After an early exit in 2002, Roger Federer was keen to show his true colors at Wimbledon again a year later, reaching the quarter-finals in 2001 and hoping to go at least a couple more steps this time. Getting the title push in Halle, Roger got off to a promising start at the All England Club, taking down Hyung-Taik Lee, Stefan Koubek and Mardy Fish, dropping a set and spending five hours on the court to preserve energy during the second.
week. The Swiss needed everything he had in the tank for the fourth round match against Feliciano Lopez. He suffered a back injury during the practice session and fended off set points in the first set before regaining his game to seal the deal in straight sets and take a massive step towards the crown.
In the quarters, Federer toppled the injured Sjeng Schalken 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 38 minutes for the place in the first major semi-final, losing serve once and producing four breaks to propel himself over the top. in a very short time.
Unsurprisingly, Roger would meet Andy Roddick in the battle for the final, with two youngsters above everyone else in their share of the draw once Ivo Karlovic stunned Lleyton Hewitt. Before the clash, Roger said it's a great opportunity for both Andy and himself, feeling excited about reaching the last four in his favorite Major and confident in his abilities against the American.
"It's a great opportunity for me and for Roddick. It will be a match that everyone has been waiting to see, me too. He was the semifinalist in Majors before, unlike me, and maybe that will give him more experience. "Wimbledon is my favorite Grand Slam and he will have a chance to play in the final.
For me, that's more exciting than facing Andy," Roger Federer concluded.
King Roger played 13 matches in 2021
"I can put on my cape and be a superhero when I walk on the track, but when I'm done I like to take the cape off again.
Then I want to be that normal man," Roger Federer said. The Swiss player believes the key to happiness on the tennis tour is having the ability to balance things well. "I think I'm good at seeing that difference and maintaining that balance.
That made me happy on the tour. I love the intensity, experiencing that feeling and being completely focused. But when it's done, I ask, "What's for dinner tonight?" "What do the kids want to do?" I can separate those two worlds,” he added.