Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Safin's last chance to impress in Russia

Former world number one, and soon-to-be-retiring, Marat Safin, is playing his very last tournament in Russia this week in St. Petersburg, where he will face former top-tenner, Richard Gasquet, in the first round on Wednesday.

Safin, who treated us to an exceptional first round match against his compatriot, Nikolay Davydenko, in Moscow's first round last week, before falling to Evgeny Korolev in the following round, will be looking to extend his 3-2 H2H record lead over Gasquet.

The two have met earlier this year in Dubai, where the Frenchman defeated Safin in a tight 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 match.

Safin, a two-time champion in St. Petersburg (2000, 2001), will play his final tournament of his career in Bercy, Paris; where he has had tremendous success winning titles in 2000, 2002 and 2004, after reaching the finals on debut in 1999. I don't think anywhere else could be more fit for his farewell!

In the meantime, here's a video of Safin and Teimuraz Gabashvili visiting the Warm Home Charity Foundation, which takes care of children from troubled families, on Tuesday.

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