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Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 4-6 Safin
The world number one is keen to fight back and lashes the ball right into the corner at 0-15. Safin replies with a thudding serve but Roddick gets his chance as he moves to 15-40. Another ace by Safin saves the first break point and Roddick fails to return the ball to take the game to deuce.
Safin follows up a lightning serve with a smash to move to advantage and attacks at the net to easily seal the point and the match.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 4-5 Safin
Safin races to the middle of the court to steal the first point of the game and Roddick rushes his return, sending the ball crashing into the net at 0-30. The American again struggles to deal with a rasping return of serve as Safin gets a chance at 15-40. The Russian grabs the crucial break as the American again falls to send the ball over.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 4-4 Safin
The American strikes a stunning backhand winner down the line at 30-15 but Safin does not concede another and seals the game with a smooth two-handed cross court volley.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 4-3 Safin
Things are easier for the world number one as he relies on his powerful serve to take him to 30-0. Safin snatches a point back with a passing shot and is gifted another at 40-30 when Roddick carelessly pushes the ball into the net. A big second serve from the American sees him hold.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 3-3 Safin
The Russian is being made to work really hard and has to stay focused during long rallies to grab a crucial love game.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 3-2 Safin
The top seed does not look as vulnerable on his service game and drops only one point.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 2-2 Safin
A double fault from Safin and a sloppy forehand let the American in at 15-30. The Russian mis-hits the ball after it bounces off the top of the net at 30-40 but Roddick cannot get the break. Safin trades shots with the world number one and comes into the net to take advantage but another error takes him back to deuce.
The Russian delivers his 17th ace and Roddick shoots long to hand Safin the game.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 2-1 Safin
The Russian tries to energise himself but when faced with another series of thudding serves he is unable to grab more than a point from the Roddick game.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 1-1 Safin
Safin has mixed fortunes at the net - deftly dropping the ball over, skewing another volley long - at 15-15. The Russian moves in to the net again to slice down the ball at 40-30 but Roddick delivers a backhand pass to force deuce.
The American bounces down his racket when an unforced error hands Safin advantage and the Russian endures a gruelling game to hold.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) 1-0 Safin
The world number one's physical strength could be a telling factor in the fifth set against Safin who is still on the comeback trail from injury. The signs looks ominous as Roddick powers to a love game.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7-0) Safin
Roddick steals the first mini-break in the breaker and quickly goes 3-0 up. The Russian dumps the ball into the net and he misses a smash to hand Roddick a 5-0 lead. Safin looks tired and a misplaced lob hands the American six set points. The American delivers a powerful serve to easily wrap-up the breaker after two hours and 40 minutes of play.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 6-6 Safin
Two errors by Safin and a 130mph ace move Roddick to 40-0. The world number one concedes two points to his opponent but he holds to set up the first tie-break of the match.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 5-6 Safin
Safin follows suit and places his volleys perfectly to edge 30-0 ahead. But he hands Roddick two points when a couple of drop shots fall short of the net. The Russian delivers his 16th ace and this time safely drops the ball over the net to hold.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 5-5 Safin
Roddick again comes to the net to stifle Safin's challenge and with the help of his 15th ace he holds with ease.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 4-5 Safin
Roddick slides around the court to beat Safin with a wonderful slice at 15-15 but Safin answers with a pair of quick-fire aces to move to 40-15. The Russian makes some unforced errors to be taken to deuce for the first time in the match. The American searches for the break but Safin's powerful serve sees him through.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 4-4 Safin
The world number one is clearly energised by his frustration and lashes down two aces. Roddick is fighting back and serves up a love game.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 3-4 Safin
Safin shows he can be just as dominant when it comes to serving and races to 40-0 - despite a controversial line call on the third point. Roddick returns to his seat complaining but he can find no answer on court to Safin.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 3-3 Safin
The American delivers his 11th ace at 15-15 and then fires down another mighty serves at 40-15. The world number one digs deep to hold to 30.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 2-3 Safin
The physical encounter continues as both players trade in powerful forehands. Safin moves to 40-15 with a rasping shot which leaves Roddick grasping at the air and the Russian holds.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 2-2 Safin
The American looks jittery as Safin hussles him at the net to move to 30-30 and he skids the ball out to hand the Russian a break point. Safin dives spectacularly at the net to try and steal the point from the American's pass but Roddick volleys to go to deuce.
Safin earns a second deuce but Roddick moves in at the net to make a crucial hold.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 1-2 Safin
The Russian shouts at himself as a double fault gifts Roddick the first point. But Safin snaps a forehand down the line for 15-15, drops the ball neatly over the net at 30-15, delivers a powerful cross court backhand and directs the ball into the corner to hold.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 1-1 Safin
This time it is Safin's turn to make simple mistakes and his inaccuracy moves Roddick to 40-0 and the American holds to 15.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 0-1 Safin
A new shirt does not help Roddick as two unforced errors put Safin 30-0 up. The Russian concedes a point to the top seed with a double fault but he wraps up the game with some neat work at the net.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-7 Safin
A lucky bounce off the net sees Safin snatch the first point and then he is handed the second as Roddick sprays the ball into the stands. The American snatches at the ball again to let Safin in again at 15-40 and Roddick dumps the ball into the net to hand the Russian a two-set lead.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-6 Safin
Safin relies on his powerful serve to move to 30-0 but a lack of accuracy with his groundstrokes lets Roddick in at 30-30. The Russian makes Roddick chase around the court and beats him with a lob at 40-30 before holding with a smash on the run.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 5-5 Safin
Safin applies the pressure to Roddick's forehand and snatches the first point but he dumps the ball in the net at 15-15. The Russian shows his anger as he struggles to wear down Roddick who holds to 15.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 4-5 Safin
The Russian answers Roddick by notching up his ninth ace as he wraps up his service game to love.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 4-4 Safin
More business as usual for Roddick as he races to 40-0. The American slices the ball out of court to hand Safin a single point but that is all he will get in this game.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 3-4 Safin
The momentum of the match continues to swing in the top seed's favour as he moves to 0-30. He hands one point back to the Russian as he scuffs the ball into the net and the Russian slices a forehand across the court at 30-30. Safin rescues the game with another ace.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 3-3 Safin
The top seed looks back to form as he fires down his seventh ace to hold to love.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 2-3 Safin
Roddick decides to attack at the net and it pays off as he wins the first point but an ace from Safin gets things back on level terms. A deft backhand volley at the net, another clean ace and a lob seal the game for the Russian.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 2-2 Safin
The tempo dips just a bit as both players take a breather and Safin swishes the ball well out of the court to hand Roddick the game to love.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 1-2 Safin
Another intense rally opens the third game of the set and the American just sneaks the point. Both players whip the ball across the court with great movement and speed but Roddick succumbs first, putting the ball in the net at 30-15. Ace number four rounds off the game for Safin.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 1-1 Safin
Safin produces a superb backhand half-volley at the net at 15-15. The Russian answers Roddick's smash but it is just out and Roddick takes the game.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 0-1 Safin
There is no let up in Safin's game as he swiftly moves to 30-0, getting the benefit of a few tight line calls. Roddick steals back two points but the Russian seals the game with a stinging serve.
Roddick 6-2 3-6 Safin
Safin takes first blood in another fierce baseline rally and Roddick bangs down his racket as he slips to 0-30. The Russian gets behind a forehand to earn his third set point. The American uses his serve to rescue two points but Safin gets the match back on level terms.
Roddick 6-2 3-5 Safin
The world number one is struggling to make an impression on Safin's serve and the Russian wins the rallies easily to take the game to love as Roddick vocally vents his frustration.
Roddick 6-2 3-4 Safin
The fast pace of the match continues as Roddick moves to 40-0. The American wraps up the match to 15 with a 126mph serve.
Roddick 6-2 2-4 Safin
The Russian produces a curving forehand down the line at 30-15 and whips the ball across court to kill off the rally at 40-15. Safin holds impressively with all injury doubts behind him.
Roddick 6-2 2-3 Safin
Safin appears to have rattled Roddick as he concedes the first point of his service game. Another unforced error on his forehand and an uncharacteristic double fault from the world number one lets Safin in at 15-40. The American pulls out his reliable big serve to rescue the game.
Roddick 6-2 1-3 Safin
Safin seems determined to put the injury to the back of his mind and confidently holds to 30.
Roddick 6-2 1-2 Safin
A real physical battle is shaping up between the two players in Melbourne and Safin fires the ball past Roddick to within sight of a break point. The Russian shows great hands again, chipping a half-volley over the net to take advantage. Safin makes Roddick work hard and is enthusiastically applauded as he breaks the American.
Roddick 6-2 1-1 Safin
Safin moves to the net and goes to 15-0 after an 18-stroke rally but he starts to show his frustration when he shoves the ball into the net at 15-15. Another exciting rally ends disappointingly as Safin again dumps the ball into the net at 15-30. But the Russian saves the game as Roddick makes some unforced errors.
Roddick 6-2 1-0 Safin
Roddick quickly notches up his second straight game to love while Safin appears to be having some difficulty moving around the court as he struggles with a thigh injury. The Russian calls for the trainer.
Roddick 6-2 Safin
Safin double faults at 0-15 and then makes an unforced error to send Roddick to 0-30. The American makes it three set points with a rasping forehand down the line before breaking the Russian to love and sealing the first set in 26 minutes.
Roddick 5-2 Safin
The Russian, ranked 86th in the world, takes the American to 0-40 as Roddick's accuracy deserts him. The American recovers one point with a slick forehand but Safin cannot be prevented from earning his first break.
Roddick 5-1 Safin
The American challenges Safin in some blistering rallies and carves out a chance at 15-30. He moves to 30-40 with a deft lob as the Russian is stranded at the net before easily snatching a second break.
Roddick 4-1 Safin
Roddick loses his first point at 0-15 when he fires his forehand long in a furious rally. Safin is let in at 15-30 as the American's attempted volley just falls outside the tramlines. It is encouraging for the Russian as he takes the top seed to deuce but he cannot grab the break.
Roddick 3-1 Safin
Safin shifts his tactics, slowing down his serve to try and take advantage of Roddick's weaker backhand. The nerves show as he produces another double fault but he recovers with some good work at the net to take his first game 40-15.
Roddick 3-0 Safin
The world number one gallops to the first three games without dropping a point.
Roddick 2-0 Safin
Safin is immediately made to work as Roddickengages him in some cross-court rallies. An ace takes the Russian to 30-15 but a rare double fault lets the American in.
Some slick forehands from Roddick give him the early break and a useful 2-0 lead.
Roddick 1-0 Safin
Roddick is the first to serve in what is expected to be a big-serving encounter and he already clocks 130mph as he wraps up the first game to love.