Roger Federer: ‘Retirement doesn’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to..’

At 39, Roger Federer still tries to extend his career after a severe injury and play on a high level for a few more years. Born in 1981, the Swiss has been among the world’s best players for two decades now, claiming the first Masters 1000 crown in 2002 and adding the Wimbledon trophy to his tally 16 years ago. After numerous rivals, challenges, significant victories and tough defeats, the Swiss is still hungry for more success despite staying away from the court for 13 months. Roger finished in the top-3 in 2019, winning the Masters 1000 crown in Miami and wasting two match points against Novak Djokovic in that epic Wimbledon title clash.

Roger Federer doesn’t think he has to win something big to retire in style.

Preparing for 2020, Roger spoke about the retirement plans and confirmed there are no set days or anything, as he still enjoys tennis a lot, together with his family that supports every decision he makes. Also, the Swiss reminded that he doesn’t have to achieve something big before ending a career, illustrating how people can’t recall the last match of Stefan Edberg or John McEnroe, as it doesn’t matter that much. On the other hand, it is easy to remember the legacy and achievements of the notable players, and that’s enough for Roger to put the pressure away from his back and stay focused only on the upcoming tournaments. 

“I have just started training. I’m surprised I could walk the stairs as well as I have; my calves are killing me as I’m just getting back into it. The shock on the body is, I don’t want to say ‘immense,’ every time, but I’ve been on vacation for two weeks, and it is not easy to get into training mode. I don’t think the retirement needs to be that perfect, that you have to win something huge… and you go, ‘OK. I did it all.’ It can be completed differently, as long as you enjoy it, and that’s what matters to you. People, I don’t think, anyway, remember what the last matches of John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg, nobody knows that. They remember that they won Wimbledon and other big tournaments and conquered the ATP throne,” Roger Federer said.