Federer is now 36 and he’s racked up 19 Grand Slam tiles – but how long can he keep going?
He may be closer to 40 than 30 but Federer is leading the way at the top of the men’s game.
The Swiss legend has taken advantage of the injuries to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to win two Grand Slam titles in 2017.
Federer hasn’t revealed exactly when he will retire – but it is in his thoughts.
“I know it [retirement] is sooner or later,” he told Gulf News this week.
“I know I’m not 22 anymore, but I don’t have a date.
“If the body allows me to play, my family allows me to play, if the success is still there, if I’m happy to travel, I will continue.
“But the four things have to work, if one of the four doesn’t work, it maybe the time to stop. But for now, it’s ok.”
Has Roger Federer given any clues when he will retire?
Yes – and it revolves around the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Federer would turn 40 during the tournament but he’s hinted he wants to be there to play.
Speaking at a Nike event in Tokyo this month, Federer said: “I’m staying in Japan for a short period of two days, but the day before I had sushi and shabu shabu, I went to karaoke for the first time and have enjoyed Japan.
“I don’t know why it took so long to come back to Japan.
“I still cannot say whether I will play in the 2020 Olympics Games, but I will certainly come back again in the near future again.”
What would Roger Federer’s retirement mean to Rafael Nadal?
Nadal is five years younger than Federer and is likely to play on after the Swiss calls it a day.
He has currently won 16 Grand Slam titles – three less than Federer’s 19.
If they continue to battle it out for top honours between themselves, the Spaniard would have a major chance of eclipsing Federer’s record of titles.
The two are numbers 1 and 2 on the list of most Grand Slam winners with still a fair few years left of their careers.
Who has won the most Grand Slam titles?
Roger Federer – 19
Rafael Nadal – 16
Pete Sampras – 14
Roy Emerson – 12
Novak Djokovic – 12
Rod Laver – 11
Bjorn Borg – 11
Bill Tilden – 10
Source : EXPRESS