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Safin made 33 unforced errors

Updated: March 27, 2005, 11:51 PM ET
Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Marat Safin threw, kicked and cursed his racket, then later conceded the problem was operator error.

Bedeviled by his game just two months after winning the Australian Open, the volatile Russian lost 7-6 (6), 6-1 to Dominik Hrbaty in the third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open.

Safin, ranked fourth, became progressively more discouraged as his match progressed Sunday. He made no move to return Hrbaty's final shot, an ace down the middle.

"When ...

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