Very boring match I think Cliff Drysdale, commentator for ESPN, said it best when he said "I think Safin thought in order to win today's match all he'd have to do is show up." That was apparent throughout the entire match.
Very disappointing Aussie Open. First Jennifer wins, now Johansson. Not that I dislike Johansson, but just completely odd ending.
german commentator said he met 6 blonde girls at a bar, and then he offered the girls to be his guest the 2 weeks, and durring the sampras match all 6 girls sitting beside his coach, and durring the haas match 4 girls sitting beside his coach.
all with this players-box passports.
the camera showed the girls few times.
maybe thats the reason why he was tired.
he need the power for the night
No wonder, my match commentators(John Alexandra & Gary wilkison) mentioned that he asked the Russian commentator next to them whether they know who those girls are. He faked a Russian accent to repeat what the Russian commentator told him : "No idea, even Marat has no idea too. "
this reminds me of in the early 90s when Gaby Sabitini had beaten Steffi Graf five times in a row and in Rome she reached the finals and if she had of won that match she would have been number one, but she stayed out too late celebrating her birthday.
It's hard work being blonde and a friend of Marat Safin. For one, you have to compete for his attention as the Russian tennis player has a habit of accumulating other blondes of a generous chest size.
Then you have to know how to react when Safin misses a point. Run the manicured fingernails through the long locks, clench the fists, console the blonde sitting next to you and perfect the skywards-look-in-hope.
Safin's notoriety at this year's Australian Open wasn't just based on his backhand, but also his decidedly glamourous and less-dress-is-more entourage. His Swedish opponent Thomas Johansson may have had the hysterical support of the Swedish Supermen but Safin had the Supermodel Safinettes.
There was 21-year-old Katya Bestoujeva - she is the one Channel Seven cameramen panned to between points as her left breast appeared ready to burst forth out of a tight white frock - who is fresh and delightful in person.
Fashionistas will want to know that she created this all-white ensemble to match Safin's shirt, and teamed it with a gold belt and 15-centimetre-high gold stilettos, complete with diamante-studded straps.
Bestoujeva is, naturally, a model and is between assignments. Today she and her 36C breasts fly out to New York, then London and Paris. "It is a pity he lost, he was supposed to win, it would be much better," she said, before heading back to the hotel to console her man who turned 22 yesterday.
Next to her in the exclusive players' box was the tight purple T-shirted Anna Gorski, another Muscovite who is studying graphic design and marketing at Monash University and who met Safin on the practice court last week.
After the match, there was this exchange with journalists.
Gorski: "We met here and got along well and just hang out. We've been seeing Melbourne a bit, but it is not very exciting."
Question: What? Safin had three blondes in tow all week and you didn't have a good time?
Gorski: "Oh, he had a good time, I am sure he had a very good time."
Gorski is now keen to return to Moscow with Safin and support him during the Davis Cup campaign.
The third blonde was an unidentified Australian woman with curly locks. The other two didn't know her name, but she was, apparently, a friend of a friend of Safin's.
Former Soviet Union player Alex Metreveli, who is here in Melbourne commentating for Russian television, reckons Safin's downfall is those in the box.
He said the problem with Safin's game was that he doesn't know who to have around him.
"They are friends for a week while he is doing well," Metreveli said.
Very mediocre play by Johansson, even if he tried his best, level having nothing to do with Grand-Slam winning caliber. Grand-Slam winner who can be branded "fluke" even before he was handed the trophey. Pathetic showing by Safin, who couldn't force himself make an effort to win, even if he wanted to win. The worst Grand Slam final since Rios-Corda AO 98. Safin lsoing it might be the best thing that could have happened to him. Hopefully it will help to turne his career similar to Sampras's loss to Edberg in USO-92..
ys - that's if Safin cares, he certainly didn't seem to after the match. And to think that all the way through I was thinking 'poor boy, he can't get his head together'. Ah well, if he's not upset neither am I, and it's tough to be angry with him for some reason.
His problem is that he is Russian and he is Aquarius. That's a dreadful combination for the sport. Always moody. If they don't feel like doing something there is nothing in the world that can make them make an effort. They are lazy. They would hate training. They don't really care until they are pushed to a brink of failure. They like to be pushed there. They like to get the adrenalin flowing by getting on that brink and escape. They don't always escape. In tennis matches of Russian Aquariuses everything depends on their mood. Kafelnikov is also that type. I know that kind of people well. I am one of them.