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No complaints from Federer after Safin defeat

Roger Federer had no complaints after he was beaten by Marat Safin in a dramatic five-set semi-final at the Oz Open on Thursday.
PTI | By Simon Cambers (Reuters), Melbounre
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2005 11:50 PM IST

World number one Roger Federer had no complaints after he was beaten by Marat Safin in a dramatic five-set semi-final at the Australian Open on Thursday.

The defending champion saved six match points but missed a match-point chance of his own in the fourth set tiebreak before slipping to a 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-7 defeat, ending his run of 26 consecutive victories.

"Losing by having match point is always going to hurt no matter how the match was, but at least I can leave feeling good because I gave it all I've got," he said.

"He was the better player. I'm hoping for a rematch but I am thrilled to be a part of it. That's very clear.

"I haven't been involved in too many such great matches.

"It is really unfortunate. I thought I played really well and a point here and there changed the match. That was a pity but at least I gave it a fight.

"I had chances in the fifth set. I had break points and love 30s.

"But I surprised myself by coming back, because I had all these problems."

Federer needed treatment for back problems during the four-hour 28-minute match and came back from 5-3 down in the final set.

"He has a great serve and was obviously more fresh than me. I didn't think I could get back, but I had a feeling, like he gave me a second chance and I almost took it.

"I thought I would have lost the (match) point anyway, he came up with a good shot to lob me. You have to have some guts to do that, so well done.

"I just told myself I had to try everything tonight, and get two days off and be fit for the final.

"My back was fine, just a nerve which went all the way to my finger. What was bothering me most was a blister on my foot, which I had from the second set."

Safin will meet either second-seeded American Andy Roddick or third seed Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in Sunday's final.

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