Marat Safin began his professional career in 1997 and held the No. 1 world ranking for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001.
He achieved his first Grand Slam title at the 2000 U.S. Open after defeating Pete Sampras, and won the 2005 Australian Open, defeating Lleyton Hewitt. Safin helped lead Russia to Davis Cup victories in 2002 and 2006.
Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.
Safin is currently ranked no. 23 in the official world men's tennis rankings season.
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