Federer reveals he has come to terms with prospect of retirement
Roger Federer is 36 years old, and though no one in tennis is looking forward to the day the Swiss retires, Federer himself insists he isn’t worried by the prospect.
Federer faced a brief look at what retirement could look like when he missed most of 2016 with a knee injury.
Federer: “The moment I went into surgery was a scary moment for me because I’d never had surgery before. The moment I woke up from surgery, looking down on my knee and going, ‘Oh my God, I have an operated knee’, I didn’t know if I was ever going to come back from this.”
I was okay with the idea of it all ending, you know, maybe as far ago as winning Wimbledon for the first time in 2003 I was okay if it all ended. I know it sounds strange but I’d achieved my lifelong dream of winning a Wimbledon title. But really, ever since Paris in 2009, I was totally at peace with it ending the next day.”
Fortunately Federer recovered well from the surgery and the extended absence. The Swiss enjoyed one the best seasons of his career in 2017. He won the Australian Open for the first time since 2010, and sealed a record 8th Wimbledon title. Federer will finish the year ranked as World No.2, narrowly behind friend and rival Rafael Nadal. Federer is already through to the semis of the Nitto ATP Finals and could cap a fantastic year with a 7th title at the year-ending championships.