Roger Federer drops retirement hint after winning 99th ATP title

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2018 | 0

It was a day of utmost glee for all Roger Federer fans as the 20-time Grand Slam champion won the Swiss Indoors title in Basel on Sunday.

Just hours after, though, Federer dropped a major retirement hint while speaking to the ATP World Tour following his 99th triumph.

“It’s very difficult for me to explain how it feels like,” he said. “Just walking out for a Basel finals was always my dream, already just playing on centre court was a thrill.

“Twenty-one years ago for the qualies, when you sit there and the trophy ceremony is starting and the ball kids walk out, I remember being in their shoes and me walking out.

“I did it for two years and then I gave them all a medal and thanked them for their efforts and I felt like I was looking at myself in some ways you know when Wayne Ferreira and other great players gave me my first medal here in Basel.

Here comes the bad news for Federer fans.

“To come here and win again in my home town never knowing if this might be your last time that you had the opportunity to play a finals and maybe win for the last time here in my city, it obviously means a lot to me and becomes emotional always at the very end.

“I’ve been celebrating already, had a great time… a lot of kiddies running around, cousins and family and friends.

“It’s been a super long time, everybody’s here. It’s always more fun when you can celebrate in a big group.”

At 37, it’s certain that Federer is not going to hang around for long. But, his performance continues to play antithesis to it.

Meanwhile, Federer will hardly get some rest as he is scheduled to participate at this week’s Paris Masters. Following a bye in the first round, he will have a tough next opponent in either Milos Raonic of Canada or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

 

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