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Federer showed why he's No. 1

Updated: February 1, 2004, 4:10 AM ET
By MaliVai Washington | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Despite predicting Roger Federer to win, I did not expect him to win in straight sets over Marat Safin.

Except for the break of serve that Federer went down early in the first set, there was nothing in Safin's play during the final that would make one believe he had what it took to win this championship. Even after two days off, Safin seemed sluggish and a little flat. Even more, he seemed frustrated by Federer's versatile game.

Federer simply played exquisitely.

Either ...

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