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.



And hotter.



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. 

xx doots


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18 responses to “Federporn Friday: the Marat Safin Special.”

  1. Blue says :

    Love all the pics, but the last photo one brought a little tear. *Sniff* Goodbye Marat, we’ll miss you and your shenanigans.

  2. Mia says :

    Awww, has to be one of tennis’s best bromance.

  3. Liz says :

    This is so bittersweet. Marat, I wish you peace and joy.

  4. FortuneCookie says :

    LOVE 😀

  5. Nilhenwen says :

    Crushed =(
    But I didn’t know they’d played doubles together. I knew they were “close, very, very close” (firesct quote from Roger lol) but that makes it even better.
    Thanks I hadn’t seen a lot of these, and the Wimbly hug is such a classic favourtie made even better with your colouring.
    Thanks for this post, it was only fitting =D

  6. aliye says :

    I love this post, thank you 🙂

  7. roadrunnerz says :

    Aw, Doots! These pics made my day, esp, after Federpoop’s loss yesterday.

    There’s something special about the Roger-Marat friendship. Maybe it’s ’cause there’s so different, yet in many ways so similar. One is the ying to the other’s yang, if you will.

    I have to confess my most favourite thing about Marat wasn’t his hotness (although there’s that too…), it’s his you-get-what-you-see-ness. And the fact that he’s never hesitant to say what he thinks, regardless of what anyone else will think.

    I had my own Marat-moment this year when during the Montreal Masters when I went to the players desk at the sponsor hotel to check out the next day’s practice schedule and, as I was poring over it, this guy comes up RIGHT next to me to pour over the same sheet of paper, and I turned around to give him a look, thinking, “geez, dude, you’re like the guy on the metro trying to read my newspaper, you’re WAY too close!”

    That is, until I realized the dude was Marat Safin.

    I will miss him!

    • dootsiez says :

      OMG did you faint/die/scream/jump on him?

      • roadrunnerz says :

        all of the above!

        I kid, I kid…lol

        I actually impressed myself with my totally non-chalant, cool cucumber “Oh hi” response. although I now regret not asking him for a pic with me. Hindsight it 20/20 damn it!!

  8. JFK says :

    What a great Federporn Friday, even though it’s still Thursday here in the U.S. I will miss him. And I do agree that Roger and Marat had a very special friendship. I FLOVE seeing them together. Bye Marat 😦

  9. sazzylove says :

    Getting teary eyed just looking at those photos.Ill definitely miss Marat and his craziness and his practice sessions with Roger!
    So long Maratski!have a good life ahead of you.

  10. judy says :

    this is awesome! thank you! makes me sad and happy at the same time. i love that these two wonderful champions had such a great relationship and respect for each other over all these years. i still hope someone took some pics at marat’s farewell party and that fed was there for the send off! p.s. love the progression of hotness.

  11. Wellspring says :

    GREAT! Do you think they shopped together for those *wonderful* necklaces they wear in the third picture?

    • dootsiez says :

      Hehehe this I actually randomly know.

      Roger’s necklace was bought on his trip to South Africa in his teens. It was made from shark bones and back in the early 2000s, he wore it cos he thought it brought him good luck. So I’m thinking he didn’t shop for those with Marat 😉

  12. Dippy says :

    Its going to be a slow friday with Fedpoop. TQ for the lovely pics of Marat and Rogerpoopy. Going to miss his colorful character on tour. He has such huge personality.

  13. DV says :

    Nothing but LOVE & RESPECT for these two guys.

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