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Federer Wins Australian Open Tennis Tourney - 2004-02-01


Roger Federer has cemented his new number-one world ranking with another Grand Slam title. He defeated Russia's Marat Safin in straight sets in the final of the Australian Open.

Federer simply outclassed Safin, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Wimbledon and now Australian Open Champion glided his way to his second Grand Slam title on Sunday.

After winning the first set tie breaker, the 22-year-old Swiss dominated the Russian rocket. Safin was clearly mentally and physically tired from a gruelling fortnight in Melbourne. He had spent nearly 19 hours on the court before reaching the final.

In his own words, Safin had just run out of gas. But Federer had all the energy to pressure his opponent into taking risky shots.

A great start to the year for Federer. In one week he won a Grand slam title and, for the first time, was named the number-one player in the World.

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