Tennis fans will be breathing a sigh of relief after Roger Federer revealed he "can't wait" to get going on the new season at the Australian Open in January.
Federer fell to a shock defeat at the hand of Belgian David Goffin at the ATP World Tour finals having been the overwhelming favourite to lift the title after Rafael Nadal pulled out due to injury.
The world number two had never lost to his opponent and all seemed to be going to plan as Federer cruised through the first set.
However, Goffin was not to be beaten again by the 19-time grand slam champion and roared back to life, winning the next two sets to claim a spot in the London final.
The Swiss maestro eased any tensions that may have been surfacing amongst fans after the upset surrounding a possible retirement when speaking after the game
"It's been an amazing year for me," said a disappointed Federer.
"Been so happy that I was playing at this level from the beginning till basically the end, till today. So it's been great.
"Really enjoyed myself in the process. I felt I was playing in a way that I also like, playing forward, playing attacking tennis. I wish I could have done that a little bit more today. It's kind of disappointing to finish on this note.
"But whatever happened today is less important than if I look at the entire season. With that season, I'm extremely happy."
"I'm just looking forward to some time off now, away from the match court, away from the pressure, then hopefully play well in Australia," said the 36-year-old. "I can't wait to play there again. I had the best time of my life this year, so can't wait to go back there."
The Swiss star also reported that he was feeling healthy after a knee injury cut short his 2016 season.
"So I'm actually very relieved that I was able to finish strong now in Shanghai, Laver Cup, Basel, now here again as well. It shows that things are in the past now,"
Federer has enjoyed an absolutely fantastic year, winning the Australian Open before reclaiming his beloved Wimbledon crown. It is difficult to see how it could get any better for the 36-year-old but one thing is for certain, the tennis world is a better place with Roger Federer in it!
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