The 37-year-old Roger Federer has assured to make his presence next month in Dubai for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. He raised the Dubai Open title for the first time in the year 2003, and 17 years later he still eyes to clinch that trophy. In between those years, the Swiss champ has claimed the Dubai title six times. “We could not have imagined when he won his first title at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships that he would still be competing here 17 years later,” said the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free. “Not only is he still playing but he is as competitive as ever, and it will be fascinating to see if he can win here yet again.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Federer wrapped up four titles in 2018 and since his hometown title in Basel, he has been hovering on the 99th career title. The Swiss maestro eyes to pick up his hundredth career title in Dubai before going to the US and flourish on the ATP circuit at the age of 37. “I must tell you I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis,” Federer said. “All I need is more practice and more matches, of course, I’ll try to win Dubai to reach the title number 100. The title I’m looking for before going to the US Series ( Indian Wells, Miami Open).”
When Federer was tending towards 30 his retirement news flashes floated in the air. However, by working upon his training routine and cautiously treating his injuries aided him to share space with the different generations of tennis players. He has not yet declared the date when he will be putting an end to his praising practice of tennis and continuous dwell on the ATP tour.
Federer is constantly motivated to combat the new faces of tennis and he encourages the growing competition in the sport. “Also playing the next generation of players that’s coming up, it’s just a different feel. You have to switch your mind around a little bit and appreciate that the young generation is knocking on the door and they are really excited to play against you”, Federer mentioned.