Swiss tennis star Roger Federer recently celebrated his 40th birthday. After entering this next chapter in life, the master still manages to remain on top of his game. Sadly, he has suffered injuries in the recent past that have kept him off the track.
Recently, Roger Federer's parents, Lynette and Robert, spoke about some topics. However, the only topic that stood out was when they talked about his son and if they ever imagined that he would be such a successful individual in his profession.
As reported by Blick, Roger's parents stated: “People have often said how exceptional his talent was or how well he knew how to handle the ball from a young age. But we couldn't have foreseen the incredible success he had afterwards.
We never saw him as a future star, so we don't live with that in mind. For a long time, we just waited to see how things would turn out." Reflecting on his season so far, Roger started competing in Doha, but suffered a first-round exit.
After that, he was noticed in Geneva, but had a similar fate, losing in the first round. Then at the French Open, he made it to the second week, but withdrew before his fourth round match because he was out of shape. At the Wimbledon Championships, he lost in the quarterfinals, which was a disappointment for him.
Rafael Nadal's withdrawal means the National Bank Open in Toronto will not feature the three heavyweights in men's tennis, as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic pulled out before the event began.
Federer recently celebrated his 40th birthday
In that context, Frances Tiafoe was asked to give his thoughts on the Big 3's absence (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic).
The American reckons their absence is a "good look" for younger players in the field as it gives them a better shot at an elusive Masters 1000 title. "It's a good look, right?," Tiafoe said during his press conference after beating Yoshihito Nishioka.
"Obviously you never want to see that, but, I mean, the guard is going to change soon. Obviously these guys, time is of essence now obviously. I think it's good for the sport," Tiafoe added. "See some new faces, kind of have the game, you know, new personalities, new changing of the guard.
We'll see who takes it. I think it's an open field. Anybody can put it together, honestly." Tiafoe brought up the example of him beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Wimbledon to highlight his point that any player can defeat another on a given day.
"There is a lot of good players but nobody who is so great that can't be beaten, right, out of this crop," said Tiafoe. "Me beating Stefanos at Wimbledon, depth of tennis, a lot of guys can play well on any given day."