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Djokovic to open Australian Open against 90th-ranked Lacko

Djokovic to open Australian Open against 90th-ranked Lacko

MELBOURNE, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic opens his attempt for a fourth-consecutive Australian Open title against Lukas Lacko, the draw for the year's first tennis major showed Friday.
Wimbledon success suggests del Potro is back

Wimbledon success suggests del Potro is back

LONDON, July 4 (UPI) -- Juan Martin del Potro, who once appeared on the verge of joining the tennis elite before injuries slowed him, is in a position to re-establish his credentials.
Dinara Safina retires from tennis

Dinara Safina retires from tennis

MOSCOW, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Dinara Safina, who held the world No. 1 ranking in women's tennis for 26 weeks, has retired from competitive tennis, her brother said.
Safin's career ends with loss in Paris

Safin's career ends with loss in Paris

PARIS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Marat Safin, a former world No. 1 and a two-time Grand Slam event winner, ended his competitive tennis career Wednesday in Paris.
Safina rises to No. 1 in women's tennis

Safina rises to No. 1 in women's tennis

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 20 (UPI) -- Russia's Dinara Safina officially became the No. 1-ranked women's tennis player in the world Monday, replacing Serena Williams of the United States.

Former champ Safin advances at Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Former champion Marat Safin of Russia advanced Tuesday at the U.S. Open with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over veteran American Vincent Spadea.
Roddick wins easily, gains semis in LA

Roddick wins easily, gains semis in LA

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick breezed into the semifinals of the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles Friday with a straight-set win over France's Marc Gicquel.
Safin, Fish advance in LA event

Safin, Fish advance in LA event

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Marat Safin and Mardy Fish, the fifth and sixth seeds, won second-round matches Wednesday in the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles.
Safin, Moya advance in Countrywide tourney

Safin, Moya advance in Countrywide tourney

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Tommy Haas lost while Marat Safin and Carols Moya advanced in first-round play Tuesday in the Countywide Classic tennis event in Los Angeles.

Djokovic, Roddick move into third round

TORONTO, July 22 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick had second-round victories Tuesday at the $2.6 million Rogers Masters in Toronto.
Verdasco, Berdych reach quarterfinals

Verdasco, Berdych reach quarterfinals

BASTAD, Sweden, July 9 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain and No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic moved on to the quarterfinals Wednesday in the Swedish Open.

Safin advances, Moya ousted in Sweden

BASTAD, Sweden, July 8 (UPI) -- Jarkko Nieminen, Robin Soderling and Wimbledon semifinalist Marat Safin won, but fifth-seeded Carlos Moya lost Tuesday at the Swedish Open.

Nadal, Federer win at Wimbledon

LONDON, July 4 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal beat unseeded Rainer Schuettler 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in Friday's second men's semifinal at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

Schuettler to face Nadal at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England, July 3 (UPI) -- German Rainer Schuettler downed Frenchman Arnaud Clement despite rain Thursday to earn a semifinal match against Spaniard Rafael Nadal Friday at Wimbledon.
Federer, Nadal appear on collision course

Federer, Nadal appear on collision course

WIMBLEDON, England, July 2 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Roger Federer and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal continued on their apparent head-on course with quarterfinals wins Wednesday at Wimbledon.
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Marat Safin of Russia takes a breather during a break as the fifth set goes into a tie-breaker against Tommy Haas of Germany. Safin lost the quarterfinal match against Haas at the US Open held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2006 in New York. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Marat Mikhailovich Safin (Tatar: Марат Мөбин улы Сафин, Marat Möbin ulı Safin ; Russian: Мара́т Миха́йлович (Муби́нович) Са́фин; born January 27, 1980, in Moscow) is a retired Russian tennis player. Safin won two majors and reached the world number 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. Safin is the older brother of current World No. 1 WTA player Dinara Safina. They are the first brother-sister tandem in tennis history to both achieve No. 1 rankings.

Safin began his professional career in 1997, and held the No. 1 world ranking for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2000 U.S. Open after defeating Pete Sampras, and won the 2005 Australian Open, defeating Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the final. Safin helped lead Russia to Davis Cup victories in 2002 and 2006. Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. At the time of his final Grand Slam appearance at the US Open on 2 September 2009, Safin was No. 61 in the official world men's tennis rankings.

Safin was born in Moscow, USSR (now Russia), to Mikhail Alexeivich (Mubin Aliamtsevich) Safin and Rauza Islanova, an ethnic Tatar family. Safin describes himself as a non-practicing Muslim. He speaks Russian, English, and Spanish. His parents are former tennis players and coaches. His younger sister, Dinara Safina, is a professional tennis player and silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. Safin's father managed the local Spartak Tennis Club, where Safin trained in his youth alongside several tennis players, including Anna Kournikova, Elena Dementieva, and Anastasia Myskina.

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