2004 Roger Federer tennis season

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2004 Roger Federer tennis season
Calendar prize money $6,357,547
Singles
Season record 74–6 (92.50%)
Calendar titles 11
Year-end ranking #1
Ranking change from previous year Increase 1
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W
French Open 3R
Wimbledon W
US Open W
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W
Olympic Games 2R
Davis Cup
Davis Cup QF
Last updated on: 31 December 2004.
Main article: Roger Federer

Roger Federer won three Grand Slams in 2004 for the first time in his career. The first came at the Australian Open over Marat Safin, 7–6(3), 6–4, 6–2. He went on to win his second Wimbledon crown over Andy Roddick, 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(3), 6–4. In addition, Federer defeated the 2001 US Open Champion Lleyton Hewitt at the US Open for his first US Open title, 6–0, 7–6(3), 6–0. Furthermore, Federer won three ATP Masters 1000 events, one on clay at Hamburg, and two on hard court in Indian Wells and Canada. Federer took the ATP 500 series event at Dubai, and wrapped up the year for the second time over Lleyton Hewitt at the Tennis Masters Cup. Federer was the first player to win three Grand Slams in a single season since Mats Wilander in 1988.

Year summary[edit]

In 2004, Federer had one of the most dominating and successful years in the open era of modern men's tennis.[1] He won three of the four Grand Slam singles tournaments, did not lose a match to anyone ranked in the top 10, won every final he reached, and was named the ITF Tennis World Champion.[2] His win–loss record for the year was 74–6 with 11 titles, which included three of the year's four Grand Slams and three ATP Masters Series titles.

Winter Hard Court Season[edit]

Federer entered the 2004 Australian Open as the second seed behind American Andy Roddick. In the fourth round he rallied to defeat former number one and native son Lleyton Hewitt after dropping the first set. His nemesis David Nalbandian, who had won five of their six previous meetings, awaited him in the quarterfinals. Federer managed to dispatch the Argentine in four tight sets. The semifinals proved easier as Federer crunched world no. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero and reached his first Australian Open final. His opponent in the final was former world no. 1 and 2000 US Open champion Marat Safin. After winning the opening set in a tiebreaker Federer secured a 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 championship win.[3] This victory delivered him his first Australian Open and his second career Grand Slam. This win also saw him supplant Roddick as the world no. 1 on February 2, 2004, a ranking he would hold for an all-time record 237 consecutive weeks until August 18, 2008.

Federer's momentum was temporarily halted when he was defeated at the Rotterdam Open by Tim Henman.

Federer quickly rebounded in March, when he won the Dubai Tennis Championships, defeating Marat Safin in the first round and Spanish player Feliciano López in the final.[3]

The next stop on the calendar was the masters tournament in Indian Wells, California. Federer entered Indian Wells looking to claim his first masters title since 2002 Hamburg Masters. Federer had not dropped a set going into the semifinals where he played American legend Andre Agassi. Agassi won the first set, but Federer rallied to win a spot in the finals for the first time in Indian Wells. He seized the opportunity at the 2004 Pacific Life Open, defeating Tim Henman in straight sets to win the title.[3]

2004 also marked the year where he first met teenager and future arch-rival Rafael Nadal, who defeated Federer in their first encounter in Miami.

Clay Court Season[edit]

Federer skipped Monte Carlo and decided to begin his clay season at the Rome Masters. He was, however, upset in the second round by 2002 French Open champion Albert Costa.

Federer next played the Hamburg Masters. He defeated former number 1 players Carlos Moyá and Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. He then defeated world number 3 Guillermo Coria in the final to claim his second title in Hamburg[3] and end Coria's longest winning streak of 31 consecutive matches on clay.

He entered the French Open as top seed for the first time ever at a Grand Slam, but was defeated in the third round by former world number 1 and three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten.

Grass Court Season[edit]

Federer entered Halle as the defending champion and quickly solidified his status as the premier grass court player of his generation. He did not drop a set for the entire tournament and convincingly defeated American Mardy Fish in the final by the score of 6-0, 6-3.

After his victory in the grass tuneup at Halle, Federer entered the Wimbledon Championships as the defending champion. Federer was aiming to be the first man to defend his title at Wimbledon since Pete Sampras (1999-2000). The Swiss dropped only one set as he made his way through the tournament and reached the final. He played world number 2 Andy Roddick for the championship in a thrilling four set final. Roddick came out strong with incredible serving and took the first set. The second set began with Federer racing out to a 4-0 lead, but Roddick rallied to level it at 4-4. Federer ultimately broke Roddick in the twelfth game and leveled the match at one set a piece. The pivotal third set was decided by a tiebreaker which was won by the Swiss defending champion. Federer closed out the match in four sets to win his third career Grand Slam.

Summer Hard Court Season[edit]

Federer at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Federer's first tournament after Wimbledon was the Swiss Open at Gstaad. This was a clay court tournament that Federer played because it was a major tournament in his native Switzerland. He had played Gstaad every year between 1998-2003 but had never managed to emerge victorious. That changed in 2004 when Federer defeated Igor Andreev to win a tournament in Switzerland for the first time in his career.

Federer then won the Canada Masters in Toronto where he defeated Andy Roddick in the finals 7-5, 6-3. This was his fourth Masters championship and his first in Canada.

His 23 match winning streak ended surprisingly in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters where Federer was upset by Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty.

Federer entered the Athens Olympics as the top-seeded player and was considered the overwhelming favorite, but he was upset in the second round by Czech teenager and future world number 6 Tomáš Berdych. This would be the last loss Federer would suffer for the remainder of his 2004 season.

Federer entered the 2004 US Open as the top seed looking to win his first US Open championship. Federer cruised through the first four rounds before facing Andre Agassi in the quarterfinals. His match against the two time US Open champion proved to be a thrilling five set epic. After splitting the first two sets the third set went to 5-5 before Federer broke and took a two set to one advantage. Agassi would take the fourth but Federer claimed the fifth and decisive set. In the semifinals Federer eased past former nemesis Tim Henman in straight sets. Federer won his first US Open singles title, defeating Lleyton Hewitt, 6–0, 7–6(3), 6–0, in the final. This was one of the most dominant displays in US Open history as Federer was the first player to win two bagel sets in the final since 1884.

Fall Hard Court Season[edit]

Federer began his fall campaign at the Thailand Open. He survived a three set scare against local favorite Paradorn Srichaphan and faced world no. 2 Andy Roddick in the finals. He easily dispatched the American 6-4, 6-0. This was his twelfth consecutive victory in a tournament final which tied the all-time record of Björn Borg and John McEnroe. This victory marked Federer's tenth title of 2004.

Federer skipped the Madrid Masters in order to focus on winning his hometown tournament of the Swiss Indoors in Basel for the first time. However, just before the start of Basel, Federer suffered a muscle fiber rupture in his left thigh and was forced the withdraw. This injury also kept him out of the Paris Masters.

He returned after six weeks out of action at the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. Federer was honored as the top seed by having lunch with former President George H.W. Bush. He was the defending champion at the Year-End Championships and was placed during the round robin stage in the Red Group. The Red Group consisted of former no. 1 players Carlos Moyá and Lleyton Hewitt as well as reigning French Open champion Gaston Gaudio. He won all three round robin matches, taking six of seven sets, and faced Marat Safin in the semifinals. Federer won the first set, but the second set turned into a historic marathon tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was won by Federer by a score of 20-18 and lasted 27 minutes. The 38 points equalled the longest tie-break in tennis history along with Borg-Lall at 1973 Wimbledon and Ivanisevic-Nestor at 1993 US Open. Federer next faced Lleyton Hewitt in the finals for the sixth time that season and won the championship match 6-3, 6-2. This victory was his thirteenth consecutive victory in a tournament final which broke the record he had shared with Borg and McEnroe.

Season Accomplishments[edit]

Federer won 11 titles in 2004, which included three Grand Slam titles, three ATP Masters titles, and the Tennis Masters Cup. He was the first player to win three Grand Slam titles in a single year since Mats Wilander in 1988. Federer's win-loss record for the 2004 season was 74-6, which was the best winning percentage of any player since Ivan Lendl was 74-6 in 1986.

Matches[edit]

Grand Slam performance[edit]

All matches[edit]

Singles[edit]
Match Tournament Country Start
Date
Entry Type I/O Surface Round Opponent Result Score
557 Australia Australian Open Australia 1/19 DA GS Outdoor Hard R128 United States Alex Bogomolov Jr. W 6–3, 6–4, 6–0
558 Australia Australian Open Australia 1/19 DA GS Outdoor Hard R64 United States Jeff Morrison W 6–2, 6–3, 6–4
559 Australia Australian Open Australia 1/19 DA GS Outdoor Hard R32 Australia Todd Reid W 6–3, 6–0, 6–1
560 Australia Australian Open Australia 1/19 DA GS Outdoor Hard R16 Australia Lleyton Hewitt W 4–6, 6–3, 6–0, 6–4
561 Australia Australian Open Australia 1/19 DA GS Outdoor Hard Q Argentina David Nalbandian W 7–5, 6–4, 5–7, 6–3
562 Australia Australian Open Australia 1/19 DA GS Outdoor Hard S Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero W 6–4, 6–1, 6–4
563 Australia Australian Open Australia 1/19 DA GS Outdoor Hard Win (1) Russia Marat Safin W 7–6(3), 6–4, 6–2
564 Romania ROM v. SUI WG Rd 1 Romania 2/6 DA DC Indoor Clay RR Romania Victor Hănescu W 7–6(4), 6–3, 6–1
565 Romania ROM v. SUI WG Rd 1 Romania 2/6 DA DC Indoor Clay RR Romania Andrei Pavel W 6–3, 6–2, 7–5
566 Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands 2/16 DA 500 Indoor Hard R32 France Arnaud Clément W 6–4, 6–3
567 Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands 2/16 DA 500 Indoor Hard R16 Romania Andrei Pavel (2) W 7–6(2), 7–5
568 Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands 2/16 DA 500 Indoor Hard Q United Kingdom Tim Henman L 3–6, 6–7(9)
569 United Arab Emirates Dubai U.A.E. 3/1 DA 500 Outdoor Hard R32 Russia Marat Safin (2) W 7–6(2), 7–6(4)
570 United Arab Emirates Dubai U.A.E. 3/1 DA 500 Outdoor Hard R16 Spain Tommy Robredo W 6–3, 6–4
571 United Arab Emirates Dubai U.A.E. 3/1 DA 500 Outdoor Hard Q Romania Andrei Pavel (3) W 6–3, 6–3
572 United Arab Emirates Dubai U.A.E. 3/1 DA 500 Outdoor Hard S Finland Jarkko Nieminen W 7–6(7), 6–2
573 United Arab Emirates Dubai U.A.E. 3/1 DA 500 Outdoor Hard Win (2) Spain Feliciano López W 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
574 United States Indian Wells Masters USA 3/8 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R128 Bye W  
575 United States Indian Wells Masters USA 3/8 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R64 Romania Andrei Pavel (4) W 6–1, 6–1
576 United States Indian Wells Masters USA 3/8 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R32 Chile Fernando González W 6–3, 6–2
577 United States Indian Wells Masters USA 3/8 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R16 United States Mardy Fish W 6–4, 6–1
578 United States Indian Wells Masters USA 3/8 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard Q Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela W 6–2, 6–1
579 United States Indian Wells Masters USA 3/8 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard S United States Andre Agassi W 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
580 United States Indian Wells Masters USA 3/8 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard Win (3) United Kingdom Tim Henman W 6–3, 6–3
581 United States Miami Masters USA 3/22 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R128 Bye W  
582 United States Miami Masters USA 3/22 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R64 Russia Nikolay Davydenko W 6–2, 3–6, 7–5
583 United States Miami Masters USA 3/22 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R32 Spain Rafael Nadal L 3–6, 3–6
584 Switzerland SUI v. FRA WG Qtrs Switzerland 4/9 DA DC Indoor Hard RR France Nicolas Escudé W 6–2, 6–4, 6–4
585 Switzerland SUI v. FRA WG Qtrs Switzerland 4/9 DA DC Indoor Hard RR France Arnaud Clément (2) W 6–2, 7–5, 6–4
586 Italy Rome Masters Italy 5/3 DA 1000 Outdoor Clay R64 Sweden Jonas Björkman W 7–6(4), 6–3
587 Italy Rome Masters Italy 5/3 DA 1000 Outdoor Clay R32 Spain Albert Costa L 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
588 Germany Hamburg Masters Germany 5/10 DA 1000 Outdoor Clay R64 Argentina Gastón Gaudio W 6–1, 5–7, 6–4
589 Germany Hamburg Masters Germany 5/10 DA 1000 Outdoor Clay R32 Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti W 6–3, 6–3
590 Germany Hamburg Masters Germany 5/10 DA 1000 Outdoor Clay R16 Chile Fernando González (2) W 7–5, 6–1
591 Germany Hamburg Masters Germany 5/10 DA 1000 Outdoor Clay Q Spain Carlos Moyá W 6–4, 6–3
592 Germany Hamburg Masters Germany 5/10 DA 1000 Outdoor Clay S Australia Lleyton Hewitt (2) W 6–0, 6–4
593 Germany Hamburg Masters Germany 5/10 DA 1000 Outdoor Clay Win (4) Argentina Guillermo Coria W 4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3
594 France Roland Garros France 5/24 DA GS Outdoor Clay R128 Belgium Kristof Vliegen W 6–1, 6–2, 6–1
595 France Roland Garros France 5/24 DA GS Outdoor Clay R64 Germany Nicolas Kiefer W 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(6)
596 France Roland Garros France 5/24 DA GS Outdoor Clay R32 Brazil Gustavo Kuerten L 4–6, 4–6, 4–6
597 Germany Halle Germany 6/7 DA 250 Outdoor Grass R32 Sweden Thomas Johansson W 6–3, 6–2
598 Germany Halle Germany 6/7 DA 250 Outdoor Grass R16 Russia Mikhail Youzhny W 6–2, 6–1
599 Germany Halle Germany 6/7 DA 250 Outdoor Grass Q France Arnaud Clément (3) W 6–3, 7–5
600 Germany Halle Germany 6/7 DA 250 Outdoor Grass S Czech Republic Jiří Novák W 6–3, 6–4
601 Germany Halle Germany 6/7 DA 250 Outdoor Grass Win (5) United States Mardy Fish (2) W 6–0, 6–3
602 England Wimbledon England 6/21 DA GS Outdoor Grass R128 United Kingdom Alex Bogdanovic W 6–3, 6–3, 6–0
603 England Wimbledon England 6/21 DA GS Outdoor Grass R64 Colombia Alejandro Falla W 6–1, 6–2, 6–0
604 England Wimbledon England 6/21 DA GS Outdoor Grass R32 Sweden Thomas Johansson (2) W 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
605 England Wimbledon England 6/21 DA GS Outdoor Grass R16 Croatia Ivo Karlović W 6–3, 7–6(3), 7–6(5)
606 England Wimbledon England 6/21 DA GS Outdoor Grass Q Australia Lleyton Hewitt (3) W 6–1, 6–7(1), 6–0, 6–4
607 England Wimbledon England 6/21 DA GS Outdoor Grass S France Sébastien Grosjean W 6–2, 6–3, 7–6(6)
608 England Wimbledon England 6/21 DA GS Outdoor Grass Win (6) United States Andy Roddick W 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(3), 6–4
609 Switzerland Gstaad Switzerland 7/5 DA 250 Outdoor Clay R32 Germany Tomas Behrend W 6–1, 6–1
610 Switzerland Gstaad Switzerland 7/5 DA 250 Outdoor Clay R16 Croatia Ivo Karlović (2) W 6–7(5), 6–3, 7–6(4)
611 Switzerland Gstaad Switzerland 7/5 DA 250 Outdoor Clay Q Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek W 6–1, 5–7, 6–4
612 Switzerland Gstaad Switzerland 7/5 DA 250 Outdoor Clay S Italy Potito Starace W 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
613 Switzerland Gstaad Switzerland 7/5 DA 250 Outdoor Clay Win (7) Russia Igor Andreev W 6–2, 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
614 Canada Canada Masters Canada 7/26 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R64 Morocco Hicham Arazi W 6–3, 7–5
615 Canada Canada Masters Canada 7/26 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R32 Sweden Robin Söderling W 7–5, 6–1
616 Canada Canada Masters Canada 7/26 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R16 Belarus Max Mirnyi W 7–6(3), 7–6(4)
617 Canada Canada Masters Canada 7/26 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard Q France Fabrice Santoro W 7–5, 6–4
618 Canada Canada Masters Canada 7/26 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard S Sweden Thomas Johansson (3) W 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
619 Canada Canada Masters Canada 7/26 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard Win (8) United States Andy Roddick (2) W 7–5, 6–3
620 United States Cincinnati Masters USA 8/2 DA 1000 Outdoor Hard R64 Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý L 6–1, 6–7(7), 4–6
621 Greece Athens Olympics Greece 8/16 DA OL Outdoor Hard R64 Russia Nikolay Davydenko (2) W 6–3, 5–7, 6–1
622 Greece Athens Olympics Greece 8/16 DA OL Outdoor Hard R32 Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych L 6–4, 5–7, 5–7
623 United States US Open USA 8/30 DA GS Outdoor Hard R128 Spain Albert Costa W 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
624 United States US Open USA 8/30 DA GS Outdoor Hard R64 Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis W 6–2, 6–7(4), 6–3, 6–1
625 United States US Open USA 8/30 DA GS Outdoor Hard R32 France Fabrice Santoro W 6–0, 6–4, 7–6(7)
626 United States US Open USA 8/30 DA GS Outdoor Hard R16 Romania Andrei Pavel (5) W walkover
627 United States US Open USA 8/30 DA GS Outdoor Hard Q United States Andre Agassi (2) W 6–3, 2–6, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3
628 United States US Open USA 8/30 DA GS Outdoor Hard S United Kingdom Tim Henman (2) W 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
629 United States US Open USA 8/30 DA GS Outdoor Hard Win (9) Australia Lleyton Hewitt (4) W 6–0, 7–6(3), 6–0
630 Thailand Bangkok Thailand 9/27 DA 250 Indoor Hard R32 France Nicolas Thomann W 6–4, 7–6(4)
631 Thailand Bangkok Thailand 9/27 DA 250 Indoor Hard R16 Switzerland Ivo Heuberger W 6–1, 6–3
632 Thailand Bangkok Thailand 9/27 DA 250 Indoor Hard Q Sweden Robin Söderling (2) W 7–6(3), 6–4
633 Thailand Bangkok Thailand 9/27 DA 250 Indoor Hard S Thailand Paradorn Srichaphan W 7–5, 2–6, 6–3
634 Thailand Bangkok Thailand 9/27 DA 250 Indoor Hard Win (10) United States Andy Roddick (3) W 6–4, 6–0
635 United States Tennis Masters Cup USA 11/15 DA WC Outdoor Hard RR Argentina Gastón Gaudio (2) W 6–1, 7–6(4)
636 United States Tennis Masters Cup USA 11/15 DA WC Outdoor Hard RR Australia Lleyton Hewitt (5) W 6–3, 6–4
637 United States Tennis Masters Cup USA 11/15 DA WC Outdoor Hard RR Spain Carlos Moyá (2) W 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
638 United States Tennis Masters Cup USA 11/15 DA WC Outdoor Hard S Russia Marat Safin (3) W 6–3, 7–6(18)
639 United States Tennis Masters Cup USA 11/15 DA WC Outdoor Hard Win (11) Australia Lleyton Hewitt (6) W 6–3, 6–2

Yearly Records[edit]

Finals[edit]

Singles: 11 (11–0)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (3–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (1–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (3–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (7–0)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (2–0)
Titles by surface
Outdoors (10–0)
Indoors (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 12. February 1, 2004 Australian Open, Australia Hard Russia Marat Safin 7–6(7–3), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 13. March 7, 2004 Dubai Tennis Championships, United Arab Emirates (2) Hard Spain Feliciano López 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 14. March 21, 2004 Indian Wells Masters, United States Hard United Kingdom Tim Henman 6–3, 6–3
Winner 15. May 16, 2004 Hamburg Masters, Germany (2) Clay Argentina Guillermo Coria 4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 16. June 13, 2004 Halle Open, Germany (2) Grass United States Mardy Fish 6–0, 6–3
Winner 17. July 4, 2004 Wimbledon, England, UK (2) Grass United States Andy Roddick 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
Winner 18. July 11, 2004 Swiss Open, Switzerland Clay Russia Igor Andreev 6–2, 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
Winner 19. August 1, 2004 Canada Open, Canada Hard United States Andy Roddick 7–5, 6–3
Winner 20. September 12, 2004 US Open, United States Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt 6–0, 7–6(7–3), 6–0
Winner 21. October 3, 2004 Thailand Open, Thailand Hard (i) United States Andy Roddick 6–4, 6–0
Winner 22. November 21, 2004 Year-End Championships, USA (2) Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 6–2

Prize Money Earnings[edit]

Event Prize Money Year-to-date
Australian Open $915,960 $915,960
Australian Open (doubles) $3,587 $919,547
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament $23,740 $943,287
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships $187,500 $1,130,787
Pacific Life Open $421,600 $1,552,387
Pacific Life Open (doubles) $3,675 $1,556,062
NASDAQ-100 Open $19,730 $1,575,792
Internazionali BNL d'Italia $15,000 $1,590,792
Internazionali BNL d'Italia (doubles) $3,800 $1,594,592
Hamburg Masters $400,000 $1,994,592
French Open $42,313 $2,036,905
Gerry Weber Open $113,000 $2,149,905
Gerry Weber Open (doubles) $1,000 $2,150,905
The Championships, Wimbledon $1,107,817 $3,258,722
Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad $76,500 $3,335,222
Rogers AT&T Cup $410,500 $3,745,722
Western & Southern Financial Group Masters $7,500 $3,753,222
US Open $1,000,000 $4,753,222
Thailand Open $76,500 $4,829,722
Thailand Open (doubles) $7,825 $4,837,547
Tennis Masters Cup $1,520,000 $6,357,547
$6,357,547

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith Niebuhr (2004-11-14). "America's love affair with Federer lies ahead". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Federer, Myskina crowned 2004 ITF world champions". China Daily. 2004-12-21. Archived from the original on 14 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Roger Federer – Results – 2004". Retrieved 2009-11-14. 

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