Roger Federer after reaching first Wimbledon semi-final: 'I'm thrilled'



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Roger Federer after reaching first Wimbledon semi-final: 'I'm thrilled'

A teenager Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon quarter-final in 2001 following that epic victory over the seven-time champion Pete Sampras. The Swiss lost to Tim Henman in a battle for the semis and was among the Wimbledon favorites two years later after winning the first grass-court ATP title in Halle.

The defending champion Lleyton Hewitt lost in the first round to Ivo Karlovic, and Roger was a player to beat in that half together with Andy Roddick. Federer passed the opening three obstacles in five hours, dropping one set against Mardy Fish.

The Swiss played on a high level before suffering a scary back injury during the practice run ahead of the fourth-round encounter against Feliciano Lopez.

Roger Federer achieved his career-best result at Majors at Wimbledon 2003.

Calling trainer and repelling set points in the opener, Federer toppled the Spaniard in three sets, feeling better as the match progressed and setting the quarter-final duel with Sjeng Schalken.

The rain postponed the encounter for a day and gave them both time to recover as Schalken struggled with a foot injury. Roger was too good for the Dutchman on Court 2, delivering a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win in an hour and 38 minutes for his first Major semi-final.

The Swiss lost serve once and earned four breaks against the rival who was far from his best, controlling the pace and advancing into the last four. "Schalken was not at his best; that was obvious. However, I had to stay focused, sticking to my plan and overcoming that deficit in the third set.

His game is fine for me; I can read it quite well, and his serve is not that big, which means I can compete with him from the baseline. When you realize your opponent has some problem, you try to figure that out and pay a bit more attention.

I did not play that well today because of all those talks about my injury and his injury. For that reason, we did not play a great match, but it does not matter in the end. I'm thrilled to be in the first Wimbledon semi-final.

I'm also sorry for Sjeng; he could not do better today, and it was a struggle for both of us," Roger Federer said.