Way to give your fans a heart attack, Dina. At first it was looking like all that hard work over the off-season was going to be for naught. But it finally kicked in, Dina started attacking and being aggressive and in the end, Macaroni ran out of cheese and faded away (sorry, that was horrible). A nice test for Dinara. Hopefully it all kicks in now.
Dina on her laziness:
Q. You put so much passion into your tennis. What do you do away when you leave the courts to relax?
DINARA SAFINA: Well, I think honestly I'm the laziest person. Nothing, nothing. Just sight‑seeing, no. I'm so lazy to walk somewhere. I don't know. I guess when you practice, you work hard, to walk somewhere, like if I need to buy something I will walk.
But just to go to walk to the museum, no chance. I rather sit in the room. I can easily be 24 hours in the room without moving step from anywhere and just changing the channels on TV. That's how I am.
Q. Do you feel you're missing out on a lot by not sight‑seeing?
DINARA SAFINA: It does, you know. When the people ask me, How was Melbourne? It was great. Tennis club and hotel was great (smiling). Sometimes it's really sad that I can just not say how it is. I would not say, I went there and I saw this.
But I guess maybe I'm still young thinking about this. Once you will get older, just by the age maybe. At the moment I'm maybe not interested in these things. Maybe older I will get, I'll be more interested in doing these kinds of things.
Q. It's not a Grand Slam thing? If you're at Indian Wells or Miami, you don't go out for a cocktail or to the beach?
DINARA SAFINA: Yeah, I'll go to the South Beach just to Apple store. Because I know it's there, and I will move there to buy a laptop. But by myself to go there ‑‑ or maybe for the dinner I will go. But just to go there and walk around, not me.
Some Marat gems in the presser:
Q. You and your sister both had matches. Will you attend her match if you have spare time?
MARAT SAFIN: No, I think there's enough people to worry about her career. She doesn't need me there. She knows what to do. She's a grown‑up. She's a professional. She's doing her job. She's doing quite well.
Even though she has a little bit of pressure, I guess, but she's doing very well.
Q. Talking about you and Federer, do you think a lot of things have changed compared to your last encounter in the Australian Open?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, his life also changed. Didn't went too bad. He won a couple of Grand Slams afterwards. And me, I got injured. I had to recover from the injuries, so we went in different ways. He got much more confident throughout the years, and I had to recover from injury. So I want to be in his shoes.
But, anyway, it's our lives, part of our lives.