On this day: Roger Federer wins first Cincinnati crown over Andy Roddick



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On this day: Roger Federer wins first Cincinnati crown over Andy Roddick

In one of his best seasons on the Tour, Roger Federer won 81 out of 85 matches in 2005, conquering 11 ATP titles, including Wimbledon, the US Open and four Masters 1000 crowns. Roger had suffered just three losses before the final event of the season and was 63-3 after claiming the maiden trophy in Cincinnati, beating Andy Roddick 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 13 minutes on August 21 for the ninth title of the season from 12 events played!

After a mediocre performance in Cincinnati a year ago, Roger went all the way that year after a tight victory over James Blake in the opening round, followed by triumphs against Nicolas Kiefer, Olivier Rochus, Jose Acasuso and Robby Ginepri.

Beating Andy Roiddick in nine of the previous ten matches, Federer extended the streak against the home favorite, getting broken once and claiming four on the other side to seal the deal in straight sets. Federer had 20 winners and 14 unforced errors, while Andy stood on a 20-22 ratio, unable to match the rival's pace in the shortest and mid-range points and missing a chance to add the second Ohio crown to his tally.

The American failed to defend the second serve more efficiently, falling short just before the second set tie break to hand the title to world no 1, with the pressure seeming to be too tough to handle. Roddick held at love in the opening game after a service winner, creating a break chance in the second when Roger's forehand found the net.

Federer got out of jail with a service winner, bringing the game home with two quick points to avoid an early setback. It was Roddick's turn to face the first troubles on serve at 2-2, suffering a break after a double fault that sent all the momentum away from him.

The Swiss confirmed the break with an excellent hold in the next game, moving 5-3 ahead with four winners in game eight.

Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick in 2005 for the first title in Cincinnati.

Roger was on a roll now, and the set was in his hands thanks to another break in game nine after a smash winner at the net, hoping for more of the same in set number two.

They opened the second set with four easy holds, and it was Roddick who created a couple of opportunities on the return in game five, converting the first with a backhand down the line winner to move in front, looking strong to send the match into a decider.

Instead of cementing the break, Andy delivered a terrible volley at the net a few minutes later to lose serve. Roger Federer moved in front again after a hold at love in game seven thanks to a beautiful volley winner at the net.

Nothing could separate them in the next four games, and Roddick was serving to stay in the match at 5-6, with no room for further errors. Andy received a medical timeout on the right foot, and this took the rhythm out of him, netting an easy forehand to suffer the crucial break and hand the victory to his rival, who celebrated the first out of seven triumphs in Ohio and the eighth Masters 1000 title.