In 2005 they played a classic semifinal in Australia where Roger had match point but tried a between the legs shot and missed. Marat went on to win the tournament.
Safin, who tends to call Roger "the Federer," reflected on the match: "His life has changed and it didn't go too bad. He won a couple of grand slams afterwards, and me, I got injured,... so we went in different ways.... I want to be in his shoes."