Roger Federer has blamed poor planning for his calamitous 2013 campaign, but insisted he never considered that the current tour would be his last, reports The Age.
Last week saw Federer go separate ways with his coach of the past three years, Paul Annacone, and despite suffering countless setbacks, the 32-year-old claims a more conservative approach may have saved the season shaping up to be his worst in over a decade.
''I played matches that I should never have played,'' the Swiss revealed ahead of his round-one duel with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino at the Swiss Indoors today.
''I should have left in Indian Wells [last March, with back pain] before the quarter-finals against Rafael Nadal. This summer I should not have tried to play on clay in Hamburg and in Gstaad."
''But things always look better in hindsight. I wasn't able to train as I wanted during my seven-week break after Indian Wells. I fell into a negative spiral.''
The Swiss maestro, who is currently ranked an unfamiliar seventh in the world rankings, failed to reach a Grand Slam final in a hugely disappointing 2013 season and his failings will hurt all the more as fierce rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray continue to dominate the mens tour.
However, Federer insists he still has plenty to play for and his terrible campaign does not spell the end of his career.
''As long as my body and mind are ready to travel, I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing. I'm successful. I'll be playing for some time. That hasn't changed due to a tough six months,'' he said.
''Playing at the Rio Olympics is something I'd like to achieve. That doesn't mean I'm going to end my career there, or earlier or later. It's just an idea.''
The 17-time Grand Slam champion is aware he faces a tough battle to claim a place in the season-finale eight-man World Tour Masters in London, which start in two week's time.
"...I've got to win matches to get there. I need to approach this in the correct way. But I'm going to give everything I have to get to London.''
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