Roger Federer claimed the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg in May 2002 and cracked the top-10 on the next day. Roger established himself at the top in the following year, winning the most matches on the Tour in the opening three months and starting his clay swing in Munich at the end of April.
Roger lost serve five times in ten sets and moved over the top in under five hours to lift the trophy and make a quick trip to Rome ahead of the Masters 1000 event. The Swiss made a rock-solid start in the Italian capital, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu and Mariano Zabaleta to set the clash against world no.
19 Tommy Robredo, whom he beat 6-1, 6-1 in no time. Federer claimed all 16 sets played in Munich and Rome, playing on a high level and hoping to go all the way at Foro Italico, where he did not have good results in the past years.
Roger Federer spoke about his chances at the upcoming Majors in Rome 2003.
Roger suffered early losses at Roland Garros and Wimbledon a year ago. He was eager to keep his form and change that in the upcoming two months. Reaching the quarter-final at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2001, Federer reminded that he likes to play on the faster courts more and has higher chances of winning Wimbledon than Roland Garros.
Roger admitted it would be tough for him to beat seven rivals over two weeks in the best-of-five encounters in Paris. Federer fancied his Wimbledon chances more and wished for a strong run at the All England Club after a shocking defeat to Mario Ancic a year ago.
"We all can play only a couple of tournaments on grass during the season. Still, it's a better surface for me than clay because the rivals are a little less dangerous than those on the slowest surface. On clay, you have many guys who are very hard to beat at Roland Garros in seven matches over two weeks.
I think it's more difficult for me to win Roland Garros than Wimbledon. But, I'm far from winning any Major at the moment, and if you ask me which one I would love to conquer, the answer is any. My game is more suitable for faster courts, and that provides the clue; my chances are better at Wimbledon," Roger Federer said.