Roger Federer claimed eight titles and 101 wins at Wimbledon in the past two decades, won the junior title in 1998 and competed in London every year since 1999. It took the young Swiss a couple of years to find his best game at the All England Club, losing to Jiri Novak in a five-set game in 1999 and to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in tight three sets a year later, still looking for the first win in his game.
beloved Major. He arrived in great style in 2001 when he edged out Christophe Rochus 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in just over an hour. Federer lost serve once, but no one realized that after a stellar performance on the return, delivering six breaks to leave the Belgian far behind and put the clash against another.
In the second round, Roger had to work much harder, prevailing over Xavier Malisse 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 after two and a half hours, defending 22 of 26 break opportunities. and scoring five breaks to cross the finish line first and advance to the third round.
Federer was unhappy with his performance, struggling to find rhythm from the baseline and add more free points from serve that would have kept his service game safer. Despite winning ten points less than Malisse, he passed and was greatly relieved to find himself in the last 32, where he faced Jonas Bjorkman.
It took the Swiss two hours and 21 minutes to beat the more experienced Swede 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 and set up the long-awaited match against seven-time champion Pete Sampras.
Andy Murray opens up on Roger Federer
Andy Murray has offered his support to Roger Federer after the Swiss suffered another setback in his return from injury, losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round at Halle.
"I don’t know exactly what Roger’s situation is," Andy Murray said after his loss to Matteo Berrettini at Queen's. "But I know from my own experience that it’s not easy coming back and playing after such a long period out.
When you’re used to playing at such a high level pretty much every time you step on the court for like – well, for him, it’s probably been like 20 years almost at the top of the game, and to come out and not be playing that way and probably seeing the shots you want to play and just not being able to execute them. I understand why it would be frustrating for Federer, but I’m sure he will work it out," Murray added.