The tennis world's eyes were set upon Roger Federer ever since he won Wimbledon junior title in 1998, standing as one of the most attractive youngsters. Working on various elements of his already impressive game, Roger had continually improved his tennis and announced the big arrival at Wimbledon 2001 when he toppled the undisputed king Pete Sampras in thrilling five sets.
Roger's first Masters 1000 crown came in 2002, entering the top-10 and pushing even harder in 2003 when he won seven titles and missed a chance to become world no. 1, something he would fix at the Australian Open 2004. That 2003 season was the special one for the young Swiss, lifting his first Major crown at Wimbledon and winning 78 matches, preparing the path for unprecedented domination from the following year that would last until 2008.
After winning that Wimbledon crown, Roger lost Gstaad final to Jiri Novak in five sets, followed by not that good North American hard-court swing. After a suitable rest (Roger played in the Davis Cup against Australia in Melbourne after New York), Federer headed to Vienna where he was the defending champion, delivering another strung run to lift his tenth ATP trophy and sixth of the season.
In his early years on the Tour, Roger loved to play in Vienna, reaching the semi-final at 18 in 1999 and repeating that in 2000 before beating Jiri Novak in the final two years later. Federer returned as the favorite 12 months later and kicked off the action with a commanding 6-2, 6-2 win over David Ferrer, serving well and breaking the Spaniard twice in each set to wrap up the victory in less than an hour.
Karol Beck broke Roger four times in the second round, and the Swiss had to work hard to prevail in three sets, earning with five breaks from 14 opportunities to find himself over the top.
Roger Federer defeated Carlos Moya to defend Vienna title in 2003.
Jarkko Nieminen stood no chance against Roger in the quarters, losing 6-3, 6-3 in an hour before Federer produced another excellent performance against Max Mirnyi in the semis, never facing a break chance and earning a 6-2, 7-6 victory for his second Vienna final.
On October 12, Roger Federer defeated Carlos Moya 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 33 minutes for his tenth ATP crown, ousting the Spaniard for the third time in as many matches and leaving Austria with the trophy. The Swiss was the player to beat on that day, building a fortress around his serve and pushing Moya to the limits on the return.
Federer created seven break chances and converted four that allowed him to control the scoreboard and seal the deal in straight sets. Carlos served at 45% and that was a recipe for disaster, unable to move Federer from the comfort zone or get more free points with his initial shot.
Roger had many more winners and forced many mistakes with his sharp forehand, having a clear edge in the shortest and mid-range rallies to secure the triumph. The Swiss held after deuce in the opening game and settled into a nice rhythm, serving well and breaking Carlos at 4-3 when the Spaniard sent a forehand wide.
Federer clinched the opener with an ace in game nine after just 26 minutes, breaking at love in the third game of the second set following a weak forehand from Moya. Federer cemented the break with four winners in game four and created three more opportunities on the return at 4-2 that could have sent him even further ahead.
Carlos saved those to remain within one break deficit, reaching three deuces on Roger's serve a few minutes later but staying away from break chances. This game gave Federer an even more significant boost, as he broke again to grab the set 6-3 and move one away from the title after only an hour.
The Swiss lost seven points on serve in the third set, sending the pressure to the other side of the net. Carlos wasted three game points before Roger clinched a break with a solid forehand attack for a 5-3 advantage, moving over the finish line a few minutes later and starting a title celebration for the second consecutive year here in Vienna.