After winning the first title at Wimbledon in 2003, Roger Federer was in another final at the All England Club a year later. In the semis, Federer took down Sebastien Grosjean 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 in two hours and set the title clash against Andy Roddick. Like in the previous five matches at Wimbledon 2004, Federer had the upper hand on both serve and return, suffering only one break and taking almost half of the points behind Grosjean’s initial shot to earn five breaks and seal the deal in straight sets. Federer had more winners than unforced errors, stayed in touch with Grosjean in the shortest rallies and dominated more advanced exchanges to move over the top and stay on the title course. Sebastien fended off two match points in the third set’s tenth game, earned a break in the next one for a 6-5 lead and served for the set. Staying focused, Federer pulled the break back and won the tie break 8-6 to emerge at the top and reach back-to-back Wimbledon finals.
Roger Federer reached second straight Wimbledon final in 2004.
“It feels great to be in another Wimbledon final. It’s my third Major final, and I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to try to defend the title. I’m still young, and I need more time to call the Centre Court my home. It’s a pleasant experience to play there. When you win some big tournament, the people realize what a great job you did. Matches like the one I played today, I look at them as ones I have to win, pushing myself even harder to perform well. Once the tournament gets underway, everything comes naturally for me. These are the moments I work hard and live for; that’s why I’m nervous ahead of every notable final. People told me Pete Sampras had 23 straight wins on grass, and I was on 22 before this encounter. Now, I have a chance to win the second Wimbledon crown and move in front of Pete; the grass suits my game, and I would love to extend the streak.
This year has been fantastic for me; I can’t figure out how I came to be so dominant. I know my rivals would give everything to beat me, and I step on the court with the same attitude, knowing I can lose if I don’t play at my best. There’s still room to improve my backhand. In the past, I would be lazy and a little slow; now, I’m in a better position on the court, and I don’t have to hit defensive slice backhands; there’s more variety in that shot. Last year’s semi-final at Wimbledon was incredible, and this one was different, with rain delays and tough conditions. I’m a better player than 12 months ago, and I know what it takes to win the title,” Roger Federer said.