Roger Federer completed the 2004 season with a 74-6 score, winning 11 titles and becoming world no. 1 in February after claiming his first Australian Open crown. In the rest of the season, the Swiss became Wimbledon, US Open and Masters Cup champion as well, competing at just two tournaments after New York but wrapping up the season with the title defense in Houston.
In the next season, Roger established himself as the leader of the pack once again, repeating those 11 titles and winning 81 out of 85 matches to stay ahead of his closest rival Rafael Nadal in what had been one of the most impressive seasons of the Open era.
Roger kicked off the 2005 campaign on January 3 with a dominant 6-1 6-1 triumph over David Ferrer in 58 minutes in the first round of Doha, setting the tone for the rest of the year after a brilliant performance. The favorite never faced a break point and stole almost 60% of the return points to create seven break opportunities and convert five to topple world no.
49 who was still far from his best tennis that would come in the upcoming years. It wasn't a perfect start of the encounter for Roger who had to survive three deuces before getting his name on the scoreboard in the first game, avoiding an early setback and finding the rhythm of his strokes.
Things looked much better for world no. 1 in game two, breaking David at love after a backhand down the line winner and overcoming another deuce in the third game to cement the advantage and move 3-0 in front. Ferrer held in the next game with a backhand crosscourt winner before suffering another break at 1-4 after a volley winner from Federer who was now serving for the set.
The Swiss delivered another excellent hold with a volley winner to secure the opening set, dominating with his initial shot and forehand and pairing that with a rock-solid performance on the return as well to leave the rival far behind.
Ferrer held at the beginning of the second set and reached deuce on the return in the next game before Roger brought the game home with a service winner to keep the initial shot intact. The Spaniard sprayed a forehand error to get broken in game three and landed another routine backhand wide to send Roger further in front a few minutes later.
Federer's aggression proved too tough to handle for Ferrer who gave his serve away once again at 1-3, pushing Federer closer to the finish line. The Swiss held in game six after forcing an error from his rival and sealed the deal with another break in the next game for the strongest possible start of the season.