Jen Beattie: 'Roger Federer is 38 and he still plays on a high level'

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Jen Beattie: 'Roger Federer is 38 and he still plays on a high level'

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ATP ranking list has been frozen since March, with no tournaments or changes on the table at least until August and probably for much longer. On the latest ranking charts, Roger Federer is among those older than 37 who are still active, standing above them all to occupy the 4th place in the rankings despite turning 39 in August.

Entering the top-10 in May 2002, Roger has stayed among the best players in the world almost all the time, earning many ranking age records that will take some beating in the future. In 2019, Federer won four ATP titles and finished in the top-3 for the 15th time in a career, trailing only to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and keeping much younger opponents behind him.

Roger grabbed the 28th Masters 1000 crown in Miami, celebrating the 100th ATP title in Dubai and lifting trophies in Halle and Basel to move closer to Jimmy Connors who is six titles in front of him. The Scottish defender Jen Beattie is a massive fan of the Swiss, playing tennis when she was younger and enjoying watching Roger during his dominant years at Wimbledon and ever since.

In an interview for the BBC Sport Scotland, Jen praised the 20-time Major champion and his ability to remain competitive in the closing stages of his career. Federer has played one tournament so far in 2020, losing in the semi-final at the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic and undergoing knee surgery in February, working hard on the comeback and waiting to hear news about the possible restart of the season.

"Not many people look to do that when the end is in sight. I think that's a natural thing that a lot of athletes will figure out as they go along, but Roger has done that on an unbelievable level. To be 38 and still operating at the level, that's a testimonial to him."