On a day like today but 23 years ago, Roger Federer played and won the Orange Bowl final (U-18 tournament and one of the five ITF “Grade A” competitions) before Guillermo Coria.
With a score of 7-5 and 6-3, the Swiss got rid of the Argentine to be crowned champion of the prestigious American competition and begin to write his name in the world of tennis. Thanks to that title, Federer made sure to finish 1998 as No. 1 at the junior level at the ITF level.
For the Basel native, this was his last youth tournament, since from that moment on, he would begin to take the first steps at the ATP level. In February 1999 he played the Marseille tournament with a surprising victory over Carlos Moya (No. 5 at the time) being only a 17-year-old and occupying 243th place in the world ranking.
After that final against the Argentine, Federer and Coria only saw each other three times, with 100% effectiveness for the Swiss. In 2004 he beat the Rufino native 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 and 6-3 in the final of the Masters 1000 in Hamburg, while in 2005 he did the same in the quarterfinals of the same German tournament and in the Round Robin of the Shanghai Masters.