Wimbledon 2004 Champions | Wimbledon Championships Odds

Gentlemen’s Singles

Roger Federer had a fight on his hands, but he eventually managed to subdue American underdog, Andy Roddick to claim his second successive men’s singles title at the All England Club in London.

Federer battled to find his rhythm in a rain-affected final, and did not play his best tennis in the 4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4 marathon. After a stuttering display, he won the match with an ace before sinking to his knees in tears.

A pumped-up Andy Roddick played his usual aggressive game but just could not get the better of the Swiss star. “Roger just played too good today,” said Roddick. “I threw the kitchen sink at him but he went to the bathroom and got his tub. I left everything out there but Roger is a great champion and hopefully we’ll get to do this again sometime.”

Ladies’ Singles

Maria Sharapova became the first Russian woman to win the ladies’ singles title at Wimbledon. In a remarkable display of poise and strength, the 17-year-old trounced tournament favourite, Serena Williams in two sets, 6-1 6-4.

Top seed Williams was expecting to make it a hat-trick of victories, and was stunned at the defeat. The six-time Grand Slam winner was quick to praise the young Russian. “It wasn’t my day today but Maria played a really good match – and I want to congratulate her on her first Grand Slam,” she said.

Gentlemen’s Doubles

Australian Todd Woodbridge claimed a record-breaking ninth men’s doubles title at Wimbledon. This time, however, he was partnered with Jonas Bjorkman and not his long standing partner and compatriot Mark Woodforde.

The top seeds and eventual Wimbledon 2004 champions defeated Julian Knowles and Nenad Zimonjic in 4 sets – 6-1 6-4 4-6 6-4. “I’m really pleased because this is the greatest tennis event that we play,” said the 33-year-old Woodbridge, who has only lost one Wimbledon men’s doubles final, in 1993.

Ladies’ Doubles

Zimbabwean, Cara Black and her Australian partner, Rennae Stubbs took the ladies’ doubles when they defeated Ai Sugiyama from Japan and partner, Belgian, Kim Clijsters.

In 2003 it was Sugiyama and Clijsters who claimed the title, but they were unable to fight back after Black and Stubbs fired down 35 winners to clinch a victory in two sets – 6-3 7-6(7/5).

Mixed Doubles

Cara Black claimed her second title of the day when she won the mixed doubles title with brother, Wayne.

The Blacks saved six championship points in a second-set tie break to overcome the duo of Todd Woodbridge and Alicia Molik. The 3-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 drubbing took two hours and seven minutes.