Cape Town | Federer’s retirement is not imminent
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Roger Federer, who will turn 39 this year, has been plagued by questions concerning his possible retirement, one of the most recent rumours being that it is set to take place after this year’s Olympics in Tokyo
I feel I can still compete at the highest level, which I feel I did again in Australia. I am happy to keep on playing Roger Federer
.Speaking after his successful ‘Match in Africa’ exhibition he told the press: “No updates on retirement or any plans to stop playing. The family is healthy; my wife is cool and I am feeling pretty good.
“I feel I can still compete at the highest level, which I feel I did again in Australia. I am happy to keep on playing.
‘You never know, but at the moment I have no plans for any retirement and all that. I am happy that the season actually has started as well as it did.”
Speaking about his rivalry with Rafa Nadal, five years his junior, with whom he played the Exhibition last Friday, he revealed: “It’s nice to call one of your biggest rivals one of your friends. He’s not my closest friend, I’m not his closest friend as well.
“On the road, I think we understand each other really, really well. We like seeing each other, also chatting together and making sure that tennis moves forward the right way.
“I remember Rafa when he was younger, he was so shy – he was looking up to me – and he said whatever Roger wants I’m happy with that. Then he grew into a much stronger character. And then obviously the rivalry grew as we were No 1 and 2 the whole time.
“Then today with all the time that has past we’re on the final stretch in some ways. We see life very differently, but we have ultimate respect for one another.
“We’ve done so many promotions together. We’ve done charitable things like the bushfire relief just now in Australia, I’ve played him in Mallorca on the half clay, half grass court, I’ve played him in Madrid for his foundation, he came to Zurich to play in my match for Africa as well. It’s just nice to really get together.”