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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 July, 2004, 19:08 GMT 20:08 UK
Federer relishes second title
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Roger Federer.
Roger Federer said winning Wimbledon was more special the second time around, following his hard-fought win over Andy Roddick in Sunday's final.

The world number one was helped by a rain break as he fought back from a set down to beat Roddick and retain the title he won last year.

"Somehow I feel even more joy because I had so much pressure going into the tournament," he said.

"Now, to see my name on the board two years in a row - it gives me more joy."

Federer admitted a rain delay gave him the chance to turn the match around.

I proved that Roger's not quite invincible - but he's pretty close
Andy Roddick
The top seed was trailing by a break in the third set when a second stoppage gave him time to regroup.

"I came back a better player," he said. "I'm happy I had such a great reaction when Andy was putting me under pressure.

"I had to change a couple of things. I came to the net more to get some more free points because the rallies were killing me."

And after failing to find his best form, the champion was delighted that he still found a way to win.

"On my serve he was taking a lot of risks and that was very dangerous for me, so I decided to do something.

"This makes me very proud, that I made the right choice in such a moment."

The Swiss star conceded he had been "a little bit lucky" on occasions and paid tribute to Roddick.

"He was hitting very hard off both sides deep to the baseline and all I could do was block the ball back.

"That's credit to him."

The seemingly unflappable Federer also revealed that the nerves were getting to him as he closed in on victory.

"This year I had to serve for the match, which is not the most fun thing to do in a Grand Slam final - I was very nervous at 30-30."

Federer now heads back to Switzerland and the tournament in Gstaad, where last year he was presented with a cow.

"She had a baby so now I've got two," he said.

"We'll see what happens when I get there tomorrow, but I'm fine with two for the moment."

Wimbledon men's final highlights

Interview: Roger Federer

Interview: Andy Roddick

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