'If someone had told me Roger Federer would still be playing at 39...', says analyst

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'If someone had told me Roger Federer would still be playing at 39...', says analyst

By the same admission of the person concerned, the future of Roger Federer will be decided at the end of the season. The Swiss champion has admitted that, based on how he will feel physically and how he feels on the pitch, at the age of 40 he is ready to decide to leave the world of tennis.

After the leg surgery, Roger Federer has not yet fully recovered. The Swiss, away from the fields from the last Australian Open, has cast some shadows on his future. The maestro will return to the field from the next 250 tournament in Doha, skipping the Australian season because it would have meant a long distance from his family.

His goal remains in fact a good preparation for Wimbledon and the Olympics. In a recent interview, Roger Federer talked about his short-term future. “My greatest wish is to finish my career when I decide. As I've said many times before, it doesn't have to be like fairytale finals with a win at Wimbledon and then quit.

The most important thing for me is to get back to being physically well. Of course, the return of people to the stadiums is also crucial. I have been following tennis for the last few months with great sadness. For now I have not yet decided when I will leave tennis, I will see how it goes in the future.

Now I want to concentrate on playing for the whole season. Later I will be able to see how I feel physically and what my results will be on the pitch. I just hope my leg will respond well and I won't have pain. I want to be able to give my best.

I hope I can make some fans happy again with some good performances and, why not, some good wins."

Schett on Roger Federer and Serena Williams

“It’s incredible that Roger Federer and Serena Williams want to win another Grand Slam title at the age of 39,” Barbara Schett told Tennis365 in an exclusive interview.

“I can’t believe she is playing at such a good level at this age. It is not like she is playing a couple of rounds and bowing out. No, she is getting deep into these tournaments and it is very impressive. If someone had told me Serena and Roger Federer would still be playing and competing at the age of 39, I’d have said no chance.

I retired when I was 28 and I felt I was too old, so this is incredible from these two great champions”. Schett believes Williams is driven by the desire to be remembered as the greatest player of all time, with the 24th Grand Slam title part of her coronation.

“Where does Serena get the motivation from. It is astonishing to me,” she added. “I think she wants to go down as the greatest tennis player of all time and that is why she is so keen to get this Margaret Court record.

To me, already she should be remembered as the best ever. I want her to win another one now because she deserves it”.