‘My retirement does not need to be perfect’ – Roger Federer not bothered about a big finish

Roger Federer in action

Roger Federer says he does not feel like he needs to go out with a bang when the time eventually comes to retire.

The 38-year-old has repeatedly assured fans he has no imminent plans to hang up his racket, and he is planning a bumper 2020 with the Tokyo Olympics a key target for the season.

However, speaking to AP, he says it would be wrong to think he is more likely to quit directly after a huge success.

Federer said: “I don’t think the exit needs to be that perfect, that you have to win something huge … and you go, ‘OK. I did it all.’

“It can be completed a different way, as long as you enjoy it and that’s what matters to you.

“People, I don’t think, anyway, remember what were the last matches of a John McEnroe, what were the last matches of a Stefan Edberg. Nobody knows.

“They remember that they won Wimbledon, that they won this and that, they were world No. 1. I don’t think the end, per se, is that important.”

Federer has a deal to play exhibitions in China for the next four years, prompting many to suggest 2023 is the year he will retire.

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He, though, claims that is unrealistic, telling Tages Anzeiger when asked if he will still be playing in four years time: “No, not logically.

“I just know that until then I can still play tennis at a level that I enjoy making people happy.

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