Roger Federer follows massive ranking age record on his 40th birthday

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Roger Federer follows massive ranking age record on his 40th birthday

On the latest ATP ranking list, only a couple of singles players have turned 40. The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer will join them on Monday, as he celebrates his 40th birthday today. Every notable tournament and many players from the ATP Tour have wished Roger all the best on his milestone birthday, many of them feeling shocked about his age despite being on the Tour for over two decades.

Thanks to his points from 2019, the last year's Australian Open and recently ended Wimbledon, Roger is still ranked in the top-10, becoming the second player since the start of the ATP ranking in 1973 to achieve that at 40 after Ken Rosewall in the 70s.

Two years ago, Roger was still among the world's best players behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, winning the Masters 1000 title in Rome and wasting two match points against Novak in that epic Wimbledon final. At the beginning of the previous season, the Swiss reached the Australian Open semi-final before announcing a knee surgery.

Roger needed another in May, and he started from the beginning in October, doing his best to recover and extend his career. After 13 months, Federer returned to action in Doha five months ago, beating Daniel Evans and squandering a match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarters.

Federer took more time off the court before entering the ATP 250 draw at home in Geneva, where he lost to Pablo Andujar after leading 4-2 in the decider. Heading to Paris, Federer grabbed three Roland Garros victories and withdrew following a marathon encounter against Dominik Koepfer, eager to maintain energy for his beloved grass swing in Halle and Wimbledon.

Roger Federer turns 40 today, and he is still ranked in the top-10.

Things did not work Roger's way, though, as he experienced the earliest Halle exit to Felix Auger-Aliassime. Entering the All England Club for the record-breaking 22nd time, Federer advanced to his 18th Wimbledon quarter-final following triumphs over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego.

Facing the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, the Swiss suffered one of his most brutal losses at Majors, winning only nine games and experiencing the first bagel since the 2008 Roland Garros final against Rafa! After the match, Federer admitted that he still feels the pain in his knee, skipping the Olympic Games in Tokyo and deciding to withdraw from Toronto and Cincinnati.

The veteran will try to recover by the US Open, but things do not look well for him, playing only 13 matches this year and stealing dealing with an injury that has been bothering him for 18 months! No matter what happens in the rest of his career, the Swiss Maestro earns respect from the entire tennis globe, and we wish him a happy birthday and a couple of more years on the Tour.