Roger Federer had served notice that he was a force to be reckoned with at Wimbledon when he made his Centre Court debut in 2001 defeating Pete Sampras in a 5-set, fourth round epic, ending Pete's 31-match Wimbledon winning streak. Federer would rise through the ranks of tennis, earning the number one world ranking in 2004, and facing the former holder of that ranking, the hard serving American Andy Roddick for the Men's Singles final at Wimbledon. Roddick came into the tournament as the current U.S. Open champion and the number two seed, while Federer was the 2004 Australian Open titleholder and defending Wimbledon champion. Both players would only lose one set in their respective matches to get them to the final.
Roddick was the underdog, but he came out at his hard-serving best, with serves being clocked near 140 mph. He won the rain-interrupted first set, but Federer would even things up in the second set. Roddick looked to be in control of things in the third set and a break up, but the rain would come again for another, longer delay. When play resumed, Federer seemed revitalized and put his game into another gear. He would take the third set, with Roger making quick work of things in the 7-3 tiebreak. In the fourth and final set Federer took command of matters to lead 4-3, and kept serve on his way to his second Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam title, as he served an ace to punctuate the victory and dropped to his knees shedding tears of joy, winning 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
There would be more Wimbledon finals for Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, as they would meet again a year later with Federer victorious once more in three sets, and then Federer would begin his rivalry with Spaniard Rafael Nadal.