“At Age 40, Roger Federer Is…”: Tennis Great Starts New Debate Between Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic

Published 08/09/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Swiss maestro Roger Federer celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday. Naturally, the entire tennis world wished him with the kindest words. However, doubles legend Patrick McEnroe decided to use an incredible Federer stat to start another debate against the latter’s arch-rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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Notably, all the three tennis greats now have 20 Grand Slam titles each. Although Nadal and Djokovic still have age on their side, Federer has an exceptional age achievement.

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Patrick McEnroe starts a new comparison between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic

Brother of American legend John McEnroe, Patrick did not go for the traditional ‘Happy Birthday.’ Instead, he hailed the tennis maestro over a stat that magnifies his dominance in the sport.

“At age 40, Roger Federer is still ranked in the top 10 in the world,” Patrick tweeted. “I wonder what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be ranked at that age.”

Moreover, at 40, the Basel-born is still eager to compete with the best players in the world in the biggest tournaments. Therefore, along with his otherworldly consistency, Federer‘s passion for tennis might also be unrepeated.

On the other side, Nadal (35) and Djokovic (34) are also going strong with their intent to play. However, the question remains: How long will the two continue to contribute to the sport?

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

Most significantly, Federer underwent two knee surgeries and 13 months of recovery to return to tennis as a 39-year-old. It clearly explains what the sport means to him.

Above all, there is still half a decade to find out the answer to the question Patrick has posed. Until then, tennis fans don’t have a choice but to enjoy their tennis as long as they keep going.

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Where will Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic play together again?

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Since Federer and Djokovic will not play at Rogers Cup 2021, only Nadal will be out competing. Moreover, the Swiss maestro has also withdrawn from Cincinnati Masters, citing lack of fitness.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Consequently, the biggest hope for the three to come together is at the US Open 2021. Besides, the New York Slam might also give the men’s tennis world its first 21-time Grand Slam winner.

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Therefore, the climax of the 2021 season is in the making, but it will be interesting to see if it lives up to the hype. Who do you think will lift up the US Open title?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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