Roger Federer laughs in practise at Shanghai 2019

“I know it could be over any moment” Roger Federer worries about the fragility of his playing days

Roger Federer is trying to keep his perspective as the potential for a sudden end to his career becomes more of a concern


Roger Federer should have been celebrating winning the Swiss Indoors tournament for a record 10th time but in the back of his mind was the thought that those sort of moments won’t happen to often any more and in fact each time he celebrates a tournament victory it might be his last.

Federer said, “I know it could be over quickly: An injury, something happens to someone in my family. That’s why I need to have the perspective, the distance. I know it could be over any moment.

“It’s not a problem that the season is almost over. It’s more of a problem that I’m at the end of my career. I feel like everything happened so fast. That makes me a bit sad sometimes. But I know I’m gonna be ok when the moment comes.”

Roger Federer had just notched up his 103rd career tournament victory by triumphing over Alex de Minaur in the final of the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 event in Basel. Federer won the tournament without dropping a set, in fact he didn’t lose more than 4 games in a single set he played. He will now focus on the year ending ATP Finals at the O2 arena in London and his continued run towards breaking Jimmy Connors all-time ATP Tour record of 109 career titles.

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