When Roger Federer ended his 23-match winning streak

When Roger Federer ended his 23-match winning streak

Roger Federer won his first Wimbledon crown in 2003. 1 after winning their second Major trophy in Melbourne 2004. Those were the days when the gap between the players at the front and the rest of the field wasn’t that great.

Roger made his mark and proved why he would dominate the world of tennis for the next four years. After Melbourne, the Swiss won titles in Dubai, Indian Wells and Hamburg to set themselves apart from the chasing group. His only setback was at Roland Garros, where former champion Gustavo Kuerten stopped him in the third lap.

It was grass time and Roger was back at his best. He defended titles at Halle and Wimbledon while quickly switching from grass to clay to win the home tournament in Gstaad. After a deserved break, Federer was back on the court in Toronto and captured the fourth Masters 1000 crown thanks to a 7-5, 6-3 triumph over world No. 1.

2 Andy Roddick.

Roger Federer lost for the first time in 24 games in Cincinnati in 2004.

This made the Swiss star the first player since Björn Borg in 1979 with three consecutive ATP titles on three different surfaces!

Federer was in the office in Cincinnati two days after his first title win in Canada and faced Dominik Hrbaty in the first round. The Slovakian stunned the world’s best player 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 in an hour and 50 minutes, breaking Roger’s streak of 23 straight wins!

It was Federer’s best run of his career at that point and the loss came as a big surprise given his form and winning the opening set. Thanks to this first part, Roger won 11 points more than Dominik, but not the crucial ones, especially in the second set.

The Swiss had ten break chances but only converted two in the first set. The Slovakian stayed in touch until the crucial break saw him through in game nine of the decider. Roger was broken once, although that lone break was enough for Dominik to stage a notable triumph.

The opening set was one-sided, Federer breaking twice to win it 6-1 in a quick 25 minutes. Hrbaty upped his level in the second set to follow the rival’s pace. Roger still had his chances to end the encounter in straight sets.

He created chances in the third and fifth games, squandered them and failed to deliver the final blow. Dominik won the tiebreak 9-7 when Roger hit a backhand drive volley long and gained momentum before the deciding set. They stayed neck and neck in the final set through the ninth game.

Losing serve, Roger allowed Dominik to seal the deal and cross the finish line a few minutes later. Interestingly, Federer could have become the first player since Pete Sampras in 1999 with 24 straight wins, but had to wait for another opportunity to do so.

It was his earliest exit since Roland Garros in 2003 and we were yet to see the Swiss at his best in Ohio, when he was on a win from four trips to Cincinnati.

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