Marat Safin

Read Best of Marat Safin – part 1

Part 2:
7 – Toronto 2004: Marat the hippo
6 – Hopman Cup 2009: Marat kisses the net cord lady
5 – Australian Open 2002: Marat and the Safinettes
4 – Davis Cup 2002: Davis Cup hero
3 – French Open 2004: the pants
2 – Australian Open 2005: the relief
1 – US Open 2000: the future of tennis?
Note: it’s not a ranking of Marat’s achievements, these are just 15 moments of Marat’s career which reflect “Marat being Marat”.
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Remember when Ivanisevic used to say every game he played, there were three players that could surface anytime: Good Goran, Bad Goran, Crazy Goran. The same could be said about Marat Safin.

A larger than life persona and one of the most charismatic tennis player ever, Marat is a man capable of blowing away any opponent or blowing up himself. A man capable of overwhelming the great Pete Sampras to win the US Open at only 20. A man capable of pulling down his shorts to celebrate a point. A man capable of showing up for a tournament with two black eyes.

Marat Safin

I’ve always been a big fan of Marat: sometimes I loved him, sometimes I hated him but now I really miss his game, his humor and his crazyness.

Part 1: 15 to 8
15 – Shanghai 2009: Just shut the fuck up and play
14 – US Open 2009: Everybody is an underachiever
13 – Hamburg 2000: a beer with Guga
12 – Hopman Cup 2009: black eyes
11 – US Open 2008: foot fault
10 – Wimbledon 2007: the spaghetti
9 – French Open 1998
8 – Wimbledon 2008: worst challenge ever?

Note: it’s not a ranking of Marat’s achievements, these are just 15 moments of Marat’s career which reflect “Marat being Marat”.
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Reggie Bush, David Villa & Andy Murray have joined forces with Jonny Wilkinson, Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton to launch adidas new personal training app. miCoach.

Operating on mobile phone GPS coordinates the miCoach application tracks your run, it coaches you in real-time during your training session, based on pace and other information entered at setup.

miCoach offers what no other training device can: a personalised system that responds to your performance during training, in real-time, with audible coaching advice. The miCoach mobile app has different training plans to suit a range of different sports, including running, basketball, football, tennis and American Football.

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The ever smiling Scot Andy Murray:

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Transcript:

Were you easy to coach when you were young?

Once you get to a certain age you start to know how you like to train, the sort of stuff that you like to do, and before I started working with the guys I’m working with now we kind of sat down and I told them the stuff I like doing, the stuff I didn’t like doing, and the stuff that I wanted from them and then they obviously, so now its, whereas before, when I was younger I didn’t really, you don’t really have any input, it’s just your coach, because you need to be told exactly what to do, how much to train, when to train, when to warm up, you know, all that sort of stuff, so it’s a little bit different now.

What is your training schedule?

I probably spend 2 hours a day on the court, 2 hours in the gym and then you know, on top of that, I do a lot of things in terms of, I have to see the physio most days to make sure you know, I’ve got no sort of, aches and pains, and make sure I’m eating at the right times so that, and the right things so that I can train properly so, I mean, although its kind of really 4 hours of exercise, there’s a lot of other things you kind of spend probably about 10 until 5, on most days your kind of on the go.

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Enough talk, Andy, it’s time to win!