I will never respect Safin. I think he is a huge, wasted talent. He has always been more interested in the blondes who fawn over him, than knuckling down and applying himself.
I remember thinking he was the bees knees, and watching him in a Masters tournament some years back. To say he just turned up is being kind.
That's fair enough, but it's we, the public, who allow people like Safin to earn the humungous amount they do, so when you turn up on court for a match, then do bugger all to even try and look like you're making a contest of it, resulting in a fine from the ATP for "not playing" then I'll reserve the right to knock you.
Safin, you are a disgrace to Professional Tennis. You couldn't even be civil to our Andy, who, hopefully, will far surpass you in tennis achievements.
I respect your "injuries" but forgive my cynicism that puts them down to a lack of training.
Shame, I used to really enjoy watching you. Now I couldn't give a stuff.
And if Safin and Roddick "aren't talking" then my opinion of Andy Roddick has just gone skyhigh.