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Safin, Marat

Born: 1980 AD
Currently alive, at 41 years of age.
Nationality: Russian
Categories: Tennis Player

1980 – He was born on the 27th day of January this year in Moscow, USSR. His parents were former tennis players and coaches. His younger sister is a professional tennis player Dinara Safina.


1994 – His father managed the local Spartak Tennis Club where Safin trained in his youth alongside several up-and-coming tennis players, including Anna Kournikova, Elena Dementieva, and Anastasia Myskina. At age fourteen, he moved to Valencia, Spain, to gain access to advanced tennis training programs, which were not available in Russia.


1997 – At age 17, he turned professional in tennis.


1998 – Safin gained the attention of the tennis establishment in 1998 with his consecutive victories over Andre Agassi and (defending champion) Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open. Marat himself is Muslim.


2000 – Safin held the No. 1 ATP ranking for 9 weeks during 2000. In that year, he won his first Grand Slam tournament at the US Open, by defeating (then-) 4-time US Open winner and (eventual) 14-time Grand Slam tournament winner Pete Sampras in straight sets.


2002 – He helped lead Russia to Davis Cup victory in this year.


2004 – On this year, Safin reached the Semifinal of the Tennis Masters’ Cup in Houston, but was defeated by Roger Federer, 6-3, 7-6(18). The second-set tiebreak was the third tiebreak of the score 20-18 in the Open Era.


2005 – He won at the 2005 Australian Open.


2006 – Safin also helped Russia to win the Davis Cup this year. After a straight sets defeat by David Nalbandian in his first match, his doubles victory (partnering Dmitry Tursunov) against Nalbandian and Agustin Calleri and singles victory against Jose Acasuso drove Russia to victory.