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Former ATP star: “Roger Federer has to play a while longer.”
Roger Federer, then 20 years old, expressed satisfaction with his season after losing in the fourth round of the 2001 US Open. The Swiss youth advanced in ranking and is now within striking distance of the top 10. Roger began the year ranked #30 in the world, playing in Sydney. He won four matches Down Under and went on to win the first ATP indoor title in Milan in February.
Federer‘s game is so well suited to fast indoor surfaces that he won three Davis Cup matches against the United States. The U.S. team made it past the first round of competition in Marseille and into the championship game in Rotterdam. The Swiss player reached the quarterfinals in Miami and planned to improve on the slower surface, which he had struggled with in previous tournaments.
Quarterfinal appearances at Monte Carlo and Roland Garros on clay gave Roger his first notable results at Majors as a teenager, and he repeated the feat at Wimbledon a few weeks later. A junior champion from three years ago defeated seven-time winner Pete Sampras in a thrilling five-set match in the fourth round at the All England Club. He advanced to the last eight, where he was ultimately defeated by Tim Henman.
Despite suffering a groin injury at Wimbledon, Roger opted to return to Gstaad the following week and play on clay, where he won just three of his six matches against Ivan Ljubicic. Federer made his comeback at the US Open, where he lost to the eventual champion.
The number two seed, Andre Agassi, lost in the 16th round. The American held off Roger with ease, as he fended off nine break points and stole his serve five times.
King Roger will host a tournament at his castle.
Fernando Gonzalez told CLAY that it will be difficult for Roger Federer to add to his Majors tally after he took a long break from the sport.
However, the Chilean added that Federer is still at a level where he can do damage in best-of-three set matches. Gonzalez predicted, “It will be difficult for him.” “I doubt he’ll ever win a Grand Slam, but I predict he’ll pull off some surprising victories in three-set events.
At some point he will want to part ways, but if he does return, I anticipate that he will aim high given his current skill set. I don’t know how he’ll do in five sets, but he’ll need to keep going for a while longer if he wants to win three.”