‘The biggest lesson is what Roger Federer told me to do…’, says ATP ace

Roger Federer claimed the first Major title at Wimbledon 2003, losing just one set in seven meetings and adding his name to the list of memorable champions in the cathedral of tennis. The Swiss had the upper hand against all rivals, losing a set to Mardy Fish in the third round and staying strong when it mattered most to become a well deserved winner. The biggest obstacle for Roger was not his opponents, but a serious back injury experienced before the fourth round clash with Feliciano Lopez. Feeling sharp pain, Federer called the physical therapist after just two games, struggling to match the opponent’s pace and thinking of retiring. With painkillers and massages, the Swiss began to move and serve better, erasing the difference and defending himself from a set point to take the first set in the tie break, dominating in sets two and three to find his place in the quarters. By defeating Sjeng Schalken, Roger advanced to his first Major semi-final, and there was no one left to stop him, defeating Andy Roddick and Mark Philippoussis in straight sets to win the first Grand Slam crown in great style. In the title match, Roger never faced a break point against Mark, winning two tiebreaks and dominating in the second set to seal the deal in less than two hours and join other legends on the champion roster. Recently, Roger Federer was praised by upcoming tennis sensation, Dominic Stricker. The Swiss teenager is in awe of his compatriot. The pair practiced for three weeks in Dubai earlier this season. When Roger was busy training while being on the sidelines, Dominic was his practice partner.

Stricker opens up on Roger Federer

“It was just an amazing feeling to practice with Roger Federer. I was with him for three weeks in Dubai and I learned a lot. I’m very happy to show what he taught me. The biggest lesson is what he told me to do on serve” – Dominic Stricker said. Reflecting on to Federer, he returned on Tour in Dubai after being on the sidelines for over a year. After his Australian Open exit last year, he was forced to undergo two knee surgeries. He featured at the ATP Doha Open and lost in the second round. he was, however, content with his performance after returning on Tour after a lengthy layoff. Federer’s famous signature Wimbledon cardigan from his 2012 campaign has also been put up. Additionally, Federer’s shoes from his 2005 Wimbledon final will go under the hammer too.

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