Marat Safin found his game while playing on his most despised surface — grass! This morning, the big Russian battled Feliciano Lopez, brushing aside his 1-4 record against the Spaniard to win one of his most important matches ever.
During the first set, Safin seemed to be really uneasy playing against Lopez. He (Safin) got frustrated and he was not trying to hide it. He banged his racket on the court a couple of times and hit the ball up high towards the stands. Well, he’s been well-behaved since the first round, so it was about time he showed emotions.
Thank goodness for that rain delay, which turned things around for Marat. He eventually won 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-3.
This is the Russian’s first appearance in a semifinal at Wimbledon. And it wouldn’t be a great semifinal without facing the guy who’s trying to win his sixth consecutive Wimbledon title: Roger Federer. Are we going to see a sequel as good as the 2005 Australian Open semi? I’m really excited for this match-up, whether or not Marat wins. I’m very happy that his mentality towards the game seems to be improving, including his fitness. I hope to see a five or four setter match.
BTW, these two have played a final before, at the Gerry Weber Open in 2005.
Good Luck Marat! (Sorry, Roger, but I’m for RAFA ALL THE WAY!)
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