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I’m not finished, says Federer



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LONDON – Roger Federer insisted he will play on for many more years to come despite crashing out of Wimbledon in a shock defeat that brought his extraordinary Grand Slam run to a juddering halt.

Though downbeat, the Swiss legend said he would not go into panic mode after being knocked out by unfancied Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round on Wednesday.

The world number three said there was perhaps a sea change happening in tennis where lower-ranked players now had the belief to mix it with the sport’s best, like himself, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.

Federer’s shock 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5), 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) loss to world number 116 Stakhovsky on his Centre Court stomping ground brought the curtain down on his run of 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final appearances, which started at Wimbledon 2004.

At 31 years old, some are questioning whether Federer’s all-conquering powers are now openly in decline.

But the man himself insisted he had plenty left in the tank.

“I still have plans to play for many more years to come,” the seven-time Wimbledon winner said.

“It’s normal that after all of a sudden losing early after being in the quarters 36 times, people feel it’s different.

“I wish it wasn’t going to end here. But I don’t think that’s something fans are going to mourn.

“It’s a great number. I can be proud of it. But I’m moving on.”

He said he would reflect on the run “when I’m retired — and that’s not right now.”

Federer plans to use his unscheduled time off to recharge and focus on the rest of the season.

“What do you do after something like this? What do you do? Do you do the 24-hour rule? You don’t panic at this point, that’s clear. Just go back to work and come back stronger.

“Somewhat simple; hard to do sometimes. But usually I do turnarounds pretty good. I’m looking forward to what’s to come. I hope I can play a good end to the season.”

And the 17-time Grand Slam champion felt he was generally performing well.

“This is a setback, a disappointment, whatever you want to call it. But then overall I think I played great eight months ago at the World Tour Finals, I played great at the Australian Open,” he said.

“I didn’t play so much as of late. At the same time that gives me more flexibility with my schedule moving forward and next year as well.

“I have more options now than I did have one year ago when I was running around trying to chase down every possible tournament and every point to get back to world number one.

“Overall I think I’ve been playing actually not so bad, like some have portrayed it. Season’s not over here. Only just in the middle. Still have a lot of tennis left.”

Federer said more credit was due to lower-ranked players, with so much attention focused on the ‘big four’.

“I think there was a time where some players didn’t believe they could beat the top guys. So maybe there’s a little bit of a thing happening at the moment. I’m happy about that, that players believe they can beat the best on the biggest courts in the biggest matches,” he said.

“I think it’s very important, that belief. We’re missing the teenagers overall, so it’s up to other guys to do it like we’ve seen this week, at other places as well. All we can do is give it all we have, be a professional, train hard, do all the right things, what you’re supposed to be doing.

“I’m looking forward to playing hopefully injury free for the rest of the season, then we’ll go from there.”


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  • pabulaka

    Yes, he can still play and lose probably in some quarterfinals or semi finals.That’s still a lot money although I doubt if he is after that. He was ranked second behind his friend Tiger who earned plenty of bucks last year. I doubt though that he can be number 1 again. I love the guy and when he dicides to quit, I like him to be a tennis analyst or commentator. New players will learn a lot from him on the sideline. Isn’t that amazinbg?

    • ARIKUTIK

      Players earns more than commentator. Analyst are useless retired, more like > “lies for money”. Whei ! byeeeeeeee >>>>>>>>>>

  • buttones

    I think the guy is still in the running- and it always happens, some unseeded player appears on the scene and the whole thing starts again- I once saw Sampras play on clay at Roland Garros, OMG! How anybody can even return serves like his I will never know- but they do, there is some kid practicing off of wall somewhere waiting for his turn.. Does everybody know that ALL the tennis balls that are used at Wimbledon are actually made in the Philippines? It’s true! That would be a fine day! A Pilipino winning Wimbledon with balls made in PH! Wow!

    • ARIKUTIK

      Federer was upset by luck. Wala namang Issue tungkol sa Filipinos.. waaaahhhhhh ……………. >>>>>>>>>>>>

  • UF29

    Obviously, some commenters here know squat about professional tennis. Roger probably does have 2-3 good years on him. His body resilience is astounding.

  • Descarte5E

    Federer does not need the 24-hour rule, he knows where he is. Why retire if he is still number 3? I still loves to see those beautiful Federer shots and try to imitate it when I play.

  • tarikan

    I can still play for many, many more years, I still have some left in my tank, my best tennis is yet to come, past 30 y.o. is not that old, I’m no grandpapa yet, etc., etc. Still wants to play until all relatives, friends, coaching staff whisper loudly…”please come to terms with yourself…time to cut and cut clean”…

  • Camillo

    On the contrary Mr. Federer, I think you are finished.

    Persistence is admirable, but a true champion knows how to read signs and when to throw in the towel.

    Mr. Federer, I REALLY think it’s time to retire.

    • tarikan

      Ang matatanda ay matitigas ang ulo. Di ba mahirap magpalaki ng matanda? Baka hintayin pang makatapos ng college sila kambal? Saan siya kukuha ng pang-tuition? Hahaha.

      • UF29

        Nice tongue in cheek comment. But really, money is the last thing RF needs.

    • UF29

      This is tennis. He is world #3, meaning performance over the last 12 months still has him in the upper upper echelon. Still a fantastic player.

      Under your logic, Sharapova, Azarenka, Nadal, Tsonga, Cilic, should also retire.

      • marionics

        aaah huwag naman si SARAPova he he. siya nga lang dahilan kung bakit ako nanunuod ng tennis e

        tsalap tsalap



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