Roger Federer: 'My biggest wish is to finish my career...'

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Roger Federer: 'My biggest wish is to finish my career...'

The tennis world is eagerly awaiting Roger Federer's return to the circuit. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had originally planned to make his return to the Australian Open 2021, but the strict measures imposed by the local government and the imperfect condition of his knee led him to give up.

For the first time in the last 23 editions, the former world number 1 did not fly to Melbourne Park. However, the new ranking system has allowed the Swiss champion to maintain a place in the Top 5. In recent days, the 39-year-old from Basel announced that his return will take place in Doha in the second week of March and that - if everything goes for the best - it is his intention to also take part in the clay season.

King Roger's sights are already projected into the summer, with Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics being the latest goals in his extraordinary career. Interviewed by 'SRF', the Swiss legend clarified his future plans.

Roger Federer wants to play for the whole season

“My biggest wish is to finish my career on my terms,” Roger Federer said. “As I’ve said before, it doesn’t have to be a fairy-tale ending, it doesn’t have to be a Wimbledon victory, and then I’ll walk away”.

More than winning Grand Slam tournaments, playing with fitness in front of fans is Federer’s current goal. “The most important thing for me is to be completely healthy again,” he added. “And of course, that the fans can return to the stadiums.

I followed tennis the last few months with melancholy. I haven’t set a specific date for the end of my career. We will now give it a go. For now, the goal is to play for the whole season. Then we’ll see how my body has reacted and how the results were,” Roger revealed.

According to Federer, it’s the triumphant feeling with a shower of love from his fans that keeps him going. “I just hope that everything will go well with the knee. I still have many wishes. I will just give it my all.

I hope I can give the fans beautiful victories again and some beautiful emotions”. Among the ‘big 3’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, Federer and Djokovic hold the record for most consecutive quarterfinal appearances at a single Grand Slam.

Federer reached 11 consecutive quarterfinals at the Australian Open from 2004 to 2014. His quarterfinal run was thwarted in 2015 by Andreas Seppi in the third round. But between the same period, Federer also made 11 consecutive semifinal appearances at the Australian Open, winning four titles out of five finals.