Roger Federer came to Miami 2003 as the finalist from the previous season, hoping for another deep run and beating Luis Horna 6-2, 7-5 in the second round. The top-5 player and the leader in terms of the Tour's victories that season dominated the court in the opener and scored a late break in set number two to seal the deal before the tie break and advance into the third round.
Asked about his Major performance, the young Swiss said he was disappointed with his performance in 2002, losing in the first round at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon and failing to reach at least one quarter-final. A year earlier, a teenager was the quarter-finalist in Paris and London, beating Pete Sampras at Wimbledon and losing a tight encounter against Tim Henman to finish a notable campaign.
Roger couldn't keep that pace 12 months later and was eager to improve that in 2003, seeking the necessary boost at the Masters 1000 tournaments and the proper form during those Major weeks. Federer claimed the first Masters 1000 crown in Hamburg in May 2002, hoping for more of the same at Majors in the rest of 2003 after missing his chance in Melbourne.
Roger Federer hoped for notable results at Majors in 2003.
"I'm disappointed with my Major results - especially in 2002. I also missed a chance at this year's Australian Open. The only thing that has been missing for me is results at Majors, and I can only work hard and play well at smaller events to gain a confidence boost that would carry me towards deep runs at the most notable tournaments.
People accuse me that I haven't shown yet what I could do, but they can only say that about Majors. I've shown it in other events, and that's up to the people to make up their minds. I'm still learning new things every year, making my schedule, and picking the right events to play.
I usually like to embrace a couple of matches coming into Majors, especially ahead of the Australian Open, because it's the beginning of the season. There are Masters tournaments ahead of Roland Garros, and I've got one event before Wimbledon, heading to London earlier to practice and prepare. Hopefully, good things will happen," Roger Federer said.