Roger Federer recalls: ‘I should not be the favorite at 38’

Entering the season from the top-3, Roger Federer was among the title favorites at the last year’s Australian Open. Federer celebrated his 38th birthday in August 2019, still playing on a high level and battling for notable trophies against the world’s best rivals. Roger claimed four titles that year, winning his 28th Masters 1000 crown in Miami over John Isner and celebrating the 100th ATP crown in Dubai. Federer was a point away from the ninth Wimbledon trophy, wasting two match points against Novak Djokovic in his last Major final so far. The Swiss skipped the ATP Cup at the beginning of 2020, working on the practice court and preparing for his 21st Australian Open, where he was among the favorites. After an early exit at the 2019 US Open, Federer was eager to get back on a winning way in Melbourne, seeking the seventh title down under and third within the last four years.

After a severe knee injury in 2016, Roger returned stronger in the following season and claimed back-to-back Australian Open crowns in 2017 and 2018. Stopping the clock, the Swiss secured three out of five Major titles in that span and was keen for more good results in Melbourne in 2020. Speaking about his chances ahead of the tournament, Roger highlighted that he should not be among the favorites at his age, together with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who are also in their 30s. Federer stated that the three of them and Andy Murray should be proud of what they had achieved in the last 15 years, still standing at the top of men’s tennis and defending the throne ahead of younger opponents. 

“I’m aware I should not be the favorite at the age of 38; it should be somebody else, probably in their 20s. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and I are still among the players to beat, which is great, at least for us. Everybody has their career; Rafa has done it his way, Novak and Andy as well. In the end, I think we can look back and be proud of what we have achieved,” Roger Federer said.

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