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US OPEN, 2004

US OPEN, 2004
Each shirt signed ‘Roger Federer’ (upper left), by Nike

We are extremely grateful to Gerard Starkey, Co-Founder of SAAS (Sports Authority Authentication Services), for his independent expert analysis and style-matching performed on this lot.

Each shirt: 30 ¼ in. (77 cm.) long
Special notice

Specified lots are being stored at Crozier Park Royal (details below) or will be removed from Christie’s, 8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT by 5.00pm on the day of the sale. Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. If the lot has been transferred to Crozier Park Royal, it will be available for collection from 12.00pm on the second business day following the sale. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Crozier Park Royal. All collections from Crozier Park Royal will be by pre-booked appointment only. Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 Email: If the lot remains at Christie’s, 8 King Street, it will be available for collection on any working day (not weekends) from 9.00am to 5.00pm
This lot has been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.

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Lot Essay

"Not even in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I would win the U.S. Open. If you can handle New York, you can handle anything. My forehand was working to perfection." (Roger Federer, New York Times, 2004)

Following Grand Slam victories at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2004, Roger was aiming to become the first gentleman player since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Slams in a calendar year. Despite having won important tournaments in the United States both during and prior to 2004, the U.S. Open had so far remained elusive, with Roger exiting the tournament at the fourth round stage in the three previous years.

In 2004, he was granted safe passage through to the quarter-finals by the withdrawal of Romanian Andrei Pavel. However, standing in his way would his familiar foe of Andre Agassi. The duo played out one of their most gripping matches with Roger letting out a celebratory roar when he finally prevailed in the deciding set of this epic contest. By contrast, he made light work of Tim Henman’s challenge in the semi-finals, winning in straight sets and would once again face the Australian Lleyton Hewitt, this time in a Grand Slam final.

Despite having a clear edge over Hewitt, courtesy of victories at Wimbledon and in Melbourne earlier in the year, the Australian had beaten Roger in a crucial Davis Cup fixture in 2003 and was used to the pressures of the U.S. Open, having lifted the trophy in 2001. Roger knew that he would need to play at his sparkling best and so it proved to be, with the Swiss taking the opening set 6-0 and completing a straight sets victory in under two hours. This maiden U.S. Open title also ensured that he became the first player in the Open Era to win his first four Grand Slam finals.

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