2004 Wimbledon

Roger Federer v Andy Roddick

4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4


July 4, 2004

Federer fought back after coming close to being overwhelmed by Roddick's all-out attack plan in the first set, and ended up winning his third Grand Slam and his second this year following victory at the Australian Open in January. Roddick and his coach, Brad Gilbert, had concocted a game plan to counter Federer's all-round skills. The 21-year-old American, normally a baseline player, charged the net regularly behind his powerful serves and the champion was jolted out of his stride by this tactic. Roddick had promised before the match that he would play to his strength - hitting the ball hard - and he kept his word, taking Federer's serve apart with his huge forehand in game three.

The American underdog looked in control at one set all and a break up.

A subdued Federer only found his rhythm after a second rain stoppage, breaking back and racing through the tie-break.  Federer saved six more break points in the fourth set, but broke Roddick to lead 4-3 and served out for a 4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4 win and the title.  "I got lucky today for sure," he said. "I was down a break in the third set and if Andy had served a few better games it would have been two sets. "He also deserves this title and I hope we're going to play many more times here."  







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