Date: April 23-29, 2007
Draw Size: 56
Prize Money: €850,000
Tournament Director: Sixte Cambra
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Defiant Safin not worried about form after Barcelona exit
BARCELONA, April 24 (Reuters) - Marat Safin said he was not overly concerned about his recent poor run of form after he made another early exit on Tuesday, this time in the first round of the Barcelona Open.
The Russian former world number one was beaten 6-4 7-6 by Italian Simone Bolelli, the world number 103.
That followed his second-round defeat by Belgian Kristof Vliegen in Monte Carlo last week, when he squandered four match points, having won the first set 6-0.
俄羅斯籍前世界第一薩芬剛被世界排名103的義大利人SIMONE BOLELLI 以4-6﹐6-7擊敗。前不久﹐他在蒙特卡羅大師賽第二輪時在第一盤 6-0 占有絕對優勢情況下最後負於比利時選手 KRISTOF VLIEGEN。
Safin's win-loss record this year is now 10-8 but the former U.S. Open and Australian Open champion said he was not bothered by his apparent loss of form.
"I don't care," he said. "I am playing well, I am still 26 in the rankings.
"With one good result I will be top 20, but I don't really care about the rankings any more. I just need to stay
focused on my tennis."
Safin's best performance of the year came in the Davis Cup earlier this month when he won the deciding rubber against Paul-Henri Mathieu to give Russia a quarter-final victory over France on indoor clay in Moscow.
On that occasion, Safin barely missed a ball, the kind of form that took him to the top of the rankings and his two grand slam titles.
今年薩芬最好的表現在上個月DAVIS CUP八強俄國在主場紅土對陣法國第五場決定性比賽中﹐順利擊敗法國的P H MATHIEU。那場比賽﹐他幾乎沒有失誤﹐狀態之好跟他的巔峰時期及兩奪滿貫可以對得上。
The Russian's early exits from Monte Carlo and Barcelona cost him the chance to climb the rankings, but Safin said his confidence was unaffected.
"With all of your losses, you try to put them behind you," he said. "There is always next week and it's difficult to play well all the time.
"I couldn't find my game today on the court. It was pretty slippery, and I didn't play my best tennis so that's why. I barely had a chance.
"He was solid, he had nothing to lose. He went for his shots, he was serving well in the tiebreak, he just did his job and he had no pressure at all."
Safin's next tournament will be the Masters Series event in Rome, beginning a week on Monday.
"I will just take it easy and practise and do my job," he said
1 RD:Marat lost to Simone Bolelli
|Marat Safin||4 ||6|
|Simone Bolelli||6 ||7|
Marat flew in Saturday from Moscow and is there with his friend Danny Gomez and Miguel Maseo his fitness trainer.
星期六 MARAT 跟朋友DANNY GOMEZ 及 體能訓練師 MASEO 從莫斯科飛抵 BARCELONA。
The draw is out.
Marat is seeded No. 11.
Singles 1st Rd : Marat will play Simon Bolelli (ITA).
They have never played against each other before.
簽表如上﹐MARAT 為 11 種子
第一輪將對陣 SIMON BOLELLI﹐兩人為首次交手。
For some interesting stats for each player for the year to date click here
Doubles 1st Rd: Marat/Dmitry Tursunov(RUS) v R.Lindstedt(SWE)/J.Nieminen(FIN)