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 - over 1 year
(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
Yahoo News - over 2 years
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 4 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 Argen...
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Tennis-'Big Four' reach star-studded Cincinnati quarters
Yahoo News - over 4 years
* 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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
Yahoo News - over 6 years
<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 6 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
Google News - over 6 years
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
Google News - over 6 years
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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
    In 2011, Safin stated that during his career he broke 1055 racquets.
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  • 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.
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    Safin's final tournament as a professional tennis player was at the 2009 Paris Masters.
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    He then played at the 2009 St. Petersburg Open, reaching the semifinals.
    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.
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    Safin started the 2009 season by playing in the Hopman Cup event in Perth with his sister, Dinara Safina.
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  • 2008
    Age 28
    He finished the year 2008 ranked at #29.
    In the second round he defeated No. 3 player and 2008 Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic 6–4, 7–6(7–3), 6–2.
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    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.
    Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.
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  • 2007
    Age 27
    In Las Vegas he was defeated by Lleyton Hewitt during the semifinals round in 2007 7–5, 6–1.
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  • 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.
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    Winning the Davis Cup for his country capped off a successful year and comeback for Safin in 2006.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    Safin won the 2005 Australian Open.
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    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.
  • 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).
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    He holds a record-tying three (2000, 2002, and 2004) wins in Paris, France, and one in 2004 in Madrid, Spain.
  • 2001
    Age 21
    He dismissed his performance in the 2001 tournament, in which he reached the quarterfinals, as a result of luck.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 1998
    Age 18
    In 1998, Safin consecutively defeated Andre Agassi and defending champion Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open.
  • 1997
    Age 17
    Safin started his professional career in 1997.
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1980.
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