Born in Moscow, Russia on January 27, 1980, Marat Mikhailovich Safin began playing tennis as a youngster and eventually turned pro in 1997. Three years later, Safin claimed his first Grand Slam victory at the U.S. Open and reached the Australian Open finals in both 2002 and 2004 the intervening year being marked by injuries that slowed his progress.
Meanwhile, Safin has also won five ATP Tennis Masters titles, his first in 2000 and three more following in Paris in 2000, 2002 and 2004. His last Masters victory was in Madrid, Spain in 2004.
Safin reached the finals at the Australian Open in 2005 against Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and handily beat the home favorite 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Safin's sister Dinara Safina (born April 27th, 1986) is also a professional tennis player.