In an interview to Eurosport called “My Grand Slam Journey,” Roger Federer was shown videos of some of his “Australian Open memories” and was asked to describe each of them.
After watching a few points of his 2000 third round loss against Arnaud Clement, the 20-Grand Slam champion saw the 2004 prize ceremony: “So this is my first win here at the Australian Open in 2004.
Also, a couple days earlier I was able to clinch world number one for the very first time in my career after beating [Juan Carlos] Ferrero in the semis,” Federer, who beat Marat Safin in the final that year, recalled.
While watching some highlights of his match against Safin, the 38-year-old said: “This was playing Marat Safin in the final. A good friend of mine at the time, and still today. We used to play doubles together as well, maybe even that year in Gstaad, in Switzerland.
He had a great tournament there as well, and I really had a… yeah, me too, I played great. I remember he had smashed some rackets too...you know, it was everything in the match that we needed! It was just not the drama that we had the following year, when he beat me 9-7 in the fifth, so he got me back nicely the following year!” The Basel native, who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open this year, recently underwent an arthroscopic surgery for a right knee injury and was forced to withdraw from Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and the French Open. He announced that he should return for the grass season.