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Gamewatch: Federer v Philippoussis
Game-by-game action as Switzerland's Roger Federer beats Australian Mark Philippoussis to claim the Wimbledon men's title.

Final score: Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 7-6 (7/3) Philippoussis


Third set

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 7-6 (7/3) Philippoussis
Both players lose their initial service points before Federer flukes a return to go 3-1 up on the Philippoussis serve.

The big Australian then dumps a volley over the baseline to give Federer a 4-1 lead and an ace gives the Swiss player a 5-1 lead.

Philippoussis dumps a forehand into the net to give Federer five match points and, after Philippoussis saves two on his own serve, Federer takes the title when Philippoussis nets a return.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 6-6 Philippoussis
Federer comes out to serve to stay in the set and gets the game underway with a glorious backhand pass before going 40-0 up.

A poor volley gives Philippoussis a point but Federer closes out the game to take it to a tie-break.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 5-6 Philippoussis
Federer suddenly ups the pace and goes 30-15 up on the Philippoussis serve.

The Australian double faults to give Federer two break points but Philippoussis rides his luck and manages to get back to deuce.

A solid volley gives him game point but a sublime backhand pass down the line from Federer takes it back to deuce.

But Philippoussis keeps his nerve and a couple of solid serves see him escape with a vital hold.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 5-5 Philippoussis
Although Philippoussis is holding his serve with ease he is struggling to put pressure on the Federer delivery and the Swiss player holds for the loss of one point.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 4-5 Philippoussis
The Philippoussis serve is in good order at the moment and he holds to love. Federer is not returning as well as he was in the first two sets but the Australian is till up against it, trailing by two sets to love.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 4-4 Philippoussis
A sharp service game from Federer sees him win without dropping a point.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 3-4 Philippoussis
Philippoussis interrupts two aces with a dire volley to lead 30-15 and wins the next two points to maintain his narrow lead in the set, which is still going with serve.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 3-3 Philippoussis
Federer languidly sends down two more aces as he wins his serve to 15.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 2-3 Philippoussis
Philippoussis wins his service for the loss of just one point to keep his hopes alive.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 2-2 Philippoussis
Federer - possibly with his concentration affected by the over-rule which cost him a break in the last game - is taken to deuce.

However, he out-rallies Philippoussis to see off any danger of a break point and wins the game with his 16th ace.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 1-2 Philippoussis
Philippoussis finds himself 30-0 down but an ace and a service winner bring him level, only for a poor volley to set up Federer for a passing shot and a break point.

Philippoussis then misses his first serve and when his second is called out it looks as though he has been broken.

However, the umpire over-rules the call - correctly - and gives the point to the Australian as Federer misses the return.

Philippoussis takes full advantage, winning the next two points to keep the set on serve.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 1-1 Philippoussis
Federer also holds serve with ease, racing through the game in little more than a minute.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 0-1 Philippoussis
Philippoussis wins his serve with ease to get on the board in the third set but things look ominous for the big Australian.

Second set

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 Philippoussis
Federer shows he is human as he serves a double fault but he still earns two set points and pounds down ace number 14 to take a two-set lead.

Federer won every point when he got his first serve in during the set.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 5-2 Philippoussis
Federer shows exquisite touch to dink the ball past Philippoussis and go 30-15 up on the Aussie's serve but Philippoussis manages to serve his way out trouble and stay alive in the set.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 5-1 Philippoussis
After his rocky service game last time Federer is back in the groove and he mixes up his 13th ace with a delightful drop shot to win the game for the loss of two points.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 4-1 Philippoussis
As the match passes the hour mark Philippoussis finally gets on the board in the second set.

He wins the game with his ninth ace but the fact that he has served fewer than Federer shows the trouble he is in.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 4-0 Philippoussis
Federer loses the first two points of his service game courtesy of a couple of loose shots, but an ace and a deep second serve help him back to 30-30.

Another ace - his 12th of the match - puts him 40-30 up and he closes out the game to leave Philippoussis needing a miracle to get back into the set, if not the match.

Federer 7-6 (7/5) 3-0 Philippoussis
Federer is beginning to turn it on and he goes 30-15 up with a backhand drive volley from near the baseline.

Philippoussis dumps a backhand into the net to give the Swiss player two break points and another netted shot from Philippoussis gives Federer his second break of the set.

Federer 6-6 (7/5) 2-0 Philippoussis
As if determined to rub in his break in the first game of the set, Federer starts his service game with consecutive aces to lead 30-0.

After Philippoussis wins a great rally to get in the game Federer fires down another ace - his 10th of the match - before closing out the game with a powerful smash as he backtracks towards his baseline.

Federer 6-6 (7/5) 1-0 Philippoussis
A couple of stunning crosscourt forehand passing shots from Federer give the Swiss player two break points and he takes the game when Philippoussis dumps a high backhand volley into the net.

First set

Federer 6-6 (7/5) Philippoussis
Philippoussis chips and charges before putting away a volley to get the mini break on the first point, but he hands it back with a loose volley on the next.

Federer wins a glorious point with a whipped top-spin forehand down the line to take a 3-2 lead - the best point of the match so far - and the players turn round at 3-3 on serve.

The next three points go with serve but at 5-4 down Philippoussis double faults to find himself two set points down.

He saves the first when Federer misses his return but then runs round his backhand on a Federer second serve and balloons it high and wide to give Federer first blood.

Federer 6-6 Philippoussis
Philippoussis starts with a double fault - his second of the game, and finds himself 0-30 down as Federer passes him with a whipped crosscourt forehand.

The big Aussie looks in trouble but some big serving - including his sixth ace - makes sure the set goes to a tie-break.

Federer 6-5 Philippoussis
Federer fires down his sixth and seventh aces to hold without dropping a point.

Federer 5-5 Philippoussis
Federer produces an audacious flicked backhand down the line to make it 15-15 but it is the only point he wins as Philippoussis levels the ace tally at five apiece.

Federer 5-4 Philippoussis
Federer holds serve with a second-service ace and is looking very comfortable.

Federer 4-4 Philippoussis
At 30-30 Philippoussis looks in trouble but he hammers a 138mph ace to edge ahead before a safe volley gives him the game

Federer 4-3 Philippoussis
The match has settled into a pattern with both players holding with some comfort, with Federer winning the seventh game - which can be pivotal - for the loss of just one point.

Federer 3-3 Philippoussis
Philippoussis begins with a double fault but his serve fires for the rest of the game and he holds easily.

Federer 3-2 Philippoussis
Federer races through his service game, throwing in two aces at 30-0. The 21-year-old Swiss player looks to have started slightly better than his Australian opponent.

Federer 2-2 Philippoussis
Some fine returns from Federer force deuce on the Philippoussis serve but the big Australian serves his way out of trouble and wins the game with an ace.

Federer 2-1 Philippoussis
Both players are serving confidently and Federer wins his serve for the loss of a single point. The Swiss player is coming into the net and looking secure on the volley.

Federer 1-1 Philippoussis
Philippoussis has one of the biggest serves in the game and he uses it to good effect to win his first service game for the loss of one point.

Federer 1-0 Philippoussis
Federer is first to serve and although Philippoussis drills a couple of ferocious forehands past the Swiss player as he approaches the net, Federer closes out the game with an ace.





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