Roger Federer Recalls: 'I Needed Painkillers'

Roger Federer recalls: ‘I needed painkillers’


Roger Federer claimed his only Major junior title at Wimbledon 1998. The young Swiss experienced early defeats at the All England Club in 1999 and 2000, failed to bring his A game and turned that around in 2001. The 19-year-old defeated four opponents. to meet in the quarterfinals, the second straight in the Majors after Roland Garros.

Roger stole headlines after beating seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras in the fourth round, prevailing in five thrilling sets to introduce himself to the tennis world. The youngster struggled with a groin injury and took painkillers to play matches.

Roger defeated Xavier Malisse in five sets in the second round, avoiding 22 of 26 break point chances to prevail in the decider and avoid another early exit.

Roger Federer struggled with injury at Wimbledon in 2001.

Roger won two tiebreakers against Jonas Bjorkman in the following meeting to frame the clash with Pete Sampras that went the distance.

After three hours and 41 minutes, Federer dethroned the Wimbledon legend after three hours and 41 minutes of flawless attack tennis. A teenager claimed the decider 7-5 to enter the quarterfinals. Fighting for a place in the semifinal, Federer lost three close sets against Tim Henman to end his remarkable run in the last eight.

Not stopping there, Roger played at home in Gstaad a week later. He made the injury worse, skipped all the action before the US Open and never quite found proper form late in the season. Roger opened up about his problems at Wimbledon after reaching the semifinal in Miami the following year.

The Swiss said he would love to win matches more efficiently in a couple of months at the All England Club, reduce the number of events leading up to Wimbledon and hopefully be fit for the grass Major. «Last year, I had a difficult campaign at Wimbledon after struggling physically.

I had a five-setter in the second round, another challenging match in the third and the toughest against Pete Sampras in the last 16. I played on painkillers due to the injury and would love to have easier matches in the opening. rounds this year, as well as playing one less tournament before Wimbledon. Hopefully I’ll be fit for Wimbledon,» said Roger Federer.

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