Roger Federer claimed the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg 2002 and broke into the top-10 the next day. In 2003, the Swiss claimed seven ATP titles, including Wimbledon and the Masters Cup, and became the world number 1 in February of the following year after winning the Australian Open.
For the next four and a half years, Roger led the pack, achieving numerous records and milestones and establishing himself as one of the greatest players of all time. Following his title defense at the Dubai Open, Roger traveled to Indian Wells as the top seed despite winning three of six desert matches between 2001 and 2003.
Skipping the opening round as the top seed, Federer dispatched Andrei Pavel 6-1 6-1 in 64 minutes to a perfect start, dropping just 13 points on serve and breaking the Romanian five times to move into the third. round. Fernando González was a more dangerous opponent, but he could not match Roger's level, as the Swiss beat him 6-3, 6-2 in 63 minutes.
World No. 19 Mardy Fish battled well in the first set before Federer forged a 6-4 6-1 triumph in 71 minutes in the fourth round. The Swiss played against a break chance and stole the American's serve three times to race to the round of 16.
The Swiss once again had a short day in the office against Juan Ignacio Chela, whom he beat 6-2, 6-1 in 63 minutes, and qualified for the semifinals.
King Roger will play the Swiss Indoors
The book on Roger Federer by Christopher Clarey, the New York Times journalist, will be available in French soon.
Fans will therefore be able to enjoy themselves because the pad is made up of 590 pages. The author, interviewed by our colleague Laurent Favre from the daily Le Temps, once again expressed his intentions when writing this book and also his admiration for the Swiss champion.
“Roger Federer is clearly one of the best players in tennis history, but in the finals he is also a big loser. But that also contributed to his popularity: people saw him as vulnerable, very human, not hiding his feelings.
explains Christophe, who was marked by several qualities of King Roger: “his empathy, his ability to feel others, the atmospheres, to be curious, and his chameleon side, his ability to adapt”. Roger Federer is all set to make an appearance at the Laver Cup in September, where he will possibly be teaming up with Rafael Nadal.
Later, the Swiss star will feel the warmth of his home fans as he enters the Swiss Indoors event in search of an eleventh title.