Roger Federer will turn 40 in August 2021, has just had a knee operation, his last official match dates back to January: yet, Federer does not want to stop. He assures that he has been thinking about retiring for at least five seasons, at the same time he does not lose motivation and the body has not abandoned him.
Roger was joined by Nadal at the top of the ranking of the most successful tennis players ever in the Slams (20, 8 WImbledon, 6 Australian Open, 5 US Open, 1 Roland Garros) and, despite being sincerely admired by the achievements of his friend-rival and you declare several times that you are not obsessed with this race for the record, this is probably one of the reasons that push him to continue.
Federer recently declared that he had begun a "serious" physical preparation in view of 2021: we will therefore see him on the field at the Australian Open in January and in the summer in Tokyo, in search of that Olympic gold that has always eluded him.
Who knows if next year is not really one of greetings. Richard Gasquet and Benoit Paire recently spoke on Twitch about the longevity of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Paire on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
"Obviously they were all very gifted from the start.
But what is really impressive is how they manage to stay motivated, every week and for every tournament. They rarely lose first rounds or throw away matches. Despite having won 10, 20 GS each, their motivation remains intact," Benoit Paire said.
"Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been winning every tourney for years but they still want it. They're great champions in every way, Djokovic as well with his serve and other things. They kept on improving," Paire added.
Former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet, whose best years came at a time when both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were in their prime, is in awe of their ability to keep improving themselves even after crossing 30. "What impresses me the most with the best players is that they manage to keep their motivation, every tournament and every week," Gasquet said.
"How gifted they are but that they are, (they are) better at tennis at 33, 34 years of age than they were at 20. When you compare 2005 Rafael Nadal with his current self at Roland Garros, it feels like a different player.
He plays twice as fast now and strikes the ball earlier," Gasquet said. "Same with Roger Federer, you couldn't really say that his backhand was great when he was younger, but now he just doesn't miss with it.
We keep saying he has a less physical game but he plays the same sport, with the same effort, he just doesn't show it," Gasquet said.