Okay - sorry - point noted. Personally found it interesting as though he's said he wanted to play Rio 2016 before this seemed a bigger assessment of his long term plan for the next 4 years - the decision to skip Miami etc. Anyway it's not sensationalist in that it's not the first time he's said it but to me it's the first time I think he really believes it/actually is aiming for it rather than just putting off the press asking retirement questions.
OK I understand but I think you made a mistake : he's just in Brazil and he said "I want to play", nothing more in an answer in an interview with the enthusiasm which is suitable for this exhibition and fun time, you should be able to understand that the fact that the NY Times makes a title with that sentence doesn't mean that Fed really insisted saying that : I think you should really understand that the context in which a player says a sentence and the fact that a newspaper makes a titlke with it are two different things ... the example of the Indian newspaper which titled "Nadal will not compete in the Australian open" was a good example (which even obliged Nadal to publish something on his facebook to deny those "rumours" )
the decision to skip Doha and Miami was more concrete news actually
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So we're going to see at least 4 more years of Roger Federer on the tennis tour. It'll be interesting to see how he fares out - whether there will be a change in his game/style/tactic, and I wonder how far down (or possibly not - does anyone think he'll still remain in the top 3 in 2016?) the rankings he will drop down to by then.
but if you look at the current field of youngsters (age 17-22), you'll realise that they're all mugs, so its actually very likely they federer will remain in the top 5 in 2016, djoko, nadal and murray will probably end up winning slams in their 30s given how weak the next generation are, theres literally noone to challenge them
Good luck to him I guess but he'll be nearly 35 - if he actually is still competitive by then it'll say a LOT about the state of the game and particularly the youngsters in that case. On the plus side he doesn't look likely to be threatened by any Swiss youngsters so he'd certainly qualify I'm sure...
It will say NOTHING about the state of the game or the youngsters. Federer isn't/won't be your run of the mill 35 year old - if he doesn't pick up any big injury he will most certainly be very competitive in 2016 (top 8 for sure) at 35, because he is just that good. It is not a reflection on how bad others are, but what a rare talent Federer is.