Roger Federer: 'I want to play for years to come'

Roger Federer in action against Andy Murray in their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 25, 2013
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Roger Federer insists that he is not nearing retirement, despite having a reduced schedule in 2013.

Roger Federer has insisted that he plans to continue his tennis career for several more years despite reducing the number of tournaments that he competes in.

The 31-year-old is taking part in just 14 tournaments this year, but says that he hopes his reduced schedule will prolong his playing career.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion told Sky Sports News: "I want to give myself the best chance to play as long as I can. Maybe then it will become clear that it is time to stop. You know things change very quickly, and you have to be ready and open about it.

"But I would like to give myself the chance to play for many years to come. I am happy with the way my body is. I am healthy and happy to be playing. And as for the No 1 ranking and Grand Slams, they are still really important to me.

"If I feel confident and am enjoying it i hope to play for a long time. I think I am playing excellent tennis. Some win Grand Slams at 16 and others at 34. It depends how you see things. The over-30 guys are extremely consistent. I think I can play good tennis not playing so much."

Federer is currently ranked second in the world.

Roger Federer in the ATP Finals semi-final against Andy Murray
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060