When will Roger Federer retire? After the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games? At the end of 2020? No. Federer himself said that he will not stop playing next season, but indeed, he believes he can play for up to forty years. And he is right, because despite the years that pass he is still one of the three men to beat, along with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
With all due respect to the NextGen. With Rafael Nadal at only one Slam away from his record, the Swiss Maestro could try playing another couple of years, to try to put another distance between his record and Rafa. His desire to compete again to remain the most titled Slam player it is definitely a very important incentive to continue at least until 2021.
After the defeat at Wimbledon against Nole, many criticized the mental ability of the Swiss, capable of wasting two match points on his service. It is unjustified. Every match that Roger now plays is a gift to all tennis fans.
Seeing a 38-year-old player flying on the courts cannot ever get tiring. Same thing for Nadal and Djokovic. The truth is that, yes, with a different mental attitude, Federer would be chasing the 30th Major, and not the 21st.
But it is also true that we are talking about the only tennis player who managed to win 20 Slams (at least until now). In the next fifteen years, how many Slams will Tsitsipas, Zverev and Kyrgios win? If the pride of remaining the number one pushes Federer to fight and win again, then he can give other masterpieces to humanity.
And like him, his two great rivals. So the criticisms against them are now useless, differently from five or six years ago.