Memorable Moments: Australian Open

Safin-Federer epic semifinal
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Safin-Federer epic semifinal

2005

Marat Safin had one more ultimate Grand Slam run left in him in 2005, five years after his short-lived tenure as No. 1 in the world. A 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 9-7 semifinal victory over Roger Federer was his biggest win in Melbourne. It came on his 25th birthday. The Russian saved a match point in the fourth-set tiebreak and outlasted the indominatable Federer, who needed trainers' help early in the fifth and fought off six match points in the final games. One of only four men to beat Federer in 2005, Safin went on to defeat Aussie Lleyton Hewitt in the final.


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