“I never bothered about the game,” says Roger Federer

At Wimbledon‘s tennis temple, 19-year-old Roger Federer defeated seven-time champion Pete Sampras in five sets. The young Swiss athlete advanced to the quarterfinals and was the one to watch at this competition for years to come.

But following a brief journey to London in 2002, where he was defeated in the opening round by qualifier Mario Ancic in straight sets, Federer returned as one of the favorites in 2003 after winning the maiden ATP championship in Halle. The Swiss overcame world no. 55 Hyung-Taik Lee in the opening round of Wimbledon with scores of 6-3, 6-3, and 7-6 in one hour and forty-five minutes.

Federer won the match in straight sets and moved on to the next round by fending off seven of nine break attempts and converting five of eleven opportunities. The Swiss defeated the Korean in the first set, eliminating him in 24 minutes. In the second set, after falling down 3-1, they reeled off five straight games to take a commanding lead before a fierce struggle in the third set.

Seven match points were lost by Roger, allowing Lee to recover and advance to the tie break. In order to gain the upper hand and avoid spending additional time on the court, Federer won it 7-2. “Although the opening round is usually challenging, today I felt strong on the court.

It was tight toward the finish, so I’m glad we were able to complete the deal in straight sets. Although Lleyton Hewitt is no longer in the lineup, little else has changed in my opinion. To get to the final, I still have to defeat five opponents from my half.

He couldn’t worry about his matchup with Hewitt in the semifinals since there are more than enough players capable of defeating anyone right now. Finding the appropriate feelings at the start of the competition is crucial. I’m attempting to hit my second serve harder than usual, but with so many skilled returners nearby, it’s difficult to get to the net after it.”

Federer‘s outlook for tennis

Following his retirement, Roger Federer does not anticipate any challenging times for tennis. “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.