Like everyone else, I'm having a big dilemma here. But like most people I voted Wimbledon.
On the day of the Wimbledon final, which also happened to be the day I joined MTF, I posted that in my opinion that match would be the most important match of the year.
Before I get to that, I would like to start by saying that I don't think there is any tougher situation than coming in to your first
grand slam as a defending champion. Having won your first slam, then coming back the next year is a measure of "did you win that 1st title by fluke or do you really have what it takes?". I know Rogi had already won his 2nd slam before he started Wimby 04, but still, I maintain that defending a slam successfully is what seperates the men from the boys.
With all of the above in mind, I will now get back to my previous statement- how the final turned out to be the most important match of the year. Had Roddick won that match, I believe his self confidence would have soared to new heights, he would have had a much better hardcourt season, possibly also winning USO again, and he would have been standing as #1 now and not Federer.
As it turned out, defending that title, with all the pressures aforementioned, against an opponent who constantly had him pinned to the corner, on the ropes at times, he just weathered the storm with sheer determination.
I believe defending that title lifted a huge rock from his chest, and it allowed him to have peace of mind to be able to focus and do is best during the hardcourt season, which is exactly what he did.
Watching the final, I never felt that Roger was in total control at any point of the match. Even after coming back from being a break down in set #3 and winning that brilliant tie-break to take a 2 set to 1 lead, he faced a multitude of break points in the 4th set. I even felt as, while he played brilliantly to break Roddick at 3-3 in the fourth set, he was a bit lucky in doing so, and also serving for the match he made a couple of errors until he finally closed it out.
I cannot say that about any of the other GS finals he played. Even if he was forced to raise his game, he was never really threatened during any of the other 3 finals he played in, and he was more or less in total control.
Well, as usual I end up typing a thesis-like post. Hope some of it made sense