28-time Masters 1000 champion Roger Federer is off to a rocky start in the top tier of the ATP. The Swiss was 2-11 before Miami 2001, when he reached the first quarterfinals. A year later, Federer was a finalist in Florida, playing well and earning a chance to fight in his first notable final.
Federer won the most on Tour in 2002 in the first three months, and could have broken into the top-10 for the first time had he beaten Andre Agassi in the final. Roger won the Sydney title and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, losing to Tommy Haas after an epic battle.
The Swiss was unable to defend the Milan crown and struggled in Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells. Hoping for a better run in Miami, Federer posted five straight-set wins to reach his first Masters 1000 final and take another big step into the top-10.
In the semi-finals, Roger scored the first victory over the world number 1, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 6-4 after a remarkable performance. He built momentum heading into the final match with local star Andre Agassi eager to claim the trophy.
The defending champion proved too strong for the Swiss youngster and posted a 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-4 win, his third and final victory over Roger Federer, willing to give his best, won the third set and opened a 4-2 gap in the fourth, before the American made a 180-degree turn to chain four consecutive games and sentence the match without need.
to play a decisive part. After the match, Roger was disappointed to have lost his place in the top 10, knowing that he had a chance to fight for the title after playing well in sets three and four. "I'm delighted to be playing well again; it's been a great start to the year."
Stubbs on Roger Federer
Roger Federer has been on the sidelines for more than a year now. “Federer is giving fans a better idea of his rehab process after his knee surgery of last summer. His social media posts and quotes indicate a late-season return to competition.
A big question will be: Can Roger play the best-of-five format the Majors demand in 2023, when he will be 41 years old,” Shriver said. Former World No. 1 Renna Stubbs, on the other hand, was a little more positive about the idea of Federer winning his 21st Major.
“I don't think Federer is going to play unless he feels he can be competitive, so I expect him to do just that. It won't be easy as he's not getting any younger, but with his game and his experience and success, I would suspect he will do very well,” Stubbs said.