‘Birthday boy’ Federer up for Montreal challenge

Swiss superstar Roger Federer, who turns 36 today, heads to the Rogers Cup in Montreal for the first time in six years having won the event twice before, looking to maintain his red-hot form.

Today (Tuesday) the 19-time grand slam winner turns 36-years-old and shows no signs of slowing down as he heads to Montreal with many saying his game has never been better.

So far in 2017, Federer, with a tour-leading 31-2 record, has won five tour-level titles including two grand slams – Australian Open and Wimbledon.

The Swiss, who will be up against Canadian Peter Polansky in the Round of 32 tomorrow, says he has fond memories of playing at the event.

"I remember the Djokovic match in the 2007 final and maybe a match against [Gaston] Gaudio where I saved a match point," said Federer. "It feels a little like a blur, to be honest. But my most important one was in 2009 when my girls were two weeks old.

"It was our first trip as a family. They just got their passports and travelled here. I remember we had an unbelievable time and I was trying to be a dad for the first time. It was all out of control in the nicest possible way. 

"It was here in Montreal, so it will always be special for me here. This year, I'm here without the family so it's a bit different and bit more quiet. I'll plan on resting and sleeping while I can."

Spain's Rafael Nadal is seeded first and Federer second which marks the first time since 2011 that the two legends are leading the pack at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.