On his website Federer said, “It is a great feeling to be celebrating my birthday with my family here in Canada. I am excited to compete again these days after having spent several weeks preparing intensely for the second half of the 2010-season. Thank you so much for all your kind messages and wonderful gifts that I have received these past days and continue to receive today. This really motivates me as I can see how much my passion for tennis also means to you. I would like to thank you all for your loyalty over all these years – let’s hope for many more to come!”
As a 28-year-old, Federer won just two titles at the 2009 Cincinnati and the 2010 Australian Open.
Federer is the second oldest player in the current ATP top ten behind fellow 29-year-old Nikolay Davydenko.
After a first round bye, the third-seeded Federer will play his second round match Tuesday evening against either Alejandro Falla or Juan Ignacio Chela.
Federer is a two-time Canadian Open champion winning both titles in Toronto in 2006 and 2004. He lost in the quarterfinals last year to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and in the 2nd RD in 2008 to Gilles Simon.
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