Roger Federer: ATP Finals star won 2003 Tennis Masters Cup against Agassi – ‘overachieved’ | Tennis | Sport


Roger Federer qualified for the ATP Finals for the 17th time this year, as he aims for a record seventh title.

The Swiss tennis star beat Novak Djokovic earlier this week in what was hyped to be a ‘must-win’ clash between the two giants.

If Djokovic were to win the competition this year, he’d have equaled Federer’s record of six ATP Finals titles. But, the Serbian hasn’t won the tournament since 2015.

Federer won his first ATP Finals in 2003, in a straight-sets win over tennis legend Andre Agassi.

Federer moved up to second in the world rankings after winning the Tennis Masters Cup – as it was then known.

The 22-year-old beat Agassi 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 in Houston, Texas in November 2003, having won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon earlier that year.

Federer admitted that he had to be at his very best to earn his first Tennis Masters Cup title against Agassi, however.

“It’s one of the best matches of my life,” said Federer after the match.

“The Masters and Wimbledon are my two favourite tournaments, so I’m very happy.”

The soon-to-be world No. 1 thought that he’d overachieved throughout the match, with everything going his way.

“What a great finish. I really overachieved everything I set for myself,” he said.

“It’s really been an unbelievable year for me.”

Federer was beating Agassi 6-3, 2-0, when the rain started pouring in Houston. Unlike this year’s tournament at the O2 in London, the 2003 competition wasn’t under cover.

It led to a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, but that didn’t faze Federer, who won the next four games to win the set 6-0.

Little did he know that he would go on to win the tournament in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.



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