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Family The Priority and Then The Rest: Roger Federer

Roger Federer talks about his future plans and his family.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland speaks during a news conference for the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China
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Seeded second, Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer returned to the Shanghai Rolex Masters after two years and concluded the season's penultimate ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament with his 94th career crown after a fifth consecutive victory over old foe Rafael Nadal in the final.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion chatted in an exclusive interview with Xinhua after Sunday's match, saying he has no plans to retire in the near future, but for him family is the first at the moment.

I know it (retirement) is sooner or later. I know I’m not 22 anymore, but I don’t have a date. If the body allows me to play, my family allows me to play, if the success is still there, if I’m happy to travel, I will continue. But the four things have to work, if one of the four doesn’t work, it maybe the time to stop. But for now, it’s ok.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland, left, shares a light moment with Rafael Nadal after winning their men’s singles final match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday
Roger Federer of Switzerland, left, shares a light moment with Rafael Nadal after winning their men’s singles final match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday
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At the age of 36, the Swiss has already won a Tour-best six titles this season, including the successes in the Australian Open where he overcame Nadal in a tough five-setter and the Wimbledon where he defeated Marin Cilic in three straight sets.

Many people are now wondering how could a player make such accomplishments at such an age. One of the reasons is that the veteran has learned to be more flexible and made a smart schedule during the season.

For me, I have come to realise that sometimes less is more. Today I think when I take enough rest, feel hungry and have the fire, then it’s the one I can play my best. I want to make sure I’m happy to be on the court and happy to do press. It’s like if I do too much, the fire is like Juuuu... it goes away. So for me, the family is my priority and then the rest.
Roger Federer
Roger Federer’s twin daughters Charlene Riva and Myla Rose at the 2012 Wimbledon. 
Roger Federer’s twin daughters Charlene Riva and Myla Rose at the 2012 Wimbledon. 
(Photo: Reuters)

With the historical most of 19 Grand-Slam titles, the Basel-born tennis legend is considered to be the best ever player of the sport. But Federer himself feels reluctant to accept it. In his opinion, being the ever best is not only about Grand Slams. "Like Bjorn Borg, he only went to Australia once or twice because it was during the Christmas, and he was happy at home instead of travelling."

I worked extremely hard to have a great career, and sometimes have chased records. But you know, it’s hard to judge who is the best of all time, you see Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Rod Laver, Rafael Nadal, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras. There are so many players did fabulous things, so I tried my best with my career. I didn’t expect myself playing maybe this well at this age. I’m happy with what I achieved, and hope I can keep going.
Roger Federer

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