After two quick starts at the All England Club, 1998 junior Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was ready to make an impression in the tennis cathedral in 2001. Roger reached the quarter-finals at age 19 after upsetting the King of Wimbledon, Pete Sampras, in five epic sets to stay on the course of the title.
The youngster had to fight hard to pass four hurdles and find himself in the bottom eight, struggling with a groin injury and taking painkillers to withstand all the efforts. In the second round, Roger defeated Xavier Malisse in five sets and survived two playoffs against Jonas Bjorkman in the next match to set up the Pete Sampras clash that went the distance.
Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals with an injury.
After three hours and 41 minutes, Federer prevailed 7-5 in the deciding set, dethroning the Wimbledon legend and entering the quarters where he lost in three tight sets to Tim Henman to end his long run before the semi-finals.
The youngster played at home in Gstaad next week, which made the injury worse, skipping all the action before the US Open and never finding his proper form at the end of the season.
After advancing to the semifinal in Miami next March, Roger spoke about the struggles at Wimbledon and the fact that he would love to win the matches more efficiently in a couple of months at the All England Club, reducing the number of previous events. to Wimbledon and hoping to be fit for grass at a Grand Slam.
In Miami, Roger stormed Andrei Pavel in less than an hour, playing at a high level on both serve and return and rushing into the last four to stay on title field.
“Last year, I had a difficult season at Wimbledon, I struggled physically a lot despite a long run. I had a five-set in the second round, another challenging match in the third and the most difficult against Pete Sampras in the round of 16.
I played on painkillers due to the injury and would love to have easier matches in the early rounds this year while playing one less tournament before Wimbledon. Hopefully I’ll be fit for Wimbledon, “said Roger Federer.