On this day: Roger Federer joins John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg following..



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On this day: Roger Federer joins John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg following..

Ever since the first Major crown at Wimbledon in 2003, there was no stopping for Roger Federer in the next couple of seasons, securing the ATP throne after the Australian Open 2004 and staying there for four and a half years.

That 2004 season was the first dominant one in his career, winning 74 out of 80 matches and claiming 11 ATP titles as the first player since Thomas Muster in 1995! After losing the Gstaad's final in 2003 to Jiri Novak in five sets immediately after lifting the Wimbledon crown, Roger had won the next 13 ATP finals in 2003-2004.

On October 3, 2004, the Swiss defeated Andy Roddick in Bangkok's final, winning the tenth ATP title of the season and becoming the first player since Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe with victories in 12 straight ATP title matches!

It was only the second indoor tournament for Roger that year, defeating Nicolas Thomann, Ivo Heuberger and Robin Soderling in straight sets to reach the semis. He had to work hard against the home star and the Bangkok native Paradorn Srichaphan, whom he ousted 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 to set the title clash against Roddick.

It was their ninth meeting and the eighth triumph for Roger, who needed 57 minutes to notch a 6-4, 6-0 win. Roger delivered only the second bagel that Roddick had experienced up to that point. Federer dominated the entire match, losing 16 points in eight service games and fending off both break points to pressure Andy.

On the previous day, Roddick defeated Marat Safin in three tie breaks, hurting his elbow, which prevented him from performing better in the final. The American served at 70%, which gave him nothing against such a strong rival, hitting eight aces and dropping half of the points in his games to play against eight break chances and suffer four breaks.

In Bangkok 2004, Roger Federer toppled Andy Roddick to write record books.

Roger fired more than 30 winners and did just about everything right on the court, overpowering Andy in the shortest and most extended exchanges to control the scoreboard and sail towards the milestone title.

Roddick had to repel three break points to bring the first game home before Roger grabbed a break at 3-3 after forcing an error from the opponent, fending off a couple of break chances in game ten with aces and closing the set with a forehand crosscourt winner for 6-4.

Andy faded from the court in set number two and failed to win a game, allowing Roger to secure the title with a forehand winner in game six and write another page of tennis history in his first season that distanced him away from the rest of the Tour.