Interesting stuff from the rumored-to-be-engaged Maratski:
MARAT SAFIN: Being a fanatic.
Q. About what?
MARAT SAFIN: About tennis. In a nice way. I think you have to really love what you're doing. You have to love it and you have to be a very great competitor, otherwise there is no -- I cannot understand him.
Even though he's on top of his game, and the tournaments he's got, he wanted to be the best of all-time, so he achieve. Obviously he gonna go for it and try to win a couple more. He's playing great tennis and he enjoys it on the court.
He's a player. He's a real player deep inside of him.
Q. More than a lot of other people that are playing?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, he has more ability than others. Maybe a lot other players. Like Murray, he's a player. You can see that he knows what he's doing on the court and he knows exactly at what moment what's he gonna do, and he reads the point pretty well.
Same. They're pretty similar to each other. Federer probably he has a nicer technique, but the rest is very similar to each other.
Q. But Murray is young 20s and Roger is 28.
MARAT SAFIN: That is what I'm saying. They love to play and participate in the game. It's like they enjoy the moment. They enjoy being on the court. Some people, they have more stress and they're not really enjoying and they're not really having fun in the tough moments.
But them, they enjoy it. The tougher it is -- like Nadal, for example. Same thing.
Q. Were you describing yourself as maybe someone that finds it sometimes stressful and doesn't enjoy those moments always?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, I'm not -- I don't like any sports. For example, I would not play soccer. I would not play hockey. Basketball I hate. I never watch any sports on TV. It's amazing, and I'm a tennis player.
But I don't like it, the competition. For example, if I have to play soccer against neighborhood, I will play for ten minutes and then I get bored. I'm not a player.
Q. How did you last this long at this level?
MARAT SAFIN: It's a miracle, huh? It's a miracle.