Roger Federer: ‘I put a lot of energy into…’

During Wimbledon 2003, Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam tournament. With only one set lost in seven matches, the young Swiss dominated to claim the championship. Federer took a break before Montreal and Cincinnati after losing the Gstaad final to Jiri Novak in five sets.

Roger lost to Andy Roddick and David Nalbandian in successive Masters 1000 finals, missing out on a chance to become World No. 1 for the first time in his career. Federer had one last shot at reclaiming the ATP crown at the US Open, the season’s penultimate Major.

Roger was unsuccessful in getting his best performance in New York as he had been in previous years. Before losing to David Nalbandian in four sets (3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3), he defeated Jose Acasuso, Jena-Rene Lisnard, and James Blake. The Argentine won their first encounter, a two-set match held in Cincinnati two weeks prior, by a score of 6-4, 6-4.

The two-hour-and-fifty-two-minute New York match featured numerous lengthy rallies and unforced errors from both players. Nalbandian got off to a good start but found himself down 5-0 in the second set after Federer suffered six breaks from 16 opportunities.

Though they were able to cut their deficit significantly, the Swiss ultimately lost the tiebreaker and consequently saw their momentum reverse. Nalbandian rode the momentum from the first two sets to win the next two and advance to the quarterfinals, leaving Roger winless on the North American swing.

The latest defeat doesn’t mean much to me because I’ve experienced many others like it before.

Federer is eager to make a return.

The time of Roger Federer’s comeback is rapidly drawing near. From September 23-25, he’ll be at the O2 Arena in London for the fifth annual Laver Cup, which he considers “his.”

After that, on October 22-30, he will compete in his hometown tournament in Basel, and then, if he’s feeling good, he’ll start thinking about 2023. Despite this, the Swiss (who will turn 41 in August) was candid with the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad about his plans to retire.

“I enjoy winning, but if you’re not giving it your all, it’s time to call it quits. There’s no need for tennis in my life. When my son does well or when my daughter brings home a good grade, I find joy in those moments.

I am not solely defined by my tennis experience. I care a lot about my business and want it to succeed; sometimes I put in more effort than is healthy, but that happens everywhere, not just in sports. It’s fine with me if my professional career doesn’t last forever,” Roger, who is sizing up in the early fall, said.