Former World No. 1 Roger Federer admitted he got emotional after Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg and Stefan Edberg celebrated his 40th birthday. This week, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer turned 40. "I am still deeply moved when Pete Sampras, Björn Borg or Stefan Edberg think of me.
And then I look at the phone and all three got in touch at about the same time and congratulated me," Federer told BLICK. Federer has not played since Wimbledon due to a knee injury. "I was on vacation. I haven't done anything for a long time because of my knee.
I had to let it all sink in after Wimbledon. I'm still meeting with my doctors and my team this week and then we'll see how it should continue. At the moment, everything is a bit uncertain."
Federer recently celebrated his 40th birthday
Top journalist Carole Bouchard, who was part of the conversation with Marion Bartoli and Simon Cambers, believes Roger Federer will not let his last career match be the lopsided defeat to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon.
"You are Roger Federer; you don’t end your career on a bagel in Wimbledon," Bouchard said. "I believe he is going to try to play one more Wimbledon, but that means he needs to play Australia, he needs to try to play some clay, he needs to get in shape.
So I believe that he will try. (He is) 40 years old and we are still asking him to play one more Wimbledon," she added. "He is one of the biggest champions, all sports considered. He is going to try; I believe we will see him in London next year.
I just hope the knee is going to stay quiet." It was a touching moment for the Swiss star to receive messages from his idols. Federer stated that he was excited to see the how many people would get in touch with him and was overwhelmed by the number of messages he received.
He said that he’s yet to reply to over 50 messages. The 40-year-old added, “To be honest, I was a little excited in advance to see how many people would get in touch with me. More than after a Grand Slam victory? Fewer? And then I was overwhelmed by how many there were.
It shows me that I have many real friends around the world who are close to me. Today I am still 50 messages behind with replies”.