posted on Feb, 1 2004 @ 08:46 AM
Roger Federer was crowned Australian Open champion on Sunday as the final proved a match too far for comeback kid Marat Safin.Federer turned in a
superb performance to win 7-6 6-4 6-2 on the Rod Laver Arena and lift the trophy for the first time.
Federer capped a week in which he became world number one for the first time with a straight-sets demolition of Safin, whose remarkable exploits
through the tournament finally caught up with him.The 24-year-old dropped only two sets all fortnight and rose above Roddick in the world rankings on
Friday with his semi-final victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero.That Safin was in the final at all was remarkable, given he had spent last year plagued by
injury. He played only six matches from May onwards,losing them all,as he battled a debilitating wrist injury.But after taking time out and having
time away from the game to contemplate his career, Safin arrived back on tour determined to regain his rightful place in the top 10.That saw him past
the likes of James Blake, Roddick and Agassi. But heart will only take a man so far. His legs could not complete the journey.