Former world No. 1 Roger admitted he got touched after Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg and Stefan Edberg celebrated him a 40th birthday. This week, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer turned 40. "I am still deeply touched when a Pete Sampras, Björn Borg or Stefan Edberg think of me.
And then I look at the phone and all three got in touch practically at the same time and congratulated me," Federer told BLICK. Federer hasn't played since Wimbledon due to a knee injury. “I was on vacation.
I haven’t done anything for a while, because of the knee. I had to let everything sink in after Wimbledon. This week I’m still meeting my doctors and my team and then we’ll see how it should go on. At the moment, everything is still a little uncertain”.
Federer made the Wimbledon semifinal
Federer lost in the Wimbledon quarterfinal but proved to himself that he's still capable of playing 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."