Federer hints at Murray-like retirement plan

Roger Federer has hinted that he could follow Andy Murray’s lead and target Wimbledon as his grand slam swan song.

Federer was quick to pay tribute to Murray after the Brit’s emotional retirement announcement left the tennis world shocked and saddened.

“It hit me hard,” Federer told the Sunday Age.

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“Of course, I’ve seen Andy struggling you know with his hip and with his fitness for quite some time now.

Federer feels for Murray after the Brit’s retirement bombshell. Pic: Getty

“You want somebody to go there and feel like he’s happy to retire. The problem is it’s not his decision, it’s the body’s decision and that naturally hurts.”

Murray said his goal was to retire after the Wimbledon tournament but broke down after conceding he may not be able to play through the pain any more.

Federer, six years Murray’s senior, said he hoped to retire on his own terms and suggested Wimbledon could be the place he does so.

“I have a lot of places that are very special to me, thankfully. I’ve been very fortunate,” Federer told CNN.

“But yeah, sure, like a Wimbledon stands out as maybe a place, but there are actually also many others.

“I’ve been thinking about it, like where is that place?

“But I think it will all come down to, is it the body, is it the family, is it the mind, is it one morning when I wake up, how does it happen?

“And then maybe that day that it happens, maybe that is the end, or maybe I say I can maybe get a few more tournaments left in me, I don’t know.”

Federer is aiming to win a third straight Australian Open title. Pic: Getty

“I don’t have the fairytale ending in my head saying there has to be another title somewhere, and then I have to announce it big and say, that was it, by the way, guys. I don’t have to have it that way.”

The 20-time grand slam winner has battled back from his own injuries, including a knee problem in 2016 that required surgery.

Federer’s incredible renaissance included his astonishing 2017 Australian Open final victory against Rafael Nadal – which the Swiss concedes would have been the perfect fairytale finish to his career.

“If I wanted it that way, I could’ve maybe said it after the Australian Open [in 2017] when I beat Rafa [Rafael Nadal] in that epic final,” Federer said.

“I don’t know if it’s ever going to get better than that, because that was it for me.”

With agencies