This is the 2003 Wimbledon semi. This is my favorite match of Fed’s ever.

Pheasant

Legend
I just rewatched this 2003 Wimbeldon semi and was blown away. Fed’s return of serve was never this good. And he served like a boss.

Per the announcers, Federer had 61 winners and only 12 unforced errors. Here’s another key stat of the day: Fed held Roddick to a 4% ace%. Federer’s ace% was a jaw-dropping 20% while having 0 double faults for the entire match. Very few people out-ace peak Roddick in a match, let alone out-acing him by 5 fold!! That is absolutely obscene. Notice how good both of these players are at the net. Roddick had some nice overhead smashes from the back court. Fed’s return of serve really stepped up in the 2nd and 3rd sets. As much as I like the 2009 match for historical reasons, this one blows that match out of the water. This is some truly wicked stuff by The Maestro. This is Fed’s best Wimbledon match ever. Nothing that he did would ever touch this one.

 
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Pheasant

Legend
Probably still the best grass court performance I've ever seen in my life
Watching it was mind-blowing. But afterwards, my mind was even more blown by the stats. He held Roddick to 0 aces in the 3rd and final set. 61 winners to 12 unforced errors for a guy as aggressive as Fed is absolutely unworldly.

Holding anybody to a 4% ace rate on grass is unheard of. Holding a guy that was ranked #1 5 times in the 2000s by the ATP in serving to those kinds of stats on grass is practically impossible.

Fun fact. Of the 37 matches that Roddick played at Wimbledon from 2003-2009, Federer is the only player to hold Roddick to under a 7.5% ace%(7.3% in 2005 and 4.0% in 2003). Similarly, Federer is the only person have an ace rate of 20% vs Roddick(25.4% in 2009 and 20.2% in 2003).
 

BauerAlmeida

Hall of Fame
He was really good.

But it would be interesting to know how the match would have gone had Roddick converted the SP in the first set. Federer definitely wins since he was playing incredibly and Roddick won the first set in 2004 and 2009 and still didn't take the match, but it could have been a close one.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
He was really good.

But it would be interesting to know how the match would have gone had Roddick converted the SP in the first set. Federer definitely wins since he was playing incredibly and Roddick won the first set in 2004 and 2009 and still didn't take the match, but it could have been a close one.
It could.

Fed loosened up after winning a tight opening set. But what if he loses it? Since that was his first major semi how does he respond?
 
Roddick didnt play bad but he kept just playing his game and didnt change anything
No variety in his game
All i saw was him move his hat around.. as if that might help.
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
It sounds odd now, but I seem to remember, before the match started, Roddick being favoured to win that 2003 Wimbledon semi final. Roddick had a set point in the first set that Brad Gilbert kept going on about for ages as a point that would have changed everything had it gone differently.
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
What I recall from that match was being impressed with Roddick’s electric arm, and with Federer’s smooth and effortless passing shots.

Also recalling it feeling like the de facto final.
I thought Philippoussis had a chance of winning the final, personally, with his greater experience, big server, and he had beaten Agassi and Grosjean.
 
I give Raonic in 2024 a better chance than I gave re-built immobile Scud in 2003.
Raonic even fully fit is one of the slowest and most wooden slam finalists. The 2003 final was actually a high quality match with federer in top gear in set 2. (However some of raonic's matches with murray and even federer are decent spectacles, not least the murray-raonic yec contest which was very close most of the way through)

I would make roddick a fairly convincing favorite to beat flipper too, but he may have needed all 5 sets as his return was not always that good.
 

Vincent-C

Hall of Fame
I just rewatched this 2003 Wimbeldon semi and was blown away. Fed’s return of serve was never this good. And he served like a boss.

Per the announcers, Federer had 61 winners and only 12 unforced errors. Here’s another key stat of the day: Fed held Roddick to a 4% ace%. Federer’s ace% was a jaw-dropping 20% while having 0 double faults for the entire match. Very few people out-ace peak Roddick in a match, let alone out-acing him by 5 fold!! That is absolutely obscene. Notice how good both of these players are at the net. Roddick had some nice overhead smashes from the back court. Fed’s return of serve really stepped up in the 2nd and 3rd sets. As much as I like the 2009 match for historical reasons, this one blows that match out of the water. This is some truly wicked stuff by The Maestro. This is Fed’s best Wimbledon match ever. Nothing that he did would ever touch this one.

Before even reading the thread I gotta mention Fred's insane FH drive half-volley, which he moved forward to at about the speed of light..
 

JasonZ

Hall of Fame
It sounds odd now, but I seem to remember, before the match started, Roddick being favoured to win that 2003 Wimbledon semi final. Roddick had a set point in the first set that Brad Gilbert kept going on about for ages as a point that would have changed everything had it gone differently.
roddick would not win a tiebreak against federer in 1000 attempts.
 

Vincent-C

Hall of Fame
I have to mention too Fred's so efficient, death-by-a-thousand-cuts spot serving.
"Why blow it past you when I can just hit it where you ain't?"
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
During the first TB McEnroe calls a Federer forehand winner 'Roddick like FH', around 03:45 minutes in.

I actually cracked up laughing. One of the greatest moments in commentary history.
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