It was the former world no.1's last match on the men's tour.
He may be famous for his furious, racket-throwing rants, but Safin would rather be remembered for the hard work he put in during a 12-year career.
“A lot of people there really thought that I’m not a really hard worker,” Safin, a two-time Grand Slam winner, said.Safin remained unclear about his projects for the future.
“But you can ask all my coaches how I dedicated myself to tennis. They will tell you it’s completely the opposite of what a lot of people think.”
During a modest ceremony where he received a special trophy, Safin said, “Today I will put all my memories, all my wins and losses in a small box."
“Today a door is closed, hopefully another one will open.”
“Sportsmen are great when they are sportsmen,” Safin said.Here's a tribute video for Safin. You are one in millions and we will definitely miss you!
“Afterwards, it’s a little bit tough for them. The transition from being a tennis player to do something else is difficult. And if time passes too much, you’re just an ex-tennis player.”