Despite his recent resurgence, Roger Federer has admitted that he had pondered the question of retirement.
Asked in an interview when it will be time to pack it in, the Swiss said he hasn’t decided, but that four factors will be key in his decision when the time comes.
It was thought that 36-year-old Federer might cut his losses at the end of this season, as he came into 2017 on a five-year run without a Grand Slam title, but two already this season have proved he is certainly not finished yet.
Now a 19-time Grand Slam champion, Federer won the Australian Open at the start of this year and then romped to an incredible eighth Wimbledon title, and could yet finish the year as world No1, despite starting the season outside the top 10.
And, he insists that right now, retirement is not what’s on his mind.
“I know it [retirement] is sooner or later,” he told Gulf News. “I know I’m not 22 anymore, but I don’t have a date.
“If the body allows me to play, my family allows me to play, if the success is still there, if I’m happy to travel, I will continue.
“But the four things have to work, if one of the four doesn’t work, it may be the time to stop. But for now, it’s okay.”
A reduced schedule has played a big part in Federer’s remarkable comeback, and he says that playing fewer games helps him stay motivated to be at his best in the big matches.
“For me, I have come to realise that sometimes less is more,” he added.
“Today I think when I take enough rest, feel hungry and have th fire, then it’s the one I can play my best.
“I want to make sure I’m happy to be on the court and happy to do press. It’s like if I do too much, the fire is like Juuuu… it goes away.
“So for me, my family is the priority and then the rest.”