What match/tournament was peak Safin?

ibbi

Legend
Not sure it's particularly a peak performance, but his Hamburg final with Guga is probably one of the better matches of the decade, certainly on clay. Kuerten had never beaten Safin before that day, so that was hyped as hell. If you're looking for good Safin stuff that's near the top of the list. He doesn't have many moments to speak of on that surface.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Not going to say it was peak Safin, but go watch the 2002 Australian Open match with Haas if you've never seen it. There is some great shotmaking in that one.
 

BauerAlmeida

Professional
AO 2004 vs Roddick and Agassi
Madrid and Paris 2004 (Particularly against Nalbandian)
Paris 2000 and 2002 had some great matches (against Hewitt one of them)
USO 2000 vs Sampras and Ferrero
AO 2005 vs Federer, Hrbaty and Hewitt after the first set (particularly since a break down in the 3rd)
Wimbledon 2008 vs Djokovic
 

BGod

Legend
2000 USO was his best tournament and the Final his best match. Yup, he drank too much of the koolaid and was never quite as sublime. The 2005 AO run was a bit up and down just like 04 was, he just primed himself for that SF but Fed was pulling his chokejob being pushed after that 4th set like he would his entire freaking career.
 
His 2004 Madrid final against Nalbandian. He destroyed Nalbandian on what was his best surface.
edit: indoors carpet was the best surface for both of them.
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
2000 USO was his best tournament and the Final his best match. Yup, he drank too much of the koolaid and was never quite as sublime. The 2005 AO run was a bit up and down just like 04 was, he just primed himself for that SF but Fed was pulling his chokejob being pushed after that 4th set like he would his entire freaking career.
2000 USO was more up and down than 05 AO.
not his best tournament. final arguably his best match, yes.

6 sets lost in USO 2000 (1 to Guardiola, 2 to Pozzi, 2 to Grosjean, 1 to Kiefer)
5 sets lost in AO 05 (incl 2 to peak fed) (1 to Ancic, 1 to Rochus, 2 to fed, 1 to Hewitt. One to Rochus is the one you can say he shouldn't have lost)
 
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