Roger Federer: 'There is a lot at stake for points and money'

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Roger Federer: 'There is a lot at stake for points and money'

After consecutive quarter-finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon before his 20th birthday in 2001, Roger Federer became a major contender for years to come. After those two notable results, Federer slowed down slightly in the most significant scene and waited two years to show his best game again.

The Swiss conquered the first Major title at Wimbledon 2003, lifting the trophy at his beloved event when he celebrated it as a junior five years earlier. After an early exit at the US Open, Roger claimed the Masters Cup and finished the year in second place behind Andy Roddick, hoping for an even stronger 2004.

Traveling to Australia after parting ways with Peter Lundgren, Federer was the player to watch in Melbourne, using a favorable draw to reach the fourth round in style. Things got more serious, but Roger was ready for all challenges, beating Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian in the first Australian Open semi-final.

With those points, Roger was left a victory to become number one in the world, against Juan Carlos Ferrero in the battle for the final. Putting everything aside, Federer put in a reliable performance to defeat the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and a half, advancing to the second Grand Slam final and joining the exclusive roster of no players.

1. It was his seventh meeting and Federer's fourth win, that he never missed serve and increased the pressure on the other side of the net. Ferrero gave up his serve four times, doing his best in sets one and three, but still ended his run in the semi-finals.

Both players had more winners than unforced errors, and Federer controlled the pace with 30 winners and 40 forced errors by the Spaniard. Juan Carlos was the best player in the long exchanges, which was not enough to keep him safe.

Federer was miles ahead in the shorter range up to four strokes, earning him the win in that segment.

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However, in an interview with GQ Magazine, eight-time Wimbledon champion opened up on how he has had to reset his goals time and again to stay motivated in the sport.

“…you see this happening very often in sports, where you finally achieve your dream, and then the question is, can you keep pushing further? You become number five in the world, now do you want to be number three? And then number one? Do you want to stay world number one?” Roger Federer said.

The Swiss ace underlined the importance of staying “happy on the Tour” as “there is a lot at stake for points and money and fame and social media. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go through all that (early in his career). I’m glad that my upbringing on the Tour was a bit more of a normal one,” Federer said.