“I genuinely think that it’s been a tremendous tournament,” says Roger Federer.

In Hamburg, Germany, in May 2002, Roger Federer won the inaugural Masters 1000 championship and entered the top 10 the following day. The following year, Roger solidified his position at the top by winning the most matches on the Tour in the first three months and beginning his clay-court season in Munich at the end of April.

In ten sets, Roger dropped serve just five times, outplayed his opponent, and lifted the trophy in less than five hours. He then made a brief flight to Rome in preparation for the Masters 1000 competition. In the Italian city, the Swiss got off to a stout start by defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu and Mariano Zabaleta to set up the match against world no. 19 Tommy Robredo, whom he promptly defeated 6-1, 6-1.

Federer, who competed at a high level and hoped to advance all the way at the Foro Italico despite his recent struggles, won all 16 sets played in Munich and Rome. In the previous year, Roger lost his opening matches at Wimbledon and Roland Garros.

He was keen to maintain his form and make a change in the ensuing few months. Federer recalled that he reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and Roland Garros in 2001 and that he prefers to play on the faster courts and has a better chance of winning Wimbledon than Roland Garros.

In the best-of-five matches in Paris, Roger acknowledged that it would be challenging for him to defeat seven opponents over the course of two weeks. Federer preferred his prospects at Wimbledon and was looking forward to a strong showing there after a shocking loss to Mario Ancic last year.

“Only a few tournaments on grass are available to us all each season. Although the opponents are a little less dangerous than those on the slower surface, it is still a better surface for me than clay.”

King Roger is unfazed.

In a video for ATP, Roger Federer claimed that despite his retirement, tennis has always produced new superstars for every generation.

“New superstars, greats, and inspiring stories are always produced by the game. Thus, I never bothered about the game for myself “said he. “You know me, I’ve always been a big supporter to the future of the game and I really think that it’s been a wonderful tournament, the US Open and I really think that it’s been a great last few years, even though I wasn’t on tour and sometimes we’ve been missing some of the older guys, due to injuries and stuff,” he said.