At 40, Roger Federer is eager to extend his career and finish it on his terms at some point. The Swiss underwent three knee surgeries in the past 18 months, playing only 13 matches after the last year's Australian Open and still feeling the pain.
Following the Wimbledon quarter-final, Federer decided to skip the rest of the season, undergo the third surgery and start the recovery process again ahead of his comeback at some point in 2022. Born in 1981, the Swiss has been among the world's best players for two decades now, claiming the first Masters 1000 crown in 2002 and adding the Wimbledon trophy to his tally 18 years ago.
After numerous rivals, challenges, significant victories and tough defeats, Roger is still hungry for more success despite that severe knee injury that halted his progress at the beginning of the previous season. Roger finished in the top-3 in 2019, winning the Masters 1000 crown in Miami and wasting two match points against Novak Djokovic in that epic Wimbledon title clash.
Roger Federer does not think he has to win something big to retire in style.
Preparing for 2020, Roger spoke about the retirement plans and confirmed there are no set days or anything, as he still enjoys tennis a lot, together with his family that supports his every decision.
Also, the Swiss reminded that he does not have to achieve something big before ending a career, illustrating how people can not recall the last match of Stefan Edberg or John McEnroe, as it does not matter that much. On the other hand, it is easy to remember the legacy and achievements of the notable players, and that's enough for Roger to put the pressure away from his back and enjoy his time on the court.
"I have just started training. I'm surprised I could walk the stairs as well as I have; my calves are killing me as I'm just getting back into it. The shock on the body is, I do not want to say 'immense,' every time, but I've been on vacation for two weeks, and it is not easy to get into training mode.
I do not think the retirement needs to be that perfect, that you have to win something huge… and you go, 'OK. I did it all.' It can be completed differently, as long as you enjoy it, and that's what matters to you.
I do not think people remember the last matches of John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg; nobody knows that. They remember that they won Wimbledon and other big tournaments and conquered the ATP throne," Roger Federer said.