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Roger Federer explains how much longer he wants to keep playing for

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It wasn't that long ago when Roger Federer had been written off as a contender for the majors.

Injuries have wreaked havoc with the Swiss legend's usual consistency over the last few years and at one point, even he must have feared that his days at the top of the sport were numbered.

However, his Australian Open triumph at the start of the year has given him a new lease of life.

After previously going five years without a major title, Federer's win over Rafael Nadal was the 18th Grand Slam of his career and certainly one of the most memorable.

It would have also likely changed his potential retirement plans too and Federer has recently revealed how much longer he thinks he will be playing for.

Ahead of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the 35-year-old took part in a press conference with a twist.

As you can see in the video below, instead of well-established journalists asking the questions young children from a local school were given the chance to talk to one of the best players in the world.

Interestingly, when asked about retiring, Federer admitted he would like to keep playing for another five years.

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"I mean I hope I'm going to be like 90 years old (when I give up)," Federer jokingly replied.

"Well, maybe play for another five years. That would be an absolute dream. I'm 35 now, so...."

That means there is every chance Federer could break Australian Ken Roswell's record as the oldest man to win a Grand Slam in the Open era.

Roswell was 37 years and 2 months old when he won the 1972 Australian Open and anyone who watched Federer's most recent victory in Melbourne wouldn't be surprised if he adds another impressive record to an already illustrious career.

Of course, taking care of his body will be crucial and the Swiss star will have to pick the events he competes in carefully - something he has always been reluctant to do.

Federer added: "It's so important to train, and in tennis it's all the time. Every day there's something to be done. You feel it's hard to sit out and not play for six weeks, and there's like 10 new tour winners and you say, 'Ah I could've been one of them.'

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"But it you look at the big picture, you have to step away to come back strong. And I always did that throughout my career.

"Maybe not six months, but I did it probably two to three times a year, where I kind of stepped away and came back and it's served me well, and I think that's why I'm still here today."

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Topics:
Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
Australian Open
Andy Murray

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