Marat Safin was born on January 27, 1980 in Moscow, Russia. He is a tennis player with Tatar origins.
Biography and Career :
In 1997 he became a professional player and he was soon recognized for his large physical size, athleticism, controversial antics and aggressive "power" style of play. He speaks fluent Russian, Spanish and English.
Between 1999 and 2005 he has won fifteen single titles, among them two Grand Slam titles and one doubles title. The tournaments he has won were at Boston, Barcelona, Majorca, Toronto, Tashkent, Saint Petersburg, Paris, Beijing and Madrid. He had victories over players like Juan Carlos Ferrero, Pete Sampras, Mark Philippoussis, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Lleyton Hewitt, David Nalbandian or Mikhail Youzhny.
The first single Grand Slam title came
in 2000 at the US Open. The victory was huge for another reason. He beat Pete Sampras, a legend of the tennis world, in the final with the score 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. The second was conquered in 2005 at the Australian Open, after a match against public's favorite, Lleyton Hewitt. He lost the first set but the match ended with the score 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, and 6-4.
His only doubles title was won in 2001 at the tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland on clay. His partner was Roger Federer. In 2002 and 2004 he played another two finals at Australian Open but didn't win any of them. He lost the games to Thomas Johansson and Roger Federer.
Besides these two lost finals he lost another nine between 1999 and 2006. He is a great and talented player but also notorious and volcanic and during a match he exteriorizing his emotions and you never know what to expect from him. In 2001 he played the quarter-final at Wimbledon and one year later the semi-final at Roland Garros.
- Height: 193 cm
- Weight: 88 kg
- He plays: right-handed.
- He turned pro in 1997.
Career Review :
- Singles Record: 372 - 214
- Singles Titles: 15
- Doubles Record: 84 - 101
- Doubles Titles: 1
- Prize Money: $13,013,715
- Career High ATP Ranking - Singles: 1 (20-Nov-2000).
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