Although fiercely disappointed, Roddick was defiant in defeat. "I'm not walking with any questions in my head this time," he said. "I played the right way."
But Federer, who is attempting to become the first man in the Open era to win four straight U.S. Open titles, was not about to call it a perfect match. "I don't know if it was my best match or not," he said. "It's irrelevant, I think."