Roger Federer established himself as one of the players to beat on the ATP Tour in 2001 and 2002, improving his game and scoring the first notable results at Majors and the Masters 1000 series. The Swiss reached his first Major quarter-final at Roland Garros 2001, gathering a boost and repeating that at the All England Club a few weeks later.
Winning the junior Wimbledon crown in 1998, Federer found his A-game at the cathedral of tennis in 2001 and advanced into the last eight following a thrilling 7-6, 5-7, 6-5, 6-7, 7-5 triumph over the seven-time champion Pete Sampras in the fourth round.
A teenager prevailed after three hours and 40 minutes, enduring all the obstacles and staying focused until the very last point to emerge at the top and reach the last eight. Federer sealed the deal with a return winner in the 12th game to find himself in the quarters, facing Tim Henman in a battle for the semis.
The youngster lost three tight sets against the Briton, struggling with a groin injury over the previous seven days and missing every tournament between Gstaad and the US Open. Roger had a chance to play against the other American legend Andre Agassi in the fourth round in New York, losing in straight sets and failing to reach the third consecutive Major quarter-final.
Federer and Agassi were the rivals at the Miami Masters half a year later, with the Swiss battling for his first Masters 1000 trophy against the crowd's favorite. The experience beat the youth in Florida, as Agassi toppled Federer in four sets to lift the trophy.
Roger Federer played against Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi at Majors in 2001.
In the fourth set, Roger led 4-2 before Andre claimed the remaining four games to seal the deal and left the 20-year-old empty-handed. Speaking about Sampras and Agassi, Federer said they are different players and gave the Wimbledon clash vs.
Sampras an edge over the Miami final against Agassi. Also, Federer revealed that Pete was his favorite when he was young, while he could not say the same about Andre due to his game style. "For me, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi are different players.
Pete was my favorite when I was young, while Andre was not. I do not know, it was more special at Wimbledon than here in Miami, even though I like this place a lot. Wimbledon has a bigger tradition, and I can not compare my Wimbledon match against Sampras with the one I played against Agassi here in Florida," Roger Federer said.