Rackets get relief: Safin and sister out

Published September 7, 2006

NEW YORK - The racket-throwing tandem of Marat Safin and sister Dinara Safina got tossed out of the U.S. Open.

The 12th-seeded Safina lost first, falling to Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Then her older brother was beaten by Tommy Haas in the fourth round.

Safin slammed his racket to the court with both hands after a bad shot. Safina also gave her racket a ride.

Did she get the habit from her brother?

"Might be instinct," she said.

The 20-year-old Safina said the 26-year-old Safin has talked to her about such tantrums.

"If I am doing it too much, before he was telling me like, 'Listen, this is too much,' " she said. "It's okay if you hit it once in a set, but not every game."

As her brother put it, "Some things I didn't really like.

"I really told her ... it's unacceptable from her side to do some things on the court, what she was doing before."

They agree, meanwhile, that she doesn't tell him what to do.

"He's too old," Safina said.

"It would never happen," Safin said.

Safin said he doesn't feel it's his place to be advising his sister because he hasn't been playing in top form.

"She's doing much better than me," he said. "She made the quarterfinals. She's basically on her way to becoming a top 10 player in a couple of weeks. So I'm not worried about her. I should worry about a little bit more myself."

MINUS MURRAY: Touted British teen Andy Murray's time at the U.S. Open ended at the hands of Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 .

Leading by two sets to one when play was suspended because of rain Tuesday, Davydenko won all six games when they resumed.

"I never played against someone who's played a set as well as that," Murray said.

Murray left the Open feeling encouraged about his accomplishments this year.

Highest on his list of achievements was an upset of Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters. Murray, 19, also beat Andy Roddick at Wimbledon.

"I want to take a bit of a break and kind of take in everything that's happened the last few months because it's been pretty special," Murray said.

"I've beaten the No. 1 player in the world, I've gotten to the top 20, made the semifinals of Masters Series, quarterfinal."

PICK A COURT: Top-seeded Federer didn't mind that his last two matches were scheduled on the smaller Louis Armstrong court, instead of at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Trying for his third straight U.S. Open title, Federer beat Vince Spadea at Armstrong in the third round. He played there again in a victory over Marc Gicquel.

"It's not like this court is dirt or anything. It's a great court, with great atmosphere," he said. "I don't think I've played much over there the last couple years, so for me it was good fun to play there again."