Juan Carlos Ferrero defeated Roger Federer 6-4 4-6 6-4 in one hour and 52 minutes in the 2003 Madrid Masters quarterfinal in a match for crucial year-end No. 1 ranking points. The local player outscored the Wimbledon winner by one point, gave Roger just two break chances, and took two of them to reach the championship match.
With a modest advantage in shorter rallies and less effective numbers in longer rallies to keep Ferrero in the game, the Swiss had more victories and forced errors. In the fifth game of the match, the Spaniard received a break, allowing him to extend his lead.
In order to win the set 6-4, he served brilliantly and conceded just two points following the initial strike. Federer established control in the second set by serving brilliantly and breaking at 15 in game 10 to force a tiebreaker. Ferrero, however, displayed superior tennis, breaking in game five following a return winner and two double faults from Roger.
The match was taken home by the host team, and they ended up competing for the championship. “I wasn’t pleased with how I played today. I had some positive experiences, but the most were ups and downs. In the first set, I made some terrible returns.
It has worked well for him, albeit I’m not sure if his serve has improved. My rhythm and serve reading were lost as a result. In sets two and three, things went better for me, but not enough to win the race.
I have played consistently throughout the entire tennis season; it took me a few years to get to that level and maintain it for three to four consecutive weeks. I’ve been saying it since the first game that I could never find my rhythm here in Madrid.”
Commentary from Stricker on King Roger
World No. 116 Dominic Stricker discussed his experiences training with fellow Swiss and tennis great Roger Federer in a recent interview with the ATP. “Naturally, if you’re from Switzerland, Roger Federer had to be your idol, said Stricker.
Roger, a Swiss player, has a style of play that is somewhat similar to mine. Federer‘s practice companion at the Swiss National Federation when he was a teenager was Stricker’s coach, Sven Swinnen.
Sven Swinnen, Stricker’s coach, stated, “It’s fortunate.” “Roger had already invited Dominic to Dubai twice for training and preseason activities, so it was very beneficial. Roger is now somewhat familiar with us, and he has given us some excellent advice.