When will Federer realistically retire?

BGod

Legend
It will be difficult even for him to be competitive in tournaments at the best of 5 sets after the next wimbledon.
his longevity has been monumental only comparable to rosewall in the open era, but when premature defeats appear in the big tournaments, will he still be motivated to continue playing?
for now, everything is a path of roses, but if the next gen takes the final step his chances of winning another gs will have definitely ended.
His 2015 made me shut up about that and his 2017 made me embrace a vow of silence.

Roger could make no Slam Semifinals in back to back calendar seasons and I won't expect a retirement.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
His 2015 made me shut up about that and his 2017 made me embrace a vow of silence.

Roger could make no Slam Semifinals in back to back calendar seasons and I won't expect a retirement.
yes, federer always defies all odds, he has until now 43 sf and 53 qf in grand slam tournaments, When he can not reach these instances, is it worthwhile to continue playing when you already know that you can not win a big tournament again?
 

BGod

Legend
yes, federer always defies all odds, he has until now 43 sf and 53 qf in grand slam tournaments, When he can not reach these instances, is it worthwhile to continue playing when you already know that you can not win a big tournament again?
It depends on the losses. Plus I think Fed should skip the USO and he very well may after this year. So I mean, if he loses say in the quarters of the AO & WMB in 2020-2021 but his losses are to say Djokovic and one of the next gen and at least half are close, he might continue. If he's losing to the Millmans of the world then maybe not.
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
yes, federer always defies all odds, he has until now 43 sf and 53 qf in grand slam tournaments, When he can not reach these instances, is it worthwhile to continue playing when you already know that you can not win a big tournament again?
I know I am super talented
 

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
It depends on the losses. Plus I think Fed should skip the USO and he very well may after this year. So I mean, if he loses say in the quarters of the AO & WMB in 2020-2021 but his losses are to say Djokovic and one of the next gen and at least half are close, he might continue. If he's losing to the Millmans of the world then maybe not.
He will not lose in R16 this year at USO. I guarantee he's making the semis or finals.
 
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Vanilla Slice

Semi-Pro
I say Federer won’t retire till after 2020 at this point... why should he? He’s beating Nadal everywhere off of clay and is the 2nd best player in the world after Djokovic on 2/3 surfaces
 

smoledman

G.O.A.T.
I say Federer won’t retire till after 2020 at this point... why should he? He’s beating Nadal everywhere off of clay and is the 2nd best player in the world after Djokovic on 2/3 surfaces
Why should he retire ahead of Grigor? As long as Grigor is on tour, Federer has a nice whipping boy!
 
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Benben245

Professional
I think he wants to hold on so that he can enjoy his legacy post retirement, without seeing his slam count be surpassed a couple years after his denouement. (Of course, the modern era slam count should have an asterisk as in the past players would not travel to say australia for example or play every major.) Regardless, I have to say he wants a buffer, he wants a three slam lead and he wants Djoker to be 34 and for a young talent to cemented himself as a threat.
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
With Wimbledon using their own formula for seeding, he could probably retire from everything else, just play Wimbledon every year, and have a legit shot to add to his Slam count almost indefinitely.

Aside from 2013, he has made QF or better every year since 2003. If he can keep doing that, he can keep getting seeded high, until he really cannot make deep runs anymore. How old will he be when he simply cannot make a Wimbledon QF? 45? 48?
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
If Fed's form and inconsistencies continue, it could be Basel 2020. If he wins some events and is still a threat at majors, Basel 2021. Even if he qualifies for the YEC, his last tournament will be Basel. His body is beginning to betray him, as is to be expected. You already have doom and gloom articles about "old and broken down Federer" in the US press:

https://nypost.com/2019/09/04/this-could-be-the-end-for-roger-federer/

https://deadspin.com/old-and-broken-down-roger-federer-still-refused-to-reti-1837868137
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Same as I have guessed before...

Timing wise, it makes sense to announce his retirement this year at Laver in his home country. He could make 2020 is final tour. However, they have announced that 2020 Boston Laver, so he may go another year before annoucing. But you know the tour wnat him to give a year notice so everyone can rack in the $$$ on his farewell season. You knkow he will get premium appearence money for each he plays too. Win win for everyone.
 

gn

G.O.A.T.
It looks like he is going to be stopped by the likes of Thiem, Tsitsipas and Dimitrov on HC Majors. But I think he still has a shot at Wimbledon next year as long as he keeps himself fit and in some decent playing form. So I think he will play at least next year. The retire will come at some point in 2021 when he realizes his chances of winning Majors is spent.
 

40L0VE

New User
So long as he's fit enough and playing good enough My guess is he'd want to have a match point again for a slam title and prove to himself he can still do it so.
 
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