'Roger Federer gave us a lesson in values', says former player

‘Roger Federer gave us a lesson in values’, says former player

Juan Carlos Ferrero and Roger Federer battled for a spot in the 2003 Madrid Masters title match. The Spaniard prevailed in the clash of the year’s No. 1 contenders, beating the Swiss 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4 in one hour and 52 minutes to continue on the path of the title.

The crowd favorite won a point more than the Wimbledon champion, losing serve once and giving up two breaks to emerge on top. The Swiss was the most aggressive player, with more winners and unforced errors. Federer had a slight edge in the shorter exchanges but lost ground in the longer ones to end up on the losing side.

The Spaniard got a break in the fifth game of the first set and gave up two points after the opening blow to control the score and take it 6-4. Federer took command in the second set, serving well and earning a break at 15 in game 10 to lead to a decider and gain momentum.

However, Ferrero played at a higher level and broke down after a forehand return winner in game five. The Spaniard served well in the remaining games and held on after deuce at 5-4 to seal the deal and pick up valuable points.

“I was not happy with my game today. I had some good moments, but it was full of ups and downs in others. I controlled the match, not Juan Carlos; I took risks and made too many mistakes. My return was horrible in the first set.

Perhaps he has improved his serve, I don’t know, but today it has worked well for him. I had a hard time picking up the pace and reading the kick out of it. Things improved in sets two and three, but not enough to cross the finish line in first place.”

Federer made a huge impact

Former tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro recently spoke about Roger Federer’s unparalleled legacy. “Every person who loves sports, loves Roger Federer. That is his legacy. To say that he is the best ever is a common debate and is complicated.

What is clear is that he changed tennis today. And the sport. When you want to practice one, whatever it is, you want to do it like him, with that elegance, without sweating. As if it didn’t cost him. We all want to be like him,” she noted.

“Whether or not your favorite player. If you love tennis, if you watch it with real attention, you enjoy watching Roger play. His dedication has been such that he amazed different generations. We grew up watching him overcome, succeed and give us a lesson in values.

He taught us sportsmanship and respect above all else. He showed us that it is possible to reach the top while keeping your feet on the ground. Coinciding at the same time has been special. Being able to compete on the same courts, something unforgettable,” she had written.

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