Federer Rolls On At Australian Open

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday Jan. 23,2009
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Roger Federer has avenged his 2005 semifinal defeat to Marat Safin with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over the Russian in the third round at the Australian Open.

Federer's victory keeps alive his quest for a record-tying 14th Grand Slam singles title.

In the tiebreaker, Safin was called for a foot fault on his second serve, giving Federer a 4-1 lead. The Russian player complained to the chair umpire about the timing of such a call, to no avail.

In 2005, Safin beat Federer in the semis at Melbourne Park and went on to defeat Lleyton Hewitt in the final.

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