing in the Tennis Masters Series in Stuttgart, Germany. The Stuttgart Masters Series is from 30 October to 5 November, 2000 . Indoor: carpet; Singles Draw: 48 Prizemoney: $2,450,000.
In the second round Marat Safin will play the winner between G.Ivanisevic(CRO) / F.Santoro(FRA).
In doubles in the first round Marat Safin and Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) will play against duo N.Kulti/ M.Tillstrom.

10/28/2000 Moscow, Russia
Marat Safin won't go back to No. 1, and he'll have to wait for his first pro title in his native Russia. The U.S. Open winner wasted a chance to take over the top spot in the ATP Champions Race by frittering away an early lead Saturday and losing 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 to David Prinosil in the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup.
In the 1/2 finale Marat Safin and Denis Golovanov (RUS) lost to duo Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) and David Prinosil (GER) 4-6, 0-6.

10/27/2000 Moscow, Russia
Russian Marat Safin, who has won the U.S. Open but never a Russian pro tournament, downed Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus 7-6 (5), 6-1 Friday in the $2 million Kremlin Cup.
The necessity for tiebreaker in the first set made it look like the rest of the match might be difficult, Safin cruised in the second set.
"He lost his concentration, while I was playing better," said Safin, who fired 16 aces in the second-round match.
Safin's semifinal opponent will be German David Prinosil, a 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) victor Friday against Sweden Jonas Bjorkman.
In the second round Denis Golovanov (RUS) and Marat Safin beat duo of Sweden S. Aspelin and J. Landsberg 7/6(4), 3/6, 6/4

10/26/2000 Moscow, Russia
In the second round of the Kremlin Cup, U.S. Open champion Marat Safinclosed the first set against the Italian in just 28 minutes, cruising on serves clocking faster than 120 mph, but Pozzi fought back in the second set. In the end, Marat Safin won their second-round match 6-1, 7-5.
``He turned pro in 1984 and is playing old-fashioned tennis; it was difficult for me to get used to him,'' the 20-year-old Safin said of his 35-year-old opponent. ``I scared myself.''

10/25/2000 Moscow, Russia
U.S. Open champion Marat Safin has earned world-wide acclaim with his play this year. Now, the 20-year-old Safin has earned a contract with a pivotal player on the world wide web. The leading Russian-language Internet portal, announced today it has reached a multi-year agreement to sponsor Safin.
"I'm pleased to join the leader in Russia's most dynamic and progressive business sector," Safin said.
"I hope our relationship can expand an awareness of tennis in Russia through the Internet and provide another way for Russian fans to follow the sport."
The contract calls for Safin to promote the company on and off the court. During this week's Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Safin will sport a patch on his sleeve and he will speak today at a press conference for the company. In addition, Safin will make appearances at corporate events, act as a spokesperson for the company in Russian ad campaigns, participate in periodic chats on the company's sports portal and provide prizes such as autographed racquets or a chance to play a match against him for sweepstakes conducted on the company's sites.

10/24/2000 Moscow, Russia
U.S. Open champion Marat Safin won before a home crowd Tuesday, defeating Germany's Rainer Schuttler 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round of the $2.05 million Kremlin Cup.
- A first-round match is always the most important. It is always difficult to step into a tournament,'' said the top-seeded Safin, ranked No. 2 on the ATP Tour. Safin, a hard server, fired seven aces and controlled the match.

10/23/2000 Moscow, Russia
Denis Golovanov (RUS) and Marat Safin beat duo Yevgeny Kafelnikov(RUS) and Nenad Zimonjic (YUG) in doubles, 6-4 ,3-6, 7-6(5).

10/20/2000 Moscow, Russia
Marat will play in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russia. The Kremlin Cup will be from 23 - 29 October 2000. Indoor: Carpet, Singles Draw: 32, Prize money: $1,000,000.

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