Former 15-time ATP champion Tommy Haas is happy to see that Roger Federer is still hungry for success despite already being one of the most accomplished players in the history of tennis. Federer, who will be turning 39 years in August, has won a record of 20 Grand Slam titles and also owns the record for the most weeks spent as the world No.
1 on the ATP ranking list. The 38-year-old Swiss opted not to play any warm up events for the Australian Open but still managed to make a deep run at Melbourne Park as he made the semifinal at the tournament, before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
Federer couldn't do much against the now record eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic as he was hampered by a knee issue in their semifinal clash at Melbourne Park. Shortly after the Australian Open, the 38-year-old Swiss underwent an arthroscopic knee surgery, targeting to make a comeback when the grass season starts.
"(To see) that he (Federer) is so hungry after all what he has earned is phenomenal," Haas told Marca. The Big Three -- Federer, 32-year-old Djokovic and 33-year-old Rafael Nadal -- are still a dominant force on the ATP Tour and former world No.
2 Haas says tennis can only benefit from them. The Big Three have been absolutely dominant at the Grand Slams for the past couple of years as there hasn't been a Major champion outside the group since Stan Wawrinka won the US Open title in 2016.
"His (Federer's) presence, as well as those of Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, help promote tennis," Haas underlined.