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Old 09-01-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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Roddick retiring at the Open makes perfect sense - he's an American, it's where he won his only major, why play on after this event. Got me to thinking where other top players may choose to bow out. Of the top 4:

Federer - I think he'll stick around till WTF, no matter which year he retires. He won't fall out of the top 8 and will retire as a top player so why not play one of his most successful tournaments? Other possible options - Basel (too small I think); Wimbledon (potentially - but surely he'd still play the US Open..).

Nadal - No idea really. Imagine he'd want to play all the majors in his final year but have a hard time thinking that the US Open would be his last event. Also can't imagine his last event being the indoor WTF event. Rio 2016? If he somehow turns up to play there then that'll definitely be the last one and if it's on clay then it would be a fitting venue.

Djokovic - US Open. Has to be a hardcourt event; it's a slam which has a party atmosphere and suits his personality. Would be great to see him end it either on Ashe - where he's had epic wins - or perhaps in Melbourne, his most successful slam, but not as epic (barring this year's SF and F). Hope it's the Open, whenever it is.

Murray - Wimbledon. Think he'll play for a long time and when he does wind down it'll be the grass at home where he'd want to say farewell... Other option - US Open.

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Hewitt - surely Aus Open 2013? Can't see much hope beyond that. Hope he gets a great exit on Rod Laver Arena.
JCF - I expect it to be in Valencia this year.
Robredo - Barcelona next year? Then again he's only just got back from surgery and may want to keep going longer - play through RG at least and see how he feels.
Haas - I remember watching his Aus Open match vs Nadal this year and thinking it was his final year on tour - even Nadal clearly thought that given the applause for Tommy at the end and how Tommy acknowledged it. But now Haas looks the best he has in years and suddenly has fire again! So hopefully at least another year on tour. Think he'll end it at the US Open - an American event.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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Robredo definitely isn't retiring next year.

Hewitt will stick around for another full season I think, after getting back inside the top 100.

I think Haas will finish in Germany somewhere, Halle maybe.

I think Ferrero will go at Valencia too.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:04 PM   #3
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If Roger has qualified for the WTF in the year he retires I think he'll play it otherwise Basel seems right. It's after all the slams are done and in the place he was born.

Nadal maybe Madrid (I jest)

Djokovic has the Novak aka Serbian Open....
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WTF. It doesn`t matter who exactly. It means that player finishes career on top.
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as long as Murray has won a slam, otherwise he can go on till he dies

the way Henman did it was pretty good, retire at Wimbledon after a Davis Cup rubber
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For Nalbandian Wimbledon or USO
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Good thread. Murray will definitely call it a day at Wimbledon...possibly aged 34.

Fed @ the WTF if he has managed to qualify, otherwise Basel. 2014.

Rafa - Not sure really. Possibly Wimbledon. 2017.

Nole USO or WTF. 2018.

Hewitt - AO or Wimbledon 2013.

Isner USO 2016.

Del Potro - USO 2020.
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For Nalbandian Wimbledon or USO
There is no way Nalbandian retires at either of those venues

He'll definitely retire in Argentina, probably Davis Cup if possible.
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Federer at Wimbledon (hopefully winning it one last time). That's his true home. He shot to fame as a Wimbledon champion and it would be poetic if he ends as one.
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There is no way Nalbandian retires at either of those venues

He'll definitely retire in Argentina, probably Davis Cup if possible.
Where will he retire: DC/Argentina
Where I want him to retire: Queens
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Federer at Wimbledon (hopefully winning it one last time). That's his true home. He shot to fame as a Wimbledon champion and it would be poetic if he ends as one.
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I don't think so. For me Wimbledon is still synonymous with Sampras, more than Federer (and Sampras' last match there was on Court 2 - what a fail by the organizers!). Winning it again won't be easy as I think Murray/Nadal will be back in the hunt. And I also think he'd want to play Basel at least one more time the year he retires, so Wimbledon wouldn't be the last tournament.

Nalbandian will definitely be in Argentina or a DC tie. He's not done well enough at any particular tournament often enough to have ties to it.

Nadal at Wimbledon is actually conceivable. He'll limit himself more to grass and clay in the future anyway and will be less competitive on hardcourt quicker than on natural surfaces. May go for a final clay court season and then grass, which he loves, and bow out on Centre Court - the scene of his greatest triumph. Actually can see that appealing to him, rather than trying to play Rogers Cup and the US Open etc. at the end with battered knees. Hope for Rio 2016 or Wimbledon 2017.
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I don't think so. For me Wimbledon is still synonymous with Sampras, more than Federer (and Sampras' last match there was on Court 2 - what a fail by the organizers!). Winning it again won't be easy as I think Murray/Nadal will be back in the hunt. And I also think he'd want to play Basel at least one more time the year he retires, so Wimbledon wouldn't be the last tournament.

Nalbandian will definitely be in Argentina or a DC tie. He's not done well enough at any particular tournament often enough to have ties to it.

Nadal at Wimbledon is actually conceivable. He'll limit himself more to grass and clay in the future anyway and will be less competitive on hardcourt quicker than on natural surfaces. May go for a final clay court season and then grass, which he loves, and bow out on Centre Court - the scene of his greatest triumph. Actually can see that appealing to him, rather than trying to play Rogers Cup and the US Open etc. at the end with battered knees. Hope for Rio 2016 or Wimbledon 2017.
I wonder do you actually believe in this or simply want to happen? Rafa`s career in under issue already. Yep, he isn`t going to retire tomorrow, but all these fairy tales about 4-5 years in front of him - man, be realistic for yourself.
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I don't think so. For me Wimbledon is still synonymous with Sampras, more than Federer (and Sampras' last match there was on Court 2 - what a fail by the organizers!). Winning it again won't be easy as I think Murray/Nadal will be back in the hunt. And I also think he'd want to play Basel at least one more time the year he retires, so Wimbledon wouldn't be the last tournament.
The thread asked where i would like him to retire. And i would like him to retire after winning a last Wimbledon. It's not a question of logic only of individual desire.
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The thread asked where i would like him to retire. And i would like him to retire after winning a last Wimbledon. It's not a question of logic only of individual desire.
True. My mistake.

Re: 2016 - I think he'll definitely play 2 more full-ish seasons at least. Let's not forget he pretty much destroyed most of the field at RG just a few months ago. He's not on his last legs. Then if you listen to his recent interviews he's quite calm as the main thing he needs is rest - that should usually sort this particular issue - said he was happy as the tendon treatment is still working. Seems like he knows what works for his body now and is planning more. Think he certainly sounds like he wants to stick around as long as he can and that bodes well. If he's still strong Top 4 level by Wimbledon 2014 then surely he'll be tempted to schedule wisely for another 2 years to be competitive by 2016.

To me there's two options - either retire in 2014 at 28 if his body breaks down too fast. OR play sparingly in 2015 and 2016, maybe mainly grass and clay and the HC majors to finally retire in 2016. I think the motivation to carry that flag is actually quite high and given that he was supposedly done for in 2009 - 3 years ago - and came back okay - makes me think he has a few good years left. The competition is atrocious so even an 80% Nadal should do okay on the tour, especially due to his clay points.
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