|Residence:||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Height:||195 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight:||88 kg (195 lb)|
|Highest singles ranking:||1 (11/20/2000)|
|Career Prize Money:||US$12,206,048|
|Grand Slam Record|
|Australian Open||W ('05)|
|US Open||W ('00)|
Marat Mikhailovich Safin (Russian: Марат Михайлович Сафин; Tatar: Marat Mixail ulı Safin pron. Mah-RAT SAH-fin; b. January 27, 1980) is a Russian (ethnic Tatar) former World No. 1 tennis player who started his professional career in 1997. He is one of the top tennis players in the world and is known for his big physical presence, controversial antics, mercurial talent and aggressive power play.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Safin is the son of top ten tennis player Rausa Islanova and Misha Safin, and is the brother of tennis player Dinara Safina. Misha managed the local Spartak Tennis Club where Safin trained in his youth aside several up and coming tennis players, including Anna Kournikova, Elena Dementieva, and Anastasia Myskina. At age fourteen he moved to Valencia, Spain, to access advanced tennis training programs which were not available in Russia. Safin gained the attention of the tennis establishment in 1998 with his consecutive victories over Andre Agassi and the defending champion Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open.
Safin held the No. 1 ATP ranking for a brief period of 9 weeks during 2000. In that year, he won his first Grand Slam tournament at the US Open by defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets and was immediately hailed as the new star to dominate tennis in the future years. However he failed to live up to the hype and succumbed to inconsistent performances, generally commented to be a result of his notoriously volatile temper. In addition he suffered a succession of injuries which affected his game and, in 2003, resulted in his absence for the majority of the season.
Safin has reached three more Grand Slam finals, all in the Australian Open in the years 2002, 2004 and 2005. He has cited nervousness as the reason for the loss in the first of them, and physical exhaustion for the second. He defeated home-country favorite Lleyton Hewitt in the third to secure his second Grand Slam in five years. En route to the final he defeated top-ranked Roger Federer in an epic five-set-long semifinal match, showing unusual calmness and superior shot selection to match Federer stroke for stroke. He later described the encounter "a brain fight". Safin's phenomenal win snapped Federer's 26-match winning streak and put a dent in his supposed invincibility. Safin is widely recognized as the player who can test Federer the most with his talent and his arsenal of powerful shots.
Safin has won five ATP Tennis Masters Series titles during his career. His first was in 2000 when he won the title in Toronto, Canada. He holds a record-tying three (2000, 2002, and 2004) wins in Paris, France, and one in 2004 in Madrid, Spain. In 2004, Safin reached the Semifinal of the Tennis Master's Cup in Houston, but was defeated by Roger Federer, 6-3, 7-6(18). The second-set tiebreak was the third tiebreak of the score 20-18 the Open Era.
After winning the Australian Open early in 2005, Safin attributed his recent revival and his more consistent performance to the calming presence of his new coach Peter Lundgren, saying that "I never believed in myself before at all, until I started to work with him." Lundgren was formerly a coach of Roger Federer, but they parted ways at the end of 2003. Safin hired Lundgren in the following year. All the talk about Safin finding his consistency was a false dawn, however, as he crashed out in the early rounds of all seven tournaments he played between the Australian Open and French Open. In June, shortly after an unsuccessful French open campaign, Safin made a surprise final appearance at the Wimbledon tune-up tournament in Halle on grass, his least favorite surface by his own admission. He lost the final narrowly to the defending champion Roger Federer.
Safin is a popular figure among both fans and commentators. His tendency to become overly emotional during matches, credited for several of his losses, has resulted in spontaneous court behavior. He is noted for having smashed numerous rackets and, at Roland Garros in 2004, pulled his shorts down to his thighs after winning a point in a third round match against Felix Mantilla. This behavior, and the support he receives from legions of female fans, has resulted in Safin receiving distinction as a player capable of generating celebrity for a sport which experiences slumps in popularity.
Marat Safin also helped Russia to its first Davis Cup victory in 2002, with a 3-2 rubber win against France in the final at the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy. The team included Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Mikhail Youzhny, Andrei Stoliarov and captain Shamil Tarpischev. The team made Davis Cup history as the second team to win the cup after losing the doubles rubber, and the first team to win a live five set match in the final from two sets down.
|Grand Slam (2)|
|ATP Masters Series (5)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0)|
|ATP Tour (8)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||Aug 23, 1999||Boston, USA||Hard||Greg Rusedski (UK)||6-4 7-6|
|2.||Apr 24, 2000||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)||6-3 6-3 6-4|
|3.||May 1, 2000||Majorca, Spain||Clay||Mikael Tillström (Sweden)||6-4 6-3|
|4.||Jul 31, 2000||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Harel Levy (Israel)||6-2 6-3|
|5.||Aug 28, 2000||U.S. Open, New York, USA||Hard||Pete Sampras (USA)||6-4 6-3 6-3|
|6.||Sep 11, 2000||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Davide Sanguinetti (Italy)||6-3 6-4|
|7.||Nov 6, 2000||St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard||Dominik Hrbatý (Slovakia)||2-6 6-4 6-4|
|8.||Nov 13, 2000||Paris, France||Carpet||Mark Philippoussis (Australia)||3-6 7-6 6-4 3-6 7-6|
|9.||Sep 10, 2001||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia)||6-2 6-2|
|10.||Oct 22, 2001||St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard||Rainer Schüttler (Germany)||3-6 6-3 6-3|
|11.||Oct 28, 2002||Paris, France||Carpet||Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)||7-6 6-0 6-4|
|12.||Sep 13, 2004||Beijing, China||Hard||Mikhail Youzhny (Russia)||7-6 7-5|
|13.||Oct 18, 2004||Madrid, Spain||Hard||David Nalbandian (Argentina)||6-2 6-4 6-3|
|14.||Nov 1, 2004||Paris, France||Carpet||Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic)||6-3 7-6 6-3|
|15.||Jan 17, 2005||Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)||1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4|
Singles Finalist (10)
- 1999: Paris AMS (lost to Andre Agassi)
- 2000: Hamburg (lost to Gustavo Kuerten)
- 2000: Indianapolis (lost to Gustavo Kuerten)
- 2001: Dubai (lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero)
- 2002: Australian Open (lost to Thomas Johansson)
- 2002: Hamburg AMS (lost to Roger Federer)
- 2003: Barcelona (lost to Carlos Moya)
- 2004: Australian Open (lost to Roger Federer)
- 2004: Estoril (lost to Juan Ignacio Chela)
- 2005: Halle (lost to Roger Federer)
|Tennis Masters Cup||-||SF||-||rr||-||SF||-||-||-|
|ATP Race points||321||612||93||569||384||824||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Year End Ranking||4||66||3||11||2||26||49||213|
- Profile on ATP website
- Marat Safin.com Official website
- The Guy From Russia Fansite
- Safinator Fansite
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