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Re: D. Hrbaty def. M. Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 to clinch the Hopman Cup for SVK

wonderful match

Hrbaty is coming back to Top 100 for sure

also don't remember the last time I saw Safin move this well
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Excellent match from both men. Hrbaty is going to have a great year and return to the top 100 if he keeps playing like this.

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Marat was broken twice at the end of set 2 and wasted 4 break points at 21* in set 3.
He hits with no power except for 1st serve.

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wonderful match

Hrbaty is coming back to Top 100 for sure

also don't remember the last time I saw Safin move this well
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Re: D. Hrbaty def. M. Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 to clinch the Hopman Cup for SVK

Good match with hard-flat shots from both sides

Hrbaty and Safin have very interesting H2H. They have played 16 matches (8-8) since 1998. According to my stats Hrbaty has won in his long career only 3 matches after saving MP but two of them against Safin! What's more interesting Hrbaty has beaten Safin three times 7-6 in the third, I can't colligate any other H2H with the same outcome.

BTW, Safin has lost 6-7 in the final set the most times in tennis history.

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Exhibition or not, this was a great match and reminded me of the old times, when they used to play a lot together. Great serving from Safin, but even better fighting from Hrbaty. Top 100 can´t be far away if he keeps playing like this. Good luck in the AO qualy!

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Great finale to the tournament. It's been a long time since I saw such intense and hard-fought matches in the Hopman Cup.
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totally freakin awesome

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Fun match. A lot hard shots with a lot of long rallies makes for fun tennis. Hrbaty will be climbing up the ranks easily with that sort of tennis
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Expected.
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Fantastic match from both players, they definitely were pumped and both wanted the match badly. Hrbaty just played the important points better.

Dominik kept up some good form for the whole week, he is definitely coming back to the top 100. Apparently he is accepting a MD WC into Auckland, hopefully he will still be able to contest the AO quallies.
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Expect to see Cibulkova dating Hrbaty after this...

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Great match.

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