Sep 24, 2008

Marat Safin makes early departure at Thailand Open

Marat Safin thought he would improve on his world ranking at the Thailand Open by skipping the Davis Cup.

Well, Russia didn't made it to the Davis Cup final.

And Safin didn't even made it through the first round.

Philipp Petzschner sprang the first upset of the Thailand Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) defeating Russian Marat Safin yesterday.

The world-ranked 131 German reached the second round at the ATP level for the fourth time this season as he caught a frustrated Safin flat-footed to deny the former number 1 his 400th career match win.
"I didn't feel comfortable on the court, it's just the way I was today," said a deflated Safin, a semi-finalist in his previous two appearances.

"I didn't play well, nothing happened for me out there. It's my job to play tennis and I didn't do it well today."
Perhaps Safin was rather tired, judging from the pictures during his arrival at the Bangkok International Airport.

(Via AFP, Images by Yahoo! Sport, Zimbio and Ms Unpredictable @ Menstennisforums)

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