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In Roger Federer’s words: ‘I sometimes feel Majors are overrated, with that many..’

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Roger Federer made a name for himself after reaching the quarter-final at Wimbledon in 2001, dethroning the seven-time champion Pete Sampras in five sets before losing to Tim Henman in four tight sets. That result came after advancing into the last eight at Roland Garros a couple of weeks earlier as well, making a teenager a Major contender in the years to come, regardless of the surface.

Still, the results were not that good in the next couple of the most notable events, as Federer lost before the quarters at every Major between the US Open 2001 – Roland Garros 2003, unable to play his best tennis on the biggest scene and repeat the level he was already presenting at the Masters 1000 level.

Speaking about the upcoming Roland Garros and Wimbledon in May 2003 after the first-round victory in Rome, Federer said it is hard to pick Wimbledon favorites, with a couple of players who should do well at the All England Club and some ten others who would be there to stage a surprise.

Also, he believed back then the Majors are a little bit overrated, offering too many points and prize money and devaluating the importance of other events. “It is complicated to pick Wimbledon favorites. I don’t know how the Spaniards would perform, especially Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya.

Marat Safin is always dangerous; you never know with him. Andy Roddick too, with his big serve, they are all dangerous. Tim Henman is a threat in front of the home fans every year, but I don’t know how his shoulder is doing.

There are always ten guys who could win, alongside the favorites. You can expect surprises, like Voltchkov at Wimbledon a couple of years ago or Thomas Johannson in Australia. I sometimes feel Grand Slams are overrated, with that many points and money involved. It’s all about those tournaments and that shouldn’t be the case.”

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‘Novak Djokovic has a big chance to get back in the Grand Slam race,’ says analyst

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The Australian Open will provide Novak Djokovic with ‘a big chance’ to get him back into the Grand Slam race, says Radmilo Armenulić.

The world number one lost ground to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros earlier this month with the Spaniard beating him in the final to win his 20th Grand Slam and draw him level with Roger Federer on the all-time list.

Djokovic, by comparison, is on 17, but he has a supreme record in Melbourne, and former Serbia Davis Cup captain Armenulić has warned against writing him off just yet.

“There are many stories that the Grand Slam will not be played in Australia, which is Novak’s great chance for a new, 18th Grand Slam title, which would completely return him to the race,” Armenulić told alo.rs.

“If the tournament still takes place, which we all hope, the least Novak will do is settle with Federer in terms of the number of weeks at the top of the ATP list.

“Nole is already warming up for such a scenario, I see that he will play in Vienna, win that tournament and calmly wait for the end of the season.

“I am sure that Novak has already recovered from the crisis, while Nadal will only be able to endanger him at the Masters in Paris.”

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