Roger Federer will turn 39 in less than a month and many are wondering when the Swiss will decide to retire from tennis. The double operation on his right knee has led many enthusiasts and professionals to doubt the real chances of the Swiss returning to competition in 2021, in what could be the last season of his immense career.
As he had already done in 2016, the former World number 1 wants to take all the time necessary to return to 100% of the shape, nurturing the belief that he can still be in the running for the most important tournaments. During a recent appearance in the 'Podbean podcast', the 20-time Grand Slam champion was asked if he does not feel tired of the constant speculation about his possible retirement from the tour.
Federer on his retirement
“I mean, I feel like I have been on my farewell tour since 2009. So, I go way back when I won the French Open, people were like, ‘you’ve done it all’. Then, I won Wimbledon in the summer in the following month against Roddick where I broke all-time Grand Slam record.
And then my twin girls were born so people were like, ‘this is it’. I was like, ‘Not really, I feel there is a bit more to go here" - Roger Federer said. “As long as I know that I am not taking any long-term risks to my health.
My 4 kids are doing great, my wife is happy that I am still pursuing this dream and we are still managing the travels with the family. I truly still have the full-blown passion to play, I feel I can compete with the best, beat the best, and win the biggest titles" - he added.
In an interview with Zeit, the Swiss legend said that the thought of retirement has been on his mind but he wants to give himself another shot at playing on the ATP Tour. "Retirement is getting closer, and I will miss tennis so much," he told Zeit.
"It would be easier for me to retire now, but I wanna give myself a chance to keep enjoying my time on court." Federer, 38, hasn't lost much of a step as he nears his 40s. He is currently ranked No. 4 in the world and reached the Australian Open semifinals in January, losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
He was excellent in 2019, going 53-10 with four singles titles and a semifinals loss at the French Open and a finals loss at Wimbledon in a brilliant, five-set thriller against Djokovic that was decided by a tiebreaker at 12 games all.