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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