2005 Australian Open

Roger Federer  vs  Marat Safin


5-7,6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-7




Marat Safin ended top-ranked Roger Federer's 26-match winning streak in a classic Australian Open semifinal, outlasting the defending champion 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 9-7 in a dazzling 4 1/2-hour match.

This matchup lived up to the hype and was fantastic tennis between two of the game's most gifted all-around players. Every point was a struggle as they punished weak shots and swapped stinging groundstrokes and drop volleys.   Safin's serve dominated while Federer kept pace with a barrage of baseline winners, drop shots, and even resorted to serve and volleying as a change of tactics late in the match.  Amazing tennis!










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