Entering the season ranked third, Roger Federer kicked off the action in 2012 with a withdrawal in Doha before the semi-final loss at the Australian Open to Rafael Nadal. John Isner defeated Roger on clay in Switzerland in the Davis Cup tie and the Swiss found the form after that, lifting trophies in Rotterdam and Dubai to get back on the winning path ahead of Indian Wells.
Federer would win the title in the desert as well after beating Juan Martin del Potro, Rafael Nadal and John Isner but he had to make a quick New York stop before that, facing Andy Roddick in the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition clash at Madison Square Garden in front of the crowd of 18,000.
On that Monday, Andy Roddick dropped out from the top-30 for the first time since August 2001 but he still had some good tennis left in him before the retirement at the US Open six months later, defeating Roger 7-5, 7-6 in what was an excellent night for all the tennis lovers.
The American fended off two set points in the second set tie break to prevail 9-7, sealing the deal in straight sets just a couple of weeks before beating Roger in the third round in Miami, scoring the third victory in 24 matches against the great Swiss, the first in four years.
After this tight triumph at Madison Square Garden, Roddick joked about the fact Roger had no idea how to play against him, claiming he is now in Roger's head despite that terrible score versus the Swiss star. At one point, Andy even played left-handed and pushed his sleeves to bring Rafael Nadal to the court, winning the point and celebrating with the Spaniard's famous fist pump.
"I'm obviously in Roger's head," Roddick joked. "He had no idea how to play me and I capitalized on that; the whole night felt surreal. I could feel Jeremy Lin wanted me to win tonight; I felt his energy in the building."
Federer said: "I loved my time at Madison Square Garden with Pete and to do it here with Andy, one of my greatest rivals, was great. We've had some great battles in great stadiums, and this is one of them."