Competing in his second ATP Masters Cup in 2003, Roger Federer delivered his A game to capture the second notable title of the season after Wimbledon. The Swiss youngster had five top-10 wins in Houston to seal the deal and lift the trophy, finishing the season in second place behind Andy Roddick. Working with Peter Lundgren since 2000, Roger wanted to make changes and decided to part ways with the Swede and go into the 2004 season without a manager. Federer dispatched Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-3 6-4 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open in his first official meeting. The battle lasted an hour and a half, and Roger had the upper hand the whole time, giving up 15 points in 13 service games and never facing a break point. With the pressure on his side, Bogomolov Jr. lost nearly half of his points off the serve, suffering five breaks and vanishing off the court in the third to power Federer. One break in each of the first two sets was enough to put Roger up two sets. He dominated the third and sealed the deal with a service winner in game six to advance to the second round. Before the tournament, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash had criticized Federer for leaving Lundgren just before the first Major of the season, calling it “inexplicable” and drawing Roger’s girlfriend Mirka into the story. Unsurprisingly, Federer wasn’t happy when he found out about it, saying he didn’t care what Pat Cash thought, since he didn’t know him. In addition, the Swiss confirmed that he is looking for a coach, without making hasty decisions and waiting for the right opportunity in the coming months.
King Roger has been out for months
Roger Federer recently revealed his favorite wine and food during an extensive interview with Caminada. “Our favorite wine is a 2009 Cos d’Estournel,” Federer revealed. “It was an emotional year, we got married and the girls were born. At that time I bought many cases of this Bordeaux. Currently, I also really like the Italians Guado al Tasso, Sassicaia, Tignanello and others. Mirka and I also like to drink champagne to celebrate special moments.” Federer was also asked to recall the last time he got drunk. “Well, that was probably in 2005, after my win against Andre Agassi at the US Open,” the Swiss said. “We were in the exit, they said the bar was closing, so we ordered a few last shots, after which I was nauseous for days. But actually, I never lose control, and drinking and driving isn’t an option.”