Marat Safin gave one of the most impressive performances by any player this year on his way to a crushing victory over Lleyton Hewitt at the Paris Masters. The Russian claimed his first title of the year at the final event of the ATP regular season. Safin’s dominance was never greater than in the second set, when Hewitt failed to pick up a single game. “I served very well, which is so important against Lleyton,” said Safin, winner in Paris two years ago. “In the second set I was playing perfect tennis, I couldn’t miss.” Hewitt admitted there was little he could do to stop the Russian. “He played a magnificent match,” said Hewitt. “He has been just too good for everybody in the draw this week and I’ve just got to take my hat off to him.” Hewitt saved a triple match point at 3:5 in the 3rd set & led 30/0 in the following game – Safin responded winning four straight points.
Safin’s route tot the title:
2 David Nalbandian 6-3 6-2
3 Sjeng Schalken 7-5 7-5
Q Nicolas Escude 6-3 5-7 6-3
S Carlos Moya 7-5 7-6(4)
W Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(4) 6-0 6-4
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