Former world No. 1 Roger Federer admitted that even he is surprised that he is still active at the age of 40. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, turned 40 this week. "I just turned 40 and am still active. Who would have believed it? Surely not me.
I'm totally in tune with myself and I'm sure there is still a lot of great things to come," Federer told BLICK. Federer hasn't played since Wimbledon due to a knee issue. "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 enjoyed a deep run at Wimbledon
Federer suffered a straight-set defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinal but proved to himself that he can still play at the highest 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."