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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 July, 2005, 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK
Gamewatch: Federer v Roddick
Wimbledon final result:

R FEDERER (Swi) v A RODDICK (US)

6-2 7-6 (7-2) 6-4


Game-by-game updates:

Third set:

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 Roddick
The defending champion plays another sublime service game to retain his crown for the third consecutive year. The feat puts him up there alongside legends Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras, who also achieved three in a row at the All England Club.

Federer shows just how much it means to him by breaking down into tears. Roddick looks drained - emotionally and physically - as the pain of back-to-back Centre Court defeats to the Swiss begins to sink in.

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 5-3 Roddick
Roddick battles to a hold.

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 4-3 Roddick
An incredible return game by Federer earns him two break points. Roddick saves the first with a cannon-ball 135mph ace, but he can do nothing to stop the on-fire Swiss closing it out on the next point with another stunning cross-court winner. The crowd erupt in admiration. Whatever Roddick does, Federer does better.

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 3-3 Roddick
It's all-square in the set as Federer captures one more love service game. The Swiss pulls out another ace to go 40-0 up, then closes out.

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 2-3 Roddick
Roddick holds as Federer buries a backhand slice into the net.

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 2-2 Roddick
Blink and you miss it! Federer races to another hold, producing an ace at 30-0.

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 1-2 Roddick
More powerful serving from Roddick ensures the American holds to love. The number two seed is really digging deep but is it too late?

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 1-1 Roddick
Federer hits a forehand long at 40-15 and allows Roddick back into the game. But an open forehand from the Swiss into the far corner of the court eventually wins him advantage and he goes on to hold.

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 0-1 Roddick
After a 25-minute rain delay, play resumes. Roddick makes a positive start to the set by holding to 30. Federer puts a potential backhand winner low into the net to allow the American to take the game.


Second set:

Federer 6-2 7-6 (7-2) Roddick
Federer is just too good for Roddick in the tie-break. The Swiss races to a 3-0 lead, winning the first point with a wonderful forehand drive and taking the second and third thanks to unforced errors by Roddick.

However, the American closes the gap to 3-2 with two spectacular backhand winners down the line. But Federer eases ahead 4-2 with a cross-court backhand winner, then goes 5-2 up when Roddick fires a forehand low into the net.

The American vents his frustration by chucking his racket on the ground. But it does no good and another brilliant forehand winner by Federer earns the top seed a four-set-point cushion and he goes on to clinch the breaker at the first opportunity.

The players then return to the locker-room when the forecast light drizzle arrives in SW19 and the covers are drawn over Centre Court.

Federer 6-2 6-6 Roddick
Some really big serving from Roddick now and the American holds to set up the tie-break.

Federer 6-2 6-5 Roddick
Federer again moves to within a game of taking a two-set lead with this hold. Roddick is rattled by a harsh line call and the game goes to 15-15. Federer then whips a forehand cross-court to go 30-15 up and never looks back.

Federer 6-2 5-5 Roddick
Roddick saves two set points with his unreturnable serve, then clinches the hold when Federer sends his forehand return wide.

Federer 6-2 5-4 Roddick
Another comfortable hold to 15 for Federer. The world number one is really mixing it up now and plays a brilliant winner at the net to go 15-40 up, then seals it when Roddick tries to send a backhand down the line, but the shot goes wide.

Federer 6-2 4-4 Roddick
Roddick produces his third ace of the final to wrap up another hold.

Federer 6-2 4-3 Roddick
The defending champion edges ahead for the first time in this set with another hold. Roddick earns two early points in the game but Federer scores when it matters with a nifty forehand volley at the net - then reaps the benefit when Roddick hits a forehand wide to end an enthralling 19-stroke rally.

Federer 6-2 3-3 Roddick
Federer earns two break points when Roddick sends a forehand wide. But the Swiss only needs the one shot, sealing the game with a stylish cross-court forehand volley.

Federer 6-2 2-3 Roddick
Federer holds to love to keep in touch with the American.

Federer 6-2 1-3 Roddick
Roddick reaps the rewards for serving directly into the body of Federer and holds to consolidate the break. But the American is made to work for everything he gets and has to save break point with an ace before taking the game.

Federer 6-2 1-2 Roddick
Finally it looks like a contest! Roddick earns two break points and though Federer saves the first with an ace, the Swiss hands the game to his opponent when he fires a forehand low into the net on the next point.

Federer 6-2 1-1 Roddick
Roddick keeps on terms by holding serve.

Federer 6-2 1-0 Roddick
Federer is really up and runing now and with characteristic grace and elegance opens the second set by holding to love.


First set:

Federer 6-2 Roddick
Roddick mishits a forehand wide at 30-40 to hand Federer another break and the first set.

Federer 5-2 Roddick
Federer raises his game again and looks totally in cruise-control as he holds to love once more. The match statistics show he has made just one unforced error to Roddick's three and the number two seed must be wondering what he has to do to get back into this match - even at this early stage.

Federer 4-2 Roddick
A blistering forehand drive into the corner of the court earns Federer the first point. He loses his advantage on the next point when he sends a backhand slice wide but he earns his first break point of the encounter when he sends a spectacular backhand down the line. Roddick rescues the situation with an aggressive forehand volley at the net. But Federer is really mixing up the shots now and goes on to seal the break.

Federer 3-2 Roddick
Another comfortable service game from the Swiss. He also produces his first ace of the encounter to win the first point and wraps it up with a perfectly executed cross-court forehand smash.

Federer 2-2 Roddick
A-Rod clearly has no intention of being outdone and again holds to love. He opens the game with an ace and his tactic of serving wide to Federer's forehand really pays off.

Federer 2-1 Roddick
Federer mishits a forehand at 0-40 and Roddick takes his first point off the Swiss' serve. But the world number one pulls a sublime half-volley out of the hat to seal his second hold of the match.

Federer 1-1 Roddick
Wow! Roddick produces the perfect response and also holds his opening service game to love. The American closes out the game with a stunning backhand down the line.

Federer 1-0 Roddick
The defending champion makes a perfect start, holding serve to love. A beautiful backhand volley by the Swiss at 30-0 shows he is quickly into his stride.



WATCH AND LISTEN
Highlights: Federer v Roddick


Interview: 2005 Wimbledon champion Roger Federer


Interview: Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick



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