Cape Town - Roger Federer continues to defy the history books by
competing at the highest level at the age of 37, but has revealed that he will
quit if he stops winning big events.
There's no doubt the Swiss great still very much enjoys the
game, and his desire to compete has not waned, but he would never want to be in
a position where he's just making up the numbers.
"It’s something I actually still get excited to
do," Federer said during an event for Roddick Foundation in Austin.
"Like Andy, I also do feel I need to believe that I can beat the best so
that I can win the biggest tournaments, because when you feel that that fades
away, then it’s really also time to stop.
"You don’t want to hang around just to hang around. If
you put everything in there, you actually enjoy what you’re doing - I enjoy the
practices, I enjoy press conferences, I enjoy shining a light on Andy’s
foundation or the charitable work that tennis players do - it’s a wonderful
"So as long as my body holds up and all the other
things are in place and my family is happy, I see no reason why to stop."
Roddick, who naturally also attended the event, said he knew
the time was right to retire when he no longer believed he could compete with
"Once I lost that belief, it started feeling like a job
for the first time," he said.
"And I had just seen so many guys who had stayed out
there two years, three years too long and ended up with kind of this animosity
toward the game. We stand here now and I love the game. I watched everything at
the US Open. But, no, I don’t really have regrets looking back.
"It has given me time to look at other things in the
business world and with the foundation, to have it grow. So, yeah, I don’t have
a lot of regrets. Maybe not beating him (Federer)."