Originally Posted by Mike Sams
Why would Federer retire considering he's making tens of millions per year as an active athlete and trying to build on his records to make it harder and harder for the next guy who comes along to break them?
Besides, in 2012 he was the only player to win 3 titles on 3 different surfaces (Indian Wells, Madrid, Wimbledon). At the same time, he thumped Djokovic and Murray back to back in that same Slam.
A world ranking of #2 is pretty great for a 31 year old.
You can't look at it that way. For FEDERER
, arguably the best player ever, settling for #2 or #3 is not good enough. When you have trouble winning five set matches due to fitness, that will not cut it for a player of that caliber.
For a guy like Ferrer? Absolutely. That guy could play until he's 40.
But for Federer, it is not good enough to be able to do awesome in 3-set tourneys... only to have problems in 5-set tourneys. The guy doesn't need tens of millions anymore. That is chump change. Not only that, but I'm sure he'll make pretty decent money even after he retires.