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Last Updated: Monday, 31 May, 2004, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
Gamewatch: Safin v Nalbandian
Result: Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 Nalbandian

All the action as Marat Safin is beaten by eighth seed David Nalbandian in the fourth round of the French Open.


Fourth set

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 Nalbandian
There is to be no comeback for Safin this time and three errors from the Russian give Nalbandian three match points. He finishes it with an ace.

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 3-5 Nalbandian
Safin looks despairing but he displays some neat serve-volleying skills to force Nalbandian to serve out the match.

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 2-5 Nalbandian
Nalbandian holds comfortably and there seems to be no way back for Safin now.

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 2-4 Nalbandian
Safin keeps looking at his blistered hand but it does not seem to be affecting his play and he holds to 15.

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 1-4 Nalbandian
As he did so controversially against Potito Starace in the previous round, Safin calls for the trainer midway through a game to receive treatment on the blisters on his hand. Nalbandian does well to ignore the interruption and hold from 30-30.

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 1-3 Nalbandian
Safin gets underway in the fourth set by holding to 30.

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 0-3 Nalbandian
Nalbandian has definitely stepped up a gear and he cruises through a love service game.

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 0-2 Nalbandian
Nalbandian has the first break point of the set and he grabs an early advantage with a miraculous lob on the stretch.

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 0-1 Nalbandian
Nalbandian manages to shrug off the disappointment of losing the third set and has Safin moving all over the baseline in a routine service game.


Third set

Safin 5-7 4-6 7-6 (7/5) Nalbandian
Nalbandian establishes an early mini-break but surrenders it at 5-3 when he leaves a Safin return which lands right on the line. It proves to be a critical error and Safin takes the set to give himself a glimmer of hope.

Safin 5-7 4-6 6-6 Nalbandian
Nalbandian opens with a double fault but is never in danger again, finishing the game with a backhand down the line and forcing a tiebreak.

Safin 5-7 4-6 6-5 Nalbandian
Safin appears to have lost his head when he finds himself 0-30 down after some careless play. But the Russian delivers three aces and another huge first serve to see off the danger.

Safin 5-7 4-6 5-5 Nalbandian
Safin throws his racket to the ground in frustration as he misses the chance to make it set point. Nalbandian goes on to hold and it is back to the drawing board for Safin.

Safin 5-7 4-6 5-4 Nalbandian
Nalbandian has a 0-30 lead but he lets Safin off the hook with some wild groundstrokes.

Safin 5-7 4-6 4-4 Nalbandian
Nalbandian delivers his first double fault of the match, and a Safin smash after an absorbing rally makes it deuce. Nalbandian's passing shot just clips the line and the Argentine clings on again.

Safin 5-7 4-6 4-3 Nalbandian
Nalbandian forges an opening at 15-30 but plays an ill-advised drop shot and allows Safin to go on to hold.

Safin 5-7 4-6 3-3 Nalbandian
Nalbandian serves out his fourth love service gamne of the match, as Safin struggles to control his returns.

Safin 5-7 4-6 3-2 Nalbandian
Safin closes out another routine service game with an unreturnable wide first serve.

Safin 5-7 4-6 2-2 Nalbandian
Safin begins to swing freely and recovers from 40-0 down to deuce, but Nalbandian denies him a break point.

Safin 5-7 4-6 2-1 Nalbandian
The Russian races through a love service game with a string of crunching groundstrokes.

Safin 5-7 4-6 1-1 Nalbandian
Safin does not look ready for a fightback at the moment and Nalbandian is looking untroubled.

Safin 5-7 4-6 1-0 Nalbandian
Safin holds but he has a mountain to climb - he has never recovered from two sets down in his career.


Second set

Safin 5-7 4-6 Nalbandian
Nalbandian earns three set points - and as he did in the first set, seals it with an ace.

Safin 5-7 4-5 Nalbandian
Safin seems to be on his way to an easy service hold at 40-15 but he allows Nalbandian back to deuce. The Argentine breaks again when Safin fails to collect a drop shot.

Safin 5-7 4-4 Nalbandian
Safin suddenly finds himself with a break point and dominates the baseline rally to force Nalbandian into a mistake.

Safin 5-7 3-4 Nalbandian
Safin's serve makes it an easy game but he now needs to put pressure on Nalbandian.

Safin 5-7 2-4 Nalbandian
Safin's play has become extremely erratic but he stays in touch by holding to 30. On Suzanne Lenglen Court, Lleyton Hewitt leads Xavier Malisse 7-5 6-2.

Safin 5-7 2-4 Nalbandian
Nalbandian is serving solidly and holds easily.

Safin 5-7 2-3 Nalbandian
Nalbandian is using the drop shot to brilliant effect, frustrating Safin. The Argentine earns three break points and Safin dumps a volley into the net.

Safin 5-7 2-2 Nalbandian
Nalbandian bucks the trend with a comfortable service game.

Safin 5-7 2-1 Nalbandian
Safin fires a forehand long, giving Nalbandian a break point, but the Argentine plays a wild return to surrender the advantage.

Safin 5-7 1-1 Nalbandian
Safin makes it deuce after a thrilling rally at the net, the Russian putting up some great defence before winning the point. The Argentine goes on to save two break points.

Safin 5-7 1-0 Nalbandian
Nalbandian eases off after the tension of the first set and Safin holds easily. On Suzanne Lenglen Court, Lleyton Hewitt takes the first set 7-5 against Xavier Malisse.


First set

Safin 5-7 Nalbandian
Nalbandian is twice a break up but cannot hold onto the advantage. Safin has a set point at 5-4, but the Argentine bravely produces an inch-perfect drop shot to save it.

The eighth seed breaks in the next game, and serves out to love after an hour of play.



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