Marat Safin
Russian tennis player
Marat Safin
Marat Mubinovich Safin is a Russian politician and retired tennis player of Tatar ethnicity. Safin won two grand slam tournaments and reached the World No. 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. Safin also holds the record for most broken racquets in a year with 87. Safin is the older brother of former World No. 1 WTA player Dinara Safina.
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Henin, Safin ushered into International Tennis Hall of Fame
Yahoo News - 8 months
(Reuters) - Justine Henin, a shy, petite Belgian with a fierce desire to win, and big-serving Russian Marat Safin were honored as the new inductees into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday. Seven-times grand slam singles winner Henin and twice grand slam champion Safin were joined in the festivities by France's Amelie Mauresmo, who won election last year but was unable to attend induction ceremonies due to the birth of her son. Henin, 34, the first Belgian elected to the shrine, said standing in the spotlight was difficult for her but very much appreciated as the culmination of a dream that began at age six.
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Henin, Safin, Sukova nominated for Hall of Fame
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Former world number ones Justine Henin and Marat Safin and long-time doubles standout Helena Sukova were among five nominees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame announced Friday. The only other nominations for the Class of 2016 were posthumous nods for Yvon Petra, a 1940s French standout, and 1930s British champion Margaret Scriven. Belgium's Henin, 33, won seven Grand Slam singles titles, including four French Opens, two US Opens and an Australian Open crown.
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Swiss Wawrinka taking solace in 'failing better'
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The recall of a crushing loss might not have the same attraction as the memory of an inspired victory for most top tennis players, but world number eight Stanislas Wawrinka wears failure as a badge of honor stamped permanently on his arm. The 28-year-old Swiss, one of a number of dark horses hoping to shake up the establishment at next week's Australian Open, has a quote from literary giant Samuel Beckett inked on his left forearm which reads: "Ever tried. Fail Better." Irishman Beckett, an absurdist writer renowned for his bleak observation of human nature, might seem an unusual motivator for a sportsman, but the quote aptly describes the noble, fruitless struggle that Wawrinka and his colleagues wage year after year trying to stop the same names winning the grand slams. Since Russia's Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open, 34 of the 35 major trophies have been raffled between Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, with Argent ...
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Tennis-'Big Four' reach star-studded Cincinnati quarters
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* Nadal, Federer meet for 31st time * Djokovic, Murray breeze into last eight (Adds late matches) By Steve Keating CINCINNATI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer all picked up third round wins at the Western and Southern Open on Thursday to set up a star-studded last eight in Cincinnati. The ATP Tour's big four were joined in the quarter-finals by 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, the only other man to hoist a grand slam trophy since Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open. ...
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Marat Safin elected to Russian legislature
USA Today - about 5 years
Former top-ranked tennis player <a class="fplink fp-182740" href="/marat+safin">Marat Safin</a>, 31, has won a seat in Russia's Parliament, becoming one of the youngest members of the legislat ...
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Marat Safin elected to Russian parliament
The Times Of India - about 5 years
Former world number one and tennis star <a class="fplink fp-182740" href="/marat+safin">Marat Safin</a> has been elected to the 450-seat-strong Duma, or the Russian Federal Parliament.
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Sports names and faces: Marat Safin, Chris Cooley
San Francisco Chronicle - over 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-182740" href="/marat+safin">Marat Safin</a> Famed for his outbursts on the tennis court, the two-time major champion wants to put his oratory to use in the Russian parliament. Safin participated in the primaries in the Nyzhny Novgorod region and is up...
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Marat Safin running for Russian parliament
Yahoo News - over 5 years
Famed for his angry outbursts on court, former top-ranked tennis player <a class="fplink fp-182740" href="/marat+safin">Marat Safin</a> revealed Thursday he wants to put his argumentative skills to use in the Russian parliament.
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Brother: Ex- No. 1 Dinara Safina retires
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<a class="fplink fp-182740" href="/marat+safin">Marat Safin</a> says former top-ranked tennis player <a class="fplink fp-65967" href="/dinara+safina">Dinara Safina</a>, his younger sister, has retired from tennis.
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After 1st Grand Slam win in more than 2 years, Gulbis says: 'Enough with the ... - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Gulbis&#39; talent on a court and enjoyment off it often draw comparisons to the now-retired Marat Safin. But Safin won two Grand Slam titles, and Gulbis is still waiting for that sort of success. He did announce his ability by getting to the fourth round
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Davis Cup - Youzhny comes out of Davis Cup retirement - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
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Russia, who have won two Davis Cup titles in the last decade, have had a lean spell in recent years following the retirement of former world number ones, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin. They could be knocked out of the World Group for the first
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Caroline Wozniacki wins New Haven, John Isner wins Winston-Salem and Sabine ... - World Tennis Magazine
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Former world number one Marat Safin will make his ATP Champions Tour debut in Chengdu, China, in late October. Safin, who beat Pete Sampras in the US Open final in 2000, will face Sampras again in Chengdu. Also scheduled to be in the field are Mark
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marat Safin
  • 2016
    Age 36
    In 2016 he became the first Russian tennis player inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Safin was born in Moscow to Tatar parents, Mubin ("Mikhail") Safin and Rauza Islanova. He speaks Russian, English, and Spanish as well as his native Tatar. His parents are former tennis players and coaches. His younger sister, Dinara, is a professional tennis player and silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Marat's father managed the local Spartak Tennis Club, where Safin trained in his youth alongside several tennis players, including Anna Kournikova, Elena Dementieva, and Anastasia Myskina. At age 14, Marat moved to Valencia, Spain to gain access to advanced tennis training programs which were not available in Russia. Safin says he grew up "very fast... with no muscles" and that he moved to Spain because clay courts were "better for the knees". In an interview with USA Today, Safin identified himself as a Muslim, stating, "I'm Russian, but I'm 100% Muslim. All the Muslim people are passionate, stubborn. We have hot blood."
  • 2012
    Age 32
    On 17 December 2012, he voted in support of legislation in the Russian Parliament banning the adoption of Russian orphans by United States citizens.
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    In December 2011, Safin was elected to the Russian Parliament as a member of Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party, representing Nizhny Novgorod.
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    Since retirement Safin has been an official for the Russian Tennis Federation and a member of the Russian Olympic Committee. In 2011 he began playing at the ATP Champions Tour.
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    In 2011, Safin stated that during his career he broke 1055 racquets.
    More Details Hide Details Boris Becker, in 1999, said that he had not seen anybody hit the ball as hard from both wings for "a long, long time" He is also capable of playing at the net, with his volleys also being effective. However, lack of consistency has been described as Safin's ultimate weakness, starting after his victory at the 2005 Australian Open. Safin considers grass to be his least favourite playing surface, even though other opponents with similar playing styles generally dominate on it. Safin has used the Head Prestige Classic 600 since 1997 however throughout the years sported numerous paintjobs of the latest Head Prestige rackets (i.e. intelligence, Liquidmetal, Flexpoint and Microgel). His racquets used to be strung using Babolat VS Natural Team Gut 17L gauge, but he then switched to Luxilon Big Banger Original at 62 to 67 pounds. His apparel was manufactured by Adidas.
  • 2009
    Age 29
    On 11 November 2009, Safin's career ended with a second-round defeat by reigning US Open champion Juan Martín del Potro, 4–6, 7–5, 4–6 in one hour and 56 minutes, after which a special presentation ceremony was held on Centre Court at Bercy.
    More Details Hide Details Fellow tennis players who joined him in the ceremony included Juan Martín del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Gilles Simon, Tommy Robredo, Frederico Gil, Ivo Karlović, Albert Costa, Marc Rosset and Younes El Aynaoui. Safin was known for his emotional outbursts during matches, and has smashed numerous rackets. Safin is estimated to have smashed 48 racquets in 1999.
    Safin's final tournament as a professional tennis player was at the 2009 Paris Masters.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round, he saved three match points with three aces against Thierry Ascione, eventually prevailing 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–3) with a total of 24 aces and 41 winners.
    He then played at the 2009 St. Petersburg Open, reaching the semifinals.
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    Safin said he had decided to play the 2009 season because of a great offer from his manager Ion Ţiriac, he made this decision despite not having a coach.
    More Details Hide Details Safin withdrew from the Kooyong Classic tournament because of a shoulder injury, but recovered to play his first round Australian Open match, which he won in straight sets over Iván Navarro of Spain. In the second round, Safin defeated another Spanish player, Guillermo García-López. In the third round he came up against Federer and lost in straight sets. His next tournament was the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. He exited in the 1st round to Richard Gasquet, and exited in the semifinals in doubles with David Ferrer. In March Safin helped Russia advance to the Davis Cup quarterfinals by beating Victor Crivoi of Romania in the first rubber in straight sets. Starting the year at No. 29 in the world, he placed in the top 20 during the year, for the first time since the end of January 2006. His doubles ranking also improved from 300 to 195. In the first round at Wimbledon, at which he was seeded 14th, he was upset by 21-year-old American Jesse Levine, 6–2, 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4.
    Safin started the 2009 season by playing in the Hopman Cup event in Perth with his sister, Dinara Safina.
    More Details Hide Details He arrived at the event sporting a bandaged right thumb, two black eyes, a blood-filled left eye, and a cut near his right eye, all suffered in a fight several weeks earlier in Moscow. In the 2009 Hopman Cup, the pair played off in the final representing Russia, but each was defeated in the singles rubbers.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    He finished the year 2008 ranked at #29.
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    In the second round he defeated No. 3 player and 2008 Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic 6–4, 7–6(7–3), 6–2.
    More Details Hide Details Safin's victory came as a shock as Djokovic was described as a "serious contender" to win the tournament. In the third round, he played defeated Italian Andreas Seppi (29th seed), 7–6, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4. In the Round of 16 came Stanislas Wawrinka, whom Safin defeated 6–4, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1. This was the first time he had reached the quarterfinals in a major tournament since the 2005 Australian Open. Safin went on to defeat Feliciano López 3–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–1), 6–3 in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal clash with defending champion Roger Federer. Safin lost the match 6–3, 7–6(7–3), 6–4. His run to the semifinals was his best record in Wimbledon and made him the first Russian man to ever reach a Wimbledon semifinal. Safin attributed his great run at Wimbledon down to the hard work he was putting in with coach Hernán Gumy. Safin then played at the Swedish Open, on clay, in Båstad against Marc López, winning 7–6, 7–5 in the first round. He lost his second round match against Potito Starace.
    Ranked at No. 75, Safin entered the 2008 Wimbledon Championships where he defeated Fabio Fognini 6–1, 6–2, 7–6(7–3) in the first round.
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    Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of his final Grand Slam appearance at the US Open on 2 September 2009, he was No. 58 in the official world men's tennis rankings.
  • 2007
    Age 27
    In Las Vegas he was defeated by Lleyton Hewitt during the semifinals round in 2007 7–5, 6–1.
    More Details Hide Details Safin was defeated by Hewitt once again by 6–2, 6–1 in 58 minutes. In March, Safin lost in the first round of Indian Wells and Miami, to Jürgen Melzer and qualifier Bobby Reynolds respectively. In the Davis Cup between Russia and the Czech Republic, Safin defeated world no. 9 Tomáš Berdych in a five set encounter, after being two sets down, 6–7, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4. This was the first time in his career that he has come back to win a match after being down two sets. Safin's next tournament was in Valencia. He defeated former world No. 1 and number 4 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–3, 5–7, 6–4. In spite of the fact that Ferrero is from the Valencia region, Safin was the more popular player, having been based in Valencia for many years and being a well-known Valencia CF fan – local player Ferrero controversially favouring Real Madrid. He played Dutch teenager Robin Haase in the next round. He won the first set 6–2 and was up 4–2 in the 2nd set. However, Haase broke back to take it to a tiebreak. Safin had 4 match points, including one on his serve, but lost the tiebreak, and eventually the match. In the Monte Carlo Masters, Safin defeated Xavier Malisse 6–3, 6–2, but then lost to No. 5 David Ferrer 6–2, 6–3. He then entered the 2008 BMW Open in Munich, Germany, where his first round opponent was Carlos Berlocq.
  • 2006
    Age 26
    Safin did not play any warm-up tournaments in the run up to the Australian Open. As Safin was forced to miss the tournament in 2006 because of injury, 2007 was his first Australian Open since he captured the title in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Safin lost against 6th seed Andy Roddick in his third round match by a score of 7–6(7–2), 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–2) in a gruelling 3-hour match. Roddick commented after the match, "With Marat you know you are going to get an emotional roller-coaster. You just have to try and focus on yourself and I was able to do that tonight. In April, Safin won the deciding quarterfinal Davis Cup rubber against France, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets. Safin reached the third round at Wimbledon, before falling to the defending champion Roger Federer. In July, Safin announced that he and his coach Alexander Volkov were parting ways, and that his new coach would be former pro Hernán Gumy. He won the doubles title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October, his first ATP-level title since the 2005 Australian Open.
    Winning the Davis Cup for his country capped off a successful year and comeback for Safin in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details His 7 wins (7–7 record that year) against top ten players (DEF: Baghdatis, Nalbandian, Roddick, Blake, Gaudio, and Davydenko-twice) were fourth-most on the ATP tour behind just Federer (19), Nadal (10) and Blake (8).
    On 3 December 2006, Safin defeated José Acasuso 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5) in the 5th and decisive rubber of the 2006 Davis Cup, winning the Davis Cup for Russia.
    More Details Hide Details He had previously lost 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 to Nalbandian in his first match. In the doubles match, he teamed up with Dmitry Tursunov to defeat Nalbandian and Agustín Calleri, 6–2, 6–3, 6–4. The 2006 Davis Cup final was played in Moscow on carpet, which suited both teams well; it gave Russia a slight edge as Argentina usually produces slower-court specialists (i.e. clay and slow hard).
    On 14 October 2006, Safin made it to his first final in a year-and-a-half at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the first all Russian final at that event, losing to compatriot, Ukrainian born Nikolay Davydenko, 6–4, 5–7, 6–4.
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    Safin helped Russia beat the USA 3–2 to gain a place in the finals in December 2006, and secondly with a good run at the start of the indoor season the Thailand Open where he was narrowly edged out by No. 7 seed, James Blake.
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    During his comeback at the 2006 US Open, Safin defeated Argentine David Nalbandian, who was then world No. 4, 6–3, 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 7–6(8–6) in a riveting 2nd Round match.
    More Details Hide Details Safin then lost in the 4th Round to former world No. 2 German Tommy Haas, also in a 5th-set tiebreaker, 4–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–5).
    On 17 August 2006, after a disappointing year during which Safin suffered injuries and his ranking plummeted to as low as 104, Safin temporarily parted ways with coach Peter Lundgren.
    More Details Hide Details After injuries set him back, Safin was ranked a lowly No. 104, his worst ranking since May 1998.
    Although a serious knee-injury hampered his progression and rankings within the ATP (he missed the 2005 US Open, 2005 Tennis Masters Cup and 2006 Australian Open), he made appearances at the 2006 ATP Masters tournaments at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg.
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  • 2005
    Age 25
    In June 2005, shortly after his unsuccessful French Open campaign, Safin made a surprise finals appearance at the Wimbledon tune-up tournament in Halle on grass.
    More Details Hide Details He lost the final narrowly to the defending champion, Roger Federer, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–4. During the clay court season, Safin suffered a knee injury, which he played through consistently all the way up until Wimbledon with the help of pain killers and AI's. He only played one tournament in the Summer hard court season, in Cincinnati, where he lost in the quarterfinals to Robby Ginepri. In the following years, Safin never fully recovered.
    Safin won the 2005 Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round, he defeated Novak Djokovic, who was making his first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, for the loss of just three games. Then, in a rematch of the 2004 final, Safin defeated Roger Federer on his 7th match point, in the semifinal 5–7, 6–4, 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 9–7. He also saved a match point late in the fourth set when Federer missed a between the legs passing shot. In the final, Safin went on to beat hometown favourite Lleyton Hewitt 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4. Safin attributed his recent revival and 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 had been Federer's coach, until parting ways at the end of 2003; Safin hired Lundgren the following year. He was later defeated in the early rounds of each of the seven tournaments he played between the Australian Open and the French Open.
    Prior to the 2005 Australian Open, Safin had caught fire towards the end of the 2004 season, thanks in part to his hiring of Peter Lundgren, and was seen as among the favourites for the title.
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  • 2004
    Age 24
    In 2004, Safin reached the semifinal of the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, Texas, where he was defeated by Federer, 6–3, 7–6(20–18).
    More Details Hide Details The second-set tiebreak (20–18) was the third-longest tiebreak in the Open Era. Safin also reached the semifinals in 2000. Safin helped Russia achieve its first Davis Cup victory in 2002, with a 3–2 tie-breaking win against France in the final round at the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy. His Russian team included Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Mikhail Youzhny, Andrei Stoliarov, and captain Shamil Tarpischev. The team made Davis Cup history by being the second to win the event after losing the doubles tie-breaker, and becoming the first team to win a (live-televised) five-set finals match by coming back from a two-set deficit. Safin helped Russia to win the Davis Cup in 2006. After a straight sets defeat by David Nalbandian in his first match, his doubles victory (partnering Dmitry Tursunov) against Nalbandian and Agustín Calleri and singles victory against José Acasuso drove Russia to victory.
    He holds a record-tying three (2000, 2002, and 2004) wins in Paris, France, and one in 2004 in Madrid, Spain.
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  • 2001
    Age 21
    He dismissed his performance in the 2001 tournament, in which he reached the quarterfinals, as a result of luck.
    More Details Hide Details Safin has said: "It's difficult to serve. It's difficult to play off the baseline because of a lot of bad bounces." With Safin's semifinal performance at Wimbledon in 2008, he became the fourth of five active players at the time to reach the semifinals in all four Grand Slams, joining Roger Federer, David Nalbandian and Novak Djokovic. Other active players have since then joined the list. 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 often lost in the first or second rounds in other years, although he made the quarterfinals in 2001, losing in 4 sets to eventual champion Goran Ivanišević.
    More Details Hide Details Safin had his best performance at Wimbledon in 2008, where he reached the semifinals, despite Safin considers grass as his least favorite surface.
  • 2000
    Age 20
    Safin held the No. 1 ATP ranking for 9 weeks during 2000 (making him the tallest No. 1 ranked player of all time) when he won his first Grand Slam tournament at the US Open, becoming the only Russian in history to win this tournament in the Men's Singles draw, by defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets.
    More Details Hide Details However, a succession of injuries hindered his progress and Safin missed the majority of the season in 2003 as a result. Safin reached 3 more Grand Slam finals, all in the Australian Open (2002, 2004, and 2005). He has cited nervousness as the reason for his loss in the 2002 event, and physical exhaustion for the 2004 loss. He defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the 2005 finals to secure his second Grand Slam in five years. En route to this final, he defeated top-ranked Roger Federer in a five-set semifinal match, and future world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who was making his first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, in the first round for the loss of just three games. After ending Federer's 26-match winning streak over top-10 players, Safin described the match as "a brain fight." His best result at Wimbledon is reaching the semifinals in 2008, beating World #3 Novak Djokovic en route.
  • 1999
    Age 19
    He won his first ATP title at the age of 19, in Boston, and later in 1999 he reached the prestigious Paris, Bercy final losing a closely contested 4 set match to world No. 1 Andre Agassi.
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  • 1998
    Age 18
    In 1998, Safin consecutively defeated Andre Agassi and defending champion Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open.
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  • 1997
    Age 17
    Safin started his professional career in 1997.
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    Safin began his professional career in 1997, and held the No. 1 world ranking for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2000 US Open after defeating Pete Sampras, and won the 2005 Australian Open, defeating Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the final. Safin helped lead Russia to Davis Cup victories in 2002 and 2006.
  • 1980
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1980.
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