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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 May, 2005, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Safin holds off Ferrero fightback
Marat Safin
Marat Safin ended the challenge of 2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero to reach the last 16 of the French Open.

The Australian Open champion went into the match with a knee injury and started slowly, but Ferrero faltered when serving for the opening set.

Safin edged the tie-break and recovered from 4-2 down in the second before Ferrero hit back superbly in the third.

But Safin stayed strong and fought back from a break down again in the fourth for a 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 1-6 7-6 (7-2) win.

"I think the crowd should get a video cassette of this match because it was a classic," said Safin.

"I'm taking this tournament very seriously and in this sort of match you have to take your opportunities when they come.

"I got a little bit tense at the beginning of the third set. I lost the concentration - it was gone.

"In the fourth, I was lucky breaking back straight away and then holding my serve."

The Russian will face Tommy Robredo in round four after the 15th seed beat David Sanchez 6-4 6-3 6-1.

Highlights: Safin v Ferrero

Interview: Marat Safin

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