After that epic victory over Pete Sampras in 2001, Roger Federer became one of the players to beat Wimbledon for the next decade or so, which he showed in 2003 when he advanced to his first major final at the All England Club.
Eager to make a much deeper run after an early exit a year ago, Federer dropped just one set en route to his first Majors semi-final, beating Sjeng Schalken in the quarters and setting up the clash against Andy Roddick, with two youngsters.
fighting for the place in the first final at the highest level. Federer delivered one of the most excellent performances of his young tennis journey, ousting Roddick 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 43 minutes for the best result of his career at Majors.
The Swiss was on another level that day, losing 17 points in 15 service games and fending off both break chances offered to the American to increase the pressure on him all the time. Andy fought well in the opener, missing a routine forehand on set point at 6-5 in the tie break and never recovering from that loose shot, suffering three breaks in the rest of the encounter to propel the Swiss down the line.
goal. "The first set was significant; I felt like I was playing well and kept everything under control, even in the tie breaks. Still, Andy played at a high level too and I'm happy he missed that forehand; maybe it would have changed the encounter.
With or without the first set, I had to stay focused and keep my game, not letting it move forward. I guess you don't get standing ovations very often after only three sets and that means a lot to me."
Diego Schwartzman on King Roger
Asked by ESPN about the famous debate of the GOAT (greatest player of all time), Diego Schwartzman felt that the Grand Slam tournaments could not be the main argument.
A claimed fan of Roger Federer, the Argentinian therefore chose the Swiss in particular for his behavior off the court. “For me, it’s not just about Grand Slam titles. I watch a lot of things, including off the court.
Roger is the player who generates the most enthusiasm among the fans. He is nice to everyone, you can hear him speak in Spanish, Italian or French. He has four children, but he trains every day. In the morning he hits with you on the tennis court and in the afternoon he dresses up for an event downtown. It is flawless everywhere! The others are great at almost everything too, but I find he has a bit more charisma."
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