Re: AO 1st round: Safin def. Becker 5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
The better player did not win today. Safin took a page out of Roddick's "win ugly" playstyle and was outplayed on every aspect of the game except for serve and only in a couple sets do he have the upperhand on that.
Also, the officials were a joke. At least twice I saw blatant foot-faults not called on Safin. Additionally, there were several incidents Safin was not given a violations for. Disgusting, Australia, disgusting. What thehell was up with him throwing his bottle out into the stands and then collected another one from the stands later? Weird. The line calls seemed fair, howeber, though perhaps due to the very obvious fear they would be made to look like fools if they tried to rob Becker that route.
Anyway, it's unfortunate these guys had to play each other the opening round.
Last edited by Ernham; 01-15-2007 at 01:58 PM.