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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 January, 2005, 08:26 GMT
Gamewatch: Hewitt v Safin
Result: Hewitt 6-1 3-6 4-6 4-6 Safin

All the action as Marat Safin beats Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open final.


Fourth set:

Hewitt 4-6 Safin
Safin makes absolutely no mistake, firing down some massive serves to close out the match for his second Grand Slam title.

Hewitt 4-5 Safin
Safin opens with a brutal ace and a stunning half-volley winner

Hewitt 4-5 Safin
Safin is two points from victory at deuce but Hewitt digs deep to serve his way out of trouble and put the pressure on the Russian.

Hewitt 3-5 Safin
Hewitt cannot put any pressure on the vastly improved Safin serve and the Russian is one game from victory.

Hewitt 3-4 Safin
Safin is in control of every game at the moment and at 15-30 he misses a good chance on the Hewitt second serve. The Australian holds on and is showing no sign of giving up.

Hewitt 2-4 Safin
Safin remains unusually calm despite moving ever closer to a second Grand Slam title. He wins another confident service game with a huge ace.

Hewitt 2-3 Safin
Hewitt is hanging on gamely and saves a break point with a big forehand as he keeps the match alive.

Hewitt 1-3 Safin
A cross-court winner is the highlight as Safin holds with ease.

Hewitt 1-2 Safin
Hewitt stops the rot with a better game, giving Safin no chance with a couple of big serves.

Hewitt 0-2 Safin
Safin is in complete control now, sending Hewitt scurrying all over the court with a mixture of heavy groundstrokes and delicate drop shots. The aces are coming too and the holds to 15.

Hewitt 0-1 Safin
Hewitt looks set for a straightforward hold at 40-15 before Safin produces the shot of the match - a running forehand pass from way behind the baseline. He then finds the best form of the match to break in a stunning final point that ends with a backhand winner.


Third set:

Hewitt 4-6 Safin
Safin misses a first set point when he nets a backhand but makes no mistake the second time around as Hewitt puts a backhand wide.

Hewitt 4-5 Safin
Safin charges into the lead as Hewitt is foot-faulted again to go 15-40 down. The Russian misses his first chance before Hewitt unbelievably double faults to hand over the initiative.

Hewitt 4-4 Safin
Safin starts the game with another discussion with the umpire but smoothly levels the score with a comfortable hold.

Hewitt 4-3 Safin
A dramatic game sees Safin break back at the third attempt with a blistering backhand winner. After saving the first with an incredible forehand, Hewitt is warned for unsportsmanlike contact for turning and pointing at a line judge who earlier foot-faulted him.

Hewitt 4-2 Safin
After holding his temper in check for most of the tournament the old Safin is back and he sits at the changeover shaking his head and talking to himself. Despite that, he comes out and delivers his best service game of the match.

Hewitt 4-1 Safin
Hewitt moves Safin around beautifully on his way to winning the longest rally of the match and he holds serve to 15.

Hewitt 3-1 Safin
This time it is Safin who lays into the umpire - in Spanish - after a dodgy overrule and he looks distinctly unhappy, but two big serves give him the game.

Hewitt 3-0 Safin
Hewitt moves three games clear against a dispirited looking Safin, who barely makes a run to chase one measured lob. Safin finishes the job he started in the last game by breaking his racket, which provokes a warning. The trainer arrives for the Russian.

Hewitt 2-0 Safin
Another desperately tight game goes the way of Hewitt despite a furious outburst after an overrule from the umpire. The Aussie approaches the chair and makes his feelings known to everyone in the Rod Laver Arena. Hewitt misses two break points before a remarkable defensive shot gives him a third chance. This time Safin makes the error and he slams his racket into the ground as the Aussie celebrates.

Hewitt 1-0 Safin
Safin earns a break point with an outrageous forehand winner but Hewitt gets out of trouble when the Russian nets a forehand, prompting the first "C'mon!" of the day from the Aussie. Two points later it is a backhand error that lets Safin down and Hewitt holds on.


Second set:

Hewitt 3-6 Safin
A second straight net cord and a sublime drop shot get Hewitt to 30-30 but, under pressure, Safin finds a huge second serve and follows up with a forehand winner to level the match.

Hewitt 3-5 Safin
Safin is starting to make headway from the baseline with his more powerful hitting. He earns a set point but a backhand goes long, although the call is very late. The first trademark backhand winner down the line gives Safin another chance but he nets a forehand. Hewitt wins the game with a net cord.

Hewitt 2-5 Safin
An edgy Safin slips to 30-30 but Hewitt is now making mistakes of his own and he nets a simple backhand, allowing the Russian to hold.

Hewitt 2-4 Safin
There are still signs that Safin has not completely found his rhythm with a couple of loose groundstrokes and Hewitt is still in touch in this set.

Hewitt 1-4 Safin
Safin has regained his confidence and consolidates the break with a solid game that includes a confident volley winner and a measured pass.

Hewitt 1-3 Safin
Safin shows the form that beat Roger Federer with some heavy hitting from the baseline and a big forehand return gives him a much-needed break of serve.

Hewitt 1-2 Safin
A comfortable hold looks on the cards for Safin at 40-0 but Hewitt is not in the mood to give up on anything. He produces two fierce forehand winners before a woeful error from Safin makes it deuce. The Russian hangs on, but only just.

Hewitt 1-1 Safin
At last Safin puts Hewitt under some pressure but at deuce the Aussie comes up with a fearless drive volley on his way to hoding serve.

Hewitt 0-1 Safin
At 30-30 Hewitt misses a lob by an inch and Safin scrapes through another difficult game.


First set:

Hewitt 6-1 Safin
Hewitt completes a stunning opening set with relative ease and while Safin is playing poorly, the Australian is at the top of his form. The set is wrapped up with a service winner.

Hewitt 5-1 Safin
Hewitt all but guarantees the first set as Safin opens with another three errors. The Russian hits back with winners on the volley, backhand and forehand to get to deuce before Hewitt comes up with a superb lob and a cross-court pass.

Hewitt 4-1 Safin
Safin continues his poor start and is already up to nine unforced errors, while Hewitt delivers his first ace as he racks up eight straight points.

Hewitt 3-1 Safin
Safin gets off the mark with some better serving, while Hewitt makes his first unforced error of the match but also produces a magnificent drop shot.

Hewitt 3-0 Safin
Four errors from Safin give Hewitt the perfect start and the Australian looks very comfortable.

Hewitt 2-0 Safin
Safin looks very edgy in the opening stages and is being drawn into long rallies that favour Hewitt, and the Australian gets to break point at 30-40. Safin nets a backhand and the crowd goes wild.

Hewitt 1-0 Safin
Safin has a good chance to go 0-30 but makes a very nervous unforced error and Hewitt takes the game to a huge cheer from the home crowd.




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