On this day two decades ago, Roger Federer broke into the top-10 for the first time. Following a remarkable career in the junior category, Roger broke into the top-400 at age 17 in 1998. With reliable results on the Satellite Tour, Roger finished the season just outside the top-300, with much more to come in 1999.
The Swiss claimed 13 ATP wins and a Challenger title in Brest to become a force to be reckoned with on the Tour. Roger found a way to break into the top-30 in 2000, after 36 wins at the main level and two ATP finals, which increased his confidence and made him feel ready to make the last push and reach the top-10 in sometime in 2001.
Federer had 49 wins that season and cracked the top 15 in June, before missing all action between Gstaad and the US Open with a groin injury. Thus, Roger missed the opportunity to earn more points after the Wimbledon quarterfinals and book a place among the top ten players in the world.
However, Federer closed the gap in the first half of 2002, losing the Miami final to Andre Agassi and winning the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg. The Swiss won 500 ATP points and debuted in the top-10 on May 20, still 20 years old.
Following early exits in Monte-Carlo and Rome, the Swiss played at a high level in Hamburg, eliminating Gustavo Kuerten in the quarter-finals and bringing down his good friend Max Mirnyi to secure a spot in the title clash against Marat Safin.
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Roger Federer recently revealed his favorite wine and food during an extensive interview with Caminada. "Our favorite wine is a 2009 Cos d'Estournel," Federer revealed.
"It was an emotional year, we got married and the girls were born. At that time I bought many cases of this Bordeaux. Currently, I also really like the Italians Guado al Tasso, Sassicaia, Tignanello and others. Mirka and I also like to drink champagne to celebrate special moments."
Federer was also asked to recall the last time he got drunk. He revealed that he was "nauseous for days" after consuming shots following his win over Andre Agassi in the 2005 US Open final. "Well, that was probably in 2005, after my win against Andre Agassi at the US Open," the Swiss said.
"We were in the exit, they said the bar was closing, so we ordered a few last shots, after which I was nauseous for days. But actually, I never lose control, and drinking and driving isn't an option."