Federer will retire next year if he doesn't win major tournaments: Volandri

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Federer will retire next year if he doesn't win major tournaments: Volandri

Speaking on Sky Sport, former world No. 25 Filippo Volandri spoke about what Roger Federer would achieve next year. The Head Director of the Italian Tennis Federation believes that winning a Major or the Tokyo Games will be the key to delay retirement plans.

"Wimbledon and Olympics will definitely be his goals," said Volandri. "It was a difficult year because winning Wimbledon or ATP Finals this year would have given him extra motivation. He kept a good level and beat good players, which makes him being able to say, Ok let's try again, but he has no major titles and that's very bad for him as he plays tournaments to win and not to reach the final.

If he doesn't win the titles he wants and beats the top players, then he may really end his journey on the professional tour." Federer won four titles in 2019, including his 100th title at the Dubai Open. In addition, he won the Miami Open, and titles in Halle and Basel.

He also reached the finals in Indian Wells and Wimbledon, losing to Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic respectively. Volandri also spoke about the world No. 8 Matteo Berrettini who just made his first ATP Finals appearance: "He needs to improve as a man and athlete, which Alexander Zverev did not do when he became world No.

3. Big Three improved and they changed something also when they were at the top of the rankings. He can also start hitting serve and volley. Especially when he gets tired, since he is heavy, these tactics can become an important weapon."