Histrionic Safin Struggles, Saves

Marat Safin was pushed to five sets by unseeded American Vince Spadea before winning, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Both players served dismally, but Safin’s first serve was effective (when it went in) and he mixed up his game just enough, making a few devastating approaches to net.

The match was marked by Safin’s trademark histrionics, including a walk off the court towards the end of the fourth set to protest some foot-fault calls with Brian Earley, the tournament’s referee. He pulled it together, though, with a strong final set, and moves on to face Tommy Robredo, who advanced to the second round in straight sets.

Histrionic Safin Struggles, Saves