Speaking after the 2001 US Open fourth-round loss, 20-year-old Roger Federer was happy with the season thus far. The young Swiss gained positions on the list and moved closer to the top-10. Roger started the season in Sydney as the 30th best player in the world, winning four matches in Australia before claiming the first indoor ATP title in Milan in February.
With his game perfectly adapted for fast indoor surfaces, Federer achieved three Davis Cup victories over USA. And he advanced to the semi-final in Marseille and the final in Rotterdam for the player of the month award. The Swiss competed in the Miami quarterfinals and set his eyes on the slower surface, where he did not play well in previous years.
On clay, Roger was the quarter-finalist at Monte Carlo and Roland Garros, earning his first notable result at Majors as a teenager and repeating that at Wimbledon a couple of weeks later. At the All England Club, the youth champion from three years ago toppled seven-time winner Pete Sampras in the fourth round in a thrilling five-set game, moving into the last eight where he lost to Tim Henman after a great battle.
Despite a groin injury at Wimbledon, Roger decided to go home to Gstaad and compete on clay the following week, playing just three games against Ivan Ljubicic and staying off the court for six weeks.
Federer is making progress
Rafael Nadal spoke about his good friend Roger Federer following his 6-3, 7-5 defeat to Andy Murray at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships on Friday.
Nadal revealed that he speaks “very often” with Federer and that the two have a “fluid relationship.” Given that Nadal is quite close to Federer, the Spaniard was asked if he had any updates on the Swiss’ return to the tour.
In response, the Mallorcan made it clear that he would not divulge his private discussions with Federer. However, he did reveal that he and the Swiss are in regular contact. “I am nobody to say what we talk about privately, but yes, I have a very fluid relationship with Roger, we talk very often,” Rafael Nadal said.
“I always knew what intention he has on trying to come back but I will not be the one who says when.” Ever since Roger Federer announced an uncertainty regarding his ATP tour comeback, there were questions asked of the Swiss Maestro whether he will be able to make it back by Wimbledon 2022. Even though it’s too early to judge at the moment, it looks like Federer is making progress