Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Roger Federer puts off retirement for at least three years

Roger Federer
Roger Federer puts off retirement for at least three years

Roger Federer, who won the Australian Open this season, extended his participation at the tennis tournament in Basel the next three seasons.

This is an amazing news for tennis fans meaning he will not be retiring any time soon, setting aside some rumors that after the Australian Open he was going away due to what he said in his speech.

“I hope to see you next year,” said Federer. “If not, this was a wonderful run here and I can’t be more happy to have won tonight.”

That cautious “if not” put the world of tennis in alert.

It is unlikely – but not completely out of the question – that if Federer maintains his fitness for another three or four years, he might be able to challenge Connors’s long-standing ATP records.

Until Federer came along, Connors had a massive lead of almost 200 wins over second-placed Ivan Lendl (by 1256 to 1068). Now Federer has overtaken Lendl and stands on 1087. As for titles, he has 89 to Lendl’s 94 and Connors’s 109.

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I am a huge Federer fan so for me it is great news to know we will be able to enjoy his tennis for more years to come!