What's all this fuss about Safin vs. Federer being the next big rivalry? Sure, Safin is talented, but Federer has a 6-1 record over him. Federer beat him in straight sets in the semi, with only one set being tightly contested. Like Roddick said after Wimbledon, "I have to win some matches before it becomes a real rivalry" (Roddick also has a 1-6 record against Federer), and the same applies to Safin. I've heard many people saying that Safin will be the only one to challenge Federer in '05, but what about the players who actually have winning records against Federer, like Henman (6-3) and David Nalbandian (5-2)? Henman vs. Federer is my favorite matchup, with Henman having recently beat Federer in quarterfinals both at Paris '03 and Rotterdam '04. The point is that while Safin is a great player, he has not yet established himself as being Federer's "only rival" for '05. Sure there may be some great matches between the two, but the bottom line is that Safin is no more qualified to beat Federer than any of the other top men.