Young Roger Federer knew: 'I can win the Australian Open'



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Young Roger Federer knew: 'I can win the Australian Open'

Roger Federer was among the best players in 2003. The Swiss claimed seven ATP titles and finished the year ranked 2nd behind Andy Roddick. Roger claimed the first Major title at Wimbledon and was hungry for more at the beginning of 2004.

Federer kicked off the new season without a coach, parting ways with Peter Lundgren but making a good start at the Australian Open. Roger needed an hour and a half to dismiss Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in the first round.

The Swiss controlled the pace and kept the pressure on his opponent, who could not deal with it. Roger grabbed five breaks to emerge at the top and advance into the second round. His next rival was a qualifier, Jeff Morrison, and he stood no chance against one of the favorites.

Roger earned a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 victory in an hour and 34 minutes for a place in the last 32. Federer defended all four break points and delivered four return games from 11 chances to cross the finish line first. Federer broke twice in the opening set and claimed the next two with a single break.

Roger was happy with his performance in the opening two rounds, saying he wanted to fight for the title and his second Major crown.

Roger Federer played well at the 2004 Australian Open.

"I'm happy with how I played; the conditions suit me, and I feel good.

Already during the practice sessions, I felt the court was faster. Also, it's not windy, and it makes it easier for me to play at my best. I'm more aggressive on the return, something I lacked in Kooyong. Those are my two notable improvements.

I have not played against Todd Reid before, and I do not know much about him. He's got nothing to lose, especially after a day off tomorrow. He should be fresh for the encounter against me, and we should not expect long rallies; I do not play that way.

I know I can win the tournament. Before, I would have been happy with the quarters or the semis. Now, that result would be o.k., but not satisfying. I'm hungry for more. I know what it takes to win a Major and how to prepare for going all the way during those two weeks," Roger Federer said.