Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Face Of The Day

Marat Safin of Russia reacts during his second round match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco against Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuator, Wednesday, April 15 , 2009.
AP

Marat Safin of Russia reacts during his second round match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco against Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador, Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
Singles - Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d J Chela (ARG) 62 63
[2] [WC] R Federer (SUI) d A Seppi (ITA) 64 64
[WC] I Ljubicic (CRO) d [5] J Del Potro (ARG) 46 61 64
[7] F Verdasco (ESP) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64
[8] N Davydenko (RUS) d I Karlovic (CRO) 64 63
[10] D Ferrer (ESP) d M Gicquel (FRA) 61 60
[12] D Nalbandian (ARG) d M Granollers (ESP) 46 63 61
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 26 75 62
[Q] F Fognini (ITA) d [14] M Cilic (CRO) 62 60
A Montanes (ESP) d [WC] J Lisnard (MON) 62 64
S Bolelli (ITA) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 75 63
[Q] N Lapentti (ECU) d M Safin (RUS) 76(6) 26 76(6) - saved 3 M.P.

Doubles - Second Round
[3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d A Montanes (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 26 76(5) 10-8
[6] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d N Davydenko (RUS) / O Marach (AUT) 63 64
[7] J Knowle (AUT) / A Ram (ISR) d S Aspelin (SWE) / W Moodie (RSA) 76(3) 62
N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) d [8] J Coetzee (RSA) / J Kerr (AUS) 64 64
[WC] M Gicquel (FRA) / P Mathieu (FRA) vs [2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

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Family Circle Cup
Singles - Second Round

(2) Venus Williams (USA) d. Sania Mirza (IND) 61 36 62
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (8) Patty Schnyder (SUI) 62 67(5) 75
(Q) Melanie Oudin (USA) d. (9) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 75 60
(10) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 75 26 75
Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) d. (11) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 64 75
Anastasia Rodionova (RUS) d. (12) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 62 64
(13) Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Stephanie Dubois (CAN) 63 76(3)
(16) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (Q) Lenka Wienerova (SVK) 64 63
Melinda Czink (HUN) d. Vania King (USA) 64 62
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (Q) Shenay Perry (USA) 62 63

6 comments:

Pamela said...

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory should be your heading. I'm still mad at him. Just ugh!

Craig Hickman said...

I know you are, Pamela. I know you are.

Graf_sampras said...

saw that match in part .

nothing that lapentti did special although he's been a pretty good veteran .

but it was DEFINITELY all "SAFIN SELF_DESTRUCT".

what was an "IMPERIOUS" second set lead (eurosport) - of 4-0 , 2nd set....winning it, then MATCH on his serve was almost criminal to let go.

in the space of ONE match was seen the Safin of Potentially MANY majors and tour dominance and the safin of pedestrian mode.

Reem said...

Graf_sampras: in the space of ONE match was seen the Safin of Potentially MANY majors and tour dominance and the safin of pedestrian mode.

That's pretty much Safin post 2005 Oz Open. The amount of heartache this guy has caused me is unbelievable.

He is a living paradox whom you just can't choose to hate.

Graf_sampras said...

so TRUE, REEM.

PARADOX is the perfect word for Marat Safin.

a MAGNIFICENT GENIUS one moment -- and a pedestrian nobody another moment..

let's hope he gets ANGRY at this - calms down - and puts his mind and heart and body to the work he knows he CAN accomplish still, win more titles and even majors.

as for ME -- i never give up on a player until the day he decides it's REALLY over.

A said...

Luckily for Marat, even in defeat, he's *so* hot.