Friday, July 4, 2008

Can Safin Pull Off a Historic Upset?

The semifinals of Wimbledon take place on Friday and first up on Centre Court are five-time defending champion, Roger Federer, and a man who has surprised himself as well as everyone remotely interested in tennis by making it to the semis, Marat Safin.

I have been hoping for this day from the moment Safin stunned Djokovic out of the second round. I remember Safin's epic semifinal against Federer in the 2005 Australian Open where Safin came through in five sets, 9-7 in the fifth, and I can't help but wonder if the Russian could pull it off again, but this time at the All England Club on Center Court where Federer has been lifting the trophy for 5 years straight.

It seems like an impossible task, which Safin admitted himself in his post-quarterfinal press conference but I don't buy it. Safin has managed to eliminate the world number 3, Djokovic, to post victories over players he poor records against, like Wawrinka (world number 9) and Feliciano Lopez, and to reach his very first Wimbledon semifinal on a surface he says he least prefers. If anyone knows the kind of tennis player Marat Safin is, they'd agree that an upset is not that farfetched. The guy can beat anyone especially when he's acting like he doesn't care.

Am rooting for a Rafa-Safin final... Rafa has reached new highs with his complete demolition of Andy Murray in the quarters. I don't think Schuettler will be a problem for him at all. While a three-peat of a Rafa-Fed final makes more sense, I'm hoping Marat makes it instead.

Let's wait and see...

Cheers and as always... Vamos Rafa :)

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