By using this momentum to his advantage, Roger broke early in the final set to take the lead. Better than in the first game, he was able to read Andy’s serves. He then took the initiative from the baseline to win that game with a backhand winner.
In game four, Federer refused to give up the service, fending off two break points with aces and the third with a forehand winner to take the lead 3-1. At 3-2, he had to dig deep once more, and after a 23-stroke rally to stave off another break attempt, he nailed an amazing backhand crosscourt winner.
Roger moved two games away from being the world’s top player as he finished the game with two service winners to establish a 4-2 lead. Roddick persevered, earning another break opportunity after a strong return in game eight, and he took it with another deep shot to even the score at 4-4.
The American won the following game with three service winners to take the lead, and the next three games were comfortably held by both players to set up a tie break. Andy received the first mini-break in the second point following Roger’s double error.
In the following game, Federer dropped an easy forehand but recovered with a mini-break at 1-3 to stay in the game and try to finish first. But Roddick’s flawless running forehand winner on the following point effectively sealed his demise. At 6-3, Roger hit a forehand long, which let the American to win and proceed to the final.