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Marat Safin Wins Australian Open 2005 Centenary  
User currently offlineGreaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1297 times:



Russian Marat Safin has crashed local hope Lleyton Hewitt's party, recovering from a set down to claim the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as Australian Open men's singles champion at his third attempt.

Beaten by Thomas Johansson in 2002 and Roger Federer 12 months ago in the decider at Melbourne Park, Safin looked set for more heartbreak when he surrendered the opening set to a fired-up Hewitt in just 23 minutes.


But the No.4 seed lifted his output and squared the match with the only break of the second set, before then rallying from a break down in the third to run away with the match and prevail 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 45 minutes.

Safin was worn out and simply couldn't stay with Federer in 2004, having endured several long matches coming in, but after those two heartbreaking losses, he is now a Grand Slam champion for a second time, following his 2000 US Open victory.







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User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2887 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

He has got one of the most powerful services, perhaps in the history of tennis

User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6564 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

Congrats to Safin. Although I was rooting for Agassi (and after he lost, Federer), Safin played amazing and deserved to win.

User currently offlineVH-KCT* From Australia, joined May 2001, 479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1275 times:

Congrats must go to Marat for the victory. It was a great effort to come back from such a poorly played first set riddled with unforced errors to win the match.

Whilst I was certainly barracking for Lleyton (it's been a LONG time between drinks for us at the Aus Open), Marat's a bit of a surrogate son here and both players received a warm reception after the match.

Out of interest, how much of the Open have people outside Australia seen? It's pretty much been on TV from 1100-0000 with the quick break for news and 'Home and Away' every single day.



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

Out of interest, how much of the Open have people outside Australia seen?

They had live coverage here on the East coast at about 3am, but I assume not that many people watched it.  Smile

I'm not really into tennis, and don't really follow it.

BTW What did Hewitt do to make everyone hate him so much? I keep hearing negative comments about him on here, but I have no idea what he did.

Harry



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User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1270 times:

yup, the Australian open is very Hot TV business here!!! Eurosport was live from 1 AM till mostly about 2 PM and the other 11 hours it was mostly the high-lights of the day!

ps, isnt he still with the Belgium tennis playster kim clijsters?


User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

I'm not really into tennis, and don't really follow it.

Didn't you have a US Open hat on in your picture?


User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1266 times:

Yesssssssssss

Hewitt lost  Big thumbs up ..haha, that jerk deserves it. I was rooting for Safin and it was great to see him win.

Basically, Hewitt is an a-hole on the court, with all his antics. He couldn't shut up even during the finals, he verbally abused a ballboy, and got a penalty or something for that. No wonder so many Australians (including me) absolutely hate him. Total jerk.

It's gonna be a great Monday  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1248 times:

Hewitt need's to get the living shit kicked outta him then a good flogging just to be sure he get's the message, i can't believe the amount of tree swingers in Australia that actually like this twat.


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User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

"..i can't believe the amount of tree swingers in Australia that actually like this twat..."

Tree swingers - what does this mean ?

"..No wonder so many Australians (including me) absolutely hate him. Total jerk..."

Are all those who cheered on Hewitt at Rod Laver and outside "tree swingers" ? Springbok, what do you base your comments on ?

Marat won and I believe that Hewitt accepted that well. He thanked the linesman/woman and ball kids afterwards in his speech. He got out of line, as others do (racket chucking) and got a penalty. Tension does that to people in sport. Not nice and not condoned, and appropriately dealt with.



By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1241 times:

yeah he thanked them at the end of the game but had no qualms in threatning one of them during the game did he?!?! he's a total disgrace and deserved to lose, and you just have to watc 7 sunrise to see what a tree swinger is, it refers to people who are immitating him.

the guy is a total fukwit and deserves all he gets that's bad.



a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

We seem to be running duplicate posts on Hewitt. See the other thread for my comments.


By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
User currently offlineVH-KCT* From Australia, joined May 2001, 479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

This is absurd, not only are we abusing each other, but we're doin it in two separate threads!

I'm not sure even Lleyton deserves TWO threads in one day.



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User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1241 times:

Karan- I gotta go with my boy Roddick. I think he holds the top two fastest serves on record right now.


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