Playing in the fourth round at Wimbledon for the fourth time in the last five years, Roger Federer defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in two hours and 15 minutes to advance into the last eight in 2005. Like in the previous three matches, Roger served well and suffered one break of serve while serving for the victory at 6-5 in the third set, bouncing back quickly to seal the deal in the tie break and set the Fernando Gonzalez clash. Federer scored one break in each set against the Spaniard who had a solid campaign that year at the All England Club, overpowering him from the baseline to stay on the title course. The Swiss claimed the opener with a break in game four, repeated that at 2-2 in the second and served well to find himself two sets to love in front. Earning a late break at 5-5 in the third set, Federer broke Juan Carlos but couldn’t finish the job there, suffering the only break a few minutes later before taking the tie break 8-6 to move over the top.
“Juan Carlos was right when he said he has to be motivated and believe in his chance. He is a fantastic player; grass is not his favorite surface, but he showed that he could play well. It’s always interesting to play against him. I thought I played well today. I was struggling with the sun initially; to be honest, it was impossible to see the serve on one side. He played well from the baseline in the third set, and it wasn’t easy to break him. You are not allowed to miss on a break point, and I felt pressure at that moment. He played a consistent game to pull the break back and reach the tie break. The court was extremely slow today; that’s how I feel. Maybe it has to do with Juan Carlos, who wasn’t missing. It wasn’t easy to overpower him, having to embrace risky shots to stand a chance and break his defense. Fernando Gonzalez is a good player. With his serve and forehand, he is dangerous for anybody.
Roger Federer reached fourth Wimbledon quarter-final in five years in 2005.
I had almost lost a set against him at Roland Garros, but it should be better on grass that suits me more. I’m looking forward to playing against him, and it should be an excellent encounter. Gonzalez is trying to hit an all-or-nothing forehand in almost every point; I could do that too, but that’s not my game philosophy. His forehand is consistent, and it’s not easy to handle it. His serve has also improved. My serve has been consistent at Wimbledon this year. I had some loose games against Kiefer, but everything else was fine. I would wish to come to the net more, but that’s not possible at the moment. As long as I keep winning from the baseline, that’s o.k. I always have goals I set myself when the season starts.
Last year, I played much better than I ever expected, raising the level compared to 2003, which was already terrific. I want to win Wimbledon and stay on the ATP throne as long as possible. I think I have created an aura around me at Wimbledon, like Andy Roddick on the hard court at home or Rafael Nadal on clay. I always take every match from zero, as nothing would be handed to me. In tough positions, I always want to bounce back and prove that I can do that again. I’m happy with the way I have been dealing with pressure in the last couple of years. I think the players don’t work on their volleys enough these days. We can’t volley like the players from the past in the slower conditions. Still, the youngster could win Wimbledon if he becomes a better volley player,” Roger Federer said.