The world no. 3 Roger Federer does not have any intentions of calling time on his glorious career, disclosing his schedule for next year, with all four Grand Slams, as well as the Olympics, being his main priorities.
The Swiss maestro is focused on returning to the French Open after a decent outing in 2019. Federer managed to reach the semi-finals before being defeated by eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
However, most of his decision making has revolved around Federer’s sole purpose of keeping himself injury-free and giving ample rest to his body.
Talking about how he is viewing the upcoming season, the 20-time grand slam champion said:
“I’m going to play the clay again this year like last year. I’m just not going to play the full clay court schedule.
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"I’m going to take time again to rest and train before the big swing of the French, Wimbledon, and then the Olympics and the U.S. Open.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I hope I’m going to stay as injury-free as this year because it was a lot of fun playing this way because I just felt good and then when you feel good, you just play good as well.”
He shied away from revealing which specific tournaments he will be playing on the European soil in 2020, however.
In 2019, Federer participated in Madrid and Rome ahead of the French Open. His last win on clay was back in 2015 at the Istanbul Open, which has since been discontinued.
The former world number one is quite confident of the 2020 schedule and admitted it was working ‘very well’ in the days ahead.
His main area of focus surely would be on grass, where he has had his major successes in the past.
“The schedule might look heavy but I think it’s a really balanced schedule which I think is going to work very well,” he added.
“I’m confident about that.”
Asked if he plans on playing in his 40s, Federer declared he is not ruling out the chances of it being a possibility.
The 38-year-old said: “So 2020 is set but 2021, I just don’t know because it’s too far away but of course if I have the chance to play and everything’s still working sure why not?”
“If the family is happy and healthy, that needs to be the case. If my wife feels the same way, that is important because happy wife, happy life. You know how that works so it starts there. And then the body and the results.’
“It’s going to come down to that. Usually, I don’t think over a year and a half ahead of time. I usually think a year ahead of time or a year and a little bit.”
The tennis ace has experienced a resurgence of sorts in the last two years, and being selective has certainly produced fruitful results for his long-term plans.
Federer is just six titles away from equaling the record of Jimmy Connors’ all-time 109 ATP singles, currently at 103.News Now - Sport News