After a sluggish begin of the 2003 season, Roger Federer picked the shape in February, gained titles in Marseille and Dubai and scored 4 singles Davis Cup triumphs to propel Switzerland into the semi-final. Taking a couple of weeks off, Federer was again on the court docket in Munich, lifting the title in type and looking out good every week later in Rome, advancing to his second Masters 1000 last on clay and shedding to Felix Mantilla in straight units.
The Swiss didn’t defend the Hamburg title earlier than experiencing an early loss to Luis Horna at Roland Garros, having sufficient time to arrange for the grass season. Roger took down Nicolas Kiefer within the Halle last for his first ATP crown on the quickest floor, gathering a lift forward of Wimbledon, the place he went all the way in which to assert the primary Main trophy at 21.
Roger Federer spoke about his possibilities forward of the US Open 2003.
Federer misplaced just one set in seven encounters, delivering unbelievable tennis towards Andy Roddick and Mark Philippoussis to shake the strain off his again and place the primary Main trophy in his cupboard.
With no relaxation, Roger competed at his residence occasion in Gstaad on clay, struggling a five-set loss to Jiri Novak within the title match and incomes an opportunity to change into world no. 1 in Montreal and Cincinnati. Within the Canada Open semi-final, Andy Roddick toppled Roger within the deciding set tie break to maintain him away from the ATP throne, with the Swiss squandering the chance in Cincinnati too.
Heading to the US Open, Roger Federer was among the many title favorites, hoping for the primary deep run in New York and one other huge trophy on his tally. “I can say I am able to make the primary huge step on the US Open. I had a couple of days off earlier than coming right here to apply; I am keen to enhance my New York outcomes.
Going through Andy Roddick on exhausting and grass is a wholly totally different expertise. In Montreal, he stood additional behind on the second serve return and tried to be extra aggressive on his second serve. The ball bounces a lot larger on exhausting court docket, and you must play longer rallies from behind.
It’s important to watch out along with your spins as effectively. I did not really feel good in Cincinnati; I by no means felt the ball. I received fortunate towards Draper however not towards Nalbandian, who is aware of learn how to compete towards me. At first, I did not really feel good right here in New York too.
It did change into higher within the final two days, and I play solely on Tuesday or Wednesday, so it needs to be o.ok. Folks can choose Andy Roddick as the favourite; that does not change a lot. The strain needs to be on him and never me, which is even higher,” Roger Federer stated.