“One Doubles Match”: Grigor Dimitrov to Roger Federer on His 40th Birthday

Published 08/08/2021, 7:28 AM EDT
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 18: Roger Federer of Team Europe with team mate Grigor Dimitrov during his practice session prior to the Laver Cup at the United Center on September 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.The Laver Cup consists of six European players competing against their counterparts from the rest of the World. Europe will be captained by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe will captain the Rest of the World team. The event runs from 21-23 Sept. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for The Laver Cup)


The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer, turned 40 today. With ‘Happy Birthday’ wishes pouring in from his millions of fans on social media platforms, Grigor Dimitrov made a heartfelt request to the Swiss Maestro while wishing him on his special day.

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Having turned pro in 1998, Federer’s longevity has been extraordinary. Over the last two decades, Federer has mesmerized the world with his dazzling shot-making, astounding success, and most important, his humbleness to a fault, which has made him one of the most popular athletes of the 21st century.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer leaves court after winning his first round match against Fance’s Adrian Mannarino REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Grigor Dimitrov makes a wish to Roger Federer

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In a short video, the Bulgarian tennis player, Dimitrov, sent his heartiest wishes to Federer on his 40th birthday. The World No.21 mentioned he is hoping for Federer to return on the tour and desires to compete against him a few more times.

In the end, Dimitrov just like any other Federer fan, requested the Swiss Maestro to play a doubles match alongside him before retiring.

“Hi Rog, happy birthday. I wanted to wish you a very amazing day. Hope to see you soon back on the court. Hope we get to play a couple of more battles. And please, once before you retire, one doubles match with me on my side of the net. Have a good one pal,” said Dimitrov.

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Federer is the only 40-year-old ranked in the ATP Top-100. In fact, he has remained in the top-100 since October 1999, which makes it an astonishing 21-year streak and counting.

Having last played in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, Federer skipped the Tokyo Olympics because of a knee injury. In addition to that, he has withdrawn from the upcoming Canadian Masters and Cincinnati Open, which cast doubts over his US Open participation.

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Knowing Federer is in the last stages of his career, any match which he plays from now onwards would be in celebration of a career of one of the greatest players of all time, without whom the fans cannot imagine tennis.

Happy Birthday Roger, wishing you a speedy recovery!

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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