“Keep on Kicking Ass*s”: Marat Safin Hopes Roger Federer Makes a Strong Comeback

February 22, 2021 10:33 pm

The 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has featured in some of the greatest matches of all time. Many of those epic matches have been in Grand Slam finals against his arch-rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory following his Men’s Singles third round match against Lucas Pouille of France during Day six of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

But during the first decade of his career, Federer also shared an intense rivalry with Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, and David Nalbandian among many others.  

Safin wants Roger Federer to keep going

Interestingly, Safin’s sister and 3-time Grand Slam champion Dinara Safina recently shared an old photo on her Instagram story. Terming the picture as a memory from 16 years ago, it had Federer and Safin shaking hands after their epic semifinal match at the 2005 Australian Open.

Safin won that monumental match 9-7 in the fifth set despite Federer having a match point in the fourth set. Following the extraordinary battle, Safin defeated Hewitt in the finals to lift his second Grand Slam trophy.

Hence after watching Dinara’s story, Safin reposted her picture on his own Instagram story and thanked his sister for reviving the memories.

The Russian wrote on his story about Federer being the last man standing from their generation and hopes the Swiss Maestro keeps on winning matches.

“Sister, tnx for the memories. Rogelio, last one standing from our Gen! Keep on kicking asses! Respect, bratha,” wrote Safin.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles match against Tennys Sandgren of USA on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

The duo played 12 matches against each other, with Federer having a 10-2 in the head-to-head meetings. They last played in the third round of the 2009 Australian Open, a match which Federer won in straight sets.

In fact, Safin retired after the 2009 season with his last tournament coming at the ATP Paris Masters in November. On the other hand, Federer’s longevity has been jaw-dropping despite making his debut just a year after Safin.

Having not played for over a year because of a knee injury, Federer will return to action at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha next month.

Kshitij Tayal

Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA. Given his hard work and complete dedication to his trade, Rafael Nadal is the player Kshitij admires the most. When he's not covering tennis, Kshitij works in business development and marketing.

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