World no. 1 Roger Federer reached the third straight Wimbledon final in 2005, losing one set in six encounters and looking good to lift the third title. In the semis, Federer toppled a former champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in two hours and eight minutes, getting broken once and converting three chances from eight opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets.
Federer had the advantage in the shortest and more extended exchanges, hitting more winners than Lleyton and the same number of unforced errors to wrap up the triumph in just over two hours. The Aussie wasted game points in the opening service game to suffer a break and experience a massive setback, pulling it back at 15 in the next game to return on the positive side of the scoreboard.
From 3-3, Roger grabbed 12 of the last 17 points to rattle off three straight games and claim the opener 6-3. At 2-2 in set number two, Lleyton squandered a game point to give serve away, fending off a set point at 3-5 on his serve before Federer clinched the set with a hold at 15 a few minutes later for a massive two sets to love advantage.
The Aussie endured a couple of challenging service games in the third set to reach a tie break that Roger claimed 7-4 after forcing his rival's error to set Andy Roddick clash, the third straight at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer advanced into the third straight Wimbledon final in 2005.
"I would like to come more to the net, but it's not easy.
When you try and get passed, it's not helping your confidence. It is especially true against Lleyton, one of the greatest returners and passers in the game. I never feel unbeatable, despite 35 straight wins on grass. There are too many players out there, and you have to start from zero in every encounter.
If you fall behind too much, it's not easy to come back. Today, I was happy with how I started, and I'm thrilled to reach the third consecutive Wimbledon final. That' means a lot to me, and I hope to seize the opportunity.
I was a little tense before the match, not knowing how Lleyton would perform this time. I didn't serve well in the beginning, and he took advantage of that. I have gotten many beautiful things said about me and my game; I appreciate that.
Against Hewitt, I feel I'm good from the baseline and get chances for a break. Also, he can't do much on my serve, and that gives me the advantage. That first match against Roddick here at Wimbledon in 2003 was crucial, surrounded with a big hype.
I played an excellent encounter and was so pleased with my performance. I'm happy to score the victory in three sets today, as it was getting tight towards the end," Roger Federer said.