Recognized as one of the key prospects among the new generation of players born in the early 1980s, Roger Federer became the player to watch in 2001. In February, the Swiss youngster captured the first ATP title in Milan before reaching the quarter-finals. reached in the back-to-back Majors in Paris and London, still at 19.
After that incredible five-set win over Pete Sampras in the All England Club, the entire tennis world was ready to witness a new great champion from Switzerland. However, they had to wait a few years for Roger to collect everything to join the Immortals.
Federer claimed the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg in May 2002 and broke the top 10 in the following days with those points credited to his account. Rather than use that momentum at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Roger experienced a first-round loss at both Majors to deal a massive blow.
The Swiss did not play well in the following months due to lack of form and personal problems, struggling on the pitch but earning enough points to secure his first place in the Masters Cup. Federer came back stronger in 2003, taking the most Tour wins in the first few months, taking crowns in Marseille, Dubai and Munich in three different settings.
A week after Bavaria’s victory in Rome, the Swiss expected more of the same.
Federer’s return date is still not official
Belinda Bencic warned those who wrote off Roger Federer that he has proven in the past that he is capable of returning to the ATP Tour after difficult periods.
“People have written off Roger Federer so many times, but he always keeps coming back. He has proven so many times that he is one of the best three players in the world,” said Bencic. “I certainly hope he comes back healthy and starts playing tennis tournaments again.
I think the tennis world needs him to play. I absolutely think he can be the best at any time.” In the course of the interview, Belinda Bencic expressed regret that she could no longer work with Roger Federer during the Hopman Cup.
The last edition of the Hopman Cup was played in 2019, where Switzerland won for the second year in a row. Roger Federer’s biography entitled ‘Master’, written by renowned sports journalist Christopher Clarey, offers valuable insights into the early life of the Swiss maestro and how he grew as a tennis player.