Many things had changed for Roger Federer after his first Major title at Wimbledon 2003, as he lifted another significant crown in Melbourne half a year later and became world no. 1 for the first time. In the following months, Roger won titles in Dubai, Indian Wells and Hamburg to establish himself as the player to beat before toppling all the rivals in Halle for the second straight year.
With momentum on his side, Federer was among the favorites at Wimbledon, too, making a dominant start against Alex Bogdanovic in 80 minutes. The second round brought another lower-ranked player, and Roger proved to be too strong again, dismantling Alejandro Falla 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 in lighting fast 54 minutes for one of his most one-sided Major wins!
Serving at 75%, Federer dropped 12 points in 11 service games, faced no break points and mounted the pressure on the other side.
Roger Federer stomred over Alejandro Falla at Wimbledon 2004.
Falla was miles away from those numbers, giving away almost 60% of the points behind the initial shot and getting broken seven times from eight chances offered to Federer.
Roger closed the first game with an ace, earned a break with a backhand winner at 2-1 and produced another in game six after Alejandro's volley error. The Swiss secured the opener with a service winner at 5-1 and fired a forehand down the line winner to clinch a break in the second set's first game.
The Colombian sprayed a forehand error at 2-4 to suffer another break, allowing Federer to grab the set with a smash winner a few minutes later. Like in the first round, Roger Federer produced a bagel in the third set and sealed the deal with a service winner at 5-0 to move into the last 32 in under an hour.
"I had to fight hard in the first set; the scoreboard was one-sided, but he played well and forced me to play some excellent shots to make a difference. I had a good start in all three sets and played consistent tennis throughout the encounter.
It was probably my most comfortable Major victory if you consider the result and the time we spent on the court. Still, he gave me nothing, and I had to earn the win. It's nice to hear when people compare me to Pete Sampras, but I still have to achieve a lot to come close to him; it's too early for that.
During rain delays, I watch TV, follow the news, play some cards and make sure to eat at the right times. My biggest rivals are Andy Roddick, Tim Henman and Lleyton Hewitt; they will be tough to beat," Roger Federer said.