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 10:54 AM
Updated: Nov 29, 2018 10:54 AM

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 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

48° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 44°
51° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 51°
48° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 44°
31° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 26°
Red Bluff
55° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 55°
48° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 44°
A dry and warmer than average Presidents' Day and work week is expected as high pressure dominates our weather. High temperatures will make the mid to upper 60s and the next chance for rain isn't until next Sunday.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events