A french Tennis Magazine article, translated by Damita of MTF
I will post some portions:
TM: Let's talk about your sister Dinara, who reached the final of Roland Garros. It must have been touching for you, even though you weren't there.
She deserved it. She had a tough period at the beginning of the year, she lost in the first round of the Australian Open. Then she took the right decisions, which isn't an easy thing to do for a 22 year old girl. She stopped working with Heinz Günthardt and chose to travel with Zeljko Krajan, and it seems it is working since she lost only 2 matches in 5 months. She has so much confidence. I'm really, really happy for her, especially after the personal issues she had 2 years ago. Now she's one of the hottest players on the women's tour.
TM: Are you close?
(hesitating) Yeah, I guess. Like a brother and a sister can be. We don't talk everyday but that's normal. She can text me one day and then not send me anything for 2 weeks. Right now for instance, I know she just won and that's great. I'm happy for her. And maybe she won't text me until I see her in New York, and that's fine, for her and for me.
TM: Did you think about going to Paris to support her?
No, not really. She was playing well, I thought I'd better watch the final on tv, and not make a big fuss which would have put pressure on her. I would have been in the player's box, and they would have showed images of me on Eurosport and say "here, the brother is there with the whole family" which would have blow it up out of all proportion. No, she was doing a great job, and she had people around her to cheer her up, the mother, the father, the coach. It was enough, I'm cool with that, and so is she.
TM: You'll play the Hopman Cup together next January. That'll be a first.
Yes, it'll be nice. We'll play mixed doubles together for the first time, and I think we'll have a great time.
TM: To conclude, how would you describe the man Marat Safin?
Very tough character. Very stubborn. Impatient, in the good and the wrong sense... Maybe because I tend to be too much of a perfectionist and sometimes I'm too harsh with myself. But I think it helped my career. I have qualities and I have failings. Being impatient and being stubborn means that when I really want something, I'll have it no matter what. If I don't want to practice, I won't. If I have to be somewhere, I'll make sure I'm there if I'm convinced that it's important. And if I want something, I want it now. Not tomorrow, now. If I want a car, I want it now. If I want an apartment, same thing. I hate to wait. Sometimes on court impatience can be bad for you, but it can also help you to reach your goals.