Roger Federer began 2003 with a perfect record, winning his first eight matches. He went on to have a remarkable year, winning seven titles, including Wimbledon and the Masters Cup. The Swiss player squandered a lot of energy at the end of 2002, which explains his slow start to the 2003 season: he struggled with a leg injury in Doha and Sydney, and he went into the Australian Open having played only two matches.
Roger, one of the favorites to win the title, opened the tournament with a two-hour and 48-minute 7-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Brazilian Flavio Saretta. Without putting in more time on the court, Federer still managed to come out on top, breaking his opponent six times out of seventeen opportunities.
In the first two sets, Saretta was able to keep up with the Swiss, but Roger pulled away in the third. Roger felt more comfortable on the court by this point, but he knows there is still room for improvement if he wants to compete for the trophy. In addition, when asked by the reporters about the blood tests, Federer said there was nothing to worry about or hide.
“I’m glad to report that the leg felt fine today. The match was very strenuous and required a lot of running. In any case, I’m happy with how my performance went. The last time I played on Center Court was against Tommy Haas in 2002. Positive vibes abound, and Aussies are known for their friendliness.
Finding one’s rhythm in the opening games is crucial, and I believe I will play better in my next match.”
Fans adore King Roger.
Roger Federer is set to make his return on September 23, 24, and 25 at the O2 Arena in London for the fifth edition of his Laver Cup.
There is still time for the Swiss to fulfill their contractual obligations and conduct interviews, despite the fact that free speech is still extremely restricted in Switzerland. When asked by the Dutch newspaper Het Parool how he manages his personal and professional lives harmoniously, the maestro provided some insight.
His opinion on what makes life worth living. Whenever I step onto the court, I can don my cape and become a superhero, but when I leave, I like to take it off and go back to being just a regular guy. I feel like I’m good at delineating that space and keeping things in check.
That’s the thing about the circuit that makes me the happiest. I enjoy being in the thick of things, experiencing this level of intensity firsthand. In contrast, after it’s over, I wonder, “”What are we having for dinner tonight?” As a group, what do the kids prefer to do? To some extent, I can compartmentalize these two realities.”