Roger Federer shared a video showing his 2001 debut on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. At that time, Federer made himself known after defeating Pete Sampras, who was coming after an intimidating winning streak into the fourth round of Wimbledon.
At only 19 years old, Roger Federer made the “impossible” possible. Federer ended the match in a stunning way after five long sets: 7-6(7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-5, As he rewatched the match point, Federer commented on his Instagram Story: “Where memories are born”.
Here is the video with the match point shared by Federer on his Instagram account:
Roger Federer about the impact of his Wimbledon debut
A bit later in his career, Federer admitted the importance of that match against Pete Sampras.
“I was a little bit unknown before that match against Pete Sampras at Wimbledon last year. I was quite known in Europe because I had notable results before the Championships. Still, that triumph over Pete gave me an international breakthrough, which was huge for my confidence.
Unluckily, I was injured right after that match or during it. The injury was there even before Wimbledon, but I played with painkillers and had to sit out for like a month before the US Open. When I came to New York, I already felt that I was more known, especially in the United States, because I also scored wins over them in the Davis Cup before that triumph over Sampras.
It helped me a lot with the press and the fact that everyone knows me better now," said Roger Federer. Federer will skip this year's grass Major after 22 straight trips to London! Roger had his third knee surgery after Wimbledon last year, and he will need additional time to rehabilitate and restart his career.