Following consecutive quarterfinal finishes at Wimbledon and Roland Garros in 2001, Roger Federer struggled to match those results in the two years that followed. After winning his maiden grass-court championship in Halle a few weeks prior and aiming to repeat it at the All England Club, Federer was eager to rectify that at Wimbledon 2003.
In order to advance to the second week, Roger only lost one set versus Hyung-Taik Lee, Stefan Koubek, and Mardy Fish. Despite suffering a severe back injury that nearly caused him to drop the first set and possibly the entire match, the Swiss overcame Feliciano Lopez in the fourth set.
Federer defeated an ailing Sjeng Schalken in the quarterfinals to set up the eagerly anticipated matchup versus Andy Roddick, two teenagers competing for their first Major championship. Federer put in a strong performance to win 7-6 6-3 6-3 in 1 hour and 43 minutes.
In the first set tie break, Roger escaped a set point, and in sets two and three, he never looked back. Early on in the second set, Roddick squandered his only two break opportunities. On the way back, he didn’t do much more than that. Roger struggled to get into a rhythm and needed three pauses to help him cross the finish line.
Federer only committed 35 mistakes, which allowed him to control his shots and put pressure on the opponent’s side of the net with 34 service wins and 40 powerful shots from the court. After the game, Roger stated that he felt very confident about the outcome, proving that he is Major-caliber, and he hoped for more of the same in the championship match against Mark Philippoussis.
“I still have one game left, and if I don’t win the championship, I’ll attempt to come back and win in the following few years,” the player said.
Federer is a world figure.
Roger Federer was praised for being a “class act” by former American tennis player Jan-Michael Gambill for not drawing attention away from Serena Williams‘ retirement.
“It seemed a bit hurried. Because Roger is such a gentleman, it almost appeared as though he gave Serena some room for his retirement. He kept his distance from her and gave her some breathing room. Serena is gone now, Roger is gone, “the American said.
The 45-year-old added that, in contrast to Federer and Williams, he appreciated the manner in which Ashleigh Barty and Pete Sampras resigned from tennis after winning Grand Slams. “Roger’s time had come. When it comes to retirements, I still believe Pete and Ash Barty did it best; after winning a slam, they said, “Hey, I’m outta here.”
However, many people found this to be emotional, and for all of Roger’s fans—and there are a lot—it was great “Added he.