This is one of those matches were neither one will be the loser. Roger is No. 1, whether he wins or not, and he got a lot further at AO this year than he did last year. He should feel pretty good about that.
And Safin woke up one morning, yawned, decided to play tennis, and actually reached the finals of a slam after cutting a path through all the top seeds.
That's nothing to be too sad about! Clearly, he'll be one of the players the other balls will always be looking over their shoulders for this year.
I fully expect a sweaty, bloody battle tonight. Can't wait.