When Roger Federer rushed to finish the match before darkness



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When Roger Federer rushed to finish the match before darkness

Roger Federer has played at Wimbledon for the record-breaking 22 times, winning the junior title in 1998 and making a senior debut a year later. The Swiss was the quarter-finalist in 2001, and he returned stronger two years later as one of the title contenders.

In the third round in 2003, Federer ousted Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 in two hours to find himself in the second week at the All England Club. Roger played well against Hyung-Taik Lee and Stefan Koubek in the previous rounds, losing serve three times and spending three hours on the court to preserve energy for the American.

After a terrible start, Mardy fought well in the third set to steal it from Roger, who quickly regrouped and stormed over the opponent in the fourth to bring the victory home. Federer fended off five out of six break chances, limiting the damage in his games and experiencing that lone break that cost him the third set, dominating others to seal the deal just before dark after two rain delays.

Roger Federer rushed to beat Mardy Fish before the dark at Wimbledon 2003.

The Swiss claimed the opening two sets in no time for a massive advantage. Federer struggled to break his opponent in the third set and gave serve away once to hand it to Mardy, who couldn't keep that level in the fourth when he got broken twice.

Serving for the triumph at 5-1 and rushing to cross the finish line, Roger almost suffered a break, staying calm and moving over the top in the final moments before dark and a possible delay for the next day. "I'm happy to finish the match in one day after so many suspensions; it got dark in the end.

I grabbed that second break and served for the victory, almost dropping that service game as I wanted to finish as quickly as possible. I think I played a good match today. I'm thrilled to be in the second week, passing three tough early rounds and focusing on the next rival after taking a couple of days off.

Still, I don't want to look further than my next opponent; there's no room for that, and I don't want to make a mistake," Roger Federer said.