Roger Federer was a man on a mission at Wimbledon 2003. The Swiss conquered his first ATP title on grass in Halle a few weeks earlier and remained the highest seed in his part of the draw when Lleyton Hewitt experienced an early Wimbledon exit.
The Swiss ousted his first three rivals in five hours. He lost only a set and gained a boost for the second week that saw a major scare for the youngster on the practice court. Hurting his back before the Feliciano Lopez clash, Roger barely survived the opener before starting playing better, sealing the deal in straight sets and beating injured Sjeng Schalken to find himself in the semis at Majors for the first time.
Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick in straight sets at Wimbledon 2003.
Federer met Andy Roddick and produced a marvelous 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory in an hour and 43 minutes for a place in the final. Roddick gave his best in the opening set, erasing a break point and forging a 6-5 lead in the tie break, only to squander a set point after a loose forehand that made him fade from the court in sets two and three.
Federer stood strong in his games, repelling both break chances offered to the American at the beginning of the second set and earning three breaks to seal the deal in straight sets and take another big step towards the first Major title.
Roger had over 70 winners and only 35 mistakes, doing everything right on the court and reaching the title match in style. "I knew I was capable of reaching the Major final, but I had to work hard to get there, like all the other players.
People talked about that when I beat Sampras here, but it was a tough road in the next couple of years. I have been at Wimbledon for two and a half weeks, which is unusual for me, having more days off and not so tough matches.
I'm fine physically after losing just one set so far, and I hope to carry the momentum into the final. I felt like I could return Andy's serve; I said that in yesterday's press conference. I'm not scared of his serves as I read them well; that makes him a bit frustrated. I had to keep the returns in and make him think about the next shot," Roger Federer said.