Roger Federer was one of the players to beat in 2013 after claiming his first Wimbledon crown. Roger qualified for his second Masters Cup despite blowing his chances of becoming World No. 1 that summer. Federer experienced early exits in Basel and Paris before embracing the trip to Houston, hoping to make a strong showing in the final event of the season.
In his first match in the ATP elite, Federer beat Andre Agassi 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 after two hours and 25 minutes. The Swiss dropped the opening set and fended off two match points in the closing stages of the decider to earn the win and start winning.
Federer took a 5-3 lead in the decider before Agassi staged a comeback. The American recovered the break after a double fault from the Swiss and stayed on pace in front of the home fans. A forehand winner gave Agassi the first match point at 5-5 in the tie break.
Roger parried it with a service winner before committing a forehand error and finding himself down 7-6. A gutsy forehand winner down the line in the 14th point kept the youngster alive, scoring another point on the return and sealing the deal with a forehand winner down the court.
Roger recalled the first match against Andre in Basel in 1998, when he was still 17 years old. The American prevailed in a short time, and the Swiss greatly improved his game over the next five years to become one of the best players in the world.
"André and I haven't played much. I couldn't do much against him in Basel when I was 17, and I almost beat him in Miami this year. It's nice to get a win against a player of his caliber."
Federer was overtaken by Nadal and Djokovic
It has been more than a year since Roger Federer's last appearance on a tennis court, which came at Wimbledon, the same place where he recently received one of the most rousing receptions one will see, during the Centre Court centennial celebrations.
"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.