Former world No. 1 Roger Federer says he feels like he has been on the farewell circuit for over a decade now so thinking about retirement isn't something new to him. When Federer finally claimed his maiden French Open title in 2009 and completed a Career Grand Slam, he started thinking about calling it a career but he was still very young.
"I already feel like I've been on that farewell circuit since I won Roland Garros in 2009," Federer said on a podcast with Business of Fashion, as revealed on Sportskeeda. "Then I won Wimbledon in an epic final against Roddick and my daughters were just born.
I thought, it's over, after this summer, I quit. But then I I realized that I was only 28 years old and that I still had a lot to do. "I still enjoyed playing tennis but the truth is that if at that time (when he was 28) they had told me that at 38 or 39 I would still continue playing tennis, that in 2016 they would have operated on my knee and that in 2019 two more on the other knee, I would have answered: 'Are you crazy?' "
Federer focused on making a comeback
The 38-year-old underwent an arthroscopic knee surgery in February of this year but his recovery didn't go as planned so he underwent a second surgery last month. The record 20-time Grand Slam champion has called it a season and now his focus has turned to being fully healthy for the start of the 2021 season.
"I am working on my rehabilitation and my goal is to be able to be 100% by December or January, so that I can compete the entire season in 2021," Federer said. Federer edged out Rafael Nadal in a five-set Australian Open final in 2017 to claim his first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon 2012.
After Federer underwent a knee surgery in 2016, many believed that was the end for Federer. "I do not believe in dream finals because it is very easy to be wrong. If I had wanted such an ending, I would have retired after beating Nadal in five sets in Australia in 2017, just as if I had defeated Djokovic last year at Wimbledon, I would not have retired either," Federer said.