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Safin stuns Djokovic at Wimbledon
The former world number one ousts the third seed in the second round.
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2008 14:38 GMT
Marat Safin stunned Novak Djokovic and will now play Andreas Seppi in the third round [GALLO/GETTY]

Russia's Marat Safin caused the biggest upset at Wimbledon so far, by beating third seed Novak Djokavic in straight sets to oust the Australian Open champion in the second round of the tournament.

Safin, a former world number one and Australian and US Open champion, triumphed 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 to record one of the best wins of his rollercoaster career.

"This win came at the right time for me. I've been lacking confidence but to beat Djokovic on Centre Court is a great win," said Safin.

"I haven't had a win like this for a long time. I had to play really well and concentrate and be with him game by game and just go for it.

"But he was under pressure. He's fighting for the number one spot by the end of the year while nothing was expected of me.

"I didn't look at the draw after Djokovic but the way I'm playing I think I can go far."

The Russian, who has seen his ranking slump to 75 since his last title at the Australian Open in 2005, will now face Italian 29th seed Andreas Seppi for a place in the last 16.

It was a stunning defeat for 21-year-old Djokovic, who was a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year and who was being widely tipped as a potential winner, even with the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the draw.

Serbian stutter

Safin broke to lead 3-2 in the first set when Djokovic served up a fourth double fault but handed the advantage immediately back to the Serbian.

With the Russian's temperamental attitude, that would usually have signalled a collapse but buoyed by being back on Centre Court and back in the limelight, Safin broke again in the seventh game to lead 4-3.

His pinpoint first service, which had Djokovic constantly in trouble, carried him to an unlikely first set win.

Djokovic, with his game stuttering in the difficult windy conditions, fought off break points in the third game of the second set before Safin ran away with the tiebreaker when the world number three patted back an unreturnable serve.

The 28-year-old Russian was in complete control and was ahead 3-0 in the third set after breaking Djokovic in the second game.

The Serb saved three match points in the eighth game but then served up a lazy ninth double fault to hand Safin a famous victory after just two hours on court.

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