Roger Federer reveals how Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play a part in retirement | Tennis | Sport

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Roger Federer, who recently became the first player to spend 850 weeks in the top 10 of the ATP rankings, has opened up on his future plans after confirming he will appear at the Laver Cup later this year.

The Swiss still remains on top of the all-time standings with 20 Grand Slam titles, and revealed that he will continue to go on as a professional as long as he feels he has a chance of beating his biggest rivals – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Federer, 37, remains sixth in the ATP World Rankings after a poor Australian Open campaign, but claims that his rank is not part of his concerns.

“For me the ranking, at 37 years old, is no longer really the priority,” Federer said.

“But the idea for me is to be in good health, to know that I can win tournaments, to know that I can beat them [Nadal and Djokovic], and after that it is a pleasure.”

Federer crashed out of the Australian Open last month to Stefanos Tsitsipas as Djokovic went on to win his 15th Grand Slam.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer continued to express why he pays no attention to the rankings, by referring to his 2017 Australian Open triumph.

“Even if my ranking goes down further, it’s not a problem for me,” he said.

“As long as I say I can win a Grand Slam as I did two years ago with a world ranking of 17, everything is in place.

“I prefer to be ranked 17th than third and not win a Grand Slam or tournament.”

Nadal has 16 titles to his name, four fewer than Federer, but the Spaniard has won the French Open a record 11 times – which is the upcoming major competition.

Federer and Nadal have excited fans by revealing that they will once again team up for Team Europe at the Laver Cup.

When asked about Nadal at the launch event, Federer had only good things to say about his long-term rival.

He said: ”I know that Rafa’s going to be on Team Europe and it makes me more confident knowing he is going to be there.

“Rafael Nadal is a great guy, super professional, a great team player, a natural leader.

“He fits in the team super-nice and gives great energy and motivation.”



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