Roger Federer News: Swiss Maestro ready to face retirement from tennis

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Roger Federer said he not scared to face the end of his remarkable tennis career. Reuters/Aly Song

Roger Federer has already written his name in the history books of tennis, and the 17-time Grand Slam winner has no intention in stopping from piling up victories into his illustrious tennis career. But at 34 years of age, Federer revealed he is ready to face retirement, which he has thought of for a long time.

In a meeting conducted with a group of Dutch journalists on Wednesday, Federer talked about approaching the end of his 17-year career as a tennis pro.

“I would have peace with it if it [retirement] was tomorrow,” Federer said, reports UBI Tennis . “It could just end up this way, for example through injury.”

Federer has won 87 titles since his breakthrough career in 2001, which includes 17 Grand Slam victories, 24 Masters titles, and six ATP year-end Final titles. Even at this stage of his career, the Swiss Maestro proved he can overcome his age, becoming the third player in the Open Era to record 1,000 singles match wins.

In 2013, Federer struggled with serious back injuries that only allowed him a single title after defeating Mikhail Youhzny at the Gery Weber Open, which also levelled him to John McEnroe for winning the third-most number of ATP titles won by a male player in the Open Era.

Federer bounced back the following year winning five titles highlighted by the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati, where he beat David Ferrer in three sets. This year, Federer was still able to put up impressive victories, winning another five titles and grabbing his 1,000 th career win after defeating Milos Raonic in the final round of the Brisbane International.

Federer’s most recent loss came in his second round Shanghai Rolex Masters exit at the hands of Albert Ramos-Vinolas, but the Swiss international is determined to bounce back next year as he starts his 2016 season at the ABN Amro tournament in Rotterdam, where he won twice in his career in 2005, and 2012 respectively. The world No. 3 confirmed he will participate at the tournament as a preparation or the Indian Wells Masters, but confessed it may be the last time he will play in Rotterdam.

At this moment I have no plans to stop, and I hope to return after 2016 in Rotterdam,” Federer added. “But certainly at my age may there may come a time when it’s over.”

Federer, who is scheduled to play in his hometown Basel on Oct. 24 for the Swiss indoors, has been getting ready for the indoor season. Federer will then head to Paris for the BNP Paribas Masters on Nov. 2 until Nov. 8 before finishing his season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London (Nov. 15-Nov. 22), where he will compete against the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal.

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