Roger Federer became one of the best players in the world in 2002, lifting his first Masters 1000 trophy in Hamburg and finally cracking the top 10 the following day. However, the youngster was unable to maintain that form for long, suffering early losses at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and losing six of nine meetings before the US Open, where he advanced to the fourth round, losing to Max Mirnyi in straight sets.
Fighting for the Masters Cup spot for the first time, Federer embraced a rock-solid indoor run, winning the title in Vienna, reaching the quarter-finals in Madrid and the semi-final at home in Basel. Trying to reach the title match in his hometown for the third year in a row, Federer experienced a tight 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 loss to David Nalbandian in two hours and 13 minutes, overcoming a 5-3 deficit.
in the opener and having a break in sets two and three, only to find himself on the losing side. In the end, Roger found himself in the Masters Cup, advancing to the semi-final and ending the season on a high note. The following 2003 did not start so well, as the Swiss had to deal with a leg injury in Doha and Sydney, failing to regain the title before heading to Melbourne for the first Major of the season.
There, Roger defeated Flavio Saretta and Lars Burgsmuller in straight sets to advance to the last 32 where Sweden’s Andreas Vinciguerra fell 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 36 minutes. Federer lost 17 points in 14 service games, suffered a break and kept the pressure on the other side of the net to win five breaks that brought him home in no time, setting up the last 16 duels against David Nalbandian, trying to beat him by first time in professional matches.
“My next opponent is David Nalbandian. I lost to him in Basel and Monte Carlo and got a win in the junior Orange Bowl semi-final in 1998. That Basel loss was tough for me; I should have won that one.”
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Roger Federer’s absence from the 2022 Wimbledon Championships broke a 23-year-long streak of him playing in the iconic grasscourt Major.
“It feels very strange to me not to play Wimbledon this year and to watch it on TV. I’ve been there every time since 1998,” said the 20-time Grand Slam champion. “But it is also a time of more rest. I’ve been on the road for so long that it was also nice to experience a little more calm and to be in one place more often, which already happened due to the coronavirus.
It gave me the opportunity to be selective in figuring out my travels. To give something back. Many friends always came to see me, now I could turn it around,” he said further.