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Federer looking to 2020 and beyond - 'I see no reason to stop'

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 19 Nov 2019
  • Federer says he has no plans to retire in the near future
  • The 38-year-old is set to play a series of exhibition matches in South America over the next week
Roger Federer (PA Images)

Roger Federer says it’s easy to find the motivation to prolong his tennis career, despite declaring he first thought of retirement over a decade ago.

Federer, who turned 38 this year, finished his 21st professional season on the ATP World Tour with a semi-final exit to eventual champion Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, ending 2019 at No. 3 in the world.

There were no more Grand Slam titles for the 20-time major champion, but Federer still put together an impressive season, winning four titles in Dubai, Miami, Halle and Basel, registering a 53-10 record for the year.

Roger Federer (PA Images)
Federer also narrowly missed out on big titles at Indian Wells and Wimbledon after being in winning positions, especially at The Championships, where he missed out on two match points against Novak Djokovic before succumbing 13-12 in the fifth.

Currently in South America as he prepares to play a series of exhibition matches across the continent against Alexander Zverev, Federer was questioned about his retirement plans during a media conference.

"I think it all depends on my health, my family, on my results also a little bit obviously. I don't know the answer to be honest,” Federer said.
“I think in 2009 I questioned it for the first time. [It's been] ten years and here I am. I'm exactly where I wanted to be at this age.
"I see no reason to stop, but of course with age everything gets a bit more difficult, but at the same time with experience also you can savour the moments more.
"I don't know how it's going to end. I hope it's just going to be somewhat emotional I guess and nice. I don't know. I just hope it's going to be good the whole process and not too difficult."

Federer has done it all in tennis and will go down as one of, if not the best player the sport has ever seen. 



But, even at 38 years of age and with absolutely nothing left to prove, the Swiss still gets a rush when stepping out onto court against his rivals.

"When you walk out to a stadium with 15,000 [or] 20,000 people, it's easy to get motivated,” he said. “It would be much harder for me to play on court 16 and there be like 15 people there after everything that I've gone through. That would be hard. I tell you this, I wouldn't last super long out on court 16.
"But playing in front of a huge crowd you get the adrenaline going, you get excited.
"Playing against future champions [Zverev], number one in the world whenever it may be, playing for another title, it's a great feeling and I enjoy that a lot."

Federer and Zverev will play five matches over the next six days in South and Central America.

The pair will begin their tour in Chile, before heading to Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Ecuador.


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