Roger Federer, who won the first Major title at Wimbledon, was among the players to beat in 2003, clinching a spot in his second ATP Masters Cup. After Wimbledon, Federer lost in the final at Gstaad and the semi-final in Montreal, missing the chance to become number one in the world and make his season even better.
Roger suffered early losses to David Nalbandian in Cincinnati and the US Open, blew a huge lead against Lleyton Hewitt in the Davis Cup semi-final and took a well-deserved break before claiming his 10th ATP title in Vienna.
Unhappy with his game, Federer advanced to the semifinal in Madrid before the first outings in Basel and Paris, ruining his chances of becoming the no. 1 heading into the ATP Masters Cup in Houston. In his first match at the ATP elite event, Federer beat Andre Agassi 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.
The match lasted two hours and 25 minutes and Roger saved two match points. The Swiss lost the first set and fought back against those two match points in the final stages for the win. Federer led 5-3 in the decider before Andre made a comeback, regaining the rest after the Swiss's double fault and staying in contention against home fans.
A forehand winner secured Game 10 for the American, who established the tie break with an ace in Game 12. A forehand winner gave Agassi the first match point at 5-5, denied by a winning serve from Roger. , who added a forehand error to find himself 7-6 down.
A brave forehand down the line at point 14 kept the youngster alive, and he took another point on the return and sealed the deal with a forehand cross winner. "Andre and I haven't played much. I couldn't do much against him in Basel when I was 17, and I came close to beating him in Miami this year.
It's good to score a win against a player of his caliber. I missed a lot of forehand in the first set. Agassi makes you run around the baseline, and when you get a chance to be aggressive, that's when you hit too much.
I had to stay calm and wait for my right to work again. The group is tough and my record against those guys is not very good."
Roger Federer works for Switzerland Tourism
In one of his recent media interactions with the New York Times, Roger Federer opened up about his work for Switzerland Tourism.
The 39-year old then disclosed that he was looking to explore some of the aforementioned trails himself when he retires, before adding that mountain biking was the latest fad in Switzerland. "Some of the most spectacular hiking trails I like are by Gstaad in these Bernese Alps.
It's not so brutally up and down, it's more of an even slope, which is great for hiking. The same goes for Appenzell, which is a very nice place that's not so famous," Roger Federer said. "When I was injured in 2016 I spent a lot of time on the hiking trails in Graubunden, where I live now.
One of my goals when I retire is that I'll have time to explore our mountain bike trails. Mountain biking has really become big in Switzerland."