At 19, Roger Federer stunned seven-time champion Pete Sampras in five sets in the tennis cathedral at Wimbledon. The Swiss youngster reached the quarterfinals and became the figure to watch at this event for years to come.
However, Federer had a short trip to London in 2002, losing in straight sets to a first round qualifier Mario Ancic and returned as one of the favorites in 2003 after capturing the first ATP title in Halle. In the first round of Wimbledon, the Swiss defeated world number 55 Hyung-Taik Lee 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 in one hour and 45 minutes.
Federer fended off seven of nine break chances and delivered five breaks from 11 chances to seal the deal in straight sets and advance to the next round. The Swiss beat the Korean in the first set, knocking him down in 24 minutes and taking five straight games in set number two from 3-1 to open up a big lead before a big battle in set number three.
Roger squandered no fewer than seven match points, allowing Lee to bounce back and reach the tie break. Federer won it 7-2 to move to the top and avoid spending more time on the court. «The first round is always difficult, but today I felt good on the court.
I’m happy we closed the deal in straight sets because it got tight in the end. Lleyton Hewitt may be out, but that doesn’t change much from my perspective. I still have to beat five players from my half to get to the final.
There are more than enough guys who can beat anyone right now; I couldn’t think about the semi-final clash with Hewitt.»
Roger Federer is training
John McEnroe gave a long interview, in which he varied on different topics related to the racket.
The former world number 1 also spoke about Roger Federer. «This is a great question, but I can’t give you an absolute answer. As far as I’m concerned, I didn’t want the farewell tour, but obviously he’s in a very different position than I am.»
It depends on the person, some people like it, they shower them with gifts and love, who doesn’t? But at the same time, I don’t think Roger wants to go out there and lose in the first or second round and he’s 41 years old.
I thought he would play the Laver Cup and then go to Basel and retire. It seemed to make sense, because the physical could not reach the level that he needed. But he said he wants to play next year and who am I to say he shouldn’t? He definitely should do what he wants.
So I don’t know, but if you want to play next year and you’re thinking about playing the Australian Open or playing these events, you know what it takes to do it, and you’re not going to lose in the first round. .
It will be an interesting decision that he will make, I don’t know what will happen. He is the most handsome player I have ever seen and he is the personification of the class.»