Eager to defend the crown he won a year ago, Roger Federer was the player to beat at Wimbledon 2004, dropping two sets on his way to second All England Club trophy and third Major overall. In the final, Roger beat Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4 in two and a half hours, scoring one more break than Andy and sealing the deal to keep the trophy in his window.
The year before, Roger was too strong for the American in the semi-finals, saving a set point in the first match and dominating in sets two and three. Twelve months later, he had to work much harder in the title clash for the 14th consecutive win at the tennis cathedral.
Roddick had his chances, creating 14 break opportunities and converting just four, suffering five breaks to finish second despite doing his best. Almost nothing could separate them in the longest rallies, and Federer forged victory in the quickest exchanges of up to four strokes, scoring more winners and fewer unforced errors.
It was the first Wimbledon final with the best seeds since John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors in 1982, and Federer's 24th consecutive victory on grass, which won Halle and Wimbledon in 2003 and 2004. They had a similar number of winners and forced errors, with Roddick ruining his chances after adding nearly 40 unforced errors, some of them at the crucial moments.
Andy played at a high level in the first set, earning a break in the third game and fending off four break opportunities in the next to build the lead and hold it 6-4 until the end. Down 4-0 in set number two, the American came back to level the score before Roger broke it for the third time at 6-5 and secured the set to gain a massive boost.
Roddick rallied to open a 4-2 lead in the third set and blew a game point at 4-3 to bring Federer back into the fray in what had been one of the crucial moments of the match. The set went into a tie break and Federer won it 7-3 after a winning backhand moved ahead of set number four.
The Swiss had to fight hard in games four and six to fend off six break opportunities and stay on the positive side of the scoreboard. After squandering his chances, Andy didn't resist at 3-3, and Federer didn't need a second invite, delivering two comfortable serving turns to seal the deal and celebrate the second Wimbledon title.
Goran Ivanisevic on Federer's current status
In a recent interview, Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic expressed his thoughts on the current state of the sport. He believes that the competition will now mainly be between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for all the records.
He also mentioned that he doesn’t see Roger Federer climbing to the World No.1 spot now. “I think men’s game is in a good stage. Okay, you have Federer who is slowly out. I don’t think he can be No. 1 ever again.
So is between Novak and Rafa for the records and all the stuff,” said Ivanisevic. Even though he praised Djoker and Rafa, Ivanisevic claimed that a lot of players like Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, and Denis Shapovalov can be World No.1 in the coming 5-6 years.
“But you have a lot of guys who in next five to six years be No. 1, going to win different Grand Slams. Medvedev, Dominic did last year in US Open. You have young guys, Russians. You have Shapovalov. You have Italians, Berrettini, Musetti, Sinner,” added the coach.