Roger Federer turns 36 today! A year ago the Swiss was home rehabbing a knee after ending his season leaving many to wonder if Federer would ever return to the top of the game.
But now Federer is in a 2-man race with Rafael Nadal for the year-end No. 1 ranking after capturing Grand Slam titles No. 18 and No. 19 at the Australian and Wimbledon.
Federer, a 2-time Canadian Open champions, returns to Montreal for the first time since 2011. He play Peter Polansky on Wednesday.
“I think I made up my mind about six days ago,” Federer said about taking a late wildcard into the event. “I wanted to keep the door open and see at the last minute how I felt after my holidays. When I started training again and saw that I was in good shape, it didn’t take me too much time to find my rhythm. I always want to play more during the second half of the season.
“I also think that the first six months of the year were positive because I wasn’t injured, I’m in good health and I didn’t spend too much energy even though I played a lot of matches. So I figured that I had trained enough in the past year and that if I was feeling healthy, I would rather play matches than train.”
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