Roddick arranges rematch with Federer in men's final

Sunday, July 3, 2005

The American completed a four-set semifinal victory over Thomas Johansson.

WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Roddick is 1-8 against Roger Federer and has lost their last four meetings, including last year's Wimbledon final.

So does Roddick have something new in mind for today's rematch at the All England Club?

"I might try to push him into a wall or something before we go out on court," Roddick said with a laugh.

Barring a run-in with Roddick, Federer goes into the match a heavy favorite. The two-time defending champion has a 35-match grass-court winning streak, a 20-match winning streak in tournament finals and an extra day of rest.

Federer had Saturday off after beating Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals, while Roddick played three-plus sets to complete a rain-interrupted semifinal victory over Thomas Johansson 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (10), 7-6 (5).

"I think it's a little bit of an advantage" for Federer, Roddick said. "We played three pretty hard sets."

Roddick is 32-2 on grass since 2003, with both losses to Federer at Wimbledon.

"I will look at the last two matches here in Wimbledon I've played him, but also try to remember the other matches I've played against him, what worked, what didn't work," said Federer, 4-0 in Grand Slam finals. "I'll definitely have a sort of game plan against him."

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