Roger Federer recalls: ‘I can not be the favorite at my age’

Tennis – World no. 3 Federer was among the players to beat at the 2020 Australian Open.

Roger Federer turned 38 in 2019, which did not stop him from achieving notable results. Federer wrapped up the season in the top-3, only behind his greatest rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The 20-time Major winner claimed four titles that year.

He claimed his 28th and last Masters 1000 crown in Miami over John Isner and celebrated the milestone 100th ATP crown in Dubai. Federer stopped the clock at Wimbledon and was a point away from the ninth trophy. Roger gave his 120% against Novak Djokovic but wasted two match points in one of the most thrilling Major finals ever.

Federer’s 103rd and last ATP title came in Basel in the season’s closing stages, and the veteran did enough to embrace another year-end top-3 year. 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.

Roger Federer spoke about his chances ahead of the 2020 Australian Open.

Regarding 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 previous 15 years, standing at the top of men’s tennis and defending the throne ahead of younger opponents. As we all know, Roger reached the semi-final at the Australian Open, losing to Novak Djokovic and taking a break from tennis following knee issues that required three surgeries and ended his career.

“I’m aware I should not be the favorite at the age of 38; it should be somebody else, probably the players 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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