The encounter was staged on Marat's 25th birthday and he made sure to give himself the best possible gift, especially after winning the title three days later.
Roger had to deal not only with inspired Safin but also with the elbow and back pain (also with blisters), coming back from 5-2 down in the fifth set before he fell down when Marat broke him in the last game of the match, converting his 7th match point.
It was the shotmaking of the finest order on both sides and the encounter is widely recognized as one of the best of the 21st century.
Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.
At the time of winning the Australian Open in 2005, Marat was dating Dasha Zhukova. He then started dating Russian singer Nastya Osipova, who was a member of the band named Having lived in Spain for a very long time, Safin is also believed to have dated several female Spanish tennis players. It is presently not known who is Marat Safin dating, but there is enough rumor circulating each time he is seen in the company of a beautiful woman.
Though this dashing player has retired, he still manages to stay in the limelight with his female companions, who he escorts for various social events that he attends.
Federer moved in front with a break in the second game of the third set but Safin got it back with a cracking backhand down the line in game five, returning to the positive side of the scoreboard.
Returners had their chances in the closing games of the set and it was Roger who took charge, breaking in game 12 after a huge forehand error from Marat to take the set 7-5 and move closer to the place in the final.
Swiss won his first Australian Open crown over Marat in 2004 and this time it was the Russian's turn to deliver his revenge, ousting world number 1 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6 9-7 in 4 hours and 28 minutes of breathtaking tennis that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats from start to finish.