Roger Federer has shrugged off any suggestion he plans to retire soon, and plans to make his comeback in Doha this year.
Roger Federer has shrugged off any suggestion he plans to retire soon, with the 20-time Grand Slam winner to return to the court in March.
Federer, who was forced to pull out of next month’s Australian Open due to a slower than expected recovery from knee surgery, has agreed to return to the ATP Tour in Doha next month.
The 39-year-old said a return to the Australian Open “was a touch too early”, with hopes a comeback at a smaller tournament would put less “stress” on his knee.
“I’ve been thinking about when and where to come back for a long time,” He told Swiss broadcaster SRF.
“Australia was a touch too early because of my knee. That hurts. It’s one of the places where I love to play the most.”
“I wanted to make my comeback at a smaller tournament so that I wasn’t fully in focus and where the stress is also a little less.”
The Swiss maestro hasn’t played in a Grand Slam match since his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park at the start of 2020.
Federer also made it known at least for now that his intentions are to continue playing tennis with hopes of reaching the top of the mountain once again.
“I like to play tennis for life. In the last few months I have given a lot in rehab, in the conditioning area,” he added.
“I had to go through it, but I always enjoyed it.
“I want to celebrate great victories again. And for that, I am ready to go the long, hard road.”