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I do think this is it for sure now. 2021 is his final run, definitely see him eyeing that as his farewell tour as he turns 40, has the Olympics, might get passed in slams and weeks.

Will be a very emotional year next year. At least I have time to prepare.
I'm still not ready to think about his retirement:cry:
 
I'm still not ready to think about his retirement:cry:
Well it is here. In my opinion at least, never felt more sure then now. His body can't take it anymore. We say the same about others like JMDP, and Fed is almost 40.

The next time Fed steps on the court, it could be the last at that venue/tourney.

We will never be ready, but oh what a ride it has been and still will be. Of course I hope I am wrong, but that is just how I feel at the moment.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
@BeatlesFan

Still think Roger was lying?
Quote me correctly:

“It was in the Basler Zeitung which is behind a pay wall. But the Sev quote is verbatim what he said. There have been multiple pics of him hitting indoors the past month in any case. When he says he's not training, he's being disingenuous at best.”

I go with the Swiss media, which is invariably accurate. Was Severin lying when he said just 2 days ago that Roger’s training was “accelerating?” Something weird happened to go from that to this sudden announcement.
 

MeatTornado

Legend
Quote me correctly:

“It was in the Basler Zeitung which is behind a pay wall. But the Sev quote is verbatim what he said. There have been multiple pics of him hitting indoors the past month in any case. When he says he's not training, he's being disingenuous at best.”

I go with the Swiss media, which is invariably accurate. Was Severin lying when he said just 2 days ago that Roger’s training was “accelerating?” Something weird happened to go from that to this sudden announcement.
And when I said weeks ago that just because he was hitting a few balls around that doesn't mean he's physically training and his knee still isn't 100%, you weren't having any of it. You were very adamant that Roger was fine and he's just misdirecting the media because of a few photos you saw.

Maybe it's time to stop preaching the Swiss media as gospel. This is not the first time those sources have let you down.
 
Quote me correctly:

“It was in the Basler Zeitung which is behind a pay wall. But the Sev quote is verbatim what he said. There have been multiple pics of him hitting indoors the past month in any case. When he says he's not training, he's being disingenuous at best.”

I go with the Swiss media, which is invariably accurate. Was Severin lying when he said just 2 days ago that Roger’s training was “accelerating?” Something weird happened to go from that to this sudden announcement.
Still think him and Djoker have info about USO very very unlikely happening. Would make sense, as Fed would not risk injury for the FO, but maybe for USO.
 
Fed has a live feed interaction on July 6 with OnRunning shoes. Been looking forward to it as I love their running shoes. Should be interesting to see what shoes he has made.
 

PeoplesChamp

Hall of Fame
I've always thought the "damaging your legacy" stuff was nonsense but I did wonder if there was a stage where it might become a bit "undignified" for Federer to keep playing.

Now I think if he keeps going just to annoy Srdjan that will be absolutely fine!
Everyone has to call it quits at some point, but Fed is still competitive. As long as he is, I say keep going as long as he desires to.
 

Federev

Hall of Fame
Just watched Fed and Rafa in the 5th at AO17 again. Been watching Fed since 01, and this is the highlight of my fan watching experience.

I don't care if he gets passed by Djoker and Rafa by 5 slams, he is the best player a fan could ever have.

Almost 20 years watching him, and I loved every moment.
That 5th set - my favorite sports moment of all time.

Man - that 26 point rally. He just said "NO MORE!!" to being Rafa's pigeon in the biggest way possible.

I don't think any win after has or could have meant more. Not even 40-15. Novak just has never been as defining as Rafa to me as a Fed fan.
 
That 5th set - my favorite sports moment of all time.

Man - that 26 point rally. He just said "NO MORE!!" to being Rafa's pigeon in the biggest way possible.

I don't think any win after has or could have meant more. Not even 40-15. Novak just has never been as defining as Rafa to me as a Fed fan.
Yep, that match would have felt worse to lose to be honest. It meant more to me and I think Fed too.
 

Old Gregg

Rookie
That 5th set - my favorite sports moment of all time.

Man - that 26 point rally. He just said "NO MORE!!" to being Rafa's pigeon in the biggest way possible.

I don't think any win after has or could have meant more. Not even 40-15. Novak just has never been as defining as Rafa to me as a Fed fan.
It was the best sporting moment I've ever seen live. Such luck I got into that stadium.

The crowd was absolutely nuts.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
The way things are going, it looks like Roger is going to be the next Ken Rosewall and play into his mid 40's.
I don't think there's any way he can play until he's 45. His mind might be willing, but not his body. He's already declined, I can't imagine the decline in movement and ability in his mid-40's, and having absolutely no chance to win a major at that age. When Fed starts losing third round in most tournaments, will he have the desire to continue playing? I think doubtful. :cry:
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Fed's remarks yesterday:

"I feel sad not being in Wimbledon right now but I'm also happy being in Switzerland. It was a good thing staying home for a long time. I'm travelling since 25 years and I've never stayed home more than 4 or 5 weeks. My main goal is to continue my rehabilitation every day, little by little. I'm not back at my best physical level yet but I am looking forward to it and getting back at Wimbledon next year."

(via @lequipe)
 
Fed's remarks yesterday:

"I feel sad not being in Wimbledon right now but I'm also happy being in Switzerland. It was a good thing staying home for a long time. I'm travelling since 25 years and I've never stayed home more than 4 or 5 weeks. My main goal is to continue my rehabilitation every day, little by little. I'm not back at my best physical level yet but I am looking forward to it and getting back at Wimbledon next year."

(via @lequipe)
Always nice to hear that he's motivated to come back next year.
 
Fed's remarks yesterday:

"I feel sad not being in Wimbledon right now but I'm also happy being in Switzerland. It was a good thing staying home for a long time. I'm travelling since 25 years and I've never stayed home more than 4 or 5 weeks. My main goal is to continue my rehabilitation every day, little by little. I'm not back at my best physical level yet but I am looking forward to it and getting back at Wimbledon next year."

(via @lequipe)
Sometimes the taste of the good life is enough to get his mind ready.
 

Old Gregg

Rookie
You were there!!!??

Wow -Congrats!!

What an unbelievable memory!!!
Yep but only for the fifth set. I was outside the doors at 1-3 and almost in tears drinking a beer to drown the sorrows of another slam final lost.

I met a guy who works on the tour in the beer line who told me not to stress and that Rog has this. He took me inside and we watched the miracle unfold.

Then we went and congratulated Severin and Mirka, as I found out, my new friend had been working with the team for a few days to strategize against Rafa.

What a night!
 

marc45

G.O.A.T.
Roger Federer drops massive news about tennis future
AFP
Yahoo Sport Australia 6 Jul 2020, 6:44 pm

Roger Federer on Monday said he is "missing" Wimbledon after the grass-court Grand Slam was cancelled, but hopes to play the tournament in 2021.

The 38-year-old, who has undergone two knee surgeries this year, had already announced he will not play again until next year.

This week was scheduled to be the second week of Wimbledon, where Federer has won a record eight men's singles titles, but the tournament was cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Personally, it has been very pleasant to stay in the same place for a long time, I hadn't experienced that for more than 25 years," Federer said at the launch of the "Roger Center Court" running shoes created by Swiss brand On.

"But of course I miss Wimbledon, of course I would like to be there currently playing on Centre Court for a place in the second week.

"Clearly, one of my big goals, and that's why I do recovery work every day and work so hard, and why I'm preparing for a 20-week physical preparation block this year, is because I hope to play at Wimbledon next year."

Federer said the coronavirus lockdown gave him the chance to recuperate following surgery, but said he will have to be "patient" as he waits to return to the court.

Federer could play in 2021 Olympics
"Combined with my operations, it was an important moment for me, (to know) if I wanted to continue," he said.

"It's very easy to say but it's a long way to come back, you have to be patient, it also was a time for reflection.

"We were in the mountains, isolated, we didn't see anyone, I didn't see my parents for almost three months, we were very serious and strict."

The ATP and WTA Tours are set to resume in August despite a raft of professional players having contracted COVID-19.

Federer could have lost his record of most men's Grand Slam singles titles by the time he returns, with his old rival Rafael Nadal just one behind on the all-time list.

The US Open will be the first Grand Slam following the restart, getting underway behind closed doors in New York on August 31, before the French Open starts, with fans allowed to attend Roland Garros, on September 24.

The Swiss star will also be hoping to claim Olympic singles gold for the first time next year at the postponed Tokyo Olympics in Japan, with the final to be played a week before his 40th birthday.


 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
Today's Times had a big Federer interview, sadly behind a paywall so I will focus on the highlights:

On lockdown:

"We've had a good [one] I can't complain. Home schooling for the kids, and I miss my friends and family, but we have had a good time at home. It was very strange for the first couple of weeks, and then eventually it was a new normal. You know, we just stuck to the rules that the government told us to do."

On Mirka:

"It was amazing how easily she walked away from tennis and retired, never really tried to come back. With me winning Wimbledon eventually and becoming the player I became, she was like 'you know what, I'd rather have helped you have an amazing career [than] me having some kind of a career and we won't see each other and we'll grow unhappy, an maybe we'll break up because we won't see each other enough.' We just love our time together and that's still the case"

On the kids and tennis:

"The girls don't love it love it. They'd rather do skiing or horseback riding. But the boys like tennis much more. So we'll see if they are going to be players one day. Another Federer at Wimbledon!" Then he laughs and says "No, no,no"

On health:

"This body has been through the wringer in the last twenty years"

On retirement:

After 2009 "People said "Is there anything else to be done?' And I was like 'Isn't the fun only just starting?.........but I feel like I need to be able to compete with the best, that I can still win big tournaments. Like last year at Wimbledon I was so, so close........I need those moments. If I start losing the second round every week, obviously I know my time has come up."

On whether he keeps playing because of Nadal and Djokovic:

"I don't think I'm on tour because of that. Of course, if they wouldn't be around, would I have retired? Maybe. Would I still be playing if they wouldn't have been around? It's really hard to answer that question."

On his life:

"There are so many fun things that i can still do besides tennis. I really never was just focussed alone on tennis, which has been a smart choice"
 

Musterrific

Rookie
I don't think there's any way he can play until he's 45. His mind might be willing, but not his body. He's already declined, I can't imagine the decline in movement and ability in his mid-40's, and having absolutely no chance to win a major at that age. When Fed starts losing third round in most tournaments, will he have the desire to continue playing? I think doubtful. :cry:
I wouldn't count him out. That at 39 he's still the best player in the world apart from Nadal and Djokovic is a stunning achievement.
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
Been learning Italian in lockdown so came in handy:

1) Has come to Ticino to film a commercial - says that news of his presence spread quickly but very happy to see them etc etc
2) Says the lockdown hasn't changed much for him but his fans might be happy because other players aren't getting the chance to win! Also that it has enabled him to relax without being upset by it being Wimbledon or Olympics time.
3)Has been doing rehab and physio - will be starting physical training and then return to tennis training at some point. Hopes to be ready by January.

 

Sunny Ali

Hall of Fame
Federer has at least 1 or 2 more very good years left. He reached the Wimbledon final just a year ago and the semi-finals of the AO just a few months ago despite being injured. Imagine the results if he was healthy. At the very least, he'll play until the end of 2021 and even reach the final at a couple of slams, no question about that.
 
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