Roger Federer made a name for himself as a junior in 1998, winning Wimbledon at 16 and ending the season on the junior throne. In those years, Martina Hingis was the Swiss athlete to watch, achieving incredible things at such a young age and making Switzerland one of the leading tennis nations. Still a teenager, Federer joined Martina on the big scene after advancing to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2001, upsetting seven-time champion Pete Sampras in five sets at the All England Club. Roger reached the top 10 a year later after the first Masters 1000 crown in Hamburg, hoping for another h*t run at Majors. Instead, Federer lost ground in Paris and London and failed to find his A game late in the season, despite a strong year-end position. Federer got off to a great start in 2003, scoring the most wins ahead of Indian Wells and playing at a high level on clay after conquering Munich and reaching the final in Rome. When asked about the national athlete of the year award after one of his wins in Rome, Federer admitted that it is not easy to win it in Switzerland and that it is not one of his main goals. Furthermore, he mentioned Martina Hingis, who had decided to retire from tennis, leaving Roger as the top star of Swiss tennis in those years. “I don’t know; every year, there are some guys who achieve something big, like Simon Ammann last year.
Musetti on King Roger
After a promising start to his career where he made himself known to the general public during the Rome 2020 tournament by beating Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori in particular, Lorenzo Musetti then suffered a setback due in particular to a sentimental break that was difficult to digest. Winner of his first career title at the ATP 500 in Hamburg a few days ago against world number 4 Carlos Alcaraz in the final, the young 20-year-old Italian finally seems launched towards the heights. Asked by Corriere della Sera after this first crown synonymous with click, Lorenzo was asked about the possibility of including a renowned coach in his workforce. “It’s not a mandatory step, from my point of view. I already have additional help from Umberto Rianna, federal coach, a collaboration that I intend to cultivate more and more,” Musetti said before responding on the possibility of being coached by a certain Roger Federer. “With pleasure, but I don’t think I can bear his salary…”