Roger Federer hints at retirement: ‘End closer than ever before’

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018 | 0

Roger Federer may be defying age to play some of the best tennis of his career at the moment, but the 36-year-old admits retirement is not too far away.

Federer, who had a five-year Grand Slam drought from 2012 to 2017, rediscovered the aura of old in the beginning of last year. In the process, the Swiss maestro pulled off three Majors to boost his tally to 20 and holds an impressive win-loss record of 79-8 since then.

But with age catching up, Federer admits ‘end is closer than ever before’.

“The most important thing, first of all, is the joy of the game. The feeling of winning, to hear the audience and to give them pleasure. And to prove to myself and my team that I can win another tournament or defend a title,” Federer was quoted as saying by Metro.co.uk.

Asked if getting back to No. 1 is still on his wish list, Federer was perhaps honest with his answer.

“It would be nice to become number one again and turn this record upwards. But of course, the end is closer than ever before. But I also do not know when it’s over.”

Federer is currently in Stuttgart for the ATP 250 Mercedes Cup, where he is already through to the quarter-finals. He is scheduled to take on Guido Pella of Argentina on Friday.

 

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