5th of August 2000 ,Tennis Masters Series, Toronto, Canada


Marat Safin will play Harel Levy in the Tennis Masters Series final after Safin won an incident-packed three set battle against Wayne Ferreira.

The young Russian won 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 and while the first two sets had plenty of dramatic tennis it was in the climactic deciding set that the match really came to life.

Having clawed his way back from a set and a break down to force the decider, Ferreira began showing he could live with the power and aggression from the other side of the net.
The South African showed all his grit and fighting spirit too, twice retrieving a break of serve and frustrating Safin time and again.

Finally the Russian seized the initiative, breaking for third time to serve and 5-4, when at 15-0 an overruled line exploded into contraversy.

Ferreira refused to accept the overrule, and took so long to accept umpire Rudi Berger's decision that he earned himself a time violation.

Referee Gayle Brady was called but did not intervene, and with Ferreira earning himself a point penalty, Safin fired down a second service ace at 40-0 and took the match.

It was a sour end to a exciting and high quality match, with the battling Ferreira threatening yet another upset. But it was that very fire and determination which spilled over, and proved his undoing.