Federporn Friday: the Marat Safin Special.
Tis a love story for the ages I tell ya. Images after the jump.
“Many say that (Pete) Sampras is the greatest player. But I say with all due respect to the rest, that he (Roger Federer) is the most complete player in the world so far.”
— Marat Safin on Roger Federer.
They started out as youngsters, playing doubles on the red clay of Gstaad.
Soon, they got hot.
Then they went their separate ways. Roger won his first Masters Series title over Safin, and went on to deny Safin the Australian Open 2004. Safin got his revenge in an all time classic a year later.
“Roger [Federer], he brought tennis… one level higher. Normally he toys with everybody. With all respect to other players, he does whatever he wants on the court against them. It’s incredible what kind of game he can play.”
It wasn’t until 2008 when they next met in the semifinal of a slam, which featured THE BEST MANHUG OF ALL TIME.
Safin liked it.
Roger liked it.
Well they both liked it.
Damn you watermark!
And the Australian Open 2009, their last meeting. It seemed only appropriate that Safin should end his last Australian Open with a loss to Roger.
Of course, they caught up for practice court shenanigans too.
And a last photo, taken this week in Bercy. Thanks to GTT for discovering the gem from the wasteland of hate known as MTF.
You can find flaws in Agassi and Sampras, but Federer has none.
– Marat Safin.
Happy Federporn Fridays folks.