Marat Safin (Russian МаратМихайловичСафин, often spelled Marat Safin , is according to the English transcription), is a Russian player of Tennis born the January 27th 1980 with Moscow, but originating in the Tatarstan.
Marat Safin is before a whole player with the power out-standard with one of the best reverses with two hands of all times with that of Agassi.Il has also a very good first ball and a very average blow-right. It is not always irreproachable on the level of the leg movement and its type of play (bruiser) need for long bad patches, even more for Marat following its too many wounds. Sometimes it seems to show some signs of lassitude on a tennis court. It begins its professional path in 1997. It appears in the very first plan thanks to its course with Roland-Garros 1998 where it draws aside successively holding it of the title Gustavo Kuerten and the double finalist and victorious future 1999 Andre Agassi, before being inclined in eighth of finale vis-a-vis Cédric Pioline during a match in five sets.
As of 2000, it reaches the first world place and gains its first tournament of the Grand Slam, the US Open, where it finally beats Pete Sampras in three sets. At the time of the last tournament of the year (Masters) it lets spin the first rank of the classification The Race (for its first edition) gained by Gustavo Kuerten.
Safine will have to then wait more than four years (a record) to gain in 2005 its second tournament of the Large Slam, the Open of Australia, vis-a-vis Australian the Latvian Hewitt (1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4). Previously, it had eliminated Roger Federer in semi-final on the score from 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 and 9-7 during one from most beautiful the matches of these 10 last years.
Finally it takes part in the sides of Ievgueni Kafelnikov with the first victory of Russia in Coupe Davis vis-a-vis the France in 2002 (it gains its two simple against Paul-Henri Mathieu and Sebastien Grosjean).
In 2005 it was victim of a serious wound to the knee which it constrained to stop tennis time to look after itself. Six months after it is of return on the courses, but does not find its physical shape of antan. Its best matches remain those of Coupe Davis. It is besides one of the principal assets which made it possible the Russia to beat the France with the second round of the Coupe Davis 2006, and thanks to a victory in double against the Argentine, and a victory into simple against Jose Acasuso, it makes it possible Russia to gain this edition 2006 by 3 victories with 2. In the Roland Garros 2007, Marat easily beaten Vicente (6-1/6-3/6-1), before losing with the general surprise against Serb Tipsarevic in 3 sets with the second round.
- Older brother of Dinara Safina
- Coupe Davis: winner in 2002,2006
- Speaks Russian, Spanish and English
- pulled by Hernan Gumy (since July 2007)
Titles into simple (15)
Finales into simple (11)
Titles in double (2)
Finales in double (4)
Results in Large Slam
- Masters of Monte Carlo: Semi-finalist in 2004
Classification ATP at the end of the year
- 1996 : N°445
- 1997 : N°203
- 1998 : N°49
- 1999 : N°23
- 2000 : N°2
- 2001 : N°11
- 2002 : N°3
- 2003 : N°77
- 2004 : N°4
- 2005 : N°12
- 2006 : N°26
- Official site (in)
- Card atptennis.com
- MARAT SAFIN serving year ace (Fr)
- Marat Safin the Tsar (Fr)
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