Earlier I thought he was going to make it back to the top 10 by the end of the year after he showed some signs of life during the clay-court season.
Then I thought, "Hey, if he can make the semis of Wimbledon, playing on his worst surface, he still has a lot of tennis left in him."
However, his latest loss, today against Juan Monaco at the Paris Open, has led me to make the following statement:
Tennis Talk, Anyone? no longer endorses Marat Safin.
From now on, if he does something good, then I'm considering it a total fluke—that is, if he even decides to keep playing. It makes no sense for somebody to be that good and have the losses he has without there being some type of major injury. (Check out this post at Tennis From Beyond the Baseline for more on his prior loss.)
So Marat, old chum, continue to pile up your first-round losses or make your deep runs in Majors, but as I noted in my most-frustrating list a few weeks back, you're driving me insane and I just can't handle the stress!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.