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Roger Federer Finally speaks out on incessant retirement speculation, commits to Olympics

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By Roger Federer’s measure, people have been asking him when he’ll retire for more than a decade.

And the Swiss legend still won’t put an end date on his iconic tennis career, saying that he remains committed to the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics at this time next year.

That should mean at least one more Australian Open appearance beforehand, COVID-19 and injury allowing, with some hope of adding to his record of 20 Grand Slam titles.

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“Since I won the French Open in 2009, the media has been chopping on this topic. But it is already clear that I am at the end of my career,” Federer told SportsPanorama (translated from German).

 

“I can not say what will be in two years. That’s why I plan year after year. I’m still happy right now. But when the cogwheels don’t grip anymore, I stop.

“When I am old, I will definitely still play tennis. But no longer train, just ball.”

Federer cancelled his 2020 season plans in order to undergo knee surgery. Rivals Rafael Nadal (19 Slams) and Novak Djokovic (17 Slams) may get the chance to gain ground in the majors race if the US and French Opens proceed.

Federer, 39 next month, said that he was undergoing a 20-week recovery block and intended to be fit for play by January.

Having steadily reduced his schedule in recent years, he indicated that he would again play a light season in 2021.

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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