Former Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis recalled his route to the 2003 Wimbledon final in an interview on the ATP Tour website, where he defeated Andre Agassi in the fourth round before losing to Roger Federer. Speaking to the ATP Tour website, Philippoussis said he considered himself the favorite to win the final as he had beaten Federer on clay a few weeks before the final but ultimately came up short.
“Going into that game I felt like I was the favourite. We played on grass. I don’t care who the person is or how he qualified. A few months earlier I had beaten him in Hamburg, where he defended his.” Championship title on clay.
I felt confident. i lived my dream I won’t lie, he hurt me. I made it to the final. Nobody remembers the runner-up. Of course, you don’t want to go that route and lose. It was my second Grand Slam final loss and it hurt, especially this one.
This one really, really hurt. I came back from some surgeries, they said my tennis career was over. work very hard It was a nice two weeks, but I missed out. Philippoussis also spoke about his victory over Andre Agassi earlier in the same tournament.
“With him there is no comfortable holding of the serve. No matter how well you serve, if he had a chance to hit the ball he would find it on the balls of my feet most of the time. He not only had to serve as well as he could, but he knew he had to serve aces.
He wasn’t good enough to serve big. It’s pretty comfortable for me to say that I’ve never felt like walking across the court that it was my opponent. I knew it was about me with the tennis I was playing. I just knew I had to focus on myself, especially when you play someone like Andre it’s even more important to focus on yourself because you can’t focus on what the opponent is doing or will do. “
Federer is a former number 1
Asked by ESPN about the famous GOAT (greatest player of all time) debate, Diego Schwartzman felt the Grand Slam tournaments couldn’t be the main argument. As a self-confessed fan of Roger Federer, the Argentine chose the Swiss in particular because of his behavior off the pitch.
“For me, it’s not just about Grand Slam titles. I look at a lot of things, including off the pitch. Roger is the player who creates the most excitement among the fans. He is nice to everyone, you can hear him speaking in Spanish, Italian or French.
He has four children, but he trains every day. In the morning he’ll hit the tennis court with you and in the afternoon he’ll dress up for an event downtown. It’s flawless everywhere! The others are also great at almost everything, but I think he has a bit more charisma.”