In 2003, Roger Federer claimed his first Wimbledon title in grand style, ousting seven rivals after losing only one set and entering the record books at 21. Next January, the Swiss conquered the Australian Open and became world no.
1 for the first time, lifting trophies in Dubai, Indian Wells, Hamburg and Halle to enter Wimbledon as the favorite. In the first round, Federer played against Alex Bogdanovic, the Briton ranked 295th, who couldn't match the pace of the Swiss, as Federer scored a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 triumph in 80 minutes.
The defending champion lost 13 points in 12 service games, fended off both break points he faced and earned six breaks from 12 opportunities to march over the top in no time. Bogdanovic got broken in the encounter's fourth game to push Roger 3-1 up and repelled three set points in the eighth game before Federer closed the opener in the next one after 27 minutes.
The Swiss kicked off the second set with another break, serving well and closing it after another successful return game at 5-3 to open a massive advantage. Bogdanovic had nothing more left in the tank, allowing Federer to score a bagel in the decider and move into the second round, where he faced Alejandro Falla.
Roger Federer made a strong start at Wimbledon 2004 against Alex Bogdanovic.
"It's essential to make a good start in the first round; when you are relaxed, you can play on a constant level or try more risky shots.
That makes you feel good, and that's what happened today, especially when I saw Alex can't do much on my serve. I tried to stay calm and enjoy my Wimbledon return, and I can't wait for my next match. I don't have doubts about my game, and that makes me play well.
I played a bit safer today, controlling the pace from the baseline and not rushing to the net that often. I will probably serve & volley more in the rest of the event. Alex hits the ball well, but it wasn't easy for him to face me on the Centre Court in front of the home fans.
He has to work on his physical strength and the mental aspect; he lacks experience. I thought Alex would use his forehand more, but his backhand is also very solid. The grass was excellent, and the court and lines are still perfect; it felt nice to play today.
When I walked on the court, I remembered the last year for a moment, focusing on the match right after that. My draw looks good for the second round, too, and it should get tougher after that," Roger Federer said.