Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Don't call it a comeback

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Marat Safin has just knocked out world number 3 and semi-dark horsish favorite, Novak Djokovic, in straight sets in the second round of this year's All England Lawn Tennis Championship.

People might remember Safin from his brief 9-week stint as the world number one between 1999 and 2000, when he won his first major title, the 2000 US Open. Or you might think of his sustained success at the Australian Open, finishing as the runner up in 2002 and 2004 and winning in 2005.

More recently though, Marat Safin has faded away into the field as tennis players are wont to do (see former number one's, Lleyton Hewitt and JC Ferrero), hence his facing Novak in the second round this year. Of late, he has been better known for being the brother of upshot Dinara Safina, who recently lost to Ana Ivanovic in the finals of this year's French Open.

Marat would like to remind you not to call it a comeback, as he has been here for years, and his mama said to knock out the clown prince of tennis.