Roger Federer relished the first dominant season in 2004 after winning his first Major that year, feeling inspired and pumped. After the Australian Open, the Swiss, who had won 74 of their 80 matches in 2004, ascended to the ATP kingdom. In that year, Roger won 11 titles and made history by winning three Majors in a row, being the first player to do it since Mats Wilander in 1988.
The Swiss created the dominant run that would last until 2008 by adding three more Masters 1000 titles to his resume, placing him in a league of his own. Before the summer, Roger had only been defeated by Tim Henman, Rafael Nadal, Albert Costa, and Gustavo Kuerten.
Following their victories at Halle, Wimbledon, and Gstaad, the Swiss began their North American hard-court trip in Toronto. Federer, who defeated world no. 1 and lost serve just three times in six matches, was the favorite at the Canada Masters.
2 Andy Roddick in the championship game 7-5, 6-3. Roger won for the 23rd time in a row and claimed his fourth Masters 1000 title. In the eighth meeting between Federer and Roddick, Switzerland earned their seventh triumph in one hour and 25 minutes.
All four break attempts were thwarted by Roger, who also applied pressure to Andy. The American was unable to handle it, squandering the chance to use his forehand more effectively and not serving well enough. With three break points at 4-4, Andy had a great chance to win the first set.
Roger maintained his composure and successfully fended them off with three aces. In set two, they both upped the ante, and the Swiss prevailed with a solitary break at 4-3. As Federer won 19 out of the 27 points, the second serve was one of the match’s most important factors.
To convert one break point in each set and win the match, he stole over 40% of the return points.
In 2004, Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick to win the inaugural Canada Masters tournament.
Another element that destroyed Andy’s hopes for a better outcome was his forehand.
He made 16 careless mistakes, many of them at crucial times when they may have changed the outcome. From the service winners division comes Roger’s third fundamental advantage. Particularly in the second set, when Federer returned all but three of Andy’s serves, Andy was unable to keep up with the opponent’s speed.
After 12 hits in each set, Roger had a 24-15 advantage in unreturned serves. In set two, Roddick’s reduction from 12 to 3 was insufficient to keep him in the running. The Swiss had 19 direct points from the field, which slightly outnumbered Andy’s 17 and seven from his volley. He also had a virtually same number of wins from his forehand, backhand, and volley.
Roddick only had 32 winners against Federer‘s 43. Andy committed 25 unforced errors—11 more than Roger—and played well in the area of forced errors, where he held the edge. Andy made five and Roger drew Roger’s 15.
With 43 victories and 30 errors, the Swiss won the match. The American, in contrast, had 32 winners and errors, which wasn’t enough to achieve a better outcome. In the 26 longest rallies, Roger prevailed in 15 of them, while Andy had a tenuous 20-19 advantage in the mid-range contests between five and eight strokes.
Thanks to those service winners, Federer defeated Roddick 41-31 in the shortest rallies of up to four strokes. Roger, who had already won Wimbledon and Gstaad, made history by becoming the first person since Bjorn Borg in 1979 to win three straight ATP championships on three different surfaces!