Roger Federer began the year by winning in Sydney, and after advancing through the ranks to the top 10 in April, he won the first Masters 1000 tournament of the year in Hamburg. After achieving his greatest success outside of the Grand Slams, Roger slumped in the subsequent months, missing out on titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and falling out of the top tier of players.
early. The Swiss player’s success at the US Open helped boost his self-assurance, and he went on to win his fourth ATP title in Vienna in October, vaulting him back into the ATP’s top 10 and making him a serious threat in the ATP Race to Shanghai. He is the world’s best player and is competing in Madrid.
On July 7, Roger got off to a winning start by defeating Marcelo Ros 6-4, 6-2 in the first round. He is hoping to repeat his performance from Vienna and make a deep run to earn more points in his pursuit of the Masters Cup title.
“Shanghai has made me feel very confident; it’s great to be back in the game. After taking first place in Vienna, I jumped from tenth to seventh. As a bonus, I’m in the best position of my career, having moved up from eighth after winning in Hamburg.
Despite my recent struggles with a lack of confidence and problems off the court—most notably the death of a close friend—I am currently relishing the opportunity to play tennis. I’m relieved that things seem to be turning around for me.
I owe a great deal of my success at the US Open to my match against Xavier Malisse, in which I battled back from a set down to claim victory. In the following round, I did not perform particularly well against Mirnyi, but he still did not allow me to enter the match.”
González discusses the reign of King Roger.
Fernando Gonzalez told CLAY that it will be difficult for Roger Federer to win more majors after his lengthy absence. Nonetheless, the Chilean noted that Federer is still capable of doing damage in best-of-three set matches.
It’s going to be tough for him,” Gonzalez predicted. “Granted, I have my doubts about him winning a Grand Slam, but I expect to see him pull off some surprising feats in three-set events. At some point, he’ll want to say farewell, but if he ever returns, I expect him to aim high. I can’t predict how he’ll do in five sets, but he’ll need to keep going for at least a little bit longer if he wants to win three.”