Marat Safin played what will most likely be his last match at Roland Garros and, in typical style, made it one to remember.
The 2-time Grand Slammer went down two sets, grabbed the next two and battled to the brink against homeboy Josselin Ouanna ultimately falling in an epic 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 3-6, 10-8 thriller. The towering Russian had saved 2 match points, hit 86 winners and 19 aces total in the match and still lost. Ugh. Joss will next face 12th seed Fernando Gonzalez for a spot in the Round of 16.
Well, gotta give it up for the Frenchie - it was a tremendous win especially under the pressure of playing in Paris against the legendary Russian in what would be his final match at Roland Garros. And for the Marat fans out there, we still have two more majors to go. Try not to be too sad. Yet.
UPDATE: Here's some of what Marat had to say about his last moments. Classic.
Well, as you can see, I didn't draw the heart, and I didn't lay down and I didn't cry and I didn't all those things ... it's not me.
(It's) a terrible way to finish with the French Open but anyway ... it's okay. It's not so sad. (It) doesn't get me emotional.
His best memory?
Well, hopefully I can forget this match, for sure.
My best memory was too far away in history. Nothing really great to write about for the last five years.
(image via FFT)