Kicking off the season with the Sydney title, Roger Federer finally took another step and reached the top-10 in May after the first Masters 1000 crown in Hamburg. Following his most significant result in a career outside Majors, Roger lost the ground in the next couple of months, failing to score a win at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and losing his place among the elite after a string of early exits. The Swiss reached the US Open fourth round, which gave him some confidence before winning the fourth ATP title in Vienna in October and returning into the top-10 and becoming a contender in the ATP Race to Shanghai. Playing in Madrid as world no. 7, Roger defeated Marcelo Rios 6-4, 6-2 in the first round to make a winning start, seeking another deep run like in Vienna and more points on his tally in the quest towards the first Masters Cup berth.
Roger Federer looked good to secure a place at the ATP Masters Cup in Shanghai 2002.
“I feel great about Shanghai; it’s great to be back in the race. I was 10th, and now I’m 7th after winning Vienna. I’m also on the highest-ranking position in a career, overcoming the 8th spot I held following the title in Hamburg. I’m enjoying tennis at the moment because I have had some difficulties lately with the lack of confidence and problems on and off the court, with my friend dying. I went through some difficult times, and I’m happy it’s going uphill again. The clash against Xavier Malisse at the US Open helped me a lot, coming from a set down to cross the finish line first. I did not play that well in the next round against Mirnyi, but he did not let me into the match. The Davis Cup in Morocco was also great for my confidence; I played extremely well, although you do not get many Race points there. Still, I did not know how good I would play indoors. I felt my game was going uphill already in Moscow. I lost to Safin, who competed well, and I had a great run in Vienna last week. After lifting the trophy, I feel much better than a couple of months ago,” Roger Federer said.