Marat Safin Quotes

"I think it's in his mind. It's a little difficult to play Nadal because he's a leftie, he's younger, he has less pressure than Roger. By the way he's playing, I think he should beat him. I think it's more mental than any other problem...He has no reason to get really down, he won seven Grand Slams. So, he has nothing to be pissed off about."
-- Marat Safin on Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal.

"If you get operated, something can go wrong and you can just say bye-bye to tennis. That's what happened to a lot of soccer players in Europe. They get operated, some things, it's not the mistake of the doctor. It's just some surgeries, they just don't go the right way...My injury will never go away. It's already become so chronic there's no chance to fix it so I can play without pain."
-- Marat Safin at Indian Wells on avoiding surgery on his bum knee.

"You come here and all you hear is Nadal, Nadal, Nadal. It is wrong for somebody so young. The country has great players. Moya, Ferrero, Albert Costa have all won the French Open but nobody talks about them. Only Nadal. Why is this?"
-- Marat Safin in Barcelona.

"Many say that (Pete) Sampras is the greatest player. But I say with all due respect to the rest, that he (Roger Federer) is the most complete player in the world so far."
-- Marat Safin on world No. 1 Roger Federer.

"That was...that was choking. You're right. But of course when you play against (Roger) Federer, he's No. 1 in the world, he won three grand slams last year, and he's just full of confidence. It's difficult to do anything regular to beat him. You have to do something extra to be able to have the chance to beat him. Set points, I had six of them and I couldn't take one. But I was close."
-- Marat Safin interviewed by Jim Courier on losing a 20-18 tiebreak to Roger Federer at the 2004 Masters Cup.

"No, she's not. Two women is too much for me."
-- Marat Safin, when asked if his mother was in Melbourne in addition to his sister.

"It's a completely different situation right now because last year it was the time that nobody expected anything from me anything -- I had nothing to lose, basically I was starting from zero. And now I'm back in Top 5. And for me it's a different stage."
-- Marat Safin, sounding like he's ready to choke an early exit at the Australian Open.

"The Olympics is not for tennis and tennis does not need the Olympics. It is not my goal in life to win a gold medal."
-- Marat Safin. Here's a crazy idea Marat, don't go. Give your spot to someone who won't tank the event.

"I'm not fighting with myself. Oh, my God. That's how I am. You know, the story of the hippo? The hippo comes to the monkey and said, listen, I'm not a hippo. So, he paint himself like a zebra. He said but he's still a hippo. He said but look at you, you're painted like a zebra but you are a hippo. So then he goes, you know, like I want be a little parrot. So, he put the colours on him and he comes to the monkey and said but, sorry, you are a hippo. So, in the end, you know, he comes and said I'm happy to be a hippo. This is who I am. So, I have to be who I am and he's happy being a hippo."
-- Marat Safin, happy to be a hippo.

"I felt it was a great point for me. I felt like pulling my pants down. What's bad about it?...They tried to destroy the match. All of the people who run the sport, they have no clue. It's a pity that the tennis is really going down the drain. Every year it's getting worse and worse and worse. There has to be a radical change, and I hope it will be really soon."
-- Marat Safin on getting penalized for pulling down his pants after a point against Felix Mantilla.

"From now until the end of the year I would like to eke out one victory, that's my short term aim. I am sure I can be competitive in 2004. Tennis is like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it."
-- Marat Safin, 0-2 since his comeback from injury, setting high one-win goals for himself for the remainder of 2003.

"It's all open, I don't know. It depends on the doctor. I have to find a solution. Anyway it's the end of the season, so I need to find out and be prepared for the next season."
-- Marat Safin already talking season over.

"I was too busy with my own problems. Roddick won something, I think. He was in the final against, what was that guy's name again?"
-- Quote machine Marat Safin joking about not paying attention to the results while he was injured.

"Wimbledon is not the tournament I love. I don't like how they treat the players. There are small things that don't cost them anything and they make such a big deal out of it. If they treat us this way, well, we have to treat them the same. We want to be respected, the way we respect Wimbledon, even if it is not the best Grand Slam on earth." -- Marat Safin, who apparently doesn't like Wimbledon.

"Right now my main aim is not to get injured any more. I am a little bit afraid of running and sliding because the ankle was so painful. But I am not a person who runs a lot, who spends a lot of energy on the court. If I am mentally OK, if nothing is bothering me and I want to play, then it is fine." -- Marat Safin on injuries, running, and tanking.

"It's too much pressure. You have to think match by match and moment by moment or it drives you to distraction. I'm tired of all the talk about it. Everyone is obsessed with it...If I was the type of person who had tennis, tennis, tennis all the time and I went to bed and ended up dreaming about tennis, I would go nuts." -- Marat Safin freaking out at the thought of making a run at No. 1.

"It's frustrating when you want to play but can't. I didn't touch a racket for three weeks and when I started playing again last week, I still felt some pain in my wrist." -- Marat Safin in Rotterdam.

"I've felt it (shoulder soreness) since the first day I came, but more so now. Yesterday in the doubles I felt like I couldn't serve at all. I had a lot of pain. I decided to stop because without the serve it doesn't make any sense. It's better to stop and try to recover. If you play, you play 100 percent, not to suffer on the court...Hopefully I'll be ready for the Australian Open. I'll ask for a late start and try to recover. I can playing forehand, backhand, anything except serve." -- Marat Safin after withdrawing from Sydney with a rotator cuff injury

"We go for too much. First of all, we have to go for the urine testing, now we have to go to EPO -- I said to the ATP that I don't think it's correct, but they really didn't listen." -- Marat Safin, not real happy about EPO drug testing

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