2003 Wimbledon
Federer v Philappousis

FINAL

7-6 6-2 7-6

 

Roger Federer produced a masterful session of tennis to claim his first Grand Slam title with a demolition of Mark Philippoussis.

Federer put in a near faultless display to win handidly and dispelled any doubts about his ability to perform on the grandest of tennis stages.

The 21-year-old Swiss had failed to get past the quarter-finals at any previous Grand Slam,

but here he held his nerve until breaking down in tears after he had clinched victory.

Philippoussis was unseeded and hoping for a fairytale triumph after being told two years ago

that he may never play tennis again when a serious knee injury left him in a wheelchair.

But Federer was able to nullify the Australian's massive serve with brilliant returning,

and was completely dominant on his own serve.

Federer took a tight first set on a tie-break, but then unleashed his full array of shots as he claimed a straight-sets win.

 

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