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

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