Originally Posted by ultradr
Federer was never truely successful on real fast surfaces until they slowed down from 2001-2003.
Federer, after a few years after debut, was expected to win slam soon but
often overpowered by booming serve and volleyers and his serve wasn't as overpowering.
His neutral game wasn't offensive enough for highly specialized game on fast surfaces of 90's.
In 90's, his best bet is either French Open or Australian Open, just like Nadal
or other top players in this power baseline era.
He turned pro in 1998 but he didn't make it to a final till 2001. Infact he got noticed only when he beat Pete in 2001 at Wimbledon. What performance, except beating Sampras, did he gave that people like you started expecting him to win a slam soon. By the same token, are you expecting a slam from Rosol in near future ???
Also please STOP talking about how he fared in the 90's. He turned pro in 1998 and you have to give him at least 2-3 years to find his feet. Not everyone is a Boris Becker.