When Roger Federer scored his first Wimbledon victory



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When Roger Federer scored his first Wimbledon victory

Roger Federer has always had unique connections with Wimbledon, winning his first Major crown at the All England Club five years after conquering the junior event. Since 2003, Roger has won eight Wimbledon titles and lost a couple of memorable finals, writing history as the only player with over 100 wins in the cathedral of tennis.

The 16-year-old Federer claimed the Wimbledon junior title in 1998 and made a senior debut a year later, losing to Jiri Novak in five sets. Returning to Wimbledon as the top-40 player in 2000, Federer still could not earn his first Wimbledon victory after falling to world no.

5 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in three tight sets. After two early exits at his beloved tournament, Federer made the first significant steps at the All England Club in 2001, beating Christophe Rochus 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and six minutes for the first Wimbledon victory!

It was a fantastic performance from the upcoming star, who stormed over a brother of his junior partner and a friend Olivier.

Roger Federer earned his first Wimbledon victory in 2001 over Christophe Rochus.

The Swiss notched a quick victory, dropping only 14 points behind the initial shot and stealing half of the return points to march into the second round.

Rochus broke Federer once in the second set, although that gave him nothing after landing only 49% of the first serve in and getting broken twice in each set to propel the rival over the finish line. Federer served at 77% and fired 18 aces and many more unreturned serves, keeping the points on his racquet and dominating at the net with his clinical volleys that left Christopher with no answer.

Pumped and motivated, Roger would beat another Belgian Xavier Malisse and then Jonas Bjorkman to set a thrilling meeting against the seven-time champion Pete Sampras in the fourth round. In the clash of former and future Wimbledon kings, Roger prevailed in five sets to reach the first Wimbledon quarter-final and the second in a row at Majors after Roland Garros.

A teenager made a name for himself in the third Wimbledon appearance, finding his A-game on the fastest surface and becoming the player to watch in the upcoming years.