Roger Federer By the end of 2002, he had established himself as a top 10 player with big plans for the new season. The Swiss captured his first major title at Wimbledon in 2003, winning notable points and entering the competition against world no.
1 place during the US Open Series. On Monday, August 4, Roger was 340 points behind Andre Agassi on the ATP list. Andre lost to Renner Schuttler in the quarterfinals of the Canadian Masters and Federer had a chance to overtake him and win the ATP crown for the first time.
Just one day after his 22nd birthday, Roger took the court against Andy Roddick on August 9 in a semi-final that stood between him and dethroning Agassi. The Swiss won 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 in one hour and 56 minutes and failed to reach the final stage.
Thus, six months before Roger did so in February 2004, he missed out on a great opportunity to claim the ATP throne. This is their fifth meeting on the Tour and Andy’s first win. The American was highly motivated to do his best against Federer after losing in the Wimbledon semi-finals a month ago.
The Swiss led 4-2 in the final set but was unable to take home the match, ending his run to the semi-finals. After losing in the first round at Roland Garros, Roddick parted ways with longtime coach Tariq Benhabiles and hired Brad Gilbert.
Brad pulled the best out of him to no. 1 place in November of that year. After this win over Roger, Andy won 23 of 25 matches under Brad, and a month later he would win the US Open.
The American served just 48% of the time and was broken twice of Federer’s many chances. On the other hand, Roger struggled on his second serve, hitting ten double faults. The Swiss faced nine free-throw chances and saved seven.
He had a chance to seal the deal after a break in the final set but came up short in the final. Roddick stands at 34 winners and 23 unforced errors.
Roger Federer had a chance to become world no. 1 in Montreal 2003
At the same time, Roger finished the game with the same numbers, creating a ratio of 38-28 to follow the opponent’s pace and sometimes show at a higher level.
In the third game of the match, Roddick had two break opportunities and Roger converted the first goal to take the lead. The American moved in front 3-1 with three aces, playing well from the start and exploiting Roger’s backhand to dominate the rallies.
Federer recovered from a cold start to break back at 3-4 to build a 30-0 lead only to lose four points to fall 5-3 behind. The American closed out the opening game with a service winner after 29 minutes, ten minutes into the match, a secure second serve and a more determined player from the baseline.
Things went from bad to worse for Roger as he faced three break chances early in the second set. Strip them down for critical retention and enhancement. Both served well until game six until Andy ran into trouble on serve after going 40-0.
The Swiss converted as Roddick volleyed long after double-faulting to give Roger a break. Federer closed out the set by holding to love in game nine, reducing his errors and holding just that chance on the return to send the match to the decider.
Buoyed by this momentum, Roger broke early in the final set to find himself in the driving seat. He read Andy’s serve better than the opener and took charge from the baseline to close out the match with a backhand winner.
Federer saved two break points in game four with aces and the third with a forehand winner to move 3-1 ahead after refusing to serve. He had to dig deep again at 3-2, landing an incredible backhand crosscourt winner after a 23-stroke rally to stave off another break chance.
Roger closed out the match with two service winners to build a 4-2 lead, two games away from becoming world no. 1. Hanging in there, Roddick got another break after a good comeback in the 8th game to tie the game at 4-4.
The American fired three winners in the next game to move ahead and both players held the next three games comfortably to set up a break in the final. After Roger’s double fault, Andy gets his first mini-break on the second point.
Federer then missed an easy forehand and pulled a mini-break back at 1-3 and did his best to cross the finish line first to keep himself in contention. Still, his fate was pretty much sealed when Roddick took the next point with a perfect running forehand winner. American Roger moved to seal the deal and move into the final as he landed a long forehand at 6-3.