Roger Federer clinched his first Major title at Wimbledon 2003. The young Swiss dropped a set in seven matches to lift the trophy in style. A week later, Federer lost to Jiri Novak in five sets in the Gstaad final and took a break heading into Montreal and Cincinnati.
Roger squandered the opportunity to become World No. 1 for the first time in back-to-back Masters 1000 events, losing to Andy Roddick and David Nalbandian. Federer had another chance to reclaim the ATP throne at the US Open, seeking his first notable result at the final Major of the season.
As in previous years, Roger couldn’t get the best game out of him in New York. He beat out Jose Acasuso, Jena-Rene Lisnard and James Blake before suffering a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 loss to David Nalbandian. The Argentine prevailed in his first meetings, since two weeks earlier, in Cincinnati, he beat Federer in two tie breaks.
The New York match lasted two hours and 52 minutes, with many long rallies and unforced errors by both. Federer suffered six breaks from 16 chances offered to him by Nalbandian, who got off to a good start before finding himself down 5-0 in the second set.
The Swiss shed a huge deficit but lost the tie break, missing the opportunity to build a huge lead and sending the momentum the other way. With momentum on his side, Nalbandian prevailed in sets three and four to seal the deal and advance to the quarters, leaving Roger empty-handed during the North American swing.
“I’ve had disappointing losses before; adding another one to that list doesn’t change much.”
Federer wants to come back
Roger Federer’s big comeback is approaching. He will be part of the fifth edition of “his” Laver Cup which will be held at the O2 Arena in London from September 23 to 25.
He will then play the tournament in his hometown of Basel from October 22-30, before looking to 2023, depending on how he feels. This did not prevent the Swiss (41 in August) from speaking openly about his future retirement to the Dutch media Algemeen Dagblad.
“I am a lover of winning, but if you are no longer competitive, then it is better to stop. I don’t think I need tennis. I’m happy with the little things, like when my son does something good and when my daughter comes home with a good grade.
Tennis is part of my identity, but not entirely. I want to be and stay successful, and I put a lot of energy into business – I probably give more than I should sometimes, but that can also happen outside of sport. I know a professional career can’t last forever and that’s fine,” said Roger, who will be sizing up in early fall.