Cristiano Ronaldo Explains Why Roger Federer is Still on Top at 39

Published 12/16/2020, 1:00 PM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning match point during his Men’s Singles first round match against Steve Johnson of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


We are living in a generation of athletes who will be greatly admired far in the future too. It is not just the success and the records, but their immaculate drive that will be remembered the most. Among those very few wonders stands the Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and the Swiss maestro Roger Federer.

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Recently, former Real Madrid number 7 lauded tennis’ World No. 5 on his ability to stay on top even today.

Federer is 39 and is still passionate to add more Grand Slam titles to his tally of 20. On the opposite side, the boy who leaped to success as a Manchester United player remains among the fastest players with and without the ball to date.

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Their adherence to fitness and commitment is the key behind their continued deliverance of top-level results. However, realizing his knee injury again, the Basel-born took a break from the 2020 ATP Tour after the Australian Open.

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Ronaldo compliments Roger Federer on his maturity

Roger Federer smiles during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Age is a cruel thing but more for athletes as it weakens them and fails them with time. The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner claims that it is the motivation above all that helps to do one’s best.

Roger will return to tennis after a whole year and a surgery which is considered fatal for the sport. Not only his experience but also his physical competency will be challenged at the 2021 Australian Open.

The all-time highest goal scorer in UEFA Champions League said, “In sport you can gain maturity. Look at Federer in tennis, he’s 37 or 38 years old and still on top, and in boxing there are quite a few.”

The 8 times Wimbledon winner is confident to put on a great show in Melbourne Park next season.

Roger will resume his tennis career at the 2021 Australian Open

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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory in his quarter-final match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

From a small town to the highest-paid athletes in the world, Federer and Ronaldo carry a very similar story. They both invested most of their time in fitness and fans, and that has brought them the glory we all witness. Moving forward, there is no indication from either side to stop doing what they do greater than most.

For the tennis world, the return of Roger is the most anticipated event of 2021. With his iconic RF logo also coming back to him, every eye desires to see the old Federer once again. Does the Swiss maestro have more Grand Slam in him?

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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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