SEVERE WX: Dense Fog Advisory View Alerts

Roger Federer's first Wimbledon win: CNN World Sport at 25

He was being tipped as a future star, but few could have foreseen his impact on tennis.The 19-year-ol...

Posted: Nov. 29, 2018 12:54 PM
Updated: Nov. 29, 2018 12:54 PM

He was being tipped as a future star, but few could have foreseen his impact on tennis.

The 19-year-old Roger Federer had downed defending champion Pete Sampras in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2001, and reached the world's top 10 the following year.

Roger Federer

Sports figures

Grand Slam Tournaments

Professional tennis

Sports and recreation

Sports events

Tennis

Tennis events

Wimbledon Championships

He had yet to reach a grand slam final, but that all changed at Wimbledon in 2003 when Federer took down American Andy Roddick in the semifinal.

He followed it up with a straight-sets victory over Australia's Mark Philippoussis in the final to become the first Swiss player to win at the All England Club.

It was the first of eight Wimbledon titles and 20 grand slam crowns, at the last count.

"You can't really understand it at the moment it happens," Federer told CNN's Patrick Snell the next day. "I never thought it's going to be this way."

Watch Federer's 2003 interview with CNN World Sport at the top of the page.

Article Comments

Tupelo
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 43°
Columbus
Overcast
37° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 31°
Oxford
Overcast
37° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 37°
Starkville
Broken Clouds
36° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 36°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather