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Confident control pays off

Updated: January 31, 2004, 1:38 PM ET
By Cynthia Faulkner | ESPN.com

After his commanding performance at the Masters Cup, it isn't unexpected to see Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open final tonight (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET).

No one, however, expected to see Marat Safin there.

Due in part to injury, Safin hasn't moved past the first round of any tournament since April. He missed all of the majors in 2003 except for the Australian Open.

Yet, here he is -- in the final and trying to become the first man since Michael Stich at ...

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