2004 Australian Open
Agassi vs Safin
7-6 7-6 5-7 1-6 6-3
Agassi, the defending 2003 Australian Open champion, had his 26-match winning streak at Melbourne Park snapped by the continued inspiring play of Marat Safin. Safin blew a two-set lead, then broke Andre Agassi in the fifth set en route to a 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 1-6, 6-3 victory in the semifinals of the Australian Open. Safin's legs were wobbly and his temper was close to a meltdown, but the Russian giant outhustled Agassi in a stamina-sapping encounter to set up a final against Roger Federer.
Marat Safin's courageous path to the Australian Open final also proved to be his downfall. Safin played a total of 30 sets over 18 hours during the tournament, equaling the Open era record of 30 sets played by Harold Solomon at Roland Garros in 1976. Unfortunately Safin had no energy for the final, but he provided these classic matches and made it known he was back as a power on the tour for 2004.
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