2003 Wimbledon
Federer v Roddick

SF

7-6 6-3 6-3

 

 

With a strong serve of his own and a superior all-around game, Federer beat Roddick 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-3 Friday to become Wimbledon's first Swiss finalist. 

In a matchup of future Grand Slam champions, the young swiss player showed that he had all the tools to combat the pure power game of the American. Federer controlled the net, employed a broader variety of shots and surprisingly hit 17 aces to just four for Roddick.

Federer said, "I really played great. I served extremely well. To raise my game like this for such a big match is incredible."

Federer closed the second set on a long rally, moving smoothly from side to side before charging forward to put away a difficult half volley.

Even Roddick smiled in admiration as he walked to his chair.

"The last shot was ridiculous," Roddick said. "I don't know if anybody else can do that shot. It was almost like he was doing a trick shot."

 

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