1999: Federer’s first trip to Rotterdam


Things have changed quite a bit for Roger Federer since his first trip to Rotterdam.

All the way back in 1999, when Federer was 18 and his bold hair move from the most recent Orange Bowl was still growing out, he talked about everything from Pamela Anderson to Bruce Willis, to his favorite book (he didn’t have one; “I don’t read books,” he said.)


Ranked No. 178 going in, Federer lost 6-4 in the third set to No. 2 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the quarterfinals that year.

Federer is back this week, looking to regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time since Nov. 2012.

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