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Here's the post-match interview with Jim Courier:
JC: Marat, you had so many matchpoints in the last set before you finally closed it. Was it difficult for you to believe that you were going to get through?
MS: To be honest, uh, I couldn't believe that's why I couldn't take it from the first matchpoint because psychologically I had another side Roger Federer and like it just already puts you pressure that no matter what, no matter how many matchpoints you have to really win it and you have to- do it really be careful.
JC: Well, that was one thing you weren't tonight was careful. You really can't play careful against Federer, can you? Don't you have to play to your limit to beat a guy like that?
MS: Yeah, but when it's coming the moment and you're a little bit choking-- that's what it's called in tennis. (smiles)
JC: Is that what it's called?
MS: Yes, we- yes. (smiling) And it's a really bit difficult, you know because I lost seven times and uh. He just- too good.
JC: Well, he wasn't tonight. You were down matchpoint in the fourth set tiebreak and Roger attacked his second serve, he hit a brilliant drop volley and you had the answer. You had to think the match was over at that point. How did you get to that shot? How did you get creative with the lob there?
MS: At this moment, you know? At this moment in the match you don't really think. You just come naturally. Whatever comes, comes. I had so many times to think about my backhand down the line. Matchpoint, you don't think. You go for it. When it's in, it's good. When it's coming out, it's not so good. (cheering and applause)
JC: And how about the emotion in this match? Because you're an emotional player and Roger we don't see a lot of, we saw more of it tonight than usual. How were you able to control your emotions out here because you were a little up and down but by and large, you were pretty straight.
MS: (sighs and then shrugs) (Looks at Jim)
JC: It's my job, I'm sorry. (laughter)
MS: It's uh-
JC: Do you need a hug or what?
MS: Yes, I need some hug. (Marat and Jim both hug each other) =) (applause)
MS: To be honest, it's a little bit difficult to give, to find right answer to explain to all the people that are coming here right now and what I felt at the matchpoints, how I keep myself quiet, even though I broke the racket and threw the balls outside the court. (laughter) And it's uh really for the people, for you to understand what's going on in the court. And the matchpoints. Even from the first moment when you step on the court, it's like a brain fight against each other. Against Roger Federer. So psychologically, it's difficult. And it's difficult what it feels. And we really feel the game. And we really want to show what we can. And uh, just it's already 12:30 at night. (applause) So- uh, we just, I think, we played as best we could and I couldn't give anything more than that. I really hope that you really appreciate, I know if you're staying here until so late, appreciate the game (cheering and applause)
JC: Well it is 30 minutes past your birthday, you turned 25 just yesterday. Quite a great- (crowd starts singing Happy Birthday) and, here you go-
Sing along won't you?
MS: I can't sing to myself. (Jim smiles) (At the end of the song, Marat does a bow and then claps )
JC: Well, as your reward for the birthday gift that you've given to yourself, you're now to your third final here in Melbourne. And you've been- you've been close. You haven't quite gotten to the title and now you've taken out the world's number one but now two and three remain. Lleyton and Andy will go to battle tomorrow. You have two days off before the final. Physically it shouldn't be a problem for you. Emotionally, coming back for this match, how are you going to do it?
MS: It's really--more mental. Not physical. I already lost twice in the two finals. I had no even chance to win the final. I'm going to play on Sunday. And the final is the third time I'm here. Hopefully I'll have the support from the people I'll try to get through with it.
JC: I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say if Lleyton's in the final you're probably not gonna get a lot of support. (laughter and applause)
MS: But I think the people here really know a good game. So they really appreciate that (applause). So hopefully we'll have a good final. If Lleyton wins, it's like a present from me to you (laughter). But if I win, I'm sorry but uh (more laughter). But I think the match today really worth it.
JC: It certainly was. Marat Safin to the third Australian Open finals. Congratulations. Well done, young man