After two early exits at the All England Club, Roger Federer stunned the seven-time Wimbledon winner Pete Sampras in 2001 to reach the quarters. Competing in his second consecutive Major quarter-final, Roger lost to Tim Henman 7-5, 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 in three hours and 13 minutes, unable to continue where he left in the previous round and hitting the exit door.
It was their third meeting and the third victory for the home star, who won two points more than Roger and prevailed in the decisive moments in sets he won to advance into the semi-final. Tim claimed the opening set with a late break in the 11th game, and there were no breaks of serve in set number two, as they stay neck and neck.
Roger Federer lost to Tim Henman in four sets at Wimbledon 2001.
The young Swiss built a 6-3 advantage before the Briton rattled off five straight points to bring the set home and forge a massive advantage ahead of the third.
Federer bounced back with a double break in the third set, controlling the pace on serve and return to gain a boost before the rest of the clash. Henman served for the victory at 5-3 in the fourth set before Federer broke back to extend the duel and introduce another tie break.
Roger moved 5-2 in front, with a massive chance to grab the set and force a decider. Still, it was not to be for him, as Tim turned the tables and claimed the breaker 8-6 to seal the deal and move into the semis and leave the youngster empty-handed.
"I'm very disappointed; I think it's pretty normal after missing so many chances. I had a good week, but it's very frustrating losing this way like today. Compliments are always nice, but that did not help me; I have to prove that on the court.
I could not get through the match; that's why I'm very disappointed. I had enough chances to at least reach the fifth set. I will be back next year and take at least one step further. I was much more nervous playing Pete than against Tim today.
I mean, if I could have clinched the second-set tie break, it would have been a different story," Roger Federer said.