I will keep playing, reiterates Roger Federer

Published: Nov 12, 2013, 01:20 IST | AFP

Roger Federer insists tennis is in his DNA and that he has no intention of quitting after his worst season came to a downbeat conclusion with a semi-final defeat against Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals.

After reigning over men’s tennis for the best part of a decade, the 32-year-old is undeniably a fading force, prompting suggestions he may consider hanging up his racquet to focus on life as a father of twin daughters.

Roger Federer
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But Federer is adamant that is not an option just yet because his love of the sport remains too strong. “For me, it’s pretty simple: this is what I used to do as a little boy. It’s something that always is there in your DNA,” Federer said.

“Clearly today it’s different than when I was 12 years old, but it’s just something I enjoy doing. “The thing is that when you stop, you’re still so young that why stop so early? Why just walk away from it because I have many other things to do in my life than play tennis, but because I can still choose, I pick to play.

As long as I have this choice, I’ll keep on playing.” Federer, troubled by a back injury in the first half of the campaign, claims his lack of success over the last 11 months is more down to his body failing him than a lack of hunger.

“Considering the back issues I’ve had, I’m pleased that I’m pain-free for a long period of time now with a lot of tennis,” he said.

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