Roger Federer, who recently became the first player to spend 850 weeks in the top 10 of the ATP rankings, has opened up on his future plans after confirming he will appear at the Laver Cup later this year.
The Swiss still remains on top of the all-time standings with 20 Grand Slam titles, and revealed that he will continue to go on as a professional as long as he feels he has a chance of beating his biggest rivals – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Federer, 37, remains sixth in the ATP World Rankings after a poor Australian Open campaign, but claims that his rank is not part of his concerns.
“For me the ranking, at 37 years old, is no longer really the priority,” Federer said.
“But the idea for me is to be in good health, to know that I can win tournaments, to know that I can beat them [Nadal and Djokovic], and after that it is a pleasure.”
Federer crashed out of the Australian Open last month to Stefanos Tsitsipas as Djokovic went on to win his 15th Grand Slam.
Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer continued to express why he pays no attention to the rankings, by referring to his 2017 Australian Open triumph.
“Even if my ranking goes down further, it’s not a problem for me,” he said.
Inspite of his loss in the Australian Open, Roger Federer has said that he will play the clay court season. The Swiss tennis star used to skip the clay season as often as possible to stay fit for Wimbledon and future events.
So, with his sudden decision, as well as Andy Murray’s impending retirement, are the same thoughts on the back of his head. Roger is not getting any younger, but he can still pack a punch when he needs to.