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Mercurial Marat

Updated: May 9, 2007, 4:07 PM ET
By James Martin, TENNIS.com

Watching Marat Safin turn what should be a straight-setter into the tennis equivalent of a Russian winter -- in this case, his three-set, first-round win over qualifier Amer Delic in Rome on Tuesday -- reminded me of the song, "What's Going On" by quite great 1980s punk band Hüsker Dü. In the four-minute blast, Bob Mould screams as if he was having a nervous breakdown, "What's going on, what's going on, what's going on inside my head?"

That might as well be the soundtrack to Safin's ...

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