Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Safin not really psyched over Hewitt victory

World number 21, Marat Safin, defeated wildcard, Lleyton Hewitt, 6-4, 7-5, in the Monte Carlo first round on Tuesday.

The Russian two-time Grand Slam champion however was not too proud of his victory, given the fact that Hewitt, who won the Houston title only 48 hours before the match, had just arrived in Monte Carlo and had no time to rest nor adjust.

"He arrived like two hours before the match. But he played well. I took advantage of the fact he was not used to these balls, I guess, and (his) condition was not really at its best."

"That's why he missed a couple of easy shots in important moments and I took advantage of it and won the match. So, nothing great. Nothing incredible to write about."


I agree with the Russian; given the circumstances, Safin could have finished off Hewitt a lot faster instead of making all those unforced errors. I can't believe Hewitt had any energy to play to begin with, you gotta respect a spirit like that. He actually tried to fight off Safin, but come on, arriving two hours before the match is just ridiculous.

Safin next takes on qualifier, Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador, who upset 15th seeded Radek Stepanek, in the first round on Monday.

Safin and Hewitt are now tied at 7-7 in their head-to-head record.

"Obviously our rankings both aren't in the top 10 anymore, so you're not getting the protection of not playing each other early on... But, yeah, he's obviously still a class player when he's on," said Hewitt on his fellow former world number 1, Safin.

Safin's second round match on Wednesday is fourth from a 10:30a.m start on Court Des Princes.

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