In 2001, Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon at age 19, becoming a contender for the most notable titles in the years to come. The Swiss lost steam at the Grand Slams in the next two seasons, and took no further steps in the next two years.
Following a tough loss at the All England Club to Mario Ancic in the first round in 2002, Federer came back stronger to reach his first Major semi-final a year later. In the fourth round, the Swiss overcame his back problems against Feliciano López and won in straight sets to advance to the last eight.
In the quarters, Roger beat Sjeng Schalken in straight sets to advance to his first semi-final at this level, battling Andy Roddick for the title. In one of his best performances before his dominant years, Roger scored a 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory in one hour and 43 minutes, setting up a victory of tennis glory.
Andy gave his best in the first set, but that wasn't enough to take him, adding a terrible forehand error at 6-5 in the tie break that would have sent him up front. Instead, Federer grabbed the last three points of the breaker to gain huge momentum, turning down two break opportunities early in the second set and never looking back.
He scored three breaks to control the score, scoring 74 winners and 35 errors to put Roddick far behind and take another notable victory at Wimbledon after the famous one over Pete Sampras two years ago.
Bouchard reckons Federer will try to play another Wimbledon
Top journalist Carole Bouchard, who was part of the conversation with Marion Bartoli and Simon Cambers, believes Roger Federer will not let his last career match be the lopsided defeat to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.
"You are Roger Federer; you don’t end your career on a bagel in Wimbledon," Bouchard said. "I believe he is going to try to play one more Wimbledon, but that means he needs to play Australia, he needs to try to play some clay, he needs to get in shape.
So I believe that he will try. (He is) 40 years old and we are still asking him to play one more Wimbledon," she added. "He is one of the biggest champions, all sports considered. He is going to try; I believe we will see him in London next year. I just hope the knee is going to stay quiet."