Roger Federer is modest - 'I have an outside chance to win Wimbledon'

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Roger Federer is modest - 'I have an outside chance to win Wimbledon'

At 19, Roger Federer stunned the seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras in five sets in the cathedral of tennis in 2001. The youngster prevailed with a late break in the decider to reach the quarter-final and make a name for himself for the years to come.

In 2002, Federer had a short London trip, though, losing in straight sets to a qualifier Mario Ancic in the first round and returning as one of the favorites in 2003 after conquering the first grass ATP title in Halle a few weeks earlier.

In the Wimbledon first round, the Swiss toppled world no. 55 Hyung-Taik Lee 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 in an hour and 45 minutes, fending off seven out of nine break chances and delivering five breaks from 11 opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets and advance into the next round.

Federer stormed over the Korean in the first set, taking it in 24 minutes and rattling off five consecutive games in set number two from 3-1 down to open a massive advantage ahead of the third that saw incredible battle. Roger wasted no less than seven match points, allowing Lee to bounce back and reach the tie break that Federer won 7-2 to move over the top and avoid spending more time on the court.

Roger Federer made a winning start at Wimbledon 2003.

"The first round is always difficult, but I felt good on the court today. I'm happy to have sealed the deal in straight sets because it got tight in the end.

Lleyton Hewitt may be out, but that doesn't change much from my perspective; I still have to beat five players from my half to reach the final. There are more than enough guys who can beat anyone at the moment; I couldn't think about the semi-final clash with Hewitt.

It is essential to find the right feeling at the start of the tournament. I'm trying to hit my second serve harder than usual, but it is not easy to rush to the net after it, with so many great returners around. It was a pleasant experience from the baseline as well.

I have an outside chance to win Wimbledon, but I can't focus on that; the road is too long. Andre Agassi is still among the favorites, and we will see what will happen," Roger Federer said.