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Marat Mikhailovich Safin ( ; ; born January 27, 1980, in Moscowmarker) is a retired Russian tennis player. Safin won two majors and reached the world number 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. Safin is the older brother of current World No. 2 WTA player Dinara Safina. They are the first brother-sister tandem in tennis history to both achieve No. 1 rankings.

Safin began his professional career in 1997, and held the No. 1 world ranking for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2000 U.S. Open after defeating Pete Sampras, and won the 2005 Australian Open, defeating Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the final. Safin helped lead Russia to Davis Cup victories in 2002 and 2006. Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. At the time of his final Grand Slam appearance at the US Open on 2 September 2009, Safin was No. 61 in the official world men's tennis rankings.

Early life

Safin was born in Moscow, USSRmarker (now Russia), to Mikhail Alexeivich (Mubin Aliamtsevich) Safin and Rauza Islanova, an ethnic Tatar family. Safin describes himself as a non-practicing Muslim. He speaks Russian, English, and Spanish. His parents are former tennis players and coaches. His younger sister, Dinara Safina, is a professional tennis player and silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. Safin's father managed the local Spartak Tennis Club, where Safin trained in his youth alongside several tennis players, including Anna Kournikova, Elena Dementieva, and Anastasia Myskina.

At age 14 he moved to Valenciamarker, Spain, to gain access to advanced tennis training programs which were not available in Russia. Safin says he grew up "very fast ... with no muscles" and that he moved to Spain because clay courts were "better for the knees". Safin speaks fluent Spanish as a result.

Tennis career

Safin started his professional career in 1997. In 1998, Safin consecutively defeated Andre Agassi and defending champion Gustavo Kuerten at the French Openmarker.

World No. 1 and Grand Slam history

Safin held the No. 1 ATP ranking for 9 weeks during 2000 when he won his first Grand Slam tournament at the US Openmarker, becoming the only Russian in history to win this tournament in the Mens Singles draw, by defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets. However, a succession of injuries hindered his progress and Safin missed the majority of the season in 2003 as a result.

Safin reached the final round in three more Grand Slam tournaments, all in the Australian Openmarker in 2002, 2004, and 2005. He has cited nervousness as the reason for his loss in the 2002 event, and physical exhaustion for the 2004 loss. He defeated home-country favorite Lleyton Hewitt in the 2005 finals to secure his second Grand Slam in five years. En route to this final, he defeated top-ranked Roger Federer in a five-set semi-final match. After ending Federer's 26-match winning streak over top-10 players, Safin described the match as "a brain fight."

His best result at Wimbledon is reaching the semi-finals in 2008 often losing in the first or second rounds in other years.

Masters Series

Safin has won five ATP Tennis Masters Series titles during his career. His first was in 2000 when he won the title in Toronto, Canada. He holds a record-tying three (2000, 2002, and 2004) wins in Paris, France, and one in 2004 in Madridmarker, Spain.

Tennis Masters Cup

In 2004, Safin reached the semifinal of the Tennis Masters Cup in Houstonmarker, where he was defeated by Roger Federer, 6–3, 7–6 (18). The second-set tiebreak (20–18) was the third-longest tiebreak in the Open Era. Safin also reached the semifinals in 2000.

Davis Cup

Safin helped Russia achieve its first Davis Cup victory in 2002, with a 3–2 tie-breaking win against France in the final round at the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy. His Russian team included Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Mikhail Youzhny, Andrei Stoliarov, and team captainShamil Tarpischev. The team made Davis Cup history by being the second to win the event after losing the doubles tie-breaker, and becoming the first team to win a (live-televised) five-set finals match by coming back from a two-set deficit.Safin also helped Russia to win the Davis Cup in 2006. After a straight sets defeat by David Nalbandian in his first match, his doubles victory (partnering Dmitry Tursunov) against Nalbandian and Agustín Calleri and singles victory against José Acasuso drove Russia to victory.

Heavily favored Russia was hosted by Israel in a Davis Cup quarterfinal tie in July 2009, on indoor hard courts at the Nokia Arena in Tel Avivmarker. Russia had won the Davis Cup in both 2002 and 2006, and was the top-ranked country in Davis Cup standings. The stage was set by Safin, who prior to the tie told the press: "With all due respect, Israel was lucky to get to the quarterfinals." The Israeli team then beat the Russian team in each of their first three matches. Harel Levy (world # 210) beat Andreev (world # 24), and Dudi Sela (# 33) followed by beating Youzhny. The next day Israelis Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich beat Safin and doubles specialist Kunitsyn 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-4 in front of a boisterous crowd of over 10,000. With the tie clinched for Israel, the reverse singles rubbers were "dead", and instead of best-of-five matches, best-of-three sets were played, with the outcomes of little to no importance. Israel wrapped up a 4-1 victory over Russia, splitting the final matches.


Safin has one of the most devastating backhands on the tour
Prior to the 2005 Australian Open, Safin had caught fire towards the end of the 2004 season, thanks in part to his hiring of Peter Lundgren, and was seen as among the favourites for the title. The 2005 Australian Open was considered one of the most inspiring Grand Slams in the history of mens tennis by a lot of tennis critics, in which Safin had to beat the very best beating Roger Federer in the semi-Final 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 9-7 with Safin saving a match point late in the fourth set, and then going on to make the final and beating homeboy Lleyton Hewitt 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in inspiring fashion. Safin attributed his recent revival and more consistent performance to the calming presence of his new coach Peter Lundgren, saying that "I never believed in myself before at all, until I started to work with him." Lundgren had been Federer's coach, until parting ways at the end of 2003; Safin hired Lundgren the following year. He was later defeated in the early rounds of each of the seven tournaments he played between the Australian Open and the French Open. In June 2005, shortly after his unsuccessful French Open campaign, Safin made a surprise finals appearance at the Wimbledon tune-up tournament in Hallemarker on grass. He lost the final narrowly to the defending champion, Roger Federer.


Safin at the Nasdaq 100 Open 2006
Although a serious knee-injury hampered Safin's progression and rankings within the ATP (he missed the 2005 US Open, 2005 Tennis Masters Cup and 2006 Australian Open), Safin made appearances at the 2006 ATP Masters tournaments at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg.

On August 17, 2006, after a disappointing year during which Safin suffered injuries and his ranking plummeted to as low as 104, Safin temporarily parted ways with coach Peter Lundgren.

At the 2006 US Open, Safin defeated David Nalbandian, who was then World #4, in the 2nd Round in a 5th Set tiebreaker, but lost at the 4th Round to former world #2 Tommy Haas, also on a 5th set tiebreaker.

Safin helped Russia beat the USA 3–2 to gain a place in the finals in December 2006, and secondly with a good run at the start of the indoor season the Thailand Open where he was narrowly edged out by #7 seed, James Blake.

On October 14, 2006, Safin made it to his first final in a year-and-a-half at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the first all Russian final at that event, losing to Nikolay Davydenko.

On December 3, 2006, Safin defeated José Acasuso 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 7–6 (5) in the 5th rubber of the 2006 Davis Cup, winning the cup for Russia. He had previously lost 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 to David Nalbandian in his first match. In the doubles match, he teamed with Dmitry Tursunov to win against Nalbandian and Agustín Calleri in straight sets.


Safin practicing at the 2007 US Open
Safin did not play any warm-up tournaments in the run up to the Australian Openmarker. As Safin was forced to miss the tournament in 2006 due to injury, 2007 was his first Australian Open since he captured the title in 2005. Safin lost against sixth seed Andy Roddick in the third round match by 6–7, 6–2, 4–6, 6–7 in a grueling 3-hour match. Roddick commented after the match, "With Marat you know you are going to get an emotional roller-coaster. You just have to try and focus on yourself and I was able to do that tonight.

In April, Safin won the deciding quarter-final Davis Cup rubber against France, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets.

Safin reached the third round at Wimbledonmarker, before falling to the defending champion Roger Federer. In July, Safin announced that he and his coach Alexander Volkov were parting and that his new coach would be former pro Hernán Gumy.

Safin won the doubles title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October, his first ATP-level title since the 2005 Australian Open.


Safin prepared for the Australian Open at the invitational exhibition tournament, the AAMI Kooyong Classic in Melbourne. Other players in the field were Roddick, Fernando González, Nikolay Davydenko, Marcos Baghdatis, Ivan Ljubičić and Andy Murray. Safin was victorious in his opening match, defeating Andy Murray 6–1, 6–4 before falling to defeat in his second match to Andy Roddick 6–3, 6–3. In the 3rd place play-off, Safin rebounded from the Roddick loss and overpowered the prior year's Australian Open runner up Fernando González winning the match 6–3, 6–3. Safin won his first round match at the Australian Open against Ernests Gulbis in straight sets - 6–0, 6–4, 7–6 (2). He was ousted in the 2nd round after a grueling five set match against Baghdatis - 6–4, 6–4 2–6, 3–6, 6–2.

In February, Safin was granted wildcards into the tournaments at Memphismarker and Las Vegas. In Memphis, he was edged out by his 2002 Australian Open opponent, Thomas Johansson, 7–6, 7–6 in the first round. In Las Vegas he was defeated by Lleyton Hewitt during the semi-finals round in 2007 7–5, 6–1. Safin was defeated by Hewitt once again by 6–2, 6–1 in 58 minutes.

In March, Safin lost in the first round of Indian Wells and Miami, to Jürgen Melzer and qualifier Bobby Reynolds respectively. In the Davis Cup between Russia and the Czech Republic, Safin defeated world no. 9 Tomáš Berdych in a five set encounter, after being two sets down, 6–7, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4. This was the first time in his career that he has come back to win a match after being down two sets. Safin said that he hoped that this would be a turnaround in his form.

Safin's next tournament was in Valencia. He defeated former World No. 1 and number 4 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–3, 5–7, 6–4. In spite of the fact that Ferrero is from the Valencia region, Safin was the more popular player, having been based in Valencia for many years and being a well-known Valencia CF fan - local player Ferrero controversially favouring Real Madrid. He played Dutch teenager Robin Haase in the next round. He won the first set 6–2 and was up 4–2 in the 2nd set. However, Haase broke back to take it to a tiebreak. Safin had 4 match points, including one on his serve, but lost this tiebreak, and eventually the match.

In the Monte Carlo Masters, Safin defeated Xavier Malisse 6–3, 6–2, but then lost to No. 5 David Ferrer 6–2, 6–3. He then entered the 2008 BMW Open in Munichmarker, Germany, where his first round opponent was Carlos Berlocq. Safin won 6–3, 3–6, 6–4. In the second round he edged out Michael Berrer 7–6(4), 6–7(5), 6–3, but lost to Fernando González 7–5, 6–3 in his first quarterfinal of the year, and the first since June 2007 at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C.

Safin also entered the 2008 French Open but was eliminated in the second round by countryman and No. 4 seed Nikolay Davydenko, in straight sets, 7–6, 6–2, 6–2.

Safin at Canadian Masters 2008

Ranked at No. 75, Safin entered the 2008 Wimbledon Championships where he defeated Fabio Fognini 6–1, 6–2, 7–6(3) in the first round. In the second round he defeated No. 3 player and 2008 Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic 6–4, 7–6(3), 6–2. Safin's victory came as a shock as Djokovic was described as a "serious contender" to win the tournament. In the third round, he played Italian Andreas Seppi (29th seed) and beat him 7–6, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4. In the Round of 16 came Stanislas Wawrinka who he defeated 6–4, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1. This was the first time he had reached the quarter-finals in a major tournament since the 2005 Australian Open. Safin went on to defeat Feliciano López 3–6, 7–5, 7–6(1), 6–3 in the quarterfinals to set up a semi-final clash with defending champion Roger Federer. Safin lost the match 6–3, 7–6(3), 6–4. His run to the semi-finals was his best record in Wimbledon and made him the first Russian man to ever reach a Wimbledon semi-final.Safin attributed his great run at wimbledon down to the hard work he was putting in with coach Hernan Gumy. Safin then played at the Swedish Open, on clay, in Båstad against Marc López, winning 7–6, 7–5 in the first round. He lost his second round match against Potito Starace.

Safin was awarded a wild card into the Rogers Cup Masters tournament in Toronto. He played Sam Querrey in the first round, winning 6–3, 6–3. Due to rain delays, he had to play his next match against Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka on the same day. He lost that match 6–3, 6–4. Safin was seeded fifth for his next tournament, the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles. He defeated Americans John Isner 6–3, 6–4 and Wayne Odesnik 6–3, 6–2 in the first and second rounds respectively to advance to the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by Denis Gremelmayr 3–6, 6–3, 6–2.

In the US Open, Safin lost in the second round to Tommy Robredo 4–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–0.

At the Moscow Kremlin Cup, he defeated Noam Okun, Julien Benneteau, and fellow countrymen Nikolay Davydenko and Mischa Zverev only to lose to another compatriot Igor Kunitsyn 7–6, 6–7, 6–3 in the final. It was Safin's first final appearance since 2006, in the same event. Following the Kremlin Cup, Safin withdrew from the Madrid Masters event with a shoulder injury cited as the reason.

His next event was the St. Petersburg Open at which he lost in the 2nd round. He then lost his first round match at the final ATP tournament of the calendar: the Paris Masters. He lost the match to Juan Mónaco 6–0 7–6. In the post-match conference, he raised the possibility of his retirement from the sport. Via a message posted on his official website, he said he was going to take a holiday and then seriously consider his options regarding his future in tennis. He finished the year 2008 ranked at #29.


Safin started the 2009 season by playing in the Hopman Cup event in Perthmarker with his sister, Dinara Safina. He arrived at the event sporting a bandaged right thumb, two black eyes, a blood-filled left eye, and a cut near his right eye, all suffered in a fight several weeks earlier in Moscowmarker. In the 2009 Hopman Cup, the pair played off in the final representing Russia, but each was defeated in the singles rubbers. Safin said he had decided to play the 2009 season due to a great offer from his manger Ion Tiriac, he made this decision despite not having a coach.

Safin withdrew from the Kooyong Classic tournament due to a shoulder injury, but recovered to play his first round Australian Open match, which he won in straight sets over Ivan Navarro of Spain. In the second round, Safin defeated another Spanish player, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. In the third round he came up against Roger Federer and lost in straight sets, however, Federer himself acknowledged that Safin's level of play in the third set, which went to a tiebreak, was great.His next tournament was the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championshipsmarker. He exited in the 1st round to Richard Gasquet, and exited in the semi-finals in doubles with David Ferrer. In March Safin helped Russia advance to the Davis Cup quarter-finals by beating Victor Crivoi of Romania in the first rubber in straight sets.

Starting the year at 29 in the world, he placed in the top 20 during the year, for the first time since the end of January 2006. His doubles ranking also improved from 300 to 195.

In the first round at Wimbledon, at which he was seeded #14, he was upset by 21-year-old Jesse Levine of the U.S., 6–2, 3–6, 7–6 (4), 6–4.

Safin played at Catella Swedish Open in a claycourt tournament at Båstadmarker where he lost to Nicolas Almagro of Spainmarker.

Safin began his hardcourt season by making it to the quarter-finals of the LA Tennis Open (his first quarter-final of the season) where he lost to Tommy Haas 7-6(3), 6-2.

He lost in the first round of the U.S. Open, his last ever Grand Slam, to Austrianmarker Jurgen Melzer, 1–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4. Tennis critics commented that an out of shape Safin's final grand slam match was largely representative of his career, flouring at first with real promise but eventually ground down by injuries and a lack of commitment and confidence.

After a second round loss in the PTT Thailand Open, he has found some late form coming in to the China Open tournament held in Beijing; destroying Jose Acasuso in the first round 6–4, 6–2. In the second round he played Fernando Gonzalez and likewise in his previous round, he produced a crushing win; 6–3, 6–4. In the quarterfinals, he lost against top seeded Rafael Nadal, 3–6, 1–6.

At the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Safin's form of late continued, as he played some inspired tennis to take down top seed and world no. 6 Nikolay Davydenko 4-6 6-4 6-2 in the first round. He however lost in the second round. He then played at the 2009 St. Petersburg Open where he reached the semi-finals.


Safin's final tournament as a professional tennis player was at the 2009 Paris Masters. In the first round, he saved three match points with three aces against Thierry Ascione, eventually prevailing 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(3) with a total of 24 aces and 41 winners. On November 11, 2009, Safin's career ended with a second-round defeat by Juan Martin Del Potro, 4–6, 7–5, 4–6 in one hour and 56 minutes, after which a special presentation ceremony was held on Centre Court at Bercy.


Safin is one of the most charismatic players on tour
Safin is known for his emotional outbursts during matches, and has smashed numerous rackets. Safin is estimated to have smashed 48 racquets in 1999. As of 2005, Safin estimated that he has broken about 300. He is also known as one the tour's most outspoken, funny and honest players.

Playing Style

Marat has been described as one the most talented players of the last decade, raw natural ability and a charismatic personality came through in his career as well as some brilliant power tennis. He poccesses a powerful and effective serve and good groundstrokes, his backhand being his major weapon. He is also capable of playing at the net, with his volleys also being effective. However, lack of consistency has been described as Safin's ultimate weakness, since 2005. Safin considers grass to be his least favourite playing surface, even though other opponents with similar playing styles generally dominate on it. Safin had his best performance at Wimbledon in 2008, where he reached the semi-finals. Safin dismissed his performance in the 2001 tournament, in which he reached the quarter-finals, as a result of luck. Safin says that "It's difficult to [break serve]. It's difficult to play off the baseline because [of] a lot of bad bounces.". With Safin's semi-final performance at Wimbledon in 2008, he became the fourth of five active players to reach the semi-finals in all four Grand Slams joining Roger Federer, David Nalbandian, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal.


Safin has used the Head Prestige classic 600 since 1997 and has a paintjob of the Microgel Prestige for marketing purposes.His racquets used to be strung using Babolat VS Natural Team Gut 17L gauge.He now uses Luxilon Big Banger Original at 62 to 64 pounds.His clothing and shoe sponsor has been adidas for the last decade.

Personal life

Safin had quite a few relationships with famous Russian women. Dasha Zhukova was his girlfriend at the time of his 2005 triumph, but shortly after they split. He also was recently dating singer Nastya Osipova from Russian all-girl band Blestyashie, but after a year long relationship they decided to call it quits in August 2009.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2000 US Openmarker Hard Pete Sampras 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2002 Australian Openmarker Hard Thomas Johansson 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 2004 Australian Open Hard Roger Federer 7–6(3), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2005 Australian Open Hard Lleyton Hewitt 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4

Masters Series finals

Singles: 8 (5 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1999 Paris Carpet (i) Andre Agassi 7–6(1), 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2000 Hamburgmarker Clay Gustavo Kuerten 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 5–7, 7–6(3)
Winner 2000 Canada Hard Harel Levy 6–2, 6–3
Winner 2000 Paris Carpet (i) Mark Philippoussis 3–6, 7–6(7), 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(8)
Runner-up 2002 Hamburg Clay Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2002 Paris Carpet (i) Lleyton Hewitt 7–6(4), 6–0, 6–4
Winner 2004 Madrid Hard (i) David Nalbandian 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 2004 Paris Carpet (i) Radek Štěpánek 6–3, 7–6(5), 6–3

Career finals

Singles: 27 (15–12)

Wins (15)
Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam tournaments (2)
Tennis Masters Cup /

ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (5)
ATP International Series Gold /

ATP World Tour 500 Series (1)
ATP International Series /

ATP World Tour 250 Series (7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (10)
Clay (2)
Grass (0)
Carpet (3)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. August 23, 1999 Boston, USAmarker Hard Greg Rusedski 6–4, 7–6(11)
2. April 24, 2000 Barcelona, Spainmarker Clay Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–3, 6–3, 6–4
3. May 1, 2000 Majorca, Spain Clay Mikael Tillström 6–4, 6–3
4. July 31, 2000 Toronto, Canadamarker Hard Harel Levy 6–2, 6–3
5. August 28, 2000 US Openmarker, New York Citymarker, USA Hard Pete Sampras 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
6. September 11, 2000 Tashkent, Uzbekistanmarker Hard Davide Sanguinetti 6–3, 6–4
7. November 6, 2000 St. Petersburg, Russiamarker Hard (i) Dominik Hrbatý 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
8. November 13, 2000 Paris, Francemarker Carpet (i) Mark Philippoussis 3–6, 7–6(7), 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(8)
9. September 10, 2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–2, 6–2
10. October 22, 2001 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Rainer Schüttler 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
11. October 28, 2002 Paris, France Carpet (i) Lleyton Hewitt 7–6(4), 6–0, 6–4
12. September 13, 2004 Beijing, Chinamarker Hard Mikhail Youzhny 7–6(4), 7–5
13. October 18, 2004 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) David Nalbandian 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
14. November 1, 2004 Paris, France Carpet (i) Radek Štěpánek 6–3, 7–6(5), 6–3
15. January 17, 2005 Australian Openmarker, Melbournemarker, Australia Hard Lleyton Hewitt 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4

Runner-ups (12)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 7 November, 1999 Paris, Francemarker Carpet (i) Andre Agassi 7–6(1), 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
2. 21 May, 2000 Hamburgmarker, Germanymarker Clay Gustavo Kuerten 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 5–7, 7–6(3)
3. 20 August, 2000 Indianapolis, USAmarker Hard Gustavo Kuerten 3–6, 7–6(2), 7–6(2)
4. 4 February, 2001 Dubaimarker, UAEmarker Hard Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–2, 6–3
5. 27 January, 2002 Australian Openmarker, Melbournemarker, Australia Hard Thomas Johansson 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(4)
6. 19 May, 2002 Hamburg, Germany Clay Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3, 6–4
7. 27 April, 2003 Barcelona, Spainmarker Clay Carlos Moyà 5–7, 6–2, 6–2, 3–0 retired
8. 1 February, 2004 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Roger Federer 7–6(3), 6–4, 6–2
9. 18 April, 2004 Estorilmarker, Portugalmarker Clay Juan Ignacio Chela 6–7(2), 6–3, 6–3
10. 12 June, 2005 Hallemarker, Germany Grass Roger Federer 6–4, 6–7(6), 6–4
11. 9 October, 2006 Moscow, Russiamarker Hard (i) Nikolay Davydenko 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
12. 4 October, 2008 Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Igor Kunitsyn 7–6(6), 6–7(4), 6–3

Doubles: 6 (2–4)

Wins (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 2001 Gstaad, Switzerlandmarker Clay Roger Federer Michael Hill

Jeff Tarango
0–1, retired
2. 2007 Moscow, Russiamarker Carpet Dmitry Tursunov Tomáš Cibulec

Lovro Zovko
6–4, 6–2

Runner-ups (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1999 Moscow, Russiamarker Carpet Andrei Medvedev Justin Gimelstob

Daniel Vacek
6–2, 6–1
2. 2001 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Irakli Labadze Denis Golovanov

Yevgeny Kafelnikov
7–5, 6–4
3. 2002 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Irakli Labadze David Adams

Jared Palmer
7–6(8), 6–3
4. 2005 Hallemarker, Germanymarker Grass Joachim Johansson Yves Allegro

Roger Federer
7–5, 6–7(6), 6–3

Singles performance timeline

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics. This table is current through the 2009 Miami Mastersmarker.

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR Career win–loss
Australian Openmarker A A A 3R 1R 4R F 3R F W A 3R 2R 3R 1 / 10 31–8
French Openmarker A A 4R 4R QF 3R SF A 4R 4R 1R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 11 26–11
Wimbledonmarker A A 1R A 2R QF 2R A 1R 3R 2R 3R SF 1R 0 / 9 14–9
U.S.marker Openmarker A A 4R 2R W SF 2R A 1R A 4R 2R 2R 1R 1 / 10 22–9
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 40 93–35
Grand Slam Win–Loss1 0–0 0–0 6–3 6–3 12–3 14–4 13–4 2–1 9–4 12–2 4–3 6–4 8–4 3–4 95–38
Tennis Masters Cup A A A A SF A RR A SF A A A A 0 / 3 4–7
ATP Masters 10001
Indian Wells Mastersmarker A A A 3R 2R 1R 3R 3R 3R 3R 4R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 10 13–11
Miami Mastersmarker A A A 4R 2R 2R QF 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 10 17–11
Monte Carlo Mastersmarker A A A 1R 1R 1R QF A SF 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 9 11–9
Rome Mastersmarker A A A 2R 2R 2R 2R A 3R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 9 9–10
Madrid Masters A A A 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R W A QF 1R A 1R 1 / 9 10–8
Canada Masters A A A A W 1R QF A 1R A 1R 2R 2R 1R 1 / 8 11–7
Cincinnati Masters A A A 1R 3R 1R 1R A QF QF 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 10 9–10
Shanghai Not Held NMS Not Held Not Masters Series 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Paris Masters A A A F W 3R W A W A QF A 1R 2R 3 / 8 24–5
Hamburg Mastersmarker A A A 2R F 2R F A 3R 2R 1R 2R 3R NM1 0 / 9 19–9
Total Titles 0 0 0 1 7 2 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 15 N/A
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 17–18 39–32 73–27 45–27 56–26 12–11 52–23 27–11 35–25 13–11 24–24 4–3 407–248
Year End Ranking 445 203 49 23 2 11 3 77 4 12 26 58 29 N/A
A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

1The win and loss totals do not include walkovers.

See also


  1. Safin bows out of final US Open
  2. Safin joins Spanish party
  3. U.S. OPEN: NOTEBOOK; After Teen-Agers Play, Talk Is of Top 10 Futures
  4. Federer toys with Safin in Australian Open final
  5. Safin wrecks Federer's 26-match win streak in semis
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