After a discreet couple of months and the results did not correlate with his position in the rankings, Roger Federer finally found his way in Vienna in October 2002 for the third title of the season and fourth overall. Roger defeated Jiri Novak 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the title clash, saving seven of ten break opportunities and stealing his rival's serve six times out of 12 opportunities to secure a highly successful title.
necessary. Novak managed to force many errors from the Swiss, but Roger dominated with his serve and forehand to fire more than 50 winners. The youngest player performed better in the crucial moments to close the match and avoid a decider.
Federer had the upper hand in the shorter and longer exchanges, and started the clash in a more reliable way to gain an early lead. Roger broke Jiri in the sixth game after a solid forehand attack and fired a forehand winner in the next to open up a 5-2 lead.
In the eighth game, the Czech defended himself from two set points and recovered a few minutes later with a forehand to cut the deficit to 5-4 and prolong the action. Jiri blew a game point in the next game, and Roger found a way to score a break after Novak's loose forehand and take the opener 6-4.
Still, Novak was there to fight, converting the sixth break opportunity early in the second set before losing the lead in the next game when his backhand landed long.
Clarey met Federer
Renowned sports journalist Christopher Clarey, who is the New York Times tennis writer, recently published a book on Roger Federer titled ‘The Master: The Brilliant Career of Roger Federer’.
The biography chronicles the life of Federer by taking the help of places he lived at and the people who made an influence in his life. It was the year 2012. Clarey met Federer after the latter was on his maiden South American exhibition tour.
As eager as ever, the Swiss Maestro waved to some excited fans who ran towards the car. “It happens very quickly. You’re just, ‘I’m done. I don’t want to do it anymore. I’m tired of it all.’ And really, that’s what I try to avoid by having the proper schedule and the proper fun and the proper change, because, like you mentioned, if you do the same thing, it doesn’t matter what you do, too many times, all the time, too often you get bored of it,” explained Federer.
“It doesn’t matter how extraordinary your life might be, so that’s where I think these kinds of trips, or a good buildup practice session or a great vacation or some amazing tournaments in a row, toughing it out, whatever it might be, it’s in the mix that I find the resources for more, the energy for more”.