Roger Federer's career is studded with great successes and incredible records: with 20 Slams he is the record holder but the Swiss Maestro achieved other great goals, such as the 8 triumphs at Wimbledon, the weeks as world no.
1 the titles on grass and hard-courts. For each season, however, there is a particular goal, an achievement that should be highlighted. Starting from 2003, the year in which he won his first Slam title. And it is precisely the triumph at Wimbledon the 2003 Federer's best memory.
The Swiss Maestro started the London Slam as seed no. 4. His path to the final had numerous obstacles: Lee Hyung-taik, Stefan Koubek, Mardy Fish, Feliciano Lopez, Sjeng Schalken, Andy Roddick in the semi-finals, and Mark Philippoussis in the final.
During the tournament, Roger lost only one set, in the third round against Mady Fish. It was a historical triumph, the first on the lawns of the All England Club: the Centre Court was the Temple of Tennis and Federer had his professional rise on that stage.
That was, without doubt, the best moment of his season: "I was nervous. I always wanted to be in that position and play against the guys I watched on TV. It was great. I always believed I was good enough to win the tournament, but actually raising the trophy after everything I had gone through, left me with an incredible feeling.
That victory came at the right time because I proved that many people were wrong about me. It was all I wanted. Then I won again and again. This is what the champions want to do: they want to come back and always test themselves.
I love tennis too much to get away from it; it gave me everything I ever wanted," he said in an interview, in 2018. Also in 2018, he said: "What I remember most is that I really hurt my back. I think of my fourth round against Feliciano Lopez in the warm-up.
I wasn't sure I couldn't continue the game, but in reality, I played well, I recovered quickly and reached the Wimbledon final. I remember when I had two match points I started to believe that I could have been a Wimbledon champion probably in the next two minutes, and when it happened it was the most special moment."
What was Roger Federer's best memory in 2004? You can find out in the next article!