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All in all, I think Kazan is Russia’s sportiest city after Moscow, leaving all the others far behind.

Marat Safin

But when I’m losing a few matches, suddenly ‘It’s his fault’, ‘He doesn’t want to practice’, ‘He doesn’t need it’, ‘He doesn’t care’. And when everything goes well, there are people coming behind the stone, saying, ‘Oh, my God, he’s back finally, and I was there to help him out’.

Marat Safin

Everybody is smarter from outside of the court.

Marat Safin

Five sets is a kind of lottery. Anything can happen.

Marat Safin

I achieved what I want to achieve and I want to continue doing something else.

Marat Safin

I am not a player.

Marat Safin

I can improve it a little bit. But it’s my head, it’s the way I am. So at the end of the day, I will be who I am and I will win how much I can win.

Marat Safin

I could be the best looking guy in the Duma, but that’s only because all the other guys are over 60.

Marat Safin

I could go and make commercials left and right and pretend like I am a celebrity, but that is not me.

Marat Safin

I could pose in fashion commercials as a high society star but politics is a new way of life.

Marat Safin

I definitely want to get out of tennis and try something completely different.

Marat Safin

I didn’t change the world.

Marat Safin

I don’t care about losses anymore.

Marat Safin

I enjoy my life.

Marat Safin

I give up on spending time on these courts; I give up on practicing before the tournament I hate. I hate this.

Marat Safin

I hate competition.

Marat Safin

I have no regrets.

Marat Safin

I just want to make everyone happy.

Marat Safin

I love tennis, but I just don’t like grass.

Marat Safin

I pass through the difficult moments in life, really difficult times on grass, during my seven years of my career. All of a sudden I felt comfortable.

Marat Safin

I think as a guy you need a little bit to be on your own from early on, to start to live your own life, and try to understand what is going on around you, you have to be able to survive.

Marat Safin

I think it’s difficult to be No. 1. ‘There’s too much attention, too much expectation from other people.

Marat Safin

I try to do my best to have fun off the court.

Marat Safin

I was making comebacks every single year. That makes it difficult mentally. It causes a lot of stress.

Marat Safin

I was very competitive. I hated losing. No matter what, I had to win.

Marat Safin

I wish I could have won a lot more tournaments, but I got injured every time I played well.

Marat Safin

I’m different than another person who wants to lay back and do nothing for rest of the life and talk nonsense on ESPN… I will not do that. I want to achieve something else.

Marat Safin

I’m not a materialistic person.

Marat Safin

I’m not fighting with myself.

Marat Safin

I’ve had a lot of luck. If I didn’t I’d be washing bottles in Russia.

Marat Safin

I’ve had good times and bad times. That’s me. That’s how I am.

Marat Safin

I’ve lived my life the way I wanted to, whether scaling the mountains, partying long into the night or having fun playing soccer.

Marat Safin

I’ve realized I can’t waste any moment being unhappy.

Marat Safin

If I was the type of person who had tennis, tennis, tennis all the time and I went to bed and ended up dreaming about tennis, I would go nuts.

Marat Safin

If you’re losing, just be a man; be a man and lose as a man.

Marat Safin

It is very hard for me to switch from clay to grass.

Marat Safin

It was really impossible to break through in Russia. We couldn’t buy any balls. We really didn’t have any courts, no rackets, nothing. And no people to practice with.

Marat Safin

It’s a pity that the tennis is really going down the drain. Every year it’s getting worse and worse and worse. There has to be a radical change, and I hope it will be really soon.

Marat Safin

It’s too many questions about what I’m going to do, why I’m retiring, and this and that. So I answer the same question, I don’t know, a thousand times.

Marat Safin

Me, I don’t need money.

Marat Safin

My mother said I would have more chances to become a tennis player than a football player.

Marat Safin

New York is a fantastic city.

Marat Safin

No matter what happens, tennis is still tennis: You can see a lot of great matches, a lot of new people.

Marat Safin

One of the most important things, actually, when you’re playing on grass, is to move.

Marat Safin

Probably I’ll not be so successful if I will keep everything in myself inside of me.

Marat Safin

There is no such thing as a perfect player; it doesn’t exist.

Marat Safin

There wasn’t a rich father or rich family that paid for everything that I have right now, so I worked my way.

Marat Safin

There’s a lot of things in life that we don’t know why they’re coming exactly at this moment.

Marat Safin

We live because of the dreams.

Marat Safin

Whenever I am losing, it’s like, ‘It’s his fault’. And whenever I’m winning it’s like, ‘That’s us’. That’s the team, the people.

Marat Safin

You can find flaws in Agassi and Sampras, but Federer has none.

Marat Safin

You cannot change me; this is the way I am.

Marat Safin

You cannot take all the chances you get.

Marat Safin

You have to wake up and you have to run if you want to survive.

Marat Safin

You’re playing or you’re not playing. If you’re playing, so just shut up and play.

Marat Safin

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