Roger Federer says he hopes to stay in the clay for at least another two or three years and that his “mindset is for the long term” in estimating his tennis future.
The Swiss genius, who has not played since reinjuring his surgically repaired left knee at Wimbledon back in July, will make his tournament comeback in the Jan. 1-7 Hopman Cup team event in Perth. Federer along with Belinda Bencic are representing Switzerland.
Federer, 35, said Friday that he’s not sure of the performance he’ll produce upon his comeback. However, he said retirement isn’t part of his thought process right now.
The 17 grand slam winner said that “Only when I get asked do I think of things like this.”
He further added “I don’t see it like this, that this could be my last Australian trip and even though it might very well be however, I’m positive”. Federer said that he took last six months off so he could play for hopefully another two to three years, not just another six months or so. His mindset is for the long term.
The Tennis legend hasn’t won a Grand Slam singles title since Wimbledon in 2012. Moreover, with his injury he has slipped to No. 16 in the world rankings.
“Winning titles is a beautiful feeling, and at the moments rankings are completely secondary,” Federer said. “As long as I’m healthy and injury-free, I think I can really do some more damage.”
Federer and 19-year-old Belinda Bencic begin to play against Britain, represented by Heather Wilson and Dan Evans, on Monday night at Perth Arena.
Last year’s champion Australia, represented by Daria Gavrilova (22) and Nick Kyrgios (21) will take on Spain on Sunday night.
Here you can see how fit Roger actually is: