safin doesnt exaclty play federer in the first round. if he deos its like aussie open final or masters cup semi. when they do play, its really deep into teh tourny, and safin just doesnt win matches as easily as federer, although if he works at it, i think he can learn to win a few bagel sets agianst top ranked guys. if safin were to play federer at the begining of a tounrey like 3rd round or soemthing, before fed has too much condfidence, and before safin has both hands taped up for blisters, safin would more than just take a set off him. when safin has a great match against federer, and he figures out that he can win, things will change. safin can beat roddicks ass, and hes proven it. i think roddick is havigna lot of issues with injuries, and his elbow must hurt like a b**ch after a 20 ace match. i doubt he will last, but if he does, safin has better groundies, vollies, and mental game at this point. never though id say that, but he does. how the hell else did he stay in a tiebreak with federer at 18-20 ? safin is the man, all he needs is a few good breaks and he can be 2 if not 1.