Roger Federer: 'The knee was no longer good after...'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 12504
Ranked 6th at the start of the 2003 season, Roger Federer found the rhythm in February to conquer Marseille and Dubai. The Swiss did not play at his best in Indian Wells and Miami, but found his game again on clay to conquer Munich and reach the final in Rome.
Things didn't go so well at Hamburg and Roland Garros, and Roger focused on the grass-court season, lifting the first ATP title on the fastest surface in Halle. Arriving at Wimbledon as one of the favourites, Federer dropped a set in seven meetings, producing some fine tennis against Andy Roddick and Mark Philippoussis to lift his first Grand Slam crown.
The youngster had the opportunity to become the world number 1 in Montreal and Cincinnati, losing the semi-final in Canada against Andy Roddick and waiting until next February to take the ATP throne. At the US Open, Federer lost the first set against José Acasuso before recovering, dominating the Argentine, who retired early in the fourth set.
In the second round, Roger beat Jean-Rene Lisnard 6-1 6-2 6-0 in one hour and 17 minutes, one of his most dominant wins in New York. The Wimbledon champion gave up 15 points in 11 service games, refusing the only break point he faced and stealing 55% of return points.
Federer got seven breaks from 14 opportunities and secured a place in the third round. Thus, Federer set the fourth round clash against James Blake, expecting a much closer encounter before the American public. In addition, Roger referred to his girlfriend Mirka, who got into tennis after being inspired by Martina Navratilova.
"You always have to stay focused in the early stages of every set, which has worked well for me today."
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Roger Federer revealed on Saturday that he is aiming to return to action in the "middle or end" of the 2022 season.
"I still have to wait a little bit with running. I hope I can increase that more and more over the next few months and hopefully make a comeback in the middle or end of 2022," Federer said. "The surgery was the right thing. The knee was no longer good after Wimbledon.
It couldn't go on like this. I'm fine. I walked on crutches for 2 months and had to start all over again," he added. "I'm in the process of rebuilding the whole thing and can now slowly think about my comeback," he said.