12 Nov 2009

Safin takes final bow in Paris

11:48 am on 12 November 2009

The tempestuous Russian tennis star Marat Safin has officially retired.

The curtain has fallen on the career of the former world number one with his second-round defeat in three sets to the current US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro at the Paris Masters.

In a post-match ceremony 29-year-old Safin was shown a video of his peers congratulating him on his career which included two major titles, the Australian and US Opens.