Roger Federer was the dominant figure on the Tour in 2004, scoring 74 wins in 80 matches, handing over 11 titles and becoming the first player to hold three Major crowns in a single year since Mats Wilander in 1988! Tim Henman, Rafael Nadal, Albert Costa and Gustavo Kuerten were the only players who had beaten Roger before Canada.
At Wimbledon, Roger defended his title after beating Andy Roddick in four sets, having no time to celebrate and traveling back home to Gstaad in what was probably his last attempt to win the event in which he made his ATP debut in 1998.
Roger survived a scare against Ivo Karlovic in the second round and beat Igor Andreev in the title match after two hours for his first crown at home and fourth on clay. After taking a well-deserved two weeks off, Roger returned to the court in Toronto and went all the way again, lifting his fourth Masters 1000 trophy after another win over Roddick.
Thus, Federer demonstrated his class on different surfaces in just a couple of weeks, and we have yet to see another player join Borg and Federer on this exclusive roster.
Austin on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic's hopes of winning a Calendar Golden Slam were crushed as he lost in the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics to eventual champion Alexander Zverev.
Weighing in on the matter, two-time Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin admitted that it was strange to see a top player like Djokovic lose control in such a fashion. But Austin also defended the Serb, saying the constant comparisons to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer tended to paint Djokovic in a bad light.
"First of all, Djokovic imploding, I have never seen a player where they actually kind of hit the ball in the net and take the racket and chuck it 15 rows up into the stadium," Austin told Tennis Channel. "I will say, for Djokovic, he’s being compared to Federer and Nadal; these are like Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama (of tennis).
I mean, you know, they don’t do anything wrong. If he played in the era of John McEnroe, Ilie Nastase, and Jimmy Connors, he’d be number four," she added. Nadal is the top seed at the Citi Open and will be preparing for the US Open later this month.
The Spaniard missed out on the Wimbledon Championships and the Olympic Games due to an injury. He has been playing through a tired and weary body in 2021 and his body gave an indication to take a break. His last match was the Roland Garros semifinals against Novak Djokovic in June.