Roger Federer: 'I can’t believe I’m 40! It’s terrible'

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Roger Federer: 'I can’t believe I’m 40! It’s terrible'

After Hubert Hurkacz's clear defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last July, Roger Federer has announced his intention to end the season prematurely. A knee relapse has in fact sent him under the knife for the third time in the last year and a half, opening up many questions about his future.

The former world number 1 played just 13 official matches in 2021, recording an unsatisfactory tally of nine wins and four losses. Despite courageous attempts, the Swiss phenomenon has never managed to find an acceptable condition, a feeling that has been repeatedly confirmed by his body language.

The goal of the 20-time Grand Slam champion is to treat himself to a final catwalk in 2022, but it is still too early to have any guarantees in this regard. The 40-year-old from Basel was recently seen at the Laver Cup, having surprisingly decided to travel to Boston to support Team Europe.

King Roger walked on crutches so as not to strain his knee after the operation he underwent. In a long interview granted to 'GQ Magazine', the Swiss joked about his 40th birthday.

Federer opens up on his knee situation

In another interview with GQ, the Swiss Maestro talked about a range of topics right from his playing days to Emma Raducanu‘s recent success at US Open.

When asked about how does he feel on turning forty recently, the Swiss gave an elaborate answer. “Actually, I’m excited, even though I make jokes – ‘I can’t believe I’m 40! It’s terrible!’.

But overall, I think I’m excited. I remember turning 20. You think you know who you are but you really have no clue! At 30, you have a pretty good idea, figuring it out, but at 40, I think you know”, said Roger Federer.

Roger Federer recently became only the sixth athlete to cross $1 billion in earnings while still being active in his profession. Federer joins an illustrious list comprising LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo, all of whom achieved the feat during their playing days.

According to Pompliano, brands do not generally spend upwards of 10% of their annual income on sponsorship deals. Given the fact that Nike already had Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Nick Kyrgios, and Rafael Nadal on their roster, they could afford to part ways with the 40-year-old. Federer then went on to sign a $300 million deal with Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo.