Roger Federer, despite his meager ending to the season, has had a decent run in 2018. The Swiss Maestro has yet again, managed his schedule well, to stay fit for the entire season. His drive and passion for the sport is such that he has drudged on, despite the number of candles on his cake, and that is what has made us look at his 2018 accomplishments with even more awe. The Swiss has fought to stay at the top of the rankings, and has won a 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open as well as two more tour-level triumphs in addition to the title in Rotterdam- in Stuttgart and Basel.
“Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a Slam, it’s a good season’. So (my season) started great”, said Roger Federer. “I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months,” said Federer, who chose to look at the highs of his season as he ended it on a win-loss record of 48-10.
“Five years ago, where was I?”, said Federer, remebering his days when he was down and out with his injury related issues. “I was probably fighting with back pain in ’13, not sure if I was ever going to figure that back pain out again because I had it for almost probably four or five months of the season. It really rocked my tennis for a bit,” Federer said. “Here I am having actually a pretty good season physically, as well, won another Slam, got back to World No. 1. So, yes, you can see it as a very, very positive season. That’s probably how I will look back on it, as well.”
However he was quick to mention that his second half of the season could have been a little more better than it transpired to be. “The second half of the season could have been better, maybe. I also have high hopes to always do well”, said Roger Federer, referring to the lofty standards by which he goes. “So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season. I maybe lost a couple of too close matches, that could have changed things around for me a little bit. Overall I’m happy how the season went. There are many positives, to be quite honest. So I’m excited for next season”, said Roger.
As Federer looks to head in to a good vacation period, we can’t help but ponder over the possibility of him retiring at the end of the next season. With him contemplating on playing the entire clay court season the next year, and opting to play Paris this year (Despite the schedule crunch), it does look like Federer will be hanging up his boots at the end of the season next year. Federer had earlier said- ‘I will Play Till I am 40’. However in the above mentioned interview he had hinted that it would be in the legends competitions, and not the conventional ATP tour.
“I can’t wait to go on vacation with the family,” said the Swiss Maestro.“I don’t want to say I can’t wait for the build up. It’s something that doesn’t bother me, you know, to work hard in the off-season. But I don’t know, with the experience I have, and my team, I think we’re eager to see what we’re going to work on exactly”, he said.
“Also what’s the decision on the clay, seeing what’s going to transpire through the vacation, what is my thoughts, all that, then taking the decision at some point in next few weeks on that.Yeah, so definitely the plan is to play again next year, and come up with a good schedule that suits my family, suits Mirka, me”, said Federer, heavily hinting at a return to the Grand Slam that has eluded him more often than not- the Roland Garros.
“That’s why it’s good that we have time now. Also that suits fitness coach, physio, coaches, and everybody”, said Roger Federer.“Yeah, looking forward to that process. I like taking decisions, so it’s all good.” It will sure be interesting to see if Federer opts to play on the dirt in 2019, a decision we are sure will be revealed after the Australian Open ends. However, it has been a blessed season for his tennis fans all around the world. Who would have thought that the Swiss could have stayed at the top of the men’s division at the age of 37.