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The retirement hint?

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The retirement hint?

Post by bogbrush on Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:32 pm

We all know what he said in the speech, that he hoped to be back but....

I fear it could be true. I don't see Roger announcing his retirement miles in advance and I don't see him outright lying to the fans, so I kind of think that sort of comment is the only way he would talk if he was thinking of going.

Sampras comes back from the dead, wins a Slam from #17 seed, then tries to say he'll go in but doesn't. Federer comes back from the dead, wins a Slam from #17 seed, then..........

The day will come, and probably soon, but it feels too early when he can do this. Come on Roger, take as much time out as you like between Slams; skip the clay season if you like, but give us another couple of years.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:41 pm

Hehe, Fed said he would've been happy with a draw today,  too.

People say silly things when they are happy...Winking

Re retirement, this tournament took a lot out of him.
Two MTOs!!!

For someone of his history...that's unexpected. 
I think while he's healthy he'll keep playing.

Also, winning this slam will have done something to him.

I am not sure what, probably he isn't either.

But knowing all we know about him, he loves tennis too much to be retiring from it on behalf of his ego.


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Post by Tenez on Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:41 pm

I don't see him retire before end of 18. I am pretty sure he will play till Wim 18, his favourite tournament.

I however woudl not be surprised if he skipped the AO because it is far away....though now I think he will try to defend.

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Post by gallery play on Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:44 pm

I think he said it like that because he just doesn't know. At his age it's hard to predict if he still will be playing at top level a year from now. 

Personally i try to accept this is his last year, but it's a happy ending no matter what.

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Post by AceofDeath on Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:47 pm

Basel will be his last ever tournament later this year. Heard it here first Cheers

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Post by Daniel on Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:30 pm

I've said it from last year.  He's going to call it a day at the end of this one. The injury has made his mind up. He knows it's time to concentrate on family life and leave pro tennis behind.

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Post by Veejay on Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:34 pm

a lot of his decision will depend on his results and how his body holds up
if he manages to win another major this season or comes really close then i think he will probably come back next season
if he struggles the rest of this season,then i think he will call it a day in november
i think the best thing to do is do what he just did,take some time off tour and then come in fresh at majors he really believes that he has a chance

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Post by bogbrush on Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:18 am

Ok, I think we can stand down. Pressed on the comment he said;

"Look, I've had a tough year last year. Three five-setters are not going to help. I just meant it the way I meant it.

"There wasn't something planned behind it, that this is my last Australian Open. I hope can I come back, of course. That's my hope right now."

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Re: The retirement hint?

Post by bogbrush on Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:22 am

The question in my mind now is whether he should set foot on clay again. There's zero chance he wins the French and coming up to Wimbledon wouldn't another lengthy rest going into Halle and perhaps another small grass warm up be perfect for the assault on #8 #19?

I know he'd be sentimental about skipping a Slam, so perhaps just show up at RG and play yesterday's style until the inevitable 1st / 2nd round dumping, but I'd fear his competitive attitude would force him to try properly.

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Post by legendkillar on Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:35 am

I think he will retire end of the season. Even though everything points to the fact for me he could still hang in the top 10 (despite my predictions!) he could still go on.

I don't see his retirement being like Sampras in where for me Sampras would've taken any Slam victory post Wim 2001 and retired on the spot. I think Federer enjoys the game much more than that. The day when he can't get out of bed will probably be driver for his retirement.

You do wish he could go on forever, but days like yesterday winning a Slam in front of his family could be such a rarity happening again that he might feel he done the one thing he wanted to achieve before walking away.

I do expect a statement post Wimbledon.

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Re: The retirement hint?

Post by Tenez on Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:04 am

He will miss those highs he gets from playing matchs....they don't have to be that big so I think his body's pain are going to be the telling factor.

I still think he will manage another 2 Wimbledon....no more.

No player on the tour hang around after 37. This seems to be the physical limit.

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Re: The retirement hint?

Post by noleisthebest on Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:50 pm

I think this tournament, AO, had a life of its own.

It took a lot, and gave back even more.

We have to wait and see how Federer will respond to such an overwhelming experience.

Hopefully, he'll recover physically and come back even lighter in his heart, even more relaxed.

As a tennis fan, I have no right to demand anything from him after what he achieved yesterday.






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Re: The retirement hint?

Post by Tenez on Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:53 pm

yes I read that but the title is misleading. He did not consider quitting. He said the idea crossed his mind for a split second like it probably crossed ours.

he has not got that kidn of big ego which woudl push him to retire while on top. knowing how to descend the mountain is as important as knowing how to climb it.

Pete ended up regretting retiring early for sure.

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