ao07federer_roddick

Points won by each set: [ 32-25, 24-6, 27-14 ]
Points won directly on serve:
26 % Federer – 17 of 63
26 % Roddick – 17 of 65

Shocking scoreline in spite of Federer’s big advantage in their H2H. Federer had admittedly beaten Roddick 6-4, 6-0 once (Bangkok ’04), but their previous two tour matches, with Connors as Roddick’s new coach, were balanced; A-Rod even had three match points two months before in Shanghai, besides that two weeks earlier the American defeated Federer 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in an exhibition final at Kooyong… [7] Roddick led 4:3* after 23 minutes, and what happened in the next sixty minutes was unbelievable. Federer [1] turned Roddick’s biggest weapon – his serve – into a meaningless shot breaking him six times and winning 15 of the next 17 games! There was a streak of 11 games in a row, the worst in Roddick’s career (he didn’t even play ‘deuce’ in them!). His coach Connors looked devastated, but as a player he’d experienced something similar in 1984 when Lendl crushed him 6-0, 6-0 at Forest Hills. Federer was especially awesome at passing Roddick, who was trying to approach the net with different shots, but failed on – I guess – 90% of attempts. The most one-sided Aus Open semifinal between major champions since 1990 when Edberg humiliated Wilander in a 2-minute longer encounter (1 point less played).

Serve & volley: Federer 1/1, Roddick 1/4

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