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 eight 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. in 2004 Federer win 11 titles, of which three Slams: the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
Perhaps his most important triumph in 2004 was his victory at the Australian Open. Federer came from a great 2003 when he won his first Wimbledon title. In 2004 the pressure and expectations on his performances grew exponentially, and confirming the good things seen in the past season was a difficult goal.
Starting in Melbourne. Federer started the tournament as seed no.2. In the first round, he overtook Alex Bogomolov Jr. in three sets. Federer won in straight sets also in the second and third round, respectively against the qualified Jeff Morrison and the wild-card Todd Reid (who died prematurely in 2018).
In the fourth round, he faced and defeated Lleyton Hewitt in four sets, after losing the first one. In the quarter-finals, the Swiss eliminated David Nalbandian in four sets, while in the semi-final he won against Juan Carlos Ferrero, in straight sets.
The 2004 Australian Open final was a match between Federer and his friend Marat Safin. Roger had some problems in the first set, which he still won at the tie-break, then ended the challenge in three sets, winning his first Australian Open and his second career Slam.
“That was my first win at the Australian Open, in 2004. Two days earlier, in the semi-final, I had beaten Juan Carlos Ferrero, in what had been my first career victory against a number 1. In the final, I faced Marat Safin.
At the time we were very good friends, and we still are today. We played doubles together, one seems to me that year in Gstaad, Switzerland. We both showed up in the final after having played a great tournament. I remember that he even cracked some racquets!
In short, in that match, you really saw everything!" But above all for Federer that victory was the input for an incredible year, and for the beginning of a domain that lasted until 2007.