I completely agree with your sentiments. Andre is one of the only players I could think of that would fight back after losing two extremely close sets, in which he had set points on his serve in both, and take it to a 5th, maintaining a great level throughout. He really did make Safin earn the win, fighting till the end.
I am so sad about the loss though, it looks Andre may not be returning. He did his customary bow to all four sides after the match, which he doesnt normally do in defeat. In his press conference when asked about it he said something like "i wanted to tahnk the crowd for supporting me over all these years because you never know when it'll be your last year"