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Born: 1980-01-27
Profession: Athlete
Nation: Russian
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I was very competitive. I hated losing. No matter what, I had to win.

Tags: Losing, Matter, Win

I wish I could have won a lot more tournaments, but I got injured every time I played well.

Tags: Time, Wish, Won

I'm not a materialistic person.

Tags: Fighting

I've had a lot of luck. If I didn't I'd be washing bottles in Russia.

Tags: Luck, Russia, Washing

I've had good times and bad times. That's me. That's how I am.

Tags: Bad, Good, Times

I've realized I can't waste any moment being unhappy.

Tags: Moment, Unhappy, Waste

It is very hard for me to switch from clay to grass.

Tags: Grass, Hard, Switch

Me, I don't need money.

Tags: Money

My mother said I would have more chances to become a tennis player than a football player.

Tags: Football, Mother, Said

New York is a fantastic city.

Tags: City, Fantastic, York

No matter what happens, tennis is still tennis: You can see a lot of great matches, a lot of new people.

Tags: Great, Happens, Matter

One of the most important things, actually, when you're playing on grass, is to move.

Tags: Actually, Move, Playing

Probably I'll not be so successful if I will keep everything in myself inside of me.

Tags: Inside, Keep, Successful

There is no such thing as a perfect player; it doesn't exist.

Tags: Exist, Perfect, Player

There wasn't a rich father or rich family that paid for everything that I have right now, so I worked my way.

Tags: Family, Father, Rich

There's a lot of things in life that we don't know why they're coming exactly at this moment.

Tags: Life, Moment, Why

We live because of the dreams.

Tags: Dreams

Whenever I am losing, it's like, 'It's his fault'. And whenever I'm winning it's like, 'That's us'. That's the team, the people.

Tags: Losing, Team, Winning

You can find flaws in Agassi and Sampras, but Federer has none.

Tags: Federer, Flaws, None

You cannot change me; this is the way I am.

Tags: Cannot, Change

You cannot take all the chances you get.

Tags: Cannot, Chances

You have to wake up and you have to run if you want to survive.

Tags: Run, Survive, Wake

You're playing or you're not playing. If you're playing, so just shut up and play.

Tags: Playing, Shut
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But when I'm losing a few matches, suddenly 'It's his fault', 'He doesn't want to practice', 'He doesn't need it', 'He doesn't care'. And when everything goes well, there are people coming behind the stone, saying, 'Oh, my God, he's back finally, and I was there to help him out'.

Tags: Care, God, Help

I pass through the difficult moments in life, really difficult times on grass, during my seven years of my career. All of a sudden I felt comfortable.

Tags: Career, Difficult, Life

I think as a guy you need a little bit to be on your own from early on, to start to live your own life, and try to understand what is going on around you, you have to be able to survive.

Tags: Life, Try, Understand

It was really impossible to break through in Russia. We couldn't buy any balls. We really didn't have any courts, no rackets, nothing. And no people to practice with.

Tags: Break, Impossible, Practice

It's a pity that the tennis is really going down the drain. Every year it's getting worse and worse and worse. There has to be a radical change, and I hope it will be really soon.

Tags: Change, Getting, Hope

It's too many questions about what I'm going to do, why I'm retiring, and this and that. So I answer the same question, I don't know, a thousand times.

Tags: Question, Times, Why

I'm different than another person who wants to lay back and do nothing for rest of the life and talk nonsense on ESPN... I will not do that. I want to achieve something else.

Tags: Another, Else, Life

I could be the best looking guy in the Duma, but that's only because all the other guys are over 60.

Tags: Best, Guy, Looking

If I was the type of person who had tennis, tennis, tennis all the time and I went to bed and ended up dreaming about tennis, I would go nuts.

Tags: Bed, Dreaming, Time

If you're losing, just be a man; be a man and lose as a man.

Tags: Lose, Losing

I love tennis, but I just don't like grass.

Tags: Grass, Love, Tennis

I've lived my life the way I wanted to, whether scaling the mountains, partying long into the night or having fun playing soccer.

Tags: Fun, Life, Night

All in all, I think Kazan is Russia's sportiest city after Moscow, leaving all the others far behind.

Tags: After, Leaving, Others

Everybody is smarter from outside of the court.

Tags: Court, Everybody, Outside

Five sets is a kind of lottery. Anything can happen.

Tags: Five, Happen, Lottery

I achieved what I want to achieve and I want to continue doing something else.

Tags: Achieve, Continue, Else

I am not a player.

Tags: Player

I can improve it a little bit. But it's my head, it's the way I am. So at the end of the day, I will be who I am and I will win how much I can win.

Tags: End, Head, Win

I could go and make commercials left and right and pretend like I am a celebrity, but that is not me.

Tags: Celebrity, Left, Pretend

I could pose in fashion commercials as a high society star but politics is a new way of life.

Tags: Life, Politics, Society

I definitely want to get out of tennis and try something completely different.

Tags: Definitely, Tennis, Try

I didn't change the world.

Tags: Change

I don't care about losses anymore.

Tags: Anymore, Care, Losses

I enjoy my life.

Tags: Enjoy, Life

I give up on spending time on these courts; I give up on practicing before the tournament I hate. I hate this.

Tags: Give, Hate, Time

I hate competition.

Tags: Hate

I have no regrets.

Tags: Regrets

I just want to make everyone happy.

Tags: Everyone, Happy

I think it's difficult to be No. 1. 'There's too much attention, too much expectation from other people.

Tags: Attention, Difficult

I try to do my best to have fun off the court.

Tags: Best, Fun, Try

I was making comebacks every single year. That makes it difficult mentally. It causes a lot of stress.

Tags: Difficult, Single, Stress

As a teenage fisherman, I watched and followed terns to find fish. Later, I studied terns for my Ph.D.

Tags: Fish, Later, Teenage

If you ask the fish whether they'd rather have an oil spill or a season of fishing, I wouldn't be surprised if they'd vote for another blowout.

Tags: Another, Rather, Vote

If you want to make change, 'Show me how' can be a stronger, more effective approach than 'Just say no.' That's what I think.

Tags: Change, Show, Stronger

BP had a lease to drill. They did not have a lease to pollute the Gulf of Mexico. They did not have a lease to blow oil into the environment. They did not have a lease to disperse the oil and try to hide the body. They don't have a lease to clean up.

Tags: Body, Hide, Try

From the happy-go-lucky days of oil exploration and drilling, when a lot of easy sources were being found and easily managed, we're gotten ourselves into this sort of apocalyptic time. We're willing to destroy almost everything, risk almost anything, and go ahead with techniques for which we have no way of responding to the known problems.

Tags: Easy, Problems, Time

If you're overfishing at the top of the food chain, and acidifying the ocean at the bottom, you're creating a squeeze that could conceivably collapse the whole system.

Tags: Food, Ocean, Whole

Many people believe the whole catastrophe is the oil we spill, but that gets diluted and eventually disarmed over time. In fact, the oil we don't spill, the oil we collect, refine and use, produces CO2 and other gases that don't get diluted.

Tags: Fact, Time, Whole

Several groups have information evaluating seafood sustainability. I wrote the first such guide, and seafood pocket-guides and detailed evaluations of different seafoods are available for download from the group I founded, Blue Ocean Institute.

Tags: Blue, Group, Ocean

When I was in high school in the early 1970s, we knew we were running out of oil; we knew that easy sources were being capped; we knew that diversifying would be much better; we knew that there were terrible dictators and horrible governments that we were enriching who hated us. We knew all that and we did really nothing.

Tags: Easy, High, School

Why would even I say we can't stop drilling in the Gulf? Because we have no alternatives. Whether or not we drill in the Gulf, or in Alaska, we will continue to wring the last out of anyplace else.

Tags: Else, Last, Why
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