Roger Federer makes fresh retirement statement ahead of North and South America tour

Roger Federer has reiterated that he has no plans to retire from tennis any time soon, although he first questioned it 10 years ago.

At 38 years old, Federer is doing something unprecedented on the ATP Tour.

He has continued to defy his age over the past few years, getting to Grand Slam finals and continuing to win trophies.

Neither Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal have been able to race away from the Swiss tennis star, despite being six and five years Federer’s junior respectively.

Federer has altered his playing schedule in recent seasons to make sure he is at his peak for the major tournaments, and came agonisingly close to winning Grand Slam No 21 at Wimbledon this past summer.

He enacted revenge on Djokovic from that Wimbledon final last week at the ATP Finals, with a scintillating performance in front of the crowd inside the 02 arena, but couldn’t progress past the semi-finals.

Still, in a testament to his fitness and reach around the world, Federer has jetted off to Argentina to embark on an exhibition tour around North and South America.

He and Alexander Zverev will face off in five different countries over seven days in a part of the world where there are few ATP tournaments played.

But Federer has shut down any suggestion that this exhibition tour is his way of beginning to call time on his career.

“My retirement is going to depend on my health,” he said at a press conference held at a hotel in Puerto Madero on Monday.

“At this moment I see no reason to stop.”

He added: “I think in 2009 I questioned it for the first time.

“[It’s been] ten years and here I am.

“I’m exactly where I wanted to be at this age.

“It is a lot of work stay.

“I expected to play until 35-36 and here I am, in a new dimension.”

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