'Roger Federer makes everything easy but...', says top coach



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'Roger Federer makes everything easy but...', says top coach

Following his first Major success, at Wimbledon in July, Roger Federer became World No. 1 for the remainder of the 2003 season. That summer, the Swiss had everything in his hands. He moved within one win of the ATP throne in Montreal, only to suffer a thrilling loss to Andy Roddick in the semi-final.

David Nalbandian floored the Swiss in Cincinnati and at the US Open and stole a lot of points from Roger, who was hoping for a better run of the indoor season. Winning the Vienna title, Federer went to Madrid as one of the favorites and played well in the first two rounds to reach the quarters.

The Swiss got rid of Alex Corretja 6-4 and 6-3 in 70 minutes in the first match. Federer lost 11 points in ten service games, getting a break at the worst time. That happened while he was serving for the first set, which is never a good sign.

Still, Roger instantly recovered his game to clinch the set with another break on his account. Federer was a better player in the second set and seized it with a single break to proceed to the next round. He defeated Mardy Fish 6-3 7-6 in one hour and 32 minutes to secure a place in the quarterfinals.

Serving just 50%, Roger hit four aces and five double faults. He faced three break chances and erased two to limit the damage. Instead, Fish couldn't keep up, struggling on second serve and losing serve twice to propel the Swiss over the finish line.

Asked for the favorite to number 1 of the year, Roger chose Andy Roddick instead of himself.

Jaramillo talks about Roger Federer

Acclaimed tennis coach Gabriel Jaramillo has hailed the Big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for their stellar accomplishments and longevity.

"Tennis is something very sacrificed; no one would have to continue playing, they are the three millionaires, but there they continue to give their best effort. What they have made this sport grow is priceless, it will be very difficult to see athletes like this again," he said.

Jaramillo feels that Djokovic (34), being younger than Federer (40) and Nadal (35), has every chance of outlasting his counterparts and adding to his legacy. "It's difficult [...] Being younger, because of his style of play and because of the way he moves on the court, I would say that Djokovic can go further," said Jaramillo.

"Nadal is a much more physical player; he wears out more; there will come a day when the body no longer responds to him," he said. "Then there is Federer, who makes everything easy and plays more beautiful than anyone, but I would say that Novak is the most complete of the three."