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Federer's loss to Safin was his last defeat Down Under

On the eve of the year's first Grand Slam, Joel Drucker looks back on five of the best men's matches in the Open era at the Australian Open.

Originally Published: January 9, 2008
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

The atmosphere in Australia is more relaxed than at any of the other Grand Slams. But don't confuse an easygoing atmosphere with subdued tennis. Here's a look at the five greatest Australian Open men's matches of the Open era (the first Australian Open was played in 1969).

1. 2005 Semifinals: Fed Express Derailed Marat Safin def. Roger Federer, 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (9), 9-7

The British have a term for this kind of tennis: a cracker of a match. Lighting up the court from ...

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