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 a favorite and lost a set in seven matches 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 break point 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 did 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.
This will be an opportunity for Federer to win his 21st Slam title
Roger Federer is being considered by some as the second favorite at Wimbledon this year, right behind Novak Djokovic. In that context, Todd Woodbridge pointed out that Roger Federer is woefully short on match practice heading into SW19.
"His fitness is fine but he's lacking match play," Woodbridge said. "That time away from the game is not easy and in Halle, in his lead-in tournament, went out to Felix Auger-Aliassime, the young Canadian.
He'll be disappointed not getting more matches under his belt on the grass. The hardest part about Halle, absolutely zero crowds, and that's not good for Roger," the Aussie added. "He feeds off that and I think when he's playing against opponents, they also feel that the crowd goes for him."