Friday, January 23, 2009
Marat Safin has always been one of my favorite tennis players. He's a supreme talent who is entirely unpredictable and filled with spontaneous rage. He can play phenomenally and demolish the competition or he can pull down his pants mid match because he's pissed off or hit the line judge and jovially give her a kiss. You never what you're going to see when you watch Safin. So when a tennis player showed up at the Aussie Open warm up in Perth with two black eyes, could it have been anybody other than Safin?
"I got in trouble in Moscow but it's OK, I can survive,'' Safin said.
"Just some small problem that I wasn't in the right place at the right time.
"Yes, I won the fight. I'm good, I'm OK.'' (Perth Now)
Unfortunately, Safin's journey at the Aussie Open ended this morning at the hands of Roger Federer. The Fed Express dispatched Safin with relative ease in three sets. Unfortunately for Safin, the Aussie Open is played in front of a massive crowd and not an alley way in Moscow where the results would have been considerably different.