Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer reveals his best birthday ever was when he was allowed to carry the Swiss flag during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Federer, a former world No. 1, entered the Beijing Olympics as one of the main favorites to win it all but he failed to do so after suffering a surprise quarterfinal loss at the hands of American James Blake.
But still Federer didn't leave Beijing without a medal as he and his fellow compatriot Stan Wawrinka won the gold in the men's doubles event after beating Sweden's Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson. "Definitely when I was allowed to carry the Swiss flag to the stadium at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics.
It was really a great honor for me. Now I've heard that my wife is planning something big for my 40th birthday. I'm afraid!" Federer said.
Shortly after making the semifinal at the Australian Open and playing The Match for Africa, world No.
… His best birthday ever: “Definitely when I was allowed to carry the Swiss flag to the stadium at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics.
4 Federer announced he underwent an arthroscopic knee surgery. The Swiss, who was aiming tor be eady for the grass season, underwent a second surgery last month as his recovery from the first surgery didn't go as planned.
"My problem was that I had two knee surgeries. I took it step by step. I feel much better again. I am not yet at the level where I can play tennis again. But the goal is really to be ready next year. It's great that I can do everything at home," Federer said.
Federer spoke with the US Open organizers
Federer, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, reveals he has spoken with the US Open organizers and soon they should know what will happen with the event this year.
The US Open organizers have received a green light to proceed with the event as initially scheduled but staging the event in these challenging times will be all but easy. Federer hasn't made it all the way at Flushing Meadows since he won five consecutive titles at the event from 2004-2008.
"I was in touch with the US Open (organisers) just yesterday. They told me they will decide between 15-30 July about what will happen. (...) These are uncertain times for tennis. Travelling and quarantine are big problems," Federer said.
Roger #Federer: "I was in touch with the US Open (organisers) just yesterday. They told me they will decide between 15-30 July about what will happen. (...) These are uncertain times for tennis. Travelling and quarantine are big problems."
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