Roger Federer made a name for himself in 2002, conquering the first Masters 1000 title and finishing the season just outside the top 5. The best was yet to come a year later, when the Swiss went one step further, winning his first Major crown in Wimbledon and closed the season on a high note with the Masters Cup trophy in his hands.
With those five wins over the top 10 in Houston, Federer finished second behind Andy Roddick on the ATP rankings list, preparing to attack the no. 1 in the early stages of 2004. By becoming one of the best players in the world with Peter Lundgren, Federer decided to continue without the Swede since 2004, looking for the new coach and traveling to Melbourne with no one in his box.
In his first official match without a coach, Federer got off to a winning start at the Australian Open thanks to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win over Alex Bogolomov Jr. The match lasted an hour and a half, and Roger had the advantage from start to finish, losing just 15 points in his games and keeping the pressure on the other side of the net.
Competing against another opponent outside the top-100, Federer defeated Jeff Morrison 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 34 minutes to advance to the third round. Roger erased all four break opportunities and delivered four breaks to go to the top in no time and stay on the title course.
The third round brought another lower-ranked opponent, and Federer had no problems in a quick 6-3, 6-0, 6-1 victory over Todd Reid. It was all over in 74 minutes, with the Swiss player broken once and winning no less than eight breaks, completely beating the Australian in the return to march over the finish line and set up the clash against Lleyton Hewitt.
After the match, Federer said he feels good on the court, gathering a lot of confidence after the Wimbledon crown and chasing big stakes in Majors.
Pablo Andujar on playing against Federer
Pablo Andujar staged a massive upset on Tuesday by beating Roger Federer 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the 2021 Geneva Open.
The Spaniard trailed 4-2 in the decider but played some solid tennis to snatch victory from right under Federer's nose. "Of course I was nervous, but I tried to keep it as if it was another match," Andujar said. "I have a lot of respect and I admire a lot Roger Federer.
I really admire him, but I had to try not to think who I was playing against. I am very proud, not for beating him," he added. "It’s the way I focussed on and treated the match… [I was able to] enjoy playing Roger Federer today. If I had lost, I would say the same thing, and that’s what I’m most proud of."