The question of Roger Federer’s retirement came under the spotlight so many times, especially after his serious knee injury in 2016. As he is now moving towards his mid-30’s, the question of his retirement has come under discussion again
Here is good news for his followers significantly great in number and ranges upto 17.7 million on Twitter and Instagram combined, that he has not made a decision of retirement yet.
In an interview with CNN Sport’s Christina Macfarlane, the player revealed that he has no intention of announcing retirement in 2019, and he is going play at his full swing this year too.
He mentioned that he is quite confident about his title defence at the Australian Open that begins next week.
He seems to enjoy playing and travel the world along with his wife Mirka and his adorable twins.
“I see these most amazing … get to meet crazy, cool people, amazing fans, the support I have around the world,” he said. “I get to experience this life that is just really surreal.
“I don’t know what it is, if it’s geometry of the flight of the ball, or what a drop shot can do with the spins, and being with my team and trying to still be better at 37.
“All these things are really exciting to me. It’s a mixture of everything why I’m still playing tennis today.”
Upon being asked about his ideal place for retirement, he replied Wimbledon might be the ideal place for a farewell tournament.
This wish is most probably because of his undefeated victories and the highest number of Wimbledon titles from the year, 2003 to 2007, that it is most closest to his heart.
He also mentioned that Basel is also in his list as he served as a ball boy at his hometown event before going on to hoist the trophy nine times.
“But I think it will all come down to, is it the body, is it the family, is it the mind, is it one morning when I wake up, how does it happen?” added Federer.
“And then maybe that day that it happens, maybe that is the end, or maybe I say I can maybe get a few more tournaments left in me, I don’t know.
“And then maybe that one tournament I think that it could be is way too far away, and then you just can’t make it there.”
But he insists: “It should be a happy, celebration day, not a sad funeral-type day. I hope it’s not like that for me.”
Two years ago his fans held their hearts in sadness because they were expecting retirement because of the unfortunate knee injury leading to his not up to mark performance in Wimbledon tournament. He lost six sets and re-injured himself and decided to take a break of 6 months.
Upon his return, he proved himself and grinded out three five-set wins at the Australian Open in January 2017 and ended a 10-year losing streak at majors to his greatest rival, Rafael Nadal.
In the interview he said in the reply to a question that “I hope it doesn’t end with an injury,” Federer said. “I’d like to go out on my terms.
“I don’t have the fairytale ending in my head saying there has to be another title somewhere, and then I have to announce it big and say, that was it, by the way, guys. I don’t have the fairytale ending in my head saying there has to be another title somewhere, and then I have to announce it big and say, that was it, by the way, guys. I don’t have to have it that way.
“If I wanted it that way, I could’ve maybe said it after the Australian Open when I beat Rafa in that epic final. I don’t know if it’s ever going to get better than that, because that was it for me.”
Federer is advice to not open up about his retirement as it builds extra pressure for the player.
“It was something unusual and I would not suggest it to anyone because it created an extra pressure,” the Swede was quoted as saying by Tennis World USA in June
From his performance in 2018, we can easily judge that he is not getting retirement anytime soon.
“I feel good,” said Federer. “I’ve been training really well. I’ve had another great season (in 2018). I’m still happy playing, and I won the last two Australian Open editions. So yeah, I definitely should be going in there with confidence.”
“I love playing in Australia, love playing in Melbourne. There’s so much that connects me to the place, the legends that I admire from that country, the coaches that I’ve had,” he added, mentioning Peter Carter and Tony Roche.
“I’m very excited that it’s around the corner