Jumping Monte Carlo due to illness, Roger Federer made his clay debut in 2003 in Munich, conquering the title in Bavaria in a dominant style and heading to Rome where he embraced another impressive race.
The Swiss beat five rivals to advance to the third Masters 1000 final and the first since Hamburg a year ago, losing a set and standing with excellent chances of winning the tournament where he did not perform well. the previous years.
Roger beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, Mariano Zabaleta, Tommy Robredo and Filippo Volandri to enter the bottom four, losing just one set so far and finishing the job against Juan Carlos Ferrero in less than an hour, l ‘Spaniard giving up after 6-4. , 4-2.
Thus, Roger established the shock for the title against Felix Mantilla or Yevgeny Kafelnikov, happy with his performances so far and hoping to have a chance in the final. Federer was aware of Ferrero’s shoulder issues, seeing him in the treatment room several times this week, just not knowing how serious it was.
He also said the Spaniard had played a lot of tennis in the previous weeks as he took those few weeks off which saved him energy. The Swiss didn’t like the fact that he has to play in the best of five final on Sunday and immediately travel to Hamburg for another Masters Series event, saying he will try to save at least some energy for the coming week.
Roger Federer reached the final in Rome 2003, with the best of five final to come.
“Juan Carlos’s shoulder wasn’t good this week, I saw it in the treatment room a few times but I didn’t know how bad it was.
I didn’t expect him to give up. It’s always special to reach the final; It’s good to win a few matches, especially in the Masters Series, where you have to score six triumphs in seven days. It takes a lot of energy away from you, and tomorrow there is the expectation of the best finals; I don’t know if this is the right choice, with Hamburg next week.
I will do my best here, hoping to have some energy for the title defense in Hamburg. It’s not easy to play five consecutive weeks on clay, especially if you make it to the finals. You can endure three weeks without problems; it becomes more difficult in the fourth and more difficult with the others.
Moreover, Juan Carlos also played the Davis Cup, and it cost him a lot. I couldn’t play in Monte Carlo because I was sick; that’s why I took a break. Last week in Munich there weren’t too many true courtiers on clay like here in Rome; it’s interesting to watch all these players here and in Hamburg next week as it helps you better prepare for Roland Garros.
It’s even better mentally when you know you can beat these guys and stay in touch with them from the baseline, ”said Roger Federer.