In the repeat of the last year’s final, Roger Federer claimed the third straight Wimbledon title in 2005 following a 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 triumph over Andy Roddick in an hour and 41 minutes. Twelve months earlier, Roddick won the opening set against and stayed in touch until the end, unable to repeat that performance and suffering the third Wimbledon loss to Roger in as many years at the All England Club! It was another rock-solid campaign for the Swiss at his favorite Major, dropping only one set in seven encounters and playing his best tennis when it mattered the most. Roger claimed all four tie breaks from the fourth round to bring them all home in straight sets and secure the third Wimbledon crown in style. Federer lost serve only once from two chances offered to Roddick. That kept the pressure on the American, who got broken four times from nine opportunities offered to Roger. The Swiss became the third player in the Open era with three consecutive Wimbledon titles after Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras.
Also, Roger was yet to suffer a loss in the most notable matches, becoming the first player since Tony Trabert in the 1950s with a perfect score in the first five Major finals. They had a similar number of service winners, and Roger had the upper hand in the more advanced rallies, taming his strokes nicely to leave the rival empty-handed.
In 2005, Roger Federer claimed the third straight Wimbledon title over Andy Roddick.
Andy had 31 service winners, but that was pretty much everything we saw from him, playing much better from the court a year earlier and not finding those strokes in his second Wimbledon final. The servers lost only one point in the opening five games, and it was Federer who drew first blood at 3-2 when Andy sprayed a forehand error.
Roger stormed over the rest of the set to take it 6-2 and gather momentum for the rest of the clash. Bouncing back, Roddick grabbed a break in the second set’s third game after forcing Federer’s error and fended off a break chance in the next one to forge a 3-1 advantage. The Swiss broke back in the sixth game to get back on the positive side of the scoreboard and took a tie break 7-2 to move closer to the finish line. Federer made a crucial move with a break at 3-3 in set number three thanks to a backhand winner, delivering two comfortable holds to celebrate the third Wimbledon title in as many years. It was the 36th consecutive victory for Roger on grass in the last three years, conquering Halle and Wimbledon crowns and moving closer to Bjorn Borg’s record.