2005 US OPEN
ROGER FEDERER v LLEYTON HEWITT
6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3
Roger Federer saw off Lleyton Hewitt in four hard-fought sets to secure a US Open final against Andre Agassi.
With a run of eight straight wins over Hewitt going into the match, a routine win looked likely when Federer rolled through the first set and broke at the start of the second. But the world number one has been giving his opponents chances in recent matches and did so again as Hewitt broke straight back.
Hewitt had his chances in the second set, and finally took a set off of Federer in the 3rd. It was the first winning set following 5 straight losses and 17 straight losing sets. The last time Lleyton won a set being at Wimbledon in 2004. Hewitt did a great job of picking his spots to attack the net and volleyed nicely to put the pressure on Federer. But Roger soon found his backhand passing stroke and was hitting both cross court and down the line winners to regain control of the match. Lleyton was called for double digit foot faults, many of which were questionable, and had more double faults than aces, which probably cost him the match. But even Roger admitted that the close match will give Lleyton some confidence for the inevitable battles they will have in the future.
Now Federer moves on to play Agassi in a brilliant finals matchup.
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