Tim Henman in the quarterfinals.
Twelve months later, Roger found himself unable to maintain that pace and eager to improve in 2003, when he began searching for the necessary momentum in Masters 1000 tournaments and proper form during those Major week. “When it comes to Major, I am especially dissatisfied with my performance in 2002.
This year at the Australian Open, I also blew a golden opportunity. My performance in Majors is the only area where I’m lacking. I’ve found that if I put in the effort and play well in lower-level tournaments, I can build up my confidence and make deeper runs in the larger tournaments.
People say I’m hiding my abilities, but that can only be said about Majors. I’ve demonstrated it before, and it’s up to the audience to decide. I get better at planning my year and picking the best tournaments to enter every year.
King Roger receives acclaim from Stricker
Dominic Stricker of Switzerland visited the ATP website’s Next Gen section as a special guest. When asked who he looked up to, Dominic surprised everyone by not naming a certain Roger Federer.
Obviously, if you are a Swiss resident…” Roger Federer was the only person I could think of as my ultimate idol. As it turns out, his game is strikingly similar to the one I envision for myself. Not only do I admire Rafa Nadal, but also a few former pros who have retired from the game since I first got into it. Michael Llodra and Marcelo Rios were there. In fact, I spent a lot of time watching them.”