Roger Federer’s comeback trail has given a renewed sense of belief to fans, pro-Federer or otherwise, that as much as it is conceived to be a sport for the young, Tennis has so much to offer if the ‘experienced’ start believing that they can actually vouch for the ‘age is just a number’ phrase.
Federer was written off, he had skipped the consideration set of many ‘Tennis pundits’ when it came to them picking their favourites for a Grand Slam title, but taking cue from his famed rival Rafa Nadal’s ‘never say die attitude’, Federer came back and how!
An Australian Open triumph last year, followed by the ‘Sunshine Double’ and then the ever elusive Wimbledon.
The comeback was always going to be about Grand Slams because everyone knew that Federer’s scattered schedule wouldn’t allow him to rise to the summit of the rankings, but how foolish were we to believe things written by mere mortals, and then over time engrain that in our systems.
Rules of the world apply to mortals, not to Federer, keep reminding yourselves of that.
But no matter what Federer does, the retirement question is something that will haunt him to eternity.
However, Federer is looking forward to retirement, as it would bring him more time with the family.
In a way I can’t wait for it [retirement] but it should wait for the moment.
“Times are great right now as a tennis player and these are great moments.
“After that I am happy, I have a great group of friends around me.
“I always know I’ll be fine once I retire and I’m home. I won’t get bored I don’t think.” Federer told CNN after his Rotterdam win.
Federer conceded that the injury layoff in late 2016 gave him a sneak peek of how the world would be after retirement.
“I got a little glimpse into it when I was out for six to eight months in 2016 and I actually enjoyed it a lot,” he added.
“Not having a schedule, being home for longer and of course doing work for my foundation.
“That is also where I am going to go very soon.
“On March 5 I will go to San Jose for the Roger Federer Foundation.
“That is something I was to spend more time on. I also want to spend more time in Switzerland and help my kids grow up and be in a more normal environment.” Federer concluded.