Wish you a fantastic 2008 season !
The Good, The Bad and The Marat
October 23, 2006
(JS 這篇英文不難﹐卻格外難翻﹐不知為什麼﹐我翻得很彆扭﹔大概是原文有些美國背景的東西及不少隱喻式(metaphor)的寫法﹐翻成中文時讓我很傷腦筋。我覺得是很有意思的一篇﹐而且是十月底才出的﹐是專為明年MARAT第一次參加聖荷西公開賽而寫的…. 偶能力有限﹐真的很難完全翻出作者原意﹐也沒時間去想太多或修改….大家包涵啦。看懂英文的﹐建議看原文吧。)
I’m looking forward to Marat Safin’s
It’s never certain with Safin if it’s best to start assessing him by what he does off the court or on it. Let’s start outside the lines. Safin often gives off every indication that away from tennis he heartily enjoys the ample financial and lifestyle rewards that accompany wealth and fame attained at a young age. Whether dining with a large group of friends, casting his eye on one of the many women who have captured his fancy or strolling through the luxurious hotels he occupies while on tour, Safin is exquisitely boyish, rather charming in his odd pursuit of happy feelings and the awareness of their toll on his tennis. Pushed into tennis by his mother, shipped off to
無論薩芬在場上及場外做什麼﹐那都不是評斷他的依據。就從場外開始談起好了﹐薩芬總不諱言他十分享受少年成名所帶給他的巨額財富和生活方式。不管是跟一群好友聚餐﹑和愛慕的女人眉來眼去﹑或者下榻於高檔的豪華飯店﹐薩芬總是非常天真任性﹐即使明知未來可能會有可怕的代價﹐他還是在所不惜地及時行樂。在母親的望子成龍敦促下﹐小薩芬獨自被送往西班牙訓練﹐之後隨即成為終生熱愛網球的球手﹐然而也始終是痛苦掙扎的叛逆小子。他曾經告訴我" 我一生中從來無法自己選擇﹐那麼你如何期待我做出正確的決定呢? 只能隨著歲月成長一邊學習﹐不是嗎? "
While at one level Safin is the ultimate example of the kid who is damned by being told how talented he is, his recognition of his shortcomings humanizes him. Yet when the Safin machine is humming, it purrs with everything that makes contemporary tennis a remarkable showcase of athleticism. Power oozes from his every pore, most notably from Safin’s massive serve and a backhand so efficient that it earns a rare term ascribed to a two-hander: elegance. For a man
雖然從某一個層面來說﹐薩芬是個很極端的例子﹐沉醉於對他過人天賦的讚嘆幾乎寵壞了這個小孩﹐然而對於自己缺失的認知卻也顯現他平凡的另一面。不過﹐當薩芬火力全開時﹐他所展現給世人的是現代網球耀眼奪目﹑豐富華麗的運動技藝。他的活力四射﹐最讓人津津樂道的是強力的發球及絕世的雙手反拍﹐甚至被喻為 “優雅的反拍” ﹐通常只用來形容單反的形容詞。以六呎四的高大身材而言﹐薩芬可謂出奇地靈活﹐跑動敏捷流暢優美﹐如同芭蕾般賞心悅目﹐而這些精彩球技的背後是長時間辛苦地移位訓練所換來的。很少球員擁有如此多面向的技術﹐而也因此為他贏來兩座大滿貫--兩次均擊敗當代霸主﹐如2000年美網輕取山普拉斯及2005年澳網與費德勒扣人心弦的五盤精典半決賽。
So goes the good Marat. What’s sad is that too often for his own good the bad Marat has surfaced. It’s striking to me that a player as skilled as Safin went more than four years between Slam triumphs. It’s also depressing to see how much his concentration wavers from match to match, month to month, year to year. There have been days when Safin can’t make a first serve or forehand to save his life. I doubt he truly wants to be remembered for shattering dozens of racquets, or for more or less admitting at numerous press conferences that he has ostensibly thrown in the towel on his way to yet another surprising defeat.
你應該多少見識MARAT 過人的一面﹐但令人惋惜的是﹐當他驚艷世人之際﹐可怕的那面也隨之浮現。我實在很訝異像薩芬這麼優秀的選手﹐另一個滿貫獎杯竟然暌違四年之久。看著他一場又一場﹐一月又一月﹐一年又一年地無法完全專注﹑起伏不定﹐怎不令人嘆息失落 ? 曾經有段時期﹐薩芬無法發出有效一發或正手致勝球﹐網球生命汲汲可危。我實在不相信他甘願只被認定為一個摔拍高手﹐或者多次在爆冷輸球後的記者會公然承認自己早已放棄….
Safin turned 26 this year. As he enters 2007, even he must know that a cat only has so many lives. He has, after all, publicly announced his intention to retire from tennis in four years. I find this rather puzzling, but perhaps it’s a way for the Russian to put a cap on his career, lower any pressures and enter what I call The Doris Day Phase of his career. I know I’m dating myself here, but Doris Day is known for her hit song, “Que Sera, Sera” - “whatever will be, will be.”
薩芬今年已經26歲了。當2007年賽季開始﹐相信他很清楚就算是九命怪貓也就剩那麼幾條命了。他亦曾經宣布自己打算四年後退役。我覺得這樣的宣布十分弔詭﹐也許俄羅斯人只是對自己的網球職業自我催眠欺騙﹐或者減輕壓力才這麼說的﹐薩芬好比進入了他生涯的”桃樂絲﹑黛” 階段﹐我知道我這麼說也透漏自己的年紀了﹐總之﹐桃樂絲﹑黛的成名曲就是” Que sera sera”--未來怎樣就怎樣吧。(JS註: 桃樂絲﹑黛是很早很早前的美國名歌星﹐以本曲成名﹐至今美國人大大小小仍琅琅上口的歌)
In other words, Safin is trying to ease the burden of expectation that’s accompanied his vast skills. The funny thing is, of course, that expectation is an illusion - it exists way outside the lines - and the only factor that truly matters for a tennis player is that singular moment defined strictly by competition. Tennis is not a beauty contest, nor judged like figure skating. It’s strictly a matter of what that player does in each match. It’s that simple – but not necessarily that easy. How Marat Safin keeps that in balance figures to make for some very interesting tennis in
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Q. You gave it a good fight.
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, well, yeah.
Q. What is your main emotion after that?
MARAT SAFIN: It's a pity, but I'm ‑‑ at the same time I'm pretty happy the way things are going. But I'm a little bit disappointed with the few things that happened to me in the first two sets. It shouldn't have happened, but unfortunately, that's the way it is.
But I consider I should have won in four; three, four sets. That's what happened to me in the first two. It's a mistake. This will be the first and last time it's going to happen to me, so...
Q. What's the reason for it?
MARAT SAFIN: I spoke already with my coach and with ‑‑ with my coach.
Q. When was the last time you played that well and lost?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, I don't know. Since a long time, I guess, been pretty long time I didn't play the same way. So for me it was a little bit surprising that I could ‑‑ unfortunately, I was pretty tense at the beginning of the match. So, you know, I didn't expect for a long time that I'm gonna play the same way.
So it's actually a little bit surprising for myself to be in such a good shape and play good tennis and be able to compete against top 10 players for five sets, you know, with a chance to win. So it's not really nothing wrong, but just it's small things that shouldn't happen at the age of 27, that's for sure.
Q. Is it your choice of shot or...
MARAT SAFIN: A few ‑‑ nothing to do with shots.
Q. How did you get back into the match after those first two sets?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, it was ‑‑ I should have gotten into the match a little bit earlier. But just the way things they were, I couldn't come into the match quicker. So I had to wait for two sets, you know, and then I start to play my tennis that I should have played from the beginning. The score was 2‑3 in a matter of minutes.
MS Well, 我應該更早進入狀況的。但就如同大家所見﹐沒辦法早點發揮出來﹐等到兩盤之後﹐我開始能打出自己一開始就該打出的球風﹐比分瞬間就變了。
Then the fifth set, of course, my concentration went down a little bit. He made the early break. Then, of course, he was pumped up and he was ready to finish the match playing well.
If I would hold my serve a little bit longer in the fifth set, I think I would have a chance. But unfortunately my concentration and my ‑‑ everything went a little bit downhill, and he was just preparing himself for the fifth set. So it's a little bit unlucky.
Q. If you had got through that, do you think your game's at a level where you could have beaten Roger Federer down here?
Q 如果你贏了﹐你自認現在的層次能再打敗ROGER 嗎
MARAT SAFIN: Well, I just lost to Baghdatis. We're not talking about Roger Federer. Roger Federer is a different level person, different level player. The way he's moving right now, full of confidence. And, of course, after being the No. 1 in the world and winning 12 Grand Slams, how many he has, for the past five years. So I guess with the confidence that he has, I would play also the same way Roger does.
MS 我才輸給Baghdatis而已﹐我們不是在談ROGER。ROGER Federer是不同層次的球員﹐他現在的移位及打法﹐充滿自信﹐當然當上世界第一又在過去五年摘下十二座滿貫是有關的。我想如果我能有他那種無比的自信﹐我也能打出像ROGER 那種狀態吧。
So it's tough to compete against him and have to compare to him. But he's the best by far, and he will be the best of tennis. So I don't think anybody in here on ATP Tour can be compared to him. 所以跟他比賽是很困難的﹐也很難跟他去比較。到目前為止﹐他是最好的﹐而且應該會是網壇裡最頂尖的﹐我認為ATP 裡沒人能跟他相抗衡。
Q. Since Agassi and Federer, you were the one to have the most success on the Rebound Ace. The transition, how do you view it, the court characteristics?
Q 除了AGASSI 跟FEDERER﹐你是在 Rebound ACE 場地表現最成功的一位。現在場地的改變﹐你怎麼看﹐新場地的特點?
MARAT SAFIN: I think the courts are pretty good, actually. They tried to make it as close as possible to Rebound Ace without being so soft. Because I think what's happened is a lot of people, they were complaining about the knee injuries and twisting their ankles. Well, it wasn't really my case. I was a little bit surprised when I heard it will be a different surface this year.
MS 我覺得新場地很好﹐他們盡量改得跟REBOUND ACE 相似﹐但不至於太軟﹐我想是因為過去有很多球員抱怨REBOUND ACE 讓他們膝蓋受傷或扭到腳踝。Well,我沒有這樣的困擾。當我聽到他們今年要換場地時﹐我是有點嚇一跳。
But it looks like they did a great job, you know, to make it as close as possible to Rebound Ace. But it's a little bit stiff, but you can play. I think it's great. They did a great job. Also with the balls.
Q. Are you encouraged by your form today for the rest of the year?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. I have to continue. I'm not gonna give up straightaway that I'm losing to Baghdatis. I mean, he's a top‑10 player. Just a pity I have to be out in a second round in a Grand Slam. It was a pretty long time ago that didn't happen to me. But actually for the past two years it happened, but it's not really the place I want to be.
MS 有阿﹐我要持續下去﹐不會因為輸給Baghdatis 就輕易放棄﹐他可是前十的球員。很難過的是在大滿貫賽事的第二輪就要離開﹐很久沒這麼糟了﹐但過去兩年就是這種窘境﹐我自己絕對不願意如此發生的。
But I have to deal with that. The year is pretty long, so I'll have my chances, that's for sure. Like I said before, I'm happy the way I'm playing and the results will come pretty quickly. So just keep continuing working. And thanks to my coach that he believes in me, I can come back. Thanks to all my team and let's make it happen.
Q. How did you assess your match today? Straight sets, but it looked a bit up and down.
Q 怎麼看自己今天的表現? 直落三盤﹐但中間有些小小起伏。
MARAT SAFIN: Well, it's a little bit tough to start the beginning of the season, especially when it's the first official match. It's not exhibition or something like that. So it's kind of difficult to play and be relaxed and play your best tennis.
So, you know, the first set was okay, but then I got a little bit tight. The guy started to play well. I think for the first match, it was a great one.
Q. Any parts of your game you've got to work on to progress further?
MARAT SAFIN: Just play more matches and it's gonna come up. I'm playing well, moving well. Knee doesn't hurt. I don't have any injuries. I think if I keep up this way, it's gonna be a good year.
Q. What does it take for you to be happy about your game?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, it's good to know that you can move around the court without any pain and you can move pretty well and you can play good tennis without any doubts on yourself. So I think it's pretty good feeling.
But also, you know, you need some confidence, build up the confidence, because I didn't play any great tennis lately.
So for me to start the year this way, I think it's just to continue.
Q. Going to need more confidence going into the harder part of the draw?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, I think I will need a little bit more, just a little bit more matches. But it's going to come up this way anyway. Big players like Baghdatis, Hewitt in the future. But it's getting much better, for sure. Second match. I already played a tough one today. It's going to work out well.
MS 嗯﹐我想我真的需要再多點﹐就是再多一點比賽﹐但最終是要遇到大明星如Baghdatis或Hewitt的。可確信的是﹐一定會漸入佳境﹐第二場... 今天我已經有了一場苦戰﹐會更好的。
Q. I heard you have been doing snowboarding back in Europe. Did you find it fascinating?
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, I think it's pretty cool.
Q. Are you any good at it?
MARAT SAFIN: I'm improving and improving, yeah.
Q. Not too many falls?
MARAT SAFIN: No. I'm alive, so I think it was good.
Q. What is your fear about the new surface?
MARAT SAFIN: I don't fear anything. I think it's great. The balls are great. Actually nothing to complain about. Just maybe the color is too bright for me, but it's just my personal opinion. I think otherwise, the speed of the ball is good enough to play good rallies and it suits to all the kind of players.
Mens Singles Draw
FEDERER, Roger SUI  vs HARTFIELD, Diego ARG
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA vs ISNER, John USA
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB vs SIRIANNI, Joseph AUS (W)
ASCIONE, Thierry FRA vs VERDASCO, Fernando ESP 
MONACO, Juan ARG  vs BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG
KENDRICK, Robert USA vs QUALIFIER
HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP vs MINAR, Ivo CZE
ESCHAUER, Werner AUT vs BERDYCH, Tomas CZE 
BLAKE, James USA  vs MASSU, Nicolas CHI
RUSSELL, Michael USA vs FOGNINI, Fabio ITA
GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA vs VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
QUALIFIER vs LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO 
ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP  vs CILIC, Marin CRO
VANEK, Jiri CZE vs MELZER, Jurgen AUT
LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR vs GUCCIONE, Chris AUS
QUALIFIER vs GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI 
DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB  vs BECKER, Benjamin GER
QUALIFIER vs BOLELLI, Simone ITA
QUERREY, Sam USA vs ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS 
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS  vs DARCIS, Steve BEL
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB (W) vs QUALIFIER
GULBIS, Ernests LAT vs SAFIN, Marat RUS
JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE vs BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP 
NALBANDIAN, David ARG  vs SMEETS, Robert AUS (W)
ZABALETA, Mariano ARG vs LUCZAK, Peter AUS
JONES, Alun AUS (W) vs MONTANES, Albert ESP
KIEFER, Nicolas GER vs FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP 
STEPANEK, Radek CZE  vs SPADEA, Vincent USA
QUALIFIER vs ROITMAN, Sergio ARG
VENTURA, Santiago ESP vs DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard FRA vs FERRER, David ESP 
GASQUET, Richard FRA  vs LINDAHL, Nick AUS (W)
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP vs QUALIFIER
VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL vs PATIENCE, Olivier FRA
PAVEL, Andrei ROU vs ANDREEV, Igor RUS 
CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG  vs GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP
FALLA, Alejandro COL vs QUALIFIER,
QUALIFIER vs BRZEZICKI, Juan Pablo ARG
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA vs MURRAY, Andy GBR 
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS  vs MONTCOURT, Mathieu FRA (W)
QUALIFIER vs SEPPI, Andreas ITA
SELA, Dudi ISR vs QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO 
WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI  vs BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
LU, Yen-Hsun TPE vs GICQUEL, Marc FRA
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA vs ACASUSO, Jose ARG
LLODRA, Michael FRA vs DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS 
RODDICK, Andy USA  vs QUALIFIER
YOUNG, Donald USA vs BERRER, Michael GER
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS vs QUALIFIER,
QUALIFIER vs KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER 
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN  vs DANCEVIC, Frank CAN
LEVINE, Jesse USA (W) vs VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
FISH, Mardy USA vs PASHANSKI, Boris SRB
ZVEREV, Mischa GER vs ROBREDO, Tommy ESP 
MOYA, Carlos ESP  vs KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
HORNA, Luis PER vs CALLERI, Agustin ARG
CAPDEVILLE, Paul CH vs KLEIN, Brydan AUS (W)
HANESCU, Victor ROU vs MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA 
SIMON, Gilles FRA  vs REYNOLDS, Bobby USA
CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA vs SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
SERRA, Florent FRA vs MAYER, Florian GER
QUALIFIER vs NADAL, Rafael ESP 
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