A whopping, stupendous match. Like the one mentioned at No. 19. And it wasn't even a final.
Yes, I am saying that the top Australian Open match was not even a final! It was the upset quality of the match—one of the biggest in the tournament's history. Marat Safin defeating world No. 1 Roger Federer in a classic five-setter.
The match had seemed to be Federer's in the fourth-set tiebreak when he had a 5-2 lead with two serves to come, but Safin fought back saving a match point in the process to send the match into one of the wildest fifth sets ever seen.
The final set played out like a well-written thriller with plot twists at every turn. Safin seemed to be home free after picking up the early break in the fifth and racing to a 5-2 lead, but Federer fought and stormed back to level at 5-5, saving a couple of match points.
Federer now had all of the momentum and looked to cash in at 6-6 when he had break-point opportunities, but Safin hit some magnificent shots to hold his serve and stay ahead at 7-6.
The top seed staved off two more match points to keep the match alive at 7-7.
Safin again put all sorts of pressure on Roger in the 16th game getting another couple of match points. Federer saved the first with a massive serve, but he was unable to hold off the tenacious Safin again.
This match will certainly be remembered as one of the most exciting and most high-quality matches ever played in the history of tennis.