Safin: ďIíve felt it [shoulder soreness] since the first day I came, but more so now. Yesterday in the doubles I felt like I couldnít serve at all. I had a lot of pain. I decided to stop because without the serve it doesnít make any sense. Itís better to stop and try to recover. If you play, you play 100 per cent, not to suffer on the court.
On how long it will take to recover: ďI donít know. I have to speak to the doctor. Hopefully Iíll be ready for the Australian Open. Iíll ask for a late start and try to recover. I can playing forehand, backhand, anything except serve.Ē