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Tennis: Aussie Open - Safin scrapes into Q-Finals

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posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 04:28 PM
Marat Safin's dark side reared its head but the racquet-smashing Russian kept his cool - just - to book his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals today.

Fourth seed Safin had been on his best behaviour throughout the early rounds of the tournament and revealed he had been working to curb his famous temper.

But flashes of the old Safin were back on show before he steadied himself to down Belgium's world No.53 Olivier Rochus 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/2) in a gruelling 3hr 42min contest.

It was a display that showcased the best and worst of the Russian, a beaten finalist here in 2002 and 2004 who will now play Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty in the last eight.

AP News

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