Alas, The Marat was short lived, losing to Arnaud The Hobbit, 46 63 62. Boo. Stupid old French bandana man.
While Marat is inarguably, super hot, I think the cutiepatootie matchup of the day was Gilly vs. Grigor. That kid is just making the ladies swoon. He's like the Robert Pattison of 2009. He played well and gave Gilly quite the scare, but Commodus pulled it out in three, 46 63 75.
 G Simon (FRA) d [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) 46 63 75
A Clement (FRA) d  [WC] M Safin (RUS) 46 63 62
R Schuettler (GER) d [Q] L Recouderc (FRA) 61 64
M Zverev (GER) d [Q] I Marchenko (UKR) 67(5) 63 64
A Seppi (ITA) d [Q] J Janowicz (POL) 76(5) 56 76(3)
S Bolelli (ITA) d [Q] R Bloomfield (GBR) 76(5) 76(1)
J Benneteau (FRA) d F Santoro (FRA) 46 64 62
With Muzz's withdrawal due to a foot injury, the draw is anchored by Nole and Gilly.
Nole's got the tougher road. He has an easy run to the quarters where, hopefully, he'll play Marat. Cross your fingers and cross your toes, people. Then he'll probably have to go through Jo in the semis. Not an easy task.
The other half of the draw is a complete crapshoot filled with eight Frenchmen (methinks that's not a coincidence). Gilly has a tough first round match with Dimitrov, who pushed Rafa to three sets last week. He's also got four Frenchmen in his quarter alone, including Reeshie. The other quarter is completely wide open, with La Monf and Big Berd leading that group. Anyone could come out of this half.
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.
Listen up, Fed Fans. Get em while they're hot. Nike Dri Fit t-shirts with your lovely Fed subtely emblazoned (if that's possible) on the chest. $30 at Midwest Sports.
But why'd they have to make it so boring? I mean, is there a more nondescript, apathetic, Swiss color than charcoal? One Ball Armstrong gets bright yellow and Fed gets grey?
And then there's the picture. I would so buy one of these had they used a better picture.
But if this Nike shirt is starting a trend, may I perhaps make some humble suggestions to Nike, Adidas and K Swiss regarding some other players?
Marat has withdrawn from the exo in Kooyong, citing a shoulder injury. More likely than not it's just a tweak and he just wasn't feeling like going to Kooyong, before the AO. Besides, he got some good matches in last week at HC. He'll be replaced by Ivan Ljubicic. Roger Federer, Stanislaw Wawrinka, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Marin Cilic, Carlos Moya and Marcos Baghdatis are all scheduled to play there.
More Melbourne practice pics from Gonzo, Baggy, and T Haas:
Dina wore her lucky bun and Marat decided not to be an asshole for a day. You know what that means? Russia won a must win mixed doubles match, beating Team Croissant 64 63, securing a place in the final against the Slovak Republic.
Pinky won her match against The Cone easily, winning 3 and 2. But Marat lost his match to The Frenchman Formerly Known As Wolverine, 76(3) 63. Thus they had to win their mixed match to get into the finals.
The Tennis Channel is airing the final. I am very excited.
Team Russia defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1. Dinara won her match in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, and Marat won his in two tight ones, 7-6 (8/6), 7-5.
But isn't it a little disconcerting that these two can't win a mixed doubles match together? Sure, both times they were dead rubbers, but you'd think they'd be able to pull it off.
Ah, the Safins. Flashes of brilliance in a sea of occasional idiocy.
The good news:
- Dinara is lookin' good! Slim and trim and yes, fitter than last year.
- Marat showed up.
- Yes, Dinara dyed her hair.
- Marat is alive.
- Yes Dinara won in straight sets over Flava Flav.
- Yes Marat won in straight sets over Goth Bols
- Absolutely, Dinara still loves pink.
- Dinara was clearly stoked to be on the same court as her bro.
The bad news:
- Marat got into what sounds like a bar brawl in Moscow but he's ok.
- Marat was super jet lagged, having flown in just yesterday.
- Italy got their revenge in Mixed doubles, coming back and winning in the Super Tiebreaker
- Dinara looked like she was ready to kill Marat by the end of the mixed doubles match.
The mixed doubles match was at times hilarious, at times infuriating, but always hilarious to watch. Marat kept picking on/flirting with Flavia by hitting soft volleys at her, and she kept winning each of those exchanges. Dina was clearly getting annoyed and Marat clearly didn't care. by the middle of the second set it was pretty clear that Marat's jet-lagged-tank was empty and it went downhill pretty darn quick. But seriously. It was a blast to watch.
I'm sure more pictures will surface in the morning. But for now, I'll leave you with these two to give you a flavor of what the doubles match was like. They did kiss and make up at the end.
Marat has confirmed he will play Hopman Cup with Dina. Meanwhile, Serena says she won't play due to a hamstring injury she suffered at the YEC, which still hasn't healed. Uh...I thought she pulled a stomach muscle at the YEC. But whatever.
ReRe will be replaced by Meghan Shaughnessy. Is she still with that insane coach who almost drove ALG out of the game? I didn't even know she was still playing.
Footage from the Russian Tennis Awards is finally up on YouTube. And boy, it does not disappoint.
Dina, awkwardly receiving her award. In addition to working on her serve over the off-season, she also needs to practice walking and standing in heels. Yikes.
Dina's definitely channeling the Jersey Girl look, what with the amazing gum chomping. Lena of course is elegant as always.
The womb from which Crazy Hot Heads were born received the Coach of the Year award. And the video accompanying her award has lots of Baby Marat and Dina footage. And Dina looks so adorably proud of Moms.
I really like the color choices and the one thing I really like about Adidas gear is that it's actually wearable. It LOOKS LIKE sportswear that's easy to wear and sweat in. So I give them props on that. I do have one complaint: WHERE'S GILLES?!?
Rafa is in Moscow at the Moscow Millionaire Fair to schill some luxury homes in Ibiza.
What? There's a millionaire convention? My invitation must have been lost in the mail. I guess I'll have to wait until next year to find my sugar daddy.
Well it's Thanksgiving here in the States, the day in which Americans gather around a roasted bird and pretend to forget that in exchange for the generous hospitality the indigenous peoples occupying this great land offered, white settlers gave them disease, war, subjugation, and casinos. So you know, win-win!
Putting all that aside, it is the day where we gather around the table with people we may or may not like and give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us. This year I'm spending it in NYC with my sister and it looks like I'll be attending a very Felicityesque T-Day with a bunch of NYC transplants. I'm genuinely looking forward to it. Well, the mulled wine at the very least.
All this is a roundabout introduction to my list of the 10 Tennis Related Things I'm Thankful For:
10. JJ -- Shocker, right? But seriously, I'm thankful for JJ. She keeps it fun and interesting. After all, who else would we talk about if she wasn't around? The girl gives good quote, hilarious picture, and non-stop glitter-infused drama. To that, I raise my glass of Aqua Viva water.
9. My Wilson KFactor kTour Racquet -- Sigh. It was love at first strike with this puppy, which I got about 8 months ago. I resisted it for so long because it was Lindsay and Justine's racquet of choice, two players I didn't like that much. But I demoed Masha's Prince 03 White, Ana's Yonex RQiS 1, Nole's Wilson kBlade, and even JJ's Prince Speedport White and couldn't find one I loved. At my wits end I finally demoed the kTour, and it was absolutely perfect. For anyone who's interested, try it out with Wilson Sensation strings at 57 lbs. It's just a pure and clean hit.
8. The First Half of 2008 -- It was fun while it lasted. My girls (Masha/Ana) and boys (Rafa/Nole) were winning, they were looking good, and my life as a tennis fan was all rainbows and handbags. And then we all stepped on the grass of Wimbledon and it all (well, almost all) went to shit.
7. Crazy Eyez Fed -- I love this guy. He needs to come back, ASAP.
6. Crazy Russians -- What is it about the home of Stalin, Rasputin, and Vodka that it keeps rolling out the crazies? Hmmm...I think I may have answered my own question. Between CrazySexLostHisCool and his potty mouth of a baby sister, Casper The Melting Ghost, Underachieving Kuz, NoServe McGee, Angry A-Chak, and of course, their greatest export, Maria "Fuck The French" Pova, they really keep things interesting.
5. New Pretty Faces -- Hot Crazy Elf Train, Gilly, Jo, and Ernie. Not only are they new cute boys to fawn over, but they actually have game and are exciting to watch. Sometimes God does give with both hands.
4. Davis Cup -- Sure, maybe this is inflated given the events of the past week, but still. Even if Spain hadn't won the Cup in the manner in which they did, Davis Cup was awesome this year. And looking forward to next year it can only get better, what with TMF agreeing to grace us with his presence. So for all the HoYay! awesomeness that Davis Cup brings on a quarterly basis, I bring thanks. Now, if only the ladies took Fed Cup as seriously.
3. Rafa -- Sure, I love my Nole, but Rafa's ridiculous 2008 drew me back into men's tennis. I love his fight, his competitive spirit, his strut, his ADD, his humility and grace, and his perfectly bulbous ass.
2. Baby E -- Come on, this one's obvious, right? She single-handedly brought me back into tennis, as it had been a long time since I had a WTA player that I genuinely rooted for. She's a breath of fresh air in the diva world of the WTA. And on this day of overeating let us never forget: She's a nerdy fat girl stuck in a hot body.
1. You guys -- I really didn't know what to expect when I started this blog in July. It all came down to the fact that I had all these stupid and immature tennis thoughts running in my head all the time that it was distracting. So I started the site just to get these ideas "on paper" so I could move on. I never expected a an international coaltion of like-minded tennis fans, who love the sport and the players but don't put them on a pedestal, would come together to create the rad community that we have going here. Seriously, you guys make me check my own site on a quarter of an hour basis to keep up with your hilarious comments and insights. So on the serious, with no sense of cynicism or or irony intended, thanks.
Alrighty, off to get drunk now. If you see a drunken Asian girl stumbling the streets of Spanish Harlem, steer clear. I can't promise the turkey is staying down.
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More pics from that little Russian Tea Party/Funeral/Graduation/Wedding thingy:
First thought: Did Dinara dye her hair darker? Cuz girl is looking GOOD, and I think it's the hair. And the confidence. Well, more her hard core inappropriate secret crush on her coach. It's definitely something.
Second thought: I think it's great how the Russians seem to get along so well. I mean, that's the case in other countries too, but it's more surprising for the Russian ladies because they're all at the top of the game. It's easy to be buddies when you're not really fighting for the same thing and running into each other all the time. But for Dina, Lena, Sveta, Chakky, etc., it's kind of cool.
Third thought: Marat is looking all kinds of prep school tasty. Yum.
(Pics from Tennis Forum)
CrazySexyLostHIsCool lost listlessly today to Juan Monaco, 60 76. And now he's all confused and thinking that he needs to hide his hotness from the world permanently. From ESPN.com:
Sounds like I should now nickname him CrazySexyLostAllFormsOfRationalThoughtOrBehavior.
No, Marat. C Note says no. I refuse to accept your resignation. Return to work and let's pretend we never spoke.
Heartbreakers, both of you! Both Marat and Ernie lost in St. Petersberg yesterday. But it's not even about them losing. It's about how they played. Their quality just wasn't there and it's so frustrating because we all know they're better than this. But to get repeatedly dumped out early at these tournaments is just getting so exasperating.
Of course, Ernie had a bit of an excuse as he was playing the pasty white hot Muzzah, losing 4 and 2. I totally agree with the commenters who have said that he needs to play challenger tournaments to get his ranking up so that he's not facing the top seeds in the early rounds. Something tells me Ernie's not that driven though.
As for Marat. Really? Losing 4 and 2 to a qualifier I've never heard of (Gobulev)?
Nice abs though. Yum!
Remaining scores from St. Petes:
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d J Chardy (FRA) 64 76(3)
V Hanescu (ROU) d [Q] M Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 76(7)
[Q] M Zverev (GER) d  M Youzhny (RUS) 75 64
Quarterfinal lineup and OOP:
Tabasco v. Old Man Rainer
Golubev v. Zverev
Tipsy v. Murray
Hanescu v. Elgin (17.00 hrs on Court 1)
Play starts at 15.00hrs.
Can Tipsy get himself up for a showdown with Muzzah? Let's hope so. I just want to see a good match.
 A Roddick (USA)d R Ginepri (USA) 76(5) 76(3)
S Darcis (BEL) d  R Gasquet (FRA) 64 36 76(5)
 J Tsonga (FRA) d F Santoro (FRA) 62 57 63
 G Simon (FRA) d A Seppi (ITA) 76(5) 57 64
 R Soderling (SWE) d [Q] C Rochus (BEL) 61 62
J Ferrero (ESP) d  P Mathieu (FRA) 64 61
Quarterfinal lineup and OOP:
A Rod v. The Evil One
Simon v. Ouanna
Ferrero v. Tsonga
Benneteau v. Darcis
Play starts at 14.00hrs
Brother Marat and Sister Safina continued their march in Moscow, both beating compatriots along the way. Marat needed three sets to dispatch defending champion Kolya, 76(5) 46 64, and Dinara continued her four match winning streak against Sveta, 64 75. Marat will face Zverev and Dinara will play Bepa.
With the win, Dinara assures herself the #2 spot, which she will take over from Serena on Monday. The other semifinal will see JJ vs. Lena. Wouldn't it be just like JJ to walk away with this title while being the only non-Russian in the semis? The girl sure does love a storyline. Maybe we'll get pics of her doing vodka shots and that will spawn a random thread about ATP/WTA frat parties.
As for the rest of the boys, Marat is the clear favorite as all the remaining seeds are out. The Magician will magically appear in the semis, benefiting from PHM's retirement.
(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 76(6) 63
(3) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 64 46 76(6)
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 64
F Santoro (FRA) d  P Mathieu (FRA) 63 20 ret. (illness)
M Zverev (GER) d V Troicki (SRB) 64 36 75 - Saved 2 M.P.
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d J Chardy (FRA) 64 62
 N Davydenko (RUS) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 61
 P Mathieu (FRA) d D Sela (ISR) 67(3) 75 76(0)
 M Safin (RUS) d J Benneteau (FRA) 64 06 62
V Troicki (SRB) d  J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 64
M Zverev (GER) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 62 26 61
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d R Ginepri (USA) 64 63
Does anyone else find it interesting that the Russians play so darn well at the Kremlin Cup? I would think that it would be too much pressure for these headcasey players to take, but they absolutely dominate it. It's a peculiar phenomenon.
As for the rest of the ladies, JJ had a nervy one but won in three sets, Ski Boots had to retire in the second set to Nads, 6-4, 3-2, due to an upper respiratory illness, and Flava Flav continued her march to the quarterfinals.
OOP for Friday:
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Dementieva vs. Petrova
2. ATP: Zverev vs. Troicki (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Jankovic vs. Pennetta (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Kuznetsova vs. Safina (NB 16.30hrs)
5. ATP: Davydenko vs. Safin (NB 18.00hrs)
6. ATP: Kunitsyn vs. Chardy
Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Zvonareva vs. Cibulkova
2. ATP: Santoro vs. Mathieu
Three Big All-Russian matches tomorrow: Lena/Nads, Kuz/Dinara, Kolya/Marat. Poor Bepa. You get relegated to Court 1 along with two Frenchies. Indeed, you are invisible.
Congrats to The Marat who notched his 400th career win in typical Marat fashion, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4. But hey, even though he won, Marat couldn't leave the court without creating some drama:
The match had a bizarre end when Safin broke Okun to take the match 6-4 in the third. However, Safin mistakenly thought it was 6-5, and a change over. So after securing the break, the Russian went to his chair and began to towel off. Eventually chair umpire Carlos Bernardes leaned over and informed Safin the match was over. The somewhat embarrassed Safin quickly went to the net and shared a laugh with Okun while they shook hands.
Oh, Marat. It's always interesting.
The rest of the scores from Moscow:
 N Davydenko (RUS) d F Serra (FRA) 61 75
[Q] D Istomin (UZB) d  M Llodra (FRA) 76(2) 63
 J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [WC] A Kudryavtsev (RUS) 46 63 76(6)
D Sela (ISR) d V Hanescu (ROU) 63 36 62
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] H Levy (ISR) 64 63
V Troicki (SRB) d [WC] E Donskoy (RUS) 61 63
R Ginepri (USA) d [Q] J Vanek (CZE) 63 64
Other winners for the ladies: A Chak (anyone know if she's rocking her new Fila gear?), Agnez, and The Cone.
Interestingly, and perhaps unfortunately for Zheng Jie, she leads A-Rad 3-0 in the first in a match that was suspended by rain. Will the Chinese weather screw the streaky Zheng? Very possible.
There are pressers and there are pressers, and then there are Marat's pressers. And they are awesome.
In case you didn't catch his match today, Marat had an eventful day on court as he once again was called for foot faults during key points. He lost it with the umpire, but then pulled it together to take the match in
4 5 sets.
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Did you learn something about the rules today that you didn't know before? Because a lot of people seemed to think that you haven't foot faulted, but apparently the rules say you did.
MARAT SAFIN: Okay, so first of all, the call was made on the sideline. I think it was complete (expletive). How you can see on the side, 35 meters away, foot fault like that?
Second of all, it's impossible, and it shouldn't be ‑ it's unwritten rule ‑ anybody who plays tennis in their life, in a career, it's difficult and it's almost impossible to make a foot fault on a second serve, and especially in the important moments you shouldn't call it.
If you are doing a foot fault on a second serve, first of all you need to get a warning. So basically you're making foot fault? Just watch out; next time I'm going to call you. This is how it should be.
So I don't think I'm missing some rules in tennis. I think the people in tennis are missing some rules. It's really, really disappointing on the fourth set because foot fault on the second serve and you're facing set point.
So I think I have the point here, and the people, they should, they should do something about it. I understand there are tons of people, officials are telling them about the rules.
But sorry. Who are the players? If you ask anybody in the locker room, they will tell you the same thing. It's wrong. I think the officials, they should change something, because they don't understand it.
Q. Do you think the official wanted to insert himself and impose?
MARAT SAFIN: No, because they never face the rules like this. All the players know about it. You can ask anybody. They'll tell you, First of all, they need to get a warning for that. Watch out. Listen, you are making a foot fault.
That's it. Next time, then you call a foot fault. But official who never played professional tennis, how he can decide what are the rules? I mean, this is really ‑‑ like it's really pissing me off, because it's official that never touched a racquet, and they're telling you what are the rules. This is what is...
Q. Have you had problems with that before?
MARAT SAFIN: No, I never. I started here in the states for some reason. I had the same thing in Cincinnati. Same thing in Cincinnati. For some reason ‑‑ I explain them, you should make, first of all, a warning. It's the same thing.
It's like talking to the wall, the same thing. Doesn't make any difference, so what I can do? They want me to be happy and they want me to be great in the press room, like be nice, speak nice and all these things. Why should I?
Q. Just to clarify, I mean, you're in the middle of a Grand Slam here. You have better things to do than fight this battle. Do you talk to people? I mean, what's the procedure when you have a situation like this?
MARAT SAFIN: No, I mean, a procedure, no. I have my point. I raise that had to official for ATP, and they have to think about something. It's very simple. Just give me a warning first before I'm making foot fault. First foot fault, not to call me, especially if you make a foot fault this way doesn't make any difference.
And if you're making it on sideline, what the difference makes? Doesn't help me to serve better. It's stupid rules that somebody made it in, I don't know, 1850, and now they give me the problems with these things, and it shouldn't be that way.
Q. On a happier note, were you pleased with how you came back in the fifth and put it behind?
MARAT SAFIN: Just rather to be nicer to close it than four instead of facing the fifth set and never know how it's going to end.
Plus it's windy, plus Vince is playing well, he's shooting left and right, balls are going inside the line. It's not really perfect scenario, but I put myself together and played a very good fifth set.
Q. Have you received this courtesy in the past? Have other officials warned you and said you, All right, thanks. I'll look out for it? Is this the first time someone has called it without giving you a warning ?
MARAT SAFIN: No, I never received a warning. This is the point.
Q. But you'd like to?
MARAT SAFIN: I would love to. It's not so complicated. The guy, the chair umpire, when they go with the linesman, on the back sideline, first when I start to make the foot fault, they should tell me, Listen, you're making a foot fault. Be careful. Next time I'm calling it.
Okay. So that's my problem if she gonna call it or not. I've been advised already. You can't call on a deuce and then face the set point. That's my point.
Q. Do you think the call itself should be changed?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, it's just have to be review it again. Just has to go through, Listen, guys, let's say it happened already Cincinnati; it happened here. Let's do something about it.
I'm sorry, how your guy can see with the sunglasses from 35 feet meters away on a foot fault which is probably is this foot fault on a sideline, which doesn't make any sense he calls me. Why? Why you want to do that? What for?
So if I ask him, he tell me, I don't know. He will tell you, I don't know.
Q. I was just going to ask you what did the chair umpire say to you for explanation?
MARAT SAFIN: Marat, rules are rules; Marat, Marat, you cannot put two words together unfortunately in this situation. We understand the pressure he has. He has to go by the rules.
But at least he should, you know, speak to both linesman and explain them, Listen, if he's making, first of all make the warning. Don't go straight and make him the foot fault. This is what would be normal.
But the guy is answering, These are rules. I mean, how should be just to give this answer? Speak to the linesman and explain them, Listen, if you start to making, call him the warning and then we go with foot a fault.
Q. Did you actually ask the linesman? Did you get a chance to ask him yourself how he saw the call, or did you just talk to the umpire?
MARAT SAFIN: If I ask him he doesn't even hear he's so far away. How he can see if he doesn't even hear me?
Q. Did you ever get a chance to go up to him and talk to him, the linesman himself?
MARAT SAFIN: For what? What he going to tell me? He will not speak to me and then he will say, No. Rules. Foot fault. This much. So this is the answer is you're going to get.
Q. When the call was made in Cincinnati, was it also by the same...
MARAT SAFIN: Not the same guy, thanks God. Otherwise would be...
Q. Same area of the court? Was it more of an area where...
MARAT SAFIN: No, because in Cincinnati it was more from the linesman. But it's just a little bit weird. Never happened to me. First time in my life that I'm making foot faults on my second serve, so I think it's a little bit ridiculous, because I never, ever did this.
Q. You've talked in the past year about situations where you've let your temper tear your game apart and not been able to regroup. The fact that you were able to regroup, you know, you were obviously quite upset, come back in that fifth set and regroup and take it, I mean, can you take something positive out of this?
MARAT SAFIN: Oh, first of all, I'm 28. I've been already on tour for 10 years, and I want to enjoy my tennis. I don't want to fight anybody. I don't want facing any problems on the court. I just want to enjoy.
It's not like I'm playing because I'm starving from death and I need to do something original to earn money. I want to enjoy. It's so simple. I just want to enjoy. I don't want to fight. I don't want to shout.
I just want to have a nice match, win or lose, and whatever happens to go home. That's it. I don't want to face the foot faults and all these things. So I don't have to put myself together, let's try to calm down, let's play some tennis.
The guy from Vince's side was shouting every five minutes, Come on Vince; come on Vince. Also it's annoying. (laughter.)
So you need really to concentrate on that. But unfortunately I have to. I have to do that. But I wish I could play normal tennis and enjoy my matches sometimes.
Q. Your sister was in here earlier after her win, and she talked about you actually have talked to her through the years about trying to learn from your...
MARAT SAFIN: My mistakes, yes. (laughter.)
Q. Can you just give us a couple minutes what you think of what she's done professionally so far this year in particular and maybe what her chances are?
MARAT SAFIN: I think if she will do everything opposite of what I've been doing throughout the years she will be No. 1 in the world for a long time. That's as simple as it is.
Q. As a brother, how proud of her are you?
MARAT SAFIN: Always, of course. I mean, she's doing so well, and she's very close to finish the year No. 1. She's playing well. Two tough finals in the French Open and Beijing, so I think the third one is here. She should take her chance.
It's a little too early to speak about it, but I think she deserved it. And the way she was working already this year, and the decision she made at the age of 22 for a girl, I think it's very tough one.
She made them, she's doing very well, and I think she deserved it. I think she's totally ready to win the first Grand Slam, so I think why not? I'm really proud of the way she's handling the pressure and the way she's handling herself.
I think it's ‑‑ and the way she's treating the people around her, I think it's amazing, so I'm really happy for her.
Q. Were you surprised that the referee called security to the court?
MARAT SAFIN: No, no, it wasn't for me. No, it wasn't for me, no, no, no. Thanks God we didn't get to that stage.
I could have done without the Jersey Boys, whose lead singer sounded like he was just castrated before taking the stage. The presence of Forrest Whittaker was also random and at times distracting. But the parade of Champions was really cool, even if Pete, Andre, Steffi,Justine, Jimmy, and The Rafter didn't show up.
Yeah, y'all looked nice and all. But let's pause a moment to appreciate the Champions of HAWTNESS.
Tasty tasty treats, my friends. Don't fight it. Just sit back, enjoy, and let the Hawtness flow right over you.
In my crazy Olympic fever I've neglected to acknowledge that there are other non-Olympic happenings that are providing some interesting storylines as the US Open nears. So here's a quick recap.
We all knew the all-Hot-Headed-Russian matchup of Dmitry Tursonov and Dinara's Big Brother was going to be crazy match. Little did we know it was going to be KUH-RAY-ZAY!
So Liz Lemon (my Tivo) failed to record the match. I'll give her a Donaghey lashing later. But from all accounts, Marat went absolutely bonkers. He disputed a number of line calls and then lost it when the line judges started calling foot faults on him. Dude could not let it go. Racquets were thrown, Russian cursing ensued, until on match point, Tursonov served what the line judges called a fault, but Marat called it in and stormed off the court to a sea of boos.
I can't wait to see this on YouTube.
Marat, Marat, Marat. At least you're still pretty.
Besides Russiapalooza, things in Cincy went fairly true to form. Kohlschreiber won which sets up a Roddick/Kohly rematch from the Australian Open. Mr. Safarova finally found a way to beat Gonzo, Querrey ousted PHM, and Le Monf taught Donald Young a thing or two by feeding him a double breadstick.
In action tomorrow: TMF, A Rod, Reeeeeshard, and Janko.
On the Ladies side, again fairly true to form, though you'd think they were playing in Wimbledon with all the rain delays. Tamira Pazcek scored a nice win over Schiavone, Peppermint Patty and Mono Bartoli survived scares, and Alla Kudrayavtseva (can we please give her a nickname?) won, setting up a tasty match tomorrow against Sveta. And lastly, Burrito Alert! Michelle came through today with a nice comeback over Vania King.
In action tomorrow: Sveta, Elena D., Nikki V., and Bepa.
Oh, and it looks like posing for Playboy takes a lot out of you. Ashley Harkleroad has withdrawn from Montreal.