For the first time since 1973 and the famous boycott, there were no former champions in the 2003 Wimbledon quarterfinals, with the remaining eight players remaining a chance to go all the way and win glory. In 2001, Roger Federer was the quarterfinalist after that surprising victory over Pete Sampras.
The Swiss returned to the All England Club two years later as one of the favorites and lost a set in seven games to become Major Champion at 21. In the semi-finals, Federer defeated Andy Roddick 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 in less than two hours, dominating in sets two and three to find himself in the first final of the Major, with Mark Philippoussis between him and the trophy.
World no. 48 gave his best effort against the Swiss, but it was not enough for at least one set, as Federer beat him 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 in one hour and 56 minutes for the most significant moment of the match. young career of him. Keeping his nerves, Federer never faced a breakthrough opportunity, he stood his ground in both tiebreaks and fired 73 winners and just nine unforced errors to leave Mark behind and secure his place in the record books.
The Australian tried his best to keep in touch, defeating 50 service winners and avoiding three out of five break opportunities. Roger took two breaks in set number two and controlled the pace in others to lift the trophy. Federer had the advantage in the most extended exchanges, winning 19 of 27 points in that segment and taking ten more points in the fastest range up to four strokes, 89-79.
The Swiss got off to a promising start, losing six points in the first game's six service games and patiently waiting for a chance to come back. Mark was there to keep up, taking four straight 30-0 down points in the 12th game to set up the tie break Federer won 7-5 after his rival's double fault in the 10th point.
Roger Federer has kept Wimbledon as his top-most priority
Recently, the Hall of Famer and renowned journalist Steve Flink reflected on the Swiss maestro’s upcoming campaign. In essence, he revealed two scenarios with Federer that would surprise him the most.
On Monday Match Analysis with Gill Gross, the American reporter shared his viewpoints on many subjects. Most significantly, near the end of the show, he talked about Roger Federer at Wimbledon Championships 2021. Precisely, Gill asked him what result would surprise him coming from the Swiss maestro in London.
He replied, “The two that would surprise me would be a second or third round loss or a miraculous run to the title. Can he get to the 16s, quarters, could he squeeze into the semis, does he really have it to get to the final,” Flink remarked.
Also, he added that he’s having a hard time seeing the seven matches given how little tennis he’s played this year.