Competing in his second ATP Masters Cup in 2003, Roger Federer delivered his A game to capture the second notable title of the season after Wimbledon. The Swiss youngster had five top-10 wins in Houston to seal the deal and lift the trophy, finishing the season in second place behind Andy Roddick.
Working with Peter Lundgren since 2000, Roger wanted to make changes and decided to part ways with the Swede and go into the 2004 season without a manager. Federer dispatched Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-3 6-4 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open in his first official meeting.
The battle lasted an hour and a half, and Roger had the upper hand the whole time, giving up 15 points in 13 service games and never facing a break point. With pressure on his side, Bogomolov Jr. lost nearly half of his points off the serve, suffered five breaks and faded off the court in the third to power Federer.
One break in each of the first two sets was enough to put Roger up two sets. He dominated the third and sealed the deal with a service winner in game six to advance to the second round. Before the tournament, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash had criticized Federer for leaving Lundgren just before the first Major of the season, calling it "inexplicable" and drawing Roger's girlfriend Mirka into the story.
Unsurprisingly, Federer wasn't happy when he found out about it, saying he didn't care what Pat Cash thought, since he didn't know him. In addition, the Swiss confirmed that he is looking for a coach, without making hasty decisions and waiting for the right opportunity in the coming months.
Roger isn't done yet
Roger Federer has time and again expressed that he is aware he does not have many years left as a professional tennis player. “Time will tell how I want to deal with this, how often I keep looking for interest.
I think about that now sometimes, but not often. My main focus is on how to make my comeback in tennis. I work hard on that and I think about it every day," said Federer, who is set to play at the Laver Cup and the ATP Basel Open in September/October.
"What feeling you get and how you react after such applause and standing ovation, I still don't know that in advance. Novak (Djokovic) also said that: a lot of us are nervous before such a parade. We don't do this every day either, we never get used to it.
It remains uncertain, while all you have to do is walk a bit and say a few words. And I was quite emotional, although not everyone has seen that,” the Swiss great said on the same.