Marat Safin Set for Final US Open Campaign

Aaron KumarSenior Writer IAugust 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 31: (L-R) Marat Safin of Russia and Tommy Haas of Germany meet at the net after the match on Day 5 of the LA Tennis Open at the Los Angeles Tennis Center - UCLA on July 31, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Former World No. 1 Marat Safin is set to participate in the US Open for the final time in his career. Earlier this season Safin announced that he would retire from the ATP Tour at the end of the season. He is 29-years of age.

Safin took the tennis world by storm in 2000 when he stunned the legendary American Pete Sampras to win the US Open. The nature of Safin's 6-4 6-3 6-3 victory over Sampras led many to believe that Safin would go on to dominate the men's game in a way similar to that of Sampras.

This did not prove to be the case as Safin appeared to struggled with the expectations that were placed on his shoulders and the Russian appeared destined to be a one slam wonder.

The Russian did however manage to win the second Slam of his career at the Australian Open in 2005 on that occasion he beat Roger Federer 9-7 in the fifth set in the semis before taking out home favourite Lleyton Hewitt in the title match. It would take a brave person to Bet against Safin making a run at the open this year.