34 Facts About Marat Safin

1. In 2016, Marat Safin became the first Russian to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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2. In 2006, Marat Safin led Russia to a second Davis Cup title, after winning the decisive final rubber against Jose Acasuso in 4 sets.

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3. Marat Safin became the first man to win Paris Masters twice in 2 attempts.

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4. In 2002, Marat Safin reached his first Australian Open final, but was upset by Thomas Johansson, who has never previously progressed beyond the quarterfinals of a Slam prior to this tournament, in 4 sets after winning the first set.

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5. In September, Marat Safin defeated 4-time champion and 4th seed Pete Sampras in the final in straight sets to win his first Grand Slam title at the 2000 US Open.

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6. Marat Safin is estimated to have smashed 48 racquets in 1999.

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7. Marat Safin was known for his emotional outbursts during matches, and smashed numerous rackets.

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8. Marat Safin was capable of playing at the net, with his volleys being effective.

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9. Marat Safin said he had decided to play the 2009 season because of a great offer from his manager Ion Tiriac, he made this decision despite not having a coach.

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10. Marat Safin started the 2009 season by playing in the Hopman Cup event in Perth with his sister, Dinara Safina.

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11. Marat Safin finished the year 2008 ranked at No 29.

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12. Marat Safin was seeded fifth for his next tournament, the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles.

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13. Marat Safin was awarded a wild card into the Rogers Cup Masters tournament in Toronto.

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14. Marat Safin attributed his great run at Wimbledon to the hard work he was putting in with coach Hernan Gumy.

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15. Marat Safin went on to defeat Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal clash with defending champion Roger Federer.

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16. Marat Safin defeated No 20-ranked and fourth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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17. Marat Safin was ousted in the second round after a grueling five-set match against Baghdatis.

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18. Marat Safin was victorious in his opening match, defeating Andy Murray.

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19. Marat Safin won the doubles title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October, his first ATP-level title since the 2005 Australian Open.

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20. Marat Safin reached the third round at Wimbledon, before falling to the defending champion Roger Federer.

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21. Marat Safin lost against sixth seed Andy Roddick in his third-round match in a grueling 3-hour match.

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22. Marat Safin began to recover in time for the 2006 US Open, in which Safin defeated No 4 David Nalbandian in a riveting second-round match.

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23. Marat Safin lost the final narrowly to the defending champion, Federer.

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24. Marat Safin made a surprise finals appearance at the Wimbledon tune-up tournament in Halle on grass.

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25. Marat Safin was defeated in the early rounds of each of the seven tournaments he played between the Australian Open and the French Open, culminating in an early round defeat at the French Open.

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26. Marat Safin dismissed his performance in the 2001 tournament as a result of luck.

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27. Marat Safin often lost in the first or second rounds in other years, although he made the quarterfinals in 2001, losing in four sets to eventual champion Goran Ivanisevic.

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28. Marat Safin reached three more Grand Slam finals, all at the Australian Open.

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29. At the age of 14, Marat Safin moved to Valencia, Spain to gain access to advanced tennis training programs which were not available in Russia.

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30. Marat Safin speaks Russian, English, and Spanish as well as his native Tatar.

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31. Marat Safin helped lead Russia to Davis Cup victories in 2002 and 2006.

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32. Marat Safin began his professional tennis career in 1997, and held the No 1 ranking for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001.

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33. Marat Safin is the older brother of former world No 1 WTA player, Dinara Safina.

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34. Marat Safin achieved the Association of Tennis Professionals world No 1 singles ranking on November 20, 2000.

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