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Polished Federer Brushes off Retirement Talk

Posted 01-06-2014 at 02:12 PM by Philip Oliver
Roger Federer showed that any talk of retirement is premature after warming up for the Australian Open by demolishing Marinko Matosevic at the Brisbane International.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner cruised to a 6-1 6-1 victory in less than an hour despite the extremely hot weather - the temperature reached 37 degrees at one stage

Federer has been in excellent form in Brisbane after a six-week break and produced nine aces against Matosevic, winning 84 per cent of his first serves.

The 32-year-old Swiss star is keen to respond to his critics in the tennis betting press who have insisted he is past his best after he failed to win a Grand Slam in 2013.

Indeed Federer, who has slipped down the tennis betting odds for all major events, has won only one Grand Slam - in 2012 when he beat Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final - since his success at the Australian Open four years ago, when he again saw off the Scot in the final.

Federer has admitted that 2013 was a disappointing year as he failed to reach a major final for the first time since 2002, but is adamant that the speculation suggesting he could call time on his tennis career is wide of the mark.

He is aiming to get a new lease of life under former tennis star and new coach Stefan Edberg, and plans to continue playing for as long as he can.

Federer, who is currently at number six in the world rankings, said: "People are always going to jump in and say 'this is it', and that's what happened last year.

"Critics are a part of the game. But they are the last guys to push me out of this game.

"Deep down I am doing it because I love the game. And now I don't want to waste any more opportunities."
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