After Years of Dominance From Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, Roger Federer Had to Conquer This Talented American’s Threat to Put Europe on the Tennis Map Back in 2003

Published 06/24/2023, 6:55 AM EDT

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European players dominate tennis in today’s era. However, American players were the leading players in the sport before them, unlike the struggle they experience on the court now. Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe are just a few players from the US who were dominating the competition. Their reign would have continued with Andy Roddick, as he came with just as much intensity as them. But Roger Federer was quick to change the status quo, as Nike’s former CEO stated in his autobiography.

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Mike Nakajima is a big fan of Federer, and it is quite visible from his interviews in Federer’s biography. Although he left Nike in 2017, he chastised his former company for not signing another deal with him, calling it an atrocity. He gave an example of the profit they gained from Michael Jordan’s sneakers and said that they could’ve gained a similar capital from selling products with the RF logo.

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Mike Nakajima, the former CEO of Nike, is a big fan of Roger Federer. He has talked highly of the player several times and even chastised Nike for letting him go. Therefore, an interview for The Roger Federer Effect, a memoir of the Swiss Maestro, was obvious. Prior to working with the former Swiss player, Nike had American greats such as Agassi, McEnroe, and even Serena Williams.

Nakajima said, “He was up and coming, one of the top juniors. We brought him on and I realized right off the bat that he’s naturally charismatic and speaks well. And I noticed that he knew he was going to be great.”

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Nike signed on Federer when he was 13, and as per their former CEO, the young boy was going to bring about a major change in the future owing to his glowing personality. Nakajima was right to a great extent.

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However, after Sampras and Agassi dwindled out, Andy Roddick won the 2003 US Open, which made Nakajima anxious about his mindset. “But it didn’t happen. Europe became the hotbed of tennis, and Roger was the start of it,” Nakajima said. 

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But he was proven wrong as Federer put a stop to Roddick quite soon. 

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The Swiss Maestro earned his nickname for more than just the titles he won. In addition to his championships, his absolute dominance on the court changed an entire era.

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Ripunjay is a Tennis writer with an unwavering passion for the sport and a deep admiration for Roger Federer. He specializes in providing in-depth coverage of everything related to the 'Swiss Maestro.' Ripunjay's love for tennis is evident in the quality of his writing, which is characterized by its clarity, depth, and insightful analysis.
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