Roger Federer talks about the dreaded ‘r’ word: The family is healthy and I am feeling pretty good

Roger Federer Match in Africa Cape Town press conference

Roger Federer has again allayed fears that he could be packing it all in any day now with the 20-time Grand Slam winner insisting he has “no plans for any retirement” at the moment.

The world No 3 will face long-time rival Rafael Nadal in their first-ever match on African soil as they will take part in the Match in Africa Cape Town on February 7 in aid of the Roger Federer Foundation.

But while Federer fans are delighted that he is taking time out from his schedule to play in an exhibition match in South Africa, they are also wary that retirement is not too far away for the tennis legend, especially as he is 38 years old.

However, the Swiss great again played down suggestions that he is planning to pack away his racket soon.

“No updates on retirement or any plans to stop playing,” he said. “The family is healthy, my wife is cool and I am feeling pretty good and I feel I can still compete at the highest level, which I feel I did again in Australia, I am happy to keep on playing.

“You never know, but at the moment I have no plans for any retirement and all that. I am happy that the season actually has started as well as it did.”

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