Arguably the greatest of tennis player of all time, Roger Federer is playing some of his best tennis in the twilight of his career. After a serious back injury in September 2016, Federer has made an incredible return to tennis as he lifted both the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles this year.
The Swiss master was in imperious form as he showed flashes of his majestic best throughout the year. That being said, Federer himself realizes that he cannot play on forever which is why he is setting himself some goals before he finally calls it a day.
“I know it (retirement) is (coming) sooner or later. I know I’m not 22 anymore, but I don’t have a date,” the 19-time Grand Slam champion admitted in an interview to Gulf News.
“If the body allows me to play, my family allows me to play, if the success is still there, if I’m happy to travel, I will continue. But the four things have to work, if one of the four doesn’t work, it maybe the time to stop.”
“But for now, it’s ok. For me, I have come to realise that sometimes less is more.”
“Today I think when I take enough rest, feel hungry and have the fire, then it’s the one I can play my best. I want to make sure I’m happy to be on the court and happy to do press. It’s like if I do too much, the fire goes away.”
“So for me, the family is my priority and then the rest,” said Federer.
The legendary player also gave some suggestions to the younger players:
“You need hard work, passion, and a good team, good training facilities, need to be able to withstand pressure, and understand the Tour, making it like the second home.”
“It takes a little bit more time, but they are doing great. It’s nice to see these young talents in the Tour, and they make tennis a better place and exciting for fans.”