Roger Federer was a man on the mission in the first part of the 2002 season, reaching the first Masters 1000 final in Miami and winning the first title at that level in Hamburg in May to find himself in the top-10. After that notable result, the young Swiss lost steam, leaving Roland Garros and Wimbledon with no victories under his belt and struggling ahead of the US Open, including some personal is. Roger found some form in New York to advance into the fourth round, beating Xavier Malisse 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in two and 13 minutes for the third straight victory at the season’s last Major.
Federer found the rhythm to bring the triumph in four sets following a slow start, feeling better on the court than in the previous months and hoping for more of the same in the rest of the event. Speaking about his abilities on different surfaces, Roger admitted he felt the most comfortable on indoor courts, where the conditions are always the same. He also mentioned how tough it is to master grass, hoping for more good runs on the fastest surface in the years to come. Despite that Hamburg title and some other valuable results, Federer named clay as his most vulnerable surface and the one where he has to improve his game the most to stay competitive.
Roger Federer reached the fourth round at the 2002 US Open.
“I would say my favorite surface must be indoors; my first successes came on it. I always loved to play indoors because the conditions are the same all the time. On the other hand, grass is unpredictable as we do not play much on it. I think I still need a few more years on grass until I can say how good I’m. I know the US Open surface is good for my game because I have an all-around game. I think I have some good results on outdoor hard court. I’m not struggling with the wind and sun anymore. That has something to do with my footwork; I have improved that over the years. Clay is my weakest surface. All our Davis Cup rivals will choose clay, even though I maybe have the best results on it so far. I can make the most improvements on clay, especially as I do not play enough on it in comparison to the outdoor hard and indoor surface,” Roger Federer said.