Cori Gauff: Roger Federer is the ultimate icon in tennis

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Cori Gauff: Roger Federer is the ultimate icon in tennis

Rising American star Cori Gauff has wished 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer a happy 40th birthday. Federer, a former world No. 1, turned 40 on Sunday. Gauff has nothing but great respect for Federer as she has noted that the Swiss is the ultimate icon in tennis.

"Roger Federer, you are the ultimate icon in tennis: ever since holding a tennis racket as a kid, I’ve been a fan. Happy birthday!" Gauff tweeted.

Federer proved himself he can still play

Federer made the Wimbledon quarterfinal and that was enough for him to believe that he is still capable at the highest possible level.

"To some extent it's nice to see that the work I put in paid off [and] that I'm able to play at this level with best-of-five sets,” Federer said. “When you're young, you don't ask yourself the question.

But when you're me, with the year I had, it's all question marks all over the place. You have to prove it again to yourself that you can actually do it. I was willing to take losses for the sake of information, just to be out there, [to] get the body in shape for hopefully when Wimbledon comes around,m that I can actually wake up in the morning and feel all right, that I can still go out and play five sets.

“I feel that way, so it's very rewarding and it's a good feeling. Now we'll see how much more I’ve got left in the tank. Clearly [it] was important again to win in straight sets. [I am] looking forward to the next round”.

After Wimbledon, Federer skipped the Tokyo Olympics. "I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland. I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the Tour later this summer. I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar," Federer said last month.