Should Federer pull a Sampras and retire if/when he wins RG or his 15th GS? - MensTennisForums.com
View Poll Results: Should Federer retire on reaching a landmark achievement?
No, he should keep playing as long as he wants/his body holds up 50 71.43%
Yes, he should retire on winning RG 0 0%
Yes, he should retire on surpassing Sampras' GS record (=15th) 3 4.29%
He won't win RG nor 15 GS, so pointless question 17 24.29%
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Should Federer pull a Sampras and retire if/when he wins RG or his 15th GS?

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Re: Should Federer pull a Sampras and retire if/when he wins RG or his 15th GS?

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Re: Should Federer pull a Sampras and retire if/when he wins RG or his 15th GS?

I think any player should play as long as they want to or their body will allow. Sampras and Agassi played into their 30s, and many guys in previous eras played into their 30s. The question they all have to answer is do I love this game enough to still play, and live with the lower level that I will naturally be at.

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I think any player should play as long as they want to or their body will allow. Sampras and Agassi played into their 30s, and many guys in previous eras played into their 30s. The question they all have to answer is do I love this game enough to still play, and live with the lower level that I will naturally be at.
this is all that needs to be said, every fan of tennis should cherish the times in which Roger Federer is playing his brilliant and beautiful tennis, he will be sorely missed the moment he calls it quits, a time which I hope is far far away.

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I think any player should play as long as they want to or their body will allow. Sampras and Agassi played into their 30s, and many guys in previous eras played into their 30s. The question they all have to answer is do I love this game enough to still play, and live with the lower level that I will naturally be at.
Sampras however didn't continue playing as long as his body allowed, and in fact by retiring a GS winner showed he could not live with a lower leverl. Sampras <> Agassi in this regard.
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Sampras however didn't continue playing as long as his body allowed, and in fact by retiring a GS winner showed he could not live with a lower leverl. Sampras <> Agassi in this regard.
I agree. But that's what each has to decide. I think Sampras was able to accept a lower level for so long, and then called it after that big USO win. Let's face, his form was not good for two years before he retired until that last run. As for Agassi, he just could not take the back problems any more.

Note my key words, "want to" OR "their body will allow". That is the decision.

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I agree. But that's what each has to decide. I think Sampras was able to accept a lower level for so long, and then called it after that big USO win. Let's face, his form was not good for two years before he retired until that last run. As for Agassi, he just could not take the back problems any more.

Note my key words, "want to" OR "their body will allow". That is the decision.
Well of course in the end Federer will retire when he sees fit and not based upon the result of a poll in MTF . However we can still give our opinion, isn't that the purpose of MTF anyway?
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Re: Should Federer pull a Sampras and retire if/when he wins RG or his 15th GS?

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If he gets rid of the shakiness of his FH and - being no longer #1 - avoids the defensive and error-awaiting style of after AO'07, he will remain one of the very attractive players for another 3-4 years.
As long as he can enjoy the sport and makes decent money, there's no reason to deny his art to the public.
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except that his style was never defensive and error-awaiting.

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Re: Should Federer pull a Sampras and retire if/when he wins RG or his 15th GS?

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I agree. But that's what each has to decide. I think Sampras was able to accept a lower level for so long, and then called it after that big USO win. Let's face, his form was not good for two years before he retired until that last run. As for Agassi, he just could not take the back problems any more.

Note my key words, "want to" OR "their body will allow". That is the decision.
Very true. Sampras´level had dropped so much that practically no one believed he would ever win a GS again. it was miracle he pulled off that last US Open, and I´m sure the decicion was easy after that. He just knew he would never get even close to winning another one.
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Well of course in the end Federer will retire when he sees fit and not based upon the result of a poll in MTF . However we can still give our opinion, isn't that the purpose of MTF anyway?
Absolutely, certainly did not mean to mean otherwise. Just wasn't sure I made my point clear. Sometimes I type faster than I think.

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except that his style was never defensive and error-awaiting.
Ok. To be more precise: it was an element that came up more. After Madrid, he deplored his lost against Nole in Rome, stating something like "I've got to do something against these guys, I can no longer just wait for errors". DelPotro and Rafa have been the first to learn.

All number ones in sport tend to develop a more defensive style. It's psychology, human nature. Somtimes, loosing #1 position is the best thing that can happen, for the athlete and for the sport.
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Why would he retire just to let moonballers rule the empire of tennis? King Fed got to keep tennis alive
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