Yes but he didn't have to contend with a Nadal back then who had only dominated at RG. The only pressure he had was to win RG which he failed...miserably. He only won it 2 years later because Nadal was beaten on an off day by an inspired Soderling and epic chokes by Haas and Del Potro.
1 Correction Those Haas wouldnt choked in that match if it hadnt been for federers choking,so yup if fed hadnt choked in that match haas wouldnt even have had a chance to choke right.
.So bottom line is fed controlled that match.With del po you call a choke,thats a funny one as it never was a choke..