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In addition, he went down in the record books as the first Swiss man to win a Wimbledon's men's title.
"He may not be the 17–year–old symbol of a nation, as Boris Becker was when he won the title," wrote Christopher Clarey in the New York Times, "and he may not exude the Nordic mystery of Björn Borg or have the Big Apple mouth of John Mc Enroe.
For instance, after showing up Sampras, he lost three first–round matches at majors, including at Wimbledon in 2002, the Australian Open in January of 2003, and the French Open in May of 2003.
"I am not far away and I will hang on and see what happens." Federer is six feet, one inch tall and 177 pounds, with dark–brown hair and dark–brown eyes.
In 1998, Federer won the Wimbledon junior title and finished that year as the number–one junior in the world. In 1999, he was the youngest player—at 18 years, four months—to finish in the top 100.
He then advanced to his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) semifinals in Vienna, Austria, and went on to quarterfinals in Marseille, France; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and his hometown of Basel.
After beating fifth–seeded Andy Roddick, he advanced to his first Grand Slam final.
On July 6, 2003, with a calm demeanor throughout, he triumphed over Mark Philippoussis, 7–6 (5), 6–2, 7–6 (3).
Building on the momentum, Federer captured four titles in the first half of 2003 at Marseille, France; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Munich, Germany; and Halle, Germany.