'Roger Federer is always available to...', says Grand Slam champion

‘Roger Federer is always available to…’, says Grand Slam champion

Swiss Roger Federer achieved his first significant results on the ATP Tour in 2001, reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. At the All England Club, the youngster defeated seven-time champion Pete Sampras in five sets en route to the last eight, becoming one of the players to watch.

A year later, Roger played in the Miami Open final and won the first Masters 1000 trophy in Hamburg in May, breaking into the elite Top 10 the following day and heading to Roland Garros and Wimbledon with high expectations.

Instead, last year’s quarter-finalist had to drop out of both Majors much sooner than expected, losing in the first round in Paris and London and struggling to find his desired level in the coming months. Nevertheless, the Vienna title and a couple of other notable results on an indoor surface moved Federer back into the top 10.

He earned a spot in his first Masters Cup and reached the semi-finals after three round-robin wins. After a slow start to the 2003 campaign due to injury, Federer returned to his best since February, winning titles in Marseille and Dubai and earning the most wins on the entire Tour ahead of Indian Wells.

After the victory over Félix Mantilla in the second round in the desert, Roger said that he wants to qualify for the Masters Cup for the second time. Furthermore, the Swiss was keen to raise his level at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, as he had no points to defend there and expected to compete in both events without pressure.

“Australia was a disappointment, I could have done better there. I had a scary start with a little groin problem, not knowing if everything would be okay at the Australian Open.”

Federer changed the sport

Present this week on the ATP 500 in Basel where he won when he entered the running against Russian Safiullin on Tuesday, Andy Murray, in an interview with Watson before the start of the tournament, expressed his admiration upside down with Roger Federer, especially during the last Laver Cup.

“I have known Roger for a long time, but I had never spent so much time with him. And I must say that I was amazed by the energy he displays. Training, interviews, then meetings with sponsors. Most players, myself included, find this shooting and have a hard time juggling it all together.

Roger, on the other hand, likes to be busy. This has already surprised and impressed me. Especially considering the amount of time he spent doing all of this.”

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