World number 21 Felix Auger-Aliassime and world no.129 Mackenzie McDonald said that the player they want to meet the most during the 2020 ATP season is none other than Roger Federer and the reason is obvious. Federer is 38 years old, a peculiar age for a professional tennis player playing on the greatest courts in the world.
Therefore, youngsters like Felix Auger-Aliassime and Mackenzie McDonald are eager to meet the Swiss legend before he retires. “The one person I would love to play in the year to come would be Roger Federer. Just because I haven’t had the chance to play him yet.
He’s an icon, a legend of the sport and we don’t know how much time he has left on the tour, how many years, but if I could have a chance to compete on the big stage against him would be an amazing memory”.
said Auger-Aliassime for Tennis Channel. “I’d want to play Roger because he’s going to retire pretty soon. I want to play him before he retires. Maybe on grass — toughest challenge”. said Mackie McDonald for TC.
Although the two players’ concern is well-founded, Roger Federer isn’t planning to leave tennis anytime soon. "My retirement is going to depend on my health. At this moment I see no reason to stop. I think in 2009 I questioned it for the first time.
[It's been] ten years and here I am. I'm exactly where I wanted to be at this age. It is a lot of work stay. I expected to play until 35-36 and here I am, in a new dimension." , Federer said in November 2019 during a press conference.