The Miami Masters has been one of the many successful places in Roger Federer's career, since the beginning of his career. In March 2002, nine months after upsetting the legend Pete Sampras in the Wimbledon fourth round, the Swiss made another big result on the big stage, beating the then world No.
1 Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets, 6-3 6-4, to reach his first Masters Series final that he would eventually lose to Andre Agassi. After that match, Federer had said: 'The win over Pete Sampras at Wimbledon is unbeatable.
But this just comes after that', the Swiss legend said following the match against the Australian. 'It's great that I beat the No. 1. I was lucky with the draw and (Tim) Henman's injury, but you need to take advantage of the luck.
Now I want to crack top 10 and stay there as quick as possible.' Heading into that match, Hewitt had a 15-win streak started in San José, where he won the title and kept in Indian Wells, where he triumphed as well.
But in Miami Federer was too strong and he prevailed. In the final, Agassi defeated him in four sets, 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-4, and Roger had admitted: 'All of sudden it was going so fast and I lost. I kept running behind his balls.
He dictated the points the way he wanted to.' With that result, Federer had become the world No. 11, and in May after winning Hamburg title he entered in the top 10. One year and two months after, he would win his first Grand Slam title at 2003 Wimbledon.