Marat Safin beat recent Indianapolis Champ, Robby Ginepri, in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Monday: 7-5 7-6(2).
Oh Marat, why did you have to win a match? I’ve sworn off false hope but like so many vices, it’s impossible to resist. I think you might feel the same way (via Reuters.):
“At the end of the day, it’s not like that (relaxing) because I always want to win,” he told reporters. “Always you get pretty tight in important moments and it’s difficult to push yourself to play relaxed, even though you know this is the end.
“But still, you are a player deep inside, so it comes out in important moments, and you want to win no matter what. So you understand, but also subconsciously when you are getting into the game, the old you comes out.”
Um, actually I have no idea what Marat’s talking about. But I am happy he’s onto the second round. (He plays Radek Stepanek next.)
Speaking of the Safin(a) family, I love this Dinara report from Monday’s Media Day at the Rogers Cup:
“I am No. 1 in the world,” Safina said Monday at the Rogers Cup, “and I don’t care about anything else.”
Sitting two tables away was American Serena Williams. And just in case anyone had difficulty understanding Safina’s thick Russian accent, she repeated herself in a much louder voice.
“I’m talking from myself,” she said. “I am No. 1 in the world and I don’t care about anything else.
Now, this I understand! She didn’t even have to add “Go fu*k yourself.”
ATP Cincinnati coverage begins on Tuesday – click here for the schedule.