Rock-solid win for Federer against Safin

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, are you listening? Roger Federer sent a piercing message to his archrivals after an emphatic third-round win over Marat Safin.

Updated: January 23, 2009, 11:07 AM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- He said it felt like a "little something more" than just a third-round match, and he certainly played like it was. Roger Federer produced some compelling tennis to complete a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Marat Safin at the Australian Open on Friday night.

Safin, playing what he says will be his last Australian Open, tipped his cap to the Swiss afterward. "He's the most complete tennis player in the history of tennis, that's for sure," Safin said. "With all due respect ...

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