Roger Federer wrote history at the 2005 ATP Finals in Shanghai, beating Gaston Gaudio 6-0, 6-0 for the most dominant victory at this event! The Qizhong Tennis Center and its famous roof welcomed the world's best players at the end of 2005, with Rafael Nadal withdrawing and allowing the fourth Argentine to enter the draw!
A two-time defending champion Roger Federer reached the semi-final and met Gaston Gaudio, leaving the Argentine behind and winning all 12 games! Gaudio earned two rare wins on the carpet to advance into the last four, facing the world's best player and experiencing a heavy loss.
Roger dominated from start to finish, moving into his third consecutive ATP Finals title clash. The night before, Gaston battled against Fernando Gonzalez and prevailed after a massive fight in sets two and three. The Argentine had nothing left in the tank ahead of the next duel, struggling and leaving the court without a single game on his tally.
The Swiss could have played even better, spraying the same number of mistakes as his opponent. Still, he attacked and moved much more efficiently than his rival, winning the crucial points and earning a historical double bagel.
Federer defended his backhand well and mixed up his game with slices and net rushings.
Roger Federer delivered the only double bagel in the ATP Finals history.
Federer kept everything simple and outplayed his rival in the shortest rallies up to four strokes.
Gaudio struggled to create an open space and place his forehand, finishing the duel without winners from his more substantial wing. Gaston had two game points and seven deuces to work with, seizing no chances and finishing with two zeroes by his name.
Roger fired 11 service winners and landed 17 from the field against the rival's modest three. Thus, the Swiss accumulated 28 direct points in comparison to the Argentine's seven, earning a commanding victory in that segment.
Roger sprayed more unforced errors than Gaston, 12 to eight. On the other hand, Gaudio counted ten forced mistakes against Federer's six. Thus, they had 18 errors each, and Roger forged his advantage with those 28 winners. Also, the Argentine hit nine double faults, plaguing his chances to bring at least one game and avoid a negative record that should stay by his name for good.
Roger had a 20-14 lead in the most extended rallies, with Gaston fighting well in that area. However, Federer ruled the shortest exchanges up to four strokes, creating a massive 35-11 lead due to his mighty serve and potent first groundstroke.