Roger Federer turns 40 with a career at Crossroads – Channels Television


(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 26, 2020, Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in their men’s singles match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Roger Federer turns 40 on Sunday with his storied career, which has grossed 20 Grand Slam tournaments, a multi-million dollar fortune and an army of fans who treat the Swiss star with holy reverence, at a crossroads .

Federer only played 13 games in 2021 and managed just six in the pandemic-stricken 2020 campaign when he underwent two knee surgeries.

He withdrew from this year’s French Open after reaching the fourth round and was knocked out in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 loss to the Pole Hubert Hurkacz.

The loss was only Federer’s 14th at the All England Club in 119 appearances, and the first time he had been beaten in the tournament in straight sets since a first-round outing at the hands of Mario Ancic in 2002.

It was also the first time he lost a 6-0 set at Wimbledon and only the third time at a Slam.

“I don’t know. I have to pull myself together,” Federer said when asked if his Wimbledon career was over.

Signs since then have not been encouraging.

He skipped the Tokyo Olympics in an effort to be fresh for the North American hard-court season where he won the last of his five US Opens in 2008.

On Thursday, however, he pulled out of the Toronto Masters and Cincinnati Masters, key warm-up events for the US Open.

Federer won his most recent major at the 2018 Australian Open. He was already well over 36 and the second oldest man to win a Slam title.

Since then, Novak Djokovic has won eight other majors and his former rival Rafael Nadal has won four. Both are now at level 20 with Federer.

If Federer prepares to bow out after 23 years of touring, he will leave behind a decorated career of 103 titles – only Jimmy Connors with 109 has more – a total of 310 weeks at number one and more than $ 130 million in prize money alone.

Federer’s net worth was estimated in 2019 at $ 450 million and such is recognition from the brand’s cashier that in 2018 he signed a 10-year, $ 300 million deal with clothing maker Uniqlo.

In his heyday, Federer left his opponents bamboozled.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 28, 2018 (COMBO) This combination of images created on January 28, 2018 shows Switzerland’s Roger Federer holding his record 20 Grand Slam tennis tournament winner trophies. From bottom right to top left: Wimbledon 2003, Australian Open 2004, Wimbledon 2004, US Open 2004, Wimbledon 2005, US Open 2005, Australian Open 2006, Wimbledon 2006, US Open 2006, Australian Open 2007, Wimbledon 2007, US Open 2007, US Open 2008, French Open 2009, Wimbledon 2009, Australian Open 2010, Wimbledon 2012, Australian Open 2017, Wimbledon 2017 and Australian Open 2018 (Photos from various sources / AFP)

“I threw him the kitchen sink but he went to the bathroom and took his tub,” sighed Andy Roddick exhausted after losing the Wimbledon final in 2004.

Progress has not always been smooth.

When he was just 19, Federer beat his personal hero Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001.

Twelve months later, however, he left Wimbledon in the first round.

It took a personal tragedy for him to press the reset.

Just at the age of 21, her trainer and close friend from her formative years, Peter Carter, was killed in a car crash in South Africa.

From that point on, the multilingual Federer vowed to win in style, no longer consumed by his inner demons.

– Big rivals –
Born August 8, 1981 in Basel to Swiss father Robert and South African mother Lynette, Federer started playing tennis at age eight.

Turning pro in 1998, he won his first ATP title in Milan in 2001.

It was after the first of his five Australian Open in 2004 that he first rose to world rank.

Federer now has eight Wimbledons, six Australian Open, five US Open and just one Roland Garros.

He has 28 Masters, a doubles Olympic gold medal in 2008 with his close friend Stan Wawrinka and a Davis Cup victory for Switzerland in 2014.

If he hadn’t competed around the same time as Nadal and Djokovic, his collection of trophies might have been more impressive.

However, Nadal, who has forged a close bond with Federer, enjoys a 24-16 head-to-head advantage.

Against Djokovic, with whom relations have never been so cordial, Federer is led 27-23.

They shared history in 2019 when the Serbian triumphed in the longest final at Wimbledon, just three minutes from five hours.

Heartbreaking for Federer, he wasted two league points.

Federer’s astonishing longevity saw him play 119 matches at Wimbledon (105 wins / 14 losses), 117 in Melbourne (102/15), 103 at the US Open (89/14) and 90 at Roland Garros (73 / 17).

On the eve of his shattering loss to Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final, Federer said he had not set any date for his retirement.

“These are just discussions I always have with my wife about family, my kids, is everyone happy on tour, are we happy to pack our bags and go on tour during five, six, seven weeks. Are we ready to do it? “, did he declare.

“At the moment, that doesn’t seem like a problem at all, which is wonderful.”


Karl M. Bailey

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