‘Roger Federer has to play a while longer’, says former ATP ace

Speaking after the 2001 US Open fourth round loss, 20-year-old Roger Federer was happy with the season so far. The young Swiss climbed up 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 ATP indoor title in Milan in February. With his game perfectly adapted for fast indoor surfaces, Federer posted three Davis Cup victories over the USA. USA and 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 sights 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 junior champion from three years ago ousted seven-time winner Pete Sampras in the fourth round in a thrilling five-setter, going into the last eight where he lost to Tim Henman after a great battle. Despite a groin injury sustained at Wimbledon, Roger decided to go home to Gstaad and compete on clay the following week, making only three matches against Ivan Ljubicic and staying off the court for six weeks. Federer returned to action at the US Open and suffered a loss to world no. 2, Andre Agassi, in the round of 16. The American saved all nine break points and stole his opponent’s serve five times to control the pace and leave Roger behind.

King Roger will play his home tournament

In an interaction with CLAY, Fernando Gonzalez said that it will be tough for Roger Federer to add to his Major tally, especially after a long hiatus. The Chilean, however, added that Federer still has the level to cause some damage in best-of-three sets. “It will be hard for him,” said Gonzalez. “I don’t know if he is going to be able to win a Grand Slam, but in three-set tournaments, I think he will do something interesting. He will want to say goodbye at some point, but if he comes back, I think he will go for something important, with the level he has. I don’t know how he will be for five sets, but for three, he has to play a while longer.”