Former world No. 1 Roger Federer admits retirement is getting closer but he knows he will miss tennis so much once his career ends so he wants to play as long as possible. Federer, who will be turning 39 years this coming August, is still one of the top players on the Tour and over the last few years he has proved that he is still capable of making deep runs on the biggest tournaments.
Federer, now ranked at No. 4 in the world, made only one appearance this year as he reached the semifinal at the Australian Open, before he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in three sets. The 38-year-old Swiss holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles captured and he has also spent the most weeks as world No.
1. "Retirement is getting closer and I will miss tennis so much. It would be easier for me to retire now, but I wanna give myself a chance to keep enjoying my time on court," record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer told Die Zeit.
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"Retirement is getting closer and I will miss tennis so much. It would be easier for me to retire now, but I wanna give myself a chance to keep enjoying my time on court"https://t.co/u0l5rZjFZK — José Morgado (@josemorgado) July 8, 2020
Federer out for the season
A week after losing in the Australian Open semifinal, Federer played a charity match against world No.
2 Rafael Nadal in South Africa and beat the Spaniard in a match that was attended by over 50,000 fans. Shortly after playing The Match for Africa, the Swiss announced he underwent an arthroscopic knee surgery to repair his damaged right knee.
The 38-year-old hoped he would be ready for the grass season but his recovery didn't go as planned and the former world No. 1 last month underwent a second knee surgery. "A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee," Federer said in a Twitter post.
"Now, much like I did leading up to the 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100% ready to play at my highest level. “I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly but, I will look forward to see everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season”.
A few days ago, coach Severin Luthi gave an update on Federer's condition and said the recovery has gone as planned for now.