Federer  debuted at the main-level in Gstaad (1998), so winning the title there, was very important for him (as well as in other Swiss event in Basel). He had to wait seven years for that triumph, accomplished it after a 1-hour 56-minute final, against an opponent, who turned into a revelation of the season. The 21-year-old Andreev  had been actually unknown to an average tennis fan until Roland Garros ’04 – he stunned the defending champion there (Juan Carlos Ferrero), then at Queens Club got another valuable scalp defeating Andre Agassi. The Russian participated in his 20th main-level event reaching the final in Gstaad. “Now I want to take this momentum with me into the next two tournaments and try to keep winning,” Federer said. “Winning three titles in a row is something new for me. It is the first time I’ve done it. Three times I have attempted to win a title in Switzerland and now I have done it here in Gstaad and it means a lot to me. It is something I have dreamed of doing since I was a boy.” Federer could have won in straights but wasted a 4:2* lead in the 3rd set. He will face & defeat Andreev three times more in the future, every time having some troubles.
Federer’s route to his 18th title:
1 Thomas Behrend 6-1, 6-1
2 Ivo Karlovic 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4)
Q Radek Stepanek 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
S Potito Starace 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
W Igor Andreev 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
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