Serb and world No. 3 Novak Djokovic was likely to play against Swiss and world No. 1 Roger Federer in the semis, but Russian and world No. 75 Marat Safin defied expectations with a 4-6 6-7 2-6 surprise win.
I admit I only started watching tennis when Aussie Patrick Rafter broke into the scene. But I was hooked instantly.
In addition to Rafter, Safin (and, OK, Ivanisevic — I mean who could forget that Wimbledon finals with Rafter?) was the one I kept my eye on. But he has such a temper and when he lets his disposition take hold of his game, he just disintegrates.
I know his win has as much to do with Djokovic’s less than stellar game as his ability to stay mentally sane. But I hope he does good this time and give me reason to watch a Grand Slam finale once again. I do not want and am tired of seeing yet another Federer-Nadal finals.