Back in 2001, Roger Federer was making first significant steps on the Major tennis scene, advancing into the last eight in Paris and repeating that in London where he ousted the Wimbledon king Pete Sampras in five memorable sets in the fourth round.
The youngster had to deal with a groin injury in the second part of his Wimbledon campaign, losing to Tim Henman in four tight sets in the battle for the semi-final but still deciding to play on clay at home in Gstaad next week.
Federer's current coach Ivan Ljubicic gave him only three games and Roger had to skip the next six weeks to recover, hoping for a strong comeback at the US Open. The Swiss made a solid start in the opening rounds and scored a tight 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 victory over Sjeng Schalken to find himself in the last 16 and set the clash against Andre Agassi.
Roger faced three break chances and got broken twice, playing better in the decisive moments to earn four breaks and seal the deal in straight sets. "Seeing the draw at the beginning of the week, I was hoping to play Andre Agassi in the fourth round.
I couldn't think about that earlier, with too many matches before that one but now that's a fact and I'm looking forward to it. We will most likely compete at the Centre court; it's nice to play there. I feel pretty good, I have to say; my injury doesn't bother me and that's a good sign.
I'm saving a lot of energy by winning my matches in straight sets and without spending too much time on the court. I'm happy the way I played today, and it was a good test. I really hope I can carry it over to the match against Agassi.
I like the aggressive baseline style of the Americans; they play with a lot of risks. I'm very similar, but it seems like I do it better than the other guys, I don't know why. Agassi, of course, is maybe the toughest American right now; it's gonna be a tough one."