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Updated: November 11, 2009 20:41 IST

Safin loses to del Potro, ends career

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HIS LAST MOMENTS: Marat Safin reacts in his match against Juan Martin del Potro in the Paris Masters. Photo: AP
AP HIS LAST MOMENTS: Marat Safin reacts in his match against Juan Martin del Potro in the Paris Masters. Photo: AP

Former No. 1 Marat Safin’s career is over after a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the second round of the Paris Masters.

The 29-year-old Safin, a two-time Grand Slam title winner, put on a great performance on centre court on Wednesday against the U.S. Open champion but was unable to extend his career for at least one more day.

Safin, a three-time winner in Paris, captured the 2000 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open among 15 singles titles.

The charismatic Russian hasn’t won a title since that victory in Australia. His best result this year was reaching the semi-finals at St. Petersburg last month.

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