2004 Houston Tennis Masters

 Roger Federer v Gaston Gaudio

6-1, 7-6 (7-4)




Top-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland returned to action after missing three weeks with a torn thigh muscle and defeated Gaston Gaudio of Argentina 6-1 7-6 in the first round of the ATP Masters Cup championships in Houston, Texas.  Gaudio didn't win another point in the first set of a match that was interrupted by rain for two hours.
Although Gaudio rallied in the second set, Federer moved well, chasing down drop shots and retreating to run down overheads.  Gaudio, who staged a comeback to win the French Open final this year, fought back in the second set to force a tiebreaker.  He was down three break points in the ninth game before managing to hold serve and held again in the 11th game after overcoming three more break points.  But Federer served the final two points of the ensuing tiebreaker, taking it to match point with a strong volley winner and closing the match with a forehand winner.








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