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Federer freezes Safin for AO 2004 Championship: 7/6 6/4 6/2

For us Safin fans, storybook ending was not to be

For us Federer fans, you just have to say "Too good". First man since Sampras to win the Aussie Open right after winning Wimbledon.

All aboard the Fed Express

Now for the Safin/Federer rematchs into the spring
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way to go fed!
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Re: Federer freezes Safin for AO 2004 Championship: 7/6 6/4 6/2

Federer shone this night.

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Awful match. Safin was tired and it showed after the 1st set. Roger was patchy but good enough. Some great points but some really bad ones as well. Saffy was great at the net even better than Roger. Great passing shots by both. Roger's mixing pace and styles fucked Safin's baseline power game so good tactics by Roger but you could tell both guys were nervous as hell. Glad Roger won but it was tough watching Marat.
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Great come back, Marat! Keep it up!



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Re: Federer freezes Safin for AO 2004 Championship: 7/6 6/4 6/2

CONGRATS ROGER!

To do this without a coach, unbelievable! I don't think even the Federer fans expected this.
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i didn't really think it was that bad of a match, actually. roger was just too solid and played completely differently than agassi did against him. neither played their best, but looking at roger's stats, it doesn't seem he played too badly at all.
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I thought it was a real possibility that federer would dismantle safin and sadly he did.
Scrappy match and safin was clearly spent.
Roger played within himself but still did enough for another steamroller Slam win.

It wasnt even close.
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Re: Federer freezes Safin for AO 2004 Championship: 7/6 6/4 6/2

Boring match. Safin seemed to lose concentration almost as soon as he hit the court. Looked dead tired after the first set (Fed will send Agassi flowers later to thank him.) Both played sloppy but Fed easily won anyways. If it were Agassi, he'd have made Fed work much harder for the win. But Safin was too busy smashing rackets and entertaining the crowd. Get a coach, Marat. And quit partying so much. You flaked out. Again.

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Re: Federer freezes Safin for AO 2004 Championship: 7/6 6/4 6/2

I dont think Safin played all that bad, Federer just completely neutralised his first serve with Safin winning only 63% when it went in and serving only a few aces.

Certainly Safin collapsed in the 3rd set but you couldnt realistically ask him to pull out a comeback after what he has been through
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Re: Federer freezes Safin for AO 2004 Championship: 7/6 6/4 6/2

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Now for the Safin/Federer rematchs into the spring
That's exactly what I'm looking forward to!
Seeing my top two in the finals...this couldn't get any better.

Congrats Marat, it's great to finally see you're back. And to Rogi on winning the Oz.

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i think it would have been completely different if marat would have won the first set, personally (i mean, roger still would have won, i imagine) but marat would have been able to think... not just "stay with him" rather that "i need to catch up with him... and NOW." but roger handled the tie break pretty well, considering that was the first one he played all tournament (pretty damn rare!) and marat had won quite a few pressure tiebreaks along the way.
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Re: Federer freezes Safin for AO 2004 Championship: 7/6 6/4 6/2

YEAHHH Congrats Fed for your second GS title and the Aus Open title!!! I'm sooooo happy!!! You did great!

Rogi really did less UFES than in his previous matches... but Safin looked tired and frustrated... Well done Marat for that fabulous week, let's hope that will be a great year for both players!

Congrats again Fed!!! Now continue! GOOOOOO!!!

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Dirk, that was a good call on the match. But, I don't think Marat was tired. From what I saw in the Agassi match and what his trainer said, I think Marat has the physical goods. I don't think he's the mental midget he used to be, either. I think he was confounded and perplexed by Roger's game. He's in serious need of a coach/strategist and he needs to watch Roger's matches, especially this final, until he pukes. Then I hope he mounts a real challenge to Roger. He's more than capable. But, now it's time for the real work to begin. The honeymoon is over.

Speaking of coaches, I think Roger shut up a few critics.
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Re: Re: Federer freezes Safin for AO 2004 Championship: 7/6 6/4 6/2

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But Safin was too busy smashing rackets and entertaining the crowd. Get a coach, Marat. And quit partying so much. You flaked out. Again.


So you're saying he "shouldn't" fall back on his big dick because his "talent" refused to manifest itself?

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