‘I was amazed by the energy Roger Federer displays’, says ATP ace
Roger Federer claimed the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg in May 2002 and cracked the top 10 the next day
Roger Federer claimed the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg in May 2002 and cracked the top 10 the next day. Roger established himself at the top the following year, winning the most matches on Tour in the first three months and starting his clay tour in Munich at the end of April.
Roger dropped serve five times in ten sets and outclassed the rival in less than five hours to lift the trophy and make a quick trip to Rome ahead of the Masters 1000 event. The Swiss got off to a rock-solid start in the Italian capital, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu and Mariano Zabaleta to set up the clash against world no.19 Tommy Robredo, whom he beat 6-1, 6-1 in short order.
Federer claimed all 16 sets played in Munich and Rome, playing at a high level and hoping to go all the way at the Foro Italico, where he has not had good results in recent years. Roger suffered early losses at Roland Garros and Wimbledon a year ago.
He was eager to keep his form and turn that around in the next couple of months. Reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2001, Federer recalled that he likes to play more on the faster courts and has a better chance of winning Wimbledon than Roland Garros.
Roger admitted that it would be difficult for him to beat seven opponents over two weeks in the best-of-five matches in Paris. Federer liked his Wimbledon chances better and was hoping for a h*t run at the All England Club after a shock loss to Mario Ancic a year ago.
Andy Murray pays tribute to Federer
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 tiring 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.”