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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Federer reveals ideal retirement tournament


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When will Roger Federer retire? It is a question that tennis' all-time great has been asked in recent years, especially after he suffered a freak knee injury in 2016 and moved into his mid and now late 30s.

But all those Federer fans out there -- and there are plenty of them given the Swiss boasts a combined 17.7 million followers on Twitter and Instagram -- can relax.

In an interview with CNN Sport's Christina Macfarlane, Federer didn't sound like he would be stopping in 2019 -- which marks his 21st year as a pro.

He's feeling confident ahead of his title defense at the Australian Open that begins next week.

Roger Federer

Far from being weighed down by two decades on tour, the 20-time grand slam winner continues to love the game and traveling the world with wife Mirka and their two sets of twins.

"I see these most amazing ... get to meet crazy, cool people, amazing fans, 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."

Roger Federer

When he does eventually call time on his career, though, Federer unsurprisingly said that Wimbledon might be the ideal place for a farewell tournament.

After all, no man has won more than Federer's eight Wimbledon titles, including five in a row from 2003-2007.

"I have a lot of places that are very special to me, thankfully. I've been very fortunate. But yeah, sure, like a Wimbledon stands out as maybe a place, but there are actually also many others," said Federer.

"I've been thinking about it, like where is that place?"

Surely Basel would be in the mix, too. Federer served as a ball boy at his hometown event before going on to hoist the trophy nine times.

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"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."

Roger Federer

His legions of supporters held their collective breath two years ago, hoping it wouldn't be the end for Federer.

He underwent surgery for the first time in his career early in 2016 after hurting his left knee while running a bath for his twin daughters in the aftermath of a semifinal defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.

Worse was to come -- at Wimbledon. Leading Milos Raonic by two sets to one in the semifinals, Federer lost in five sets, reinjured the knee and decided to sit out the final six months of the campaign.

But in what was a remarkable comeback, Federer won the first grand slam of his return. He 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.

When will Roger Federer retire? It is a question that tennis' all-time great has been asked in recent years, especially after he suffered a freak knee injury in 2016 and moved into his mid and now late 30s.

But all those Federer fans out there -- and there are plenty of them given the Swiss boasts a combined 17.7 million followers on Twitter and Instagram -- can relax.

In an interview with CNN Sport's Christina Macfarlane, Federer didn't sound like he would be stopping in 2019 -- which marks his 21st year as a pro.

He's feeling confident ahead of his title defense at the Australian Open that begins next week.

Roger Federer

Far from being weighed down by two decades on tour, the 20-time grand slam winner continues to love the game and traveling the world with wife Mirka and their two sets of twins.

"I see these most amazing ... get to meet crazy, cool people, amazing fans, 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."

Roger Federer

When he does eventually call time on his career, though, Federer unsurprisingly said that Wimbledon might be the ideal place for a farewell tournament.

After all, no man has won more than Federer's eight Wimbledon titles, including five in a row from 2003-2007.

"I have a lot of places that are very special to me, thankfully. I've been very fortunate. But yeah, sure, like a Wimbledon stands out as maybe a place, but there are actually also many others," said Federer.

"I've been thinking about it, like where is that place?"

Surely Basel would be in the mix, too. Federer served as a ball boy at his hometown event before going on to hoist the trophy nine times.

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"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."

Roger Federer

His legions of supporters held their collective breath two years ago, hoping it wouldn't be the end for Federer.

He underwent surgery for the first time in his career early in 2016 after hurting his left knee while running a bath for his twin daughters in the aftermath of a semifinal defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.

Worse was to come -- at Wimbledon. Leading Milos Raonic by two sets to one in the semifinals, Federer lost in five sets, reinjured the knee and decided to sit out the final six months of the campaign.

But in what was a remarkable comeback, Federer won the first grand slam of his return. He 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.

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