Safin predicts Federer-Nadal final

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Marat Safin predicts another Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal final at the French Open.

Updated: May 29, 2007 11:04 IST
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Marat Safin predicts another Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal final at the French Open.

"Nobody can come close to beating them on clay, especially here," said Safin, a semifinalist at Roland Garros in 2002. "A tough call who's going to win this year, Roger or Nadal."

Nadal has beaten Federer five times out of six on clay, including in last year's final. But Federer beat the Spaniard 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the Hamburg Masters final earlier this month - ending his clay-court record winning streak at 81 matches.

"It looks like he finally found how to play against Rafa," Safin said. "Rafa will have been playing for many tournaments already, and I think he's tired."

Safin may think he knows who will be in the final on June 10, but he's still not certain of the winner.

"50-50 chance," Safin said. "Depends how they are going to start, how the match is going to develop, and who's going to get scared first."

Safin and his younger sister Dinara Safina both won their first-round matches on Sunday.

First up on center court, Safin - the 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open champion - avoided most of the rain and beat Fernando Vicente of Spain 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.

Safina then beat Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine 7-5, 6-4, with a long rain delay disrupting the second set.

The last time they played on the same day was at last year's US Open.

"We both lost actually," Safina said. "He lost to (Tommy) Haas, and I lost to Amelie (Mauresmo)."

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