Competing in the third round at Wimbledon for the second time in three years, Roger Federer defeated Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 in two hours to find himself in the second week at the All England Club in 2003. Roger played well against Hyung-Taik Lee and Stefan Koubek in the previous rounds, losing serve three times and spending only three hours on the court to preserve energy for the American, who took a set from the Swiss before losing ground in the fourth to propel Federer through.
Roger fended off five out of six break chances, suffering that one break that cost him the third set and dominating others to seal the deal just before dark after two rain delays. The Swiss claimed the opening two sets in no time, struggling to break his opponent in the third and giving serve away once to hand the set to Mardy, who couldn't keep that level in the fourth when he got broken twice.
Serving for the triumph at 5-1 and rushing to finish the job, Roger Federer almost suffered a break but stayed calm to move over the top in the final moments before darkness.
Roger Federer ousted Mardy Fish in the third round at Wimbledon 2003.
"I'm happy to finish the match in one day after so many breaks; it got dark in the end.
I grabbed that second break and served for the victory, almost dropping that service game as I wanted to finish as quickly as possible. I think I played a good match today. I'm thrilled to be in the second week, passing three tough early rounds and focusing on the next rival after taking a couple of days off.
Still, I don't want to look further than my next opponent; there's no room for that, and I don't want to make a mistake. I want to keep the same attitude I had throughout the first week and hope to carry it into the second week.
I do keep emotions aside. I'm happy when I hit a good shot, but there are some moments of disappointment when I miss. I'm at a point where I don't need to express that on the court, keeping my emotions under control.
I have a feeling that it might hurt in the next match if I show too much. It makes me feel good to leave emotions aside, and I like how I behave; that's the most important thing. I'm probably showing more emotions in the Davis Cup, especially if we play at home.
Still, my Davis Cup matches are usually straightforward, and I don't need to pump the fists. Feliciano Lopez is tough on grass, a lefty player with a big serve and slices; he is dangerous. I haven't seen him play and will have to ask people or look for some of his matches.
I practiced with him in Halle this year, and that was his first hit on grass; he wasn't quite into it. I have to prepare for a fierce battle," Roger Federer said.