Roger Federer squandered the opportunity to become world number one in the summer of 2003, losing to Andy Roddick and David Nalbandian in Montreal, Cincinnati and the US Open. After New York, Federer had a long journey to Melbourne and led his country against Australia in the Davis Cup World Group semi-final.
In addition to his brilliant career at Wimbledon that secured his first Major title, Roger was on a Davis Cup streak that year, starting the campaign with two singles victories over the Netherlands in Arnhem. In another away tie, Federer and his teammates defeated France in Toulouse in early April.
Roger surrendered three points for his country to mark the clash against Australia in Melbourne in September. Flying from one part of the world to another, Federer did his best to prepare for action at the Rod Laver Arena and guide Switzerland to the final.
As at Wimbledon, he defeated Mark Philippoussis before that thrilling doubles match that he and Marc Rosset lost to Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge in five epic sets. In the third round of singles, Lleyton Hewitt defeated Roger 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-1 to secure the third point for the home nation and send them to the final.
Speaking about that match, Federer said it was one of the most brutal losses of his career, experiencing the first loss after winning the first two sets. Hewitt won just five more points than Roger, with both players dominating in a single set.
Bencic talks about Roger Federer
Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer are part of an elusive list of Swiss players to win a gold medal at the Olympics. While Federer won it with Stanislas Wawrinka in the men’s doubles category in Beijing, Bencic did it alone in the women’s singles category at the Tokyo Olympics.
Earlier today, the 24-year-old took questions ahead of the Cincinnati Open. During the press conference, she was asked which congratulatory message meant the most to her after Tokyo. Along with her family, she admitted Federer’s message made her happy.
She said, “I think just family and friends have been really important. I feel like I’ve called really the most important ones right away after the match. “I was super happy of course about Roger’s messages, his kind of happiness about my success.
It was really sweet from him. It felt really like he was there, as well. Obviously, of course, all the family, my former coach I called, thanked her. I mean, it was like tons of messages I got from everyone,” said the 24-year-old.
“I feel like I have many people very close to me. For sure I feel like when I was, like, calling or texting them after, for sure I have to find the most important ones. I still really have some unanswered messages. Hope everyone, of course, understands. I didn’t want to be on my phone all day long answering messages”.