Marat Safin


01.2001-03.2001 09.2000-01.2001

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12/22/2001 Moscow, Russia
Russian player Marat Safin and his Swedish coach Mats Wilander have agreed to continue working together for the first part of next year at least.
"I have just spoken with Marat and he said they had agreed to stay together at least through the Australian Open," Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev told Reuters on Thursday.
"It remains to be seen if they continue working after that."
Last month Safin said that he would decide on whether to retain the former world No. 1 as his coach before the Australian Open which begins on Jan. 14.
"I'd like to continue working with Mats on a regular basis, but it's all depends on his availability," said the former U.S. Open champion, who had a disappointing season in 2001.
"The problem is that he is not always able to travel with me to tournaments, but I hope we can find a solution to it."
This year Safin was a shadow of the player that in 2000 won seven titles -- the most on the ATP Tour -- including a shock straight-set victory over Pete Sampras in the U.S. Open final.
But Safin said that the cool-headed Swede, winner of eight Grand Slam titles, has a positive influence on his temperamental nature. "It helps to keep me under control," he said.

Marat Safin received more than 50,000 votes in the ATP tennis web site poll.
Marat Safin tapped the honor as the favorite player among fans, based on results from an poll.
The 21-year-old Russian received 22 percent or 50,324 of the 228,746 votes cast on the Web site. He edged out Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten, who came in second place with 38,886 votes or 17 percent of the total tally.
American Andre Agassi took third place with 14 percent, while Juan Carlos Ferrero claimed 10 percent and Pete Sampras rounded out the top five with 9 percent of the vote.
Safin, who ended the year in 11th place in the ATP Champions Race 2001, won two titles in 2001, in Tashkent and St. Petersburg. He has claimed one Grand Slam title in his career, at the 2000 US Open.

Russian star Marat Safin who ended the 2000 champions race at number two in the world and was the winner of last years US Open title has been confirmed as an entrant for the Heineken Open 2002 scheduled for 7-12 January.
Tournament Director Graham Pearce said, "One of the world�s most exciting tennis players is coming to Auckland to take part in the 2002 Heineken Open and play in the Vodafone singles".
Safin, aged 21 is currently in 11th place in the year-end player race and this week on the entry ranking list is seventh, one behind fellow Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
After overcoming injury problems earlier this year the Moscow native proceeded to put in some good performances in the big events. Safin made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon before being beaten by Goran Ivanisevic. At Indianapolis he reached the semifinals going down to Pat Rafter He then progressed to the semifinals of the US Open losing to Pete Sampras.
The following week he won at Tashkent and just recently made the semifinals of Lyon.
2000 was a marquee year for Safin as he won seven titles, including the US Open, and two Masters Series events - Toronto and Paris for a total of nine career titles. He also topped the list of aces in 2000 with 921 and is known as one of the hardest groundstoke hitters.
Safin challenged for the world number one at the Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon in November 2000 after good results indoors in Europe and is tipped to be a future world number one.
Former world number one, Mats Wilander of Sweden, currently coaches him and is expected to travel with him to Auckland.
It will be Safin�s second time to Auckland. In 1999 as an 18-year-old he played in the Heineken Open winning his first round over Gianlucca Pozzi of Italy before being beaten by Kiwi star Brett Steven in the second round.
The Heineken Open featuring the Vodafone singles and doubles will be held at the ASB BANK Tennis Centre in Auckland from January 7-12, 2002.

11/01/2001 Paris, France
An exhausted Marat Safin put a lid on a below-par season after a straight sets defeat in the third round of the Paris Masters Series on Thursday but warned he would return a better player next year.
The title-holder's 6-4, 6-4 defeat to unseeded Swede Andreas Vinciguerra, in front of a sparse crowd on Court One, was an apt way to sum up the year that has followed his 2000 U.S. Open victory.
The 21-year-old Russian was a shadow of the player that won on Centre Court at Bercy a year ago.
Safin had come back into form in time to win at home in St Petersburg last week but he admitted the effort had eaten up what was left of his energy.
"Today I couldn't put the ball inside the court. Today, I was just dead.
"Everything was just mad. I couldn't. Mentally I'm tired. That's the thing," he said.
He said his win in his homeland had taken its toll: "Too many people, too much going on around us. I just couldn't anymore, I just couldn't handle it."
A clear improvement in his form in recent weeks gave Safin an outside chance of taking the last spot for the Masters Cup in Sydney on November 12, but he said he was relieved not to be going. "This year, I couldn't make the Masters anyway because (Frenchman Sebastien) Grosjean has been playing too well. I had no chance," he said.
"It's okay that I'm not going to Sydney. Because I don't want to go number eight, the last one to catch the train. For me it doesn't make sense."
Before going on holiday, the Russian said he would have a talk with former world number one Mats Wilander, who has coached him this season.
There had been rumours that the two might part because the Swede did not have enough time to give to training Safin.
"We have to discuss things for next year and all these things. Today or tomorrow I will know my future," he said.
"I would like to improve something. I think we both know, so that's why it's important to sit and talk openly."
Hampered by injury at the beginning of the season, Safin said he aimed to feature regularly among the top five players in the world next season if he was fit enough.
"It is not the goal for me to stay number 10, number seven or even number six. For me the goal is to be in top five," he said. "Otherwise it's not interesting for me.
"I think it'll be alright if I start the year well. I think I have a big chance to be in the top three."

10/31/2001 Paris, France
Defending champion Marat Safin launched his bid for the remaining spot in the elite eight-man event in Australia, eliminating Slovakia's Karol Kucera, 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4.

10/29/2001 Paris, France
Marat Safin talk about his memorable moments in Bercy, home of the Tennis Masters Series Paris.
It's always good to play Bercy. I also like coming back to Paris twice a year, for Roland Garros and this. The atmosphere at this tournament is great. Spectators are interested in the game and the stadium is almost always full. That's why I like this event and also because I've always done well here. I was in the 1999 final and last year I even won it.
Why I succeed in this Masters Series? Simply because I feel comfortable. Like at home. It's really fun. And I love spending time in Paris, a wonderful city.
My best Bercy moment is undoubtedly last year's victory. It's when I became No. 1 in the world (after beating Ferrero in the semis). My Philippoussis five-set final was extremely tough. I split my eyebrow open during play, but I still have good memories from that battle.
The crowd is great. The venue is large, so there are lots of people. They come and watch, have fun. It's good for the game. They get involved and support the players a lot.
The Stadium holds 15,000. That's amazing. There were at least 10,000 people for the final last year. It gave me such a good feeling.

10/28/2001 St.Petersburg, Russia
A weary Marat Safin successfully defended his title in the St. Petersburg Open on Sunday, coming back to defeat Rainer Schuettler of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
It was Safin's 10th career title and second this year. He captured his first title of 2001 in Tashkent last month, beating Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets in the first all-Russian ATP final.
The 25-year-old Schuettler, who was playing in his third final this year, was broken in the first game of the match but broke back for 1-1 and again at love in the fourth game on his way to a 4-1 lead, with Safin smashing his racket in anger at one point. Schuettler saved two break points in the ninth game to win the set.
Safin drew even with the help of a break in the second game of the second set, then broke Schuettler in the third and ninth games of the final set to wrap up the match.
"Yesterday I played six sets and I was dead today on the court,'' said Safin, who reached the doubles finals as well. He was wearing a brace on his knee and was visibly tired.
Safin upset second-seeded Kafelnikov in the semifinals Saturday and beat fifth-seeded Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia in the quarterfinals.
Safin is 11th on the ATP Champions Race and the victory will improve his chances to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney next month if he performs strongly at the tournament in Paris next week.
"Of course I have to win there (in Paris), but how far the other players advance will determine that,'' Safin said. "It's really difficult. I probably have no chance to go to Sydney because it's not just up to me.''
In the final in doubles Marat Safin and Irakli Labadze (GEO) lost to duo Denis Golovanov )RUS) and Yevgeny Kafelnikiov (RUS) 7-5, 6-4.

10/27/2001 St.Petersburg, Russia
Safin Prevails in Russian Showdown
He defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov to reach the final in St. Petersburg
In an alluring match-up before some 10,000 spectators, Russia's Marat Safin served up 19 aces en route to his semifinal victory over countryman Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4 in St. Petersburg.
"It was the first time we played in Russia," said Safin, who now holds a 2-1 record over Kafelnikov. "We wanted to show the spectators the best we could. We wanted them to remember this match. I think we both deserve a lot of credit."
In the match, which lasted about two and a half hours, Safin didn't let his first-set, tie-break loss affect his later performance: "He played really well, especially the first set," Safin said. "He played fast, too fast for me. I was a bit lucky. I played well the big points and fought like a dog. It's a great effort for me today."
Not only will Safin have an opportunity to defend his title, but the 21-year-old strengthened his bid for a spot at next month's Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney. Safin's now in 11th' place in the ATP Champions Race 2001, but a title win in St. Petersburg and a strong run at next week's Tennis Masters Series Paris could earn him one of the remaining slots in the eight-man Sydney line-up.
In Sunday's final, Safin will meet Germany's Rainer Schuettler, who dismissed France's Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-4. "I did a great job out there, I returned very well," said Schuettler, who is playing in his last event of the year.
This is the third final for Schuettler in the past six weeks. He won the title in Shanghai, and reached the final in Hong Kong, losing to Marcelo Rios. He defeated the top seed Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round this week, and also stopped Max Mirnyi, the finalist at last week's Tennis Masters Series Stuttgart, in the quarterfinals.
Although the crowd is expected to be mostly swayed toward Safin in Sunday's final, Schuettler said it won't bother him. "It's a great atmosphere here. There are a lot of spectators, especially the weekend, but they are fair. I will have no pressure in the final.
"I was here last year and lost to [Safin] 6-3 in the final set in the quarterfinals. Now that I'm playing the final, for sure I will be back next year."
In the 1/2 final in doubles Marat Safin and Irakli Labadze (GEO) defeated duo David Adams(RSA)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7-5).

10/26/2001 St.Petersburg, Russia
Defending champion Marat Safin advanced to the semifinals of the $800,000 St. Petersburg Open with comfortable victory Friday.
Marat Safin must win at St. Petersburg to keep alive his chances of qualifying for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney, Australia.
"It's difficult to stay back against players like Ivanisevic because they just throw you off your game," the Russian said.

10/25/2001 St.Petersburg, Russia
Third seed Marat Safin kept alive his hopes of qualifying for Tennis Masters Cup Sydney when he survived a third-set tie-break against Spaniard Alberto Martin at the St.Petersburg Open Thursday. Safin, still short of his best form, won through to a quarter-final meeting with Goran Ivanisevic with a 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(6) win against Martin in two hours, 35 minutes.
"I knew he was a good player but did not think he could play so well," a relieved Safin said. "This is a great match to get my confidence back, I'm slowly getting back to my level. I was glad the crowd supported me; they understood I was not playing my best tennis and they tried to help me. There are days like this, I'm not a robot and can't play well all the time."
Safin, who qualified for last year's Tennis Masters Cup Lisboa, is currently 11th in the ATP Champions Race with 332 points. His mission to qualify for Sydney is daunting. At the very least he must overhaul seventh-placed Tommy Haas (who did not add to his 412-point tally this week after losing here in first round). He must also hope that ninth-placed Sebastien Grosjean (378 points) and 10th-placed Tim Henman (377 points) do not also overtake Haas and raise the qualifying bar higher than 412 points.
Should Safin win St.Petersburg, he would move to 369 points, still 43 points shy of Haas. But he would still have a chance to qualify with 100 points awaiting the winner of the final tournament of the year, Tennis Masters Series Paris, which Safin won last year and reached the final of in 1999. "It's difficult to plan (for Sydney) now," he said. "If I win Paris next week, then I have a chance."
But before Safin reaches for the calculator, he must first tackle Goran Ivanisevic, who all but ensured his presence in Sydney by beating Felix Mantilla 7-6(8) 7-5. Safin said:
"I played him once at Wimbledon and it was very close - two tie-breaks. He won. It will be difficult to play him indoors; his serve is excellent. Two or three points will decide the match." Ivanisevic defeated Safin in a fourth-set tie-break in the Wimbledon quarter-finals this year en route to the title.
In the 1/4 final in doubles Marat Safin and Irakli Labadze (GEO) defeated duo Martin Damm (CZE) /
David Prinosil (GER) 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.

10/24/2001 St.Petersburg, Russia
Safin eased by his first-round opponent David Prinosil of Germany, 6-4, 6-2. The Russian improved to 7-1 lifetime against Prinosil.
Safin, the defending champion here, reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open and claimed his first title of the year by beating Kafelnikov in the final at Tashkent.
Next for him will be Alberto Martin of Spain.
In the first round in doubles Marat Safin and Irakli Labadze (GEO) defeated duo P. Luxa (CZE)/R. Stepanek (CZE) 7-6, 6-4.

Marat Safin has a new nemesis in court. Safin, who used a HEAD Prestige racquet to win the 2000 U.S. Open title, signed a contract to endorse Dunlop racquets in April of 2001. But in a complaint filed in the District Court in Munich, Germany, HEAD contends that Safin has continued to play with a HEAD Prestige racquet painted over with the Dunlop logo appearing on the strings.
HEAD claimed that Dunlop justified the use of its logo because it supplies the strings for Safin's racquet. In its complaint, HEAD charged that the use of Dunlop's logo was unfair competition as the logo "invariably indicates the origin of the racquet and not the strings."
The German court granted an injunction against Safin and Dunlop prohibiting the use of a large logo on the strings of the racquet.
"By no means do we want Marat Safin to stop playing with his usual racquet with which he secured one of his greatest victories," HEAD executive vice president racquet sports division Robert Marte said in a statement. "But we don't think it is right to advertise another brand so flagrantly using our racquet."
Tennis Week is trying to reach Dunlop for its response to HEAD's charges.

10/17/2001 Stuttgart, Germany
In the second round of the Masters Series - Stuttgart , Marat Safin (6) lost to Marcelo Rios (CHI) 6-7, 3-6.

10/13/2001 Lyon, France
Ivan Ljubicic saved a match point before upsetting Marat Safin, the last surviving seed in the Lyon Grand Prix, to reach his first final of the season on Saturday.
Marat Safin was attempting to capture his second title in a month after not lifting a trophy during the first two-thirds of the year. He claimed the President's Cup at Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

It took three hours, 47 minutes and three tiebreaks for the unseeded Ljubicic to finish off the third seeded Russian 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) in this extremely tight semifinal battle.
In a tense last set, Safin fought back from three games down to lead 6-5 in the third tiebreak of the match.
But Ljubicic saved his skin the same way he had throughout the match, at the net.
The Croat, who eliminated top seed Gustavo Kuerten in the first round, made the better start, forcing Safin to save a set point at 4-5 in the first set.
But the former U.S. Open champion responded well and broke away quickly in the tiebreak to win it 7-3.
The second set was almost a photocopy of the first, but it turned Ljubicic's way as the Croat, 4-2 down in the tiebreak, scored five points in succession to level at one set all.
Stunned by the loss of the set, Safin was forced to fight an uphill battle from 1-4 down to a third tiebreak in which his calmer opponent finally prevailed.
The Russian led 6-5 but missed two easy backhands and handed victory to Ljubicic.
Incredibly, even the first of their three career meetings (in Sydney last year) went to one tie-break, meaning they've gone the distance in eight of the 10 sets they've played.
"I talked with Marat in the locker room after the match, and said we should automatically play a tie-break the next time we play, so we can save energy," said Ljubicic, who is seeking his first career title.
Safin, who failed to convert on his one match point, said the third set came down to "pure luck." He felt, however, that he had chances to close out the match in the second set. "In the second set tie-break, I was up 4-2 and missed two shots," he said. "I was still thinking about that in the beginning of the third set, and how I could be in the locker room already."

10/12/2001 Lyon, France
Marat Safin beat Max Mirnyi of Belarus for the second time in a week, scoring a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory Friday to reach the semifinals of the $800,000 Lyon Grand Prix.
The third-seeded Russian, his temper flaring in the third set, will next play Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic.
Safin defeated Mirnyi in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow before exiting the tournament in the next round.
Marat Safin, a late entrant at Lyon and playing as a wild card, has won only one title this year. He won seven last year, including the U.S. Open.
He is 11th in the ATP Champions Race and his chances of qualifying for the year-end Masters Cup in Sydney, Australia, are slender. Only the top seven players are guaranteed a place.
Safin stumbled through the opening set, losing it with a double fault. He recovered to win the second, then his temper flared.
After setting up an easy drop shot for Mirnyi, the Russian cursed himself and waved his hands in frustration. Later, he stretched to reach a forehand, missed and fell face down.
Mirnyi conceded a decisive break in the seventh game. Safin cruised through his next two service games to win the match.
"It was tough to play against Max," Safin said. "With his serve and volley it's difficult to get any rhythm. It was difficult to concentrate. In the first set he served well and I had no chance. In the second set I had the chance to change the match. I didn't serve really well. I had two double faults, which never happened before. But I stayed in the match and I fought."

10/11/2001 Lyon, France
Russian Marat Safin reached the quarterfinals of the Lyon Grand Prix by beating Israel's Noam Okun 6-3, 6-4 Thursday.
The third-seeded Safin, the 2000 U.S. Open champion, needed just 70 minutes to advance at the $800,000 tournament.
Marat Safin easily beat Israeli qualifier Noam Okun in straight sets at the Lyon Grand Prix and then revealed he might end his partnership with coach Mats Wilander next season.
"Between his family, his matches on the Senior Tour, Mats is a very busy man and he can only give me 20 weeks a year,'' Safin said.
"During the Paris Open, we will sit down and discuss next season. Maybe we'll go on, maybe we'll stop,'' the third seed said.
Safin took on the former world number one as his coach this season after a poor run of form following his 2000 U.S. Open (news - web sites) title win.
He received a wild card to play in Lyon in a last ditch attempt to qualify for the Masters Cup in Sydney, but admitted it was a distant hope.
"I'm here to win points. The aim is to make it to the Masters Cup but honestly, it looks very far away,'' he said.
"At best, I'll finish the season in 7th place, at worst I'll be 15th. What really matters is to be in the top three.''
Safin made a bad start against Okun, losing his first service game. But it was only a hiccup as he broke back in the eighth game before cruising to victory in 69 minutes.
Safin now meets Belarus Max Mirnyi in the quarterfinals, whom he struggled to beat last week in Moscow.
"With Max, it's all or nothing. He can play great, but even he does not know when,'' said Safin.

10/09/2001 Lyon, France
Marat Safin, desperately seeking points to snatch a last-gasp berth in the Masters Cup, beat Franco Squillari 6-4, 7-5 to reach the second round.
It took Safin just over 90 minutes to knock out the 26-year-old Argentine, a former French Open semifinalist, the Russian firing 12 aces before clinching victory with a service winner on his first match point.
"Last week in Moscow, I was booed by my home crowd for my second-round defeat against Dominik Hrbaty," said the third-seeded Safin, who received a wild card to play in Lyon.
"That's the way I am. One day I'm the best, the next I'm the worst," the former U.S. Open champion added.
"I'm only 11th in the (Champions) Race right now and if I want to make it to the Masters Cup in Sydney, I must seize every opportunity."
In doubles in the first round (WC) Nicolas Kiefer and Marat Safin lost to duo De Jager/Koenig (RSA) 6-3, 76(5).

10/09/2001 Lyon, France
Third seed Marat Safin face first-round matches on Tuesday at the $800,000 Grand Prix of Tennis indoor event.
Marat Safin takes on Franco Squillari of Argentina.
Marat Safin will look to rebound after being booed off the court after falling in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in his native Moscow. He also lost in the second round of the Salem Open at Hong Kong the week before.
After advancing to the semifinals at the RCA Championships and U.S. Open, Safin finally won his first tournament of the year, taking the President's Cup at Tashkent, Uzbekistan last month.

10/04/2001 Moscow, Russia
Despite being cheered to a come-from-behind victory in front of his hometown fans the day before, Marat Safin saw his crowd and fortunes turn on Thursday.
Marat Safin, the second seed, suffered a surprising 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) second-round loss to Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, highlighting a day which saw a combined six seeded players knocked out of the men's and women's draws in the $2.19 million Kremlin Cup at Olympic Stadium.
As unexpected as Safin's setback was the reaction of the crowd. After serving for the match at 5-4 only to lose the third-set tiebreaker, Safin was booed off the court by the supposedly partisan fans. That negative reception prompted Safin to declare he would never play in Russia again.
"It was a terrible feeling to hear the fans whistle and boo me on the court," said an emotionally-drained Safin as he wiped sweat off of his forehead.
"To be honest, I have lost all desire to play in Russia ever again. I have never been so humiliated in my whole life."
Buoyed by the support of the crowd Wednesday, Safin rallied to defeat Max Mirnyi of Belarus in the first round.
The 21-year-old Safin was trying to make a late-season bid to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney in mid-November. He is 11th in the ATP Champions Race, with five of eight spots still up for grabs.

10/02/2001 Moscow, Russia
Russia's Marat Safin, backed by a hometown crowd, advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
The 21-year-old Safin, who was born in Moscow, defeated Max Mirnyi of Belarus 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Although Safin is happy to playing in familiar territory, he admitted to feeling added pressure.
"It's nice but also difficult to play here in Moscow," said Safin. "They expect so much from me. I have to show them everything I can do on a court. I'm under a lot of pressure to do well. But I also like to see so many people enjoying the tennis."
The Russian set up a second round meeting with the Slovak Republic's Dominik Hrbaty, who has beaten Safin five out of the nine times the pair have met. Safin is currently 11th in the ATP Champions Race 2001 and came one match away from finishing last year as the top player in the world.
"I'm still a little bit far from the form of last year, but I really want to be [at the Tennis Masters Cup] in Sydney," said the Russian. "I think I have a chance to be there."
In the first round in doubles Marat Safin and Marc Rosset (SUI) lost to duo Max Mirnyi (BLR) and Sandon Stolle (AUS) 4-6, 6-7(5-7)

09/27/2001 Hong Kong, China
Russian second seed Marat Safin was surprisingly dumped out of the second round of the $400,000 Hong Kong Open on Thursday.
Safin lost to Swede Magnus Larsson, who outplayed the Russian from the baseline to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Larsson struck the crucial blow against Safin in the seventh game of the deciding set, breaking his opponent's much-vaunted serve to take a 4-3 lead.
Marat Safin said the loss would now make it difficult for him to break into the top eight in the world rankings and qualify for November's Tennis Masters Cup in Melbourne.
"I needed a good result here to boost my chances. Now it has got harder," said Safin, who won in Tashkent two weeks ago to move from 15 to 11 in the standings.
In doubles in the second round duo Safin/Sargsian lost to duo Black/Shimada 4-6, 2-6.

09/25/2001 Hong Kong, China
Second-seeded Marat Safin overcame a spirited challenge from a local tennis hero who saved three match points on the way down to defeat in the first round of the Hong Kong Open.
Safin, Russia�s 21-year-old former US Open champion, beat Hong Kong�s John Hui 6-3, 6-2, taking exactly an hour to tame the feisty outsider at Victoria Park.
"(Hui) surprised me in the beginning, he served well and I couldn't make a break," Safin said. "He played very good volleys actually, I didn't expect that."
Safin also reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open three weeks ago and the RCA Championship in August.
The laconic Russian said that he is hoping to use the Hong Kong stage as a springboard to success and a possible place in the elite eight field for the season-ending Masters Cup in Sydney from November 12.
�For a first-round match, my game was okay,� said the notoriously hard-to-please Safin, who suffered through with injuries for the first two-thirds of the season. �I�m satisfied, since I�ve only been training here for three days.
�I have a big opportunity to get to the Masters (he currently stands 11th in the pecking order) if I play well for the rest of the season - that means winning here if at all possible.�
In doubles, in the first round, duo M.Safin/S.Sargsian defeated duo Levy/Srichaphan
6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

09/16/2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Top seed Marat Safin captured his first title of the year Sunday, routing second seed and fellow Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 6-2, 6-2, at the $550,000 President's Cup tennis tournament.
After Safin's victory, a moment of silence was held to honor victims of the terrorist attacks in the United States.

The 21-year-old Safin defended his crown here and recorded his ninth career title after leading the Tour with seven last year. He earned $74,000 for the victory.
It marked only the second all-Russian final in ATP history. In 1994, Kafelnikov defeated fellow Russian Alexander Volkov at Adelaide for his first career title.
Safin, who improved to 12-2 here, avenged a 6-1, 6-2 defeat to Kafelnikov at Rome in 1999, evening the series with his compatriot at one win apiece.
Safin and Kafelnikov made history at last week's U.S. Open, becoming the first pair of Russians to advance to the semifinal of the same Grand Slam.
However, neither advanced any further. Safin was dethroned by Pete Sampras and Kafelnikov was trounced by eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt.
Safin has picked up his play of late as he also reached the semifinals of the RCA Championships prior to the U.S. Open.
The erratic Kafelnikov has won once this year, claiming the Marseilles Open in February with a straight-sets victory over France's Sebastien Grosjean. He is 13-5 in Tashkent, reaching the final in 1998.
In last year's President's Cup final, Safin defeated Italy's Davide Sanguinetti, 6-3, 6-4.

09/15/2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov just barely set up only the second all-Russian ATP final on Saturday at the $550,000 President's Cup tennis tournament.
Safin, the top seed and defending champion, rallied after dropping the first-set tiebreak to edge Armenian Sargis Sargsian, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), in the semifinals at this former Soviet city. No. 2 Kafelnikov outlasted his nemisis, the third-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia, 6-7 (8-10), 6-2, 7-6 (10-8).
Sargsian made two errors against Safin in the final tiebreak, losing the set and the match.
"I had a chance to win the first set 6-4 but I lost that set and then I got nervous and until the end of the match I seriously did not feel confident in myself," Safin said.
"We both played nervously and allowed ourselves to make lots of mistakes."
Kafelnikov won the only previous all-Russian final in ATP history in 1994, when he defeated Alexander Volkov at Adelaide for his first career title.
He also beat Safin in their only previous meeting in 1999, when Kafelnikov routed his compatriot, 6-1, 6-2.
"It will be great to play Yevgeny," Safin said.
"We want the final to to be like this every weeek," Kafelnikov said. "It's a big sensation and the President's Cup can be proud of it."
Safin and Kafelnikov made history at last week's U.S. Open, becoming the first pair of Russians to advance to the semifinal of the same Grand Slam.
However, neither advanced any further. Safin was dethroned by Pete Sampras and Kafelnikov was trounced by eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt.
Safin, who improved his record here to 11-2, is looking for his first title this year after winning a tour-leading seven last season. His play has picked up of late as he also reached the semifinals of the RCA Championships prior to the U.S. Open.
The erratic Kafelnikov has won once this year, claiming the Marseilles Open in February with a straight-sets victory over France's Sebastien Grosjean.
Kafelnikov, the 1998 runner-up here, won for just the third time in 10 lifetime meetings with Hrbaty. He snapped a four-match losing streak to the Slovak with a straight-sets victory in Davis Cup action this year.
In last year's President's Cup final, Safin defeated Italy's Davide Sanguinetti, 6-3, 6-4.
The champion will take home $74,000.

09/14/2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Top-seeded Russians Marat Safin took another step Friday toward his anticipated showdown, moving into the semifinals of the $550,000 President's Cup tennis tournament.
The 21-year-old Safin, defending champion at the President's Cup, struggled in his quarterfinal match against Denmark's Kristian Pless, but managed a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Marat Safin is looking for his first title this year after winning seven last season. However, his play has picked up of late as he also reached the semifinals of the RCA Championships prior to the U.S. Open.
Safin's next opponent will be Sargsian, who held on to defeat the fourth-seeded Schalken, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4.
Safin has never played Sargsian, but he believes he must improve his form to have any chance of defending his title. "If he (Sargsian) plays well, he'll beat me, I guarantee you," Safin said after struggling in his quarterfinal match.
In his match with Pless, Safin said he merely waited for mistakes from his opponent. "He played pretty well, and began the second set well...but then he started to crack and didn't get it together at all in the third set," Safin said.
In the second round, in doubles, duo Ogorodov (UZB) / D. Vacek (SZE) defeated duo Marc Rosset (SUI) / Marat Safin (RUS) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2.

09/13/2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Top seed and defending champion Marat Safin beat 1992 Olympic champion Marc Rosset 6-4, 7-6, changing up a gear in the tiebreak to quash any hopes the rangy Swiss had of a comeback.
After Safin won the first set he broke Rosset, his doubles partner at this tournament, in the opening game of the second set. The hard-serving Swiss tied it 2-2 and both held serve, forcing the tiebreaker. Safin fired an ace to win the tiebreaker 7-3.
"He [Rosset] played pretty well... but in the tiebreak he got scared of himself, thought he might beat me and got nervous and started to make mistakes," the 21-year-old Safin told a news conference after his 86-minute win.
Before the US Open, Safin seemed to have little chance of being among the Top 8 players in Sydney as he languished in 29th position in the ATP Champions Race. But a semifinal appearance at Flushing Meadows and a good start in Tashkent has the Russian believing that he can qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup.
"I'm going to play Hong Kong, Moscow and St.Petersburg because I want to do my best to make the Tennis Masters Cup," said Safin, who last year was one match away from finishing the season as the inaugural ATP Champions Race winner.
"It's been a difficult year for me with injury, and I haven't had a lot of opportunities to play against the top players. That's why I found it difficult in the semifinals at the US Open."
Safin said he was devastated by the terrorist attacks in the United States.
"I have many friends in New York and I've been watching CNN for 24 hours a day,'' he said. "I'm shocked, angry and pained.''
Safin will meet Denmark's Kristian Pless, who beat local favorite Oleg Ogorodov 6-3 6-2. The Uzbek failed to find the form which took him past last year's finalist Davide Sanguinetti of Italy in the first round.
In the first round in doubles Marat Safin and Marc Rosset (Switzerland), defeated duo Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, Israel, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

09/12/2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Defending champion Marat Safin beat Israel's Noam Ockun 6-4, 6-2.
The Safin-Okun match lasted for just an hour, with Safin playing with increasing pace and power.
Safin said afterwards: "It's hard to play at full strength as I had a difficult flight. I haven't even acclimatised, all the more so as it is too hot."
Safin will play longtime doubles partner Marc Rosset of Switzerland in the second round.

09/10/2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
After a couple of months on the hard courts of North America, the ATP Champions Race 2001 switches continents and makes its way to Tashkent, where the President's Cup begins in Uzbekistan this week.
Marat Safin, the top seed, had little trouble rising to the challenge 12 months ago, arriving in full confidence after his US Open victory to defeat Italy's Davide Sanguinetti to capture the fifth of his seven titles in 2000.
After suffering from a number of injuries on the ATP circuit this year, Safin found his form and his confidence in New York last week, when he reached the semifinals before losing to Pete Sampras. The defending champion begins his quest for the traditional tubiteyka hat and chapan robe awarded to the winner against Israeli qualifier Noam Okun.

09/08/2001 New-York, USA
Defending champion Marat Safin lost to Pete Sampras, a four-time U.S. Open champion, 3-6, 6-7(5-7), 3-6.
Sampras was flawless in the first set, punctuating it with a gorgeous overhead backhand that was among the best shots of the match.
But Safin, seeded third, was not going away. He raised his level, and it was obvious that Sampras was struggling. He called for trainer Doug Spreen, who said Sampras was experiencing some stomach discomfort.
Safin's confidence grew and he began making big shots. Sampras, equipped with one of the best serves in tennis, still would not yield.
Facing a break of serve, he benefited when chair umpire Wayne McKewen overruled an out call and awarded him an ace. He converted that by holding his service, extending his streak to 81 service games without being broken.
Trading shot for shot, the two men rolled through the set into a tiebreak. It was familiar territory for Sampras, who played four tiebreak sets in his classic quarterfinal victory over Andre Agassi two nights earlier.
Sampras' 16th ace of the match put him one point away. Safin saved one set point but hit long on the next, giving Sampras the set.
Safin has never come back after losing the first two sets. A double fault put the Russian in trouble in the fourth game of the third set and Sampras converted with a return that just caught the back line. He kissed his racket in appreciation.
Sampras went into overdrive after that. His big serve produced 20 aces, the final one on match point, and he extended his streak of service games without being broken to 87.
The combustible Safin twice complained over calls - one a foot fault, the second a shot that brushed the line. For the most part, he kept his temper under control. He had enough to worry about with Sampras on the other side of the net.
Sampras wanted to make a statement against Safin. A year ago, the Russian beat him in the Open finals for his first and only Grand Slam victory. It seemed as if it might signal a changing of the guard with Safin just 19 and Sampras almost 30.
A year ago, Sampras reached the final and was a heavy favorite against Safin. He was stung in three sets, a loss that weighed heavily on him.
Meanwhile, Safin struggled this year with injuries, unable to translate his first Slam triumph into any kind of consistency. After winning seven titles last year, he came into the Open without any championships this year.

09/05/2001 New-York, USA
Explosive No. 3 seed Marat Safin, continuing his title defense, unraveled Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, Wednesday on Arthur Ashe Stadium in a match that had both players seeing red. A frustrated Zabaleta missed crucial opportunities to score when it seemed like nothing he tried was working for him, and Safin let slip by six points in a row in the second set.
The towering Russian showed some hustle in his serve-and-volley game in the third set and during an impressive run that had him at the net and back to hit one between the legs. Safin also smashed seven aces to Zabaleta's three and had 26 winners to the Argentine's 17 in the 1-hour, 47-minute match. Safin will face the winner of Wednesay night's highly anticipated match between No. 2 Andre Agassi and No. 10 Pete Sampras.

09/03/2001 New-York, USA
Defending champion Marat Safin had to fight for two hours and 32 minutes to be able to dispatch Sweden�s Thomas Johansson. The Swede player impressed the crowd with his service and passing shots but it wasn�t enough to stop Safin who won his ticket to the quarters with a four set win, 6-2 2-6 6-4 7-6.
The third seed from Russia will face Argentina's 103rd-ranked Mariano Zabaleta for a berth in the quarterfinals. Safin won their two prior meetings.

09/01/2001 New-York, USA
Defending champion Marat Safin moved into the fourth round with a 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over Hicham Arazi of Morocco on Saturday. The third seed spent two hours and 31 minutes on court carving out victory over the crafty Arazi.
Safin hit 12 aces and won 88 percent of the points when his first serve went in.
The Russian played his usual daring style of tennis, cracking 40 outright winners in the match. At the three other Grand Slams this year, Safin reached the fourth round in Australia, the third round at the French Open and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
Safin will next play 14th seed Thomas Johansson of Sweden.
After nearly a year of frustration, defending champion Safin appears to be back in winning mode.
"The way I'm playing, I'm quite sure and I'm quite confident in myself," said Safin following his 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-5) third round victory over Hicham Arazi of Morocco on Saturday. "I feel comfortable on the court."
The 21-year-old was a shining star of the tennis circuit in 2000, not only winning his first Grand Slam crown at the U.S. Open but leading the tour by picking up seven titles in the year. After jockeying for supremacy with Gustavo Kuerten at the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup, the Brazilian took the top honours while Safin had to settle for being number two in the world.
From being a fearsome factor in 2000, Safin fell away this year when he suffered a back injury in the Dubai final in February.
After retiring from the Dubai final against Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, the Russian took a couple of months off and then returned to the tour with little self-belief. But Safin's year started to turn around when he reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in July, and then two weeks ago he was a semi-finalist at Indianapolis.
"Everything is there," Safin said. "I have very good motivation right now. It's unbelievable."
Safin's next challenge is Johansson and the pair have met twice in their careers - both this year - and have won one apiece. As far as Safin is concerned, Johansson is the next hurdle in his attempt to win the U.S. Open trophy for a second consecutive year.
"The beginning of the tournament is 128 players and everybody wants to win," he said. "Now it's only the last 16 players so it's getting closer and closer and I have more chances to win. Every time it's less and less persons playing tennis. Second week I'm going to be very dangerous, for sure."

08/30/2001 New-York, USA
When things go wrong, as they often do for Marat Safin, he cocks his head and flails his arms like a conductor trying to coax every ounce of drama from a Russian symphony.
There were discordant moments and attacks of angst Thursday at the U.S. Open before despair ultimately turned to triumph for Safin. He nearly exhausted his allotment of tiebreakers but outlasted big-serving Croat Ivan Ljubicic in the second round, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
For nearly 3? hours, Ljubicic had the demonstrative defending champion flailing, and then some. Safin buried his head in his hands, slammed balls into the net and directed at least one obscene gesture toward himself.
"I'm like this. I can't change," he said. "It's difficult to play the other way -- to be quiet on the court and nice to everybody. I'm getting angry with me, my coach, my father, everybody."
He smiled and noted: "I'm doing better. I didn't break any rackets today."
Perhaps only because he won. Safin, trying to shake a yearlong slump compounded by injuries, rarely looked like the player who stunned the tennis world by routing Pete Sampras in last year's final.
But in the tiebreakers Safin was poised, aggressive and a little lucky, and he closed out the win with a 136 mph ace.
"I was a little bit scared but passed through," he said. "My tennis is coming back. Each time I feel better and better."
After winning the first-set tiebreak, Safin was up 3-0 in the second when Ljubicic took an injury timeout. ATP trainer Juergen Dess massaged his lower back as the Croatian player lay face down on center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The treatment worked. Ljubicic recovered and the two men traded serves of over 130 mph. Each player managed just one break and their huge serves produced a combined 37 aces, 21 for Ljubicic and 16 for Safin. Ljubicic made 65 unforced errors to 38 for Safin.
The end came on Safin's third match point after he had often been frustrated by mistakes that left him with his head hanging.
Only 21, Safin fears he has already peaked, and he's dubious about recapturing the form that overwhelmed Sampras a year ago.
"It was too perfect," Safin said. "I cannot play like this all the time. It can happen once in my life -- last year."
As if to prove it, in 2001 Safin hasn't won a tournament and has reached only one final. His best Grand Slam showing came at Wimbledon, where he advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Ivanisevic. He has been slowed by back and knee injuries but says he's healthy now.
Safin went through three coaches in 2000 and this year hired seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander, who has worked with the Russian on his tactics and temper.
"I'm not so confident like last year, so I have to start from the beginning, from the basics," Safin said. "Had a bad year _ a horrible year, I could say. Better times will come for sure. I want to win a few more Grand Slam tournaments, and it will be perfect.
"And I will win," he added with a laugh. "Otherwise I shoot myself."
Associated Press

08/27/2001 New-York, USA
Defending champion Marat Safin took the first step to retaining his US Open title with a comfortable first round win in New York.
The Russian eased past French qualifier Sebastien de Chaunac 6-4 6-2 6-2 in 88 minutes
Safin, who has disappointed since claiming his first Grand Slam title last year, struck 11 aces on the way to a comprehensive victory.
"The first match is always difficult," said Safin, who won an ATP-best seven titles last year but is winless in 2001. "You need to have one or two tough matches. I think it will give me a lot of confidence these kinds of matches."
Safin battled an elbow problem early in the season before injuring his back during the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships in March.
"I was tired (at the beginning of the year), then I was injured and I started to change the racquet. Then I lost my confidence," he said. "It's all the time something happen to me. But right now it's (almost) the end of the season. I'm trying to make some good results. And it would be great if I could win here because of the way I played all year."

08/27/2001 New-York, USA
The final Grand Slam of the year gets underway later today as the US Open begins at Flushing Meadows in New York and the first day crowd is in for a treat with eight US Open champions in action. Holder Marat Safin begins his title defence.
Third seed Safin opens the defence of his title against Sebastien de Chaunac of France on the Louis Armstrong Stadium Court.

08/23/2001 Herzogenaurach, Germany
Defending US Open Champion, Marat Safin, and adidas have extended their partnership. The 21-year-old Russian has already reached at least the round of 16 at each of the four Grand Slams, proving that he is a dangerous player on any surface. He finished the 2000 season as the #2 ranked player in the world.
Safin made headlines for the first time in 1998 with his 4th round showing at Roland Garros, his first Grand Slam event. He upset former champions Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Agassi back to back along the way. He steadily worked his way up the rankings throughout 1998 and 1999. Safin won an ATP Tour leading seven tournaments in 2000. His US Open win over Pete Sampras vaulted Safin to the top of the world rankings, making him the youngest ever number one at 20 years and seven months.
Battling injuries throughout the 2001 season, Safin has reached one final, one semifinal and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year. Safin is seeded third for this year's US Open and appears to be hitting his stride at just the right time, saying, 'I look forward to defending my title here. The support that I received from the fans here last year is a great memory. I hope that I give them something to cheer about this year as well.'
Marat Safin has been with adidas throughout his professional career. Safin is at the top of a group of impressive young players that are leading tennis into a new era. The new contract is a long-term deal that further solidifies adidas' position as the leading performance tennis brand. Safin is currently playing in the adidas Barricade II shoe and the adidas Performance Top and Short.

Join CBS for a LIVE chat with the 2000 US Open champion Marat Safin on Thursday August 23 at 5 p.m. ET.
Safin won the US Open last year defeating Pete Sampras in the finals in straight sets for his first Grand Slam title. He lost only one set during his final four matches.
Safin led the ATP in 2000 with seven titles and became the youngest player to finish at No. 2 in the rankings since a 19-year-old Boris Becker did it in 1986. He also became the first player under the age of 21 to win at least seven titles in a season since 1983. He led the ATP with 73 singles matches won, finals reached (9) and was second in singles matches played (100).
Last year, Safin won $3,524,959 and he has a career record of 129-78. His highest ranking came on November 20, 2000 when he reached No. 1.
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08/19/2001 Indianapolis, USA
Patrick Rafter edged second seed Marat Safin, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), to advance to the final of the $800,000 RCA Championships.
Marat Safin, a finalist here a year ago, had won three straight matches for the first time since reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
The first match ever between Rafter and Safin lasted 2 hours, 17 minutes and was even in nearly every statistical category. Each player had one service break and each had 44 winners.
Rafter won 110 points, Safin 107.
The simplest of all might have been the match's last point.
"It was too easy,'' Safin said. "I wanted to put the ball away. I lost my concentration, made a stupid mistake.''

08/18/2001 Indianapolis, USA
Marat Safin beat Sweden's Thomas Enqvist to advance to the semifinals of the RCA Championships.
Second-seeded Safin, who lost to Kuerten in last year's final, meets Patrick Rafter in the other semifinal.
Marat Safin won 7-5, 6-4, advancing into a tournament semifinal for the first time since early March in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In that tournament, Safin quit during the final with a back injury and has struggled since.
The eighth-seeded Enqvist never broke Safin, who had nine aces with only one double fault while saving eight break points.
"I was confident, serving well, playing smart," said Safin, seeking his first title of 2001. Last year, he became the first player under 21 to win seven in a season since 1983.
"My confidence is coming back," Safin said. "I feel comfortable on the court. At least I can play tennis."
Perhaps some of the credit belongs to his current coach, Mats Wilander, who was the last player to win seven events in a single year before turning 21.
"You can't change many things," he said. "I'm just playing a little bit smarter, you have to see the [opponent's] weakest part and attack it."
Until he arrived at the Indianapolis Tennis Center, the defending U.S. Open champion was struggling and failed to win a set in three consecutive matches.
Safin will take next week off to practice and work with Wilander in preparation for the U.S. Open.
"If I play like this, I have a chance," Safin said. "It is very difficult to defend a title in such a big tournament. I still believe I can make a good result. You just have to get by those early matches."

08/16/2001 Indianapolis, USA
Marat Safin battled back from a sluggish start to defeat Spain's Tommy Robredo 7-6(5), 6-1, and earn a spot in the quarterfinals at the RCA Championships in Indianapolis.
The 21-year-old Russian seemed on the verge of dropping the first set, when he rebounded and won the tie-break. He then cruised through the second set, only losing one game. The third-round victory marked Safin's third win in his last seven matches.
Safin lost his only previous meeting with Robredo, in 1999 at Barcelona.

08/14/2001 Indianapolis, USA
Second-seed Marat Safin lost the first set against Brazil's Andre Sa, but then recovered to score a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win and advance to the third round.

08/07/2001 Cincinnati, USA
In the first round Marat Safin (3) lost to Guillermo Canas (ARG) 3-6, 3-6.
In the first round in doubles Marat Safin and Nicolas Kiefer (GER) lost to duo A.Florent / L.Hewitt 3-6, 6-7(2).

08/07/2001 Cincinnati, USA
Third seed Marat Safin puts his injured knee to the test Tuesday when he takes on Guillermo Canas of Argentina in the first round at the $2.95 million Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati.
Last week at the Tennis Masters Series event in Montreal, Marat Safin was trailing Frenchman Nicolas Escude, 6-4, 5-2, when he was forced to retire with a knee injury. The knee ailment first became apparent to the 21-year-old Russian during Wimbledon, but he was not concerned until the tour moved to the hard courts.
Safin still is seeking his first tournament victory of the season after capturing an ATP-leading seven last year. He has lost four of his last five matches and is just 10-10 on hard courts this season.
His current form is in sharp contrast to last year when he won one tournament and appeared in another final before claiming his first career Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.

07/30/2001 Montreal, Canada
Defending champion Marat Safin was booed off court Monday after quitting with a knee injury when trailing Frenchman Nicolas Escude 6-4, 5-2 in the first round of the Montreal Masters.
The Russian second seed said there was no point carrying on with the problem he first felt at Wimbledon and re-aggravated last week in Los Angeles.
"It hurt when I had to serve and I couldn't run," the 21-year-old said. "After he broke me twice in the second set, I just gave up -- what could I do?"
Safin complained bitterly about his treatment at the hands of disappointed Montreal fans.
"They should try to understand, I'm injured," he said. "It's easy to sit in the stands eating popcorn and drinking beer."
Reminded that this was a hockey town where injuries are normally overlooked, Safin defended his actions again.
"I'm trying, what can I do?," he added. "I don't think it's right to waste the spectators' time and the opponent's time by playing another game or two."
The Russian U.S. Open champion remained unsure about his immediate future.
"I think my U.S. season may be short," he said.

07/30/2001 Montreal, Canada
Russian Marat Safin begins defense of his Tennis Masters series title Monday when he plays Nicolas Escude of France at the $2.95 million hardcourt tennis event.
Safin, seeded second, is still seeking his first tournament victory of the season after capturing an ATP-leading seven last year. He defeated Harel Levy of Israel in the 2000 final and claimed his first Grand Slam title one month later at the U.S. Open.
The 21-year-old Safin begin his summer hardcourt season last week at the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles, losing to Xavier Malisse in the second round. He is just 10-9 on hard courts but was hampered most of the season with a back injury suffered in the final at Dubai in February.
Safin, who has lost three of his last four matches, also is looking to become the first repeat champion at this event since Andre Agassi claimed consecutive crowns in 1994-95.

07/27/2001 Los-Angeles, U.S.A.
Agassi, Safin and Dent to Appear on TV Program
See the opening of the Andre Agassi Charter School.
This year's fourth installment of Topspin TV on CBS will take viewers from a New Haven, Connecticut clinic in the streets with Monica Seles to the opening of the Andre Agassi Academy in Las Vegas, along with a special "Battle of the Sexes" matchup between new American faces Taylor Dent and Jenny Hopkins, and a special feature on Special Olympic tennis with US Open Champion Marat Safin and others.
Show number four will air Sunday, August 5 at 12:30 EDT/9:30 PDT. The show will precede the finals of The Tennis Masters Series-Montreal, which tips off at 1:00.
Takin' To The Court With Special Olympics: Tennis is a game for everyone, and Topspin joins French Open quarterfinalist Barbara Schett, US Open Champion Marat Safin and US Davis Cup player Jan-Michael Gambill as they spend time teaching tennis to a very special group of young adults and kids.
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07/26/2001 Los-Angeles, U.S.A.
PLAY BOYS - MARAT SAFIN, PAUL GOLDSTEIN and XAVIER MALISSE broke away from the tennis courts at UCLA to journey to the world famous Playboy Mansion. The mansion located just a short drive from the courts is home to Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who gave out special invitations the players to stop by for a visit. Safin, the reigning US Open champion, was there Sunday night for dinner with Hefner and several of the magazine's popular Playmates, including Miss March 2000. After a poolside buffet, Safin was led into the house for a private viewing of the new movie "American Sweethearts." Goldstein and Malisse spent Wednesday morning at the Mansion, where they were given a tour of the magnificent grounds which included the tennis court area, game room, zoo and the famous Grotto.

07/26/2001 Los-Angeles, U.S.A.
Second seed Marat Safin of Russia was upset Thursday in second-round play at the Mercedes-Benz Cup tennis tournament.
Safin made early exit as he was whipped by Belgium's Xavier Malisse, 7-5, 6-3. After breaking Safin in the 11th game and taking the first set, Malisse cruised in the second.

07/24/2001 Los-Angeles, U.S.A.
Tuesday�s anticipated match between No. 2 seed Marat Safin and Andy Roddick was quickly over for the teen prodigy, after the Russian cruised into the second round of the $400,000 Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles with a 6-3, 6-4 win.
Roddick couldn't come up with the shots to repel the reigning U.S. Open champion.
"I felt like I was hitting well but it wasn't resulting in me winning points," Roddick said.
"I played OK, nothing special," said Safin, who had nine aces, three more than Roddick. "But the guy just give it up to me. On break point, he went for too much on the second serve."
"I'm satisfied with my game tonight because I didn't play for one week," said Safin, who wrapped up the game in 63 minutes. "I'm playing well right now."

07/17/2001 Los-Angeles, U.S.A.
Marat Safin, who many observers believe is poised to become the new dominant player in men�s tennis, has committed to play in the 2001 Mercedes-Benz Cup, presented by Balance Bar, July 23-29, 2001 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center-UCLA, tournament director Bob Kramer announced.
Safin dominated the ATP tour in 2000 and became the youngest player to finish No. 2 since Boris Becker in 1986. He was the first player under the age of 21 to win at least seven titles in a season since Mats Wilander won nine in 1983. Safin reached 10 finals and won at Barcelona, Mallorca, Montreal, Toronto, U.S. Open, Tashkent, St. Petersburg and Paris Indoor. He was runner-up at Hamburg, World Team Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany and Indianapolis, reached the semifinals at Copenhagen, Moscow and Tennis Masters Cup and the quarterfinals at the French Open and London/Queen-s Club. His straight sets victory at the U.S. Open over Pete Sampras was his first Grand Slam title, and he became the first player to win an ATP title the following week of a Grand Slam title since 1985 when he won at Tashkent. This year, Safin reached the finals in Dubai and the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf, the quarterfinals in Milan and the fourth round of the Australian Open. A winner of 10 career singles titles, he recorded his first win in 1999 in Boston.
�We are extremely delighted that Marat has committed for the 2001 tournament,� Kramer said. �He is an exciting young talent who has captured the imagination of tennis fans throughout the world with his outstanding play this year. His early commitment is a wonderful start to our player field for our diamond anniversary tournament, which promises to be something very special on the summer�s sports and social calendar.�
Not the least of those impressed by Safin was Sampras.
�The way he�s playing, he�s the future of the game,� Sampras said after Safin became the youngest Grand Slam champion since Sampras in 1990. �He�s more powerful than I was at 19. He�s more developed. He serves harder. He doesn�t have many holes (in his game) and he moves well for a big (6�4�) guy.�

07/15/2001 Gstaad, Switzerland
In Gstaad, Swiss Roger Federer and Russia's Marat Safin were handed the UBS Open title when their opponents Michael Hill and Jeff Tarango retired after the first game. Hill was suffering from an ankle injury and was unable to continue. Marat Safin/Roger Federer (Sui) bt. M. Hill (AUS) / J. Tarango (USA) 1:0 RET due to injury Hill.

07/14/2001 Gstaad, Switzerland
In the 1/2 final round in doubles Marat Safin (Rus)-Roger Federer (Sui) defeated M. Barnard (RSA)/C. Suk (CZE) 7:6(7:3), 7:6(7:5).

07/12/2001 Gstaad, Switzerland
In the 1/4 final round in doubles Marat Safin (Rus)-Roger Federer (Sui) defeated T. Cibulec-L. Friedl (Cze) 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-4.

07/10/2001 Gstaad, Switzerland
Top-seeded Marat Safin and Swiss Roger Federer were first-round losers at the Swiss Open on Tuesday.
Safin, the U.S. Open champion who reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last week, bowed 6-4, 6-7 (4) 6-4 to Spaniard Juan Balcells.
Safin, who lost to eventual champion Goran Ivanisevic in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, struggled visibly against Balcells, one of the few Spanish serve and volley specialists.
"There wasn't enough time to prepare for the tournament (after Wimbledon),'' said Safin, who also lost to Balcells earlier this year in Miami. "I came from grass court and it was tough to come here on clay.
"All the balls were really flying and I was a little bit scared so I was pushing the ball and there was nothing else I could do.''
Federer and Safin will attempt to make up for their disappointing performances, teaming up for the doubles event. "We want to win in the doubles for the people,'' Safin said. "They want to see Roger win and he wants to show them how he can play.''

07/09/2001 Gstaad, Switzerland
In the first round in doubles Marat Safin (RUS) and Rodger Federer (SUI) defeated duo Albano/Arnold 6-3, 6-4.

07/04/2001 Wimbledon, London, UK
In the 1/4 final Marat Safin (4) lost to Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 7-6(7-2), 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(7-3).
When Safin's last shot landed long, Ivanisevic celebrated the latest step in his improbable comeback. He ran along the baseline toward the stands, yanked off his shirt and tossed it to cheering fans.
The Croatian then stood bare-chested on a chair by the side of the court, smiling broadly and lifting his arms. He had climbed a long way from barely making the tournament as a wild-card entry to becoming the first wild card to reach the Wimbledon semifinals.
"I am the guy who can just wake up one day and beat anybody," he said.
Safin didn't challenge that view, not after being hammered by 30 aces and wondering if he could even return Ivanisevic's 130 mph serves.
"If he plays like he played today, I think he will not have any problems" winning the tournament, said the fourth-seeded Safin, a Russian who won last year's U.S. Open.
Safin was looking to become the first Russian semifinalist at Wimbledon. Alex Metreveli reached the final in 1973 -- the year of the player boycott -- but he was a Georgian representing the Soviet Union.
After winning an ATP-leading seven titles in 2000, the 21-year-old Safin has only a final showing at Dubai this season.

07/03/2001 Wimbledon, London, UK
In the third round in doubles Marat Safin and Marc Rosset (SUI) lost to duo Max Mirnyi (BLR) /
Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) 3-6, 6-7(5-7),6-3, 4-6.

07/02/2001 Wimbledon, London, UK
Marat Safin, the fourth seeded Russian, defeated 13th seed Arnaud Clement of France 6-0 6-3 6-2 to reach the Quarter-Finals for the first time.
It was another convincing performance by Safin in only his third Wimbledon and he will now face Goran Ivanisevic in the last eight.
Clement, in his first appearance in the 4th Round, showed real defiance in the last game when he saved three match points but on Safin's fourth chance the Frenchman put a forehand over the baseline.
Safin served nine aces but only recorded 44 per cent of first serves in. On break points, Safin converted seven out of 11 while Clement missed the only chance that Safin allowed him.

06/30/2001 Wimbledon, London, UK
In the second round in doubles Marat Safin and Marc Rosset (SUI) defeated duo Wayne Arthurs (AUS) / Ben Ellwood (AUS) 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

06/29/2001 Wimbledon, London, UK
Slowly but surely, Marat Safin is starting to believe in himself.
The tempestuous Russian wrote off his chances almost as soon as he arrived at Wimbledon, but a five-set victory over David Prinosil on Friday has propelled the fourth seed into the fourth round.
Safin should really have closed out the match in straight sets but the German rose to the challenge to keep his opponent waiting.
"I had a big opportunity when I was serving for the match and afterwards everything was against me," said Safin.
"He was making good shots and I couldn't do anything, but then I came back in the fifth set."
Earlier this week, Safin had the air of a man who couldn't care less about the rest of this year after a season which has been wrecked by injury.
But perhaps now he is starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, even though grass is far from his favourite surface.
"It's not my court because it's very difficult to play from the baseline, you have to play serve and volley," said the young Russian.
"I'm very surprised but happy. Maybe I can get my confidence here and maybe I can be dangerous here."
Arnaud Clement, adept on all surfaces, lies in wait in the fourth round. Earlier this week, Safin would have dismissed his hopes of beating such a respected opponent, but he seems to give himself a chance.
"It's tough. He has a very good serve for a little guy, he is very fast and he has very good anticipation," admitted Safin.
He added: "I have to be careful with him - he is a fighter - but I have a chance to win. I hope I'll play better and if I have any chances I will try to take them."

06/28/2001 Wimbledon, London, UK
In the first round in doubles Marat Safin and Marc Rosset (SUI) defeated duo Brandon Hawk (USA) / Grant Silcock (AUS) 7-6(7-4), 6-7(3-7), 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

06/27/2001 Wimbledon, London, UK
Marat Safin was a relieved man after Canadian Daniel Nestor was forced to retire from their tense second-round encounter at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Nestor was leading 6-7, 6-3, 2-1 and seemed in the ascendancy against Safin, but injury wrecked his chance of springing a surprise and saved the fourth seed from a potential exit.
Safin was grateful for his fortune afterwards. "I think I played OK, but he was unbelievable in the second set. He was making volleys, drop shots, everything," he said.
"But I am satisfied. I'm happy that he retired - I couldn't do a thing against him but then he couldn't run to the net."
After winning the US Open last season, Safin's fortunes - today excepted - have taken a nosedive.
A nagging back injury still hasn't cleared up and the Russian hasn't won a title all season, but he revealed that the lure of a place in the prestigious season-ending Masters Cup will deny him a rest.
"The injury is starting to bother me a little bit. It's very difficult to recover completely, but I have to play to get to the Masters," admitted Safin.
His compatriot Yevgeny Kafelnikov has advised Safin to take a complete rest and come back stronger next season.
But the temperamental Russian, who nearly quit the game last season before a transformation in form, will not listen to anyone else.
"I know what I'm doing," he insisted.
Nonetheless, Safin seems to be resigned to a disappointing season, even with the US Open title to defend.
"If I drop to No.20, it doesn't matter. But I will be back in the top 10 for some time. If not this year, then next year," he warned.

06/25/2001 Wimbledon, London, UK
Marat Safin is safely through to the second round of Wimbledon, but the young Russian has urged punters not to bet on him getting much further.
The fourth seed beat Julian Knowle 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 to set up a clash with Daniel Nestor of Canada, but Safin seems far from happy on the grass courts of SW19.
The US Open champion has been edging his way back to form and fitness after a debilitating back injury but Safin's self-belief is still conspicuous by its absence.
"I need some time to win some matches," he said. "It's difficult to play without confidence. I'm far from my best but I will go slowly and try to regain my confidence."
Even Nestor, a doubles specialist but hardly a fearsome force in singles, seems to worry the young Rssian.
"I don't think I'll be confident against Nestor," confessed Safin. "He's a left-hander which isn't very nice."
For now, the chances of Safin enjoying a quick fling, let alone a healthy relationship, with Wimbledon seem very remote.
The fourth seed described the grass courts of SW19 as "very, very bad, fast hardcourts" and even criticised the balls.
He claimed: "The balls are a bit heavy - it's not nice to play with these balls. They are like stones."
And Safin will certainly not be nipping down to the local bookmakers to back himself to emerge from Wimbledon with his second Grand Slam title.
When asked what advice he would offer to gamblers, Safin urged: "Don't do it. I don't want to be a betting guy in this situation, otherwise I would bet on myself!"

06/14/2001 London, UK
Wimbledon's new seeding system is unworkable and will flop, world No. 3 Marat Safin said Tuesday.
Wimbledon organizers, along with the other three Grand Slam tournaments -- the Australian, French and U.S. opens, announced Monday they were to double the number of seeds from 16 to 32.
The tournaments will seed the top 32-ranked players but also use surface expertise to decide the order of seeding.
Wimbledon decided to implement the changes in order to stave off a threatened players' revolt.
Claycourt specialists were upset that they were not being seeded according to their world rankings. It remains to be seen if the half-way measure will pacify them.
But Safin said: "This is not going to work."
"It is a mistake. It is just going to be a headache for everybody,'' he added after beating Jens Knippschild in a second round match at the Stella Artois ATP tournament."
"It is very simple. Just seed everybody according to their ranking. These are done over 12 months."
"It has been like this for I don't know how many years."
"Make Wimbledon like everywhere else. No more discussions, nobody is upset. I think this would be the answer."
"I mean come on, OK, I won the U.S. Open last year. Does that mean I have to be number one seed?"
"No way, say I won it last year and then didn't win for the rest of the year. If I am ranked 20 or 30 then I should be seeded 20 or 30."
"OK, they seed me one, I play on Center Court great. But nobody is going to come and watch me."
"It doesn't matter. Turn up and play. If you are good enough you will win.''
Safin said that he doesn't think Pete Sampras -- Wimbledon champion for seven of the past eight years -- should be seeded one when the grass Grand Slam kicks off on June 25.
"He is ranked four so he should be four. If he is good enough he will win an eighth title whether he is seeded one, four or whatever,'' Safin said.

06/14/2001 London, UK
U.S Open champion Marat Safin is throwing away his talent, his former coach Andrei Chesnokov said Wednesday.
"It would be a pity if Safin buried his talent into the ground,'' Chesnokov, who briefly coached Safin during last year's French Open, was quoted as saying in Sport-Express newspaper.
"If you take all the young talented players, Safin is the most talented among them without a doubt,'' said Chesnokov, who parted company with Safin for personal reasons 12 months ago.
"Although, I think he is just throwing all his talent away.''
Safin won seven ATP titles last year and reached the world number one ranking shortly after beating Pete Sampras in the U.S Open final.
But he has struggled this year and is yet to win a single tournament. He lost to Frenchman Fabrice Santoro in the third round of the French Open two weeks ago by committing a string of unforced errors.
In the end, the 21-year-old Russian smashed his racquet in frustration after losing a point. He later refused to attend the post-match press conference, incurring a $10,000 fine from the organizers.
"Of course, you have to prepare yourself for a tournament like Roland Garros,'' Chesnokov, who reached the French Open semifinals in 1989 and now bases himself in France, said about Safin's defeat to Santoro.
"But even if nothing is working for you, you just can't wave your arms like a bird flaps its wings. You have to be a man on the court even if your game is off.
"I think if a player reached the number one ranking in the world and then drops to such a low, it's disappointing.'' Chesnokov's comments echoed those of Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who told Safin, his younger Davis Cup teammate, ``to grow up.''
"I respect Marat for what he accomplished last year but he has to grow up as a mature person because the attitude is not quite professional,'' the Olympic champion said during this year's French Open.

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