Roger Federer has laid to rest unfounded retirement speculation by confirming he has no plans to bow out.
For the second year in a row, Federer’s Australian Open triumph has been shadowed by “conspiracy theories” the Swiss maestro is about to take his leave.
After his Open triumph fans were also quick to wonder whether the game’s greatest male player might be pondering the end, as tears flowed from the highly-emotional superstar.
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“No idea. Honest, I don’t know. I have no idea,” Federer said when asked, at 36, how long he could continue at such a stellar level.
“I’ve won three slams (two Australian titles and a Wimbledon) now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself.
“I just got to keep a good schedule, stay hungry, then maybe good things can happen.
“Then I don’t think age is an issue, per se. It’s just a number.